Meet the Advancement Team

The Holy Family advancement office cultivates and fosters ongoing relationships with external supporters to advance the development and growth of our schools and school system. Through marketing, public relations, special events and fundraising appeals, we engage our community of alumni, staff, current and former parents, and friends.

If you have any questions, our staff is happy to serve you. Please contact any of the individuals below.


Kari Nickol

Kari Nickol

Director of Institutional Advancement

(563) 582-5456, Ext. 284

Kari joined Holy Family Catholic Schools in 2016 and directs all external activities for the school system, including fundraising, alumni relations, communications and public relations. Kari received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her master’s in business administration from Clarke University. From 2008-2016, Kari served as a major gifts officer for Clarke University. She has served on committees for Opening Doors of Dubuque along with a variety of non-profits in the area assisting in marketing and fundraising initiatives.


Zoe Houlihan

Director of Communications & Marketing

(563) 582-5456, Ext. 250

Zoë joined Holy Family Catholic Schools in 2016. As Director of Communications & Marketing, Zoë works to strengthen community awareness and support for Holy Family, sharing our message for the advancement of the Holy Family Catholic Schools mission.  Zoë earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Clarke University, and most recently served as Director of Community Outreach for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


Christine Schmidt

Christine (Schmidt) McAllister

Director of Alumni Relations & Special Events

(563) 582-5456, Ext. 255

Christine joined Holy Family Catholic Schools in November 2015 and is responsible for all alumni communication and class reunions as well as special events for Holy Family Catholic Schools – mainly Circle of Celebration. Christine has her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Prior to Holy Family, she worked for the Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as the Sales Manager working with motor coach tours, class, military and family reunions. Additionally, she was an Assistant Coordinator for America’s River Festival. Christine is also currently on the Board of Directors for Dubuque Girls Independent League Softball.


Rebecca Mueller

Rebecca Mueller

Director of Enrollment

(563) 582-5456, Ext. 289

Rebecca Mueller joined Holy Family in 2017 and is responsible for all recruitment activities for Holy Family Catholic Schools. Rebecca earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology from Iowa State University and most recently served as web development coordinator for Northeast Iowa Community College. She also has prior experience within marketing, political consulting, and journalism. Rebecca is currently the director of public service for the Dubuque chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).


Sara Martineau

Sarah Martineau

Database Administrator

(563) 582-5456, Ext. 254

Sarah Martineau joined Holy Family Catholic Schools in 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance and improvements on our database. A graduate of North Central College in Naperville, IL, Sarah has previously worked at Abbott Labs and Motorola in the fields of product reliability, research and program management. Prior to coming to Holy Family, Sarah spent 10 years staying home with her three young children, as well as volunteering at Opening Doors and in the Dubuque schools.


Mary Alice Walsh

Mary Alice Walsh

Advancement Services Volunteer

Although Mary Alice is not a native Dubuquer, she has spent 50+ years in her adopted hometown first as a student at Clarke University, progressing through a 24 year stretch raising children and being actively involved in the Dubuque community, then culminating with a 21 year teaching career at Wahlert Catholic High School. Just two short months after her May 2015 retirement, Mary Alice came to the Advancement Office where she researches and prepares stewardship and recognition pieces for alumni, current students, current and former parents, and friends. As the spouse of a WCHS alum and parent to four alums, her knowledge of the Holy Family system runs deep. Mary Alice will also continue her involvement in her beloved Circle of Celebration.

Holy Family Catholic Schools

2005 Kane St., Dubuque IA 52001
(563) 582-5456