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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. These are what have sustained the LaSallian tradition of CBHS in Memphis for 147 years.

Much of the school’s success is also the result of the financial support of our family members. This support enables the school to do a variety of things that go beyond what tuition allows.

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.

Ken Kimble (CBHS ’92) serves as the Director of Capital Projects and Foundations, overseeing all aspects of fundraising related to strategic initiatives at Christian Brothers High School.  In this role, Kimble works directly with President, Br. David Poos and the CBHS Board of Directors and is responsible for stewarding relationships between the school and its top donors.

Prior to joining the advancement staff, Kimble worked as a capital campaign and fundraising consultant to both local and national organizations. Kimble has 20 years professional experience in fundraising having served on the staff of the Boy Scouts of America in both Memphis, TN and Dallas, TX where he set national fundraising records as a field executive. Additionally, he has held the positions of major gifts officer for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and as Director of Development for the Wolf River Conservancy land trust in Memphis.

A member of the class of 1992, Ken was instrumental in establishing the CBHS lacrosse program as a student. He has been a tenured financial supporter of CBHS including membership in the CBHS Legacy Society. Kimble earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis and has attained accreditation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive by CFRE International. He is a member of the Chickasaw Council, BSA Executive Board and an officer for the Kia Kima Alumni Association.  Kimble and his wife Amy have two young daughters who attend Holy Rosary School where they are active in the parish.

Jamie Elkington is the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Jake Garbuzinski (CBHS '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.

Lauren Volpe is the Director of Admissions.

Natasha Sublette is the Associate Director of Admissions.


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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 9 members.

  • David Poos 

  • Ken Kimble 

    Advancement – Director of Major Gifts and Strategy
  • Jamie Elkington 

  • Jake Garbuzinski 

    Advancement – Director of Annual Fund and Alumni
    Christian Brothers High School 2010
    Christian Brothers University 2014
  • Cindy Werner 

    Advancement – Donor Records and Gifts Coordinator
  • Laura Hughes 

    Advancement – Development Associate
  • Lauren Volpe 

    Admissions Office
    Christian Brothers University - B.S. in Accounting
  • Natasha Sublette 

    Advancement – Office of Admissions
    University of Memphis - M.S. in Counseling
  • Tish Montesi 

    Administrative Assistant - Parents Association Coordinator
    (901) 261-4900
    University of Memphis
    University of Memphis - Bachelor of Professional Studies