Trustees

The Henry J. Smith Charitable Trust is governed and managed by an experienced financial advisor along with a group of carefully selected trustees who provide dedicated direction and oversight.

 

 

Deborah Clifford Schmidt, Trustee

Deborah has been a trustee for the Henry Smith Charitable Trust since 2007, and her family has a long history at Donovan Memorial/St. Malachy School. Four generations of her family have attended the school, including her, her parents and grandparents, all seven of her brothers and sisters, and her children. She has served in a variety of volunteer positions over the years (Education Committee, Finance Committee, Fall Fest Coordinator, and more) in support of St. Malachy’s mission. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she started her career at Chanute Air Force Base in 1985 and worked there until its closure in 1993, when she began work at Carle Foundation Hospital where she now serves as Director of Supply Chain Services. Debbie and her husband, Leonard, have two children, Clark and Brooke.

John Graham, Trustee

John is a St. Malachy parishioner and serves on the St. Malachy Parish Finance Council. His father, siblings and children are all alumni of either Donovan Memorial or St. Malachy School. John is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Accountancy and is a member of the Illinois Society of CPAs. He is Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Regency Apartments in Champaign, and is also on the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust, headquartered in Paris, Illinois. John has a deep love for the school and parish and is honored and humbled to be a trustee for the Henry Smith Charitable Trust that continues to be a vital part of St. Malachy School’s future, thanks to Father Malinowski’s vision and the extraordinary generosity and faith of countless others.

Rick Humphrey, Trustee

Rick has been a member of St. Malachy Parish since moving to Rantoul, Illinois, in 1976 with his wife Judy. Father Malinowski asked Rick to become a trustee when the Henry J. Smith Charitable Trust was formed in 1996. Having known Henry Smith, Rick felt it was an honor to serve on the trust to see the fulfillment of Mr. Smith’s vision of providing financial assistance to the school.

Rick is a project manager for Clark Dietz Engineers and has used his engineering experience when serving on various parish building and expansion committees. Rick and his wife have two sons, Greg and Luke, who are alumni of St. Malachy School. He describes his experience of being a trustee as very enjoyable and firmly believes in Father Malinowski’s words that, “St. Malachy School is the lifeblood of our Parish.”

Carolyn Kaler Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer of the Trust

Four generations of Carolyn’s family have received their primary education at Donovan Memorial/St. Malachy School. She credits much of who she is and what she does to the foundation and examples set for her during her elementary school years. Beginning as a volunteer in 1971, Carolyn started her employment in the St. Malachy office in 1974. Over the course of 34 years, she worked in a variety of capacities including Secretary, Parish Coordinator, Business Manager and Development Director.

In January of 1996, she was asked to serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the Henry J. Smith Charitable Trust. In 2012, the Henry J. Smith trustees voted to have her fill the vacancy on the board created by the death of trustee Father Malinowski, while continuing to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Trust.

She and her husband Richard are the parents of four adult children, and are the grandparents of eleven living and two deceased grandchildren.

Kathleen Finney, Trustee

Kathy is a St. Malachy alumnus (1967) that also attended Donovan Memorial School, and is proud to call Rantoul, Illinois, her home. She is a graduate of Rantoul Township High School, Benedictine College and Marquette University School of Law. Kathy returned to her hometown to establish a legal career and has a law office in Rantoul. She is active in St. Malachy Parish and provides the lively music for the weekly all-school Mass.