Meet the Institutional Advancement Team

Bill Rebholz '77, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Bill assists with all aspects of fundraising at De Smet Jesuit. Prior to returning to De Smet Jesuit, Bill served as CEO of Southern Illinois Medical Development Corporation and Area President of Arthur J. Gallagher—St. Louis. He is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He and his wife Judy have three children including Nicholas '12 and Michael '17 and one grandchild.



John Stewart '77, Director of Institutional Advancement

John serves the De Smet Jesuit Advancement Team as Principal Gifts Director. He is a 1977 graduate of De Smet and has a degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. John worked at Anheuser-Busch for over 30 years and as De Smet Jesuit’s Director of Athletics for three years before joining the Advancement Team. John is married to Debbie and has three children including Brian, a 2005 graduate of De Smet Jesuit.



Jeff Cernicek '92, Director of Annual Giving

Jeff directs all matters related to annual fundraising at De Smet Jesuit, including the Parent Annual Fund, Alumni Giving and Phonathons. Jeff graduated from De Smet Jesuit in 1992. Prior to joining De Smet Jesuit, Jeff served as the Director of Annual Giving at St. Louis University High School, and held many executive leadership roles for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. He obtained his BS in Marketing/Advertising from Missouri State. Jeff and his wife, Julie, have a future Spartan, Louis and one daughter, Isabella.



Patrick Morris '06, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

Patrick oversees and coordinates all alumni-related matters and involvement with De Smet Jesuit through the Alumni Association and various fundraising/engagement-building events. He also works closely with the annual appeal. Patrick graduated from De Smet Jesuit in 2006 and received his BA in Journalism Studies from the University of Denver in 2010. His father, two uncles, and three brothers also attended De Smet Jesuit.



Anna Oliver, Database Coordinator

Anna is the primary administrator of the donor database, recording and acknowledging gifts. Anna has served at De Smet Jesuit as Advancement Services Coordinator and liaison for parent clubs (events and communications) and as Assistant to the Principal. Prior to that, she worked in marketing and events, and as project manager for translation/interpretation companies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Literature from the University of Missouri. Anna and her husband, David, are parents to two daughters, and to a son, Stephen (De Smet Jesuit, 2018).



Kelly Knefelkamp, Events Coordinator

Kelly is responsible for coordinating Advancement events, such as the Odyssey Auction and Grandparent Mass, and assists in administrative duties and data entries. She is a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received a BS in Business Administration, concentrating in Management. Kelly graduated from Gibault Catholic High School in 2013. She is engaged to be married to her fiancé, Anthony Day.




Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J., Institutional Advancement

Fr. McGinn comes to De Smet after serving 22 years as the president of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. He also worked at Jesuit High of Tampa where he taught history. His undergraduate degree is from Saint Louis University, and he studied theology at the University of London. He served briefly as the Jesuit provincial’s assistant for secondary education.