Mission Statement of the School

Holy Family Catholic School educates students to achieve academic excellence while becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, and leading lives of faith, community, and service.

Our Philosophy

Holy Family students are nourished by liturgical and sacramental life in the environment of a faith community, where service, respect and concern for others are demonstrated.

In striving for academic excellence, we at Holy Family Catholic School take individual needs into account. Our students are encouraged to be self-directed. In addition, good citizenship, physical well-being, Catholic doctrine and tradition are integrated into the curriculum.

Mindful that parents are the prime educators, we at Holy Family support and encourage parental responsibility in helping students to become involved Christians. Our purpose is to develop the Catholic faith in the present generation of children, and through them, to touch future generations. The development of the whole child is the essence of our teaching mission at Holy Family.

Integrating a love of learning with Catholic beliefs and values that are centered in the Spirit, our students are instilled with a vision of hope.


School Boards Responsibility & Purpose

The School Board of Holy Family are to support the mission of the 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.

The School Board consists of members representing parents of students currently enrolled in Holy Family, 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, in conjunction with the Principal.
  • Establishing and annually updating a long-range plan for Holy Family, 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, in collaboration with the Principal and the Parent Guild.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the implementation of strategic planning goals and policies.

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


President: James Griesgraber – Executive Committee

Joined Board in 2018

James Griesgraber is the president of Catholic Educational Services, a Pasadena based consulting firm, founded in 1993. Jim is past-president of the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association, and a former school principal and adjunct graduate school professor in Educational Administration. He holds a MA in curriculum and Instruction and a Ph. D. in Educational Administration. Jim was a founding member of the first Holy Family School Board and was a member of the personnel committee. Most importantly Jim is a husband, father and grandfather to six grandsons, and one granddaughter. Jim and his wife, Patsy Grant, reside in Pasadena and have been Holy Family parishioners since 1993. They also worship at Sacred Heart Parish in Palm Desert.

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..

HFS Principal: Mrs. Darcie Girmus – Executive Committee

Joined Board in 2019

Prior to having just been named principal at Holy Family Catholic School, Mrs. Girmus was the middle school science teacher, named assistant principal in 2010 and then Principal from 2014 – 2019 at St. Marks Catholic School in Vienna Virginia. With a combined 32 years of educational experience, she taught 17 years in a public school in Nebraska. In 2003, Mrs. Girmus and her family moved to Virginia from Nebraska where they literally “sold the farm” to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching in a Catholic School. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Mrs. Girmus holds degrees in elementary education, curriculum and instruction, and her most recent, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision is from Marymount University. Mrs. Girmus and her husband Greg, are looking forward to joining our Holy Family Community as parishioners.

Advancement Committee Chair: Paola Mork – Executive Committee

Joined Board in 2020

Paola Mork was born and raised in Mexico City where she lived until she was 21 years old.  She moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California where she earned her Bachelors Degree in International Relations and later her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. She has been a parishioner of Holy Family since 2000, where she married her husband Rustin in 2006 and baptized both her boys Connor and James, who now attend Holy Family School (Classes of 2022 & 2026) like other members of their family did, including Paola’s father. Paola is currently the Administrative Manager for the USC Brain Tumor Center. Previously she was the Administrative Manager for the Brain Tumor Program at City of Hope, where she worked for 7 ½ years.  Before that, she worked for Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. Paola has volunteered in many ways at Holy Family. She was the Chair and Co-Chair of the Holy Family Fair; she has been a room parent multiple times for her children’s classes and served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Vice President of Fundraising for the Holy Family School Parent Guild. She also volunteered for The Circle of Friends of Kidspace Museum where she was the Benefit Chair. And, while working for City of Hope she raised money for Brain Cancer Research. Paola’s passions include Catholic Education, the Holy Family Community and Brain Cancer Research.

Finance Committee Chair: Peter Ferris – Executive Committee

Joined Board in 2020

 

Catholic school educated, Peter attended St. Elizabeth’s in Altadena 8 years and 4 years at St. Francis High School, graduating in  1975. He graduated from USC in 1979 with a business degree with an emphasis in accounting and was subsequently licensed as a CPA in 1982. He was offered a partnership interest in 1986. Last November marked 40 years with the same firm. In addition to the CPA work, Peter was a partner in a partnership “The Great American Popcorn Company”. The partnership had 20  popcorn stand locations around the L.A. County Fair Grounds initially with an exclusive to sell popcorn during the run of the fair. He also worked at Dodger Stadium 12.5 years selling souvenirs in the left field pavilion. He married Diana Ferris in 1980 and they became parishioners immediately of Holy Family and have been so for 40 years. Diana has sung in the 9:30 choir for all 40 years.   We had 7 children with Michael having died in 1984 three months after birth. Their 6 other children went to St. Elizabeth’s where Peter was asked to be on the Finance Committee, and accepted. He served many years as chair of that committee, and initiated the push to establish a school board for St. Elizabeth’s, subsequently serving as the first President of the School Board for a number of years. Catholic education has been a treasured tradition in their family, and their daughter, Jennifer O’Neil, is currently the second grade teacher at Holy Family Catholic School. Her daughter Sydney, (Peter’s granddaughter) is a first grader this year.

Finance Committee: Florinda Bailey

 

 

Executive 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 9 years as a Breast Cancer Research Coordinator for USC/Norris Cancer Center and 6 years as a parochial school teacher at Holy Family School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. 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 21 years ago.  Erin and her two sons and daughter are all Holy Family School alums.  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.

Education Committee Chair: Maureen Diekmann (Executive Committee)

Joined Board in 2013

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.

Education Committee: April Garcez

Joined Board in 2020

 

April was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended Catholic elementary, high school, and college. She earned her BA in Political Science from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. After she earned her MA in Theology from Loyola Marymount University under the tutelage of David Sanchez, former Holy Family Parish Council President.  She is a firm believer in Catholic education and is a strong supporter of all-girls education as she attended San Gabriel Mission High School, and later served on the Consultative Board’s Executive Committee.  She began her teaching career at St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, where upon her return she served on their Consultative Board as chair of the Academic Excellence Committee. In 2008, she moved to Washington, DC and taught at a Sacred Heart School, Stone Ridge Country Day School, with Kate Morin, current president of Mayfield Senior School. She earned her second MA in Government from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2016, she returned home to teach at Mayfield Senior School where she serves as the department chair of the Social Science department, sophomore Academic Dean and Learning Coach. She is a proud parishioner of Holy Family Church and has one daughter, Bella, in the second grade.

Education Committee: Patricia Lomeli

Joined Board in 2020

Patricia Lomeli has been an educator for over 22 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She earned her B.A. and Multi Subject Credential from the USC. She also earned her Masters and Credential in Special Education. She has dedicated most of her career working with students with special needs. She is passionate and strongly supports Catholic education. Her daughter Natalia just graduated HFS class of ‘20 and is currently attending Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Her daughter Tatiana is currently a fourth grader at HFS. Patricia is married to Agustin Gonzalez who is also a lifelong educator serving as a teacher and principal for over 20 years. Patricia been very involved and volunteered on many programs as part of the Holy Family Community. She looks forward to serving as part of the Holy Family School Board.

Policy and Planning Committee: Tina Tran – Executive Committee

Joined Board in 2018

Tina earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from USC and her Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Law.  Tina is Associate General Counsel at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  Prior to joining Caltech, Tina was a partner of global law firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP where she represented Fortune 100 companies in complex business and employment litigation.  Tina and her husband Jeff have been Holy Family parishioners since 1999 and their daughter is currently enrolled at HFS.  Tina serves on the Pastoral Council, having recently finished a two-year term as Chair.  Tina also serves on the Master Planning Committee and the Pastoral Planning Committee.  Tina has volunteered with various HF projects and events over the years, including the Welcome Committee, Fair, and Auction.  Tina was formerly President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and is currently a Girl Scout Troop Leader.

Policy and Planning Committee: Joe Boskovich

Joined Board in 2018

Joe has been a parishioner at Holy Family since 2007.  He and his wife, Dianne, have three children; Kate (7th grade), Joey (4th grade), and Johnny (1st grade).  Joe graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2003 and was a four-year letterman and Academic All-American on USC’s 2003-2004 National Championship Football Team.  After graduating from USC, Joe entered the investment management industry.  Today, Joe is a founding partner of Old West Investment Management, LLC, a fund manager that focuses on value investing.  Joe also serves as the Board Chair for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, a non-profit agency that focuses on providing mentorship and guidance to at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles County.  Joe has been involved in various activities and ministries at Holy Family Parish and Holy Family School over the years, but he most enjoys being part of the Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound and Elderly team.

Policy and Planning Committee: Margaret Morrow

Joined Board in 2019

Margaret M. Morrow is the President and CEO of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest law firm specializing in the delivery of pro bono services.  Public Counsel provides free direct legal services to more than 19,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year, and engages in policy advocacy and impact litigation that affects millions more students, families, immigrants and people living in poverty. Prior to her appointment as President and CEO of Public Counsel, Margret served for eighteen years as a judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Before becoming a judicial officer, she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter.  Margaret is a past president of the State Bar of California, having served as its first woman president in 1993-94.  She is also a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and its Barristers Section. While President of the Barristers Section, she was instrumental in starting the association’s pro bono Domestic Violence Clinic, which today helps thousands of people a year. She served for eighteen years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College, where she chaired its Committee on Trustees.  She also served on the Board of Mayfield Senior School in the 1980’s and again in the 2000’s, as well as on USC Law School’s Board of Councilors.

Parent Guild President: Michelle Alexander 

Joined Board in 2020

Michelle has been a parishioner at Holy Family since 2012, and has served on many committees and ministries at the church and school. Michelle graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree from the Annenberg School of Communication. After graduation, she began a successful 13-year career as a film publicist for the Walt Disney Company, where she worked on marketing and public relations campaigns for some of Disney’s highest profile releases.  Michelle grew up in Arcadia, and attended La Salle High School.  She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters who currently attend Holy Family School.

Catholic Identity Committee 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 Mayfield Junior School. 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.

Catholic Identity Committee: 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 14th 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!”

Catholic Identity Committee: Ann Holmquist 

Joined Board in 2020

Ann Holmquist currently serves as Vice President for Mission at Loyola High School of Los Angeles where she has also been an Assistant Principal for Ministry and Director of the Office of Adult Spirituality.  Prior to coming to Loyola, Ann served as Campus Minister and Faculty member at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada, where she now serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Education committee.  She also taught at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura and worked for many years in various catechetical and ministerial roles at her parish in Camarillo, CA before moving to the Pasadena area.  Ann holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Theology and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University.  She and her husband Robert have four adult children and are grandparents of six grandsons – all of whom are a tremendous source of joy!

Public Relations Chair: Helena Danni

Joined Board in 2018

Helena has been a parishioner at Holy Family since 2004.  Her and her husband Kevin, who is a lifelong parishioner and Holy Family graduate, have 2 young children who currently attend HF.  She grew up in Burbank and attended Cal State LA.  After college, she lived in Boston and worked in the Marketing Dept of Banta Printing Company.  Her career also included 11 years as a Senior Director, overseeing all youth and member services, for the Glendale YMCA.  She has volunteered on several committees at Holy Family and served as the Board President for her children’s preschool, St. George’s in La Canada.

Public Relations Committee: Sara Smith

Joined Board in 2019

 

Sara earned her B.S. degree in business administration from the University of San Diego in 1990.  She is currently employed as an Executive Oncology Specialist with Janssen Oncology, a division of Johnson & Johnson where she works with hematologists in the greater Los Angeles area.  Sara and her husband Jeff have two children who attended Holy Family School.  In their 20 plus years as parishioners she has been engaged as the Auction Chair, Fair volunteer and HFS Parent Guild President.  Sara has been involved in many community organizations over the years including Pasadena Children’s Guild, Spiritual Care Guild, St. Edmund’s School Board, National Charity League, and Christ Child Society.  Sara has also worked on various committees at Loyola High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.


 Advisor

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.