Board of Trustees

2019-2020

J. Spencer Finney, Jr. | Chair

Partner, Sage Capital LLC
Board Member since 2016
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student and husband of VDOH alum

Board Member, The Saint Louis Brewery

Anthony J. Soukenik | Vice Chair

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

Geeta Soorya Swaminathan ’87 | Secretary

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

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

Thomas J. Adamitis

Managing Director, The Yield Lab
Board Member since 2017
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students and alum

Board Member, Today and Tomorrow Foundation and St. Louis Chapter of Legatus

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

Ann Caire, RSCJ

Advancement and Alumnae Department, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston
Board Member since 2017
Sacred Heart ties: Religious of the Sacred Heart dedicated to the mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as expressed in the Goals and Criteria

Served on four Sacred Heart school boards and Board at Maryville University, former VDOH Head of School

Richard A. Dioli

Director of Schools, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Board Member since 2017
Sacred Heart ties: Head of a Sacred Heart School

Laura Condie George '87

Director of Scholarship Programs for the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
Board Member since 2018
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alum, parent of VDOH alum and parent of VDOH students

VDOH Building and Grounds Committee member, fundraising and event planning

Maureen Glavin, RSCJ


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

Trustee at Sacred Heart Schools

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

Missy Rosenthal Leggat '89


Family Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Board member since 2018
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH Alum, Parent of VDOH student, Parent of VDOH Alum 

VDOH Annual Giving Chair and Ambassador,  Live Auction Chair, Auction Chair, Class Rep, Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association Board Member, Maypole Co-Chair as well as Board member for Queen of Peace Center, Peace for Kids and active in other local charities

Josie Gonzalez Littlepage ’91

Owner + Producer, Cosmopolitan Events
Board Member since 2017
Sacred Heart ties: VDOH alum

Member, VDOH Advancement Committee 2013-2014; VDOH Philanthropic Engagement Committee 2014-2016; VDOH Community Engagement Committee 2016-2017; Member and Past President of the International Live Events Association, St. Louis Chapter

J.R. Mayer, Jr.

Prestige Custom Homes, President/Owner
Board Member since 2019
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students

Member VDOH Building & Grounds 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

Omar Qureshi

HighTower Advisors, Managing Director/Partner
Board Member since 2019
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH students and husband of VDOH alum

Member VDOH Finance Committee, Head of VDOH Investment Committee. Board experience includes HavenHouse St. Louis as a member and Treasurer

Paul C. Schnoebelen, III

President, The Fortune Group
Board member since 2018
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH alums

Member of Finance Committee at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish and School, Trustee and Committee member at DeSmet Jesuit High School, Fathers' Club President at VDOH, Trustee and Committee member at VDOH
 

Stephen J. Sweeny

Board member since 2017
Sacred Heart ties: Grandparent of VDOH student, Parent of Sacred Heart alum

Board Chair at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT, La Salle Academy, NYC, Cardinal McCloskey Family Services, NY: Member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, Paris, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Wash, DC, College of St Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, Alverno College, WI, Sisters of Charity of NY, Sponsorship Advisory Council, Commission on Accreditation, Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, Executive Committee and Commission

Aukje Vestjens-Rijpkema

Aukje Vestjens


Former Senior Application Engineer & Business Intelligence Specialist at Océ Technologies B.V. (a Canon Company)
Board member since 2018
Sacred Heart ties: Parent of VDOH student 

Chair of Parent Board at St. Andreas School, Velden, The Netherlands; Treasurer of Discovery Bay Dutch Institute, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, VDOH Community Engagement Committee, Treasurer of Make Music St. Louis, Inc.

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 25 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

Make A Nomination

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 24 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.