STA Welcomes New Board Members

June 20, 2024

St. Teresa’s Academy is honored to welcome the following leaders from the Kansas City community to the STA Board of Directors. Their appointments are effective July 1.  


Shelley Cooper, Ed.D., has dedicated her career to health and wellness. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, she earned a teaching certificate from Avila University in Business Teacher Education, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching Education from University of Saint Mary and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology/Distance Education – Telemedicine Implementation from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Global Health Certificate from Yale University.

Dr. Cooper serves as CEO for Diversity Telehealth and for Come On Now, a telehealth platform that improves access to and continuity of care in underserved communities. In addition, she has experience as an instructor and adjunct instructor at St. Agnes School, Argentine Middle School and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Cooper has volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the St. Agnes Catholic Church, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Links, and the U.S. Distance Learning Association, among others.

She resides and practices in Kansas City, Missouri.


Teresa (Woodrum) Olsen graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1986. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations & Graphic Design from Central Missouri State University, followed by an Innovation Method Design & Training Mastery from Strategos Consulting and a Healthcare Change Management Certificate from Cornell University.

Her career includes 16 years at Hallmark Cards, where she served as Strategy & Emergent Opportunity Director. Currently she is Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, where she leads brand strategy, marketing, and employee and crisis communications across 42 sites of care in Missouri and Kansas.

Olsen has been active in the community as a volunteer at United Way and Harvesters and as a board member at Friendship Inn/University of Kansas Medical Center and Visitation Parish/Women of Visitation.

She and her husband Don live in Kansas City, Missouri. They are the parents of STA alumna Madeline (‘22).


Timothy Saxe, ABT, MBA, is an engineering professional with 25 years of experience as an architect, structural engineer, construction manager, facility operator and strategic planner. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, followed by a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University.

His career includes seven years with HNTB Corporation, seven years with JE Dunn Construction, and 10 years with Kansas City University, where he currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Campus Planning & Facilities. 

Saxe has volunteered extensively in the community, including with St. Teresa’s Academy on the Buildings and Grounds Committee (2023-present), as well as with Visitation School, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Healing House. He has been volunteering as a youth coach in soccer, basketball and softball for nearly 20 years.

He and his wife Lisa reside in Kansas City, Missouri. They are parents of three STA alumnae: Charlotte (‘24), Lilliana (‘23) and Morgan (‘21). 


Kathleen (Aylward) Wiedeman, M.Ed., graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy in 1980. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Rockhurst in 1984 and a Master of Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012. She served as a teacher at Visitation Catholic School for four years, followed by 10 years at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and another four years as a private reading tutor.

Wiedeman has a deep connection to her faith community. She has been actively involved with Visitation Parish as a member as well as serving on the organization’s capital campaign committee, parish council and principal search committee.

In addition, Wiedeman brings a wealth of experience with fundraising initiatives as a committee member for the Visitation Parish and St. Teresa’s Academy capital campaigns as well as for the St. Paul’s endowment campaign.

She and her husband Kurt reside in Kansas City, Missouri. They are the parents of STA alumna Carolyn (‘07).