Faculty & Staff

School Office: 1.916.452.1100

School Fax: 916.453.2750

Preschool Office: 916.452.7200

Extended Care: 916.213.4287

Church Office: 916.452.0296

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Administration Contact

Fr. Antony Vadakara CMI
Father Antony, a member of the CMI Congregation was ordained a priest on December 26, 1990 in India. After his ordination, as a religious missionary priest, he worked in Tanzania and Kenya in Africa for 12 Years. He taught in secondary schools in Tanzania and Kenya for two years. He was a parish priest in Australia for 10 years. Most recently, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus Church, Brooklyn, New York. He has a Bachelor of Philosophy, Arts, Theology and Education. He has a Master’s degree in History.916.452.0296 x16
Fr. Joseph Kuzhichalil, CMI
Parochial Vicar
Ms. Laura L. AllenPrincipalLaura Allen, principal, has a BA in Physical Education from Sacramento State, a Multiple Subject Teaching credential and Single Subject credential in Physical Education from National University, and a MA in Educational Administration from St. Mary's College, Moraga.

Laura’s Catholic School education experience spans over four decades. She began her career teaching in the Diocese of Sacramento in 1975 at St. Philomene School before moving on to St. Robert School. She was the Athletic Director at both locations. In addition, she was PAL Parochial Athletic Director for the Diocese of Sacramento from 1977-1980 and again from 1984-86. She also served as the Diocesan Curriculum Coordinator from 2003-2007.

Laura moved into administration and became principal at St. Mary School from 1999-2010 and then served as principal at St. Patrick Academy from 2010-2016.

Laura enjoys watching the Kings, Giants and 49ers, reading mysteries, and playing with her dogs; Allie, a long-haired dachshund, Bailey, a miniature pinscher/chihuahua and Riley, a golden retriever.
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Mrs. Kerry Finley
Administrative Secretary
Kerry Finley is our Administrative Secretary and has a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from UC Davis. Together with her husband Mark, they have one son Kyle and one daughter Marissa.

Their family also includes Luke, a yellow lab that they won at the 2018 St. Mary Auction. Kerry likes to coach soccer, bake, bike and play games with her family.
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Mrs. Aprille Girardot
Aprille Girardot, our front desk receptionist, has a BA in Communications and a Business Minor from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband Brian have two daughters and one son. Their family also includes two dogs Fluffy and Teddy, and two cats Muggins and Oreo. Aprille’s hobbies include writing and editing, reading, anything active, health and nutrition, volunteering, travel and family.916.452.1100 x102

Mrs. Kelly Robinett
Business Manager
Kelly graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Business Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant holding the position of Business Manager at St. Mary School. She is married to Gary, former Parent Club president. They have one son and a dog.916.452.1100 x104
Mrs. Jane Rojas
Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Rojas is an Administrative Assistant. She has been married to her husband Joe for 41 years. Prior to her employment at St. Mary, she spent 18 years in the dental field as well as many years as an interior designer with a family owned business. Mrs. Rojas and her husband Joe have 3 children (all alum of St. Mary School) and 4 grandchildren. Mrs. Rojas’ passion, pride and joy is her family. Her hobbies include being a Disneyland fan and volunteering at her alma mater St. Francis High School.916.452.1100 x112
Mrs. Susan Rozewski
Marketing Assistant
Suzie completed a math science curriculum at Sacramento City College while working full time in the Sacramento print industry. She established a graphic design and print service company with a substantial client base that included St. Mary School. Her role as Marketing Assistant to the Principal of St. Mary School, has been rewarding. Suzie has spent a lifetime at St. Mary parish. She is married to Walter, and they have two sons, and two dogs. She loves the waters of the Pacific coastline, Lake Tahoe, and poolside, Thanksgiving, family dinners and game nights with friends and family.916.452.1100 x701

Mrs. Michelle Timm
School Counselor
Michelle Timm is the school counselor here at St. Mary's. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Counseling with PPS credential at Sonoma State University. She is married and has two daughters that are 14 and 16 years old. She has many pets which include, two mini horses, two cats, two dogs and a bunny. Her hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, working with her horses, painting, reading and watching movies.916.452.1100 x106

Faculty and Teaching Staff Contact Information

Mrs. Mary Avila

Mary Stroh Avila has a BA in Social Sciences from the University of California, Stanislaus, and has earned a Standard Elementary Teaching Credential, a Clear Supplementary Authorization in Mathematics and a Clear Language Development Specialist Certificate.

She teaches math to our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Mary has been married nearly four decades and has one son Garrett. Outside of the classroom she likes to travel, cook, read, and spend time with family and friends.

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Mrs. Kristen Billeci
1st Grade
Kristen Billeci earned her BA in Mathematics from UC Davis and her teaching credential from Sacramento State.

She and her husband, Ben, have two daughters, Isabel and Emily. She enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Their family goldfish is named Shiny and Kristen enjoys hiking, singing in her husband's church choir and doing crafts with her daughters.
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Mrs. Ann Bashore
Ann Bashore has a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration and a multiple subject teaching credential. She and her husband, John, have three daughters, Grace, Sarah, and Audrey, and a golden retriever-lab mix named Hank.

Ann loves cheering on her daughters at all of their sporting events. Ann is a huge Sacramento Kings fan and she once interned at KHTK Sports 1140, the flagship station of the Kings. Ann enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, riding bikes, reading, traveling, and studying U.S. history.
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Mrs. Charlotte Bracken
4th Grade
Charlotte Bracken attended Saint Mary’s College of California where she earned a BA in Liberal Civic Studies, a minor in music and Master’s degree in Education. She also has her California teaching credential.

She is our 4th grade teacher.

Charlotte loves to cook, bake and attend musical concerts of all kinds. She and her fiancé plan on adopting a dog in the near future.
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Miss Christina Broughton
3rd Grade
Christina Broughton earned multiple degrees from Sacramento State including a BA in History and a Multiple subject credential with a Supplemental History Credential.

When not teaching our 3rd graders, Christina loves to bake, read, crochet, embroider, garden and ride her bike. She also enjoys being a student and likes to take computer science and French classes.
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Loretta Caskey

6th Grade
6th - 8th Grade Social Studies
6th Grade English Language Arts
Loretta Caskey is the 6th grade ELA and 6-8th grade social studies teacher. She worked for the San Jose Diocese for 15 years before moving to the area two years ago. She is a graduate of Catholic schools both elementary and high school. She and her husband's children, three boys, have also graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools. She earned both her BS and credential from San Jose State University. She enjoys traveling, baking, gardening, reading and hanging out with her three cats and two dogs.916.452.1100 x266

Mrs. Mary DaRosa
2nd Grade
Assistant Principal
Mary Avila-DaRosa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on child development and the hospitalized child from Sacramento State. Her clinical studies were completed through the University of California, Davis Medical Center. She has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in health education and 12 years in Catholic Schools. She also holds her Catechist certification.

Together with her husband Ken of over 20 years, have three children, Emerson in heaven, Camille and Jamieson.

She has two classroom turtles, Crystal and Edward.

Mary loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She also loves to cook, garden, and walk on the beach.
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Mrs. Nikki dePaschalis
8th Grade
6th - 8th Mathematics
8th Grade English Language Arts
I have a Biology degree from UC Davis and a Life Science credential from CSU, East Bay, a Foundational Math Credential, and a CLAD authorization. I have two children, a daughter that will be starting at UC Davis this fall, and a son that will be attending Christian Brothers. I have three dogs, a bunny and a bearded dragon. I have been married almost 20 years. I love to read, travel, and be with family and friends.916.452.1100 x208

Mrs. Rachel Diaz
5th Grade
Rachel Diaz has earned multiple degrees from Saint Mary's College of California including a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in history. She also earned a Single Subject Credential in English and a Multiple Subject Credential.

She currently teaches 5th grade and is the 6th grade English Language Arts teacher.

Together with her husband of nearly 20 years, they have three daughters. She enjoys cooking and entertaining, books and films, travel and museums, and all things Catholic.

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Mrs. Danielle Eisenberg
6th to 8th Grade Science
Danielle has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida, where she led a federally funded research project to assess the distribution and abundance of a threatened squirrel species. She spent over a decade teaching biology, environmental science, forensic science, and biochemistry courses at community colleges and universities. In her spare time, Danielle loves watching movies, putting together jigsaw puzzles and exploring the great outdoors. She and her husband Adam have two daughters, Lillian and Primrose, who will attend St. Mary in the Fall!916.2452.1100 x407

Mrs. Marilyn Fleming
7th Grade
6th - 8th Grade Theology
7th Grade English Language Arts
Marilyn Fleming has a BA from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Education/Professional Clear Teaching Credential from National University.

She leads our 7th graders as their homeroom, Theology and English Language Arts teacher.

Marilyn inherited two cats, Zeezu and Bodie from her daughter and when she’s not buried in a good book, enjoys spending time outside gardening, hiking or kayaking.
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Mrs. Jamie Fontana
TK to 8th Grade Learning Center Teacher
Jamie Fontana attended both Sacramento and Fresno State and earned a BA in K-8 multi-subject clear credential.

She is our Learning Center teacher and leads our learning center program.

Jamie and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and two dogs; a black Labrador retriever Blue and French Bulldog named Dottie.
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Mrs. Claudia Hernandez
Transitional Kindergarten
Claudia Hernandez is our Transitional Kindergarten teacher and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Kindergarten Education. She is married, has two daughters and three pets; Bobby, Pepper and Osito. Claudia enjoys gardening.916.452.1100 x402

Mr. Tim McGann
P.E. Instructor
Instructional Assistant
Tim McGann earned his business degree from Sacramento State.

His passion for athletics and children led him to St. Mary School where he is the TK to 8th grade physical education teacher and Instructional Assistant.

Tim and his wife Angelina have two boys, Lucas and Prestin.

Tim enjoys both watching and coaching basketball and taking family vacations.
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Miss Anne Morell
Preschool - 8th Grade Art
6th Grade Theology
1st - 3rd Grade Reading Groups
Anne is our Art teacher. She attended University of San Francisco, and the Academy of Art College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, and holds a Single Subject Credential in Art.916.452.1100 x406

Mrs. Maggie Santos
Preschool to 8th Grade Music
Magdalene Santos is our Music Director. She has a Bachelor’s of Music – Voice, and a Master’s Degree in Music - Choral Conducting. She is married, has one daughter and enjoys singing, cooking and traveling.916.452.1100 x403
Instructional Assistants Contact Information
Miss Simone Cameron
1st and 2nd Grade Instructional Assistant
College & Degrees for Simone include; Sacramento State University, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in English and University of San Francisco, Masters of Arts in Teaching. Her pets are Nikko, a 16-year-old German shepherd mix, and Dodger, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise.

Most of her time is invested in family; however, she likes to keep busy by going to the gym, reading, and being very active when it comes to her faith. She helps lead retreats, which are devoted to helping our youth and young adults discover God. Additionally, she is the co-coordinator of St. Mary’s young adult program, The Pier Group.
Miss Sarah Frias
4th Grade Instructional Assistant
Rosetta Stone Coordinator
Sarah is currently studying criminalistics at Saint Leo Catholic University. She has been a member of the Extended Care team for many years and works with teens at The Language Academy of Sacramento. Sarah has a cat named Atticus who is cute but mischievous. She likes to travel, read, and photograph her journeys.916.452.1100
Mrs. Eleanor Ielati
TK Instructional Assistant
Eleanor Ielati is an Instructional Assistant in Transitional Kindergarten (TK). She earned her BS in Business Strategic Management from Sacramento State. Eleanor and her husband Dominic have one daughter, Rebecca and one son, Matthew. Eleanor enjoys singing, tap dancing, crocheting, cross stitch and scrapbooking.916.452.1100

Mrs. Dee Mausteller
Instructional Assistant
Dorothy Mausteller is known through-out the diocese as Ms. Dee. Experienced teacher for 17 years.
Dee graduated from LaRoche College located in the north hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Dee has worked in the Diocese of Sacramento for 38 years. She has two beautiful daughters, and enjoys reading, cooking, swimming and dancing.
Mrs. Sharon Quesada
Instructional Assistant
Sharon is an Instructional Assistant in kindergarten. She married John at St. Mary's Church, and her sons are both alumni of the school. Married 30 years to John and proud mom to two boys (graduates of UC Berkeley and UC Davis). Owner of one goofy labrador retriever and an animal lover (especially dogs and cats). Nature lover and a huge fan of the Sacramento Kings and San Francisco 49'ers.916.452.1100
Preschool Contact Information

Ms. Christina Lopez
Preschool Director
"Miss Christina" is a Certified Preschool teacher and serves as our Preschool Director. She has been married to Randy for 20 years. They have two children, Jason 17, and Juliette 14. Their family has one dog named Domino. She enjoys walking the American River paths with her family.
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Mrs. Patti Barnes
Preschool Teacher
"Miss Patti" and her husband of 27 years, Lorcan, moved to Sacramento from Ohio 15 years ago. Their three sons, Jimmy, Jack and Patrick, are all proud graduates of St. Mary School. Patti has a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing from Santa Clara University and has worked in many non-profit settings while raising her boys. But preschool teacher has always been her favorite job and she is so happy to be part of St. Mary's preschool team.916.452.1100 x209

Ms. Maureen Ellis
Preschool Teacher
"Miss Maureen" is a preschool teacher with 12 years of teaching experience in Montessori. She has three adult sons, and a Siamese Tabby cat named Gigi. She loves the outdoors including hiking in the Desolation Wilderness and camping. Her passion is playing tennis on a women's USTA tennis team. Maureen enjoys going to her youngest son's jazz concerts and gigs, and other music concerts. She enjoys creating art, jewelry, and gardening.

Her faith is an important part of her life. She is an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement. She looks forward to going on retreats with fellow Associates every year, and doing service projects for the community.
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Mrs. Christina Sandner
Preschool Teacher
"Miss Chris" is a preschool teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience. She met her husband Keith at church and they have been married for 16 years. They have three daughters, Emily 14 years old, and 12 year old twins Megan & Mikayla. In her spare time Chris loves to cook and bake, go camping with her family, and help with her daughters softball teams..
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Miss Bonnie Lim
Preschool Teacher
Miss Bonnie has been preschool teacher since 1999. Before that she worked as an Extension Leader at St. Mary School. She has a A.A. degree in Child Development and an Associate Teacher's Permit from Sacramento City College.

In her spare time, Miss Bonnie enjoys cooking and eating! She is a foodie at heart and loves the culinary cultures of the world. She enjoys reading, time with friends and family, concerts, preparing meals, boxing, organizing, nature walks and just recently knitting!
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Extended Care Contact Information

Mrs. Pam Munoz
Extension Director
Pam Munoz is our Extension Director. She is married and has seven children, 17 grandchildren and German Shepherd named Chloe. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.916.452.1100 x205

Mr. Tyler Cameron
Extension Leader
Tyler is an Extension Leader and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach. He is a student at Sacramento State, and an alumni of Jesuit High School '17 and St. Mary School '13. His pets are Dodger and Nikko. His hobbies include playing and watching sports, spending time with family and friends, coaching, and attending Mass.916.452-1100

Mrs. Agnes Costa
Extension Leader
Agnes Costa is a member of St. Mary Parish. She has been an extension leader for more than 15 years. She enjoys long walks in her neighborhood with her husband.916.452.1100

Miss Leslie Garcia
Extension Leader
Extension Leader currently working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Sacramento State University. She has two dogs, Chato and Coco. She enjoys spending time with her violin in her hand and being surrounded by her mariachi colleagues!916.452.1100
Ms. Andrea Leon
Extension Leader
Andrea is a senior at California State University. Sacramento, currently pursuing a degree in child development with a minor in counseling. She enjoys organizing and decorating her home, and spending lots of time at Home Goods!916.452.1100

Ms. Karen Lonczak
Extension Leader
Karen has earned an Associated Arts degree in Business Management from American River College, Bachelor of Arts degree at CSUS, and in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Human Development. She has worked in the Extension Program at St. Mary School since 1999. Karen’s hobbies include photography, gourmet cooking, and traveling. She is a proud volunteer with Run-to-Feed the Hungry organizers since 2001.916.452.1100

Facilities Contact Information

Mr. Lorenzo Frasca

Lorenzo is the proud father of Lauren who was born on his birthday. He is grandfather to his precious little snicklefritz, Charlotte. His dog Max is all love. Lorenzo is an active member of St. Mary Parish and his hobbies are shared with family.916.452.1100 x107

Mr. Nicolas Schelosky
Nic is an alumni of St. Mary class of 2010. He graduated from Cristo Rey in 2015. He is completely content in activities that take him outside. Hiking, camping and playing with his dog give him joy.
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