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 Denison, IA


Board Members 2021-22

Sharyl Bruning of Danbury, IA
Deacon Joe Coleman of Fort Dodge
Sue Eldridge of Boone, IA
Theresa Engle of Sioux City, IA

Rev. Brent Lingle of Storm Lake, IA
Rev. Merlin Schrad of Estherville, IA
Melissa Uhl of Sioux City, IA
Greg Schroeder of Remsen, IA



The Diocesan Board meets quarterly.