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.
- 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 of the Catholic Superintendents of Schools in California. They establish an office in Downey, CA.
Holds its first Student Government Days, one in Northern CA and one in Southern CA. The theme of the day was Student Elections.
Summer Conferences are held in Northern and Southern California.
GROLIER was an exclusive sponsor of TACSC, paying for the administration of TACSC.
Student Government Days are held throughout the state of California.
TACSC holds an annual track meet in Southern CA for Catholic elementary school student athletes.
Moderators Workshops are conducted for both student council moderators and school principals. These are held in CA, NV and in several regions of the East coast. (VA, MD, District of Columbia, DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT and MA).
Student Government Days are held in the fall each year in various regions of CA and the East Coast.
TACSC holds its first Student Government Day in Flushing, NY. This begins TACSC’s presence and service to the Catholic elementary schools from MA to VA on the East coast.
TACSC holds its first Summer Leadership Conference on the East coast at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.
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 the East and West coasts.
Indirectly, TACSC touches the lives of more that 130,000 students, educators and parents throughout the United States. Student Councils of our 640 member schools actively use what they learn from TACSC programs and publications to positively influence the members of their student bodies.
TACSC’s staff personally touched the lives of 4,000 students, teachers and principals. Membership brought an estimated 13,000 more students, teachers and principals in close contact with TACSC, its publications and its expertise in leadership development.
William H. Hannon Foundation provides scholarships for Summer Conference beginning a wonderful and long-standing relationship of support with TACSC.
TACSC Founder retires after serving TACSC and mentoring thousands of students on leadership skills for over 30 years.
Gene Detre is hired as the new Executive Director. TACSC office moves to Martinez, CA.
WH Hannon Foundation renews its commitment to TACSC allowing a re-launch of programs refocused on delivering life-long leadership skills to all students, including but not limited to Student Council.
Student Leadership Days at St. Joseph’s, Lakewood, CA. St. Mary’s, Moraga. Leadership Challenge is introduced.
Student Leadership Conferences at Loyola Marymount University and Claremont McKenna College; Fr. Greg Boyle speaks at Claremont.
TACSC establishes the CORE Leadership Team, high school students from So Cal who meet four times to prepare to deliver the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Student Leadership Day on January 30, 2013.
Student Leadership Day at LMU draws 150 middle school youth.
TACSC celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a Gala celebration
Heidi Johnson hired as Executive Director for TACSC
TACSC trains and supports the delivery of six student leadership days throughout So Cal and Phoenix.
TACSC delivers three Summer Conferences, two at LMU and one at Claremont McKenna College.
TACSC designs and delivers a 700+ Student Leadership Day with new partner, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – 150 TACSC high school
students organize and deliver the program at the LA Cathedral.
Summer Conference Expansion to include Orange County (UCI)
Student Leadership Days grown to 22 individual locations in 2 states
Foundation and Scholarships grow to support over 400 students
Core Leadership Team of High School Leaders grows to 31 participating high schools
Headquarters Staff increased to accommodate growth
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.
Nella McOsker, a former TACSC delegate and summer conference leader, is a Vice President of Strategic Relations at Central City Association, a business advocacy organization that works to enhance Downtown LA’s vibrancy and increase investment in the region.
Prior to CCA, Nella worked in public affairs consulting at Strategies 360 and High Lantern Group, supporting clients in a range of industries and specializing in strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. Nella participated in the Coro Fellowship in Leadership and Public Affairs. She was a Teach For America corps member in Chicago and went on to teach for the KIPP Network in the South Bronx where she managed and coached new teachers.
Nella graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science an interdisciplinary minor in politics, philosophy, and economics.
Drake Gusman has been involved with TACSC for more than 13 years since he first came to camp as a Summer Conference Delegate in 2008. Drake began his volunteering journey with TACSC shortly after his time of being a delegate, filling the role of President, Moderator, and Principal at over 15 conferences. He has been the Camp Director at several TACSC conferences and remains focused on the development of the volunteer staff and the overall logistics of the summer conferences. Drake was employed with TACSC as an associate program director from 2015-2017 and was heavily involved in the leadership days and other events TACSC held throughout the year.
Drake earned his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is currently a Senior Assurance Associate at RSM US LLP, a public accounting firm. Drake performs financial statement audits for companies primarily in media, technology, entertainment, and industrial products. In his free time, Drake enjoys surfing, hiking, and cooking.
Drake is very excited to take a leadership role with TACSC, the organization that has given him the tools to be a leader in his career and in his life. He looks forward to helping provide insight and direction for TACSC to expand its outreach and continue growing leaders locally who will have an impact on the world globally.
Kathleen Jequinto is the Development and Events Associate for the Los Angeles Music and Art School where she manages the organization’s fundraising efforts including donor relations and securing grants for projects that provide equitable arts education for East Los Angeles youth.
Prior to joining LAMusArt, Kathleen began her career in arts education with Arts Alive where she served as the Business Development Director for 8 years. Under her leadership the school-based organization for multidisciplinary arts quadrupled its elementary school partners, serving over 500 children weekly through low or no-cost arts instruction. At Arts Alive, Kathleen spearheaded the restructuring of critical operations including grants management, automated enrollment, and client communications.
In 2018, she completed TNP’s annual Emerging Leaders certification, an intensive program designed to prepare the next generation of nonprofit leaders. She is also a vocalist and board member for the Esquire Music Foundation, a 62-year nonprofit, whose mission is to inspire young musicians teaching and celebrating the Great American Songbook.
Kathleen holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Ethnomusicology from U.C. Santa Barbara. As a former Southern California TACSC delegate and conference leader, Kathleen takes the lessons she learned those many years ago and applies them to her personal and professional life to this day.
Dr. Erin Barisano is the newly appointed Superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Diocese of Orange. Dr. Barisano spent the past five years as an assistant superintendent and WCEA Elementary Commissioner in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles where she worked with over 200 elementary schools in the process of school improvement and accreditation. She currently serves as a part-time faculty member in the Catholic School Leadership Academy at Loyola Marymount University where she earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.
Over the past twenty years, Erin served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a middle school teacher and elementary school principal. She is a mission-focused leader who is committed to supporting principals in leading their communities to faith and excellence.
Dr. Barisano is a proud product of Catholic education. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a masters degree in Catholic School Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University. Dr. Barisano’s research interests focus on dimensions of spiritual leadership for Catholic school principals. She has presented at educational conferences across the country and will be published in the Journal for Catholic Education next spring. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and Kappa Delta Pi and is the recipient of the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration.
Erin recently relocated to Huntington Beach, CA. She and her husband, Bart, have been married for twenty-one years and enjoy life with their two children, Sophie and Casey.
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.
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.
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 Ministries, an Jesuit-sponsored ministry for young adults in the Church. She taught religion and worked in campus ministry at Catholic high schools for 13 years and recently transitioned to parish work. She currently serves as the Director of Liturgy & Worship at her parish, American Martyrs Catholic Church, in Manhattan Beach. She resides in El Segundo with her husband, Mike, and their two young boys.
Erick Rubalcava is an advocate for Catholic schools, youth, and arts education. Having attended Catholic schools since pre-school, he believes in the values that a Catholic school education instills in kids empowering them to not only seize the opportunities that life has to offer, but to make a transformative impact in their lives and the world. He is passionate about serving the mission of Catholic education because of the foundation he received from the Catholic schools he attended and because of the numerous opportunities to share solid values of faith and knowledge with underserved students who face many challenges in today’s culture.
For the past 25 years he has served Catholic schools in various roles and at various locations including band/music director at Bishop Montgomery High School where he is an alum. From 2003-2010 he served the community of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, where he taught theology, band/choral music, served as the Director of Campus Ministry, business manager, assistant principal of Student Services and assuming the Principal’s role in 2008. In 2010 he was asked to serve as President of a consolidation effort between Junipero Serra High school and St. Matthias High School for Girls in Downey.
Over the last decade he has served as Principal and then as President at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy (formerly St. Matthias High School) where he has led a tremendous turnaround effort. Under his leadership, the school grew enrollment by nearly 200 students, developed the consultative board, transitioned to coed, strengthened its Catholic identity and academic programs, and underwent significant capital renovations, including a new football and track stadium. He was appointed to serve as an Assistant Superintendent of High Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools in August 2020.
Prior to his roles and leadership in Catholic schools, he served as the director of Youth Ministry establishing the LIFE TEEN program at his home parish of St. Anthony of Padua in Gardena where he actively serves as the director of music for the 5:30 Sunday youth Mass. During his time as youth minister he had the opportunity to lead and organize youth pilgrimages to Paris, Rome, and Toronto for the Catholic World Youth Days with Pope John Paul II who established these global gatherings for youth in 1980. He had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Synod preparatory commission for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles which set the foundation for a diocesan synod that established a strategic vision for the Catholic Church in Los Angeles. In 2017 he was recently selected as a member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles delegation in the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Prior to entering church ministry, he worked for the Walt Disney Company serving as a stage manager at the Disneyland Resort where he also established an outreach program to Hispanic performing arts groups for the Guest Talent programs and Entertainment divisions. From 1999 until 2009 he founded and directed the Young Musician’s Academy, a small music studio in Gardena that provided musical instruction and performance opportunities to underserved youth. Over the years he has mentored and counseled hundreds of youth seeking to help them discover their true purpose in life and providing them the tools and skills necessary to become the best version of themselves so they will positively impact our world and future society.
He holds a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, a bachelor’s degree in business management, and a certificate in the theology of Catholic Youth Ministry.
In 2010 he successfully completed New Executive Director’s Institute sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and the Developing Development Program sponsored by the Weingart Foundation and offered through the Executive Service Corps of Southern California. These two program provided him valuable tools, skills, and training in the Non-profit sector. He resides in the city of Gardena and enjoys playing music, salsa dancing and living life with his wife of 15 years and 2 daughters ages 12 & 9.
“As an education administrator, I believe in the values that a good education instills in kids empowering them to not only seize the opportunities that life has to offer, but to make a transformative impact in their lives and the world. I am passionate about providing opportunities to share solid gospel values and knowledge with underserved students who face many challenges in today’s culture. With 25 years of experience serving primarily in Catholic schools, I have utilized my skills and abilities to enhance the communities and organizations I have been called to serve always with the goal of improving the community, providing a strategic vision for its evolution, and setting a solid foundation for a sustainable future.”
With a robust career in management and strategic business consulting working alongside some of the world’s most recognized companies including Toyota Motor North America, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony Pictures, and IBM, Kevin possesses a breadth and depth of transformational leadership expertise. A dynamic coach and motivating visionary, Kevin offers trusted advice, strategic vision, and actionable business plans; he also offers his C-level clients the critical tools to successfully imagine, foster, and ignite a corporate culture that compels others to engage, invest, and achieve.
This commitment to thought leadership and transformational growth began early in Kevin’s career when he received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Combined with his M.B.A. in Information Systems & Operations from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Kevin established himself as a well-rounded consultant and analyst with a keen and critical sense of what works, how it works, why it works, and what is necessary to catapult it to the next level.
Leveraging his success with billion-dollar empires and cutting-edge initiatives, Kevin, with his wife, started Directed Action, Inc. in 2005. A Women’s Business Enterprise certified company, Directed Action is a boutique management consultancy that navigates clients through complex, risk transformations. As a trusted business partner to c-suite executives, Kevin has steered clients through strategic enterprise change delivering cultural turnarounds that shape businesses and deliver extraordinary results in high-risk conditions.
Kevin’s contributions to organizations transcend the private industry as he has lent his culture-shaping thought leadership in service to local schools, philanthropic opportunities, and community volunteerism. Additionally, he remains actively engaged in civic and professional associations, fulfilling Directed Action’s mission and vision to strive for the advancement of clients and communities. His industry expertise, strong market awareness, and insightful understanding of competitive trends have provided private companies and nonprofits alike the mission-critical transformation that results in the realization of vibrant goals, robust collaboration, and compelling cultures.
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.
Deborah Loughran, Associate Superintendent, Diocese of Orange Catholic School Development
Debbie Loughran joined the Department of Catholic Schools in April 2019 as the new Associate Superintendent, Catholic School Development. With a background in education and sales, Debbie has spent the last twenty years advancing Catholic education and most recently served as Regional Director of Development for the University of Notre Dame focusing on Southern California engagement. Debbie works closely with diocesan leadership, donors, and volunteers to advance the mission of the Department of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orange.
Debbie attended Rosary Academy and earned her B. A. from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently pursuing her M. A. at Chapman University. Debbie and her husband, Terry, have four children who all attended Catholic elementary and high schools in the Diocese of Orange.
As the Chief People Officer of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (“PanCAN”), a national non-profit organization, Edwina is responsible for leading the strategy, development, and execution of all human resources programs and people initiatives. Her specialty is building and scaling world-class cultures and organizations. Her background includes several years of experience leading human resources, operations, and administration in fast-growing, high-energy, creative, and emerging organizations. Before PanCAN, she served as the Vice President of People at Beachbody, LLC. She spent several years at Spectrum Athletic Clubs as Senior Vice President of Human Capital as well as Applied Minds and Virgin Records America as Vice President of Human Resources.
Edwina holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from Biola University and attended Pepperdine University’s Executive MBA program. She also earned SPHR and SHRM-SCPA Certificates, a Strategic Management Certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Human Resources Development Certificate from California State University, Long Beach
She is married to Dr. L. Mack Mossett, who is the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Santa Monica, and he’s also a public charter school Principal. Her most proud accomplishment is that of being a loving wife and mother of two children who have achieved great successes: son Clarence, a summa cum laude graduate of St. Bernard Catholic High School, and a UCLA graduate who is currently attending Howard University School of Law; and daughter Hallie, a UCLA graduate, former national team and All-American national championship gymnast, who is now a national gymnastics choreographer and Gymnastics Coach at Long Island University. Best of all, they love the Lord thy God with all their heart, mind and soul!
Edwina is a firm believer in “only what you do for Christ will last,” and makes sure that in her career she always has a heart for people by standing up for diversity, inclusion and equity, and providing under-represented and under-served communities fairness and exceptional opportunities for advancement. She believes in sharing her financial blessings as a servant of the Lord via a number of charities and has served on several auxiliaries and Boards throughout the years.
The Most Reverend David G. O’Connell is the Episcopal Vicar of the San Gabriel Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Cell Ausaille and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015. Bishop O’Connell received a BA in Philosophy and English Literature from the University College Dublin in 1975, a Bachelor of Divinity from Maynooth College in 1977 and a Masters of Spirituality from Mount St. Mary’s College.
Since his ordination to the priesthood, he’s served as Associate Pastor at St. Raymond in Downey, St. Maria Goretti in Long Beach, and St. Hillary in Pico Rivera, and then as Pastor of St. Frances X. Cabrini, Ascension Catholic Church, St. Eugene and St. Michael Parishes.
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.
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.
Since 2002, Dylan Stafford has been a leader at UCLA Anderson’s Fully Employed MBA Program, expanding from 560 to over 900 students and becoming the #2 graduate program student body in all of UCLA. Dylan created SuperSaturdays (over 7,000 admission interviews to-date conducted by almost 2,000 volunteers), FEMBAssadors, FEMBApalooza, and the UCLA Drive Time podcast, among other initiatives. He teaches Stand & Deliver, and is training to teach Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model.
Since 1996, in both Bloomberg BusinessWeek and US News & World Report, FEMBA has ranked between #1 and #6 in the nation. FEMBA consistently earns top marks for Student Satisfaction, Caliber of Classmates and Teaching Quality.
Before UCLA, Dylan was a Change Management and Human Resources Consultant for Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest companies. From the Silicon Valley he was promoted to a three-year assignment at the global headquarters in Munich, Germany, where he founded InterGreat!, a social-networking platform for high-potential European managers.
Dylan earned his MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. He graduated with honors from Texas A&M University, was a member of the Corps of Cadets and served on the Ross Volunteers, the Honor Guard of the Governor of Texas. He speaks German and Spanish.
In 2018, Dylan released his second book, Building a Winning Organization. In 2010, he published his first book Daddy Muscles.
Originally from Texas, Dylan now enjoys life in Los Angeles with his wife Marisa, their two sons, and two Maltipoos. They are members of St. Monica’s Catholic Community, in Santa Monica.
Dr. Wynn Washle, Ph.D., was appointed to the TACSC Board of Directors in January 2010 and has served as Board President from May 2014 until the end of 2016. 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.
Anthony Boulahoud has been a part of TACSC for ten years. He was a Summer Conference Delegate in 2008 and has a deeply rooted passion for leadership development and public administration. He served as a volunteer and workshop facilitator year-round at Student Leadership Days and Summer Conferences. While attending Damien High School in La Verne, CA, he brought TACSC onto his campus.
In November 2015, Anthony was appointed as Associate Program Director to oversee the growing High School Program. Anthony develops and maintains relationships with all thirty partnering High Schools over four counties and Archdioceses in California and Arizona. He also oversees all volunteers across every TACSC program as well as committees.
Anthony is a senior at the University of Southern California (USC) studying Policy, Planning, and Development with an emphasis in Public Policy and Law. He has an extensive background outside of school and TACSC working on a Presidential Campaign and Members of Congress. Anthony is also involved at his Parish, teaching catechism, leading the youth program, and serves as a chairman of the annual festival. On campus, Anthony holds many leadership positions including President of the Lebanese Club, Member of Phi Alpha Delta, Undergraduate Ambassador, Student Government Delegate, and an Associate with the Political Institute.
Gene Detre was appointed Director of Programing in November 2013. Prior to this position, he had been Executive Director for four years, member of the TACSC Board of Directors for five years and served as both President and Secretary of the Board. Gene has previously worked as a high-end retail buyer in several Bay Area based companies. He additionally managed the development of several successful products and, utilizing his public speaking skills, trained product presenters for major home shopping channels. Gene’s involvement in Catholic youth leadership began in 1983 when he attended his first summer conference as a student delegate. He has worked as a staff member since 1984 and has been involved in many different levels of the organization. Gene has organized and executed Student Leadership Days and Summer Conferences in several regions, as well as mentored individual students and staff through workshops and activities. He uses his extensive experience in training presenters to maximize the potential of the volunteer staff. He is passionate about Catholic youth leadership and is excited to help students identify, develop and maximize their leadership potential. Gene graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Psychology and is currently completing his Master’s in Education. Gene is married with two children and lives in Northern California.
Heidi Johnson is one of the founders of the non-profit organization, Spiritual Care Guild at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. With the help of friends, Heidi used her background in sales and marketing to start a 501c3 non-profit to provide chaplains to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Today, the Spiritual Care Guild at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles funds and provides non-denominational chaplains 24/7 for children and families. The nonprofit organization has funded and grown the Spiritual Care Department, helped raise millions of dollars, created a Spiritual Care endowment, helped the building of a new interfaith center and has become a national template for pediatric chaplaincy.
A strong believer in philanthropy, Heidi founded and co-chaired the Junior Ambassadors program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which engages children and families in giving back together. In addition, she is also the creator and founder of the popular blog, www.Charity-Matters.com which tells the stories of small non-profits and their beginnings and a regular contributor to Thrive Global. Her passion is using her voice to make a difference and connecting people and causes that matter.
A strong believer in education, Heidi currently serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory board at Texas Christian University (TCU), a board member at the nonprofit Project Giving Kids, a board member at Christ Child of Pasadena, and of the Spiritual Care Advisory Board at CHLA. She is a past Trustee of her Alma Matter, Mayfield Senior School, and Co-Chaired the board at Verbum Dei High School in Watts for the past five years along with establishing the board’s marketing committee. Most recently, she has been recognized as a First Lady of Urban Compass, Alumni of the Year at Mayfield Senior School and is a 2018 recipient of the Cardinal’s Award.
Heidi has combined her love of empowering and educating youth in her current role as Executive Director for The Association of Catholic Student Councils, also known as TACSC. TACSC is a 34-year-old non-profit Catholic Leadership Organization, serving middle and high school students, which has grown under her leadership.
Heidi and her husband Ron reside in Pasadena with their three sons; Hunter, Henry and Ford. Heidi is a proud alumnus of USC.