The Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships by investing more than $1.5 million back into Catholic education each year.

The CEF believes that ALL children who seek a Catholic education, one that offers both quality and faith, should be given the opportunity. By helping these children, and their families, we are making their dreams a reality.

A History of Success

The Archdioceses of Kansas City in Kansas covers administrative costs for CEF, allowing 100% of grants and donations to go directly to scholarships for students in need. CEF's average scholarship is about $1, 072.

Last Year CEF Provided

$1,401,037
IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
to
1,307
STUDENTS
at
21
SCHOOLS

This Year CEF Projects

$1,505,097
IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
to
1,404
STUDENTS
at
22
SCHOOLS

Foundation Staff

TAX CREDIT PROCESS MANAGER
Debbie Herrman
Office: 913.721.1573
Mobile: 913.908.6838
GRANTS & MARKETING MANAGER
Erica Kratofil
Office: 913-647-0379
Mobile: 913-940-7350
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & DEVELOPMENT
Janet Rethman
Office: 913-721-1574
Mobile: 913-961-8653
DIRECTOR OF TAX CREDITS
Adrienne Runnebaum
Office: 913-721-1572
Mobile: 913-515-4854
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Donna Wolfgeher
Office: 913-647-0344
Mobile: N/A

Board of Directors

Board Leadership

Terry Sexton
Chair
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
(Executive Committee)
Derek Teeter
Vice Chair
Husch Blackwell LLP
(Executive Committee)
Jeff Jaworski
Secretary/Treasurer
Triune Financial Partners
(Executive Committee)

Board Members

Joan Charbonneau
Perfect Promotions
Stephanie Goodenow
Law Office of Stephanie Goodenow LLC
Chris Greco
Symantec
Johnny Hart
Apple
John Kmetz
BKD
Lesle Knop, ex officio
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Todd Koca
CrownSource LLC
Mike Kuckelman
Kuckelman Torline Kirkland
Susan Lally
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish
Pat Lillis
Overland Park Dental Design
Scott Loewen
C2FO
Denise Mills
LeaderFuel Now
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, ex officio
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Brad Newcomer
DH Pace
John O'Connor
American Century Investments
Dr. Kathleen O'Hara, ex officio
Archdiocese of KC in KS Schools - Superintendent
(Executive Committee)
Tim Rosa
Titan Built, LLC
Elizabeth Samples
Husch Blackwell
Fr. Brian Schieber, ex officio
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
Jon Schnieders
Compass Minerals International
Vicki Shepherd
Guidant Group
Jake Sorenson
Aerotek
Carol Martin Tracy
SFS Architecture
Zena Weist
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Fr. Mitchel Zimmerman, ex officio
St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center

Past Board Chairs

Joan Wells
Wellington
(Executive Committee)
Hamp Henning
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Mark Ledom
Diversified Asset Management
Pat McAnany
McAnany Construction
Nelson Newcomer
DH Pace

Emeritus

Rich Henry
Kansas City Homes
Tom Zarda
Zarda Brothers

"Thanks to you, students in CEF schools have the opportunity to overcome economic adversity and develop their talents to the fullest."

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen O'Hara

Every Child Deserves a Quality Education

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