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Board of Directors

Kathleen Kelly

LCA Board Chair, Independent Consultant, Kathleen Kelly Consulting
Kathleen worked in the public sector on transportation-related projects for more than 30 years, first in Washington, D.C., with the Congressional Budget Office, and later in the Bay Area, with Muni, BART, and AC Transit. She has held executive positions in Finance, Planning and Operations departments, and, as a consultant during the past three years, has served as Interim CFO or CEO at three different public agencies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas.

Ann Magovern

LCA Board Vice Chair, Executive Director, Vision of Hope
Under Ann’s direction, Vision of Hope provides financial support for eight urban Catholic elementary schools affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. These schools serve more than 1,800 students in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Vision of Hope's mission is to ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future of the schools, the children and the communities they serve. Prior to joining Vision of Hope, Ann served as President of St. Martin de Porres School in Oakland for three years and the Executive Director for Ignatian Solidarity Network for five years.

Paul Bongiovanni

Chief Financial Officer, Diocese of Oakland
Paul has served as CFO for the Diocese of Oakland since 2014. Prior to taking on his current role, he served as Fiscal Controller of the Diocese for 6 years. During his many years of ministry at the diocese, Paul has built supportive relationships with parishes across the diocese, including our seven Lumen Christi Academies. He also brings with him extensive experience in nonprofit management with Concord's Family Stress Center, Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and as Fiscal Controller of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. He has also worked for The Clorox Co. and Grant Thornton LLP.

Rachel Elginsmith

Executive Director, The Basic Fund
Rachel joined the BASIC Fund in January 2009, with over fifteen years of professional experience in finance and organizational systems. As the senior executive of the organization, Rachel is responsible for BASIC Fund’s overall strategic direction, fiscal planning, management, including hiring, staff structure, major projects, program design, partnerships and donor relations. Guided by her expertise, the BASIC Fund has rebranded and restructured its operations, resulting in an expanded donor pool, increased data collection and analysis and improved efficiency and strategic direction throughout the organization. Rachel attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

Caitlin Kavanagh

Executive Director, Bay Scholars
Caitlin is a charismatic, motivated, and innovative education professional with a proven track record of successful recruitment of students into educational institutions. The program she directs at Bay Scholars has disbursed over $3 million in scholarships, providing access to private college prep education for hundreds of deserving students.

Father Brandon Macadaeg

Rector, Cathedral of Christ the Light (Oakland)
Fr. Brandon Macadaeg is a priest of the Diocese of Oakland and was ordained in 2013. He is currently the Rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. He first served at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont, where he held several positions as parochial vicar, school principal, and administrator. Prior to being assigned at the Cathedral, he established the newest parish of the Diocese of Oakland, Divine Mercy Parish, having merged the former parishes of St. Lawrence O'Toole and St. Paschal Baylon. Fr. Brandon's passion for leadership, teamwork and evangelization has proved effective in renewing the parishes that he has led.

Alfredo Mathew

Area Director, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)
Alfredo is a dynamic leader with 20 years of experience pioneering innovative approaches to empowering low-income communities. Prior to joining NFTE in 2014 Alfredo had an award winning career as an effective teacher leader in low-income schools from the South Bronx to East Oakland. His strong commitment to youth, families and transformative approaches to achieving equity in education lead him out of the classroom to NFTE, where he leads the Bay Area team in building entrepreneurial career pathways across Northern California.

Emma Paulino

Director of Staff and Leadership Formation, Faith in Action East Bay
Emma is a longtime community organizer in Oakland and has worked tirelessly on issues including affordable housing, education, immigration policies, crime and violence prevention and voter engagement. Previously a board member at one of Oakland’s charter schools, Emma currently serves on the Measure N Commission for Oakland Unified School District and is the Director of Staff and Leadership Formation at Faith in Action East Bay. Recognized by political representatives locally and statewide for her dedication to the community, in 2018 Emma received the Community Leadership Award by the Diocese of Oakland Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Joe A. Lewis

Member, Oakland Diocesan School Board
Joe has been in management at Pacific Bell/AT&T, Kaiser Permanente and the University of California-Office of the President and has served in the US Air Force and Army Reserve. He has been on the board of directors at both St. Augustine and St. Cornelius Schools and since 2000 has served as a member of the Oakland Diocesan School Board. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from St. Mary’s College and a Masters in International Multicultural Education from USF. He volunteers as a driver for Meals on Wheels and has served as Vice Chair of the University of California Retirees’ Association.

Steve Pezzola

President, Salesian High School
Steve practiced law in private law firms for fifteen years before moving to work in various executive roles in private and public corporations. In 2003, he established Yorkshire Ventures, LLC, a business consulting firm. Mr. Pezzola consulted for start-ups and well-established firms in the area of strategic and corporate planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, financing, negotiations and corporate structure. Mr. Pezzola has served on various boards of directors including stints as chairman of the board of several companies. He has a BS, JD from the University of California at Berkeley, CA.

Mr. Pezzola became President of Salesian College Preparatory on July 1, 2018. He has coached the girls varsity basketball team since 2009.

Kathleen Radecke

Superintendent, Diocese of Oakland
Kathleen is a passionate and successful Catholic school leader with more than 30 years of professional experience. She is an ardent advocate for Catholic education who has served in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, school principal and diocesan leadership. In 2018, Kathleen returned to her roots to serve as Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Oakland. Prior to taking on this role, she was Superintendent of the Diocese of Monterey for five years. Kathleen’s educational lens is laser-focused on building a strong foundation of faith and academic excellence.

Stephen Wilcox

Chancellor, Diocese of Oakland
Steve supports the Bishop in his role as teacher and shepherd by working to provide a work environment that enables all employees and volunteers to witness faithfully to Christ and serve their neighbor to the best of their ability in the various ministries they perform. Steve is also President of the Wilcox Family Foundation, which provides funding to organizations targeting underserved communities. He is a retired senior executive of Accenture LLP, a technology and outsourcing company where he spent over 28 years. In addition to serving on the LCA board, Steve is active on several non-profit boards. Most notably he spent eight years on the board of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, two years as Board Chair. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of Covenant House California’s “Double Their Dreams” capital campaign.