Helias president & principal accepts position in Boonville

Kenya J. Fuemmeler, current president and principal of Helias Catholic High School, has announced she has accepted the position of principal of Boonville High School in Boonville, effective July 1.

Fuemmeler has served in numerous leadership roles in both public and Catholic schools in central Missouri. This includes a tenure as interim superintendent of diocesan schools while also serving as principal of Helias in 2019-2020.

In her communication to Helias community members she indicated the new position will allow her to be closer to her family and was an opportunity for her to pursue personal interests.

“The last six years have allowed me to grow professionally and spiritually,” Fuemmeler said. “I cannot thank Bishop McKnight enough for his support and encouragement.”

“I am personally indebted to Kenya for her witness to our faith, commitment to Catholic education, and her outstanding leadership during an important time of transition for our diocese,” Bishop W. Shawn McKnight said. “I fully support her decision to fulfill her hopes and dreams for her future. I know God will bless her generosity to his people.”

Fuemmeler was appointed principal of Helias in 2015, being the first female principal who was not a religious or clergy for the high school. She was appointed president and principal in 2020.

“I am so grateful to Kenya for the important work she has done in strengthening our Catholic education system, especially at Helias,” Dr. Erin Vader, superintendent of schools, said. “She is an outstanding leader, dedicated to her families, faculty and staff. Boonville is receiving a great gift!”

In accord with the by-laws of Helias’ governing board and diocesan policies, Dr. Vader will be working with local leadership for a smooth transition with a new leadership team. The positions of president and principal are expected to be filled by two different individuals.