Seton Leadership

Seton Catholic Schools is an independently chartered and governed 501c3 corporation with a board of directors dedicated to student achievement and the success of Catholic education in Milwaukee.

Our board members are proud to be on the forefront of a new model that expands the tradition of Catholic education to better prepare students for the unique challenges of today’s world. The board of Directors is responsible for setting Seton Catholic Schools policy, strategy, direction, and to approve operational funding.

 2016 Board of Directors

Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki – Archbishop of Milwaukee

Kris Rappe  Chair of Board of Directors

Bruce Arnold – Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Gary Bennetts – CFO, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Fr. Javier Bustos – Vicar of Urban Ministry

Kathleen Cepelka – Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Sister Mary Diez SSSF – President of School Sisters of St. Francis

Fr. Tim Kitzke – Vicar General of Urban Ministry

Jay Mack – President and CEO of Town Bank

Joan Shafer – WEC Energy Group

Rick Schmidt – President and CEO of CG Schmidt Inc.

History of Seton Catholic Schools

In 2014, Archbishop Jerome Listecki called for a synod to prioritize activities for the Church in southeastern Wisconsin for the next 10-15 years.

One of the Pastoral Initiatives the synod created is a focus on catholic education in Milwaukee. Archbishop Listecki formed a Task Force to develop recommendations for the catholic elementary schools in the city of Milwaukee.

The Task Force, along with a Design Team composed of principals and school finance people was organized in early 2015. Through their hard work, Seton Catholic Schools came to life. Seton Catholic Schools was created as a new 501c3 in November, 2015.

Introducing Seton Catholic Schools Leadership Team

Donald Drees
Donald DreesPresident of Seton Catholic Schools
Don Drees is proud to serve as the president of this initiative. He joins Seton Catholic Schools with nearly 30 years of experience at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm in Milwaukee.

In his career at Accenture, he held a wide variety of positions, including leadership roles such as Managing Director and Commercial Director.

Don is an active member at St. Dominic parish in Brookfield and currently serves as the Pastoral Council Chair. He and his wife, Jane, have four children all who have attended Catholic elementary and high schools.

Don is honored to be a part of Seton Catholic Schools and is looking forward to having an active role in shaping how Catholic education is realized in the Milwaukee community.

William H. Hughes , Ph.D.
William H. Hughes , Ph.D.Chief Academic Officer Seton Catholic Schools
Dr. Hughes has spent over 25 years working in Milwaukee County education in a variety of leadership positions, including his most recent roles as the Managing Director of Leadership Development at Schools That Can Milwaukee and Director of the School Leadership Program at Alverno College.

Schools That Can Milwaukee is dedicated to developing and supporting high-quality education in our city. Prior to this role, he spent 16 years as the Superintendent of Greendale School District, where he led the district to be among the highest-performing districts in Southeastern Wisconsin, and known for strong financial management and community engagement.

Additionally Dr. Hughes worked as a teacher, principal, and continues his commitment to policy development and youth engagement at the state and national level.

Bill is excited to use his leadership and administrative experience, as well as his education from University of Wisconsin – Madison, to help shape the future of Seton Catholic Schools. He’s passionate about the future of Catholic education in the Milwaukee metro area and believes that every child deserves a high quality school regardless of where they live.