Board of Religious and Academic Education

The Board of Religious and Academic Education acts as an advisory group to the school administration in matters involving school policy, goals, curriculum, budget, and tuition. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Augustin Church Parish Library. All are welcome to attend.

2020-2021Board of Education Members

Tim Coonan

Tim Coonan

President

Tim and his wife, Beth, were married in the St. Augustin Parish in 2003 and have been members since 2002.  They have two sons.  One is a current 6th grader and one is a current 2nd grader, both at St. Augustin.  Tim is an attorney at the Davis Brown Law Firm practicing in the area of Government Relations.  Contact Tim via email or phone at 515-991-3916.

Bridget Proctor

Bridget Proctor

Vice President

Bridget is an alumna of both St. Augustin and Dowling Catholic High School. She and her husband, Jon, have three children, Annie (6th grade), Halle (3rd grade), and Charlie (TK). Bridget is an active member of St. Augustin Home and School and previously served as a co-president of the organization. Bridget is the Vice President of Creative at Flynn Wright. Bridget was elected to the school board in 2018.  Contact Bridget via email.

Jenny Lorbiecki

Jenny Lorbiecki

Secretary

Jenny attended both St. Augustin and Dowling Catholic High School.  She has been a member of St. Augustin Parish her whole life.  She and her husband, Dave, have two children. Charlie is a freshman at Dowling Catholic High School, and Milly is a 6th grader at St. Augustin.  Jenny is an active member of St. Augustin Home & School and St. Augustin Parish.  Her past volunteer activity includes the St. Augustin Parish Council, Home and School, and community non-profit boards.  She was elected to the School Board in 2019.  Contact Jenny via email or phone 515-321-0650

Mike Milligan

Mike Milligan

Treasurer

Mike is from Wellsburg, Iowa, and has lived in Des Moines since 1997.  He and his wife, Megan, have three boys, Flynn (Sophomore at Dowling), Roan (8th), and Liam (4th).  Mike previously served as Treasurer of St. Augustin Home and School and enjoys coaching the boys' football and basketball teams. Mike is a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner(TM) at Baird.  Contact Mike via email or phone at 515-419-2604.

Mark Konrad

Mark Konrad

Mark and his wife, Sonia, have two children, Fernando (8th grade) and Alejandro (Senior at Dowling Catholic and St. Augustin graduate). Mark is the Assistant General Counsel at Principal Financial Group. Mark was elected to the School Board in 2018.  Contact Mark via email.

Ted Power

Ted Power

Ted is a retired newspaper executive who has lived in West Des Moines since 2011. He and his wife Kathy, a Dowling Catholic alumna and current employee, are the parents of three St. Augustin graduates: Kirby, a junior at the University of Missouri; Allie, a sophomore at Iowa State University; and Jack, a sophomore at Dowling. Ted is a eucharistic minister at St. Augustin. His past volunteer activity includes board membership of educational foundations in Franklin, Tennessee, and Lafayette, Louisiana.  Contact Ted via email

Sherri Nielson

Sherri Nielsen

Sherri is an alumna of Dowling Catholic High School. She has been a member of St. Augustin Parish since 1994.  She and her husband, Jason, have five children.  Jordan, Ali, and Ellen are all graduates of St. Augustin and Dowling.  Chloe is St. Augustin graduate and is current a Dowling student.  Toby is a current 6th grader at St. Augustin.  Sherri is the President and CEO of Easterseals Iowa.  Contact Sherri via e-mail or phone at 515-249-2506.

Justin Raatz

Justin Raatz

Justin is originally from Nebraska. He is an active member of St. Augustin Catholic Church and has served on many boards and committees with both professional and personal interests. His wife, Kate, is a Dowling graduate, and they have two children, Hanna (4th grade) and Dutch (2nd grade). Justin is a foot and ankle surgeon and owner of East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Justin was elected to the School Board in 2020.  Contact Justin via e-mail.

Role of the Board of Education

The Board of Education's key roles in helping St. Augustin Catholic School include:

  • Establishing school policy
  • Overseeing educational programs and activities
  • Representing members of the parish and school personnel
  • Making suggestions and recommendations
  • Encouraging parents to use due process

In case of problems or concerns with the school, parents are to first contact teachers, as this is the most effective method of solving a problem or clarifying a misunderstanding. If more help is needed, contact the school principal. Matters in need of further resolution may be brought to the Parish Board of Education only after the first two steps have been followed. If you wish to speak at a Board meeting, you should contact the Board President or the Principal five days before the meeting date.

Meeting Minutes 

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