This is our dedicated team who work day-in and day-out to provide a
Catholic education for deserving families and their children.

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

Vice President

Julie serves as the Vice President 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 three children are member of St. Raphael the Archangel parish.

Kevin S. Woodward

Director of Advancement

Kevin joined our team in May 2015 and is responsible for the Foundation’s fundraising activities as well as its marketing initiatives that demonstrate the great value of Catholic elementary and secondary educational opportunities across the Archdiocese. Kevin and his wife, Ashley, have six children and are members of Holy Spirit parish.

Gil 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.

Michelle M. Dohrman

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.

Valarie Fowler

Development & Marketing Manager

Valarie joined the Foundation in March 2019, having worked in the dental field for over 25 years. She manages our marketing, communications and donor database for the organization. She also contributes to the Foundation’s fundraising events. She has two children and is a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta parish.

Jayne Thorne

Administrative Manager

Jayne joined the Foundation in December 2021 coming from a long and successful tenure at Kindred Healthcare. She manages the office operations and contributes to the Foundation’s fundraising events. Jayne and her husband, Charley, have six children together and are members of St. Francis Xavier parish in Henryville, Indiana.