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Creighton names new board members

Mr. Thomas Barry
Thomas Barry, BSBA’88, CPA, is senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Sirius XM Holdings Inc. in New York, N.Y. He has more than 25 years of financial experience in diverse industries, including media, consumer products, publishing, information/document technology and services, and direct sales and marketing. His financial and business strategy experience with Fortune 150, 500 and 1,000 businesses includes expertise in reorganizing businesses to respond to changing market conditions and external requirements.

Barry began his career with Sirius XM, the second largest subscription-based U.S. media service, in 2009. He was recruited to integrate the financial operations of the company’s former competitors and has been part of the executive team that led the company from the verge of bankruptcy to its status as a $22 billion market cap satellite radio broadcaster.

From 2001 to 2008, Barry was a financial executive with Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., holding several positions including vice president of finance, corporate controller (CAO), and president of one of the company’s subsidiaries. Prior to that, Barry was senior vice president, CFO and global controller with Xerox Engineering Systems, a subsidiary of the Xerox Corp. From 1993 to 1998, he held senior financial and accounting positions with Avon Products, Inc.

In addition to his BSBA degree from Creighton, Barry holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and an Advanced Managerial Certificate from Harvard Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York. He graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1984.

He served a number of years on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Hudson Valley and the audit committee for Northern Westchester Hospital. He and his wife, Marcella, who holds two degrees from Fordham University and is a chief human resources officer, live in Stamford, Conn., with their two daughters.

Rev. Casey Beaumier, S. J., Ph.D.
The Rev. Casey Beaumier, S. J., Ph.D., is director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit studies at Boston College. He is known for his expertise on Jesuit education and spirituality.

Fr. Beaumier began his academic career with a B.A. from Marquette University in 1993, followed by master’s degrees from Saint Louis University in philosophy and American studies in 1999, a Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) also from Weston Jesuit, both in 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. in history from Boston College in 2013.

Fr. Beaumier has directed the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College since 2014. The purpose of the institute is to deepen appreciation of the history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogical approach of the Society of Jesus among Jesuits and lay faculty, administrators, and trustees through courses, workshops, publications, and scholarly symposia.

He began his teaching career in Omaha at Creighton Preparatory School, teaching composition and American literature from 1999 to 2002, and then taught Church history and New Testament here at Creighton from 2005 to 2006. He held various teaching positions at Boston College in the Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences from 2007 to 2015, as well as in the Certificate in Jesuit Studies Program from 2014 to 2015.

Fr. Beaumier has been extensively involved with making Jesuit spirituality accessible, including leading retreats across the country at retreat houses, schools, parishes, and seminaries. He has widely presented at national conferences on issues in Jesuit education.

He has served on numerous committees at Boston College as well as on the Boston College Board of Trustees, the steering committee of the Church in the 21st Century Center, and the Board of Trustees of the Apostleship of Prayer.

Mr. Jerry K. Crouse
Jerry K. Crouse is vice chairman of Tenaska Energy, Inc., and CEO of Tenaska, Inc., one of the leading independent power producers in the U.S. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the largest privately held U.S. companies.

Crouse is vice chairman of the Board of Stakeholders and serves as a member of various management committees that oversee Tenaska business units. Prior to his position as vice chairman and CEO, he served as Tenaska’s chief financial officer and, prior to that, corporate controller. He has extensive financial management and accounting experience, primarily in the energy and services industries.

Before joining Tenaska in 1991, Crouse was a certified public accountant in the audit division of Arthur Andersen, LLP, serving a variety of clients with their accounting and planning needs.

He has chaired a number of charitable events and served on several nonprofit boards, including Boys Scouts of America, Mid-America Council (trustee) since 2010, and the Easter Seal Society of Nebraska (director), from 2006-2012. Since January 2016, he has served as an advisor to the Creighton Board of Trustees’ Budget and Finance Committee, as well as to the Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Crouse earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. He and his wife, Ann, have three children.

Rev. Joseph Daoust, S.J.
The Rev. Joseph Daoust, S.J., has a rich and varied legacy of experience as a Jesuit, including six years as general counselor at the headquarters of the Society of Jesus in Rome, as well as superior of their International Roman Houses. He is currently superior of the Jesuit community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, which includes Red Cloud Indian Schools, a cultural-historical museum, and pastoral work among the Lakota in a dozen churches scattered over the 5,000-square-mile reservation.

Prior to the mission, Fr. Daoust served in Rome as one of the general counselors to the Jesuit superior general. He also served as the major superior (or provincial) of the Jesuit international institutions and communities in Rome and the Holy Land. These include the Jesuit General Curia (or headquarters), the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and in Jerusalem, as well as Vatican Radio, the Vatican Astronomical Observatory, and several residences for international Jesuit students in Rome.

For 10 years prior to going to Rome in 2008, Fr. Daoust was the president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (Calif.), and Professor of Church and Society there and in the Graduate Theological Union. During his tenure as president, he oversaw a successful capital campaign that resulted in the renovation and expansion of the campus. Previously, he held the McElroy Endowed Chair in Law and Religion at the University of Detroit School of Law.

Originally a member of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus, he served as provincial from 1989 to 1995. Previously, he taught law and economics at universities in Detroit, London, and Kampala, Uganda. With graduate degrees in philosophy, theology, law, and economics, he has served as an advisor on social issues to the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, done legal work for the U.S. Congress, and been active in social justice ministries. He entered the Jesuits in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1969.

Fr. Daoust has served on numerous boards of trustees/directors, including the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (current), University of Detroit Mercy, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Graduate Theological Union, Santa Clara University, America Magazine, Jesuit Conference of the United States (National Board and Executive Committee), Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility board for the National Council of Churches, and more.

Christopher Elias, M.D.
Chris Elias, M.D. (BS’79, MD’83, HON’09), is the president of global development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

In addition to his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Creighton, Dr. Elias was also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University in 2009 for his contributions to global health and dedication to Ignatian values.

Dr. Elias leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts to find creative ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in poor countries who need them most. Focusing on areas with potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach hundreds of millions of people, Dr. Elias oversees the organization’s portfolio in agriculture development; emergency response; family planning; financial services for the poor; maternal, newborn and child health; nutrition; polio eradication; vaccine delivery; and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Dr. Elias’s professional background is in public health and medicine. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in February 2012, he worked in various positions and countries for international nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems and encouraging healthy behaviors.

In addition to his Creighton degrees, Dr. Elias completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of Washington, where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

When he received his honorary degree from Creighton, Dr. Elias noted that his interest in what became his life’s work addressing the complex problems of global health began during his senior year in the School of Medicine when he took an elective rotation at a Vietnamese refugee camp in Thailand.

Dr. Elias is married to Therese Caouette Elias, an executive with Partners Asia, and they have one daughter.

Mr. Nizar Ghoussaini
Nizar (Nick) Ghoussaini, BS’75, MS’76, is a senior operational partner for Triton, a private equity firm with offices in London, Frankfurt and Stockholm. At Triton since 2008, Ghoussaini is responsible for deal sourcing and operational improvements for companies across Europe, Asia and North America. He has served in leadership capacities for a number of companies, most recently as a chairman of Stabilus and Dematic, and currently serves on the boards of Ovako, Befesa and Enexio.

Ghoussaini has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, starting with Dayco Corporation’s Allen Industries in 1979. He served as a product engineer with General Motors from 1982 to 1984, and from 1984 to 1995, he was automotive business director for the Americas for Imperial Chemical Industries. In 1995, he became president of Lear Corporation, overseeing seating, interiors and electrical components for German and French automobile companies around the globe. He was then named president and CEO of international automotive supply company Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH.

In addition to his degrees from Creighton, Ghoussaini also holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy.

In 2013, as the keynote speaker at the Creighton Business Symposium, Ghoussaini said Creighton holds a special place in his heart. “If I think of my 22, 23 years of education … it’s the place that stands out,” he said. “I speak about this institution with high emotion and passion.”

Ms. Susan Nemer Haddix
Susan Nemer Haddix has a distinguished legacy of more than 25 years of voluntary service and board leadership on behalf of nonprofit and educational institutions.

Her service began in 1989 when she became a foster care provider for Catholic Charities and Child Saving Institute (CSI). Within a short time, her experiences caring for vulnerable children led her to seek a position in the foster care system in order to have a greater impact. She became a member of the Foster Care Review Board, a position she held for 12 years and then resumed in 2015. During this time, she chaired the formation of a successful effort to find more adoptive homes for children in need, The Nebraska Heart Gallery; she is still involved with the gallery today.

Haddix has served on the CSI Guild for 13 years and was president of both Catholic Charities’ Women’s Guild and St. Wenceslaus Home and School Association. She is a member of the board of Fontenelle Forest, Jesuit Academy and Child Saving Institute. She also serves on the Jesuit Academy Partners Guild and the Friends Board of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Haddix has been the administrator of the GFH and SAH Foundation Trust and today serves as a trustee. She was a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha, studying social work and criminal justice, and is the mother of three children, two of whom attended Creighton Prep High School.

Mr. Eric Immel, S.J.
Eric Immel, S.J., is a Jesuit Scholastic who will serve at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago this fall as the assistant dean. Arrupe College addresses the lack of accessible higher education for low-income students by offering financial assistance, small classes and two-year associate degree programs.

From 2007 to 2008, Immel volunteered as an English teacher at Creighton Prep High School and then began three years at Creighton University, where he served as the assistant director of student activities for Greek Life. His primary role was overseeing the fraternity and sorority communities, which grew considerably during his tenure. He also helped develop new leadership programs, participated in campus ministry and sacramental life, and served on a number of University committees.

Immel left Creighton in 2011 to enter the Society of Jesus. Since then, he has served as a jail chaplain, a house assistant in a L’Arche community, and a fourth-grade teacher’s aide. He has tutored at Chicago Jesuit Academy and has tutored and taught at Arrupe College. He has also participated in weekly outreach to people experiencing homelessness in downtown Chicago. Immel has spent time in Ecuador and India, and in 2013, spent five months living and working among the Lakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

A native of Green Bay, Wisc., Immel earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Saint Louis University in 2005. In 2007, he completed an M.S. in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus in higher education administration. He recently earned an M.A. in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.

Rev. Gerald Thomas Krettek, S.J., Ph.D.
The Rev. Gerald Thomas (Tom) Krettek, S.J., Ph.D., was the provincial superior for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus from 2005 to 2011 and currently holds several positions in the Department of Philosophy at Fordham University. These include associate visiting professor, director of the Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources program, director of the Jesuit First Studies Program, and editor-in-chief of the international academic journal Ultimate Reality and Meaning.

His areas of interest and expertise include the philosophy of Paul Weiss, political and American philosophy, philosophy of community, justice, violence, and philosophy and the Spiritual Exercises.

He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and licentiate degrees in sacred theology from Regis College, which is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Regis College (1982), and Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Saint Louis University, 1975 and 1977 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1987.

Fr. Krettek was an assistant and then associate professor of philosophy at Creighton University from 1989 to 2000, and director of the Jesuit Humanities Program from 1989 to 1997. He taught philosophy at Marquette University from 2000 to 2005, before servicing as the superior of the Wisconsin Province for six years. Fr. Krettek has been at Fordham since 2012. He has published and presented extensively on topics in philosophy and Jesuit education.

While at Creighton, Fr. Krettek served on numerous committees, including search committees, Faculty Council and Academic Council, policy, curriculum, building and athletics committees, and more. He has also served on university committees at Marquette and Fordham, and is a member of a number of professional societies.

Mr. Jayme Martin  
For nearly 20 years, Jayme Martin, BSBA’92, has been a leader at one of the world’s most recognizable brands. He started with Nike, Inc., in strategic planning in 1997, working his way to executive positions.  

Martin is vice president and general manager of global categories, a position he has held since 2013, at the multinational athletic corporation based in Beaverton, Ore. He is responsible for driving worldwide growth around the company’s major category business units including basketball, soccer, men’s training, running, sportswear, women’s and young athletes. He also provides leadership over the golf, Olympics, skateboarding, tennis, football/baseball and Hurley International businesses.  

Martin has held various key global and geographic senior management roles during his tenure with Nike, including vice president of emerging markets, vice president of the Americas region, and vice president of EMEA footwear, as well as senior positions in USA brand marketing, global strategic planning and global footwear. Prior to his current role, Martin served as vice president and general manager of global running for more than three years, during which he oversaw broad growth of the category. Under his leadership, Nike’s running business doubled in revenue, fueled in part by the launch of innovative products.  

He is a member of the World Economic Forum-Young Global Leaders and has been the keynote speaker at the Creighton Business Symposium three times, in 2004, 2006 and 2008, and a panelist at the symposium in 2004 and 2005. Martin also helped inaugurate the annual Murphy Cup competition in the Heider College of Business in 2014.

The Murphy Cup was founded by Board of Trustees member Chris Murphy and pits business students from Creighton against their counterparts from Drake University in a strategic marketing competition in an experiential learning atmosphere. Martin helped coach the Creighton team in 2014.  

After graduating with his BSBA degree in accounting and finance from Creighton, Martin spent time with Deloitte & Touche and Data Transmission Network, both located in Omaha, before receiving an MBA from Harvard University in 1997. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Martin now lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife, Kelly Luksetich Martin, BSBA’93, and their three children.  

Mr. Gary Witt
Gary Witt is a consulting director at Lutz, the Omaha-based accounting, technology and talent service firm, and previously served as Lutz’s president and managing shareholder.

A certified public accountant for more than 40 years, Witt consults and works with owners of privately held businesses on mergers and acquisitions, assurance, accounting and financial reporting issues. He has frequently worked with nonprofit organizations, construction firms, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, franchises and agribusiness industries.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is on the board of directors of CUES, the Happy Hollow Club and First Westroads Bank, and serves on the executive committee of the Omaha Archdiocese’s Ignite the Faith Campaign. Witt is also the co-chairman of the Creighton Preparatory School BASH, the educational trust chairman of Christ the King Catholic Church, a trustee of the Omaha Business Ethics Alliance, and serves on Creighton’s Bluejay BASH committee.

Witt holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He and his wife, Molly, have six sons, two of whom are Creighton graduates; the other four are currently enrolled in college, with one son a Heider College of Business student.


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