Skip To Main Content

Leadership and Team

NDASLA Board of Directors

The NDASLA Board of Directors is charged with the governance of Notre Dame Academy and Notre Dame Academy Elementary Schools.  Its overall mandate is to ensure the schools are operated in accordance with the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the constitution, charism, and spirit of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  The board's responsibilities include long term planning for the schools, approval and monitoring of their strategic plans, ensuring the financial health of the schools, and overseeing the management and operation of the schools.

The board, with the approval of the Sisters of Notre Dame, hires the president / head of schools, currently Lilliam Paetzold.  The board does not hire or supervise any other personnel of the schools.  The president / head of schools and the supporting administration, faculty, and staff are responsible for the day-to-day  management and operation of the schools.

The board consists primarily of alumni and parents of alumni, along with other individuals committed to supporting Catholic education in the spirit of the Sisters of Notre Dame.  A limited number of parents of currently enrolled students is permitted to serve on the board, but many more are active as non-board members of the board's committees.  A description of the board's standing committees and their responsibilities is available here.  Parents interested in serving on a committee should contact LIlliam Paetzold, president and head of school.

Board Members

Mark Nixon, Chair
Cristina Cuellar, '00, Vice Chair
James Q. Meehan, Secretary
Lilliam Paetzold, '84 President/Head of School
Andrea Bains, '98
Patricio "Pat" Barrerra
Jim Gunderman
Catherine Kaiser
Barbara King, '13
Erica Lockhart
Jose Benitez
Lane Bove
Elaine Patel
Paul Tyler
Daniel O'Connell
Laura Pitari
Michael Shore
Gina Marie Blunck, SND, '64
Joji Taketa
L. Carlos Villegas
Brigid Williams, '03
Kimberly Acosta

Kimberly Acosta

Advancement and Alumnae Engagement Associate
Sophia Beauvy

Sophia Beauvy

Dean of Visual Performing Arts, Teacher, Visual Arts and AP Research
Lisa Bran

Lisa Bran

Office and Student Learning Commons Assistant
Brandon Bub

Brandon Bub

Dean of Humanities, Teacher, Social Science
De'Jah Carver

De'Jah Carver

Director of Academic and College Counseling
Donald Dorson

Donald Dorson

Technology Specialist
Manuel Guardado

Manuel Guardado

Director of Emphasis Program, Teacher, Rocketry and Robotics
Megan Hall

Megan Hall

Teacher, Physical Education
Amy Hickl

Amy Hickl

Dean of Faculty, Teacher, Theology
Gary Ho

Gary Ho

Academic and College Counselor
Robert Klier

Robert Klier

Student Learning Commons Instructor
Christine Lagrimas

Christine Lagrimas

Assistant Head of School for Student Life
Melissa Martinez

Melissa Martinez

Admissions Associate
Beth Muench

Beth Muench

Teacher, English
Oscar Navarro

Oscar Navarro

Assistant Head of School for Middle School & Director of Innovation
Siobhan O'Neill

Siobhan O'Neill

Director of Marketing and Communications
Liz Roland

Liz Roland

Director of Advancement and Alumnae Engagement
Vincent Verdugo

Vincent Verdugo

Teacher, Computer Science and Disruptive Innovation
Robert Vriesman

Robert Vriesman

Teacher, Honors Algebra, Trigonometry, Honors Precalculus, AP Calculus AB
Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward

Director of Mission and Ministry, Campus Ministry, Teacher, Theology
Karin Wettels

Karin Wettels

Teacher, Science
Dick Williams

Dick Williams

Director of Finance and Human Resources