Structured home life to help children gain the skills
to be successful in all aspects of life.


Sister Susan Renner, SSND received her M. A. in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sister Susan has 20 years of experience living in and working in residential settings with children.  She ministered at St. Mary’s Special School, a residential program for children with developmental challenges.  After ministering as a teacher and dorm mother for five years, she then moved into the positions of Principal and Residential Director for six years.  While continuing as Principal, she moved to Mt. Carmel Group Home where she ministered as a houseparent for seven years.

Reflecting on her experiences in these residential settings, Sister Susan fondly remembers them as “my happiest, most fulfilling, and most challenging years in ministry”.


Gayle Trachsel received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Special Education from Lincoln University. She has a Reading Recovery Certificate from Southeast Missouri State University and her Masters and Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Administration from William Woods University. She is currently working on a Doctoral degree from William Woods University. She and her husband, Matt, have seven children. Our oldest daughter is in college, and two children are at Helias Catholic High School. Our other four children attend St. Peter Interparish School.



Elizabeth earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri in 1982.  Upon graduating, she went to work for IBM in Tucson, Arizona as an engineering technical writer.  In late 1983, Elizabeth transferred to an IBM sales office in St. Louis as a Systems Engineer.  In 1986 she moved again with IBM to Jefferson City to work as a Sales Rep and Account Manager.  In 1993 she came to work full-time for Huber & Associates, where, as an owner, she applied her knowledge and skills in writing, engineering, sales, and management to help grow the business.  Elizabeth published her first book Computers Should Just Work in 2014.

As an Engineer, Elizabeth is a problem solver, and, as the CEO of Huber & Associates, Elizabeth believes in giving back to her community.  The St. Nicholas Academy is a solution to a problem in our community.