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St. Joan Antida High School Names Marikris Coryell President

St. Joan Antida (SJA) High School, Milwaukee's only all-girl International Baccalaureate World School (IB), has named Marikris Coryell as President. Coryell was selected by the school's Presidential Search Committee, and approved by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Coryell was chosen from a pool of five finalists resulting from a three-month search process following Paul Gessner's departure as Head of School for a position out of state. She brings more than 30 years of experience in business, operations and entrepreneurism, along with extensive non-profit and education service, to the position. Coryell will officially assume her duties on Sept. 4.

"Marikris Coryell's extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit, along with a proven passion for values-based education, will help ensure our students are prepared to lead and serve," said Sister Theresa Rozga, Provincial for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. "Her ability to influence organizational growth and personal development reflects the spirit of our foundress who inspired young women to go out and change the world."

Coryell's role as President marks SJA's strategic move back to a President/Principal leadership model that mirrors higher education's division of administrative and academic leadership responsibilities. According to Board of Directors Chair David Roettgers, this model is better suited to meet the school's needs as it heads into an uptick in enrollment and is accelerating its business and community partnerships. "We're excited to begin the 2018-19 school year with new leadership in place," said Roettgers. "As President, Marikris will focus on operational and financial management along with external relations, and will work collaboratively with Principal Elizabeth Lingen, who was appointed in May to oversee faculty, academics, student programming, and support services."

In addition to extensive organizational and team-building consulting experience, Coryell has held several senior leadership positions. Most recently Coryell served as the VP of Operations for Triton Trailers, where she led the Operations team to its highest production capacity in the organization's history. Preceding Triton, she was President of GelTape, a start-up company based in Oshkosh, Wis., and prior to that, was Chief Operating Officer at DUECO, Inc., a Waukesha-based manufacturing company. Before DUECO, Inc. she had financial management duties at Tribune Company in Chicago and Denver including Accounting Manager, Controller and Senior Auditor. She received her CPA and began her career as a staff accountant with Ernst & Whinney in Chicago.

Coryell comes on board to lead the all-girl school at a significant and exciting time for the school's future. Since becoming an International Baccalaureate World School in late 2014, SJA has seen significant growth in its academic outcomes with 100% of each of the past two graduating classes pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities. The school launched a transitional summer program for incoming freshwomen to address student retention, and for the first time in more than 10 years, is projecting an increase in overall student enrollment for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

Coryell acknowledged SJA's success as a leading girls-only IB high school that empowers young women from diverse backgrounds in her decision to accept the new position. "SJA's commitment to the IB teaching philosophy and curriculum, combined with its partnerships with organizations like the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), exemplify the kinds of forward-looking initiatives I hope to foster," Coryell said. "I look forward to working with the leadership team to increase the awareness of all the inspiring opportunities that SJA has to offer young women, their families and the Milwaukee community."

Coryell brings significant community service experience to the position. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and is Vice Chair and member of Waukesha Business Alliance's Education Committee. She has been a member of TEMPO where she served on the Engagement and Professional Development Committees. She previously served on the Auction Committee for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and was Secretary of the Sisters of the Divine Savior's Sponsorship Board. Coryell also held prior Chair positions on Divine Savior Holy Angels High School's Board of Directors and St. Dominic's Parish's School Board.

A graduate of an all-girl Catholic high school herself, Coryell received her B.S. in Business with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. She has three children and resides in Brookfield with her husband.

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