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The Sisters of Providence General Council are (from left to right) : Sister Lisa Stallings, vicar; Sister Jeanette Hagelskamp, Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, general superior; Sister Mary Beth Klingel and Sister Jeneen Howard.

The General Officers of the Sisters of Providence are the leadership team for the Congregation. They are elected every five years during the General Chapter. This is a time when Sisters of Providence are brought together to define the Congregation’s goals for the next five years and to elect the leadership team.

The current General Officers were installed during a ceremony on Sept. 10, 2016, and will serve until 2021.

Meet the current General Officers!

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Sister Dawn Tomaszewski

Sister Dawn Tomaszewski is a native of Chicago. She previously ministered as a member of the Congregation’s leadership team.

She is a graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Sister Dawn entered the Congregation on Aug. 29, 1975, from St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles, Illinois. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 19, 1984.

Sister Dawn ministered as a teacher at Marywood School in Orange, California (1977-1980). She also taught at Mother Theodore Guerin High School, now known as Guerin College Preparatory High School (1980-1982).

She later served as director of communications and an instructor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1984-1987); the Congregation’s director of communications (1987-1990), then director of communication and development (1990-1991) and director of the Mission Advancement office (1991-1996) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She also ministered as communications and media coordinator for the Office of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Chicago (1999-2004); communications and public relations director, Guerin College Preparatory School (2004-2005); and director of advancement, Guerin College Preparatory School (2005-2009).

Sister Dawn ministers as an ex-officio member of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Board of Trustees.

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Sister Lisa Stallings

Sister Lisa Stallings is a native of Evansville. She previously ministered as the Congregation’s vicar on the leadership team.

Sister Lisa entered the Congregation on Aug. 23, 1975, from Christ the King Parish, located in Evansville. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 25, 1984.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She received a master’s degree in English from Indiana University, a master’s degree in music with concentration in sacred music and liturgy from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and a master’s degree in theological studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology.

Sister Lisa ministered as a teacher at Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Indiana (1977-1981). She also taught at Providence-St. Mel School in Chicago (1981-1988), and served as director of music, St. Bernadette Parish, Evergreen Park, Illinois (1989-1990), director of music at St. William Parish, Chicago (1990-1994), director of liturgy at St. James Parish, Elizabethtown, Kentucky (1994-1998), assistant coordinator of liturgy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1998), director of worship at Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, Kentucky (1998-2009), and as the Congregation’s coordinator of liturgical music  at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2009-2011).

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Sister Jeanette Hagelskamp

Sister Jeanette Hagelskamp – known as Sister Jeanne – is a native of Indianapolis. Prior to being elected to the leadership team, she ministered as the director for the Academy of Teaching and Learning Leadership, as well as being an associate professor in leadership at Marian University, Indianapolis.

Sister Jeanne entered the Congregation on Aug. 23, 1975, from St. Matthew Parish in Indianapolis, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 19, 1984.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She received a master’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in physics from Purdue University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership Administrative Supervision from the National College of Education, now known as National Louis University, located in Chicago. She also earned a doctorate of education degree in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Sister Jeanne ministered as a teacher at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois (1977-1979), as well as an instructor in physics and math, and assistant director of financial aid and director of admissions research at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1979-1982). Her other ministries included teacher of math, physics and computer at Providence-St. Mel in Chicago (1982-1986)’ curriculum director and a teacher of physics, mathematics and computer science at Providence-St. Mel (1986-1991); principal at Mother Theodore Guerin High School (1991-1997); assistant director of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco (1997-2000); faculty member at the University of San Francisco (2000); assistant professor and assistant director of the Institute of Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco (2000-2001); principal at Mother Theodore Guerin High School (2001-2002); assistant director/assistant professor for the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, director of teacher education and an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco (2002-2005); president of Providence Cristo Rey High School (2006-2009); and principal at Providence Cristo Rey High School (2009-2013).

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth Klingel is a native of Jasper, Indiana. This is her second consecutive five-year period of ministering on the Congregation leadership team.

Sister Mary Beth entered the Congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, from St. Joseph Parish in Jasper. She professed perpetual vows on Sept. 6, 1970.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She received a master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Mary Beth ministered as a teacher at Saint Margaret Mary School in Terre Haute (1968-1970), and at Tenth Street School in Jasper (1970-1972). From 1972-1976, she was a member of the Congregation’s renewal team. She then returned to Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Terre Haute, where she ministered as a pastoral associate (1976-2004), and as parish life coordinator (2004-2005). Prior to being elected to the leadership team in 2011, she ministered as the Congregation’s director of novices (2006-2011).

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Sister Jeneen Howard

Sister Jeneen Howard – known as Sister Jenny – is a native of Indianapolis. This will be her second consecutive five-year period of ministering on the Congregation leadership team.

Sister Jenny entered the Congregation on Aug. 22, 1983. She was a member of St. Matthew Parish and entered the Congregation from Holy Cross Parish in Indianapolis. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1992.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received a master’s degree in biology from Ball State University. She also received a master’s degree in guidance counseling in secondary schools from Northeastern Illinois University.

Sister Jenny served one previous term on the Congregation’s leadership team from 1996 to 2001. She also ministered as a teacher at North Central High School in Indianapolis (1974-1984), a teacher at Providence-St. Mel School in Chicago (1985-1990), teacher at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis (1991-1996), and as the Congregation vocation director (2001-2011).