School Board

The responsibility and purpose of the Holy Family School Board is to support the mission of Holy Family School. The Board supports the Parish Life Director, Principal, the school, and its children through planning, policies, fundraising, and marketing. Sharing responsibility with Cambria Tortorelli, the School Board was established as a policy making body in matters of Catholic school education at Holy Family School.

The School Board consists of members representing parents of students currently enrolled in Holy Family School, the President of the Parent Guild, the Principal, parishioners of Holy Family Parish, and community members.

Board Responsibilities

Some of the specific responsibilities of the School Board include:

  • Developing the annual operating budget for Holy Family School, in conjunction with the Principal.
  • Establishing and annually updating a long-range plan for Holy Family School, in collaboration with the Principal, Faculty, Parent Guild, and Parish Life Director.
  • Developing and formulating educational and financial policies that will guide the administration in achieving stated goals and objectives of the long-range plan.
  • Communicating Holy Family School Board policies and decisions to the school community with the Principal.
  • Developing and implementing resource development and public relations programs for Holy Family School, in collaboration with the Principal and the Parent Guild.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of implementation of strategic planning goals and policies.

Members of the School Board visit Holy Family School often for specific events and informal interaction with the children. It is an honor and a privilege for the School Board to support Dr. Frank Montejano as Principal of the School.

Holy Family School Board Bios 2016-2017

HardingPresident: Connie Harding (Executive Committee)

Previous School Board Roles: Strategic Planning, Executive V.P./ Secretary

Joined Board in: 2012 

Connie earned a B.A. from UCLA in 1984. Her career included 10 years in the technology industry, in sales and management positions.  She has three children, all graduates of Holy Family School. During her years as a school parent, Connie served many roles on the Parent Guild Board. She also was on the Legacy of Learning committee and involved in various school and classroom programs. Prior to her school years Connie was the Director of the Holy Family Sunday Pre-school Program, a Fair Chair and auction committee member. She also served on various boards including; President of the St. James Preschool, the Executive Board of National Charity League, Public Relations Chair of the Christ Child Society and was a founding member and former President of the Spiritual Care Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Working in her children’s schools has occupied much of her time over the years including various positions at Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School.  Connie and her husband Dave have been Holy Family parishioners for 20 years.

TortorelliParish Life Director: Cambria Tortorelli (Executive Committee)

Joined Board in: 2008

Cambria Tortorelli is currently the Parish Life Director at Holy Family Church where she has served since 2008.   She serves as the Moderator for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and is a member of the St. John’s Seminary Board and trustee of Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles.  She earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in England, and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.  Before discerning a vocational call to the Church, Cambria worked in nonprofit management for 14 years, including as the President of Valley Interfaith Council (VIC), a nonprofit organization which provides services to over 85,000 seniors, families in need and people with disabilities per year.  Prior to her position at VIC, Cambria worked for more than 11 years at the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles. Cambria, who was born and raised in Bermuda, marketed the rights of BBC documentaries in Europe and managed an English School in Japan before moving to the US in 1994. She has traveled extensively to more than 40 countries.

MontejanoHFS Principal: Dr. Frank Montejano (Executive Committee)

Joined Board in: 2014

Dr. Frank Montejano has been a career-long Catholic educator, having served for over 30 years as a teacher, principal, regional supervisor, and faculty member at Loyola Marymount University. Frank obtained his B.A. from USC, his M.A. from USF, and his doctorate through Loyola Marymount University. During his time at the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Frank supervised the elementary schools in the San Gabriel Region, and also oversaw the elementary school religion program for all elementary schools in the archdiocese. During his time as religion coordinator, Frank led the development of grade-level religion standards that are still used throughout the archdiocese today. Additionally, Frank has served on numerous national committees, and has presented to Catholic educators at the annual NCEA convention and other national events. Frank has also published various articles and book chapters relating to leadership in Catholic schools.

FilipponePolicy and Planning Chair: Cassandra Filippone (Executive Committee)

Previous Board Position: Public Relations Chair

Joined Board in: 2012

Cassie graduated from Princeton in 1996 and in 2013 earned a Masters in Education from the University of Southern California. She has 10 years teaching experience at the elementary school level and in 2014 was hired by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as the Director of Online Learning – a rapidly growing segment of the educational system. Cassie and her husband John joined the parish 12 years ago and have three sons currently enrolled at HFS.  Over the years she has been engaged in many programs at Holy Family including serving as a Sunday School Teacher, an Auction Chair, Yearbook Advisor, and a Meet the Masters Docent.

NurDevelopment Chair: Adel Nur (Executive Committee)

Joined Board in: 2013

Adel and his wife Tricia have been Holy Family parishioners for six years. They have three young sons who all attend Holy Family School. Adel has a B.S. in Architecture and has put his experience to work on various Holy Family committees, including the current playground project. Adel has also been an active voice and resource for Holy Family’s Muslim / Catholic dialog, bringing his personal knowledge and background to topic. His career experience spans many years in the entertainment industry, working in various disciplines, where he raised funds for film projects in the United States and abroad. Presently he works as a talent agent. Adel speaks six languages.

HoltsniderCatholic Identity Chair: Kathleen Holtsnider

Joined HFS Board in: 2015

Kathy is an educator with over 40 years’ experience in the teaching profession. In June of 2015 she retired from Mayfield Junior School where she taught math and religion for 35 years. Kathy also served as the Director of Religion for MJS. Kathy authored the teacher’s manuals currently used by the 4th and 5th grade religion classes. She holds a Masters in Education, and a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Theology. Kathy and her husband Karl have been active Holy Family Parishioners for 64 years where Karl served as the Parish Administrator for 15 years. Kathy is very involved in the parish RCIA program as a Catechist and member of the Executive Committee. She works steadfastly with the Mission Haiti program, serves as a Eucharistic Minister, and acts as a Confirmation Catechist for parents and sponsors.

ZwartAnne Zwart: Finance Chair 

Joined Board in: 2014

Anne is an Accounting Consultant with 30 years of professional experience. She is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Anne is a mother of five, four HFS graduates and a current Holy Family fifth grader. She has been a parishioner for 49 years and has held numerous responsibilities in that time. Anne sits on the parish Finance Council, helps with the spirituality program and has served as a Meet the Masters docent. Anne is on the Board of Regents for Providence High School, and has served as treasurer for both the Christ Child Society and the San Gabriel Valley Auxiliary of the Pregnancy Help Center. Anne and her husband, Peter, have been married for 26 years.

MaloneyExecutive Secretary: Erin Maloney

Previous Board Position: Parent Guild President

Joined Board in: 2013

Erin is a Real Estate Professional with The Maloney Group at Keller Williams Realty in Pasadena. Her previous career experience includes 6 years as a parochial school teacher and 9 years as a Breast Cancer Research Coordinator. She has a B.A. in History from Georgetown and an M.S. in Nutrition from USC. Her involvement at Holy Family has been extensive during her 40 years as a parishioner. Erin is an alumna of Holy Family School and has three children, one of whom is a current student, and and the other two are alums and attending high school. Erin served as the Parent Guild President and continues to serve on the Parent Guild Board as the Vice President of Communications. She was on the Education/Formation Commission for many years and served on the Toddler Co-op as a board member and volunteer.  She has also assisted as spirituality docent with all three of her children.

JamesAdvancement Committee: Michael James

Joined board in 2015

Michael joined the board in 2015 as part of the advancement team where his professional experience as an equity trader for the past 28 years will add value.

He graduated from Crespi High School in Encino where he remains actively involved and has served on their Board. Michael then went on to Notre Dame University where he played football for his beloved Irish. Michael and his wife Julie have two young sons, Ryan and Owen, both of whom are Holy Family students. During his 10 years as a parishioner Michael has worked on the Communications and Technology Committees. He also serves his local community as a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. In his spare time, he is an amateur cyclist.

DiekmannEducation Committee: Maureen Diekmann

Joined Board in 2014

Maureen is President of Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School in Los Feliz. She joins the board with 41 years of professional experience in education as a teacher and administrator. Maureen earned an M.S. in Education Administration as well as an M.A. in Childhood Education and a B. A. in English. She and her husband Dennis have been parishioners for 29 years, dynamically involving themselves in a number of programs including working as Fair Chairs, Auction Chairs (3 years), Sunday Preschool Director, and Divine Dinner hosts.  Over the years, Maureen has assisted on two principal search committees. She also was a former President of the Junior League of Pasadena. Maureen is a mother to three children, all Holy Family graduates.

AltmayerStrategic Planning Committee: Christina Altmayer, President Elect

Previous Board Position: Parent Guild President

Rejoined Board in 2015

Christina is an east coast transplant who attended St. John’s University in New York. It was there she earned a B.A. in Government and Politics and an M.A. in Public Administration.  She is currently employed as the Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. Christina and her husband Tom have three children who all attended Holy Family School. In their 20 years as parishioners she has been engaged as a Fair Chair, auction volunteer, Parent Guild President, Pastoral Council member, and Pastoral Plan Committee member. She is also an active community volunteer including previously serving as President of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Booster Club, the Board of Junior League of Pasadena, and President of Young and Healthy.

Facilities Chair: Tim Carey

Joined Board in: 2017

Tim is the Vice President of Project / Construction Management at the Irvine Company. He attended Harvard University, earning a degree in Government and then earned an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University. Tim has also held positions with Maguire Properties and Catellus Development Corp. In January of 2009, Tim established Carey Consulting, Inc. to provide Real Estate Development and Construction Management consulting services. He started out as a consultant to The Irvine Company Retail Group managing several development projects in Irvine and Newport Beach prior to being hired as V.P. of Development for the Office Division. Recently, he and his team completed a 20-story tower in Irvine and previously completed two 20-story towers in Newport Beach. Tim and his wife Katie live in San Marino with their four children, two of whom are presently attending college. They have been Holy Family parishioners for 21 years. Tim also serves on the board for the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center where his children are actively involved in athletic programs.

MartiStrategic Planning Committee: Fr. Tony Marti, OFM Cap.

Previous Board Position: Strategic Planning

Joined Board in: 2013

Fr. Tony Marti is the current President of St. Francis High School in La Canada. He holds a Masters in Divinity and a B.S. in Economics. In 1989 he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order as a postulant and did his novitiate at the San Lorenzo Seminary in the Santa Ynez Valley. After completing his initial formation, he moved to St. Conrad Friary in Berkeley to begin his theology studies until he was ordained on June 8, 1996. Subsequent to his ordination, Fr. Tony served as an associate pastor at the St. Lawrence of Brindisi parish in Watts.  Later he served as Vocation Director until he was elected Provincial Minister in 2002. Fr. Tony is a widower and has a daughter and two grandchildren. Prior to joining the Capuchins, he was an international banker for 21 years and Senior Vice President of First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles. He also served as a medic in the U. S. Army in the 47th Medical Battalion at Ft. Hood Texas.

Policy and Planning Committee: Diane Cullinane, MD

Joined Board in: 2017

Diane is a developmental pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and co-founder of Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) where she serves as Executive Director. PCDA is a nonprofit organization providing a range of therapeutic services to infants through 21 year olds with autism and other developmental challenges. They have a staff of 85 and serve over 1,000 children per year. Diane graduated from Stanford and then earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Diane’s work experience spans a variety of settings including L.A. Unified, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California Children’s Services and Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center. Diane is the author of Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and special needs: The Development Approach. She is actively involved in professional education for clinicians, participating in conferences and lecturing nationally and internationally. Diane has been a parishioner for 26 years and her husband Bill has been coming to Holy Family since 1962.

ButlerEducation Committee: Mimi Butler

Previous Board Positions: Executive Secretary, Strategic Planning, Education committee

Joined Board in: 2010

Mimi is a teacher / learning specialist and the Director of Academic Support at the University of Southern California where she works closely with some of school’s highest profile athletes. She earned a B.A. and her teaching credentials (Standard Secondary, Reading Specialist and Administrative) from UCLA. Mimi has over 35 years of professional experience in education. A parishioner for over 27 years, and mother to two HFS graduates, Mimi has been involved in various projects and committees over the years. She has served on the Preschool Board as President, chaired the fair and the auction, was a Girl Scout leader for 8 years and has been involved in various fund raising projects for the church and school. Her husband Joe served on the first Holy Family School Board. Mimi is passionate about learning and is committed to providing the best educational experience possible.

HermansonEducation Committee: Elena Hermanson

Joined Board in: 2012

Elena brings to the board numerous years of experience in education. She was a 4th grade teacher at Mayfield Junior School for 18 years and taught 6th grade in Glendale Unified School District for 8 years. She also worked as an educational consultant for 5 years. Presently, she is a Program Director at The Green Foundation where she handles education requests and has worked for 8 years. Elena graduated from USC with a B.A. in Education and has a California Life Teaching Credential. Elena and her family have been parishioners for 18 years. She and her husband, Bill, have a son, Eric, and a daughter, Laura. She has served on the board of Holy Family Adoptive Parents and has also been involved in the community with National Charity League and the Glendale Philharmonic Juniors. She enjoys reading, playing golf with her husband, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 AbbottFinance Committee: Pam Abbott

Previous Committees: Finance Chair

Joined Board in: 2012

Pam is the Chief Financial Officer for Realty Advisory Group.  She is a CPA with 25 years of industry experience. Pam graduated from the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. She and her husband Jim have been parishioners of Holy Family for 30 years. In that time, she has been an active member of the School Finance Committee and involved in various other Holy Family ministries. In the greater community, Pam was an inaugural member of the Ambassador Committee for the Jonathan Club Scholarship Fund and continues to serve on this Committee as well as the Santa Teresita Gala Committee. She has been a Board Member of the Christ Child Society of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley Auxiliary of the Pregnancy Help Center and has served on the Finance Committee for both Mayfield Junior School and Mayfield Senior School. Pam and Jim are active supporters of the Seal-Naval Special Welfare Family Foundation, the USC Caruso Catholic Center, and the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. They are grandparents to two current Holy Family students.

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Parent Guild President: Michelle Escobar

Joined Board in: 2016

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton. Her career included working in sales and marketing for a commercial carpet manufacturer before becoming a full time mother and volunteer. A Holy Family Parishioner for over 13 years, Michelle and her husband have been active participants in the community. She has served on the board of the Toddler Co-op and the Sunday Preschool program, served as a Fair Chair, Auction Committee member, Girl Scout Leader, Spirituality Docent and Room Parent. She is also involved with National Charity League with her high school aged daughter. Michelle is an active leader at Holy Family School where her son is a current 7th grader. In her free time, she loves watching her son play Gladiators football, traveling with her family and attending concerts with her daughter.

 McCormackCatholic Identity: Sr. Carolyn McCormack, O.P.

Previous Committee: Policy and Planning

Joined Board in: 2013

A native San Franciscan, Sister Carolyn McCormack OP, attended elementary and high school there but has since come to enjoy and appreciate life in beautiful southern CA!   After a work experience with the Southern Pacific RR, she entered religious life with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, pursuing her BA from Holy Names University and her MA from the University of San Francisco.  She has spent most of her religious life in northern California until being assigned to Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in 2003.

Sister Carolyn has had the joy of being an elementary and high school teacher, an elementary and high school principal and has served ten years on her Congregation’s Leadership Team.  She is in her 13th year as President at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.  Catholic education is her life’s work. She serves as President of DASS (the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools in the U.S., enjoys serving as Vice Moderator for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and appreciates the opportunity to sit on Holy Family South Pasadena’s School Board where she assisted in the development of the five-year strategic plan. Sr. Carolyn currently works on the Catholic Identity Committee where she can share her years of experience in Catholic education with the school. She is an avid reader, loves being outdoors, is energized by being with people and loves to engage with others around prayer and Scripture.   “Leadership at FSHA is a joy for me. I find life and energy in our young women and in our entire Flintridge Sacred Heart community.  What a blessing to be called to serve in such a beautiful place—in every sense of that word!”

RussellPublicity: Valerie Russell

Joined Board in: 2012

Valerie is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she majored in Communication and Marketing.  Her career included 15 years in product development for grocery retail chains throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. During this time, she moved to London to develop a line of private label products for Safeway UK. Valerie is a current school parent and has been an active parishioner for 15 years. At HFS she served as Parent Guild President and Fundraising Chair during her four years on the Parent Guild Board. She has also volunteered extensively in the community helping numerous organizations including; the East Altadena Little League Board, The Little League Challengers Division supporting disabled players, the Spiritual Care Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Leukemia / Lymphoma Society, the Junior League of Pasadena and the Land of the Free Foundation.

Connie Harding Executive Committee, President
Adel Nur Executive Committee, Chair, Advancement Committee
Michael James Advancement Committee
Kathy Holtsnider Executive Committee, Chair, Catholic Identity
Sr. Carolyn McCormack, OP Catholic Identity Committee
Mimi Butler Executive Committee, Chair, Education Committee
Maureen Diekmann
Elena Hermanson
Education Committee
Anne Zwart Executive Committee, Chair, Finance Committee
Pamela Abbott Finance Committee
Michelle Escobar Executive Committee, Parent Guild President
Cambria Tortorelli Executive Committee, Parish Life Director
Cassie Filippone Executive Committee, Chair, Policy and Planning Committee
Christina Altmayer
Fr. Tony Marti, OFM Cap
Diane Cullinane, MD
Policy and Planning Committee
Frank Montejano, PhD Executive Committee, School Principal
Erin Maloney Executive Committee, Secretary
Valerie Russell Publicity, Chair
Tim Carey Facilities, Chair

These are the policies/procedures that govern the HFS School Board Constitution & By-Laws.