Christ The King Jesuit College Preparatory School

Meet the Development Team

Stephen Holte
Vice President of Advancement
Direct Line: (773) 413-3509

Steve joined the Development Team at Christ the King in February 2009. His commitment to the CTK community extends back to an active involvement in Catholic education. Steve served as a 4th grade teacher at St. Paul Catholic School in San Antonio, TX, as part of a 2-year service through teaching program with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) while earning an M. Ed in Curriculum Development. He graduated from Rockhurst High School, a Catholic, Jesuit preparatory school in Kansas City, Missouri, and also attended Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey. Immediately prior to joining CTK, he was Director at Holy Cross Associates, responsible for all aspects of program and staff management. Steve graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Finance. LinkedIn
Tony Azu-Popow
Database Manager
Direct Line: (773) 413-3504
Tony has been with CTK since 2008, the year our school opened its doors. He has over 18 years of experience in database work, managing donor and development information systems for local non-profit organizations. Prior to his role at CTK, Tony worked with the Alexian Brothers Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. He received a BA in Politics from Lake Forest College and is a product of Jesuit education – a graduate of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. A Cleveland native, Tony currently resides in Oak Park with his wife Lisa and 2 sons. He is an avid runner and biker and has completed multiple marathons and half-marathons. Linkedin 
Katie Karich
Development Officer
Direct Line: (773) 413-3588

Katie joined our CTK family in 2014 as the Development Officer. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Marketing. During her time at IU, she had the opportunity to intern with the development team at Susan G. Komen. After graduation, Katie gave a year of service with the education-based non-profit organization, City Year. While working with for this AmeriCorps organization, Katie became passionate about making a positive impact on Chicago’s education system and providing an opportunity for all children to get the quality education they deserve. Katie is originally from Libertyville, Illinois. LinkedIn

Maureen Kelly
Assistant Director of Development
Direct Line: (773) 413-3513

Maureen joined the Christ The King in September, 2014. She has over 15 years of experience in development, and loves her work with individual donors. Maureen came to Christ the King after serving as Director of Individual Giving at Chicago Children’s Museum. Prior to that, she held roles at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Parish and School, and The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, where she worked on two capital campaigns. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and Speech Communication from University of Wisconsin – Platteville. LinkedIn

Michael A. Smith
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Direct Line: (773) 413-3577
Mike joined the Christ the King team after an extensive career in advertising working for a variety of agencies in Chicago, most recently at HY Connect as EVP, Client Services & Operations. He has led agency teams in the development of effective communication plans for local, regional and national clients including Burger King, United Airlines, Sears, McDonald's, Museum of Science and Industry, Notre Dame Executive Education and Peapod. Originally from Cape Cod, Mike graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a BA in Economics, and also received a MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. He and his wife Linda are parents of three children.  LinkedIn