Campaign Leadership Profile
Sarah Dunn, Campaign Chairperson
As the project continues, we want to introduce you to some of the campaign leaders who are making this project a success. We are grateful for the talented, hard-working, faithful men and women who are building a legacy of life-changing Catholic education!
As a successful Madison-area business leader with an extensive background in business development, marketing, community relations, and construction management, Sarah Dunn was a natural fit as Chairperson of the Christ Our Light building campaign.
Dunn’s first encounter with St. Ambrose came from an invitation to the annual Benefit Dinner 10 years ago. Although Dunn works with many schools and organizations statewide in her role as Vice President of Client Strategies at CG Schmidt, Inc., the SAA community stood apart.
“What struck me most was the outstanding young people that attend this school. I found them to be not only confident, but they’re extremely intelligent, very persuasive in their conversation, and above all else, they’re just really great people who go out in the world and accomplish great things,” says Dunn.
Catholic education is an important priority for Dunn; she herself is a Blessed Sacrament and Edgewood High School graduate and a mother of three adult children who attended 12 years of Catholic education and had a great experience. Having a school like SAA, with the intersection of a strong faith formation and the excellent preparation of a classical education, offers Madison-area youth a path to success.
“Young kids are faced with a lot of challenges today. St. Ambrose gives them a foundation and the stability to practice their faith, while also getting an education steeped in history, literature, and language. SAA offers everything from sports to extracurricular activities to volunteering in the community. This gives the students a place where they can find their path in life — what will make them happy; a model citizen; a good family person; and most importantly, what will make them a good Catholic in the community after they graduate.”
Seeing the growth at SAA, Dunn has been impressed by the commitment the faculty and parents have had in growing the school with temporary space. “They’ve done a terrific job of making it work for the last 18 years, but it’s time for SAA to build a permanent home. It’s exciting! There’s a lot of opportunity here, and now we have the chance to develop many more young people who will go out into the world and make a difference.”