The Sacred Heart School Foundation has named Kyle Herrick as president, and Paul Beykirch as vice president of its board of directors.

Both will lead the board in fostering relationships and strengthening partnerships to advance the mission of the Foundation and Sacred Heart School. Herrick joined the Sacred Heart School Foundation in 2012 and has served as vice president since 2016. He succeeds Beverly Rollings who remains on the board at treasurer. Beykirch joined the Sacred Heart School Foundation in 2012.

 

“I could not feel more confident in our new leadership team with Kyle at the helm,” said Rollings. “As I look back on how far we have come, and the challenges we have met together, I am heartened by two extraordinary Hall of Fame alumni leading us into the future. Kyle and Paul love Sacred Heart School and are fully invested in seeing its valuable mission continue in perpetuity.”

 

Herrick and Beykirch are abiding champions of Sacred Heart and the Sedalia community, having held leadership positions in a wide range of civic organizations. Both are graduates of Sacred Heart School and are actively involved in the revitalization of the Sacred Heart School Alumni Association.

 

Following graduation from Sacred Heart in 1982, Herrick continued his education at State Fair Community College. In 1984, he joined Bryant Motor Company’s sales department where he is now Dealer Principal. In addition to serving Sacred Heart in various capacities, Herrick's civic endeavors also include the Sedalia Heritage Foundation (acting president), State Fair Community College Foundation (board member), and Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau (acting president).

Herrick is a recipient of the Sedalia Chamber's  William C. Hopkins Volunteer of the Year award (1997 and 2001) and Sacred Heart School’s Alumnus of the Year (2010). In 2017, he was inducted in the inaugural class of the Sacred Heart School Hall of Fame.

"My amazing wife (Roxanne) of 35 years and I both graduated from Sacred Heart in 1982, and we’re proud parents of two SH alumna: Alecia ‘09 and Sydni ‘12,” said Herrick. “Like my parents, Catholic Education is something I feel very strongly about. I am blessed to call Sedalia home and glad I can give back to Sacred Heart School, to my church, and to the entire community."

As president, Herrick says he wants to emphasize the vital role of the Sacred Heart School Foundation to the survival and continued growth Sacred Heart School.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that the Sacred Heart Foundation is one of the key reasons Sacred Heart Heart School is still in existence today,” said Herrick.

“As the only Catholic high school in our region, I want local businesses to realize the benefits of Sacred Heart School and invest in its students and faculty. I want our alumni to appreciate the education they received and pay it forward to the next generation. Like those before us, we have to pay it forward if we want a future that includes Sacred Heart School in our community. Without local and alumni support we may fail."

Revenue for Sacred Heart comes from three primary sources, which include tuition, support from the St. Vincent de Paul parish, and the Sacred Heart School Foundation. The Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive is the school’s largest revenue-generating event for Sacred Heart School.

Beykirch is a 1973 graduate of Sacred Heart School. He continued his education at Creighton University and the University of Missouri. He then joined the family business at County Distributing. Paul has used his position to help grow the business into the three-facility operation that it is today.

 

Beykirch serves on the Missouri Beer Wholesalers Worker’s Compensation Board and the Center for Alcohol Policy (Arlington, Va.). He was instrumental in the formation of the successful Lub Dub 5K Run to benefit the Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund, and the Turkey Trot to benefit the Children’s Therapy Center. In 2017, he was inducted in the inaugural class of the Sacred Heart School Hall of Fame.

 

“It’s an honor to serve with many wonderful people who have the interest in providing a wonderful Catholic Christian education for our youth,” says Beykirch. Our goal is to help Sacred Heart School give kids the tools to become the best well-rounded person they can be!"

Herrick and Beykirch will lead the 11-member Sacred Heart School Foundation team that includes: Joe Fischer, Steve Ellebracht, Jorge Guevara '03, Virgil McDonald, Dr. Mark Register '75, Stephani Marshall-Rice, Beverly Rollings, Suzie Thompson, and Bill Turner.

About the Foundation: Sacred Heart School Foundation was formed in 1979 with the mission to develop private resources to support the long-term growth and sustainability of Sacred Heart School. While independent of the school, the Foundation also mobilizes resources, leadership, ideas, and support needed to promote and perpetuate excellence in the classroom at Sacred Heart. The Foundation Annual Fund Drive is Sacred Heart's foremost fund-raising event. In the last 15 years, Foundation contributions in support of Sacred Heart School exceed $3.5 million. For more information about the Foundation, contact Liz Suter-Van Leer, development director, shfoundation@gogremlins.com or (660) 827-3800.