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


Meet our Admissions Team


Ann Chiumino
Admissions Director

Ann Chiumino began her employment at Sacred Heart in March 2018 as Assistant Development Director, Alumni Relations. As part of the Development Team, Ms. Chiumino worked with alums of all ages and increased alumni engagement with Sacred Heart. She began as Admissions Director in September 2021.

Ann graduated from Western Michigan University with a double major in English and History. She received her Juris Doctor in 2002 from Loyola University Chicago. She practiced law for 14 years, then focused on her raising her two daughters, Academy 2022 and 2025.

Ann continues to dedicate a significant amount of her free time to Sacred Heart, coaching cross country, as a member of the Parents Athletic Advisory Committee, and a member of Fine Arts Council. She also enjoys reading, running, and learning to play pickleball.  

Carolyn Meurer
Associate Admissions Director

Carolyn Meurer is in her sixth year in the Sacred Heart Admissions department, where she assists prospective families in navigating the admissions process. She is also responsible for maintaining applicant records and working with the Ravenna system. In addition to her Admissions duties, she also works as a SHS softball coach.

Carolyn graduated from DePaul University with a business degree and worked in elementary education for a time before joining the Sacred Heart Admissions Team.

Carolyn enjoys the outdoors, whether she’s walking around her Chicago neighborhood with her rescue pup, hiking in the woods, or kayaking in the local lakes and rivers.

James Nuessen
Assistant Admissions Director

James Nuessen is in his 10th year at Sacred Heart Schools, his sixth as an Admissions Team member. He is responsible for introducing Sacred Heart education to prospective parents through school tours and interviews.

James graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Economics.
Outside of the office, James is an avid runner, sports fanatic and wannabe chef. He enjoys travel, all things food and spending time with his family.

Beatriz Douma
Assistant Admissions Director

Beatriz Douma recently joined the admissions team. She will be conducting the assessments for children, as well as touring and providing support to prospective families during the admissions process.  Bea has over 25 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education and served as the Admissions Director at Warren W. Cherry Preschool for the last 5 years.

Bea has a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Studies from Michigan State University. She earned her Bilingual Education Endorsement from National Louis University and is fluent in Spanish.

Bea and her family have been a part of the Sacred Heart Schools community on Sheridan Road for many years. During her 14- year tenure as a parent, she served the school in various volunteer capacities such as being a room parent for her children’s classes, co-chairing the Red and White Rally, and co-chairing L’Esprit in 2007.

She is very happy to be back at Sacred Heart and looks forward to supporting families through the admissions process.