Diocese announces staff additions

The Diocese of Sioux City has announced the addition of three individuals to the staff.
Kelly Kohout is the director of education services, a position formerly called assistant superintendent.
Kohout, will assist Superintendent of Catholic Schools Patty Lansink in decisions about educational programs, spending, staff and facilities for the 16 school systems in the diocese.
Kohout was awarded a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master’s degree from Morningside College. She has taught for the last eight years at Sacred Heart Middle School, Sioux City, as an English Language (EL) teacher co-teaching in science and English language arts. She was the 504 Coordinator and helped teachers at all levels integrate technology more effectively.
Kohout and her family recently moved to Waukee, Iowa; she will be based there while working with the internal team associated with the diocesan Office of Education.
Briana Roberts is the new coordinator of Hispanic ministry for the diocese, facilitating parishes in serving the needs of Hispanic communities especially in the areas of evangelization, catechesis, discipleship and social outreach. She has served the diocese previously as a Totus Tuus teacher and team leader.
Roberts currently resides in Storm Lake where she helps lead the LifeTeen youth ministry at St. Mary Church. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in organizational leadership at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake.
Roberts will begin part-time this year, moving to full-time when she completes her degree in the spring of 2019.
Jacob Newton is joining the staff of The Catholic Globe as advertising representative.
Newton will be identifying new marketing opportunities and exploring further expansion of existing advertising clients of the diocesan newspaper. His previous media experience includes serving as a radio host and freelance photographer and videographer.
Newton is a graduate of Wakefield (Neb.) Community School and was awarded a bachelor of science degree in media and journalism from the University of South Dakota. His senior capstone project was the development of a fully-integrated marketing plan for the Vermillion Area Farmers Market.
Newton is engaged to McKayla Foust and the couple is planning a September wedding in Wakefield.

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