CUES Fund

Mission

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,

Many people have expressed their appreciation for the new CUES School System. Greater accountability in governance, financial management, classroom structure, student/teacher performance, and curriculum development all work to make CUES a smart investment.

The CUES School System was formed so we might increase our schools’ capacity to positively impact students and families. Changes were also made at the CUES Fund to increase our ability to raise both money and awareness for the school system. The CUES Fund office increased its capacity and is now staffed to fund its own operations and the operations of the CUES School System.

It takes a lot of work to fund the new vision and we now have a team in place to get us there. We are thankful for the many talented CUES Fund staff members who have joined our team in the last year.

Gratefully,

Tim Kudron
Board Chair, CUES Fund 

2018-19 CUES Fund Board Members

Founder
John C. Kenefick (1921-2011)

Chair
Tim Kudron
Senior Vice President, Tenaska Inc.

Vice Chair
Chris Wiedenfeld
Omaha President, Great Western Bank

Treasurer
Dan Koraleski
Partner, KPMG

Secretary 
Susana Wiese Lizcano
Sr Mgr Shipment Quality, Union Pacific Railroad

Marketing
Celann LaGreca
President, LaGreca Group

Development
Jim Timmerman
Partner, Timmerman Land & Cattle Co.

Building and Grounds 
Paul Jeffrey
Principal Emeritus, BVH Architecture

Nominating 
Gregory Boulay
President, Pella Windows & Doors

Past Chair and School System Liaison
Rick Bettger
Owner, Omaha Car Care

Board Members
Titus Adams*
Entrepreneur

Cathy Banks*
Branch Manager, Cobalt Credit Union

Ted Bridges III
President, Bridges Investment Management

Bob Carlisle
Founder & President, MCL Construction

Terry Connealy
CEO, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage

David Cota
EVP, First National Bank

Taylor Dieckman
Shareholder, Koley Jessen

Adrian Dowell
AVP/Assistant Athletic Director, Creighton University

William Tate Fitzgerald
CIO, Centris Federal Credit Union

Seneca Harrison
Owner, Quality Clinical Research

Dan Lindstrom
Senior VP- Wealth Management, The Lindstrom Group – UBS

Molly Schropp
Civic Benefactor

John Schuele
President & CEO, Waitt Company

Ann Schumacher
President & CEO, CHI Immanuel

Tom Worthington
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.

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CUES Fund Staff

Kelly Von Mock

Kelly Von Mock

Finance

Kelly Von Mock has been with CUES since October 2017 as the CUES Fund and School System Controller. Kelly has a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from St. Francis University. She has previously worked at Ho-Chunk Inc., St. Augustine Indian Mission, and Little Priest Tribal College. What drew her to CUES was that she knew of the impact Fr. Dave had at Saint Augustine Indian Mission and she wanted to be a part of similar success here.

Tim Adams

Tim Adams

Bookkeeper

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 Gerding

Susan Gerding

Database Administrator

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.

Stacy Cope

Stacy Cope

Database Specialist

Stacy grew up in Kearney and is a graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.  Before joining the CUES Fund team, she worked in annual giving and database management at the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Benedictine College, and Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha.  Stacy and her husband Brendan have two children, Teddy and Molly.

Trish Walz

Trish Walz

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.

Karen Smolinski

Karen Smolinski

Grant Writer

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.

Emily McKenna

Emily McKenna

Marketing Intern

Emily was born and raised in Omaha. She attended St. Pius X grade school, Marian High School, and is currently a senior at Creighton University. At Creighton, she is currently studying Journalism on the Public Relations track. Emily has always been passionate about storytelling and education. Being able to merge those two loves in her career at CUES is something she is truly grateful for everyday.