News at Cristo Rey OC 


January 30, 2023 - Suzanne Denson has been appointed the Founding Assistant Director of Corporate Work Study for Cristo Rey Orange County High School.  She is a collaborative agent for change committed to advancing youth workforce development by providing job readiness coaching and building partnership within communities.

Prior to joining Cristo Rey Orange County, Ms. Denson was a part of the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Twin Cities team in Minneapolis, MN for 6 ½ years. She served as a Corporate Work Study Client Relations Manager, volleyball and track coach, and assistant campus minister. In her role as a Client Relations Manager, she was responsible for managing relationship between the school, community partners, students and families and supported the operations of the Corporate Work Study Program.

Suzanne attended Saint Mary’s College of California where she studied Business Administration, Finance and Justice, Community and Leadership. During her time in college, she studied abroad in Rwanda and twice in the Brazilian Amazon. She partnered with local organizations to support community development projects. While in Brazil, she supported a community reforestation project, built a Fish Food Fish Farm Factory, and developed a visitor’s guide to promote eco-voluntourism. Suzanne has over 9 years of experience working in Catholic education in California, Minnesota, and Rwanda.

Suzanne is committed to advancing the Cristo Rey mission by journeying with and accompany others.


Mrs. Susan McKeever, Founding Vice President, Corporate Work Study is a passionate and innovative leader who has over 20 years of Learning and Development experience partnering with organizations to build strong cultures and develop future leaders. In her new role she will continue to develop future leaders by using her experience to partner with Orange County corporations to secure meaningful jobs and learning opportunities for students.


Prior to joining Cristo Rey, Mrs. McKeever had her own consulting firm specializing in senior healthcare and housing serving clients including Silverado, MBK Senior Living, Geiss Med, Optum Health, and Clearwater Living. As part of her practice, she developed and facilitated programs and processes to align culture with business goals to develop, engage, and retain talent. She also developed sales training, an Executive Director in Training Program which increased internal promotions by 90%, as well as facilitated teambuilding workshops, and appeared as a guest speaker for client leadership retreats.


Mrs. McKeever has served in a variety of industries both domestic and international, including retail, engineering, construction, transportation, and healthcare. During her tenure at Fluor Corporation, she collaborated with a team to develop and facilitate an annual Global Leadership Forum, bringing leaders from around the world to focus on leadership and operational excellence. She also received highest recognition for developing and implementing a performance management system which was utilized globally to provide performance feedback and align associate and organizational goals.


Mrs. McKeever is an experienced facilitator, and leads programs such as DiSC, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Productive Conflict, and EQ for Leaders. She holds a BS in Management and Human Resources from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Marty live in Yorba Linda and are active parishioners at St. Martin De Porres. Together they have three children, all recipients of a Catholic high school education.