2016-17 Board of Trustees

Anthony S. Waskiewicz, Jr., Chair

Mercy Health, VP of Treasury & Chief Investment Officer
Board member since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students 

Board of Coopers-Anthony Child Advocacy Center, Adjunct Professor at Webster University

Timothy O. George, Vice Chair

Vice President, Lockton Companies
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students

Michael F. Baber, Head of School

Head of School, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Board member since 2016
Sacred Heart ties: Former Head of School at Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau and Assistant Head of School at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich

Served on New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation team (NEASC) and the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) commission

Bridget Bearrs, RSCJ

Head of School, Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Board member since 2015
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart educator

Gregory A. Billhartz

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel; Maschhoff Family Foods
Board member since 2016
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student

Member of the Board of Directors of The Magic House and St. Louis Area Foodbank

Matuschka M. Briggs

Relationship Manager Treasury Relations & Support Office, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Freelance Journalist/Voice Actor, Former Television News Reporter/Radio Announcer 

Board Member since 2011 
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student 

Saint Louis Priory Board Member, Magic House Board Member, Fleur de Lis Board Member, and Cardinal Glennon Sustaining Guild Member


Janice P. Cataldi

Founder of Strictly Pediatrics Center
Board member since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student

Supported Ronald McDonald House Charities and Edgewood Children’s Center

Richard J. Dames, Jr.

Managing Principal, Cresa St. Louis
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: Husband of VDOH alum and parent of VDOH alums 

Treasurer for St. Louis Community College Foundation and Past President of St. Louis Priory Alumni Association

Beth Fitzgerald

President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
Board member since 2016
Sacred Heart ties: Friend of VDOH

Served on Rockwood School District Board of Education, Fulton School Board, Advisory Board of Character Plus, and Advisory Board of Webster University's College of Education

Maureen Glavin, RSCJ

Head of School, Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles 
Board member since 2014 
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart educator

Board experience includes 2005-10 VDOH trustee

Edward J Griesedieck, III

President, EJG Legal Consulting, LLC
Board member since 2016
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student

Member of the Board of Directors of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Mary Grove Home for Children, White House Jesuit Retreat House, St. Vincent’s Home for Children, Business Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis Major Case Squad, and March of Dimes St. Louis  

Carol Haggarty, RSCJ

Assistant to the Provincial, Society of the Sacred Heart
Board member since 2013
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart educator, served the Society of the Sacred Heart – United States Province and Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Trustee for several Sacred Heart schools as well as a member of the Omaha Archdiocese Board of Education 

Michelle Borst Hand '88

Professional Actor; Adjunct Faculty in the Performing Arts at Fontbonne University; Speaker for St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna

Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Orange Girls Theater Company; 
Board Member of Shooting Star Productions; Circus Flora Fundraising Committee; Metro Theater Company Fundraising Committee

Mimi Webster Murphy ’64

Retired Lawyer, Switzer
Board member since 2015
Sacred Heart ties: Grandparent of VDOH students and parent of VDOH alums
 
Board experience includes 
Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association and board member of Our Lady’s Inn

James M. Riley

President and CEO of RBOPrintLogistix
Board member since 2015
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student

Board experience includes VDOH Finance Committee and President of the Print Services and Distribution Board

Frederic G. Sauer Ph.D. OH '83

Investment Committee, Orion Investment Company
Board Member since 2014
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alum

Board memberships includes Vitae Foundation, St. Louis Archdiocese Respect Life Apostolate

Eloise Engman Schmitz '83

Retired EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Charter Communications
Board Member since 2011
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna and daughter of VDOH alum

Member of the H. Sophie Newcomb College Institute Director Advisory Council, and Advisory Board to Palace Capital Management, Previous Member of the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)

Anthony J. Soukenik

Lawyer, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard 
Board member since 2015
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and VDOH alums

Board experience includes board member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools; Development Committee at the Academy of the Sacred Heart; Community Associations Institute; Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis; Member and Former Chair, DePaul Health Center Foundation; Member and Co-Chair, City of Hazelwood Board of Appeals; Member of the Advisory Board, First National Bank of St. Louis; FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Arbitrator; Former Vice President and Commissioner of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority; Former Member, Saint Louis University Gift and Bequest Council; Past President, Community Association Institute, St. Louis Chapter

Todd E. Steussie

Co-founder, Executive Vice-President, PotentiaMetrics
Board member since 2012
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and alum 

Board experience includes St. Louis Children's Hospital

Geeta Soorya Swaminathan '87

Health Care Management Consultant, Independent
Board Member since 2014
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alum and parent of VDOH alums

Member, Administrative Team for Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, President-Elect of Priory's Mothers' Club

Joseph E. Walsh, Jr.

Partner, Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC
Board Member since 2013
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student  

Co-Chair, 2014 Bonne Chance Auction; 
Chair, 2013 Annual Giving Campaign; Chair, 2013 Advisory Committee on selection of new Head Of School 

The Board is also responsible for:
• Setting major policies
• Setting the strategic direction of the School
• Keeping the School financially sound - approving the budget, approving capital campaigns, overseeing investment managers, approving major facilities projects
• Hiring, supporting and retaining the Head of School
• Supporting the School in all ways, particularly through the communication of the School's Mission

How are Trustees elected?
• The bylaws permit up to 30 trustees
• The Committee on Trustees reviews the needs of the Board in terms of constituency representation, expertise and board experience - nominations mostly come from the committee rosters
• Committee nominations are sought broadly, and may always be offered to the Committee on Trustees

How does the Board do its work?
• Meets 6 to 8 times per year
• Standing committees (and ad hoc task forces as needed) do most of the in depth analysis, then make recommendations to the Board
• Meetings include instruction in and discussion of the Goals and Criteria
• Decisions are made in light of the Goals and Criteria
• Work is directed by the Strategic Plan, which is updated each year, by the ongoing responsibilities of the Board, and by emerging needs of the School

What is the strategic direction from the Board?
• Clear direction to the Administration to strive for greater excellence in every aspect of the programs in our School
• Focus on the importance of the ongoing need to more clearly understand and communicate our educational Mission among faculty, staff, parents and prospective parents

Board Responsibilities

Through its Board of Trustees, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School is accountable to the Society of the Sacred Heart for the ongoing implementation of the Goals and Criteria. The Board's chief functions include but are not limited to governance policy and fiscal responsibility. It is the Board's responsibility to elect the Head of School. All members of the Board of Trustees are elected by the Board.

Board of Trustees Standing Committees Building & Grounds, Committee on Trustees, Executive, Finance, Head Support & Evaluation, and Philanthropic Engagement. The Board of Trustees is the corporate governing body of the School and is accountable to the Roman Catholic Church through the U.S. Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart.  The School is:
• One of 23 Schools of the Sacred Heart in the United States
• One of 100+ Schools of the Sacred Heart around the world
• Partners in the educational mission of the Society, which is expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools
• Evaluated in that Mission every 5 years through the process we call SHCOG

The Board of Trustees is responsible for assuring the School lives the Mission as outlined in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools.


  • Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
  • 801 South Spoede Road
  • Saint Louis, MO 63131-2699
  • (P) 314.432.2021
  • (F) 314.432.0199
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