NAVIGATION

Leadership

School Leadership

  • Theresa Flynn Houghton
    President & CEO - Ext. 300
  • Phone: 415-552-5220 x 300
    theresa_houghton@demarillac.org

    Theresa Flynn Houghton
    President & CEO - Ext. 300

    Theresa Flynn Houghton joined De Marillac Academy as President and CEO in July 2016, after working 11 years at her high school alma mater Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. Theresa is grateful to continue her educational vocation in service of the Lasallian Vincentian mission of De Marillac. After high school, Theresa attended New York University, where she pursued her passion for literature and technology, and earned a B.A. in English Language Literature with a minor in Computer Application. “Leaving to Serve”, Theresa has focused her professional and volunteer career on raising support for education at every level. Theresa is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Scandinavian School in San Francisco, and serves as an Admissions Ambassador for New York University. Theresa lives in San Francisco with her husband Chris and children. As a family they enjoy all the City has to offer, from beautiful parks and libraries to the zoo and museums.

  • Alex Goldberg
    Director of Development - Ext. 400
  • Phone: 415-552-5220 x 400
    alex_goldberg@demarillac.org

    Alex Goldberg
    Director of Development - Ext. 400

    Alex Goldberg is excited to join De Marillac Academy as the Director of Development. Born and raised in Colorado, Ms. Goldberg moved to California to attend Santa Clara University where she earned her BS in Psychology. After time working in corporate HR and recruiting, Ms. Goldberg began her development career at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory here in San Francisco. With a passion for educational equity, Ms. Goldberg enjoys building relationships with students, graduates, families and external partners to support the mission of the Brothers and Daughters. In her spare time, Ms. Goldberg enjoys hiking with her dog, spending time with friends and family, singing along to Broadway tunes and cheering on her Denver Broncos.

  • Chellsea Rivera
    Principal - Ext. 100
  • Phone: 415-552-5220 x 100
    chellsea_rivera@demarillac.org

    Chellsea Rivera
    Principal - Ext. 100

    Beginning her 11th year in education, Chellsea Rivera was a lead teacher at DMA from 2012-15 and most recently served as Principal of St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland last school year. Chellsea is extremely passionate about working with undeserved students, families, and communities; she is honored to return to DMA. Chellsea grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of University of San Francisco. She coached at SHC for 9 years and is die-hard 49ers fan. She loves music and art and is proud of De Marillac’s commitment to visual art and music education.


Board of Trustees

  • Alicia Donahue Silvia, Esq.

  • Alicia Donahue Silvia, Esq.

    A native San Franciscan, Ms. Donahue has over 25 years of experience representing manufacturers of products in both individual and class action cases. She has successfully defended manufacturers in trial of complex cases, including the defense of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

    Prior to joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon in 2000, Ms. Donahue was special counsel in the Product Liability Division of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold’s San Francisco office. Ms. Donahue served as regional counsel for Bristol Myers Squibb, coordinating the defense of individual breast implant cases in the West, including the jurisdictions of California, Nevada, Oregon, New Mexico, and Arizona. Ms. Donahue also tried five cases on behalf of the Dalkon Shield Claimants’ Trust.

    Since joining Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s San Francisco office, Ms. Donahue has litigated cases in numerous areas of the law, including products liability, class actions, drug and medical device and environmental matters. She was named one of California’s Top Women Litigators of 2006 by the California Daily Journal.

    From 2006 through 2011, Ms. Donahue served as the managing partner of Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, LLC San Francisco. She is currently the vice chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a member of the Women’s Management Council.

  • Tom Frank

  • Tom Frank

    Tom is an Executive Vice President and Northern California Regional Manager for Whittier Trust, the oldest and largest privately owned, multi-family office headquartered in the Western United States. His career in working with wealthy individuals and families spans over 26 years. Tom earned his bachelors of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the California Bar Association. Tom is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) professional. In addition to his work on behalf of De Marillac Academy, Tom is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Tom and his wife, RoseAnn, live in Mill Valley and have two sons currently in college.

  • Suzanne Giraudo, Ed.D.

  • Suzanne Giraudo, Ed.D.

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • Sister Lisa Laguna, D.C.

  • Sister Lisa Laguna, D.C.

  • Sister Christina Maggi, D.C.
    Chairperson

  • Sister Christina Maggi, D.C.
    Chairperson

    Sr. Christina served as teacher and principal in San Francisco, Carson City, Nevada, and Los Angeles. In 2000 she served as Provincial Secretary and since 2007 on the Provincial Council. She is presently the Counselor for Education Ministry for the Daughters of Charity, member of the Board of Regents at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and Chair of the Board of Trustees for De Marillac Academy.

  • Reverend Peter McGrath

  • Reverend Peter McGrath

    Peter McGrath’s considerable knowledge of nonprofit administration and fundraising stems largely from his career as an ordained priest, where the roles of pastor, manager, teacher, and fundraiser converge. He has been both a chaplain and an instructor at Boston College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. As rector of the Oakland Catholic Cathedral in Oakland, California, for 12 years he led a diverse, multicultural community. Under his leadership, three distinct groups formed one parish: a mixed English-speaking community, a Vietnamese community worshipping in Vietnamese, a Filipino community worshipping in English and Tagalong. Identified as one of the top 300 Roman Catholic parishes in the United States, the cathedral community in Oakland was a model of how to build a complex multicultural parish.

    Recently Peter was Director of Administration of George Mark Children’s House, where his responsibilities included fundraising, facility management, and pastoral care of bereaved families. His education includes bachelors and master degrees in English and philosophy, Master of Divinity (MDiv), and the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL). Peter hails from Boston and has lived in seven states during his peripatetic career. He has fond memories of New England but now considers California his real home. He enjoys cooking, exploring the state, reading a good mystery, tennis, and walking.

  • Mairi McKeever

  • Mairi McKeever

  • Brother Mark Murphy, FSC

  • Brother Mark Murphy, FSC

  • Steve Polkow

  • Steve Polkow

    Mr. Polkow is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Rehabilitation Institutes of America (RIA). RIA is a privately held healthcare management company specializing in the ownership and management of facilities dealing with brain injury rehabilitation, chemical dependency and psychiatric services. The company conducts business in several states and the Province of Ontario in Canada. The company projects its growth to be in behavioral and neurologic services to the senior sector of the healthcare industry.

    In 1990, Mr. Polkow joined Western Hospital Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Western Hospital Corporation was a company with six healthcare facilities in the United States, which focused on providing care to individuals with rehabilitation needs stemming from mental health, chemical dependency and brain injury disabilities.

    Previously, Mr. Polkow became Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Group’s CFO in 1989. Immediately prior to joining the corporation, he was Vice President and Team Manager of the Health Care Finance Division of lrving Trust Company in New York. He played an integral role in establishing the Division and was directly responsible for a portfolio of over $100 million in healthcare financings. Prior to this, he was employed in Citibank’s Healthcare Finance Group.

    Mr. Polkow’s professional background spans almost 40 years, predominately in the healthcare industry in operations (as a hospital CEO), consulting and finance with a variety of proprietary healthcare firms.

    Mr. Polkow has served on the Boards of several non-profit companies whose missions are to provide healthcare for underserved persons. He currently resides with his family in San Francisco and Carmel, California.

  • Janet Ruggiero
    Vice-Chairperson

  • Janet Ruggiero
    Vice-Chairperson

  • Father Tom West

  • Father Tom West


Development Council

  • Steve Beverage

  • Steve Beverage

    Steve Beverage is a Senior Vice President and Senior Private Client Advisor for City National Bank’s Private Client Services team. Based in the San Francisco Regional office, Steve and his team use an integrated approach to assist clients with their wealth management needs.

    Prior to joining City National Bank, Steve was Director and Private Banker at Citi Private Bank where he managed a portfolio of high net worth relationships. Previously, he was Vice President at Abbot Downing, focusing on investment, business and legacy planning solutions for family offices.

    Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He is a Certified Financial Planner® and Certified Investment Management Analyst.® He holds Series 7 and 66 licenses, and a California Life and Health Insurance Agent license. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, and a mentor with Year Up Bay Area.

    Steve lives in Lafayette with his wife, Rochelle, and daughter, Isabelle.

  • Denise Carney

  • Denise Carney

  • Tom Frank
    Chairperson

  • Tom Frank
    Chairperson

    Tom is an Executive Vice President and Northern California Regional Manager for Whittier Trust, the oldest and largest privately owned, multi-family office headquartered in the Western United States. His career in working with wealthy individuals and families spans over 26 years. Tom earned his bachelors of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and his juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the California Bar Association. Tom is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) professional. In addition to his work on behalf of De Marillac Academy, Tom is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Tom and his wife, RoseAnn, live in Mill Valley and have two sons currently in college.

  • Meagan Gallagher

  • Meagan Gallagher

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • Betsy Little

  • Betsy Little

    Betsy Little discovered De Marillac on a Lasallian Day of Service sponsored by La Salle University, where Betsy completed her MBA in Finance. Betsy is currently a highly sought after educational placement consultant. Over the years, she has worked at several independent and secondary schools in the Bay Area and Los Angeles serving as Director of Admission, Director of Financial Aid Endowment, and Director of Development. Betsy and her husband, Roy, live in Tiburon, and enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.

  • Reverend Peter McGrath

  • Reverend Peter McGrath

    Peter McGrath’s considerable knowledge of nonprofit administration and fundraising stems largely from his career as an ordained priest, where the roles of pastor, manager, teacher, and fundraiser converge. He has been both a chaplain and an instructor at Boston College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. As rector of the Oakland Catholic Cathedral in Oakland, California, for 12 years he led a diverse, multicultural community. Under his leadership, three distinct groups formed one parish: a mixed English-speaking community, a Vietnamese community worshipping in Vietnamese, a Filipino community worshipping in English and Tagalong. Identified as one of the top 300 Roman Catholic parishes in the United States, the cathedral community in Oakland was a model of how to build a complex multicultural parish.

    Recently Peter was Director of Administration of George Mark Children’s House, where his responsibilities included fundraising, facility management, and pastoral care of bereaved families. His education includes bachelors and master degrees in English and philosophy, Master of Divinity (MDiv), and the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL). Peter hails from Boston and has lived in seven states during his peripatetic career. He has fond memories of New England but now considers California his real home. He enjoys cooking, exploring the state, reading a good mystery, tennis, and walking.

  • Lori McKannay Matthews

  • Lori McKannay Matthews

    Lori Matthews graduated in 1978 from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science of Commerce degree in marketing. During her professional career, she has held positions in sales and marketing, managing accounts such as Crocker Bank, Bank of America, Chevron Oil and Wells Fargo. Ms. Matthews’ entrepreneurial career began in 1989, leading to ownership and management of a multi-million-dollar retail franchise business, which was sold in 2002. She joined ISOFLEX USA in 2007 as investor and president. She is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, with an emphasis on new product development in the nuclear and medical sectors. In 2013 Ms. Matthews determined it beneficial to focus her efforts on the nuclear medicine industry, and thus the start of NUCMEDCOR as a separate marketing effort from ISOFLEX USA. She now oversees the marketing and management of both companies.

  • Anu Menon
    Vice-Chairperson

  • Anu Menon
    Vice-Chairperson

    Anu Menon is passionate about helping develop robust, healthy, vibrant communities. Anu was the founding Director of Admissions and Operations at Presidio Knolls School, a start-up Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women where she developed innovative and internationally recognized women’s and human rights programs, including a series of roundtables bringing corporations and government together to improve the private sector workplace for women. Anu has extensive experience with both domestic civil rights and international human rights issues. She has worked on human rights concerns for women and people of color at the ACLU of Northern California, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Stanford Community Law Clinic, and Human Rights First. Anu holds a BA from Stanford University, a MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Zeke Montejano

  • Zeke Montejano

  • Bobby Petrini

  • Bobby Petrini

  • Mark Raskob

  • Mark Raskob


Finance Council

  • Roy Little

  • Roy Little

    Roy Little is President and CEO of the Insurance Educational Association, a position he has held since 2005. IEA is a premier provider of technical and professional training to members of the property casualty insurance industry and to practitioners in the growing field of absence and disability management. IEA, founded in 1876, is known for innovative distance learning capabilities, which allow for national reach beyond its home state of California.

    Roy’s career has included executive management positions with major companies like Fireman’s Fund, Pinkerton’s, Argonaut Group, and Cigna. He has also headed an independent claims adjusting company and served as a key officer with an Internet start up in the insurance space. With over 39 years in the industry, Roy has led a major commercial insurance division, personally developed leading-edge ecommerce insurance products, and served as CFO of two companies and several insurance groups.

    Roy resides in Marin County, California with his wife Betsy, who is a successful education consultant. He enjoys spending time with their children and grandchildren, and fly-fishing in the US and abroad.

  • David Locala
    Chairperson

  • David Locala
    Chairperson

    David Locala co-heads Deutsche Bank’s Technology M&A business, advising technology companies on mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions. He specializes in the semiconductor, communications, software and Internet sectors, and has worked with the full range of clients, from venture-backed startups to large, global technology companies. During his 24-year investment banking career, David has worked for Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Lazard in various capacities in New York, Hong Kong and San Francisco.

    David grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended Archdiocesan Catholic schools through high school. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia, and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

  • Eduardo (Eddie) Medina

  • Eduardo (Eddie) Medina

    Eduardo is Co-Founder and Director of Programs at BetterUp where he supports the creation of transformational career development experiences for young professionals through the use of technology and behavioral sciences. Formerly a strategy consultant at Bain & & Co., investor at Bay Area private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners, and MBA student at UC Berkeley Haas, Eduardo has worked across operations, strategy and finance disciplines. He has a passion for educational equity and youth empowerment, and as such, Eduardo serves on the Education Pioneers Bay Area Alumni Board  and the Youth Leadership America National Board – organizations that are advancing opportunities for youth of all socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Steve Polkow

  • Steve Polkow

    Mr. Polkow is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Rehabilitation Institutes of America (RIA). RIA is a privately held healthcare management company specializing in the ownership and management of facilities dealing with brain injury rehabilitation, chemical dependency and psychiatric services. The company conducts business in several states and the Province of Ontario in Canada. The company projects its growth to be in behavioral and neurologic services to the senior sector of the healthcare industry.

    In 1990, Mr. Polkow joined Western Hospital Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Western Hospital Corporation was a company with six healthcare facilities in the United States, which focused on providing care to individuals with rehabilitation needs stemming from mental health, chemical dependency and brain injury disabilities.

    Previously, Mr. Polkow became Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Group’s CFO in 1989. Immediately prior to joining the corporation, he was Vice President and Team Manager of the Health Care Finance Division of lrving Trust Company in New York. He played an integral role in establishing the Division and was directly responsible for a portfolio of over $100 million in healthcare financings. Prior to this, he was employed in Citibank’s Healthcare Finance Group.

    Mr. Polkow’s professional background spans almost 40 years, predominately in the healthcare industry in operations (as a hospital CEO), consulting and finance with a variety of proprietary healthcare firms.

    Mr. Polkow has served on the Boards of several non-profit companies whose missions are to provide healthcare for underserved persons. He currently resides with his family in San Francisco and Carmel, California.

  • Dan Ringer-Barwick

  • Dan Ringer-Barwick

    Dan is a self-proclaimed Bureaucrat for Social Good.  He has overseen the financial and operations functions at multiple nonprofits, and he has a history of activism in environmental and social-equity movements and an MBA.  Dan is currently a partner in Small Hill Partners, which supports nonprofits in their quest for excellent financial and administrative systems and for strategic use of financial information.  He has been serving De Marillac since the prior decade.  He is also a volunteer trustee of the Common Counsel Foundation and a happily amateurish musician.

  • Kyle Wasserman

  • Kyle Wasserman

    Kyle Wasserman is a Financial Analyst at Apple, currently working under the Retail division to drive growth and innovation in both Apple stores and online. Before joining Apple, he gained experience at Cisco Systems after graduating with a Finance degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Kyle grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended De La Salle High School, where he dedicated his time to helping the Catholic community.

  • Roberto Zuban

  • Roberto Zuban


Student and Graduate Success Council

  • Gretchen Cheng

  • Gretchen Cheng

  • Andrea Flores

  • Andrea Flores

    Andrea Flores currently serves Justin-Siena High School as the Director of College Counseling. She has spent the last seventeen years working in a variety of public, private and non-profit institutions with a focus on college advising and counseling. Intrigued by the idea of how high school students access college, Mrs. Flores received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington with a focus on education and social policy. As a graduate student, she was an academic advisor and led student engagement programs for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded school reform initiative. After receiving her degree from UW in 2001, Mrs. Flores worked for Lewis & Clark College, providing technical assistance to high schools interested in improving college persistence outcomes for students in Oregon and Washington. Later, she directed a college access program in six high schools in the Portland Metro and Mid-Willamette Valley areas.

    For the last nine years, Mrs. Flores has worked in Lasallian high schools in California and Oregon as the Director of Student Support at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, California (where she graduated in 1997) and La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Oregon and the Director of Lasallian Youth Ministry at De La Salle North Catholic High school in Portland, Oregon. Her passion is helping students and families find the right college and making college as affordable as possible is her personal mission. Her work with and for economically and educationally disadvantaged students in Lasallian schools earned her a place on the De La Salle Institute’s District Mission Council where she advised the Brother Visitor on matters pertaining to our Lasallian educational mission in the legacy District of San Francisco from 2009-2014. She is also a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute (2009) and the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies (2014).

    She currently resides in Napa, CA with her husband, Ramiro, and their three precocious daughters. On most Saturdays in the Fall, you will find her decked out in green and yellow cheering on her Oregon Ducks.

  • Angel-Max Guerrero

  • Angel-Max Guerrero

  • James Hayes

  • James Hayes

  • Mojgan Jelveh, Ph.D.

  • Mojgan Jelveh, Ph.D.

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • Jacquelynne Jennings

  • George Kolcun, MFT

  • George Kolcun, MFT

    George Kolcun, MFT is a psychotherapist working with children, families and couples in San Francisco.  George is a former classroom teacher and firm believer in the power of education to change lives. He has worked in a number of clinical settings including group homes, school-based work and enjoyed a 9 year position at California Pacific Medical Center where he was first introduced to the children, families and faculty of De Marilliac Academy.  George now has a full time private practice in Noe Valley and lives in Bernal Heights with his wife and two children.

  • Rebecca Proehl, Ph.D.

  • Rebecca Proehl, Ph.D.

  • Lisa Rothrauff, Ph.D.

  • Lisa Rothrauff, Ph.D.

    Lisa is a leader in instructional design and content development with over 15 years experience in both the public and private sector.  She is currently Manager of Training and Instructional Design at Zendesk.  Her former role was in higher education as  the Senior Manager of Training and Support at the University of California, Berkeley.  Lisa earned her B.A. from Smith College and M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.