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
  • Enrollment Management
  • Finance
  • 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.

2019-20 Board of Trustees

Mr. Dan Bayston
Chairperson of the Board


Mrs. Mary Anderson
Mrs. Amy Andrews
Mr. Erwin Aulis
Ms. Anne Auten
Mrs. Joan Callahan
Mr. Pat Chambliss
Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ
Mr. Patrick Collins
Mr. Matthew J. Couture
Ms. Karen Croteau
Mr. Rahul J. Danak
Mr. Timothy Devine
Mr. Kevin Dowdle 
Mr. Dan Fazio
Mrs. Christy Gerst
Mr. Tony Harris
Mrs. Cheri Hubbard
Mr. Paul Kraemer
Mr. Eric Mansell
Mrs. Meggan Needham
Mrs. Cynthia Patti
Mr. Phil Rhodes
Sr. Sue Rogers, RSCJ
Mrs. Heather Shaffer (POTH)
Sr. Anne Wachter, RSCJ 
Mr. Peter Wall
Mr. Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools
Mr. Joey Yao H'86