Letter from the Chairman

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Access is at the threshold of monumental growth, and faced with many opportunities to not only expand operations, but the number of students served. To say it is an exciting time would be an understatement, and I am thankful to be a part of this strong team of leadership as we move forward.

First off, the 2014-15 school year is about to begin, and the principals, academy directors, faculty, and staff at our three Archdiocesan partner schools are readying their buildings. Their leadership is monumental in the academic, emotional and spiritual success of our students, and I urge everyone to lend a hand during this critical time by volunteering to help set up classrooms and the grounds for new and returning students.

Secondly, as many of you have heard, Blake Youde, our Executive Director, is moving to Boise, Idaho, to tend to personal family matters. We have begun the necessary search to find his replacement, and thank Blake for his dedication and leadership to Access as well as our students. Blake’s last day will be September 30th; however, in the meantime, we will be conducting a thorough search to find our new Executive Director. The search will be multi-faceted, and include several interviews and reference checks. Click here to read the job description.

The Board of Directors expects the transition in leadership to be smooth as we remain very involved in the daily operations of Access, and will be guiding the new Executive Director through his/her introduction and establishment. We would also like to note that the team of Carolyn Dubuque, Betsy Liberatore, and Julie Linder will continue to serve in their official roles as main office support for Access.

Thank you for your encouragement during this period of change, growth, and opportunity. Should you have any additional questions or comments, please feel free to call (314)898-0430.


John Vatterott
Chairman, Board of Directors
Access Academies