Meet 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.
Kim 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, IN 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. The Team 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: Fr. Joseph Dorner
Meeting Schedule: Twice yearly, spring and fall.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees provide 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: Chris Steier
Meeting Schedule: Every other month throughout the academic year, August through June.
Education and Catholic Identity Standards Committee
This committee is dedicated to assuring quality educational programs based upon standards, benchmarks and grade level expectations. Within the committee’s work is the effort to assure that the school’s Catholic identity comes across with Catholic faith and practices integrated in the curriculum across all content and co-curricular areas.
The ECIS Committee Goals for 2017-18 | Goals for 2018-19 Coming Soon
- Identify the implementation of standards, benchmarks and grade level expectations in GRACE schools so that quality educational programs for students that integrate Catholic faith and practices across all content and co-curricular areas are assured
Focus: Math, Writing, Wellness (social, emotional and physical)
- Review the results of the Catholic Identity Assessment Tool in GRACE schools so that the ongoing assessment of Catholic Identity is a means to grow the rich Catholic culture within our schools
Focus: Tool #1: School Community, Faculty and Staff
These goals align with the GRACE Board of Trustees Mission Statement for Education and Catholic Identity Subcommittee (ECIS). This committee is dedicated to assuring quality educational programs based upon standards, benchmarks and grade level expectations. Within the committee’s work is the effort to assure that the school’s Catholic identity comes across with Catholic faith and practices integrated in the curriculum across all content and co-curricular areas.
The Finance and Facilities Committee
This committee commits to establishing a budget that is as efficient and effective as possible in consideration of tuition, parish subsidy and third source funding. Likewise, the committee dedicates itself to providing quality facilities for teaching and learning so that all educators and children experience a teaching-learning environment that is inviting and safe.
Finance/Facilities Committee Goals for 2017-18 | Goals for 2018-19 Coming Soon
- Continue the Teacher Compensation Study
- Implement facilities programming to support long-term effective operations
- Initiate “Pave the Way” program at all sites to identify needs and plan funding sources
- Initiate “Light the Way” program at all sites to look at potential energy savings
- Explore a new subsidy formula for implementation into a future long-term plan
- Evaluate avenues for targeting spending of Site Advisory Council (SAC) funds
The Human Resources Committee
This committee shall establish procedures to attract, develop, and retain qualified employees and volunteers for the school system. The Committee shall establish personnel policies and procedures. The Committee shall establish methods and procedures for compensation, benefits, compliance, and personnel development.
Human Resource Committee Goals for 2017-18 | Goals for 2018-19 Coming Soon
- Create a high performance work environment
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment of, and alignment with, Diocesan Board of Education Policy
- Continue monitoring of employee satisfaction with preparations to administer a workplace survey in fall 2018
- Design and administer an effective compensation and benefits program balancing employee needs and business results
- Develop a five-year plan for total compensation involving pay, benefits and work environment