Br. Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd., recently announced changes to the institutional advancement and finance offices.
As of June 3, the additions and role transitions in the Br. Rice institutional advancement team consist of Mike Zunica, vice president of development and assistant to the president; Jim Casey, vice president of legacy gifts; Matt Kelly, director of alumni engagement and annual giving programs; Tim O’Connell, director of leadership gifts; and Dave Clisham, chief financial officer and vice president of administration.
“On behalf of our Br. Rice community, I am very excited and pleased to announce additions and changes to our advancement and finance teams,” said Br. Rice President Mark Donahue. “We ask our students to ‘Be Exceptional,’ and like them, I believe this is an exceptional group. They will lead us forward as we look to grow and sustain our mission of educating young men in the Catholic tradition and charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.”
Having previously held the role of president of St. Rita High School, Zunica brings outstanding experience and a track record of success to Br. Rice.
Prior to St. Rita, Zunica was a successful businessman at the Chicago Board of Trade. As a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School and St. Xavier University, Zunica has been an active participant in several Catholic organizations and has won multiple awards for his successful leadership and efforts in Catholic education.
“I am very excited to become part of the Br. Rice family and to help shape its future in Catholic education on the South Side of Chicago,” said Zunica. “I am inspired by Mark Donahue’s vision and leadership and look forward to the great things that lie ahead.”
In his role as vice president of development and assistant to the president, Zunica will take on responsibilities ranging from advancement to long-term projects at Br. Rice.
In addition, Donahue has announced a transition of roles for Br. Rice alumni relations.
Since joining Br. Rice High School in 1987, Casey has held multiple roles, most recently as director of alumni relations for the past 22 years. Casey will now serve as vice president of legacy gifts, leading a new initiative to manage and develop the structure of legacy giving to provide alumni and other benefactors with the opportunity to remember Br. Rice in their estate planning.
Kelly was previously a teacher and head football coach at Hope Academy and supported overall development. Kelly will assume the role of director of alumni engagement and annual giving programs.
O’Connell, previously director of admissions for the past nine years, will assume a new role as director of leadership gifts and join the institutional advancement team.
In his new role, O’Connell will develop and maintain gift donations to support Br. Rice students and provide assistance for the institutional advancement office’s engagement and fundraising events.
Vice President Kevin Larson leads the institutional advancement team.
Clisham, a CPA, joined Br. Rice as chief financial officer and vice president of administration in April. Clisham brings ten years of experience at Francis Parker School in Chicago, most recently as comptroller.
Clisham oversees the financial and administrative operations of the school, serves as a financial liaison to the board of directors and committee members, and manages the financial scholarship program.
Donahue expressed optimism about the future.
“We recently graduated over 190 seniors who left a legacy of outstanding achievement. We have over 200 new Crusaders joining us this fall,” he said. “Our mission as leaders of Br. Rice is to provide the best Catholic high school environment possible to allow our young men to ‘Be Exceptional.’ This group of individuals, along with our outstanding faculty, will do just that.”
For more information, call (773) 429-4300 or visit the website at brotherrice.org.