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)
CEO, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
President & CEO, Waitt Company
Shareholder, Koley Jessen
Buildings and Grounds
William Tate Fitzgerald
EVP/CIO & COO, 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/Director of Athletics,
University of Nebraska-Omaha
CEO, Quality Clinical Research
Vice President, FNBO
President of Central States Health & Life Co. of Omaha
Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Tenaska Inc.
Senior Vice President, The Lindstrom Group – UBS
Susana Lizcano, Ph.D., P.E.
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. 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.
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.
An Omaha native, Loretta attended Northwest High School and received her bachelor of science degree from Creighton University. Loretta’s career spans the airline, automotive, railroad and trucking industries.
Loretta has extensive experience in training and managing teams. Before she joined CUES in 2022, Loretta worked at Union Pacific Railroad for 15 years.
From handling team schedules to organizing donor data, Loretta plays an integral part in the daily operations of the CUES Fund. Loretta shares a connection with the CUES School System; all of her children attended Holy Name Elementary, one of the three CUES Schools.
Loretta is married with six awesome adult children and one wonderful grandson to spoil.
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.
Special Events Director
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.
With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and public relations, Rachel believes everyone has a story to tell. Rachel loves sharing stories that touch the heart – the stories of the CUES School System children and families – to our stakeholders. Rachel Develops and leads marketing initiatives to increase brand awareness, helping to drive enrollment and fundraising growth for CUES Schools. From pitching reporters to writing social media posts, Rachel uses a variety of skills and tools to accomplish key marketing objectives.
Rachel joined CUES in August of 2022 after serving as the Senior Public Relations Specialist at Outlook Nebraska. In this role, she handled media relations, wrote and edited marketing materials, managed a freelance writing team, and coordinated government relations initiatives. Rachel traveled multiple times to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and acted as company spokesperson during a variety of radio and TV interviews.
Rachel graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in media studies. In 2017, Rachel earned the Accreditation in Public Relations certification. Fewer than 20 percent of public relations professionals complete the certification, which involves an exam, preparing a portfolio and a presentation. Rachel passed on her first attempt.
Rachel lives in Plattsmouth, Neb. With her husband, son and their very spoiled black lab. Rachel is always looking for her next story, so please keep the great stories coming her way!