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Bishop Garcia Diego High School Names New Board Members
The Bishop Garcia Diego High School community, staff and current board welcome new members Ronald Cortez, Ashley Parker Snider, Shari Isaac, Marisa Grimes and returning former members Ralph Iannelli and Peter DaRos to the Board of Trustees.
Cortez is an accomplished leader with more than 29 years of executive experience in higher education, local government and the military. He is the associate vice chancellor of administrative services at UCSB overseeing business and financial services, auditing, human resources, police, and environmental health and safety. Before that, he worked for 14 years for the County of Santa Barbara, ultimately serving as the deputy CEO.
He is presently on the Board of Directors for United Way, and served as the president of several statewide professional organizations, including the California Counties General Services Association and the County Engineers Association of California-Solid Waste Committee.
In 2012, Cortez made headlines when he and his daughter, Kristen (Bishop class of 2005), simultaneously earned their juris doctorates. He decided it was finally time to pursue his law degree when his youngest child, Marcus, graduated from Bishop in 2007, and began earning his degree at Georgetown University.
Isaac, has served as a corporate airline executive in Chicago, bringing to the board her business expertise in marketing, human resources and educational development.
Presently, she sits on the corporate board of PathPoint Inc. and the advisory board of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and participates in guidance of the precordium at UCLA.edu. She serves as a leadership officer for the World President Organization’s Santa Barbara Chapter.
A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in education, she and her husband, George, have two grown children. Their daughter, Megan, is a 2008 graduate of Bishop.
Snider, Bishop class of 1982, is widely known in the community for her work in business, public relations and philanthropy. Recently stepping down from her position as director of admission and public relations for Bishop, she has returned full time to her family’s business, FesPar Enterprises.
Before working at Bishop, Snider was the executive vice president of public relations, marketing and sales for the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard. Upon graduation from Bates College, she was part of President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff in the Office of Presidential Advance, and at the close of the Reagan administration, she accepted a position at the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Snider and her husband, Tim, have three children. Their son Spencer graduated from Bishop in 2011 and attends the University of Colorado-Boulder. Their daughter, Greer, will graduate in 2013, and their son Henry is in middle school.
Grimes is excited to be part of the board at Bishop. With a degree in business economics from Saint Mary’s College, she has contributed to the efforts of numerous organizations. As a board and Campaign Leadership Committee member, she has fundraised extensively for the Storyteller Children’s Center. She has also been a supporter of Direct Relief International. She has been instrumental in creating awareness of their work by facilitating the Youth 4 DRI Club at Bishop and through her leadership in their spring fundraiser, Youth 4 DRI Flower Sale.
Grimes and her, husband Brett, are parents to Bishop graduates Scott and Matthew; Scott, class of 2010, attends the University of Notre Dame, and Matthew, class of 2012, attends the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Iannelli is a business executive with an illustrious career in asset and investment management. He is the founder, president and CEO of the Essex Capital Corporation. He also teaches at Loyola Marymount University and UCSB.
Active in the Bishop community, he was on the Board of Advisors to Bishop from 1999 to 2004 and the Bishop Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011. Iannelli has likewise been a member of the Board of Trustees at Marymount of Santa Barbara, where he was the president for three years. He has served on various other boards, including the Montecito Education Foundation, the Santa Barbara Police Activities League, givezooks! and the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
Majoring in history, he earned his degree from St. Joseph’s College. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children who are all Bishop graduates; Ralph, class of 2005, Grace, class of 2005, and Olivia, class of 2010. He returns to Bishop, after a leave of one year from the board.
DaRos, is a native to Santa Barbara and co-owner of Santa Barbara Stone and DaRos Masonry. He graduated from Bishop in 1968 and earned his bachelor’s degree from UCSB. Joining the board at Bishop in 2005, DaRos was instrumental in the renovations to Bishop’s physical plant.
He is active in his church and serves on the Financial Board at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Previously, he served on the boards of Villa Majella and the Santa Barbara summer sport’s festival, Semana Nautica.
DaRos and his wife, Christina, class of 1974, are the parents of three daughters. Their two eldest daughters, Katie, class of 1999, and Rachel, class of 2009, are Bishop alums, and their daughter Marianna will graduate from Bishop in 2014. He returns to the board after a leave of one year.
Continuing board members are Hon. Thomas Adams, Patricia Aijian, Andrea Carr, Christine DeVries, the Rev. Thomas Elewaut, Maria Fazio, Msgr. Michael Jennett, S.T.D., Patricia Kelly, Lynn Koegel, Michelle Limb, Lee Mikles, Sister Kathleen Patrice, CSJ, Mary Beth Tynan, Fernando Velez, Esq., ’86, Nicholas Vitalari, Ph.D.
Bishop Garcia Diego High School is an independent, nonprofit, Catholic, co-educational high school that welcomes students of all faiths.
— Yolanda Salgado-Tovar represents Bishop Garcia Diego High School.
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