Board of Directors

Red Cloud Indian School is grateful to our board of directors, who make up men and women from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and around the country who guide our organization forward each and every day.


    • President: Dr. Raymond Nadolny, Ph.D.
    • Acting Chairperson: Fr. David Mastrangelo, S.J. 
    • Vice Chairperson:
    • Treasurer: Mary Gresens
    • Secretary: Jane Farrell

Br. James J. Boynton, S.J. (Detroit, MI)

Br. Boynton is Regional Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus and is based in Detroit. He has taught at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He has worked abroad in India, Nepal and Haiti. He has often taken groups of students and young adults to Central America, and has developed a local church museum on Mackinac Island, MI. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University and a master's degree from Weston School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. Born and raised in St. Ignace, Jim is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe (Chippewa) Tribe in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Fr. Joseph Daoust, S.J. - Ex-Officio (Pine Ridge, SD)

Joe Daoust is the Superior of Holy Rosary Mission Jesuit Community and a sacramental minister at Our Lady of the Sioux in Oglala and St. Bernard Church on Red Shirt Table. He earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught constitutional law at the University of Detroit Law School (J.D., Michigan). He is a former Provincial of the Detroit Province and President of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Before coming to Red Cloud in 2016, he lived in Rome and an advisor to Fr. General as well as the Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Rome and the Holy Land.

Mr. Paul Daoust (Boston, MA)

Paul Daoust lives in Boston and is a retired CEO/Senior Executive who ran both turnaround (4) and growth (2) companies in the human resource, technology and insurance industries. He spent almost 30 years in HR consulting with Watson Wyatt and has since been on the board of 10 companies, both publicly traded and private. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, where he serves on its Advisory Board, and Boston College. He has also served on several education related boards including Xaverian Brothers High School and 4 Nativity Prep model boards. He continues to serve as board chair of Nativity Prep of Boston, a Jesuit sponsored school.

Mary Gresens, Ph.D. (Birmingham, MI)

Dr. Gresens is a retired international automotive executive. She is a professor in the Jesuit Worldwide Learning Program, Board member at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, co-founder and Chair of the Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit, Board member of the Jesuit Friends and Alumni/World Union of Jesuit Alumni - USA. She is a certified spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and holds a Masters in International Policy from The George Washington University and a Doctorate of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Mary is a registered yoga teacher and holds a First Degree Black Belt in NIA. Executive, Finance

Brendan P. Kennealey (Wilmington, DE)

Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey began his tenure as Salesianum’s fourth president on July 1, 2011. Mr. Kennealey started his career as a volunteer teacher at Nativity Preparatory School in Boston before becoming the founding principal of a Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, MA in 2000. He then moved on to work with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales to start the Nativity Preparatory School in Wilmington. Turning his sights internationally, in 2004 he founded the Benebikira Sisters Foundation (BSF) which raises awareness and funding for the Benebikira Sisters' schools and health clinics in Rwanda. Before Salesianum, Mr. Kennealey was an Area Superintendent for the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Boston. He also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College where he created and taught the Social Entrepreneurship course. He received a BA in Psychology from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. James P. Kineen (Omaha, NE)

Mr. Kineen graduated from Cathedral High School in Rapid City and from Creighton University. He worked for the Chiles Heider brokerage in Omaha, retiring from the industry in 2009.

Fr. James Kubicki, S.J. (St. Francis, SD)

Fr. Kubicki taught at Red Cloud as a Jesuit scholastic from 1977-80. From 1989 to 1995 he was associate director of the Sioux Spiritual Center as well as the Rapid City Diocese's formation program for deacons and lay ministers. He has served the Jesuits as vocation director, formation director, and assistant to the provincial for Native American ministry. For fourteen years he was the national director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer).

Ms. Monica Macek (Batesland, SD)

Ms. Macek is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. An alumna of Red Cloud High School in 1989, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. She has worked as a computer programmer and an OSRWSS operation and maintenance engineer. She has been the facility manager/project engineer for the Indian Health Service for the past 18 years. She has two sons. One recently graduated college with bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering and physics. The other son is in high school.

Fr. David Mastrangelo, S.J., (Chicago, IL)

Fr. Mastrangelo is a Jesuit priest and educator. He earned master’s degrees in history, divinity, and theology and has taught English, theology, and history at four Jesuit high schools in the Upper Midwest. He was principal for eight years and president for twelve years at Loyola High School in Detroit for African-American boys. He currently is the director of mission and identity at Christ the King High School in Chicago for African-American boys and girls. He has served on the boards at three Jesuit high schools and a retreat house. He is a member of the Mission and Identity Committee.

Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, S.J., (Omaha, NE)

Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, S. J. serves as an Assistant Vice President for University Relations at Creighton University, the Vice President for Mission and Identity at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (2015-2016), the President of Creighton Preparatory School (2003-2012), and the Superintendent of Schools at Red Cloud Indian School (1997-2003). He taught at Red Cloud High School (1990-1993) and Boys Town High School (1992-3). Fr. Merkel is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He entered the Jesuits in 1985, pronounced his first vows in 1987 and was ordained in 1997. He studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana, earned a M. A., Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997, a M. Div., Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1996, a Ph. L., Philosophy from Gonzaga University, Ponficia Facultas Philosophica Sancti Michaelis in 1990 and a B. A., Theology from Creighton University in 1985.

Dr. Raymond Nadolny (Pine Ridge, SD)

Raymond Nadolny, Ph.D., a leader in higher education for over 25 years, became Red Cloud’s 27th president on June 1, 2019, succeeding Fr. George Winzenburg, SJ. Dr. Nadolny has focused his life’s work on creating opportunity for students in rural and low-income communities. From 2009 to 2016, he served as the third president of Williston State College, a dynamic community college within the North Dakota University System. Dr. Nadolny received his Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University, a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Indiana, and a higher education management certificate from the University of Oxford. He taught both college- and high school-level courses in business, information technology, philosophy, and theology. He holds a master’s in theology and has served as a chaplain, Catholic youth minister, and faith formation director.

Fr. Kerry Prendiville (Rapid City, SD)

Fr. Kerry Prendiville is a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City and pastor of St. Therese Church in Rapid City and St. John the Evangelist in New Underwood, SD. One of his previous assignments was pastor of the Catholic churches on the Standing Rock Reservation. He studied theology at St. Mary of the Lake University in Illinois. He is heavily involved in diocesan committees and activities and brings a thorough knowledge of the diocesan church in western South Dakota. He is a member of the Pastoral Committee. He serves on the Mission and Identity Committee.

Ms. Lisa F. Ryan (Glen Echo, MD)

Ms. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A.) and University of Notre Dame Law School. She has practiced law in Washington, DC, beginning her career specializing in natural resource issues for Native American Tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations. After a stint as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Land and Natural Resources Division she returned to private practice primarily representing and advising tribally controlled school boards in funding, legislative, and other education related matters. She has served on several nonprofit boards for organizations providing education and social support services.

Ms. Norma Tibbitts (Manderson, SD)

Norma Tibbitts lives with her husband Mike on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a member of the St. Agnes parish. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the mother of three children. She has five grandchildren who live out of state and is proud that one of her granddaughters is a graduate of Red Cloud High School. She has worked in education for thirty years, starting as a high school teacher at Red Cloud, and for a few years as its high school principal. She accepted the position of Agency Superintendent for the Pine Ridge Reservation, with the OST’s endorsement in 1994. She has worked on other reservations across the nation as an employee of the Bureau of Indian Education. She is retired and has taught part time for the Oglala Lakota College.

Rev. James M. Weiss (Boston, MA)

A graduate of St. Ignatius Prep and Loyola U. (Chicago) with further studies at the universities of Chicago and Munich, Fr. James Weiss has taught theology at Boston College since 1979, where he offers an undergraduate year-long sequence in social justice. In 1990, he founded and has since directed the Capstone Vocational Discernment Seminars Program for seniors. He has supported Red Cloud since the 1980s, visited many times, and encouraged students to volunteer here. An Episcopal priest and spiritual director who has served inner city parishes, he now serves the Commission on Ordained Minsitry for his Diocese. A church historian with interest in Lakota history, he is also an academic expert on the papacy and the College of Cardinals and has widely advised the press and media during the last two papal transitions.

Laurence Weithers (Chicago, IL)

Larry Weithers is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He earned a Master’s in Math and Stats from the University of Massachusetts (he originally intended to teach math!) and an MBA in Finance from University of Chicago. He worked for many years as a trader at Citadel, a global financial institution based in Chicago. He currently is a trader at DRW Holdings. He and his late wife Shannon raised three sons.

Mr. Stephen Wilcox (Danville, CA)

Mr. Wilcox is President of the Wilcox Family Foundation, which provides funding to organizations targeting underserved communities. He is a retired senior executive of Accenture, LLP, a technology and outsourcing company where he spent 28+ years. Steve is active on several non-profit boards. Most notably he spent eight years on the board of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, two years as Board Chair. Currently he is serving as Chair of the Diocese of Oakland's Capital Campaign. He serves on Advancement Committee.