Advisory Board


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    Bishop Jeffrey R. Haines
    Advisory Board Member
    Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines was born October 6, 1958. He attended Holy Apostles Parish and Grade School, New Berlin, and graduated from New Berlin West High School in 1977. He began his college studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, before transferring and graduating from Marquette University in 1981 with a degree in theology. Bishop Haines attended Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for graduate theological studies from 1981-1985, earning a Masters of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 17, 1985, by Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B. After ordination, Bishop Haines was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Nicholas, Milwaukee. In 1987, he was given additional responsibilities as Associate Pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, Milwaukee. In 1991, he was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Eugene Parish, Fox Point. In 1996, he was appointed Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, West Bend. In 2002, he was granted temporary leave to study canon law at Catholic University. However, he returned within the year to become Temporary Administrator of St. Patrick Parish, Whitewater. In 2003, he returned as Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, West Bend, and was given additional responsibility as Assisting Priest of Immaculate Conception/St. Mary’s, West Bend in 2004. In 2011, he was appointed Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. Most Reverend Haines was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Francis on January 25, 2017. He was ordained on March 17, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. Additionally, Bishop Haines was three times elected moderator of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and currently is a member of the College of Consultors. He also served on the Archdiocesan Synod Preparatory Commission and the Archdiocesan Synod Implementation Commission. He is respected by fellow clergy and parishioners alike for his pastoral and leadership skills. Born in Milwaukee to his parents, Jim and Maureen (“Mo”) Haines, Bishop Haines has three siblings, John (Mary), Rick (Donna) and Anne (Sean) Haines Carroll.
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    Brian Kennedy
    Advisory Board Member
    Brian is a Milwaukee-based Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young, a $35 billion accounting and consulting firm employing more than 270,000 people worldwide. He has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and auditing in the US and Germany, focused primarily on multinational consumer/industrial products, retail, and technology companies. He is a member of the AICPA and WICPA. Brian is a licensed CPA in Illinois and Wisconsin. No stranger to volunteering, and generous with his time and attention, Brian is involved in a number of organizations in the Milwaukee area, including: Catholic East Elementary School (Advisory Board Member) Milwaukee Art Museum (Trustee, Audit Committee Chair) Seton Catholic Schools (Board Member) Notre Dame School of Milwaukee (Board Member) Fr. Gene's HELP Center (Board Member, Treasurer) Notre Dame Club of Milwaukee (Board Member, Treasurer) University of Wisconsin School of Business (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee)   Brian is a graduate of Marist High School in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. He relocated to Milwaukee from Chicago in 2016, lives on the Upper East Side of Milwaukee with his dog, Rudy, and is a parishioner of Three Holy Women Catholic Church.
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    Susan Ketterhagen
    Advisory Board Member
    Mrs. Ketterhagen is currently a parent of one scholar at Catholic East, her daughter Sara in seventh grade. Her son, Leo, graduated from CEE eighth grade in June 2020. Susan and her husband have been involved at the school for nearly a decade. She taught at ESCYM for more than 10 years. She has been a member of the Cathedral for more than 25 years. Susan enjoys working to promote Catholic East and Catholic education. She is pleased to collaborate with others to help to improve our school. She brings an Early Childhood knowledge and proves to be a valued resource when discussing matters of our youngest scholars. As a current Milwaukee Public School teacher, she is quite familiar with the challenges faced by many of our families, as well as the great responsibilities shouldered by our teachers.
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    Christopher Kuss
    Advisory Board Member
    Chris Kuss grew up moving around the world in a Marine Corps family. He has a lifelong appreciation of Catholic education, resulting from attending a Franciscan grade school, a Salesian high school, and a Jesuit university. After settling in Milwaukee, Chris was pleased to discover that the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist reminded him of a church he remembers best from his youth. Chris and his wife, April, live in Shorewood with their seven children, three of whom are currently enrolled at Catholic East. The family has been actively involved at the Cathedral as ministers of Hospitality. Chris is in the third year of his first term on the Parish Council, and is their liaison to Catholic East.
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    Lori Lester
    Advisory Board Member
    Lori Lester has been a Three Holy Women parishioner for more than 20 years. She and her husband, Keith, have three daughters: Lauren, who married Kyle Yarberry at St. Hedwig’s in 2012 and are living on Bainbridge Island, WA; Stephanie, a graduate of the University of Minnesota living in Seattle, WA; and Danielle, who is a senior at Virginia Tech studying Electrical Engineering. Lori has worked in education for more than 30 years and recently retired from Wauwatosa Public Schools where she served as an elementary principal. Lori started her career in the Milwaukee Public Schools as a teacher, working at Westside Academy and Maryland Avenue Montessori School for a combined 10 years. After moving to Whitefish Bay, she taught fifth grade for four years, and the Gifted and Talented program for three years. For the past 18 years, she served the West Allis and Wauwatosa communities as an elementary school principal. As a CEE Advisory Board Member, Lori is excited to continue to serve our parish school. She feels that, although it is a challenging time to be in education, the recent challenges offer many opportunities to look at education through a new lens. She looks forward to working with the other board members and Mr. Gonzalez to not only sustain the great programs at Catholic East but to enhance the faith-based education and intellectual growth of our students.
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    Anthony Mayer
    Advisory Board Member
    Anthony is the CEO and Co-Founder of Hanging Gardens, LLC. Since receiving degrees from both the Business Administration and Architecture schools at UW-Milwaukee, Anthony spent seven years developing numerous construction companies’ green infrastructure programs. Additionally, through relatives in Swabia, Germany, the birthplace of stormwater consciousness, he connected with German experts in these technologies. It is through this experience that he honed his knowledge and skills in the stormwater management space. With the prowess gained and passion for urban revitalization, Anthony and Co-founder Daniel launched Hanging Gardens in 2009. Together, they have spear-headed research and development of the most comprehensive, value-based product and service line for green infrastructure and stormwater management, in the world. He and his wife, Krystal, are the proud parents of two CEE scholars: daughter Zoianna in sixth grade, and son Izaiah in fourth grade. They are active members of Old Saint Mary parish. As one of the more recent members of the Advisory Board, Anthony anticipates that he will be able to share his expertise in innovative problem solving to the betterment of the quality Catholic education provided by Catholic East.
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    Owen McCormick
    Advisory Board Member
    Owen McCormick is a CPA by trade and works at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is an active parishioner at Old Saint Mary Parish, and applies his financial expertise as a Parish trustee and Finance Council Member. Owen serves on the Catholic East Advisory Board because he is passionate about the importance of providing first-class Catholic education, particularly in the city of Milwaukee. Originally from Erie, PA, he attended Catholic school from pre-K through college. A graduate of Marquette University, Owen lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Anna, and their two daughters, Ava and Emma.
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    Joe Quinn
    Advisory Board Member
    Mr. Quinn was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were working-class people who raised Joe and his two sisters to respect the lasting value of education. They made it very clear to the three of them that, if they wanted to achieve their goals in life, they needed to get a good education. Therefore, education became the central, organizing principle of Joe’s life from his earliest days. Fortunately, his parish had an excellent grade school, enabling him to earn a scholarship to the local Jesuit high school in Detroit. Mr. Quinn has no doubt that this sound education helped tremendously to prepare him for life. Mr. Quinn’s career has been focused on law and finance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his career, he was fortunate to participate in the growth of financial firms, serving in a number of professional and leadership positions. In addition, Mr. Quinn helped the Greater Milwaukee Conference on Religion and Urban Affairs with their redevelopment efforts in the city. He serves on the board of a primary school supporting organization. He also served on the Board of the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs. La Follette takes a particular interest in the role of education in helping build our communities, as does Mr. Quinn Over the last eight years, Mr. Quinn has developed an ever-deeper appreciation for the goals, challenges and accomplishments of the Catholic East community. He looks forward to continuing to help with development and implementation of plans to better achieve those goals. His overriding desire is to help foster an environment wherein all students can develop their gifts to be of service to others. Mr. Quinn and his deceased wife, Cathy, were married for 46 years and raised three children. He is a registered member of three parishes: The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Saint Paul’s Parish in Genesee Depot, and Saint Thomas Aquinas in Madison, where he now lives so that he can be closer to his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and his granddaughter.