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Board of Directors

  • George Ruebenson ’66
    George Ruebenson ’66
    Board Chair; Former President, Allstate Property/Liability Insurance Co.
  • Patrick Cooke ’85
    Patrick Cooke ’85
    Attorney/Partner, Kopon Airdo
  • Bridget Daley
    Bridget Daley
    Owner & Publisher, Sophisticated Living Chicago
  • Br. P.D. Dunne, CFC
    Br. P.D. Dunne, CFC
    President, Palma School
  • Joan Finnegan
    Joan Finnegan
    Retired Teacher, Scribes, Inc.
  • Patricia Gaytan-Perez
    Patricia Gaytan-Perez
    Executive VP of Administration, Monterrey Security
  • Jake Gregus ’09
    Jake Gregus ’09
    Business Development Manager, Onward Search
  • George Houlihan ’82
    George Houlihan ’82
    CEO, Caherciveen Partners, LLC
  • Thomas Kopko ’07
    Thomas Kopko ’07
    Associate Consultant & Research Analyst, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Robert C. Lees
    Robert C. Lees
    Principal, Tampa Catholic High School
  • Dan McCarthy ’84
    Dan McCarthy ’84
    Managing Partner, Waterville Advisors
  • Chuck Naso ’75
    Chuck Naso ’75
    Sr. Vice President, Alliant Americas
  • Kelly O’Brien
    Kelly O’Brien
    President & CEO, Alliance for Regional Development; Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee
  • Tom Reidy
    Tom Reidy
    President, Brother Rice High School (Michigan)
  • James Rojas ’86
    James Rojas ’86
    CFO, Engine Group
  • George Scanlon ’75
    George Scanlon ’75
    Former CEO, Fidelity National Financial
  • Robert Smith ’65
    Robert Smith ’65
    Consultant/Principal, St. Patricia School/OCE
  • Darius Vaskelis ’87
    Darius Vaskelis ’87
    Chief Digital Officer, Encore Event Technologies
  • Kate Wood
    Kate Wood
    Small Business Owner
George Ruebenson ’66
Board Chair; Former President, Allstate Property/Liability Insurance Co.

I did not fully appreciate the value of a St. Laurence education when I was a student. As I got older it became apparent that the lessons I learned there gave me an essential moral foundation. In our very complicated world it is difficult to always do the Right Thing. I think it is important for all alumni to realize that we have a responsibility to give back to the institution that helped shape our lives.

Patrick Cooke ’85
Attorney/Partner, Kopon Airdo

Bridget Daley
Owner & Publisher, Sophisticated Living Chicago

Bridget Daley is a 1995 graduate of Queen of Peace and proud alum of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She served as a producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show before entering the entrepreneurial world. Now, Bridget is owner and lead designer for 84Rockwell, a luxury handbag line. In addition, she is the creative director of Sophisticated Living Chicago, a project she launched in 2015. She has two brothers who are graduates of St. Laurence: Pat ’91 and Matt ’94.

Br. P.D. Dunne, CFC
President, Palma School

Joan Finnegan
Retired Teacher, Scribes, Inc.

Patricia Gaytan-Perez
Executive VP of Administration, Monterrey Security
Jake Gregus ’09
Business Development Manager, Onward Search

George Houlihan ’82
CEO, Caherciveen Partners, LLC

Thomas Kopko ’07
Associate Consultant & Research Analyst, Sidley Austin LLP

Robert C. Lees
Principal, Tampa Catholic High School

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Dan McCarthy ’84
Managing Partner, Waterville Advisors

Dan McCarthy ‘84 received his B.A. from The University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and a M.B.A. from Northwestern University. An active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Dan is an expert on the subject of Structured Settlements. He is the current Managing Partner for Waterville Advisors, a financial management firm. The McCarthy family has a long legacy at STL which includes Dan’s mother, Joyce McCarthy, the school’s long time business manager. Dan is also a generous donor to the school and member of our Defend the Glory campaign cabinet.

Chuck Naso ’75
Sr. Vice President, Alliant Americas


I have remained involved with St. Laurence because St. Laurence and the principles provided to me over 40 years have remained with me. They are still as relevant today as they were in 1975. St. Laurence gave me the “how” in how to live my life. As I have grown older, I realize it was the greatest gift my parents ever gave me.

Kelly O’Brien
President & CEO, Alliance for Regional Development; Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee

Tom Reidy
President, Brother Rice High School (Michigan)

James Rojas ’86
CFO, Engine Group


Favorite Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” John Quincy Adams

St. Laurence is truly Where Leadership Begins. I am lucky to be a 1986 graduate and of service to the school 30 years later.

George Scanlon ’75
Former CEO, Fidelity National Financial

George Scanlon ‘75 received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. A current member of the Board of Directors for Landstar, a worldwide provider of transportation management solutions, George retired in 2013 as the CEO of Fidelity National Financial, Inc. George, also a member of our Defend the Glory campaign cabinet, feels strongly about the opportunity to make a strong and lasting impact through his philanthropic contributions to STL.

Robert Smith ’65
Consultant/Principal, St. Patricia School/OCE

As a retired Catholic School Educator, who was a member of the first graduation class, the father of three St. Laurence graduates and whose wife was also a Catholic School principal, it was easy and important to make a commitment to support the vision and goals of St. Laurence.

Darius Vaskelis ’87
Chief Digital Officer, Encore Event Technologies

It was only after a decade in the business world that I truly understood the significant value of the leadership lessons I learned at St. Laurence. My time at St. Laurence kindled my drive to build a career around the intersection of tech and business strategy. I joined St. Laurence’s board because I wanted to help students prepare for a world where technology is continuously disrupting organizations, industries, and even the nature of work itself.

Kate Wood
Small Business Owner

Favorite Quote: Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.- Vince Lombardi

I’m proud to be a Board Member of St. Laurence High School. Not too long ago I was looking at which School would be the best fit for my sons. I wanted them to continue with a catholic education and there were many options, decisions and choices to consider. St Laurence gave my sons the power to achieve their goals academically and spiritually, preparing them for college and the business world. St Laurence has had a big impact on our whole family and it’s because of this I want to give back so that everyone who also desires a catholic education for their children can do so.