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 dates are listed below and will be held in the school library from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend.
2023 - 2024 Board of Education Members
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 freshman at Dowling Catholic High School and one is a current 5th 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: Vice President
Bridget is an alumna of both St. Augustin and Dowling Catholic High School. She and her husband, Jon, have three children, Annie (Freshman at Dowling Catholic High School), Halle (6th grade), and Charlie (2nd Grade). 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: 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 junior at Dowling Catholic High School, and Milly is an 8th 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: Treasurer
Mike is from Wellsburg, Iowa, and has lived in Des Moines since 1997. He and his wife, Megan, have three boys, Flynn (Freshman at University of Iowa), Roan (Junior at Dowling), and Liam (7th). 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.
Sue Honkamp and her husband Nick joined St. Augustin Parish when they moved to Des Moines in 2007. They have 4 children, Annie (Senior at Dowling Catholic), Andrew (Sophomore at Dowling Catholic), Mary (Sophomore at Dowling Catholic), and Claire (7th). Sue has previously served as the St. Augustin Home & School Co-President, Home & School Auction Chair, Catholic Tuition Organization Board President, and on the Diocesan Task Force. She is the founder and owner of Real Food 4 Kids which offers hands-on cooking and food education classes for kids and teens. Contact Sue via email.
Cynthia Steidl Bishop
Cynthia and her husband Rusty are parents of Reagan (6th grade). Cynthia was an active member of St. Pius Church until she moved into the area shortly after Reagan was born when the family joined St. Augustin Parish. Cynthia is the co-leader of the Home & School Service Committee. Cynthia is the CEO of UnityPoint Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services where she has worked for 28 years. Her passion is serving the underserved and vulnerable. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and music. Please contact Cynthia via email.
Sarah Reichardt was appointed to serve on the
Board of Education in 2023. She and her
husband were married at St. Augustin Catholic
Church, and have a kindergartener and second
grader. Sarah works at ChildServe, helping
families with children who have special
healthcare needs. Contact Sarah via e-mail.
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 (7th grade) and Dutch (5th grade). Justin is a foot and ankle surgeon and owner of East Village Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Jus
tin 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.
2023 - 2024 Academic School Year Board of Education Meeting Dates
View Board of Education Meeting Minutes.