Preston Kendall, President
Preston Kendall is president of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep. He was part of the leadership team that founded the original Cristo Rey school in 1996: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. As its vice-president, he filled the responsibilities of CFO and Director of Cristo Rey’s innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).
In 2004 he left to become the first full-time employee of the Cristo Rey Network, formed to replicate the school model, and made possible by generous grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation. After helping open the first 19 network schools across the U.S., Kendall left the network to be part of the founding team of its 20th school, Christ the King Jesuit High School on Chicago’s west side. He served as the Vice President for Corporate Internships for both Christ the King and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School from 2007 to 2011, running a single CWSP that served more than 900 students.
In September 2011, Kendall was tapped to serve as President and lead a turn around effort at its school in Waukegan, IL, St. Martin de Porres High School, now Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep.
Previously, Kendall worked in the insurance and financial services sector. He was Washington National Financial Services’ Vice-President when he left to start Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Kendall has a BA in English and Writing from Northwestern University and a Masters of Management from its Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Michael Odiotti, Principal
Michael Odiotti, the principal of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, joined the school in 2008. His career and research interests revolve around leadership, urban education, and systems thinking. Odiotti began his teaching career at Dom Savio High School in East Boston where he taught history and business for six years before moving into administration. From 2004 to 2008 he worked as an assistant principal in the Boston Public Schools system under the guidance of Elliot Stern, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, who influenced his approach to generating and sustaining adaptive change within organizations. Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management documented Odiotti and CRSM’s teaching team in its case study, “Creating a Culture of Empowerment and Accountability at St. Martin de Porres High School”.
Odiotti earned his B.S. in Finance from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management in 1996 and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on Leadership, from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education in 1998. He earned his Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.
Reese Marcusson, Director of Development
Reese Marcusson became our Director of Development in September 2019. He most recently held leadership positions at Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), the nonprofit parent of WTTW Channel 11, Chicago’s public TV station, and 98.7 WFMT, Chicago’s classical music station. His most recent WWCI roles were Chief Operating Officer & CFO and Acting CEO. Reese also worked at Big Four accounting firm KPMG, graduated from DePaul University, and is a CPA. He also previously served as vice chair at Guerin Prep, a Chicago area Catholic High School, and was the president of the Lake Forest Board of Education. His respect for education, and the difference it made in his life, motivated him to join Cristo Rey St Martin College Prep.
Brian Weinberg, Director of Corporate Work Study
Brian Weinberg became our Director of Corporate Work Study in April of 2019. Brian brings nearly 25 years of combined experience in the corporate world and in the classroom. He owned a small youth sports business and worked as a Marketing Manager for a consumer products company. Brian is currently the President of the Board of Directors for College Bound Opportunities, a college access not-for-profit organization that supports Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, as well as five public high schools in Chicago’s northern suburbs. He graduated from Indiana University and has a Masters in Education from DePaul University.