Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the guardian of the school’s mission. In partnership with the Head of School, the board sets the vision and strategy for the school and ensures sound financial management and proper stewardship of resources.

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  • The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Chairman

    The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno became the sixth bishop of Los Angeles on Feb. 1, 2002. Since that time he has become a leader in the Episcopal Church in such areas as interfaith ministry, education, and initiatives of nonviolence and reconciliation. Among the program instituted under his leadership are Hands in Healing, a program for preventing violence; the Kaleidoscope Project, which facilitates ministry in multicultural settings; and the diocesan Reconciliation Project, which works with people of diverse backgrounds and opinions, helping them find ways to understand each other and work together.
    Upon becoming Bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Bruno called on the people of the diocese to be people of mission for the Christian faith. He has identified the "facts" of such mission as formation in faith, a sense of the abundance of God's generosity, competence, truth and service. In his call to mission, Bishop Bruno encourages clergy and laypersons to "plan and prepare for God's service, work for abundance; and care for the community as we would care for Jesus."
    A resident of Pasadena, Calif., Bishop Bruno is married to Mary Bruno, a retired law administrator in Los Angeles and a long-time human-resources professional. Their family includes three adult children and seven grandchildren.
    Bruno was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles on November 13, 1999. In Episcopal Church polity, a bishop coadjutor is elected to succeed a bishop diocesan at such time as the latter chooses to retire.
    Bishop Bruno was ordained to the episcopate on April 29, 2000, in a liturgy at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Prior to his ministry as bishop coadjutor, he served for some eight years as provost of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Los Angeles, and as pastor to its multilingual Congregation of St. Athanasius, which dates from 1864 and is the oldest Episcopal parish in Southern California. As rector of St. Athanasius', beginning in 1986, he collaborated with his predecessor, Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, in construction of the Cathedral Center on the parish's lakefront site in the Echo Park district of Los Angeles.
    During his tenure at St. Athanasius, Bishop Bruno continued his longstanding advocacy for youth and families, for gang diversion, for immigration equity and in the wider sphere of human rights. He chaired the board of the Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union and was vice-chair of the Nehemiah West Housing Corp., which has built some 300 single-family dwellings for purchase by low- and moderate-income families. He is also founder of Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development, an institution of the Diocese of Los Angeles.
    From 1990 to 1993, Bishop Bruno also served the Diocese of Los Angeles by strengthening its fiscal resources as missioner for stewardship and development. He was also an elected deputy to the national church's 2000 General Convention, having assisted in the Convention's operations and security services for several years prior.
    Bishop Bruno has served as a priest in urban, suburban and rural settings. From 1977 to 1979, he was parish associate at St. Patrick's Church in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was associate rector from 1979 to 1980 at St. Mary's Church in Eugene, Oregon, during which time he was concurrently vicar of St. Teresa's, Junction City, Oregon. While in the Northwest, he was active both in building church facilities and new congregations. From 1983 to 1986, he was associate rector at St. Paul's Church in Pomona, Calif.
    Bishop Bruno was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in the Diocese of Los Angeles by its fourth bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Claflin Rusack. He holds a master of divinity degree (1977) from the Virginia Theological Seminary, which also awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree in 2001. The bishop holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from California State University, Los Angeles (1974), and a license in criminology from California State University, Long Beach (1972). Prior to his ordination, Bishop Bruno was a police officer in the city of Burbank, Calif.
    Joseph Jon Bruno was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Los Angeles to Dorothy and Joseph J. Bruno. Together with his sister, Bishop Bruno was raised in Los Angeles and attended local city schools. He is the first native Angeleno to be elected bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, which was established formally in 1895.
    The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles today encompasses 70,000 Episcopalians in 147 congregations and church sites located in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Served by some 400 clergy, the Diocese also includes some 40 Episcopal schools and some 20 social service and chaplaincy institutions.
  • Jason A. Weiss, President

    Mr. Jason A. Weiss is a partner with the law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where he specializes in representing employers on a wide variety of employment and labor-relations issues, ranging from trade secret and unfair competition matters to preventive counseling and advice.
    In addition to his law practice, Mr. Weiss is an adjunct professor of business law at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He also serves as an adjunct professor of pre-trial civil practice at Chapman University Law School. Mr. Weiss is a former Board member and advisor to The Prentice School.
    Mr. Weiss earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center. He served as Executive Notes Editor of the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal and also served as an extern for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
    Jason and his wife, Joanna, have three children, William, Leah, and Audrey, who attend St. Margaret's.
  • Paul C. Westhead, Vice President

    Mr. Paul Westhead is a Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer at Rimrock Capital Management, LLC, which is an Irvine, California based investment advisor that focuses on fixed income strategies. Prior to joining Rimrock, Mr. Westhead was a Senior Vice President responsible for marketing and client relations at Oaktree Capital Management and a Senior Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), where he worked with several of his current Rimrock partners and was also involved in client relations and product management.
    Mr. Westhead received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Fordham University and his Master of Business Administration in finance and accounting from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is an active member of the community, having served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California, and as Co-chair of a Board that successfully raised $14 million for the construction of a new school facility at St. Thomas the Apostle in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles, California.
    Mr. Westhead and his wife, Kia, have two children, Jack and Abby, who attend St. Margaret's.
  • Bernard E. Schneider, Treasurer

    Bernie Schneider is an attorney in private practice representing financial institutions, investment entities and private companies.
    Bernie is a returning St. Margaret’s trustee, having previously served with distinction as trustee (2007-13), including as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Investment Committee, and Co-Chair of the Trusteeship Committee. He remains a loyal friend, supporter, ambassador and advisor, legal and otherwise, to St. Margaret's.
    He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Whittier College and a Juris Doctor from USC. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.
    Bernie and his wife, Janet, have five children, including Michael and Katherine, who graduated from St. Margaret’s.
  • Stacey E. Nicholas, Secretary

    Ms. Stacey Nicholas worked for five years at TRW as an electrical engineer. Prior to her employment with TRW, she worked for eight years at NCR Microelectronics as a field applications engineer, district sales manager, and regional sales manager.
    She earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a former Board Member of South Coast Repertory and former Board Member of Pacific Symphony Orchestra. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at St. Margaret's, Ms. Nicholas is an active member of the St. Margaret's Parent Teacher Fellowship, has held numerous volunteer positions at St. Margaret's and is an active supporter of the Performing Arts.
    Ms. Nicholas, through her OPUS Foundation, is a generous philanthropist to a wide range of organizations. Her special interests include skiing, hiking, reading and encouraging girls and young people to pursue the sciences. Stacey has three children who are graduates of St. Margaret's.
  • Wyatt E. Malcolm, Bishop's Representative

    Mr. Wyatt Malcolm is a Partner at Gallant Risk & Insurance Services and is responsible for the Employee Benefits and Human Resources Services division of the Company. Mr. Malcolm possesses an unparalleled knowledge base in all aspects of employee benefit plan design, pricing, funding alternatives, market strengths and weaknesses, communication, implementation as well as the strategic planning required for optimal delivery and enhanced employee satisfaction.
    He began his career as an underwriter, learning the employee benefits business from the inside out. In addition to evaluating risk and establishing adequate pricing for both existing and prospective customers, Wyatt was also responsible for the integration of new clients into the administrative functions required to operate a benefit program.
    Mr. Malcolm’s brokerage and consulting experience has involved a wide array of clients from both the public and private sector. He has extensive experience working with collective bargaining units, particularly large public sector clients. While in this role he forged a reputation as an excellent communicator with a vision for strategic planning, allowing all sides to feel empowered in their negotiation process.
    The Malcolm family lives in San Juan Capistrano and is heavily involved in both his church and school. Mr. Malcolm has served as Senior Warden for the Vestry of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, a current member of St Margaret’ Episcopal School Board of Trustees and former President of the Capistrano Valley High School Cross Country Booster Club.
  • The Reverend Canon Robert D. Edwards

    The Reverend Canon Edwards was the first Chaplain of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. After three years, he left to become Rector of Christ Church in Redondo Beach, Calif. He returned to St. Margaret’s in 1999 and was made Rector in 2000. In 2004, Father Edwards was made an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral by The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
    Father Edwards regularly leads Lower School and Preschool Chapels, and teaches Upper School summer classes. He has coached girls’ varsity basketball, Middle School softball, basketball and flag football, and was a coach for the first St. Margaret’s CIF 8-man Championship football team.
    He has served on the St. Margaret’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years. He has served the Diocese of Los Angeles on the Commission on Ministry for six years and has mentored two separate classes of newly ordained deacons.
    Father Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from California State University, Chico and a Masters of Divinity from The General Seminary, New York City.
    He and his wife, Michele, have four children, all St. Margaret’s alumni--Christina (class of 2007), Josiah (2009) Davis (2011) and Jameson (2014).
  • Laura S. Freese

    Laura Freese is a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and a former San Juan Capistrano City Council member. As a business owner, she is an advocate of entrepreneurship and of small businesses.

    Laura has an undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in political science and a Masters of Science degree in taxation from Robert Morris University.

    While on the City Council, Laura represented San Juan Capistrano as a member of the South OC Watershed Management Area, a member of the San Juan Basin Authority board, a member of the South OC Wastewater Authority board, a member of the OC Library Advisory Board and the OC Vector Control District. She is currently a board member of Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano and co-founded San Juan Capistrano’s Heritage Tourism Association.

    She loves to be active and busy. She is blessed with a variety of interests, wonderful friends and family and three grown daughters.
  • Marina Goffredo

    Marina Goffredo is currently serving as PTF President. Marina has held various positions within the PTF including, 7th and 9th Grade Representative, Tree Lighting Ceremony Chair, Welcome Back Coffee Chair and Faculty/Staff Holiday Luncheon Chair.

    Marina is a former Assistant Vice President for U.S. Trust of N.Y. , and a former small business owner. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New York University.

    Marina and her husband Bill Carson have 3 children-- Gianni, a St. Margaret’s alumnus, Luca and Serena who attend St. Margaret's Episcopal School.
  • Paul Heeschen

    Mr. Paul Heeschen is the President and Founder of Heeschen & Associates, an investment management company. Prior to forming Heeschen & Associates, Mr. Heeschen spent nine years with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Heeschen is a Certified Public Accountant.

    He is an active volunteer and serves on various boards of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Diedrich Coffee; Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Board of Directors for PC Mall; member of the Audit and Compensation committees, Chairman of the Board of Directors for K & B Co, Board of Directors for Dermody Properties, Board of Trustees of the Orange County Community Foundation, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Member of the Finance and Audit Committees, past Board Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Board of Trustees for Environment Now, Executive Committee Member, Chairman of Investment and Finance Committees, Past Board of Trustees for THINK Together, S.P.I.N., Santa Monica Baykeeper, and California Coastkeeper.

    Paul and his wife, Sara, have two daughters, Kate and Peighton. Peighton graduated from St. Margaret’s in June 2015 and currently attends Colgate University.
  • Kelly M. Jacobs

    Mrs. Kelly Jacobs earned an MA in European Studies from The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She studied two years in the evening MBA program at the University of Kansas while working in telecom. Kelly graduated with a BA in international relations from Tulane University where she spent her junior year abroad in Switzerland.

    After Tulane, Mrs. Jacobs worked in advertising, training/human resources and finally settled into the international department of Sprint. She left the workforce to attend graduate school full-time, after which she remained at home with her first-born twin sons.

    Kelly and her husband, Jay, have five sons—three current St. Margaret's students and two St. Margaret’s graduates. She has been at St. Margaret's since 2008 when the family returned to California after a five-year expat assignment in Munich, Germany. While in Munich, Kelly was involved with her young children's education at both German and international schools. She enjoys hiking, skiing and riding her horses.
  • John E. Kao

    John Kao is Chief Executive Officer and President of Alignment Healthcare LLC, a healthcare services company focused on providing population health management services to health systems and provider groups around the country.
    Prior to his current venture, he was President of CareMore Medical Enterprises, Inc., the management company that oversaw the CareMore group of companies. Mr. Kao and his partners acquired CareMore in 2006 with CCMP Capital Partners. CareMore is both a health plan and healthcare delivery system that focuses on serving the healthcare needs of over 75,000 seniors in 9 markets throughout CA, AZ, and NV. In August 2011, Wellpoint, Inc., a national health insurance company with operations in 14 states, acquired CareMore.
    Mr. Kao has enjoyed a long career, committed to the healthcare industry and enriching the lives of the individuals it serves. As President of CareMore, Mr. Kao was the executive responsible for leading the growth, development and management of CareMore's population health infrastructure; which included corporate finance, corporate development, new market development, information technology, real estate, physician practice management, health plan operations, human resources, and the institutional special needs plans business.
    His personal endeavors included service to the Board of Directors at Gerinet Health Services, one of California's largest hospices and the Board of Directors of Preferred Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., a state-of-the-art imaging center joint venture between leading Southern California healthcare providers. Mr. Kao is committed to serving a variety of community non-profit organizations. In 2011, the American Diabetes Association honored Mr. Kao as their Father of the Year in Los Angeles County. Most recently, he has served the last two years as Chairman of the Board of Elders at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA.
    Mr. Kao received his Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management where he was honored as a Venture Capital Fellow.
  • Joyce C. Lee

    Joyce and her husband, Andy, have two sons at St. Margaret’s: Jonathan and Justin. Joyce is a successful attorney and entrepreneur, who together with her husband built a successful multi-national call center company, Alorica, headquartered in Irvine. Joyce leads their foundation which focuses giving time and talent back to the community. Joyce completed her undergraduate work at University of California, Berkeley and earned her Juris Doctor from USC.
  • Bill Lutz

    Mr. Bill Lutz is an attorney with over twenty-two years’ experience handling complex claims under director and officers, professional liability and fidelity policies, specializing in liability exposures confronting mortgage banking, investment banking, commercial banking, private equity and hedge funds industries.

    Mr. Lutz is currently employed at Starr Adjustment Services and was previously a partner at Clyde & Co LLP, Tucker Ellis & West LLP, and Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold, LLP. Mr. Lutz earned his J.D., Law from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his BA, Political Science and Economics from The George Washington University.

    Mr, Lutz is a parishioner of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, and has served on the Vestry and the Church Audit Committee. He and his wife, Shawn, have a son, Henry, attending UCLA and a daughter, Phoebe, currently in high school.
  • Fariborz Maseeh

    Fariborz Maseeh currently manages an investment firm consisting of hedge funds, real estate funds, educational and entertainment operations. He also is the founder and president of The Massiah Foundation, a charitable organization which invests in transformational situations for broad public benefit.
    Maseeh has a bachelor degree in engineering and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Portland State University, a Masters of science degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in science degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    Maseeh is a member of MIT Corporation, the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School, executive committee of California Council on Science and Technology, Board of Trustees of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Board of Trustees of Portland State University, the Board of Trustees of UCI Foundation. He also serves on the engineering advisory boards at MIT, the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, and the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University. He has received a number of medals and recognitions including Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Simon Benson Medal (City of Portland), the UCI Medal, PSU Presidential Service Medal, USC Viterbi Award and various others. 
  • David Perry

    David Perry has founded and sold interactive entertainment companies three times in Orange County, the latest acquisition being by Sony. He was awarded a Doctorate in Engineering from Queens University, Belfast and the first Master's Degree in Game Development from Westwood College.
    He has spoken at many nationally acclaimed events and universities including the TED Conference, Stanford, MIT, USC, UCI, UCLA, DICE, GTC, GDC, AMD, MGS, E3, Digital Hollywood, What Teens Want, 3D Gaming Summit, Casual Connect etc.
    He launched a book for students called "David Perry on Game Design," it's the largest non-profit book on Video Game Design (www.GameDesignBook.org), and it funds a free industry map to help developers find local jobs. (www.GameIndustryMap.com).
    After over 30 years in this very high technology industry Mr. Perry remains one of the best known (and tallest) Video Game Industry veterans, winning the Develop Conference - Development Legend award in 2012.
  • Jeff Pintar

    Mr. Pintar is the CEO and Founding Partner of Pintar Investment Company, LLC (PIC). PIC specializes in real estate investment. Since 2009, Pintar Investment Company, LLC and its partners have acquired in excess of $1 billion in individual single family homes and commercial assets. Prior to founding PIC, Mr. Pintar was the National President of Panattoni Development where he was responsible for all aspects of their retail business line.

    Mr. Pintar began his career at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) and was chosen to lead CBRE’s retail business line in Asia Pacific, which ultimately led to his appointment to their Senior Leadership Board in Asia Pacific. During that time, Jeff resided in Australia. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno.

    Jeff and his wife, Cindy, chaired the SMES Annual Fund in 2015-16 and Jeff is a current member of the SMES Facilities Committee. The Pintars have three children at St. Margaret’s:  Julia, Ella and John who are completing ninth, fifth and first grade respectively.
  • Mark Risner '86

    Mr. Risner is an attorney with 20 years experience focused on employment law. He serves as legal counsel for a variety of local Orange County corporations, provides training for executive management professionals at Fortune 100 and 500 companies in employment law and human resources regulations. Mr. Risner is an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business law and business ethics.
    Mr. Risner earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa, and his Bachelors degree in history from the University of Southern California. Mark is an active member of the St. Margaret’s Alumni Council and serves as President of the Council.
    Mark and his wife, Jennifer, are alumni of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and parishioners of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
  • Marc P. Seidner

    Mr. Seidner is CIO Non-traditional Strategies, a managing director and head of portfolio management in the New York office of PIMCO. He is also a generalist portfolio manager and a member of the Investment Committee. He rejoined PIMCO in November 2014 after serving as head of fixed income at GMO LLC, and previously he was a PIMCO managing director, generalist portfolio manager and member of the Investment Committee until January 2014. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was a managing director and domestic fixed income portfolio manager at Harvard Management Company. He has 30 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College.
  • Carolyn C. Suttle

    Mrs. Carolyn Suttle has worked in the technology industry for over 25 years. She started her career with IBM in systems engineering and subsequently worked in regional software sales and executive sales management. Most recently, Carolyn has been working as a consultant in software sales for high-tech companies.
    Mrs. Suttle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Mathematics, with a minor emphasis in Business Administration, from Loyola Marymount University. Carolyn also studied Spanish and Art History in Madrid, Spain.
    Carolyn and her family have been members of the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church community for the past 14 years, where she served as a Vestry member and Senior Warden. She is also a former Trustee of St. Anne School.
    Carolyn and her husband, Michael, have twin sons who are Santa Clara University alumni.

School Administrators

Great schools are distinguished by exceptional teamwork and collaboration across the organization. Our faculty and staff are led by a dynamic group of individuals known as our Leadership Team under the guidance of the Head of School.

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  • William Moseley, Head of School

    Head of School William Moseley joined St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in 2013. Mr. Moseley possesses a wealth of independent school leadership experience, deep passion for the education of young people, strong connection to the Episcopal Church, and depth of personal character and integrity that align perfectly with St. Margaret’s mission, values and community.
    Throughout his 30-year career in independent school education, Mr. Moseley has held numerous leadership positions including 12 years as headmaster of The Ensworth School, a K-12 independent school located in Nashville, Tenn.  Prior to Ensworth, he served as head of Middle School at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla for 5 years, and at The Browning School in New York for 3 years, as director of admissions, head of Middle School and later as assistant headmaster. Mr. Moseley began his career as a science teacher at The Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York. He joined St. Margaret’s after serving as interim head of at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla.
    An independent school graduate of Westminster School in Connecticut, Mr. Moseley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College in Illinois and a Master of Arts in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University Teachers College. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Nashville Symphony Association, Nashville Symphony Concert Hall Education Committee and Education Council, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and was a long-standing member of the downtown Rotary Club of Nashville. Mr. Moseley currently serves on the National Association of Episcopal Schools Governing Board and the Diocesan Commission on Schools of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
    He and his wife, Jenny, have three children, Tyler and Megan, two college graduates, and daughter Brady, a St. Margaret’s student.
  • Ryan Dahlem, Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives

    Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives Ryan Dahlem joined St. Margaret’s in 2006. Mr. Dahlem has held leadership positions across the academic and business sides of the school, serving four years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid and six years as Upper School Assistant Principal where he also taught Advanced Placement Statistics and served as Interim Mathematics Department Chair. Mr. Dahlem played a key role in advancing St. Margaret’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity by leading the Tartan Scholars Program, an outreach initiative for high-achieving, low-income students, chairing the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force, and leading the school’s strategic efforts around cultural competency development. Mr. Dahlem also served on the Academic Task Force and 2008 Strategic Plan Committee and implementation team. Mr. Dahlem consistently leverages his extraordinary passion for St. Margaret’s and academic and administrative expertise to bring the community together and move forward important school priorities.
    Prior to St. Margaret’s, Mr. Dahlem served as Associate Director of Admission at Stanford University where he oversaw admission for Stanford Athletics and partnered with the mathematics faculty to recruit exceptional mathematics talent from around the world. His territories also included New England, the Pacific Northwest, Asia and Orange County for which he read applications from St. Margaret’s students. Previously, Mr. Dahlem taught mathematics at University High School in Irvine and Fenway High School in Boston. 
    Mr. Dahlem holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stanford University and a Master of Education in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University.
    Mr. Dahlem is also a highly experienced mountaineer and climbed the fabled Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, including reaching the summit of Mt. Everest in 2010. Mr. Dahlem and his wife Anne have three children, Peter, Ella and Colin, all of whom attend St. Margaret’s. 
  • Jennifer Blount '87, Lower School Principal

    Mrs. Jennifer Blount has been a professional member of St. Margaret’s Lower School since 2012, prior to that she spent 20 years teaching in both Central and Southern California. She has taught grades 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. She has served as assistant principal to a school of 1,200 students in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District as well as a classroom teacher, teacher on special assignment, district coordinator, peer coach and activities director.
    Mrs. Blount has received the Who's Who Among Teachers Award, Los Alisos Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2012, as well as Saddleback Valley Unified School District's Teacher of the Year in 2012. She has been trained in positive behavior support, guided language acquisition development, and Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD). She has served as a University of California, Irvine mentor teacher, literacy coach, secondary teacher peer coach for Saddleback Valley Unified School District, English language development district coordinator and Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) support provider.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in educational administration from National University in Costa Mesa, Calif. She also holds a California State Teaching Credential and Tier II Clear Educational Administrative Credential.
    Mrs. Blount is a graduate of St. Margaret's Episcopal School, Class of 1987. She and her husband, Lance, have two children, Isabella, who is a current St. Margaret's student, and Beau who is in Preschool.
  • Jeannine Clarke '87, Middle School Principal

    Mrs. Jeannine Clarke has been a professional member of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Middle School for 25 years. She has been a history teacher, student activities director, assistant principal and has served as Middle School principal since 2004.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Civilizations from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Pepperdine University. She also holds a California State Teaching Credential.
    Mrs. Clarke is a graduate of St. Margaret's Episcopal School, Class of 1987. She and her husband, Todd, have two children, Gavin and Avery, who are current St. Margaret's students.
  • Dr. Jeneen Graham, Academic Dean

    As Academic Dean at St. Margaret’s, Dr. Graham’s responsibilities include curriculum development and alignment for the school community, teacher professional development, database development and data analysis, and the pursuit of 21st century learning strategies and programs.
    In addition to her work at St. Margaret’s, Dr. Graham has collaborated with edX, a provider of high quality online learning opportunities governed by MIT and Harvard, to develop the first ever high school MOOCs. She is also an active member of the CAIS Assessment Task force.
    Dr. Graham began her career in independent schools in South Florida as the Assistant Director of Admission at St. Andrew’s School. After relocating to Southern California, she began her doctoral studies in the UCI/UCLA Ed.D. program and graduated in the summer of 2011. She joined the staff of the then-Department of Education at UC Irvine first as the project manager for ST Math and then became the Assistant Director of the Center for Research on Cognition and Learning. She was also an independent consultant supporting a longitudinal research project in Geriatrics at the UCI School of Medicine.
    Dr. Graham holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish from Dartmouth College. Her Ed.D in Educational Leadership is from a joint program between UCI and UCLA.
  • Tony Jordan, Upper School Principal

    Upper School Principal Mr. Tony Jordan joined St. Margaret’s in 2011 from All Saints’ Academy, an Episcopal day school in Winter Haven, Florida, where he served as Head of School for four years. Previously, he served as Upper School Principal for three years at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia and Dean of Students, teacher and coach at Westminster Schools from 1990-2004. Mr. Jordan brings to St. Margaret’s 27 years of teaching experience, primarily physics, 21 years of teaching and leading in Episcopal schools, an extensive background in curriculum development and technology, and years of coaching at the varsity and sub-varsity levels (primarily football and basketball). In addition to leading the Upper School, Mr. Jordan teaches conceptual physics.
    Mr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science in Science from Georgia Southwestern University and a Master of Science in Science from Emory University. He has also done two years of post- graduate studies in Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Kim, also a science teacher, live in San Juan Capistrano with their two children, Carly and Connor, who are St. Margaret’s students.
  • Dr. Cris Lozon, Director of the ECDC & Wee Tartan Center

    Early Childhood Director, Dr. Cris Lozon, joined St. Margaret’s in the summer of 2016. Dr. Cris spent 22 years teaching at international schools in the Philippines, Japan, Italy, and South Korea and recently joined us from Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California. Dr. Cris has taught students from 3-year-olds to university level serving as adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
    Dr. Cris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership with a Minor in Early Childhood from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Cris recently moved to Dana Point from West Los Angeles where her parents, brothers and sisters, and 10 nieces and nephews reside.
  • Roland Allen, Director of College Counseling

    Mr. Roland Allen has been the Director of College Counseling at St. Margaret's Episcopal School since 2004. In addition, he teaches Wealth, Poverty and Ethics in the Upper School, and is a faculty advisor.
    Mr. Allen has over 30 years of previous college counseling and college admissions experience, and has built a national reputation in the field of College Counseling. He has admissions experience at Westmont College, Colby College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University, and has directed the college counseling offices at The Branson School and Sidwell Friends School. He actively participates in professional organizations, including the College Board, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Western Association for College Admission Counseling and the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools.
    Mr. Allen serves on the review committee for the White House Commission and is a frequent panelist at national conferences, Mr. Allen is particularly concerned with college access and ethics in college admissions.
    Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University and a Master of Science in Counselor Education from The University of Scranton.
  • Janice Avalone, School Counselor

    Mrs. Janice Avalone serves the St. Margaret's Episcopal School community as All-School Counselor. In this role, she works with all four division principals, the Learning Center and individual teachers and advisors serving the emotional and psychological needs of students.
    Mrs. Avalone has been a member of the St. Margaret's Episcopal School community for 19 years. She has filled a number of leadership positions and has continually taken on additional responsibilities, including leadership of Lower School after school clubs and extended day programs, as well as summer sports programs for the Lower and Middle Schools, teaching Christian Life Skills in the Lower School and mentoring high school peer counselors.
    She has also served as a leader on various committees within the Lower School as well as with the school’s nurses, the Upper School Counselor and the Learning Center Psychologists working in support of our students’ overall health. She is the coordinator of health and wellness on campus, initiating wellness education and programming for students, faculty and parents.
    Mrs. Avalone has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. She also earned her Doctorate of Psychology from The Chicago School of Psychology.
  • Patrick Bendzick, Director of Athletics and Physical Education

    Mr. Bendzick serves as the Director of Athletics and Physical Education, in addition to being the head coach of the cross Country and track programs.
    Mr. Bendzick previously was at Canyon High School in Anaheim, where he has served as the athletic director for seven years and as head coach of track and field and cross country. He began coaching at the college level in 2001 for the University of San Francisco, and began teaching physical education and sports medicine at the high school level that same year.
    Mr. Bendzick holds a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Education from National University. He is a former Division 1 collegiate distance runner.
  • David Bush , FCMA, CGMA, Chief Financial & Operating Officer

    Mr. David Bush joined St. Margaret's Episcopal School in July 2004 as the Director of Finance and Operations, with over 30 years of business experience. His career has included management positions in manufacturing, engineering and finance. He has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at MetPath Inc., Chief Operating Officer at McGaw, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer at MetWest Inc. and at Sechrist Industries, Inc.
    He has broad responsibility for the business operations of the school including accounting, finance, insurance, legal, campus maintenance, security and custodial, building construction, student transportation and campus support services.
    Mr. Bush holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bristol, a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Northumbria; he is a Chartered Management Accountant, and a Fellow and former Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
    Mr. Bush brings the added perspective of a long-time member of the school's community. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of three St. Margaret's alumni.
  • Anne Dahlem, Director of Communications & Marketing

    Mrs. Anne Dahlem has been with St. Margaret’s Episcopal School as Director of Communications and Marketing since 2007. In this role, Mrs. Dahlem oversees all school marketing, internal communications, including the school website and the Highlander magazine, Tartan Today online newsletter, media relations, community and government relations. She oversees the St. Margaret’s Editorial Board, is a student advisor in the Upper School, and serves as an executive officer on the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    Mrs. Dahlem has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience. She worked for six years as Director of Communications and Marketing for The Art Institute of California—Orange County. At The Art Institute, she worked closely with the corporate communications office of Education Management Corporation, The Art Institutes’ parent company, to create and execute national initiatives across the 32-school system, manage and consult on crisis communications issues and direct regional communications for the State of California. She served on the EDMC Communications Leadership Council, was selected to lead the communications for EDMC’s participation at the launch of Apple’s OSX operating system with Quark at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., designed and produced The Art Institutes 2004 Best Teen Chef in America Finals held in Orange County, partnered with U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez to host her annual Congressional Art Show and was the first communicator in the company to be selected for the elite EDMC Presidential Leadership Institute training program.

    Previously, Mrs. Dahlem served as Corporate Public Relations Manager for iGate Corporation where she traveled internationally for the company’s subsidiaries providing communications strategy, positioning and analyst and media relations consultation. She also served as company spokesperson and supported corporate quarterly and annual earnings report media relations. Mrs. Dahlem also worked as Account Manager for advertising and public relations agency Dymun+Company where she led the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and the National Science Foundation accounts. With the NSF, she handled national communications and media relations for its national, middle school science competition, The Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation.

    She has secured national media placements with The New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The TODAY Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Her work has received regional and national advertising, design and communications awards including ADDY Awards and Telly Awards. Mrs. Dahlem has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. She and her husband Ryan have three children, Peter, Ella and Colin, who attend St. Margaret's.
  • The Reverend Canon Robert Edwards, Head of Chaplains

    The Reverend Canon Edwards was the first Chaplain of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. After three years, he left to become Rector of Christ Church in Redondo Beach, Calif. He returned to St. Margaret’s in 1999 and was made Rector in 2000. In 2004, Father Edwards was made an Honorary Canon to the Cathedral by The Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Bishop Diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
    Father Edwards regularly leads Lower School and Preschool Chapels, and teaches Upper School summer classes. He has coached girls’ varsity basketball, Middle School softball, basketball and flag football, and was a coach for the first St. Margaret’s CIF 8-man Championship football team.
    He has served on the St. Margaret’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years. He has served the Diocese of Los Angeles on the Commission on Ministry for six years and has mentored two separate classes of newly ordained deacons.
    Father Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from California State University, Chico and a Masters of Divinity from The General Seminary, New York City.
    He and his wife, Michele, have four children, all St. Margaret’s alumni--Christina (class of 2007), Josiah (2009) Davis (2011) and Jameson (2014).
  • Caryl Hostetter, Director of Human Resources

  • Carol Keith, R.N. B.S.N. P.H.N., School Nurse

    Mrs. Carol Keith has been School Nurse at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for over a decade. Prior to her employment with St. Margaret’s, she had an extensive background in health care, including being a clinical case manager with Mission Hospital, a home care coordinator, Director of Liaison Services with Lifeline Homecare Enterprises and Patient Care Coordinator/Supervisor with Goldenwest Home Health Care.
    She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology and a Public Health Certificate from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She is an active member of the National Charity League and is the nurse for Special Camp for Special Kids every summer. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and of the Orange County School Nurse Organization.
  • Phoebe Larson, Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

    Ms. Phoebe F. Larson has over 20 years of experience in independent school admission and financial aid. Prior to joining St. Margaret’s Episcopal School she served as Director of Financial Aid and Admission Operations at The Thacher School in Ojai, Calif. She has extensive experience in managing highly successful admissions programs, and an impressive track record of increasing admission selectivity and developing outreach programs in diverse communities. Previously she served in the admission and financial aid offices at The Webb Schools in Claremont, Calif. and Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota.

    Ms. Larson has been actively involved in a wide range of admission and student support organizations including Ivy League Readiness, The Teak Fellowship, Daniel Murphy Scholars, A Better Chance and The Alliance for Minority Affairs. She also served as Thacher’s Director of the Olympus Scholar Program similar to the St. Margaret’s Tartan Support Program.

    She is a graduate of the Pomfret School in Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University. She and her husband, Marc, have two children, Gordon and Audrey, who are St. Margaret’s Upper School students.
  • Darla Magaña, Director of Library Services

    Mrs. Darla Magaña has been the Director of Libraries at St. Margaret’s since 2006. Prior to joining the St. Margaret’s community, she was with Saddleback Valley Unified School District as the District Library Coordinator and a Library Media Teacher. Mrs. Magaña has also been an instructor at Santa Ana College as well as in the San Jose State University, Long Beach State University and El Monte school districts.
    She oversees the St. Margaret’s library that is home to the Learning Commons, a collection of over 18,000 books and 21 database subscriptions providing access to millions of articles and information around the clock. She manages a staff responsible for supporting school-wide instructional programs across all divisions.
    Mrs. Magaña is an integral member of the St. Margaret’s administrative team and the school’s Curriculum Steering Committee. Her professional affiliations include the Independent School Library Exchange, in which she has been involved in leadership and curriculum committee work. She is also a member of the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, the Association of Independent School Librarians and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
    Mrs. Magaña enjoys fun and collaborative activities with students and colleagues. She is a co-leader for the Battle of the Books club that encourages a love of literature and reading in students in grades 4, and 5. St. Margaret’s BOB teams are consistent champions in the annual Jeopardy-style contest involving other Orange County independent schools. She is also involved in coaching and developing the St. Margaret’s Tartan Debate team at the middle and upper divisions.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Library Science from San Jose State University. She holds a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in English and a Library Media Teacher Credential.
    Darla and her husband, Andy, have a son, Marek, who attends St. Margaret’s.
  • Lynn Ozonian, Director of Technology & Innovation

    Mrs. Lynn Ozonian has provided strategic direction, leadership, and management for technology services as Director of Academic and Information Technology since 1993. She manages a staff responsible for developing and supporting the school-wide campus network of approximately 1200 computers. Mrs. Ozonian oversees development of the 21st century teaching and learning plan that includes the use of wireless technologies and smart classrooms.
    As an instructional leader, Mrs. Ozonian established the Computer Science department at St. Margaret's Episcopal School and significantly expanded the course offerings. She has presented the St. Margaret’s technology vision to various groups, including the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and has hosted many schools interested in replicating the effective ways in which St. Margaret’s has brought technology into the classroom. She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
    She is currently the Computer Science Department Chair, teaches Video Game Programming in the Middle School, teaches Introduction to Programming in the Upper School, and is the coach for the girls JV Golf team.
    Mrs. Ozonian has more than 30 years of information technology experience. Prior to her career at St. Margaret's Episcopal School, Mrs. Ozonian was Vice President Information Systems and Operations Support for CPI Pension Service, Inc., a subsidiary of Continental Corporation. As a consultant in Chicago, she provided leadership and managed critical business system initiatives for many Fortune 500 companies such as McDonald’s, Allstate, Kemper Insurance, A. C. Nielsen, and Baxter Travenol.
    Mrs. Ozonian earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from The University of Maryland.
    Lynn and her husband Steve have two sons who are both St. Margaret’s alumni.
  • Darcy Rice, Director of the Arts

    Mr. Darcy Rice is the Director of the Arts at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. He oversees the Performing and Visual Arts and directs theater productions across all three divisions. He has directed 43 mainstage theater productions at St. Margaret’s.

    Mr. Rice is the author of several plays as well as more than 150 short stories and nonfiction articles. His work has appeared in regional, national and international publications, including Troika, Los Angeles Times Magazine and London’s Sun. He wrote the book for the musical Yearbook, published by Dramatic Publishing, which has received more than one hundred educational theatre productions across the United States and received its European premier at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival. Other works for the theatre include Trophies (Attic Theatre, Hollywood); Loving Fitzgerald (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Los Angeles & New York; Attic Theatre) and Not Me/Not You (California State Thespian Festival.)

    He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Southern California and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild, Inc.
    Darcy and his wife, Teri, have two children who are alumni of St. Margaret’s: Rowley, class of 2009 and Emma, class of 2011. 
  • Terri Shams, Director of Finance

    Terri Shams joined St. Margaret’s Episcopal School as the Director of Finance in July 2015.  In her role, she manages the transparency and accuracy of our internal and external financial reporting, the annual budgeting process and the day-to-day fiscal operations, including internal controls and process implementation.  Additionally, Terri is responsible for managing Campus Services departments, which includes Transportation, Facilities, Tartan Store and Student Services.  
    Terri is an inactive CPA with over 15 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, with significant emphasis on operational accounting and financial reporting.  Prior to joining St. Margaret’s, Terri has successfully built and implemented strategic accounting and reporting policies, procedures and controls for a privately held company, which led to a major acquisition by a fortune-100 publicly traded Corporation.  Her career portfolio began at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC and spans mid to large size companies, publicly and privately traded, across multiple industries such as real estate, finance and entertainment. 
    She graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Spanish literature. 
    Terri and her husband, Saman, have two children, Gavin and Alexis, who are currently St. Margaret’s students.
  • Jonathan Tufo, Executive Director of Advancement

    Mr. Jonathan Tufo joined the St. Margaret’s community in June 2014 as the Executive Director of Advancement. He has more than 15 years of advancement and fundraising experience with private schools including Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana) and Chadwick School (Palos Verdes).

    He holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Fullerton.

    In addition to his roles in advancement, Jonathan has taught high school English, coached basketball and served as an upper school advisor.
  • Victor Cota, Director of Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

    Victor Cota is the director of Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano (SJC), an academic program for high-achieving, underserved students in the SJC area. Breakthrough SJC is hosted out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative.
    Victor attended the University of Southern California and earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religion. In 2007, he moved to Houston, Texas as a member of Teach for America. He taught math for three years and was a middle school principal for five years at YES Prep Public Schools. In 2012, Victor earned his MBA from Rice University and his principal certification through the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program. During Victor’s time in Houston, he fell in love with the mission of empowering those in the community to capitalize on opportunities that may not otherwise exist. It is this mission that brought Victor to Breakthrough SJC in 2015. Victor and his wife are driven by their faith, taught Sunday school for five years, and welcomed their son Noah into the world this past December.
    You can learn more about Breakthrough SJC at www.breakthroughsjc.org.
  • Lindsay Eres, Executive Director of Special Camp for Special Kids

    Mrs. Lindsay Stump Eres is the Executive Director of Special Camp for Special Kids, and also serves the school community in a number of roles. Mrs. Eres is the 9th and 10th grade Dean of Girls, an Advisor for students in grade 11, teaches a grade 8 enrichment course, and is the Assistant Coach for Varsity Girls Basketball.
    Previously, she worked for Best Buddies International as the Program Supervisor for Los Angeles County and Orange County where she directly managed Best Buddies chapters at two private high schools.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Southern California. Mrs. Eres was President of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority as well as New Member Educator. She was a member of Order of Omega, an honor society encouraging student leadership and a member of Lambda Pi Eta, a Communication honor society.
    Mrs. Eres is a graduate of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Class of 2000.
  • Andrew Hammond, Director of Extensions and Special Projects

    As Director of Extensions and Special Projects, Mr. Andrew Hammond serves as the director of summer school, while also overseeing the after-school clubs and extension programs during the school year.
    He also has been an Upper School Math Teacher at St. Margaret’s since 2011, teaching Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and Math for Financial Markets.
    In addition, Mr. Hammond is the head junior varsity baseball coach and an assistant varsity baseball coach.
    Mr. Hammond is a 2005 graduate of Clemson University.
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675