The Foundation has awarded nearly $15 million in scholarships by investing more than $1.3 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 $939.

Last Year CEF Provided

$1,308,562
IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
to
1,402
STUDENTS
at
20
SCHOOLS

This Year CEF Projects

$1,401,037
IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
to
1,492
STUDENTS
at
21
SCHOOLS

Foundation Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
William W. Kirk
Office: 913-647-0383
Mobile: 574-286-0059
GRANTS & MARKETING MANAGER
Erica C. Kratofil
Office: 913-647-0379
Mobile: 913-940-7350
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
TAX CREDIT PROCESS MANAGER
Debbie Herrman
Office: 913.721.1573
Mobile: N/A

Board of Directors

Board Leadership

Joan Wells
Chair
The Wellington Group
(Executive Committee)
Terry Sexton
Vice Chair
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
(Executive Committee)
Jean McPherson
Secretary/Treasurer
(Executive Committee)

Board Members

Randy Brown
Gastrointestinal Associates
Stephanie Goodenow
Law Office of Stephanie Goodenow LLC
Chris Greco
Location Labs
Johnny Hart
Apple
Jeff Jaworski
Triune Financial Partners
John Kmetz
BKD
Lesle Knop, ex officio
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Todd Koca
Symmedrx
Mike Kuckelman
Kuckelman Torline Kirkland & Lewis
Susan Lally
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish
Pat Lillis
Overland Park Dental Design
Scott Loewen
C2FO
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)
Mark Radetic
Marks Nelson Vohland Radetic LLC
Jane Rall
Tim Rosa
Titan Built, LLC
Elizabeth Samples
Husch Blackwell
Fr. Brian Schieber, ex officio
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
Jon Schnieders
Compass Minerals International
Jake Sorenson
Aerotek
Derek Teeter
Husch Blackwell LLP
(Executive Committee)
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

Hamp Henning
Robert W. Baird & Co.
(Executive Committee)
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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