Brian Couch joined Seton Catholic Schools to be a part of the team that is creating a uniquely capable model for Catholic education that is both inspiring and critically important for students and their communities. He spent seven years before joining Seton as an advancement and fundraising leader in Catholic higher education at the University of Notre Dame and Ave Maria University. Brian is passionate about Seton’s work to prepare disadvantaged students from a young age to ultimately be ready for success in high school, and then higher education if that is their interest.
The first twenty-five years of his career were spent working in industry, primarily aviation, including executive business leadership roles with Honeywell, GE, Eclipse Aviation and Dana. He enjoys applying the skills acquired during his time in industry to working with faith-based organizations that are passionate about their mission. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with both bachelors and master’s degrees in civil engineering.
Brian and his wife Beth have five children and seven grandchildren. They both enjoy time with family, travel, and are avid sports fans.
Kristen Foster brings a wealth of experience and a passion for urban education to Seton Catholic Schools. She has dedicated her entire professional career to building relationships with leaders, staff and families to ensure that all students have access to opportunities that advance their education. Through coaching and leadership, Kristen empowers administrators and teachers to be mission-aligned and focused on student achievement and social emotional well being.
As Seton’s Chief Schools Officer, Kristen develops directors, principals and school leadership teams to successfully integrate our mission, shared values and educational outcomes into school communities.
Prior to joining the Seton team, she held leadership roles at Milwaukee College Prep including her roles as principal and Middle School Director. She also taught middle school, developing instructional strategies to meet and exceed student learning objectives .
Before relocating to Wisconsin, Kristen taught in Wichita, Kansas where she implemented best practices in instruction and behavior as a lead teacher. In this role, she assisted struggling students designing individualized lesson plans focused on areas for growth.
She earned her Elementary Education and degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in collaboration with KIPP Leadership Institute. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of Southern California.