President Elizabeth Pattara Schuster
“Regina Dominican is one of the country’s most respected all-female learning institutions,” said Pattara Schuster. “The faculty are some of the brightest minds in education, the student body is comprised of scores of energetic young women, and the school has one of the strongest networks of parents and alumni anyone could ask for,” Pattara Schuster noted.
“If you are currently one of our incredible students here, I cannot wait to meet you in the fall – but if you are entering eighth grade next year, I hope to meet you sooner. I think you and your parents will be surprised at what we have to offer, and how we intend to instill a new era of education, one that never loses sight of values, but is always venturing into new and exciting models of education,” she added.
Pattara Schuster joins Regina Dominican after a 15-year career in financial services most recently as an executive at Vanguard. She has dedicated a portion of her career to training executives on health and wellness as an educator for the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
Pattara Schuster also founded Samadhi, a holistic professional development company dedicated to helping businesses and individuals reach their greatest potential through meditation and mindfulness training. She is a graduate of Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Marywood University.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Regina Dominican. The Class of 2016 was accepted into some of the nation’s most prestigious universities including Duke, Johns Hopkins and Northwestern University. Now, we’re looking ahead to the next school year and welcoming a progressive and proven leader who will help usher in the next exciting chapter in our long history,” said Thomas Jaconetty, chairman of the Regina Dominican board of directors.
“Elizabeth has proven that she is just the person for the job. Not only is she an incredibly smart and passionate woman, she is a leader and she will be a great role model for all of our young women. We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to the Regina Dominican community and to a new era of leadership,” he added.
Pattara succeeds Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, O.P. who served in that position since 2008, and will assume the role immediately in preparation for the upcoming academic year.
Principal Meg Bigane
Regina girls achieve, learn, pray and love. What better environment to learn in surrounded by such hard working young women who are driven to succeed and motivated to learn? I am encouraged and inspired to be the Principal at Regina Dominican and to be working with the best faculty, staff and students in the Chicagoland area. I am in my fourth year at Regina and know you will love our community as we all do.
With students coming from over 41 zip codes and our burgeoning international population, we recognize the diversity of our world and are preparing our students to be successful in all they pursue. 76 percent of our faculty hold a Master’s degree or higher and our size allows for each student to receive the individualized attention and personalized instruction she needs. It is this kind of faculty and student dedication that allows for the continuous acceptance rate to top colleges and universities.
We also like to have fun and give back at Regina Dominican. With over 26 student organizations and clubs, five councils of student government and six national and international honor societies, our students are involved in everything from our award-winning Crown online newspaper, Kaleidoscope literary magazine and Star yearbook to Check Please, Regina! as well as academic clubs. In addition, our athletic program is comprised of 12 different competitive sports that allow for all students to pursue their athletic interests.
I welcome you to join us at Regina and become part of all of the successes of our students, faculty, staff and the entire Regina Dominican community.
Miss Meg Bigane