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Office of Advancement

The success of Christian Brothers High School through the years can be attributed to a number of sources—strong leadership, involved parents, committed faculty, loyal alumni, and dedicated board members. This team has sustained our LaSallian tradition in Memphis for 148 years and counting.

Much of the school’s success is also the result of the financial support of our CBHS family, which enables us to grow beyond what our tuition covers.

Brother David Poos, FSC, is president of Christian Brothers High School. He took over leadership of CBHS on January 1, 2019, becoming the 19th President in the 147-year history of the schooll. Br. David graduated from Newport Catholic High School (Kentucky) in 1972. He received his BA in Humanities from CBU in 1976, Masters in Reading from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1982, and Masters in Secondary School Administration from St. Louis University in 1991. From 1976 to 1989, Br. David taught at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Newport Catholic High School, St. Mary High School in Paducah, Kentucky, and LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as President of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1989-2002. Br. David worked in Development at De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew’s in St. Louis before returning to CBC-St. Louis in 2004 where he was Principal until 2015. He then came to teach at CBHS in Memphis. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota. His past affiliations include: Board of Directors, CBHS, Memphis; Board of Directors, La Salle Retreat Center, Wildwood, Missouri; Board of Directors, De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew’s, St. Louis; Catholic High School Principals Association, Tulsa; Board of Directors, CBC High School, St. Louis; and Provincial Council for the Saint Louis District of the Christian Brothers.

Lauren Volpe is the Director of Admissions.

Natasha Sublette is the Associate Director of Admissions.

Jake Garbuzinski '10 is the Director of the CBHS Annual Fund and Alumni.

Brother Joel McGraw, FSC (CBHS ’63) serves as Special Assistant to the President. He also serves as full-time Archivist for the school, assists the Development Office in various capacities, and continues to teach in the classroom.

Cindy Werner, Donor Records and Gifts Coordinator, processes any donations that come into the school and manages donor files.

Laura Hughes is the Development Assistant who provides administrative support to the Advancement Office and participates in all fundraising and engagement activities including donor, alumni and public relations, research, stewardship of donors, and special events. She also serves as the coordinator for the CBHS Hall of Fame. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a marketing degree and previously worked for her alma mater, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.

Jamie Elkington
 is the Director of Marketing and Communications.


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  • Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund bridges the “gap” between what tuition covers versus what it truly costs to educate a Brothers' Boy. By also supporting arts, athletics, and activities, the Annual Fund, also, serves as the funding source for the entire Brothers' Boy experience, both inside and outside the walls of CBHS. A strong Annual Fund allows CBHS to continue its mission of providing a college-preparatory education that is inclusive and affordable for the people in the Memphis area.

    Memorial gifts and honoraria not only help CBHS, but are a good way to remember a loved one or to show respect for a friend. Memorial gifts may be designated by the family for a specific purpose, or they may be used as the school sees fit. Growing in popularity the past few years has been the idea of recognizing a living individual by making a gift, or honorarium, to CBHS in his or her name. The school has received gifts of this type to mark birthdays, graduations, promotions, retirements, anniversaries – any occasion or event the donor sees fit.
    The administration, faculty and staff of CBHS work hard to be worthy of the tremendous support offered by our family members. So many parents, grandparents, alumni and friends contribute time and talents to the school; many more contribute through their financial support. The school’s ongoing success depends on this partnership, as we continue preparing young men for the challenges of 21st century living.
  • Capital Campaign

    Another key element in the school’s long-term success is capital fund raising, which meets the need for big-ticket items. For example, the Building the Future campaign raised $3.3 million in pledges to fund construction of a new academic wing and renovation of athletic facilities. Unlike the annual fund, gifts to the capital campaign are usually made as pledges, and are paid over time. This allows contributors to make more substantial gifts to projects with greater costs. Class reunion gifts such as the Class of 1959 sign campaign, the Class of 1960 bell project, and other building projects such as the band room addition campaign are other examples of capital fund raising. This type of fund raising takes place as the administration and the board of directors identify future needs.
  • Matching Gifts

    Matching gifts may be made to CBHS. Check with your employer to determine whether gifts to CBHS can be matched by your company.

Advancement Team

List of 11 members.

  • Photo of Brother David Poos

    Brother David Poos 

    Christian Brothers University - BA in Humanities
    Saint Thomas University - MA in Reading
    Saint Louis University - MA in Education
  • Photo of John Thatcher

    John Thatcher 

    Director of Advancement
  • Photo of Carrie Roberts

    Carrie Roberts 

    Director of Stewardship and Events
  • Photo of Jacob Garbuzinski

    Jacob Garbuzinski 

    Advancement – Director of Annual Fund and Alumni
    Christian Brothers High School 2010
    Christian Brothers University 2014
  • Photo of Lauren Volpe

    Lauren Volpe 

    Director of Admissions
    Christian Brothers University - B.S. in Accounting
  • Photo of Natasha Sublette

    Natasha Sublette 

    Associate Director of Admissions
    University of Memphis - M.S. in Counseling
  • Photo of Jamie Elkington

    Jamie Elkington 

    Advancement - Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Connor Stevens 

    Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Photo of Laura Hughes

    Laura Hughes 

    Advancement – Development Associate
  • Photo of Cindy Werner

    Cindy Werner 

    Advancement – Donor Records and Gifts Coordinator
  • Photo of Tish Montesi

    Tish Montesi 

    Advancement - Development Associate - Parent Programs
    (901) 261-4900
    University of Memphis
    University of Memphis - Bachelor of Professional Studies