This is our dedicated team who work day-in and day-out to provide a
Richard A. Lechleiter
Rich joined the Foundation as its President in April 2014, having previously served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2012. During the last two years of his Board term, he served as its Chair. In January 2014, Rich retired from Kindred Healthcare, Inc. after serving as its Chief Financial Officer for 12 years. Rich and his wife, Janice, have four children and are members of Holy Spirit parish.
Julie E. Baum
Julie is the Senior Director for the Foundation, overseeing both major annual fundraising events as well as directing the administration of all grants to schools and parishes supported by the Foundation. She has served in various roles at the Foundation since 2006. Julie and her husband, John, have three children and are members of St. Raphael the Archangel parish.
Kevin S. Woodward
Director of Development
Kevin joined the Foundation in May 2015 as Director of Development and is responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising activities as well as its community awareness initiatives that demonstrate the great value of Catholic elementary and secondary educational opportunities across the Archdiocese. Kevin and his wife, Ashley, have four children and are members of Holy Spirit parish.
Gil A. Wentzel
Director of Finance
Gil joined the Foundation as Director of Finance in December 2017, following a 36-year career with D.D. Williamson & Company in various financial roles. Gil and his wife, Teresa, have two children and are members at Epiphany parish.
Manager, Grants and Analytics
Michelle joined the Foundation in January 2018 as Manager of Grants and Analytics. She is focused on grant administration and provides analysis for business decisions, strategy and operational efficiencies. She is a CPA with 23 years of experience in accounting, banking and finance. Michelle and her husband, Mark, have 2 children and are members of St. Margaret Mary parish.
Melissa A. Herberger
Melissa joined the Foundation in 2012 and acts as our lead Administrative Manager, managing the operations of the office and assisting in our annual fundraising events and activities. She and her husband, Dan, have two children and are members of St. Stephen Martyr parish.