Cristo Rey Network Announces Board of Director Appointments
Cristo Rey Network Announces Board of Director Appointments
Jessie Fenton

New Graduate Directors, Director, and Emeritus Director will offer expanded voices and leadership to advance the Cristo Rey movement nationwide.

October 13, 2020 – CHICAGO – The Cristo Rey Network Board of Directors recently approved the appointment of four new members: Graduate Directors Jose E. Madrid and Kay Angrum, Director Michael Tadesse-Bell, and Emeritus Director B.J. Cassin.

From left to right, Kay Angrum, Jose E. Madrid, Michael Tadesse-Bell and B.J. Cassin.

"As we grow our national Board of Directors, we are pleased to welcome four dedicated individuals who bring distinguished and diversified contributions to the Cristo Rey Network mission," said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Elizabeth Goettl.

With the addition of these new members, the Board includes 32 prominent leaders from business, education, non-profit and religious sectors to govern the Cristo Rey Network.

Named the first three graduates on the national Board, Jose, Kay, and Michael are Cristo Rey alumni who have demonstrated exceptional progress towards and achievement of Cristo Rey standards, as they each pay it forward to the next generation.

Jose E. Madrid graduated as valedictorian from Arrupe Jesuit High School (Denver) in 2010. He graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude and Class Marshal in 2014 with a BA in American Studies. Jose was a George F. Baker Scholar, a John Carroll Fellow, a finalist of the British Marshall Scholarship, and a recipient of the distinguished Coakley Medal. In 2019, Jose received his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an Articles Editor for The Georgetown Law Journal. In early 2020, he shared his story during the Alumni Address at Arrupe's Magis Night. Jose resides in Washington, D.C. where he clerks for the Honorable Laura Cordero. He will return to Denver in 2021 as Judicial Law Clerk for the Colorado Supreme Court.

Kay Angrum, Cristo Rey New York High School '12 alumna, graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Digital Journalism in 2016. Her career aspirations were inspired while she was a student at Cristo Rey in her Corporate Work Study Program job placement at MultiVu, the multimedia and broadcast services division of PR Newswire. During college, Kay worked with the Associated Press as a field reporter and producer and has since moved back to the East Coast to serve as an on-air host and multimedia journalist for NBC New York. She will be the emcee for Cristo Rey Network's upcoming Virtual Celebration on November 12.

Michael Tadesse-Bell, Verbum Dei High School '03 (Los Angeles) alumnus, earned his BS in Business Administration and MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organization and Leadership at USF. As the Assistant Dean for Retention and Persistence Programs at USF, he provides effective, efficient, and strength-based tailored assistance to students on campus. In addition, he is engaged with First Graduate, a San Francisco based college access program that helps students complete high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college. Michael served as Adjunct Instructor at USF for six years and received the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from USF in 2019.

B.J. Cassin has been a venture capitalist for more than 30 years. Two decades ago, he founded and chaired the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation, providing start-up funds for 25 Cristo Rey high schools nationwide. As a Founding Director of the Cristo Rey Network in 2003, B.J. invested significant time and philanthropic support as an instrumental member of each school's feasibility study, therefore receiving the Cristo Rey Network Founders Award in 2010. In 2015, he co-founded the Drexel Fund, a venture philanthropy fund that invests and partners in the growth of high quality, financially sustainable networks of faith-based and other private schools. Currently, B.J. sits on a number of private company boards and is on the Investment Committee of the Western Province of the Jesuits. He graduated from Holy Cross College, is married and the father of 5 children, with 11 grandchildren, and resides in Los Altos Hills, California.

"The investments of the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation altered the history and projection of the Cristo Rey Network. B.J., along with his wife, Bebe, have always been in favor of 'leveling the playing field' in education," stated Cristo Rey Network Chair Emeritus and Chief Mission Officer John P. Foley, S.J. "They have a passion for providing educational opportunities to young people who often get denied the chance to use and maximize their gifts in the world. B.J. does not hesitate when there is an opportunity to provide young people a chance."