Our Leadership - Aim Higher Foundation

OUR Board of Directors

The Aim Higher Foundation’s Board of Directors brings together noteworthy lay and clerical leaders with a passion for Catholic education and our mission and experiences in the fields of school administration, board governance, financial management, law, consulting, teaching, non-profit development, and more.

The Aim Higher team relies on the nuanced perspectives, invaluable expertise, and active contributions provided by our board. We are deeply grateful for their willingness to give of their time and talent.


Sarah Schumacher

Board Chair for the Aim Higher Foundation; retired Certified Public Accountant for Best Buy

Donal L. Mulligan

Vice-Chair for the Aim Higher Foundation; retired Chief Financial Officer for General Mills

Yen Fasano

Chair for the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation

Paul Herro

Chief Operating Officer for Eyesafe

Jean Houghton

President, Ex-Officio

Barry Lieske

Retired President for DeLaSalle High School

Philip J. Paquette

Retired Partner for Boyum Barenscheer

Karen M. Rauenhorst

Founding Board Chair for the Aim Higher Foundation

Aida Schaefer

Owner and Chief Executive Officer for Incentive Development Corporation

Mary E. Schaffner

Senior Company Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company

Fr. John L. Ubel

Rector and Pastor for the Cathedral of St. Paul Parish

OUR Board Committee Members

Jane McDonald Black

Scholarship Committee Member; Executive Director for JAB Foundation

Jeff Cachat

Development Committee Member; Territory Sales Director for Hypertec Group

Joseph P. Donnelly

Scholarship Committee Member; Director of Laboratory Operations for 3M

Steve Sefton

Finance Committee Member; President for Clearwater Equity Group

Angela Dimler

Product Design Accelerator, General Mills

OUR School Leader Advisory Committee

The Aim Higher Foundation’s School Leader Advisory Committee provides school and family-level perspective on the implementation and impact of the Foundation’s programs, policies, and procedures. Meeting quarterly, the committee is composed of leaders from a variety of backgrounds, roles, and types of Catholic schools across the Archdiocese.

To inquire about joining the committee, please contact Ricky Austin.


Laurie Barclay

Administrative Assistant

St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School

Patrick Fox


St. Bart’s School

Rene Gavic

Head of School

Visitation School

Becky Kennedy


Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School

Jean Landman

School Business Administrator

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

Patrick Menke

Parish Administrator

St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Allison Mertz

Director, Marketing & Admissions

Shakopee Area Catholic School

Patrick O’Keefe


Blessed Trinity Catholic School

Joseph Olson

Director of Admissions

Saint Agnes School

Michael Rogers


Risen Christ Catholic School

Kari Staples


St. Alphonsus Catholic School