Board of Trustees

 

Richard (Rick) V. Geraci -President of LRCSS/ Principal of Immaculata High School

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July 2015-Present

Richard (Rick) V. Geraci attended Catholic schools from 1st through 12th grade, and graduated from Rome Catholic High School in Rome, NY. He is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute and Park University and holds graduate degrees in Education, Management, System Management and National Security/Strategic Studies. Mr. Geraci is a retired Army Brigadier General and has over eleven years of experience in secondary and higher education. He is a licensed school administrator holding building and district leadership professional licenses. (See complete bio below.)

Richard V. Geraci Full Biography

 

Rolly Dessert, Board Chair

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Rolly Dessert is a retired Army officer and a graduate of West Point, where he received a bachelor of science degree. He was awarded a master of arts in international relations from the University of Denver. Rolly is an adjunct faculty member for the Benedictine College School of Business. He serves as a trustee with the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Shelter of Hope, a ministry for the homeless. Rolly was the President of the Leavenworth Catholic Schools from 1999-2002.

 

 

Van Nine, Vice Chair 

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Van Nine is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Distinguished Military Graduate award with a regular Army commission. He currently works as a military analyst and capability developer after retiring from the military where he received numerous awards and medals including a Presidential Unit Citation and Bronze Star Medal for wartime service.  Van was the chairman, District of Korea, Boy Scouts of America, and the recipient of the District Centennial Quality Award and District Award of Merit.  Van is a Fourth Degree Knight and certified Catechist who currently serves his Catholic parish as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, Children' Liturgist and volunteer with the prison ministry.  Van and his wife, Cathy, are the proud parents of five children; one at Xavier, two at Immaculata, and two IMAC alums who are currently at K-State and KU.

 

Angela Chmidling, Secretary

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Angela Chmidling is a graduate of Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration and emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. A convert to Catholicism, she was received into the Catholic church in 2001 and became a member of Immaculate Conception – St. Joseph parish where she, and her husband, Craig (IMAC Alumni, Class of 1987) are currently active members. Angela enjoys being actively involved in our school system, has served on the PTO, and has also hosted several BBQ Competition events in order to benefit the LRCSS.  She has two children attending Xavier and IMAC.

 

 

Beth Sanford, Treasurer

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Beth Sanford graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is married to Leif Sanford, and they have 3 children, all of whom attend LRCSS. She and her family are members of the St. Francis de Sales parish. Beth is the Finance Director for the city of Lansing, where she has worked for 21 years.

 

 

 

Greg Beck

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The oldest of 12 Catholic children, Greg Beck is a member/lector/cantor of St Joseph-Immaculate Conception Parish and is the area’s Knights of Columbus District Deputy and Financial Secretary for Ft Leavenworth’s KofC Council. A 1980 West Point graduate he holds a mechanical engineering Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s in Business and Adult Education and has taught Quantitative Analysis Skills and Probability/Statistics as a college adjunct professor. He is a 20-year veteran instructor at Ft. Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College and currently helps instruct-manage their on-line, 5000 officer/student, distance education instruction. Both his children attended the Xavier Catholic Schools and both graduated college with his daughter getting her PhD in civil engineering and his son graduating from West Point as the #1 engineer in his class.  Mr. Beck is a retired Lieutenant Colonel Army Helicopter Pilot and celebrates 33 years being married to Judy Beck, a family practice nurse practitioner and cradle Catholic.

 

Rev. Richard McDonald

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Rev. David McEvoy, O., Carm.

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Rev. David McEvoy was ordained a Carmelite Order in 1988. He attended St. Joseph grade school and is a graduate of Immaculata High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in History from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Theology degree from the Washington Theological Union. Father David began his career as a Carmelite priest in pastoral ministry at St. John Parish in Leonia, New Jersey, where he served as associate pastor. In 1990, he became Eastern Commissary Provincial and vocation director. Leaving those appointments, in 1995, he became Novice Director of formation in Middletown, New York. After two years Father David became the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish. Five years later, he took on the additional duties becoming an elected member of the provincial council. Today Father David serves as the pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s Parish.

  

Rev. William McEvoy

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Father Bill is a Leavenworth native, and attended Immaculate Conception Grade School. While a student at Leavenworth High School he was active in the region’s Catholic youth ministry program. While a Student at Saint Mary College (now the University of Saint Mary) he directed the youth program. After graduating from Saint Mary in 1983, he began studies for the priesthood as a seminarian for the archdiocese, attending Kenrick Seminary in Saint Louis, Mo. Ordained in 1987, Father Bill has served in parishes in Topeka, Overland Park, Leawood, and for nearly seventeen years in northeast Kansas City, Kansas. He became pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lansing in 2010.

 

Dr. Kathy O'Hara

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Kathleen O’Hara is a graduate of Mercyhurst College of Erie, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Theater Arts and Secondary Education.  She also holds a Master of Science degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  She provides support and service to all areas of operations and strategic planning for the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, including approximately 15,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff. Kathy has taught at all levels of education, including the graduate level, and received distinguished service and outstanding faculty awards.  In addition, she has given numerous presentations on various educational topics to a variety of audiences.  She has served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, and currently serves on the boards of Benedictine and Donnelly Colleges. 

Kathy and her husband, Jim, have five children and fourteen grandchildren.  They are members of St. Joseph parish in Shawnee, Kansas, where Kathy serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.  Kathy was born in Philadelphia and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she attended Catholic schools through high school, as did Jim.  Jim was employed by Kansas City Life Insurance Company until he became disabled from Multiple Sclerosis in 1994. 

               

Doug Scalard

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Doug Scalard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.  He also earned a Master of Arts in History at Duke University and has taught history at West Point and at the US Army Command and General Staff College.  After a twenty year career as an Army infantry officer Doug retired and became a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial.  He holds the Certified Financial Planner® designation and the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor (SM) designation.  Doug is the President of the St. Casimir Men's Society, a position at which he has served for about 16 of the past 20 years, a Third Degree Knight of Columbus, and a member of the St. Casimir Parish Council for over 15 years.  Doug and Sue have three daughters who were brought up in Catholic School systems in most of the places to which they were assigned, including the Leavenworth Catholic Schools.

  

Katherine (Kate) A. Varney

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Katherine (Kate) A. Varney is a graduate of Avila University, Kansas City, with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Law.  Kate works as a trial attorney for the federal government in Kansas City.  She also currently serves as a reserve component Judge Advocate in the U. S. Army Reserve with 23 years of service on active duty and in the reserves.  Kate and her husband, Rob, have four children, one at Xavier, two at Immaculata, and one Immaculata graduate.  The Varneys are active parishioners at St. Francis de Sales where Kate serves on parish council.   

 

Rev. Phil Winkelbauer

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Fr. Phil Winkelbauer was born and raised in Horton, Kansas. He was the oldest son of Leonard and Wilma, and brother to Colette and Leland. He studied in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Denver, Colorado, before being ordained of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas on June 7, 1975. He has been stationed in various parishes throughout the Archdiocese and in July of 2003, was assigned as pastor to Sacred Heart - St. Casimir Parish. He celebrates Mass with the Xavier students on Wednesdays when school is in session. He helps out with prayer and sacraments as he is able to at Immaculata. 

 

 

Greg Penfield

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Colonel Greg Penfield is an active duty Army Strategist with extensive strategic planning experience, to include four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan on senior level staffs. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and graduate degrees in Management and Leadership, and National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, IMAC Booster Club executive committee member, and active volunteer at IMAC. Greg and his wife Kelly have two children: Joel is a 2015 IMAC graduate and now a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, and daughter Aubrie is an IMAC Freshman. The Penfields are active parishioners at St. Francis de Sales.

 

 

Lisa Runnels-Nevins

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Since studying Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas, Lisa Runnels-Nevins has actively developed her professional profile in a variety of ways including starting her own business to promote sustainable building and remodeling practices.  In May of 2014, she received her MA in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising through Avila University. 

Lisa Runnels-Nevins is working as a Development Officer for the University of Saint Mary.  Her areas of focus are major gifts, foundation relations, and grant writing.  She is a member of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division, Young Professionals, and Kansas City’s Women Mentoring Women program.  

She and her husband, Derek, reside in Leavenworth, Kansas and are blessed with five children.  They are active members of the Sacred Heart-St. Casimir Parish and their children are students in the Leavenworth Regional Catholic School System.  Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading, and collecting Navajo jewelry.  In addition, the Nevins family are sponsors for Operation International.  Lisa believes strongly in Catholic education and is passionate about serving toward its success.