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Board of Directors



Executive Committee
Lee Cotugno, Chairperson
Alumni parent (NDA ‘08/NDAE ‘11), NDAE Parent Board (1999-2005),
Board Member – 2005, Attorney, Litigation, Business and Employment Law
Education:  University of Minnesota (BA – Political Science 1973); Boalt Hall School of Law
(UC Berkeley – JD 1977)
Activities:  Parish – St. Timothy’s; various bar groups, including Los Angeles Catholic Lawyers



Laura Haydel, Vice-Chairperson
Alumna parent (NDA ‘96), Board Member – 2000
Retired Teacher, Elementary School (Santa Monica School District)
Education:  St. Cecilia’s Elementary, St. Mary’s Academy (1964), UCLA (BA 1968), CSULA
(MEd 1974)
Activities:  St. Timothy’s Parish; family keeps me very busy, yoga, swimming



James Meehan, Secretary
Current parent (NDAE ’20, ’23 and ‘26), Board Member – 2012
Investment Banker, Financial Sponsors Group at Barclays
Education:  Bishop Montgomery HS ’95, UC Santa Barbara (BA ’00), UCLA Anderson School
(MBA 2005)
Activities:  Parish – St. Monica; Board Service – Golden Gate Opera; volunteer mentor for
Finance Connection at UCSB and Fink Center for Finance and Investments at UCLA Anderson School 






Andrea Bains
Alumna (NDA ‘98), Board Member – 2015
Senior Tax Manager – Philpott Meeks, LLP
Education:  USC- School of Accounting, Master of Business Taxation 2004; UC -Berkeley, BA
Economics 2001, BS -Business Administration 2001
Activities:  Finance Committee Member for Notre Dame Academy Girls High School since
2011; coached AYSO girls soccer for 10 years



Lisa Padden Cipiti
Alumna (NDA ‘78), Alumni Parent (NDA ’12) Board Member – 2014
Office Staff – American Martyrs School, previously with Development Office at Notre Dame
Education:  Loyola Marymount University, BA 1982
Activities:   American Martyrs Parish, St. Ignatius Guild Loyola High School, Marycrest Manor
Advisory Board – Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, Past President
Loyola High School Mothers’ Guild and Past Chair Loyola High School Interchange



Madalynne Grundy 
Alumni parent (NDA ‘13/ NDAE ’09 and ’13), Board Member - 2011
Family Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Education:  University of California, Irvine (BS Biological Sciences-1988), USC School of
Medicine (MD-1992)
Activities:  Hippocrates Circle mentor for middle school students interested in healthcare careers



Jim Gunderman
Alumni parent (NDA ‘11/ NDA ’14), Board Member - 2015
Process Control Engineer / Chevron Products Company, El Segundo
Education:  Chemical Engineering, BS - 1981
Activities:  Counselor for the Boy Scout Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious Emblem, Core Team
Member of American Martyrs Men’s Cornerstone Retreat, Southern California Alumni
Ambassador for Case Western Reserve University, Amateur Radio Operator, Parishioner of
American Martyrs Church



Richard Havel
Alumni parent (NDAE ’84 and ’86 / NDA ‘88), Board Member - 2005
Retired attorney - 45 years of practice in Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy. 
Education:  St. Monica’s High ’64, University of Notre Dame ’68, UCLA Law School ’71
Activities:  Chair of Executive Committee and Board for NDA and NDAE 2008-2014, Chair of NDAS Committee of Directors 2014.  Board service with UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, Southern California Dollars for Scholars and Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Volunteered at Nazareth House and Harriett Buhai Family Center.



Catherine Kaiser
Alumni parent (NDA ’05 and ‘10), Board Member – 2010
Education:  MBA, University of Michigan; BS, Wayne State University, Accounting, CPA, State
of California
Activities:  Volunteer at St. Paul the Apostle Parish; Former member and chair of St. Paul
Finance Council



Daniel Koskovich
Alumni parent (NDA ’04 and ‘09), Board Member – 2008 to 2011 and 2013, NDA Finance
Committee since 1998, NDAS Foundation Chairman - 2014
CPA and career corporate CFO; semi-retired
Education:  BS Acctg, Loyola Marymount University; La Salle High School, Pasadena
Activities:  Board Member - education based non-profits and Catholic schools; Statewide
Committee Member (past chair) of CalCPA - professional organization; 3rd Degree Knight of
Columbus (Council 3744 - Westchester); Eucharistic Minister - St Jerome Church 









Rita McBride
Board Member – 2017
Former Head of School with 42 years of experience in independent education. Served as a teacher, dean of faculty, division director, assistant head and Head of School in diverse school environments. Currently available to serve as a consultant to private/parochial schools on issues related to governance, planning and development.
Education: B.A. in History – University of California Santa Barbara, MALS – Wesleyan University
Activities: St. Rita Parish, Consultant to the Capital Campaign; member of Christ Child Society; Huntington Library Information Guide.



Milana McDermott
Alumna (NDA ’80), current parent (NDA ‘18), Alumni parent (NDA ’13 and ‘15),
Board Member – 2013
Dean of Student Life – Bishop Montgomery High School
Education:  B.A. in Psychology – UCSB ‘85; M.A. in School Counseling – LMU ‘98
Activities:  Parishioner of St. Anastasia, Co-Chair of St. Anastasia Parish Ball
(17 years), St. Anastasia Consultative School Board Member, Volunteer for Notre Dame
Academy Crimson and Gold Gala, Former Board Member for Catholic Charities. Volunteer facilitator for Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program, TACSC Summer Conference Staff



Sister Antoinette Marie Moon, SND
Alumna (NDA ‘63); NDA Board Member 2000-2005; Board Member – 2011
Catholic elementary and high school teacher and administrator for 31 years; Rome, Italy for 10
years in SND Congregational Archives and in the Vietnamese Refugee Program; former
missionary at St. Julie Formation Center, Buseesa, Uganda
Education:  B.A. in History and Social Sciences – Mount St. Mary’s College; M.A., Private
School Administration from California Lutheran University
Activities: I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1963.  Currently, I minister as Local Coordinator for our sisters at our Provincial House in Thousand Oaks.  I am part of the Sisters

of Notre Dame Kindred Hearts Ministry-- adult Faith formation opportunities:  spiritual experiences, retreats, and Ugandan Mission talks at Notre Dame Center as well as parishes and schools.  I am also a member of the Core Team for Stephen Ministry of St. Julie Parish, Newbury Park and the Sisters of Notre Dame



Mark Nixon
Current parent (NDA ’18) and Alumni parent (NDA ’16), Board Member 2016
Executive management for various corporations, including Milani Cosmetics, Sandberg
Furniture and Con Agra Foods and Nestle USA.  
Education:  Princeton University– AB Philosophy 1984, and Columbia University – MBA
marketing/finance 1992
Activities:  St. Martin of Tours Elementary – Consultative Board; Los Angeles Archdiocese –
Policy Board for Department of Catholic Schools; DCS Marketing Committee; Neighborhood
Youth Association – Board.



Sister Valerie Marie Roxburgh
Board Member - 2013
Director of Vocation Discernment & Young Adult Outreach for the Sisters of Notre Dame, and part-time ministry at USC Caruso Catholic Center
Education:  BA in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California 
Activities I lead a variety of spiritual formation and discernment groups or retreats, and I am participating in the Collaborative Leadership Development Program to be completed in 2018.




Victor Sanchez

Alumni parent (NDAE ’11 and ’14) Board Member –2011

Public school educator – LAUSD: 93rd Street Academy Magnet & Dual Language Center 2013 – present.

Education:  Cathedral Preparatory High School ’88; California State University, Northridge
BA ’98; California State University Dominguez Hills MA ’05; Masters in Education and
Administration: Teaching & Administrative Service Credentials



Margaret Shanley
Current parent (NDAE ’20, ‘22 and ‘25 ); Board Member – 2013
Partner and Transaction Services Practice Lead West Coast, CohnReznick Advisory Group
Education:  Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Ireland; Bachelor of Business
Studies [Major Accounting & Finance and Minor Business French] with honors from the
University of Limerick, Ireland
Activities:  Roman Catholic, Parishioner at St. Timothy’s and Paul’s Churches in Los Angeles
and active in the parish communities.  Board member of the Association for Corporate Growth
(ACG) Los Angeles Chapter and Annual Business Conference Co-Chair



James Tomchak
Alumni parent (NDAE ‘09 and ‘13, NDA ‘13); Board Member – 2013
Director of Finance – L&R Group (real estate and parking)
Education:  Oregon State University (BS) 1983
Activities:  Board Member for NDAS Foundation
Cecilia Uribe-Deppe
Alumni (NDA ’86), Board Member 2006 to 2010, and 2012
Associate Director of Construction, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Education:  California State Polytechnic University Pomona (BA Architecture ’94)
Activities:  Chairperson of Board for NDA Facilities; Parent Board member, St. Brendan School