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, Chris Wiedenfeld
I have served on the CUES board for four years and 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. We walk with our families along the journey of education and offer support beyond the classroom. We help families grow by offering social and emotional support and by connecting families to community resources in their time of need.
The impact of this support means that we become a second home to our students. 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)
Regional President, Great Western Bank
President, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Buildings and Grounds
William Tate Fitzgerald
CIO, Centris Federal Credit Union
President & CEO, Waitt Company
Past Chair, Marketing Chair, and School System Liaison
Owner, Omaha Car Care
Branch Manager, ACCESSbank
Ted Bridges III
CEO, Bridges Trust
Founder & President, MCL Construction
President & CEO, Nebraska Methodist College
Adrian Dowell Jr.
AVP/Associate Athletic Director, Creighton University
CEO, Quality Clinical Research
Vice President, FNBO
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Tenaska Inc.
Senior Vice President, The Lindstrom Group – UBS
Susana Wiese Lizcano
Director Corporate Audit, Union Pacific Railroad
President & CEO, CHIHealth Immanuel
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.
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.
Sarah was born in Omaha, and grew up in Bennington, NE. She attended Bennington High School and received her B.S. in Business through Bellevue University. Sarah has a background in the healthcare field, including doctor trained medical assisting for pediatric ophthalmology specialists, onboarding and compliance documentation record keeping for traveling medical professionals, quality assurance auditing, reporting, and policy writing. She is new to the CUES team and the non-profit world, as of May 2021. Outside of work, Sarah is an avid animal rescue enthusiast and currently has three, very loved and very spoiled, rescue cats.
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.