We grow leaders

The answer is that leadership is a process. People with leadership potential do not become leaders overnight. Rather it is up to existing leaders to train the next generation and show them the way.

That is exactly what we have been doing for over three decades at TACSC, in teaching and living our mission of developing moral leaders who positively impact our world.

Everything we do at TACSC is tied to our four curriculum pillars which are the foundation of our programs and leadership.

  • Who has the ability to set goals, design and manage projects
  • Who collaborates, thinks interdependently and builds consensus
  • Who is a flexible thinker
  • Who is can identify a problem, evaluate solutions and resolve conflicts
  • Who speaks and writes effectively for a variety of audiences
  • Who is a respectful, active listener that can respond or build on ideas
  • Who uses technology responsibly and innovatively
  • Who understands and demonstrates nonverbal skills through poise, confidence and appearance
  • Who uses God’s gifts to affect change
  • Who is an accepting, empathic, compassionate and respectful leader
  • Who has an active multi-faceted prayer life
  • Who is an involved member of their school, church and global communities
  • Who understands that their actions have impact and consequences
  • Who applies learned skills in their school and daily life
  • Who reciprocates by guiding others to discover their leadership potential
  • Who fosters curiosity, humor, passion and a love of learning
With the support of Grolier Education Services, TACSC is founded by Marilyn Thickett at the request...
1982 – 1989
GROLIER was an exclusive sponsor of TACSC, paying for the administration of TACSC.
Student Government Days are held throughout the state of California.
1983 – 1986
TACSC holds an annual track meet in Southern CA for Catholic elementary school student athletes.
1983 – 2006
Moderators Workshops are conducted for both student council moderators and school principals. These...
TACSC holds its first Student Government Day in Flushing, NY. This begins TACSC’s presence and servi...
TACSC holds its first Summer Leadership Conference on the East coast at Chestnut Hill College in Phi...
TACSC office moves to Daly City, CA (Northern California) in August of 1990.
TACSC reaches 640 member schools in approximately 32 states and 75 dioceses with programs on both th...
2003 – 2006
William H. Hannon Foundation provides scholarships for Summer Conference beginning a wonderful and l...
TACSC Founder retires after serving TACSC and mentoring thousands of students on leadership skills f...
Student Leadership Days at St. Joseph’s, Lakewood, CA. St. Mary’s, Moraga. Leadership Challenge is i...
TACSC establishes the CORE Leadership Team, high school students from So Cal who meet four times to...
Heidi Johnson hired as Executive Director for TACSC. TACSC trains and supports the delivery of six s...
2014 – 2017
Summer Conference Expansion to include Orange County (UCI) Student Leadership Days grown to 22 indiv...
Bishop David O’Connell
In Loving Memory
The Most Reverend David G. O’Connell is the Episcopal Vicar of t...
Nella McOsker
President, Board of Directors
Executive Director, Central City Association of LA
Nella McOsker, a former TACSC delegate and summer conference leader, i...
Kathleen Bodnar
Vice President, Board of Directors
Customer Success Manager, Numero
Kathleen Bodnar is the Development and Events Associate for the Los An...
Drake Gusman
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Assurance Supervisor, RSM US LLP
Drake Gusman has been involved with TACSC for more than 13 years since...
Kevin Keane
Secretary, Board of Directors
Managing Director, Direct Action
With a robust career in management and strategic business consulting w...
Dr. Erin Barisano
Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Orange
Dr. Erin Barisano is the newly appointed Superintendent of Catholic Sc...
Dr. Christian DeLarkin
President, Pius Matthias Academy
Christian De Larkin has extensive leadership experience in Catholic ed...
Jim Evans
Retired, Capital Group
Jim Evans is an experienced human resource professional. He has over 3...
Antonio Felix
Director, LMU School of Education
PLACE (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education) Corps Program
South Los Angeles native and long-time advocate for Catholic schools i...
Thomas Gasper
Regional Superintendent, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
As Regional Superintendent, San Pedro Pastoral Region, Thom serves 62...
Kristel Haddad
Principal Attorney at Jackson Lewis P.C.
Kristel Boulahoud Haddad, proud TACSC alum, is a principal attorney at...
Paul Hosch
SVP Mission Advancement, Verbum Dei Jesuit High School
Since 2020, Paul Hosch has served as the Senior Vice President for Mis...
Jazmin Jimenez
Director of Liturgy and Worship, American Martyrs Catholic Church
Ms. Jimenez was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in 2014. She...
Don Lionetti
Sales Director, US Public Sector, Federal
Mr. Lionetti is a 1987 Graduate of Washington State University with a...
Milana McDermott
Dean of Student Life for Bishop Montgomery High School
Milana McDermott has dedicated her career to Catholic education and st...
Sr. Rosemaire Nassif, SSND, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Catholic Education
Sr. Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, Ph.D., a School Sister of Notre Dame, is t...
Lilliam Paetzold
President, Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Academy
Ms. Paetzold recently joined the TACSC Board of Directors. She current...
Erick Rubalcava
Chief of Mission and Catholic Identity Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Erick Rubalcava is an advocate for Catholic schools, youth, and arts e...
Dylan Stafford
Assistant Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Since 2002, Dylan Stafford has been a leader at UCLA Anderson’s...
Julie Dwyer
Director of Development
Julie brings to TACSC deep experience in the non-profit, philanthropic...
Associate Program Director
Anthony Boulahoud has a deeply rooted passion for leadership developme...
Program Director
Gene Detre was appointed Director of Programing in November 2013. Prio...
Brianna Moreno
Associate Program Coordinator
Brianna Moreno has been a part of TACSC for over a decade. She began T...
Executive Director
Heidi Johnson is one of the founders of the non-profit organization, S...