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Catholic, Independent Elementary Schools Serving Chicago’s Children Since 1876

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has the responsibility, in consultation with school administration, for setting school policy, maintaining the Schools’ financial health and selecting the Head of Schools. The board is accountable through the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals to the United States Provincial Team of the Society of the Sacred Heart for operating the Schools according to the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education. The Board is composed of no more than 30 members, three of whom must be Religious of the Sacred Heart. The Head of Schools and President of Parents of the Heart (the Schools’ organization of parents) are ex officio members.

The Board meets as a whole five times per year and operates through several standing committees. Each board member serves on at least one committee. Committees include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Audit & Risk Management
  • Development
  • Finance
  • Goals & Strategic Planning
  • Governance & Nominating

As is typical of independent schools, the Board is self-perpetuating, meaning that it elects its own new members. Criteria to be considered includes diversity of talent and background, willingness to serve and perform the duties required, prior efforts on behalf of the school and conformance to the guidelines for makeup of the Board as set forth in the bylaws. Board members are diverse in their talents and backgrounds, but share a common devotion to Sacred Heart and its mission as expressed through hard work and generosity.

2016-17 Board of Trustees

Mrs. Suzanne Bettman
Chairperson of the Board

Mr. Aric Cleland
Vice Chair

Mrs. Amy Andrews
Mrs. Anne Auten
Mr. Dan Bayston
Mr. Dustan Beier
Sr. Donna Collins, RSCJ
Mr. Patrick Collins
Mr. Matt Couture
Mrs. Karen Croteau
Mr. Timothy Devine
Sr. Frances Gimber, RSCJ
Mr. Michael Husman H’89
Fr. Steve Katsouros, S.J.
Ms. Judith Keller
Mrs. Beth Kost (POTH)
Mr. Paul Kraemer
Mrs. Meggan Needham
Ms. Patti O’Neil
Mrs. Cynthia Patti
Mr. Perry Pinto
Mr. Phil Rhodes
Mr. George Ruhana
Mr. Rex Sessions
Mrs. Lisa Tiemann
Sr. Anne Wachter, RSCJ
Mr. Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools
Mr. Joey Yao H'86

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