GRACE President Kimberly Desotell
Kimberly Desotell began the role of GRACE President in July 2015. She brings a wealth of experience in education and leadership as well as deep commitment to the Catholic faith to this leadership role.
Mrs. Desotell served as the Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before joining GRACE. Her background in education includes experience as a grade school teacher, a principal, a technology and training specialist, consultant and administrator.
She holds a Master of Science from Cardinal Stritch University in Administration and Instructional Leadership. Her undergraduate degree is from St. Mary’s College-Notre Dame, Ind., where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in Biology.
The Desotell family lives in Allouez and are active members at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish in Green Bay. They have three children – two in college and one who attends Notre Dame Academy.
Patron Saint: The Blessed Virgin Mary (She is the Queen of all Saints and the Mother of Jesus. She is also the patron saint of GRACE.) “I pray to St. Mary and ask her blessings and intercessions upon the children of GRACE daily.” ~ Kim
GRACE Leadership Team
The President and principals at each school form the GRACE Leadership Team, which meets every other week to collaborate and coordinate programming at the GRACE schools. The Leadership Team reviews policies, creates the common school calendar, develops the staff professional development program and advises the President on matters common to the GRACE schools.
Board of Directors
- Chair: Bishop David Ricken
- Vice Chair: Fr. Dan Felton
- Secretary: Fr. Richard Getchel
- Treasurer: TBA
Meeting Schedule: Twice yearly, spring and fall.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees provides ongoing governance of the GRACE school system under the direction of the Board of Directors.
- Chair: Bill Micksch
- Vice Chair: John Peterson
- Secretary: Open
- Treasurer: Gerry Faller
Meeting Schedule: Every other month throughout the academic year, August through June.
Education and Catholic Identity Committees
These two committees are dedicated to assuring quality educational programs based upon standards, benchmarks and grade-level expectations. Within the committees’ work are the efforts to assure that the schools’ Catholic Identity comes across with Catholic faith and practices integrated in the curriculum across all content and co-curricular areas.
Catholic Identity Committee
This committee focuses on faith aspects, professional development and our relationships with GRACE parishes.
This committee focuses on educational decisions, curriculum, policy and protocols related to learning, instruction and teacher quality.
This committee works to foster relationships between school and parish sites in order to achieve common goals involving safety, appearance and functionality, in order to provide and enhance an inviting, quality, faith-filled teaching and learning environment.
This committee is committed to establishing a budget that is as efficient and effective as possible in consideration of tuition, parish subsidy and third-source funding.
Human Resources Committee
This committee establishes and maintains procedures to attract, develop and retain qualified employees and volunteers for the school system. The committee also establishes and maintains personnel policies and procedures such as those related to compensation, benefits, compliance and personnel development.