Nick and Erin Schneeman have been married for 38 years, and sent seven of their eight children to Cretin-Derham Hall. Their children are now grown, successful, and happy and they give CDH credit for giving them a solid start on that road and forging in them a sense of family, friends and faith that they took with them and have not lost. Nick and Erin are dedicated to the value of Catholic education, and have made a major difference in the community as volunteers.

They met at the University of Notre Dame, where they both were Division 1 athletes - Nick played soccer while Erin played basketball and field hockey.

Erin worked for Ecolab for three years and then stayed home with their children while volunteering regularly for Nativity Church and School and later CDH. She is currently on the Board of Second Stork and the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation, as well as being the CDH Parent Association president.

“Nick and Erin were always supportive of Nativity and volunteered extensively in leadership, fellowship activities, and athletics.  They are strong advocates for Catholic education and have made a lasting impact on the schools in which their children have attended,” said Kate Wollan, Principal of Nativity of Our Lord School.

Nick attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and worked in family practice for 13 years and then 15 years in geriatrics. In his spare time, he coached boys and girls soccer and hockey for 25 years. His team cheer was: “We like to win, we play for fun, we lose together but hardly ever!” He has also spent many hours volunteering in the church and school communities.

“Erin and Nick are two people in our community who are always willing to step up and help get things done. They are not a “sit on the sidelines” couple. They devote their time and talents to completing the goal or project at hand. We have worked with the Schneemans on a number of school, church and community projects and committees and have admired their endless energy and organization! As a team, they are truly an asset to our CDH and St. Paul communities,” said their friends Kevin and Teri McCloughan.

Nick and Erin’s lives reflect the missions and values of the Cretin-Derham Hall community. Their dedication to Catholic education distinguishes them for the 2019 Eugene and Mary Frey Community Award.