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Board of Directors

Kathleen Kelly

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 Chair, Retired Executive Director, Vision of Hope
Under Ann’s direction, Vision of Hope provided 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.

Joe A. Lewis

Retired Human Resources Executive
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 previously served on the board of directors of St. Augustine and St. Cornelius Schools, and was a member of the Oakland Diocesan School Board for over 20 years. 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.

Dr. Andrew Currier

Superintendent, Diocese of Oakland
Andrew Currier serves as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland. Andrew previously served as President of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco from 2017-2021 and prior to that as a Catholic elementary school principal for 9 years. Andrew is an English Teacher by trade and enjoys being a dad for Pauline and Xavier and a husband to Sarah who is the Principal of Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco.

Kevin Cacabelos

LCA Board Vice-Chair, Attorney, Crowell & Moring LLP
Kevin is an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP in San Francisco, where his practice focuses on the areas of education, technology, and commercial litigation. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Before his legal career, Kevin fostered a passion for Catholic schools, teaching history at Catholic schools in Seattle and Los Angeles. He holds an undergraduate degree in History and Spanish and a master's degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University ("LMU"). At LMU, Kevin was a member of PLACE Corps, a nationally-recognized Catholic teacher service corps.

Debbie Lewis

Regional Sales Manager, Ethos Laboratories
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