SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE
GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT AWARD
School parent Brad Drendel has been selected to be this year's recipient of the Mike Simmons Good and Faithful Servant Award. He will be recognized at this Thursday's grades 4-8 8:00 a.m. school liturgy for his years of service to our school.
"I couldn't imagine a better choice," said an elated Justin Busche, our Athletic Director. "In my two years at the helm of our sports programs, I've seen Brad do an amazing job with all of the hats he has worn as a member of our Athletic Association. "
Brad, and his wife Amy, are the parents of two Saints Peter and Paul graduates, Bailey '13, who recently completed his freshman year at the University of Iowa, Hannah, a senior next fall at St. Francis High School, and Abby, a current seventh grader. Their son, Dawson, will begin kindergarten in the fall.
Brad is currently the President of the Athletic Association and has been a member of this leadership board since 2013. He was the Vice-President last year and has been the volleyball coordinator for two years. Among his challenges in the latter role was finding a facility to co-host the number of teams we welcome to the Trojan Classic volleyball tournament in October.
"What makes Brad such an effective leader," recalled former Athletic Director Mike Chiarito, "is his temperament. He is always even keel. He's the voice of reason. He doesn't let emotion get in the way of a logical approach to a situation," he went on to add.
Brad has also devoted a great deal of time to coaching basketball beginning with our intramural program when each of his children entered second grade. He continued coaching his offspring from fifth grade through eighth, and during the 2011-12 & 2012-13 seasons, he did double-duty coaching both Bailey and Hannah's teams simultaneously.
He is so accustomed to spending his evenings in the gym that he has been chairman of the Fun Fair Set-Up and Clean-Up committee for the past six years.
In addition, Brad has also served on our Advancement Board for six years with responsibilities on the Football Mania committee. He was also in charge of the Legacy Plaza where plaques surround the main entrance of the elementary building which were installed with the well wishes of families commemorating the school's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2003.
This spring, Brad will be starting his 13th year as a member of our school's Golf Committee, a position he first accepted in 2006. "His ties with the school and Naperville community make him a magnet in attracting golfers and sponsors," remarked Bill Hayes '84, the event's co-chair for the past 8 years.
Mike Simmons, for whom the award is named, along with his wife, Diane, educated three children at our school and amassed an amazing body of work in terms of the leadership he brought to our school. All told, he served for six years each on both the School Board and Advancement Board, and was president for three years for each body.
Under Mike's leadership there were many improvements to the physical plant including having the City of Naperville passing an ordinance that allows us to block Ellsworth St. to through traffic during school hours. He also oversaw the transformation of the lower level of the elementary building from REO office space to a library and computer lab. His most notable achievement, however, was as the architect of the Professional Educators Benefit Plan (PEBP) renamed the Teachers Supplemental Income Plan in 2018.
For all of his efforts, Mike was inducted into our school's Hall of Honors in 2012 at which time Advancement Director, Frank Glowaty, announced the creation of the Mike Simmons Good and Faithful Servant Award. This award is presented annually at an all-school Mass to a school parent who goes above and beyond in providing leadership for our school.