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 Letter from Tim Kudron
Dear CUES Friends,
For forty five years, generous supporters of the CUES School System have made it possible for children from inner-city Omaha neighborhoods to receive a quality education. At CUES, we focus on the entire family. When a child is worried about the wellbeing of the family it impacts their ability to focus on school. That is why we connect families to community resources. Through the years we have connected thousands of families to food, transportation, clothing, utility or rent support, child care, health care and much more. We would not be able to make such an impact if it were not for donors and community partners.
We believe that by teaching values such as kindness and love for all human beings, we positively impact change. We are proud that 90% of our students go on to graduate high school; this is a 22% improvement from the national average. The CUES Fund Board of Directors are focused on a sustainable future for these three schools so we can continue to enhance the lives of others. It takes a lot of work to fund this vision and we are grateful for the support of our donors who help us transform lives.
Chair, Board of Directors
CUES Fund Board Members
John C. Kenefick (1921-2011)
Senior Vice President, Tenaska Inc.
Omaha President, Great Western Bank
Susana Wiese Lizcano
Sr Mgr Shipment Quality, Union Pacific Railroad
President, LaGreca Group
Partner, Timmerman Land & Cattle Co.
President, Pella Windows & Doors
Past Chair and School System Liaison
Owner, Omaha Car Care
Branch Manager, ACCESSbank
Ted Bridges III
President, Bridges Investment Management
Founder & President, MCL Construction
CEO, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
EVP, First National Bank
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
AVP/Assistant Athletic Director, Creighton University
William Tate Fitzgerald
CIO, Centris Federal Credit Union
Owner, Quality Clinical Research
Senior VP- Wealth Management, The Lindstrom Group – UBS
President & CEO, Waitt Company
President & CEO, CHI Immanuel
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.
Susan has been with CUES since 2009 as the Database Administrator, keeping track of donor biographical information and donations. She previously worked for UNO for 33 years. The last 20 of those years she worked for the UNO Alumni Association tracking graduates with all biographical and donation information. Susan has extensive work background with non-profits and work experience with complex database software. She was born in Omaha but spent three years in Michigan and two years in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Deb has more than 20 years of marketing, communications, public relations and development experience. She most recently served as Vice President of Marketing at Cobalt Credit Union where she oversaw all marketing efforts. Prior to that she directed all marketing, sales, and development efforts at SAC Aerospace Museum. She held roles in business development at BH Media and communications positions at ConAgra Foods.
She attended Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska and focused on business administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha with an emphasis in marketing. Deb has three children and two grandchildren.
Karen has been a part of the CUES Organization for over 20 years through her work at Holy Name School. Creating a culture of learning that allows at risk youth to succeed is her primary goal. While working at Holy Name as Technology Coordinator, she pursued her passion of helping children in the classroom and by writing grants for Holy Name and the CUES Schools. Karen has worked at Holy Cross, St. Richards and St. Bernards schools in Omaha. She spent 5 years at Boys and Girls Town and worked evenings at Omaha Home for Boys and Westside Middle School. Through grant writing Karen strives to provide CUES Schools with the resources they need for the children. Karen and her husband have been married 49 years and are the proud parents of two and have 5 grandchildren.
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.
Donor System and Database Director
Kenley is a proven development professional offering more than a decade of expertise in fundraising, database management and the creation and implementation of successful fundraising strategies.
Kenley has travelled throughout his career, gaining experience from national institutions. Most recently, he served as the annual fund and individual giving manager for the Kentucky Science Center where he managed multiple databases to ensure timely, accurate and consistent data. Prior to that, he lived in Charleston, SC and served as the advancement systems coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium where he managed all records, data mining, and supported development and advancement initiatives.
Kenley has a history with Omaha nonprofits. From 2008 to 2016 he worked in development roles for nonprofit organizations including the Nebraska Humane Society, KANEKO and Joslyn Art Museum. Additionally, he has worked in database management in New York, NY for Grace Church School and in Memphis, TN for the National Civil Rights Museum.
Kenley has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and his past activities in Omaha included volunteering with a grassroots perishable food rescue and delivery nonprofit agency in Omaha as well as the Omaha Public Library and the Union for Contemporary Art. His current favorite pastimes are reading books to his three-year-old and playing tennis.
He met his wife, Jara, in Memphis, Tennessee in 2004 and is happy to be back in Omaha.