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Faculty & Staff

School Office: 1.916.452.1100

School Fax: 916.453.2750

Preschool Office:  916.452.7200

Extension: 916.213.4287

Church Office: 916.452.0296


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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.

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Mrs. Mary DaRosa


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.

Mary loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She also loves to cook, garden, and walk on the beach.

Mrs. Melissa Russell

Administrative Assistant

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in Organizational Communication and Health Promotion and bleeds black and gold (Boiler up!). In her role as Administrative Assistant at St. Mary School, she is responsible for HR functions and SchoolSpeak administration. She and her husband, Tom, have two children at St. Mary, and both enjoy volunteering for the school and parish.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and geocaching with her family.  

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Mrs. Aprille Girardot

Advancement Director

Aprille Girardot has a BA in Communications and a Business Minor from Seattle Pacific University. She and her husband, Brian, have two daughters and one son, along with a cat and a dog. Aprille’s hobbies include writing and editing, reading, anything active, health and nutrition, volunteering, travel and family.


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.


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.

Mrs. Susan Rozewski

Marketing Director

Suzie completed a math science curriculum at Sacramento City College while working full time in the 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.

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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 15 and 17 years old. This is her 10th year with St. Mary School. 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.

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Faculty and Teaching Staff


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.

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. 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.


Ms. Molly Higgins

2nd Grade

Molly Higgins is our new 2nd grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Education. Before coming to St. Mary’s, she taught for three years at St. Anthony Catholic School in Arizona. From there, she traveled abroad to teach English in Northern Vietnam. Molly loves spending time with family, hiking, traveling, listening to podcasts, reading, writing, and cooking. 

Miss LeeAnn Matthews

3rd Grade

Leeann is a St. Mary alumni. She graduated from University of the Pacific with a Bachelor’s degree in education and a multiple subject teaching credential and is currently attending Sacramento State University working on her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. LeeAnn loves traveling, horseback riding, hiking, sewing, kayaking, baking, and spending time with family. 


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.

She and her husband have one son, James. Charlotte and her family love to cook, bake and attend musical concerts of all kinds. 


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.

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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Mr. Tim McGann

6th Grade – P.E Instructor

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.  He is also entering his first year as both the 6th grade homeroom and ELA teacher.

Tim and his wife Angelina have three boys, Lucas, Prestin and Jordan.

Tim enjoys both watching and coaching basketball and taking family vacations.  


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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!


Mrs. Marilyn Fleming

7th Grade
7th – 8th Grade Theology
7th Grade English Language Arts

Marilyn Fleming earned a B.A in French from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters of Education degree from National University.  She also maintains a California Professional Clear Multi-Subject Teaching Credential. During college, she lived, studied, and traveled in Europe for one year.  As a teacher and mentor educator, she has also served in the capacity of a Catholic School Principal, High School College Advisor, and a University Supervisor for graduate students entering teaching.

Mrs. Fleming is the 7th grade homeroom teacher, teaching Theology and Language Arts, and teaches Theology to grades 6th and 8th.

When she’s not buried in a good book, she’s outside gardening, swimming, hiking or kayaking, and loves visiting family in Marin.

Ms. Loretta Caskey

8th Grade
6th – 8th Grade Social Studies
8th Grade English Language Arts

Loretta Caskey is the 8th 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.


Mrs. Jamie Fontana

Enrichment Achievement Director

 Jamie Fontana came to St. Mary School in 2004. She attended both Sacramento and Fresno State University where she earned her Bachelors’s degree in Liberal Studies and a clear multiple subject teaching credential. 

She is our Enrichment Achievement Director and leads our Resource 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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Ms. Michelle Henning

5th to 8th Grade Math

Michelle Henning is the 5th through 8th grade Math Teacher. She is originally from Sacramento and graduated from Loretto High School. She continued her Catholic education at Loyola Marymount University and then earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of San Francisco. She has lived and taught all over the world at American International Schools. She loved her time teaching in Seoul, South Korea and in Sydney, Australia where her husband is from. Michelle is a certified children and adult yoga teacher and loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness techniques into her classroom. Her favorite pastimes include traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, yoga and spending time with her family and friends. She is a proud cat parent to a big, black baby named Buddy.


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.

Instructional Assistants


Mrs. Marte Frasca

4th Grade Instruction Assistant, Librarian


Marte Frasca is the librarian for all grades at St. Mary.  She earned her BA in Psychology from UC Riverside. Marte and her husband Joe have three children, two that are alumni of St. Mary and one a current student. The Frasca’s are also involved parishioners of St. Mary Church.  Marte loves to read and share the power of books with children.   She also enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Mrs. Eleanor Ielati

2nd and 3rd Grade 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.


Miss Simone Cameron

1st 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

Kindergarten 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.

Miss Leslie Garcia

Transitional Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Miss Leslie Garcia 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!



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 28 years, Lorcan, moved to Sacramento from Ohio 16 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.

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.

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..

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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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.

Mr. Nathan Battimarco


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.

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.

Mr. Yorvin Cifuentes


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.

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!

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.

Madeline Madrid

Extension Leader

This is Madeline Madrid’s first year here at Saint Mary School. She is currently attending California State University Sacramento as an art history major, and loves to spend her time at local museums. She loves to volunteer at different galleries and likes to make art in her free time. She is currently perfecting her chess game and is learning to skateboard.


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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