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. Sijo Chirayath CMI
Parochial Vicar
Father Sijo is a member of the congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI). He came to St. Mary Parish in July 2017.916.452.0296 x23

Ms. Laura L. Allen
Science Teacher 6th, 7th and 8th Grade
Laura 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

Mr. Kevin Riley
Athletic Director
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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.

Her husband Walter and she have two sons, Daniel and Vince. Like their mother, they attended St. Mary School. She has two dogs, Maggie and Otis. Suzie has spent a lifetime at St. Mary parish. She loves the waters of the Pacific coastline, Lake Tahoe, and poolside with her sister, Thanksgiving, family dinners and game nights with friends and family.
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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

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
Algebra 7th Grade
Long-Term Substitute 1st Grade
Kristen Billeci earned her Bachelor’s Degree in math at UC Davis and her teaching credential at Sacramento State.

She teaches Algebra to our 7th grade students and is a substitute teacher for the entire school.

Kristen’s husband Ben, is the music director at St. Mary's Church and together they have two daughters Isabel and Emily.

Their family goldfish is named Shiny and Kristen enjoys hiking, singing in her husband's church choir and doing crafts with her daughters.

Mrs. Ann Bashore
Ann Bashore has a B.S. degree in Recreation Administration and has a multiple subject teaching credential.

She is our Kindergarten teacher.

Ann and her husband John (a longtime volunteer basketball coach at St. Mary) have three daughters Grace, Sarah and Audrey.

She enjoys watching the Sacramento Kings and cheering on her daughter’s soccer, basketball, swim and gymnastics events. Additionally, Ann enjoys walking her Golden Retriever/Labrador mix Hank, reading, traveling and studying U.S. history.

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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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Miss Simone Cameron
Enrichment Achievement Specialist
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. She is an Enrichment Achievement Specialist & Resource Teacher. 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.
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Mrs. Mary DaRosa
2nd Grade
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.

Mary teaches our second grade students.

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. Lauren DeVoe
1st Grade
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Mrs. Rachel Diaz
5th Grade
ELA 6th 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. Claudia Hernandez
Transitional Kindergarten
TK - 5th Grade Spanish
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 x205

Mrs. Marilyn Fleming
7th Grade
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
Enrichment Achievement Specialist
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. Kathi Garretson
8th Grade
Mathematics 5th - 8th Grade
Kathi Tokuno-Garretson has earned multiple degrees including her AA from Butte Junior College, BA from National University and Multi-subject Credential and Master's degree from National University. She is the 8th grade homeroom teacher, math teacher for 5th - 8th grade and is the Academic Decathlon moderator.

Kathi is married and has two sons, Tim and Noah. Her family also includes two dogs, Bell and Izzy, and five turtles named Bel Teeny, Ms. T, Mikey, Rodney and Lucky.
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Mr. Jonothan Holowaty
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Ms. Charlotte Logsdon
4th Grade
Charlotte Logsdon 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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Mr. Tim McGann
P.E. Instructor TK - 5th
Instructional Assistant Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
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 5th grade physical education teacher and the kindergarten aide.

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
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
Magdalene Santos is our Music Director and our Summer School Coordinator. 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

Mrs. Amy Suggs
6th Grade
Social Studies
P. E. Instructor 6th - 8th Grade
Amy Suggs attended Sacramento State and earned her BA in government and also a multiple subject teaching credential. She continues to pursue her education as she is currently working on a single subject credential in social science and has plans to earn a Physical Education single subject credential in the future.

Amy is the junior high social studies and PE teacher, as well as the 6th grade homeroom teacher. Despite many people cringing when she identifies herself as a middle school teacher, Amy loves it.

She has three daughters, Katy, Barbie and Molly and two shih tzus Hamilton and Franklin, named after two of our founding fathers.

As a health enthusiast, Amy enjoys weight lifting, playing tennis and coaching swimming in the summer for the Broadstone Barracudas. In between workouts and class room activities, she enjoys wine tasting.
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Instructional Assistants Contact Information
Mrs. Eleanor Ielati
TK Instructional Assistant
Science Instructional Assistant
Eleanor Ielati is an Instructional Assistant and a Science aide 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 x303

Mrs. Dee Mausteller
4th Grade Instructional Assistant
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Mrs. Sharon Quesada
3rd Grade Instructional Assistant
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Miss Sarah Frias
TK Instructional Assistant
Extension Leader
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
Extended Care Contact Information

Mrs. Pam Munoz
Extension Director
Pam Munoz is our TLC 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. 916.452.1100x408

Mr. Tyler Cameron
Extension Leader
Tyler is an Extended Care 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

Miss Sarah Frias
Extension Leader
TK Instructional Assistant
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

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. 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

Preschool Directory Contact Information
Preschool Office916.452.7200

Ms. Christina Lopez
Preschool Director
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. Maureen Ellis
Instructional Teacher
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. Donna Windmiller
Instructional Teacher
Ms. Donna lives in Elk Grove with her five rescue cats, dog, husband David of 22 years, and son Gabriel (14). Her daughter, Lauren (20) is currently completing her sophomore year at UC-Santa Barbara. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from CSUS and a master’s degree in Education Studies. She recently joined us from The Phoenix School. She also worked for the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) for the past 5 years as a substitute teacher in grades ranging from preschool to sixth grade and a parent volunteer in EGUSD for the past fourteen years. She also tutors children in literacy, handwriting, and math. She entered the ECE field as a parent. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to pursue a career change from the biotechnology industry to the educational field. In her spare time, she attends her son's swim meets, gardens, and visits the ocean at least once a month.916.452.1100 x209

Mrs. Yekaterina "Katie" Matviyenko
Preschool Teacher
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FacilitiesContact Information

Mr. Lorenzo Frasca

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Mr. Nicolas Schelosky
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