2015-16 Board of Trustees

Beth Lenke, Chair

Retired, BJC Health System Administrator
Board member since 2006
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alums and student
Board Committee Membership: Committee on Trustees Chair, Executive Committee, Head Support & Evaluation Committee, ex officio member of all other Board committees

Admissions Ambassador and Bonne Chance Auction Volunteer for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Board experience includes Magic House, Shooting Star Productions, Learning Disability Association, and Washington University Health Administration Program Alumni Association

Elizabeth A. Miller, Head of School

Head of School for Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School
Board member since 2013

Independent school administrator and international business manager

Anthony S. Waskiewicz, Jr., Vice Chair

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

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

Eloise Engman Schmitz '83, Treasurer

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

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)

Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, Secretary

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 

Timothy R. Barrett

Chief Executive Officer, Biomedical Systems Corporation
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alum
Board Committee Membership: Committee on Trustees 

Member of the Board of Directors of Triad Bank and Finance Committee of De Smet Jesuit High School. Former member of Board of Trustees of De Smet Jesuit High School and Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

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

 

Matuschka Lindo 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 
Board Committee Membership: Head Support Committee

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


Janice Cataldi

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

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 
Board Committee Membership:
Building & Grounds Committee Chair, Executive Committee

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

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

Timothy O. George

Vice President, Lockton Companies
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties:  Parent of VDOH students
Board Committee Membership: Board Secretary, Advancement Committee Chair, Executive Committee

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 and parent of VDOH student
Board Committee Membership: Advancement Committee, Head Support and Evaluation (former Chair), Committee on Trustees (Chair)

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

Paul M. Hilton

Senior Managing Director, Principal, Cassidy Turley
Board member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Husband of VDOH alum and parent of VDOH alums
Board Committee Membership: Building and Grounds Committee

Past Board President of the Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM)

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

John Lord

Partner, Williams, Venker and Sanders, LLC. 
Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and alum 
Board Committee Membership:
Committee on Trustees

Former Presidents of the VDOH Fathers' Club and John Burroughs School Alumni Board

Jim 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 OH '83

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

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

Lucy Hatton Schmidt '72

Board Member since 2010
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alumna, and parent of VDOH alums
Board Committee Membership: Committee on Trustees

Member of Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Board, Chairperson of Georgetown Scholarship Program and member of Alumni Admissions Program at Georgetown University

Tony 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 Steussie

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

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
Board Committee Membership:Building & Grounds Committee 

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 (www.hdp.com)  
Board Member since 2013
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student  
Board Committee Membership: Chair, Head Support and Evaluation Committee

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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