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, John Schuele
I joined the CUES Fund board in 2018 because I believe every family deserves the opportunity to choose the education that fits their needs. Parents should never have to choose a school based solely on economic circumstances. CUES Schools never turn a child away, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. I am honored to serve as the CUES Fund Board of Directors Chair for the next year.
The CUES Schools – Sacred Heart, All Saints, and Holy Name – do much more than teach. Through our Student and Family Support program, we provide social and emotional learning, family support, counseling, and advocacy. Many students come to school to spend time with their second family, and to receive a strong, faith-based education. It is rewarding to watch our eighth graders grow as we follow their success beyond our walls.
The CUES Fund Board of Directors is a diverse team of philanthropic leaders in Omaha, focused on a sustainable future for the CUES School System. It takes a lot of work to fund this mission, and we are grateful to our donors who help us transform lives.
CUES Fund Board Members
John C. Kenefick (1921-2011)
President & CEO, Waitt Company
President & CEO, CHI Health Immanuel
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Buildings and Grounds
President, Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha
Britt Thedinger, M.D.
Otologist-Neurologist, Ear Specialist of Omaha
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Vice President, Burlington Capital Real Estate
Titus Adams, Sacred Heart Alum
General Superintendent, Turner Construction Company
Owner, Omaha Car Care
Founder & President, MCL Construction
President & CEO, Nebraska Methodist College
President, Rush Creek Advisors
Terry Connealy, Past Chair
CEO, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
William Tate Fitzgerald
EVP/CIO & COO, Centris Federal Credit Union
Jacob Idra, All Saints Alum
Founder & Executive Director, ROSS Leaders
Vice President, FNBO
Owner/President, Kerry Kelley Consulting
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Tenaska Inc.
Senior Vice President, The Lindstrom Group – UBS
Susana Lizcano, Ph.D., P.E.
John Reed, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Northmarq
Partner, Timmerman Land & Cattle Co.
Director of Business Development, AIM Institute
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. Before CUES, he served as the chief executive for Great Plains Physician Network, a division of Great Plains Health in North Platte, Neb. 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 38-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 has been married to his wife, Ann, for nearly 40 years. They have three adult children: Kathleen, Michelle and Alex.
Cynthia “Cindi” Elston Horning
Chief Development Officer
Cindi Horning serves as the Chief Development Officer at CUES School System. With a passion for education and a proven track record in fundraising and development, she plays a pivotal role in advancing the school’s mission and ensuring its continued growth and success. With a rich background in Retail and Operation Management, Cindi brings 28 years of business and 10 years of Nonprofit experience to the CUES Fund. She has a proven history of driving successful development initiatives, cultivating strategic partnerships, and implementing innovative fundraising strategies.
Cindi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. She has consistently demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and stays abreast of the latest trends and best practices in business and corporate giving. Known for her visionary leadership, Cindi is dedicated to fostering a culture of philanthropy within the CUES community. She believes in the transformative power of education and is committed to ensuring that CUES continues to provide a high-quality learning experience for all students. Leveling the playing field for our students/families and putting them on trajectory of success.
Outside of her professional role, Cindi is actively involved in the local community. She has and does serve on many boards, committees, and community organizations, further demonstrating a commitment to making a positive impact beyond the schools’ campus. Born and raised in Omaha, She and her husband of 30 years reside here in Omaha. They have raised three kids and are avid KU Jayhawks fans.
Kent P Carson
Chief Operating and Information Officer
Kent Carson joined the CUES Fund in April 2022 as Database Administrator and was named the Chief Operating and Information Officer in December of 2022. Kent has 30 years of 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. In this role, Kent led the Agency through a period of technology expansion, administrative growth, risk assessment, facilities management and operational consolidation. These efforts standardized technology resources, expanded secured communication and facilities, and restructured the agency’s overall approach to administrative support.
Kent’s previous positions include: 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 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.
A Bellevue native, Tim’s Catholic roots go back to elementary school. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary, started his high school career at Creighton Prep and graduated from Bellevue High school. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Bellevue University.
After spending 35 years as an accounting manager at a trucking company, Tim decided he was not quite finished with his career. Tim joined the CUES team in 2018. From paying the bills to organizing paperwork, Tim manages many daily financial tasks of the organization. In 2019, Tim also began serving as the Business Manager for Sacred Heart Church.
Tim and his wife Phyllis have been married for over 45 years. Their two daughters, Christina and Laura, gave them four grandchildren to spoil.
Senior Director of Projects and Special Events
Born and raised in Omaha, Trish has been involved in multiple projects in the community. She received her bachelor of science degree from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Trish has a background in civic philanthropy, business and marketing. Before she joined CUES, Trish led events and stewardship and development with the Archdiocese of Omaha.
In her current role, Trish uses her creativity and passion for helping others to create inspiring and engaging events for our donors, students and other stakeholders. She oversees planning and execution of The Gathering and Tee It Up Fore CUES, two signature fundraising events that help underwrite the cost of student education.
Trish and her husband have four children, attending St. Margaret Mary, Duchesne Academy, Creighton Prep and Creighton University. Trish has been with the CUES team since 2018.
Marketing and Development Coordinator