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 2017-2018

President: Christina Altmayer (Executive Committee)

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 Vice President, Programs at First 5 Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to supporting children under 5 to be healthy and ready for school. Christina and her husband Tom have three children who all attended Holy Family School. In their 20 plus years as parishioners she has been engaged as a Fair Chair, auction volunteer, HFS 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, President of Young and Healthy, Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Board member, and several leadership positions for the Junior League of Pasadena.

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Advisor: 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 full-time real estate professional with The Maloney Group at Keller Williams 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 University and an M.S. in Nutrition from USC/Keck School of Medicine. Although a parishioner for over 40 years, Erin along with her husband, Mike, have thoroughly enjoyed serving Holy Family parish since they were married at the parish 20 years ago.  Erin and her two sons are all Holy Family School alums, and her daughter currently attends HFS.  Erin has served as Parent Guild President, Vice President of Communications, Spirituality Program docent, Education/Formation Commission member for many years, Toddler Co-op Board Director and continues to serve as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

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.

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.

Parent Guild President: Marcy Ulrich

Joined Board in: 2017

Marcy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal State Hayward and her MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University.  Her career has included sales, marketing, product development, and business development with multiple Fortune 500 companies before becoming a full-time mother and volunteer.  She is one of the founding
and executive board members of the Urban Compass Guild, which supports Urban Compass ­ a charity dedicated to developing, supporting, and enriching children and families living in some of the most challenging neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  Marcy has been a volunteer and parishioner for over 13 years.  At HFS, in addition to being Parent Guild President, she has also been Fundraising Chair, Assistant Coach Varsity Girls Basketball, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and Spirituality Docent among other volunteer capacities.

 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

Previous Board Position: Parent Guild President

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.

Policy and Planning Committee: Stephanie Chavez

Joined Board in 2017

Stephanie Chavez is a veteran communications expert who brings deep media experience to her current job as Director of Communications at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. Stephanie had a long career as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times before joining Mayfield. She covered breaking national and local news and ran the national web desk. She has been a member of four Pulitzer-prize winning teams for breaking new coverage of seminal events in Los Angeles, including the 1992 Riots. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi professional award for breaking new coverage. Both the California Teachers’ Assn. and the School Administrators Assn. awarded Stephanie top honors in California for excellence in education reporting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the USC School of Journalism. She is a long-time member of Holy Family Church and is the proud mother of three Holy Family School graduates. Her “mom” years at Holy Family School were among the happiest, busiest and treasured years in her life. She and her husband, Ernie Arboles, know that Annalise, Camille and Joseph were grounded in beautiful Catholic values and were privileged to receive a solid education at Holy Family School. Stephanie and Ernie have made their spiritual home at Holy Family Church since 1992 and have long found comfort and meaning in our cherished expression “All Our Welcome.”

Assistant Treasurer: Angel Herrera

Joined Board in 2017

Angel is an accountant with 22 years of professional experience in both public and private companies within the industries of luxury retail, entertainment, fashion and footwear, eCommerce, parking services, and real estate.  He is currently the Controller at GK Management Co., Inc. in Culver City, a real estate holding and property management company. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he earned a B.A. in Economics.  Angel and his wife Judy have been married for 15 years and have been parishioners for 7 years. They have a daughter and son who currently attend Holy Family School.  During the past 6 years, Angel has served as Treasurer for the Parent Guild, volunteered for cooking and clean up at the Holy Family all Girl Scout troops camp out (2 years) and assisted as Girls Scouts Troop 5561 Cookie Sales Co-Chair (2 years).

2017-2018 School Board Members

Christina Altmayer Executive Committee, President
Connie Harding Executive Committee, Advisor
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 Education Committee
Anne Zwart Executive Committee, Chair, Finance Committee
Angel Herrera Assistant Treasurer, Finance Committee
Marcy Ulrich Parent Guild President
Cambria Tortorelli Executive Committee, Parish Life Director
Cassandra Filippone Executive Committee, Chair, Policy and Planning Committee
Stephanie Chavez
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

2017-2018 School Board Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:30 pm in Pastoral Center
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 5:30 pm Offsite

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