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 board is nominated by other school board members and administrators with the blessing and approval of Fr. Bob. Term limits are typically three years.

In addition to the President and Secretary roles, members serve on one of three committees: Finance, Marketing, and Facilities. Each committee is composed of two members with one member serving in a chair role who is responsible for reporting against activities.

The board meets monthly. The meetings are attended by the pastor, principal, and a parent club representative.

We serve on the Board because we care about our children, the Parish, and the community.


The Finance Committee assists the principal by projecting revenue and expenses throughout the year. The committee makes recommendations regarding various budget scenarios pertaining to enrollment numbers and fixed costs.


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. The committee will recommend activities to the Parent Club Board to promote volunteer opportunities to support the school.


The Communications Committee works closely with the Principal and Director of Admissions on strategic planning in relation to marketing the school. The committee will recommend website updates, social media activity and marketing materials for the school.

Look Ahead

Our entire community has shown great resilience the last few years. We will be mindful of the needs of our students, teachers, staff, and our principal. We are eager to rise to the occasion of making this school year one of the best.

Chanda Gonzales Mowrer
2022/2023 St. Theresa School Board President

2022-2023 School Board Members

Chanda Gonzales Mowrer
Board President
I am excited to serve in the role of the School Board President for St. Theresa. I have a background in operations management and have worked for various University of California campuses. Additionally, I 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. My daughter is in the 5th grade, and it brings me great joy to know she is getting a superb education. 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.

Michael Finnegan
My name is Michael Finnegan and I am the proud dad of a 5th grader. This is my third year on the St. Theresa school board. 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.

Hilary Clendenning
Finance Chair
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our St. Theresa’s school community on the School Board’s Finance Committee. I have a seventh grader and third grader. We started at St. Theresa 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
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 3rd grade and a daughter in first grade. 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 rigor and ability the teachers must 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 Chair
This is my second 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 4th grade and first grade. I have a background in construction management and have worked in the infrastructure construction sector for 19 years. One of the things my family values most at St. Theresa school is the academic rigor and the enrichment programs for the students.

Steve Bond
I am looking forward to supporting our St. Theresa School and the respective community of students and parents as a member of the Facilities Committee. This will be our family’s 2nd year at St. Theresa as my son is now starting kindergarten. Having moved to Oakland from San Francisco in 2021, we’ve found the school and community to be quite welcoming. I’ve been working in the Retail Asset Protection field for the last two decades, currently supporting Gap Inc. Brands across the Northwest. Here’s to a great 2022/2023 School Year!!!

Katie Bowman
Communications Chair
This is my second year on the board with my daughter in the 2nd grade and my son in Kindergarten 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.

Tara Tate
My daughter will be starting first grade this year. This will be my second year serving on 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.