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ND Foundation Board of Directors

Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau 

Most Rev. Edward M. Ricewas appointed 7th bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese in 2016.

Principal of Notre Dame Regional High School

Brother David Anthony Migliorino, O.S.F. is a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, New York. Br. David has been involved in elementary and secondary Catholic education for more than 40 years. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Catholic University, a B.A. in History from St. Francis College, and a Masters degree in Secondary Education from St. John's University. He holds a Certification in Social Studies and Administration from New York State and an Educational Specialist degree from Saint Louis University. Br. David is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, The Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He has led Notre Dame Regional High School as principal since 1999.


Dr. Jim Dufek, is a Professor and the TV and Film Operations Manager for the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University. He received his Ph.D. from SIU-Carbondale in 1992, his M.A. degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of South Dakota in 1982 and his B.S. in Media/Business Administration and Theology from Mt. Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota in 1981. He has been teaching at Southeast for 28 years.

He serves on the State Board of Directors for the Missouri Motion Media Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Southeast Missouri Hospital, member of the Board of Trustees for the Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences, member of the Marketing Committee for the United Way of Southeast Missouri, and a member of the Education Committee for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jim is married to Susie, who is co-chief CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) at Southeast Missouri Hospital. They have three children, all graduates of Notre Dame: Joseph ('04), Jacob ('05), and Madeline ('12). They are members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Vice Chairman

Katie M. Fennewald, M. Ed., is employed at Eyecare Specialists, LLC. Cape Girardeau, in the role of Patient and Professional Relations Liaison. A graduate of the University of Missouri, with a bachelor of Science in Agriculture (1990) and a Masters of Business Education, Katie has been a strong supporter of Catholic education throughout her life. In 2010, she was named Volunteer of the Year at Incarnate Parish, Centerville, OH, where she taught her religious education classes, served on the school board, coordinated Pro-Life events, and led bible studies. Fennewald is active in a variety of civic and Catholic organizations in the area including the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocesan Endowment Board, Camp Renewall, Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), and she serves on the Fitness Plus Advisory Board at St. Francis Medical Center. Katie is an active parishioner of St. Augustine Parish, where she is chair of the School Auction Business Committee and a member of St. Anne's Sodality. In addition, she is a member of the Notre Dame Booster Club, and Knights of Columbus Women's Auxillary 6420. Katie and her husband, Kevin, have three children. Their son, John, attends Notre Dame ('15) and their daughters Clare and Ellie, attend St. Augustine School.


Robert P. Essner is a partner in Bucher, Essner and Miles. L.L.C. in Sikeston and has been a Foundation board member since 1986. He is a 1973 graduate of Notre Dame and a 1976 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Missouri Society of CPAs. He is a past president and officer of the Kelso Jaycees and has served as treasurer of the Kelso Youth League, Inc. He is a member of St. Augustine Parish, Kelso, and its parish finance committee, Notre Dame Booster Club, and Knights of Columbus Council 6420. Essner and his wife, Karla, have three children, all graduates of Notre Dame High School;-Nathan ('99), Bonnie ('00), and Lee ('04).


Board Members

Carolyn F. Bohnert is Senior Vice-President/Treasurer of Drury Southwest, Inc. She and her husband, Bill, are 1960 graduates of Cape Catholic High School, predecessor to Notre Dame. The couple has three children -- Jeff (’83), Tammy ('82), and Lindsay (’01) -- all graduates of Notre Dame. Their grandchildren continue to graduate from Notre Dame. Bohnert is a member of the Notre Dame Booster Club. She has been a tireless volunteer in Notre Dame Bingo fundraising since its inception in 1991, and received the Foundation Annunciation Award for her efforts. Bohnert was treasurer of the Show-Me Blades Figure Skating Club for 10 years. A member of St. Vincent De Paul Parish, she has served as president of its Parish Council of Catholic Women and is a member of Friends of St. Francis, a support organization of St. Francis Medical Center.

Tony Buehrle, a 1972 graduate of Notre Dame is married to Donna, a 1972 graduate. Tony retired from Notre Dame Regional High School after 15 years of service and is currently the Director of Business Development for Hendrickson Business Advisors. His four children are graduates: Nichole ('95), Mark ('99), Amy ('02) and Emily ('04). Buehrle has been in sales and marketing for more than 40 years. He is a member of the Notre Dame Regional High School Board, Finance Committee, Bingo Oversight Committee, Booster Club, and Home and School Association. He is Treasurer of the Southeast Missouri Council on Philanthropy, past vice president of the St. Louis Planned Giving Council, past president of Cape West Rotary, a member of K of C Council 11205, St. Vincent De Paul Parish, and a lifetime member of the Friends of St. Francis with St. Francis Medical Center. 

Melinda Dodd is a self-employed realtor presently working with Prudential Bridgeport Inc. Realtors. She and her husband John have two daughters Tatum '13 and Riley ('19). The family are members of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Alison Ferrell
, MA, CCC-SLP, is an acute care Speech-Language Pathologist at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau where she specializes in the rehabilitation of adults with cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University in 2011 where she also served as President of Catholic Campus Ministry. Alison is a class of 2005 Notre Dame graduate. She is married to Matthew Ferrell, a partner at the law firm Johnson, Schneider and Ferrell LLC and Ward Title. Matthew and Alison are members of Saint Mary's Cathedral Parish in Cape and enjoy continued involvement with Catholic Campus Ministry.

Dr. Shawn Parker, graduated from Murray High School and Murray State University, where he received a B.S. in Biology. He returned to his hometown of Louisville and attended medical school at the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine, where he served residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Louisville and was Chief Resident. He continued his education, completing a Corneal and Refractive Fellowship in Indianapolis, IN.  After his Fellowship in 1998, he joined the Ophthalmology Practice of Eye Care Specialists, where he practices today.

The family is active at Notre Dame and as members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He is currently chief of Ophthalmology at St. Francis Medical Center and Southeast Hospital.  He is an Associate Professor at UMSL, a member of the Cape County Area Medical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Corneal and Refractive Surgeons.

JP Thompson, is a Financial Advisor, a ND graduate of 2007 is with Mass Mutual Financial Group and R&F Financial Group where he is a Financial and Registered Investment Advisor, specializing in holistic planning and execution of retirement, investment, and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. He has created the Alumni Mentoring Program at the University of Missouri that has created 100+ Professional and Student relationships for professional development and job replacement. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO with a B.S. in Business Administration, Finance, Banking and Real Estate and Bergamo University, Bergamo, Italy. He serves on the University of Missouri young business advisors and Eagle Bank & Trust Trend Board.

Herb Wedemeier
is employed as the corporate lawyer for DSW, Inc. Herb and his wife Leslie are members of St. Mary Parish in Cape Girardeau. All three of their children are graduates of ND, Jack '07, Luke '09, and Ben '14.

Development Director

Alex Jackson,
a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame, received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from University of Mississippi and a Master of Public Administration from Southeast Missouri State.  He joined Notre Dame as Development Director in 2017.  Alex is a member of the Notre Dame Regional High School Board, Finance Committee, Bingo Oversight Committee, and Home and School Association; Southeast Missouri Council on Philanthropy; Cape Girardeau and Jackson Chamber of Commerce.