Two New Board Members Join the NCEA Board of Directors

The bishop of the Diocese of Savannah and a founding member of the Catholic Relief Services Foundation are to begin their tenure on July 1, 2018.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is pleased to announce that the NCEA Board of Directors has appointed two new board members at its May board meeting. Joining the board are the Most Reverend Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM, Conv. and Karen Rauenhorst, RN, MPH, who will serve three-year terms.

"We are very fortunate to welcome Bishop Hartmayer and Karen Rauenhorst to the NCEA Board of Directors. To be able to fill these two positions with people dedicated to Catholic education and steeped in the work of the Church is very exciting as we continue to strengthen the breadth of work of the association," said NCEA President/CEO Dr. Tom Burnford.

Chairman of the NCEA Board of Directors, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, added, "Bishop Gregory Hartmayer has vast experience in Catholic education. He brings his background as a teacher, principal and now bishop to the work of the NCEA board. He is a forthright supporter of Catholic schools and his insights will benefit greatly the board's work." He continued, "Karen Rauenhorst, a dedicated lay woman, will bring many gifts and wise counsel to the deliberations of the NCEA board as it seeks to strengthen Catholic education in its mission to educate and pass on the faith to the next generation."

Bishop Hartmayer is the fourteenth bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on July 19, 2011 and consecrated and installed on October 18, 2011. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, commonly known as the Conventual Franciscans, and took his simple vows in 1970 at the St. Joseph Cupertino Friary in Ellicott City, Maryland, before making his solemn profession in 1973. He received a Master of Education in Secondary Catholic School Administration from Boston College in 1992. Bishop Hartmayer also has been a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Administrative Committee and the Committee on Priorities and Plans, and currently serves on the Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Karen Rauenhorst serves the Catholic Relief Services Foundation and is chair of St. Catherine’s governing board. Mrs. Rauenhorst was acting president of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN from June 2016 – August 2016 and is a trustee for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in addition to serving on several other boards and foundations. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton University, Mrs. Rauenhorst then received a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. She worked in clinical settings and in nursing administration at several hospitals in the Midwest from 1975 – 1986 and maintained her Minnesota nursing license until 2017.

Established in 1904, NCEA is the largest, private professional education association in the world. NCEA works with Catholic educators to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church. Our membership includes more than 150,000 educators serving nearly 1.9 million students in Catholic education. For more information about NCEA, please visit


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