Alpha Sigma Nu Staff
Kate Brennan Gaertner Inducted: Marquette University, 2002
Now in her 19th year with Alpha Sigma Nu, Kate Gaertner leads the Alpha Sigma Nu staff in executing the purpose, mission, and vision of AΣN. As Executive Director, she calls upon her experience and skills as an educator, non-profit director, and volunteer manager. Key to Ms. Gaertner’s leadership is her work to define the AΣN tenet of Loyalty in the context of the mission of Jesuit higher education and the wider Jesuit mission. She has strengthened the connections with, and among, the AΣN member institutions and with Jesuit partner organizations. During her tenure, she has visited all 28 U.S. Jesuit universities, as well as Regis College and Loyola Andalucia. During her tenure, she and her staff have taken advantage of advances in technology to improve communication and collaboration among members. At the Chapter level, more informed Chapter leaders and more mission-focused Chapter action have become the norm. Increased communication has also allowed for the expansion of resources for alumni, the growth of Alumni Clubs, and the strengthening of the AΣN network, encouraging alumni to live the AΣN pledge. During her tenure, she has facilitated the founding of eleven ΑΣΝ Alumni Clubs.
Prior to coming to AΣN, Ms. Gaertner founded Compass Alliance, a community-based organization providing a venue for prevention programming and advocacy funded by an Office of National Drug Control Policy grant that she co-authored. She served as a guidance counselor and director of college counseling. She earned a B.A. degree in sociology from Marquette University and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Gaertner and her husband reside in Milwaukee and are the parents of two grown sons.
Amy Venables O'Neil Inducted: Marquette University, 2018
Amy Venables O'Neil joined the ΑΣΝ staff in November of 2014 as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations. She has spent the last 20 years working in the non-profit sector, with six years as an Executive Director. She has extensive experience in program development, administration, fund development, and public speaking. Her role at ΑΣΝ as Director of Development and Alumni Relations includes assisting in the development of the organization, marketing, and fundraising, supporting alumni club growth and alumni opportunities. Ms. O'Neil graduated from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Sarah Craine joined the ΑΣΝ staff in June 2021 as Director of Operations and Communications. She spent the last 15 years as a professional event planner within Jesuit, higher education at Marquette University. Ms. Craine is experienced in project management, special event planning and coordination, communications management, leadership, and teambuilding. Her role at ΑΣΝ as Director of Operations and Communications includes supporting the advisors and the induction process, managing communications and office operations, maintaining the website, overseeing projects, and event planning. As a strategic thinker with a global outlook, she takes pride in promoting Alpha Sigma Nu’s mission and purpose. Ms. Craine earned a B.A. degree in psychology and communication studies from Marquette University in 2006 and is currently pursuing her M.A. degree at Marquette University, specializing in Communication and Media Studies.