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Archdiocesan news briefs

Marian Middle School wireless access

The Innovative Technology Education Fund (ITEF) awarded a grant of $26,500 to Marian Middle School, one of six grants totaling $173,205 to area schools through 2019 Catapult Grants ranging from $12,375 to $29,923. The grant recipients received their awards Dec. 2. Marian Middle School received a grant for wireless access for the gym. Connectivity will allow schoolwide assemblies and performances. ITEF is a St. Louis-based, charitable, nonprofit foundation that supports innovation in education by funding basic technology that leads to advanced uses of technology in the classrooms of public, private, parochial and charter schools in the greater St. Louis area. ITEF also provides grants for professional development.

Walentik awardee

The Missouri Foundation for Health has named Dr. Nick Holekamp, vice president and chief medical officer at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, as the 2019 Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award honoree. Throughout his career, Holekamp has acted as a tireless advocate for medically complex children who often also struggle with financial and social issues. The Walentik award was created to honor the late Dr. Walentik’s commitment to serving vulnerable groups, especially children. Walentik was a neonatologist at City Hospital, St. Louis Regional Medical Center and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital as well as a professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University. Each year the award is presented to a health leader in Missouri who exemplifies the passion, dedication, and energy that she brought to her work. Holekamp will receive a $2,500 individual award and, per his direction, $25,000 will go to Ranken Jordan. Holekamp began his career at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He worked for nine years at the Mercy Hospital JFK Clinic, which treats those who are uninsured or underinsured and fall within federal poverty guidelines. In 2000, Holekamp joined Ranken Jordan, which was then a pediatric nursing home with only a few beds. The specialized pediatric hospital now serves children from birth to age 21 that have complex medical conditions that could include either injury or illness, bridging the gap between traditional hospital treatment and home.

Agency’s leader to retire

St. Vincent Home for Children has announced the planned retirement of its executive director, Carla Monroe-Posey. She will continue in her role through early 2020. Monroe-Posey helped improve financial stability and confidence in the agency among community partners and enhanced the suite of services offered to at-risk youth. Outside of St. Vincent, Monroe-Posey serves as the chair of the Children’s Services Coalition. St. Vincent’s board has started the search for a new leader. Founded in 1850, St. Vincent provides professional treatment and residential services for hundreds of struggling children and families, at no charge, each year. Youth receive positive life-changing opportunities that build character, self-respect, and life skills to reach their highest potential.

New St. Patrick Center CEO

The board of St. Patrick Center has announced that Anthony D’Agostino will be the new chief executive officer. He will begin his duties Jan. 21. D’Agostino has served as executive director of the Criminal Justice Ministry the past three and a half years. He earlier was chief program officer of Springboard to Learning. D’Agostino wrote that “over the past four years at Criminal Justice Ministry, I’ve been honored to work with a similar team of passionate stewards who commit their time and resources to a related mission. Thanks to the continued support from our generous stakeholders, both organizations are stronger than ever and I look forward to playing my part at St. Patrick Center.” St. Patrick Center provides opportunities for self-sufficiency and dignity to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Christine Syberg, the director of operations for the Criminal Justice Ministry, was named interim director there until D’Agostino’s replacement is hired.

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