Siena Leadership

Establishing strong leadership is critical for any organization but especially important as we launch Siena Catholic Schools. We seek leaders committed to advancing Catholic education, building strong relationships with students, parents, school as well as parish and community leaders.  We are blessed to have leadership committed to our Catholic faith and look forward to a successful, sustainable path serving students and families for many years to come.


Brenda White,

Brenda became President in September 2017 after serving as a leader in the Racine Area Catholic Education Collaboration effort.  Prior to assuming the role she served as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for almost ten years. 

Prior to her role in the Archdiocese, Ms. White served four different Milwaukee-area schools during her 22-year tenure as a principal after beginning her career as a teacher in special education.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science in Administrative Leadership and an Education Specialist degree with a focus on the Superintendency from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

“My career in education has been rooted in my passion for serving children with diverse learning needs and backgrounds, Through advancing the church’s mission of Catholic education in Racine, I am committed to strengthening our schools and parishes, extending our evangelization efforts and forming students who become models of service and leadership in our community.” 

Stephen G. Schroeder,
Director of Business

Steve joined Siena Catholic Schools in November 2017 after nearly a decade as a finance professional at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.  He has also served as an Adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. 

He is a retired Air Force veteran who rose to the position of Officer in Charge of the Aircraft Generation Squadron in the Illinois Air National Guard.

Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Northeastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Parkside.

He is a parent of two children enrolled in Siena Catholic Schools.

“Assuming a position of service and leadership for the Catholic Schools in Racine is very inspiring.  I look forward to seeing all the schools and parishes come together in new ways to serve the families and students in Racine.  I am eager to contribute to the vision of creating positive change for our community by graduating life-long learners who are grounded in strong Gospel values and ready for the challenges of our rapidly changing world.”

Todd Willems,
Director of Schools

Todd assumed the role of Director of Schools in February 2018 after serving four years as Principal at Messmer High School.  Prior to that he served for 8 years in a variety of roles at Catholic Central High School in Burlington where he filled a variety of administrative roles while also teaching. 

At Messmer, he implemented the Project: Lead the Way Engineering curriculum dramatically increasing participation in STEM-based program and furthered partnerships with several Milwaukee area universities and Milwaukee area non-profit organizations.

Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master of Science in School Leadership and Curriculum/Instruction degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

 “Each of our partner schools and parishes enjoys a rich history of spiritual, cultural and academic excellence, and I am excited to be blessed with the opportunity to become part of this amazing work. I have found a strong and caring group of school and community partners committed to growing our next generation of community leaders. I look forward to working with our dedicated educational staff and school leaders to provide the best possible spiritual and educational program for all of our students in Racine.“

Six Schools - Ten Parishes - One Community

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