Advancement Office adds executive director

Steve_Messina2Marist’s Advancement Office has grown over the past year to better meet the strategic goals and needs of our community. The additional staff members have been able focus on building relationships and growing the Marist Fund to sustain the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

In November, Steve Messina joined Marist as the Executive Director of Advancement with the responsibility of taking Marist’s strong team to the next level in terms of ensuring long-term financial security for the school.

A South Side guy, Steve graduated from St. Daniel the Prophet and Nazareth Academy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Master of Business Administration from Lewis University. Steve comes to Marist after 12 years with the Archdiocese of Chicago, including the past four in the Stewardship & Development Office.  He was a key team member of the historic To Teach Who Christ Is campaign, which raised $423 million dollars through parishes for the Church in Chicago. 

“In my first impressions, I recognize something remarkable about Marist," Steve said. "Not only just the students, but the whole school, the administration, and the alumni. He believes Marist has been setting the standard in all things Catholic high school. “To see the type of students that graduates with an amazing trajectory into colleges really shows the incredible things four short years on campus does to educate the whole person.” Steve hopes to build relationships with alumni and friends of Marist by connecting the news of what’s happening at the school today to the wonderful experiences graduates, parents, and others had during their time at Marist.

“I hope that through more outreach, we can continue to build the Marist Fund and the Endowment Fund to secure the future of Marist as being not only a top school in the area, but in the state,” Steve explained. He points out the Faith in the Future Campaign, which will add a 10-lab science wing with dome to the campus, will set the standard for high schools and will quickly become a source of pride for alumni, students, and everyone associated with Marist. 

He loves spending time with his wife, Jill and their two kids, Ainsley (8) and Nolan (4).  They love traveling and all kinds of sports and activities.

Get in touch with Steve via email or at 773-245-4350.