The CUES Fund secures financial support through private donations to fully fund the CUES School System. The school system provides centralized leadership and governance to three urban grade schools: Sacred Heart, All Saints and Holy Name. The CUES Fund is a non-religious, non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors.
A Message from Board Chair, Terry Connealy
I have served on the CUES board for three years and I have been a friend of CUES since 2007. I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Board for the next year. I was drawn to serve CUES because of its call to help in many aspects of students’ lives.
The CUES schools provide more than just a strong academic opportunity. The schools create an environment of encouragement. Our families in east Omaha neighborhoods choose the CUES School System – Sacred Heart, All Saints, and Holy Name, because of our welcoming, supportive, and diverse culture.
The impact of this support means that we become a second home to our students. We walk with our families along the journey of education and offer support beyond the classroom. We stay connected to our students after they leave eighth grade, and it is rewarding to watch our students grow as we follow their success through high school and beyond.
The CUES Fund Board of Directors is a diverse team of philanthropic leaders in Omaha, focused on a sustainable future for the three CUES Schools – Sacred Heart, All Saints and Holy Name. It takes a lot of work to fund this mission and we are grateful for the support of our donors who help us transform lives.
CUES Fund Board Members
John C. Kenefick (1921-2011)
President, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
President & CEO, Waitt Company
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Buildings and Grounds
William Tate Fitzgerald
CIO, Centris Federal Credit Union
Development, Past Chair
President, United Republic Bank
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Owner, Omaha Car Care
Ted Bridges III
CEO, Bridges Trust
Founder & President, MCL Construction
President & CEO, Nebraska Methodist College
President, Rush Creek Advisors
Adrian Dowell Jr.
Vice Chancellor of Athletics, UNO
CEO, Quality Clinical Research
Vice President, FNBO
Vice President, Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Tenaska Inc.
Senior Vice President, The Lindstrom Group – UBS
Susana Wiese Lizcano
Director Corporate Audit, Union Pacific
President & CEO, CHI Health Immanuel
Britt Thedinger, MD
Otologist-Neurologist, Ear Specialist of Omaha
Partner, Timmerman Land & Cattle Co.
Partner, McGrath North
President, CUES School System
Rev. David M. Korth
*Sacred Heart Alumni
Ways to Give
There are many ways to contribute and support the campaign for the CUES School System. Pledges are commitments made in good faith, but are not legally binding. Pledges are encouraged to be made over a five-year period. A commitment may be fulfilled through monthly, quarterly, semiannual, or annual installments. Gifts are made to the CUES Fund. The CUES Fund supports the CUES School System.
CUES Fund Staff
Bob has a passion for working to build relationships and systems that impact lives and families. He most recently served as the chief executive for Great Plains Physician Network, a division of Great Plains Health in North Platte. Bob also served as the principal adviser to physicians and hospital leadership with respect to operating hospital-based clinics. His prior experience includes his time as chief administrator officer of Children’s Specialty Physicians, chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of Creighton Medical Associates, in Omaha. Bob has significant experience in relationship development, compensation and benefits, financial and operational planning, cost performance improvement, contract negotiations and budgeting which spans a 30-year career.
Bob earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Creighton University and a master’s in healthcare administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been very active in the community serving on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and United Way in North Platte. He is married 36 years to his wife Ann and they have three adult children: Kathleen, Michelle and Alex.
Chief Development Officer
Ruth has more than 27 years of fundraising, communications, public relations and marketing experience most recently serving as Vice President of Development at Lutheran Family Services where she oversaw all program, operating, endowment and capital fundraising, and communications. Her prior experience includes roles as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at College of Saint Mary, Regional Director of Development for Creighton University, and Development Officer at Dana College. During her time in South Dakota State Government, Ruth was a member of Governor George S. Mickelson’s senior staff as director of constituent services, director of the community assistance program, executive policy analyst and also worked as an executive policy analyst for Governor William J. Janklow.
Ruth holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Dakota with graduate studies in public administration. Ruth is a member of Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, is active with the church and serves as a volunteer to advance Kountze Common’s inner-city community outreach. Ruth is married to Scott and has two married, adult, children and five grandchildren.
Tim was born in Bellevue, NE and attended St. Mary’s Grade School, started his high school years at Creighton Prep before graduating from Bellevue High school. He obtained his BA degree in Business and Accounting from Bellevue University. Tim worked for a local trucking company for 35 years , managing their accounting office, before joining the CUES organization in October of 2018. Tim has also been asked to serve as the Business Manager for Sacred Heart Church since March of 2019. Tim and his wife Phyllis have been married for 46 wonderful years and have two daughters Christina and Laura, that have given them 4 grandchildren to spoil.
Kent P Carson
Kent Carson joined the CUES Fund in April 2022 as Database Administrator, with 30 years’ experience directing information technology systems, business operations, administration, risk, and facilities management. Most recently, Kent served as Chief Operating and Information Officer for the Nebraska Children’s Society. During his 17 years at NCHS, Kent successfully led the Agency through a period of technology expansion, administrative growth, risk assessment, facilities management, and operational consolidation. These efforts allowed for standardization of technology resources, expansion of secured communication and facilities, restructure the agency’s overall approach to administrative support, and enhancement of department and agency-wide policies and procedures.
Kent has served as Director of Networked Systems for Guarantee Life Insurance Company, Networking and Systems Integration Director at ITI Marketing Services, and Information Technology Officer and Director of End-User Computing for FirsTier Financial, Inc. He has taught numerous Business and Information Technology courses at College of St. Mary in Omaha as an adjunct professor.
Kent has a Nebraska Educators Teaching Certificate and has been conferred a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Arts Management, a Master Business Administration, and a PhD in Organization and Management.
Special Events Director
Trish was born and raised in Omaha, attended Central High School and received her B.S. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Trish has a background in civic philanthropy, business, marketing, most recently, events and stewardship and development with the Archdiocese of Omaha. Trish and her husband have four children, attending St. Margaret Mary, Duchesne Academy, Creighton Prep and Creighton University. Trish has been with CUES team since 2018.