New Staff Members Join Business Office

New Accountants Strengthen Business Office Functions
Posted on 03/04/2021
Two new accountants, Jeanette Frey and Melody O’Connor, have joined Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools in administration. 

Jeanette Frey, former BHCS parent and experienced finance manager, is the new director of finance of Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools. She will oversee the school system’s accounting functions, payroll, monthly financials, budgeting and more. 

Frey formerly worked in accounting and as plant controller of Wells Enterprises, and spent 10 years as assistant controller of Morningside College. She also worked as an accountant for Henjes, Conner & Williams, PC and Metz Baking.  She received her degree in accounting from Morningside University and an MBA from Wayne State College.

Frey is a member of Opportunities Unlimited board of directors and United Way of Siouxland finance committee, has served as a Blessed Sacrament finance committee member, and participated in the Leadership Siouxland Program. 

She and her husband, Gary, are the parents of Brenden, a 2019 Heelan grad, and Adam, a student at West High School.

Melody O’Connor has been named to a newly created position of accountant for BHCS. In her new role she is working with cash receipts, account reconciliation, E-Rate/Title 1 funds, budget reports to schools, audit preparation and more — reducing the heavy workload and overtime hours of previous finance directors.

O’Connor has worked at Mater Dei School during the past five years as an administrative assistant and librarian. She previously served as a financial analyst and corporate auditor for Union Pacific Railroad.

She has a BS degree in business administration with a major in accounting and economics from the University of Nebraska. She has worked with the Siouxland Robotics Club and has been a member of Junior League and Leadership Siouxland. 

O’Connor and her husband, Bill, are the parents of John Paul, a Heelan sophomore; Anya, a seventh grader and Cooper, a fifth grader at Mater Dei.
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