Don Drees is proud to serve as the president of Seton Catholic Schools, responsible for leading nearly 500 employees to advance Seton’s mission and vision. Don helped to launch Seton in late 2015 after 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 a graduate of Marquette University High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Don is an active member at St. Dominic parish in Brookfield and has served as Pastoral Council Chair, on the capital campaign leadership team and as athletic association president. He and his wife, Jane, have four children all who have attended Catholic elementary and high schools.
William H. Hughes , Ph.D.Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Bill Hughes is a national education leader with over 25 years’ experience in Milwaukee County education. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Hughes leads the development and execution of Seton’s academic vision and strategy, including driving a high-expectations culture in which all students are on track to graduate academically and spiritually prepared for a high-performing high school. Prior to joining Seton Catholic Schools in 2016, Dr. Hughes focused on building instructional leadership capacity in urban school settings as Managing Director of Leadership Development at Schools That Can Milwaukee and Director of the Alverno College School Leadership Program. Previously, he was Superintendent of Greendale School District for 16 years, where he led the district to be among the highest-performing districts in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Dr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife live in Greendale and he is a member of St. Catherine Parish.
Cathy CramerChief Financial Officer
Cathy Cramer leads the team responsible for the business activities at Seton Catholic Schools, including budget administration, financial management and reporting, school operations and human resources. Her primary goal is to ensure the long-term sustainability of our parish schools by driving savings through effective financial management, network-wide administrative support and procurement efficiencies. Cathy has over 28 years of experience in school business management, having held various leadership positions in the Waukesha, South Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Greendale school districts, most recently serving as the Director of Business Services for the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Cathy and her husband, Dave, live in South Milwaukee and have been parishioners of St. Matthew’s in Oak Creek for nearly 30 years. They have two adult children.
Leni DietrichDirector of Curriculum and Instruction
Leni Dietrich is a long-time suburban and urban education leader responsible for driving curriculum development and instructional practice across the Seton Catholic Schools network. She manages a team of coaches and master teachers and supports principals, deans and teachers to provide engaging and effective instruction for all students. Leni joined Seton from Schools That Can Milwaukee where she was a School Leadership Coach supporting public, charter and private school principals to improve school culture and instruction. Previously, she was principal of Highland View School and director of K4 instruction in the Greendale School District. Leni is passionate about bilingual education and launched Greendale’s elementary Spanish program in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a former adjunct professor at Alverno College.
Leni and her husband live in New Berlin. Her hobbies include tennis and travel.
Eamonn O’KeeffeDirector of Campus Ministry
Eamonn O’Keeffe brings a breadth of leadership experience in Catholic education, faith formation and mission effectiveness to Seton Catholic Schools. As Director of Campus Ministry, he sets vision for and directs Seton’s staff and student faith formation programs, including religious instruction, as well as engagement with parishes and other initiatives central to our Catholic identity. Prior to joining Seton, Eamonn was Director of Mission Integration at Columbia St. Mary’s hospital and, before that, Executive Director of the St. Clare Center at Cardinal Stritch University, where he developed the vision for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Sustaining the Mission and Faith Formation Team programs. He also served as vice principal and principal of Dominican High School from 2000-2007. Eamonn is a graduate of Marquette University and began his career as a theology teacher.
Eamonn and his wife, Rebecca Jones, are parents to Joseph and Rose and reside in Glendale. They are members of St. Eugene Parish in Fox Point. Born in London, England, Eamonn immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of two and he enjoys delving into Irish arts and Celtic culture in all forms!
Adam SchmidtDirector of Talent Development and Strategy
Adam Schmidt is responsible for strengthening, diversifying and connecting Seton’s growing workforce, including such functions as talent acquisition and development, performance management and employee engagement. He also leads strategic initiatives related to organizational development and external affairs. Previously, Adam was an Education Advocacy Fellow at 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now and a Managing Director at Teach For America, where he led teams to achieve record teacher recruitment and fundraising goals. Adam is a former high school English teacher and he began his career as a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was recognized as a Truman Scholar.
Adam lives in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood and is a member of the parish at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.