Diocesan School Board

MISSION STATEMENT

The Diocesan School Board is a consultative body that provides regular counsel and support to the Bishop, the Superintendent of Schools, and the Diocesan School Office in those areas that foster and promote the ministry and operation of Catholic Schools and Early Childhood Centers in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. The Board will focus on the diocese’s mission goals: Distinctly Catholic, Academically Excellent. And Fiscally Stable.

 

DIOCESAN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Michelle Henzlik,has been an educator for nineteen years and is currently a school counselor for the Clinton School District. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Central Missouri State University and a Bachelors degree in Teaching English from Missouri Southern State University. Michelle and her husband Michael reside in rural Montrose and have two children, Taylor (21) who is a Junior at Missouri Southern State University and Jesse (11) who is a sixth grader at St. Mary's School in Montrose. Their children are the 4th generation to attend St. Mary's School. Michelle has been a member of Immaculate Conception in Montrose since 2002. She currently serves in many roles for St. Mary's including School Advisory Board President, PTO President, Fall Dinner Fundraising Chair and she and her husband chair the annual Lenten Fish Fry dinners for Immaculate Conception.
Pat Modlin, formerly the Vice President of Engineering Strategy and Operations at Cerner Corporation. He received the UMKC Cerner Certificate in Health Care Leadership from the Bloch School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration from Missouri Western State University. Pat is a graduate of Bishop LeBlond High School and Cathedral Grade School in St. Joseph Missouri. He lives in Faucett MO and is an active Cathedral parishioner. As a Cathedral parishioner, he has served on the Pastoral Council, the Cornerstone Committee and is currently an usher and Eucharistic Minister. Pat is an involved school parent at Bishop LeBlond High School.
Jason Mudd is a partner at the law firm, Erise IP, where he specializes in representing clients in litigation involving patents and other intellectual property, as well as in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He obtained both his engineering degree and law degree from the University of Missouri. Jason is originally from the St. Louis area and currently resides in Brookside with his wife, Caroline, and their three children, Anna (7), Bobby (5), and Danny (1). Anna is in first grade at St. Peter’s, while Bobby is in the pre-K program there. Jason has been a member of St. Peter’s parish since 2007 and joined the Catholic faith through participating in RCIA at St. Peter's in 2010. Jason has been an active participant in the Christ Renews his Parish program at St. Peter’s, having served as the lay director for the men’s retreat in the Fall of 2015, and he serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter’s. He is a member of the St. Peter’s school board and his wife, Caroline is an alumnus of St. Peter’s.
Jill Pace is a member of St. John LaLande Parish and has four children of which two are in the 5th grade at St. John's school. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Missouri State. She was a Client Service manager at DST Systems and retired after 18 years. She and her husband own a business in Blue Springs. Jill has co-chaired and worked on the SJL school auction in the last four years. She is a volunteer and substitute teacher at St. John LaLande School and is heavily involved in the SJL athletic association and coaches basketball and volleyball. She is a current member of the St. John LaLande School Board.
Jacob Palanis an Associate at Helix Architecture + Design, where he has contributed to local projects since 2006. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University, where he met his wife Kara, an interior designer. They are parishioners at Holy Cross Church in the Historic Northeast Kansas City. Their three children, Adrian (11), Mannix (9), and Ellie (7), attend Holy Cross School. Jacob and Kara donated professional services for the 2013 renovation of the original 1962 school building. Jacob has served on the School Advisory Committee since 2014. The design couple also donated professional services for Juresalem Farm, a Catholic intentional community built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service, and Simplicity. Their work will help provide community members with a common home, the first in the historic Pendleton Heights Neighborhood in 50 years.
Sarah Smitka is a graphic designer and owner of The Pink Pear Design Company. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Avila University. She and her husband, Steve, are members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Independence. They have 4 boys; Alek, Jacob, Cyril and Riley at Archbishop O’Hara High School (soon to be St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School) and Nativity of Mary in Independence. Sarah has designed many projects for our schools and the Diocese including; St. Michael the Archangel’s logos and promotional materials, the logo and invitations each year for the FIRE Foundation’s annual FIREBALL event and various promotional materials, logos and invitations for Archbishop O’Hara High School and Nativity of Mary. Currently Sarah is on the marketing committee at Nativity of Mary and served on the transition team for St. Michael the Archangel.
Jim Still, CPA, is a magna cum laude graduate of Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, with a B.S. degree in accounting, and a graduate of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California, with an M.S. degree in taxation. He and his wife Penny are parishioners at St. Patrick’s in North Kansas City and have 5 children. The oldest 4 children currently attend St. Patrick’s school. Their oldest daughter will graduate this year and attend St. Pius X next fall. Jim is a tax partner in BKD LLP’s Kansas City office which is the 2nd largest accounting firm in Kansas City. Jim is an active member of the Kansas City chapter of the Urban Land Institute, Clay County Economic Development Council and Missouri Growth Association. He serves as the St. Patrick School Board president in Kansas City, Missouri. He has coached several baseball teams for the NKCA baseball league and the YMCA. Jim is a very active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He is also the pack committee chairman and a den leader for the St. Patrick’s Cub Scout Pack.
Matt Wheeleris a consultant and shareholder at Holmes Murphy where he is the Vice President of Client Service for the Kansas City employee benefits division. He grew up in Carrollton (St. Mary’s parish) and graduated from the University of Missouri with a philosophy degree. His wife, Kristine, and he reside in Lee’s Summit with their seven children and have belonged to Our Lady of the Presentation parish since 2006. Grace attends St. Michael the Archangel High School, Jack, Mary and Catherine attend Our Lady of the Presentation and Paul, Joseph and Anna are future students. Matt is a member of the parish finance committee, actively coaches, assists with Respect Life Day and has served on the parish school advisory board, various parish committees and in faith formation roles.
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