Introducing New School Staff

Dear Holy Family Community,

Evidence of growth and excellence can be seen throughout our school, as we are always looking for new ways to ensure our future success and viability.

It is in this spirit that I introduce two of our newer Holy Family School staff members. The first, Ms. Roberta Gomez, will join us on Monday as our school counselor; and the second, Mrs. Shannon Porter, has been the Director of School Advancement at HFS beginning this past summer. Both bring unique skills and talents that will benefit our school in new and exciting ways.

Ms. Gomez received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology at Mt. St. Mary’s College. She currently works as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern at the Village Family Services Mental Health Clinic in North Hollywood, where she provides individual, children, teenager, adolescent and family therapy sessions across a range of mental health needs. Prior to that, she performed short and long term therapy for clients at the Pacific Clinics Mental Health Clinic in Pasadena.

Her experiences in different counseling settings, including schools, has further helped her to understand the kinds of emotional barriers that can impede learning, as well as the support structures needed to ensure success at school. She brings to Holy Family the necessary expertise, empathy, and commitment to make our new counseling program a success.

As of this writing, Ms. Gomez is scheduled to be on campus Monday and Thursday mornings. Information about referrals will be sent in a separate email.

Shannon Porter brings a long and successful record of working with Catholic schools in the field of Development and Advancement. She has extensive experience in fundraising and grant writing, and was instrumental in helping our sister school, Dolores Mission, develop a long-range plan that led to numerous school improvements as the school’s development director. Shannon was also formerly the manager of Homegirl Café.

In her current capacity with HFS, Shannon is responsible for developing and implementing an advancement strategy to support targeted needs within the school. Her hard work to this point has already paid great dividends, as she has helped secure grants for the school in the areas of technology and safety/security. She is also working diligently with Jill Toth on our Legacy of Learning Program; as we look to the future, Shannon will play an instrumental role in developing our playground renovation project.

Please join with me in welcoming Roberta Gomez and Shannon Porter to Holy Family School!

Frank Montejano, Ed.D.