School Board

The St. Theresa School Board is an advisory board that ensures the school is consistent with the policies and procedures set forth by the Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools. The School Board meets monthly and in addition to the parent volunteers, the meetings are attended by the principal, pastor, director of advancement, a CYO representative and also a Parent Club officer.

The School Board has three committees that have been established to ensure the school’s stability and excellence for current and future students.


Finance

The Finance Committee assists the Principal by projecting revenue and expenses throughout the year. The committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding tuition changes and various budget scenarios, and presents the school budget to parents.

Facilities

The Facilities Committee works closely with both the Principal and the Pastor on the physical changes and repairs necessary to the school campus and grounds.

Communications

This committee works closely with the Director of Advancement to assist in enrollment, school marketing and overall public relations on behalf of the school.

2021-2022 School Board Members
Bernard Gutmann
Board Co-President, Finance
I am in my third year of service on the St. Theresa School Board, currently serving as Co-President and Chair of the Finance Committee. My wife and I have two children at St. Theresa (3rd and 1st grades) with an additional one that will join the school in a couple of years. My background is primarily in corporate strategy, M&A, and finance within the consumer internet space. Presently, I lead finance for Twitch’s commerce & advertising business units. I received my B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work and School Board, I coach competitive soccer and serve on the board of the Castro Valley Soccer Club.

Chanda Gonzales Mowrer
Board Co-President, Communications
I have served on the board now for three years and am excited to co-lead in the President role. My daughter is in the 4th grade here at St Theresa. I have a background in operations management and have worked for various University of California campuses and also ran a non-profit institution for 12 years. One item I appreciate about the school is the caliber of teachers. They are amazing and work with each other to make sure that students are prepared to go into the next grade. I know my daughter is getting a great education at St. Theresa. The school also values other instruction that you might not find at other schools like Art, Music, and Spanish. The school even has a science lab and a dedicated teacher that teaches STEM lessons in the school’s Science Lab.

Hilary Clendenning
Finance
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our St. Theresa’s school community on the School Board’s Finance Committee. I have a sixth grader and second grader who started at St. T’s this year after our family moved back to the Bay Area from the Mid-West. While starting a new school during a pandemic and after a cross-country move seemed daunting, the welcoming community and supportive school staff have made it a wonderful transition. The Finance Committee is a great fit as I’m able to apply years of experience in public accounting focused on managing compliance and advisory services for closely held businesses and their owners to help our school community.

Adriel Frederick
Finance
I joined the St. Theresa Board in 2021 and am proud to serve on the finance committee. I have two kids at St. Theresa; a son in 2nd grade and a daughter in Kindergarten. My background is in Strategy and Product Development with my most recent stints managing products at Lyft and Facebook. The first thing that drew me to St. Theresa was the academic rigour and ability the teachers have to pay attention to the academic needs of every student. After my kids started, I became drawn to the fun, close knit and diverse community of parents, students and teachers.

Quinn Hennig-Hance
Facilities
This is my first year of service on the board and I am excited to be on the Facilities committee.. I have two sons who are both here at St Theresa in 3rd grade and kindergarten. I have a background in construction management and have worked in the infrastructure construction sector for 18 years. One of the things my family values most at St. Theresa school is the academic rigor and the enrichment programs for the students.

Carlos Palacios
Facilities
I have served on the school board now for three years as Facilities Committee Chair. My daughter is in the 3rd grade and son in 1st grade here at St Theresa. I have worked over 20 years in construction and facility operations. One of the things I appreciate most about St. Theresa school is the willingness to go that extra mile to ensure the safety and well being of all our children. I am proud to be part of the St. Theresa’s Family.

Katie Bowman
Communications
This is my first year on the board with my daughter in the 1st grade and my son in TK at St Theresa. I work in local government in the areas of city planning and economic development. I enjoy getting to know a community or organization and helping it to reach its potential. I appreciate the sense of community that St. Theresa offers our family, as well as the strong education, and fun opportunities for arts and sports.

Michael Finnegan
Communications
My name is Michael Finnegan and I am the proud dad of a 4th grader. This is my second year on the St. Theresa school board and I currently serve as the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. I am the founder and CEO of a STEM curriculum design company called QuantumCamp. From my experience in the world of education, I can truly appreciate how professional and competent the entire St. Theresa school organization is in creating a rich, well-rounded, and loving academic experience for our kids.

Sophia Kassab
Communications
In my second year on the Board Communications Committee, I am focused on marketing and recruitment through expanding our social media presence and enhancing our school website. My daughter is receiving a rich and well-rounded education and making sweet friendships in the 1st Grade here at St. Theresa. I have enjoyed putting my 22 years of experience in corporate and non-profit event planning and marketing communications to work in support of the Parent Board’s mission. Our family is continually impressed with St. Theresa’s academic rigor, caring and committed teaching staff, and welcoming parent community.

Tara Tate
Communications
With my daughter starting Kindergarten this year, I am new to both St. Theresa and the board. Professionally, I have over a decade of marketing experience and currently lead the demand generation team at a B2B supply chain startup. Since beginning our journey at St. Theresa’s, we’ve witnessed immense dedication from staff, students and parents to grow students and build a strong community. As a member of the board and the marketing committee, I look forward to showing current and prospective parents the positive, tangible effects St. Theresa has on students and the community.