Midwestern Leadership Appointments

  • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee, WI)

    Katherine Konieczny President, Appointed for 2018

    Katherine is an alumna of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and will return to lead the school following a successful tenure in Chicago’s public schools. Currently, she serves as Principal of Oscar Mayer Magnet School. Katherine holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton, an MS in Education from Northwestern University, and an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from National Louis University.

    Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior.

  • Groves Academy (St. Louis Park, MN)

    Kimberly Peeples Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Kim will join Groves Academy following a ten-year tenure at Breck School in Minneapolis. There, she served as an instructor of English and Ethics, as well as being appointed Community Outreach Coordinator, Upper School Dean of Studies, and Director of the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership. Previously, she taught in Detroit’s public schools. Kim holds a BA in English Education from Michigan State University, and an MA in English Education from Wayne State University.

    Groves Academy is Minnesota’s only established school for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders, and a national leader in educating students who learn differently. Its Learning Center serves families in the community who do not attend the school, and its Institute for Professional Learning shares the proven teaching methods from the school to advance literacy instruction among other teachers, schools, and organizations.

  • Hathaway Brown School, Admissions Director (Cleveland, OH)

    Elizabeth Pinkerton Admissions Director, Appointed for 2017

    Elizabeth will join Hathaway Brown School following a nine-year tenure as Associate Director of Admission for the Lower School at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri. Prior to that appointment, she served an additional eight years as a classroom teacher at the school. Elizabeth holds a BA in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri.

    Hathaway Brown School provides an inclusive environment that challenges girls in grades K-12 with its commitment to a fusion of academic and experiential learning.

  • Hawken School (Gates Mills, OH)

    Samuel Steinhouse Chief Financial Officer, Appointed for 2017

    Sam will join Hawken School from outside the educational industry. He is currently a Managing Member of Excel Air Tool Co. LLC, where he has also served as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he led a real estate investment firm and was a key administrator of a manufacturing group and an insurance firm. Sam has served on the board of several public and charter schools. He holds a BBA in Finance from University of Michigan’s School of Business.

    Hawken School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving Grades K-12. Central to Hawken’s mission is its promise to “prepare students to navigate a complex and dynamic world with self-confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity.”

  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)

    Sarah Schmidt Associate Director for International Admissions, Appointed for 2017

    Sarah joins Macalester College following a six-year tenure as Associate Director of Admissions at Vassar College in New York. Previously, she interned at New York University while earning her Master’s degree. She began her career in university admissions at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she served as an Admissions Officer. Sarah holds a BA in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Hamilton College and an MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from New York University.

    Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)

    Yancie Davis Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, Appointed for 2017

    Yancie Davis will join Macalester College following four years as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Outreach at Stanford University. Previously, he served as the College Access and Success Manager at East Bay College Fund in Oakland, California. Prior to that appointment, Yancie was the program manager for the non-profit, BUILD. Yancie has also worked in Campus Recruitment Management in both California and New Mexico. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Globalization & Consumer Behavior from University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

    Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

  • Whitfield School (St. Louis, MO)

    Emily Klimek Institutional Advancement Directo, Appointed for 2017

    Emily joins Whitfield School after a five year tenure as Chief Development Officer at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Prior to that she served for four years as the Director of development at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.  She has also worked in Donor Relations and Development at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School as well as at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Emily holds a BA in English from Colgate University and an MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12, located on a 26–acre campus in suburban St. Louis. Whitfield cultivates ethical, confident, and successful students in a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust.

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