TACSC Board of Directors 2017-2018

Kevin Slattery – President, Board of Directors

Mr. Slattery was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in 2010 and has served in various roles since that time. He has spent his career working in the building and technology fields, primarily completing a wide variety of projects for Public agencies. He has been the President and General Manager for corporate Holding Companies, as well as CEO or President of a diverse set of operating entities. For the last 25 years, he spent his career assisting socially and economically disadvantaged groups establish stable businesses and prosper in government contracting. Semi-retired, he is now building several family businesses in Denver and other cities. For the past 20 years, he has been a Board Member, Trustee, Regent or Chair of several Catholic educational and non-profit boards, including Mayfield Senior School (Pasadena) and Loyola High School (Los Angeles). He has also served on Pastoral Councils and Strategic Planning Committees for parishes in the Los Angeles area.  Recently, he facilitated the new five year Strategic Plan for the National Christ Child Society in Washington, DC.  Mr. Slattery has been involved in TACSC since two of his children attended the TACSC Summer Conferences between 1996 and 2000. He graduated from Loyola High School and UCLA, and completed additional course work in undergraduate engineering and graduate business and management courses at LMU. Mr. Slattery resides in Pasadena, CA and has been married 38 years to his wife Carol. He has three grown children.

Stephen Watkins – Vice President, Board of Directors

Mr. Watkins is a Vice President of AON Risk Services.  AON is the largest risk consulting and brokerage firm in the world.  Mr. Watkins covers private equity relationships in the Western US for Aon, based out of Los Angeles. Prior to AON, Mr. Watkins was a founding partner of Arcturus Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focused on Southern California companies.  In 1999, he co-founded The Start Group, a technology accelerator dedicated to the development of start-up companies in Southern California. Mr. Watkins has worked for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the launch of their first commercial product for patients with HIV infection. In this role he established a technical field marketing force and marketing product management. Mr. Watkins has also worked for Amgen Inc., the nation’s largest biotechnology company, in a variety of capacities in the Sales & Marketing and Executive Departments. Early in his career, Mr. Watkins served as legislative assistant to Congressman David Dreier, covering domestic policy issues, including HCFA and NIH policy. Mr. Watkins earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He currently resides in Southern California with his family.

Jim Hannon – Treasurer, Board of Directors

Mr. Hannon has been actively involved in TACSC for five years and joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Inc., a national management consultancy and training firm. Mr. Hannon also serves as the VP and CFO of the William H. Hannon Foundation; is a member of the Board of Governors of Verbum Dei High School in Watts, C; and is a Regent of Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Mr. Hannon graduated from Princeton University with a BS in mechanical and aerospace engineering and subsequently earned an MBA with honors from UCLA Anderson, where he was selected as the commencement speaker. Mr. Hannon’s involvement in Catholic youth leadership traces back to 1975 when he was a student delegate at the Catholic Association of Student Council’s (“CASC”) Summer Conference. He subsequently served on the staff for 11 Summer Conferences.

Jazmin Jimenez – Secretary, Board of Directors

Ms. Jimenez was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in 2014. She has been involved with the organization since her first summer conference in 1996. Since then she has volunteered for many TACSC summer conferences and student leadership days. In 2005, she earned her BA in Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University where she was the recipient of the Fr. Robert Graham, SJ Alumni Award, the highest award given to a senior woman for service and leadership. She served her alma mater as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Women’s Leadership Council. She also served on the Finance Board for Christus Minstries, an Jesuit-sponsored ministry for young adults in the Church. She is the Campus Minister at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and an active member of her parish, American Martyrs Catholic Church. She resides in El Segundo, CA with her husband, Mike, and their two young boys.

Kathleen Ash – Board Member

Kathleen Ash currently serves as the Executive Director of the Catholic Education Foundation(CEF) in Los Angeles, California. The Catholic Education Foundation is primarily committed to providing tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1987, CEF has provided over 162,000 tuition awards, totaling more than $175.5 million dollars. Before joining CEF in January of 2015, Kathy was the Associate Dean for Business Services in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. She has also held the positions of Vice President of Operations at the Braille Institute of America, the Director of Finance and Operations at Marlborough School, and was also the Executive Director, Administrative Services for the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, and the Chief Financial Officer for the School of Cinema and Television at USC. Kathy earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. She lives in Playa del Rey, CA, with her husband Kevin and they have two grown children: Hilary and Connor.

Dr. Kevin Baxter – Advisory Board

Dr. Kevin Baxter was appointed Senior Director and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Archbishop Jose Gomez on July 1, 2015. Dr. Baxter is responsible for coordinating and implementing the vision for growth for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with a student population of 80,000, from Pre-school through 12th grade. His focus is on aligning the elementary and high school departments to more effectively and efficiently meet their own goals for growth and communicating to all stakeholders progress toward those goals. Prior to his current role, Dr. Baxter served as Superintendent for Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from July 2009 through June 2015 and was principal at American Martyrs School from 2004-2009 and principal at St. Columbkille School in South Los Angeles from 2001-2004. Dr. Baxter graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English and Minor in Communications. He holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Teacher Education and a California Clear Credential in Biology/General Science from Loyola Marymount University. He also has his Tier I and Tier II Professional Administrative Services Credentials. He holds a Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership. His dissertation explored the leadership practices at an urban charter school and the impact those practices had on the academic achievement of students. Dr. Baxter has been a part-time faculty member in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University since 2002. He has taught courses in the both the Master’s and Doctoral programs. His classes have included Private School Law and Ethics, Organizational Leadership, Financial and Human Resource Management and Context and Current Topics in Private Education. His research interests include leadership in Catholic education, specifically focused on financial and human resource management; Dual Language Immersion; Special Needs inclusion in Catholic education; and the law and Catholic/private education.

Dr. Baxter is the author of the book Changing the Ending (NCEA, 2011), which focuses on innovation and new approaches for Catholic schools so that they can grow and thrive for future generations. He wrote a chapter in The Practitioner’s Guide to Catholic School Leadership (NCEA, 2012) entitled Financial Leadership in Catholic Schools and has been published in Momentum Magazine. He also contributed a chapter to the book Justice, Care & Diversity: Addressing the Needs of All Students in Catholic Secondary Schools (NCEA, 2009). The chapter was entitled: “Let the Children Come to Me”: The Case for Catholic Inclusion.

Dr. Baxter lives in Hermosa Beach with his wife Kim and their six children.

Antonio Felix – Board Member

South Los Angeles native and long-time advocate for Catholic schools in Los Angeles’ inner-city, Antonio Felix serves as the Director of the LMU School of Education PLACE (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education) Corps Program – a nationally recognized Catholic teacher service corps, housed within LMU’s Center for Catholic Education. Mr. Felix oversees the program’s mission to serve under-resourced schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange and Diocese of San Bernardino through the program’s three pillars – professional development, community living and spiritual growth. Mr. Felix resides in South Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Mr. Felix formerly served in several capacities at Nativity Catholic School, in South Los Angeles, including principal. Antonio also served on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Elementary School Leadership Council as the Deanery 16 Chairperson and as a Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) Visiting Committee Member and WCEA Visiting Team Chairperson. He serves as a board member for STEP (Success Through Education Program) – a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide inner-city students scholarships to local Catholic elementary and high schools.

Mr. Felix earned his master’s degree in Elementary Education along with a California Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University, and was awarded the LMU School of Education Bilingual Educator of the Year Award. Antonio returned to LMU and earned a second master’s degree in Catholic School Administration and a California Administrative Services Credential.

Annette Finnane – Board Member

Mrs. Annette Finnane was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in May, 2014.  Mrs. Finnane worked as Associate Director of TACSC from 2011 to 2013.  She has also held a broad range of volunteer positions in the local school district related to fundraising programs, social events, student orientation and student volunteer service.  Mrs. Finnane is an active member of her local Catholic parish and has been involved in many ministries including serving four years on the Pastoral Council and as a member of the Pastoral Strategic Planning Committee.   Mrs. Finnane graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.  She spent 11 years in the Real Estate Group of Union Bank of California before leaving to stay home and raise her three children. Mrs. Finnane’s involvement in Catholic youth leadership traces back to 1975 when she was a student delegate at the Catholic Association of Student Council’s (“CASC”) Summer Leadership Conference.  She subsequently served on the CASC staff for several years.  Mrs. Finnane currently resides in Northern California with her husband and family.

Robert Foster – Board Member

Mr. Foster has over 30 years experience in corporate management of medical device development and manufacturing companies. He is the founder and former owner of Avalon Laboratories, the world‘s largest OEM manufacturer of heart catheters used in cardiac surgery. He founded the company in 1990, sold it to Medtronic in 1996 and repurchased it from Medtronic in 2002, and sold it to American Capital in 2009. Mr. Foster is also the co-founder of Vascular Biosciences, s a biopharmaceutical and medical device company a focus on developing solutions for difficult-to-treat cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. In 2014, he founded MC3 Cardiopulmonary located in Ann Arbor, Mi. (MC3 is a medical device development and manufacturing company focused on critically ill patients suffering from cardiopulmonary failure. In the coming years, MC3 will bring to market the world’s first wearable artificial lung for patients with end stage lung failure.) Mr. Foster founded the Foster Education Foundation in 1997. The foundation is focused on disadvantaged youth, providing scholarship assistance to primary and secondary school children. The scholarship program has impacted nearly 1000 children and their families since its inception in 1997. Robert lives with his wife Gina of 25 years in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. They are raising 4 sons, two currently in college. They are both grateful to be very active in their church community, along with numerous local and national relief organizations.

Dr. Tony Galla – Board Member

Dr. Galla has been involved in Catholic Education in Los Angeles, California for over two decades. His experience includes serving in the positions of teacher, coach, grant writer, administrator, principal, professor, and assistant superintendent. Areas of professional interest and involvement include school leadership, educational technology, teacher preparation, principal preparation, stewardship, and school finance. He has served as a part time professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University since 2010 and is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Elementary Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tony and his wife Gina have three children, each of whom are proudly enrolled in Catholic schools.

Don Lionetti – Board Member

Mr. Lionetti is a 1987 Graduate of Washington State University with a Major in Business Administration and Minor in Marketing. Don worked for the Xerox Corporation for 8 years and joined the Microsoft Corporation 14 years ago as an Account Manager where he has served the needs of Federal Government clients. Presently and for the past 8 years, Don’s talents have led him to service the Native American tribal government and gaming organizations as well as the Native Alaska Corporations encompassing the entire US market. He is passionate about technology and helping his Native American clients discover solutions to help tribal government and gaming organizations gain efficiencies and better serve their constituents. Don also chairs the Marketing Advisory Board and serves on the National Board of Advisors for the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. He and his wife of 24 years, Julie, reside in Bellevue, WA.

Fr. William Muller, S.J. – Advisory Board

Born in San Francisco and raised in Northern California, Fr. Muller entered the Jesuits after graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1962. He was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1973. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Gonzaga University, a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology and a California teaching Credential. Over the last 30 years, he has served in various teacher and administrative positions at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Loyola High School in Los Angeles, and Brophy College Prep in Phoenix.  Fr. Muller has also served as the Provincial’s Assistant for Formation and the Provincial’s Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education. He is currently the Executive Director of the Jesuit Schools Network in Washington DC serving the 80+ Jesuit secondary and pre-secondary schools in Canada and the United States.

Jim Oswald – Board Member

Mr. Oswald was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2010 and served two terms as President of the Board through June 2014. Beginning in 2008 and working closely with Jim Hannon, Mr. Oswald helped drive the work of the TACSC Force, a group of TACSC alumni helping to bring new energy and a change in direction to the organization. He worked closely with then Executive Director Gene Detre to bring about a series of well-received changes to the 2010 TACSC Summer Leadership Conference in Southern California, including the introduction of the MAGIS Community Service Project and the Parent’s Sunday Program. In 2012, he created the Core Leadership Team (100+ high school students from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles) to serve as staff members to the TACSC Student Leadership Days, including the 500+ Archdiocese of Los Angeles Student Leadership Day at the Cathedral of our Lady of Angels (2013) as well as to staff our Summer Leadership Conferences.  Over the last three years, he has raised nearly $100,000 for scholarships to send underserved middle school students to the TACSC Summer Leadership Conferences.  Mr. Oswald has a long history in Catholic youth leadership having first been a student delegate at the 1972 Catholic Association of Student Council’s (“CASC”) Summer Conference. He then served as a CASC Senator, a CASC Summer Leadership Conference staff member and was president of the CASC High School Cabinet. He has remained tangentially involved with TACSC since 1972.  Mr. Oswald graduated from Stanford University in 1982 with degrees in Urban Planning/Organizational Policy Analysis and Business. He works today as a management consultant/organizational strategist for Gensler Los Angeles, teaches classes in youth leadership and innovation, volunteers with Homeboy Industries, and resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters and their labradoodle Henri.

Lilliam Paetzold – Board Member

Ms. Paetzold recently joined the TACSC Board of Directors. She currently hold the dual position of Principal at Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Academy Elementary in Los Angeles. She has reorganized and energized her student leadership program and continues to educate others in her successful methods.

Mia Tepper – Board Member

Mia and her family have a long relationship with Catholic organizations, including TACSC. Three of Mia’s children have served in various capacities at TACSC – Jackie as a conference minister, Talin as a Principal/Moderator and Christian as an Administration Assistant. We’re also enjoyed meeting Jackie and Talin at recent Board Retreat as they led the ice-breakers. Mia has also served on the Advisory Council and participated in the Board Retreat survey conducted earlier in the year. An honors graduate of UCLA, Mia currently serves on the Board of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Mia, her husband and family reside in Los Angeles.

Mia has a longstanding career with 25 years of experience in laboratory healthcare at Inter Science Institute. She started in the entry level Client Services position and working her way up to COO after obtaining her MBA from UCLA Anderson. Inter Science Institute is known for setting industry standards offering innovative testing for rare cancers and diseases, such as Pancreatic Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs, Carcinoid Cancer); diabetes and obesity; hypertension, and hormone replacement therapy since 1969. They work with top clinical laboratories, clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies globally to bring new tests to market.

Dr. Wynn Washle – Board Member

Dr. Wynn Washle, Ph.D., was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in January 2010 and has served as Board President since May 2014.  Dr. Washle is a Broker Associate/Partner at The Group Real Estate in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has served three terms on the Board of Directors at The Group Real Estate and has served on the Boards of Directors for various non-profit agencies. Dr. Washle is actively involved with Foothills Rotary and was the 2010-2011 Campaign Co-Chair for the United Way of Larimer County. Dr. Washle’s involvement in Catholic youth leadership traces back to 1975 when he was a student delegate at the Catholic Association of Student Council’s (“CASC”) Summer Conference. He subsequently was a member of the CASC Senate and served on the Summer Conference staff for the eight years. His daughter, Laura Jo, was a TACSC delegate and has volunteered on the Summer Conference staff since 2006. Raised in Southern California, Dr. Washle has been a resident of Fort Collins since 1989 where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Beverly Wittekind – Board Member