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Inspire & Ignite 2025 Strategic Plan
Stories that Inspire

A Family with and for Others

Kevin McNicholas taught his children to treat everyone with dignity, to give each person the attention and care that they would want for themselves. Mary McNicholas showed their children the importance of manners and creating a warm social environment for anyone who came to their door. The family built their Denver-based business on these values, forging deep connections with the people they employed and the people they partnered with, giving everyone the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.
It's no surprise that the McNicholas family marked Regis Jesuit as an institution that aligned with their values and was worthy of their investment. Kevin served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1992-98, shepherding the school through significant change with the move to the current campus in Aurora. Mary and Kevin sent their two sons, Sean ’92 and Brendan ’96, to attend the school. Kevin passed away in 2020, but not before he and Mary began a legacy of giving to Regis Jesuit—a legacy marked by a favorite spot for boys and girls at the heart of our campus today: McNicholas Green. 

Today, the McNicholas family tradition of people-forward business and philanthropy is thriving. Now Sean leads the family business, SSA Group, and gives back to Regis Jesuit so that more young men and women will have opportunities the shape themselves into caring, thoughtful leaders.

“I want to create an environment where the school can have the biggest impact on its students. As a member of the Regis Jesuit community, my job is to leave things better than they were,” says Sean.

Sean and his wife, Audra, have given a transformative gift to Inspire & Ignite 2025, Regis Jesuit’s vision for access, innovation and excellence. They believe in the entrepreneurial spirit that Regis Jesuit instills in our students, guiding them to create and share opportunities with their communities. Inspired to continue the family legacy, they chose to give the name McNicholas Plaza to the new gathering space on the east side of the Science & Innovation Center. “We have been fortunate in our life, and our job now is to create opportunities for those who wouldn’t have them otherwise and let them carve their own path in life.”

Inspire & Ignite 2025 is creating these opportunities through its three priority funding initiatives: Access & Affordability, Academic Enhancements and Athletic Needs. Currently under construction and in the community phase of fundraising, the future Science & Innovation Center will be a hub for Regis Jesuit students, alumni and faculty to gather and collaborate in an interactive, hands-on space where they can form big ideas to solve real-world problems, informed by a conscious, compassionate mind. The building will also be a front door to Regis Jesuit and house our alumni and industry engagement center a space for alumni to network with one another and mentor current students. Sean is a strong proponent of our RJ Connect programming that partners alumni with students, saying “If you have the chance to impact one person, and they go on to solve a problem facing our world, I would bet that student comes from Regis Jesuit.”

With this new facility, increased financial aid resources and athletics upgrades, Regis Jesuit will serve boys and girls in a way that honors the McNicholas family values and their legacy of philanthropy.

Together, the McNicholas family and all the Inspire & Ignite 2025 current and future donors are working to fulfill the mission of Regis Jesuit: creating Men and Women with and for Others. It takes a community of supporters and believers to keep this mission moving forward. The McNicholases are truly a family with and for Others and proud to support Regis Jesuit as we move boldly forward. 

Sean and his family are honored to support such a transformative organization, saying, “what we do has to serve a bigger purpose. That is the key part of the RJ community. I wouldn’t have come to that understanding without Regis Jesuit being a part of my life.”

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