We extend a warm St. Francis welcome to Kelly Cliburn, our new head of development, and Steven Eisenberg, our new head of technology! Read more about Kelly and Steven, and make sure you stop by and say hello the next time you're on campus.
For most of her career, Kelly has championed causes that benefit children—first as a fundraiser for both DePelchin Children's Center and The Periwinkle Foundation, and most recently as a development officer and manager in Texas Children's Hospital's Office of Philanthropy.
Today, as head of St. Francis's development efforts, Kelly is committed to connecting donors with meaningful opportunities that benefit our young scholars, including through St. Francis's Forward in Faith (Phase II) campaign.
"The St. Francis community is already incredibly philanthropic," she says. "The opportunity to continue building on our school's existing culture of giving is a true privilege."
Kelly holds a master of liberal studies degree from Rice University, and earned dual bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin. She complemented her undergraduate studies with a year abroad in Argentina, where she took classes at La Universidad de Buenos Aires.
When she's not fostering St. Francis's culture of philanthropy, Kelly enjoys reading, exploring the great outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Jay, and their three young children. Welcome to St. Francis!
This self-proclaimed "technology evangelist and cheerleader" brings a wealth of experience and insight to the position, honed through decades of work both as an IT manager and as a high school math and science teacher.
"My aim is to provide 'invisible' technology," he says. "When anyone needs a computer, printer, projector, or other piece of technology, I want it to work the first time so people can just do what they need to do."
Steven says he also wants to make sure that technology continues to be used effectively in the classroom "to make teaching and learning more exciting, relevant, and authentic."
To achieve this goal, he'll be drawing on more than 25 years of IT experience—including 15 years as founding director of technology at Episcopal High School—as well as on more than two decades spent as a high school calculus and physical science teacher in both public and private schools.
Steven holds a master's degree in computational mathematics from Texas Southern University and a bachelor of arts from The City University of New York: Brooklyn College. When he's not working to ensure excellent technological experiences for St. Francis students and teachers alike, he enjoys reading, exercising, playing with his two French Bulldogs, volunteering at a community garden, and cooking amazing food.
Please join me in welcoming Kelly and Steven to the St. Francis family!
Stephen Lovejoy, MEd
Head of School