Diocesan Board of Education

The Diocesan Board of Education advises and makes recommendations to the Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the promotion of Catholic education by:

  • Recommending, reviewing, and formulating school policies, in conjunction with the Superintendent, for submission to the Bishop for approval
  • Once approved these decisions are binding to all schools within the Diocese of Sioux City and are administrated by the Catholic Schools office
  • Overseeing the Strategic Plans for Catholic Schools in the Diocese
  • Making recommendations on other matters related to Catholic schools that the Superintendent or Bishop, in their discretion, may seek from the board

Diocesan Board of Education Members

Bishop: Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless

Superintendent: Patty Lansink
Director of Education Services: Kelly Kohout
President: Pete Haefs of Carroll, IA
Vice President: Rev. Michael Cronin of Storm Lake, IA

Board Members  2020-21

Sharyl Bruning of Danbury, IA
Rev. Michael Cronin of Storm Lake, IA
Deacon Joe Coleman of Fort Dodge
Mary Fischer of Sioux City, IA
Rev. Merlin Schrad of Esterville, IA
Melissa Uhl of Sioux City, IA
Greg Schroeder of Remson, IA
Rev. Siby Punnoose of Sheldon, IA
Theresa Engle of Sioux City, IA
Sue Eldridge of Boone, IA


The Diocesan Board meets quarterly.