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Board of Directors





Executive Committee
Lee Cotugno, Chairperson
Alumni parent (NDA ‘08/NDAE ‘11), NDAE Parent Board (1999-2005),
Board Member – 2005, Attorney, Litigation, Business and Employment Law
Education:  University of Minnesota (BA – Political Science 1973); Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley – JD 1977)
Laura Haydel, Vice-Chairperson
Alumna parent (NDA ‘96), Board Member – 2000
Retired Teacher, Elementary School (Santa Monica School District)
Education:  St. Cecilia’s Elementary, St. Mary’s Academy (1964), UCLA (BA 1968), CSULA (MEd 1974)
James Meehan, Secretary
Current parent (NDAE ’20, ’23 and ‘26), Board Member – 2012
Investment Banker, Financial Sponsors Group at Barclays
Education:  Bishop Montgomery HS ’95, UC Santa Barbara (BA ’00), UCLA Anderson School (MBA 2005)

Activities:  Parish – St. Monica; Board Service – Golden Gate Opera; volunteer mentor for Finance Connection at UCSB and Fink Center for Finance and Investments at UCLA Anderson School 

Andrea Bains
Alumna (NDA ‘98), Board Member – 2015
Senior Tax Manager – Philpott Meeks, LLP
Education:  USC- School of Accounting, Master of Business Taxation 2004; UC -Berkeley, BA Economics 2001, BS -Business Administration 2001

Activities:  Finance Committee Member for Notre Dame Academy Girls High School since 2011; coached AYSO girls soccer for 10 years


Lisa Padden Cipiti
Alumna (NDA ‘78), Alumni Parent (NDA ’12) Board Member – 2014
Office Staff – American Martyrs School, previously with Development Office at Notre Dame Academy
Education:  Loyola Marymount University, BA 1982

Activities:   American Martyrs Parish, St. Ignatius Guild Loyola High School, Marycrest Manor Advisory Board – Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, Past President Loyola High School Mothers’ Guild and Past Chair Loyola High School Interchange


Madalynne Grundy 
Alumni parent (NDA ‘13/ NDAE ’09, and ’13), Board Member - 2011
Family Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Education:  University of California, Irvine (BS Biological Sciences-1988), USC School of Medicine (MD-1992)

Activities:  Hippocrates Circle mentor for middle school students interested in healthcare careers

James R. Gunderman 
Alumni parent (NDA ‘11/ NDA ’14), Board Member - 2015
Process Control Engineer / Chevron Products Company, El Segundo
Education:  Chemical Engineering, BS - 1981

Activities:  Counselor for the Boy Scout Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious Emblem, Core Team Member of American Martyrs Men’s Cornerstone Retreat, Southern California Alumni Ambassador for Case Western Reserve University, Amateur Radio Operator, Parishioner of American Martyrs Church


Richard Havel
Alumni parent (NDAE ’84 and ’86 / NDA ‘88), Board Member - 2005
Retired attorney - 45 years of practice in Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy. 
Education:  St. Monica’s High ’64, University of Notre Dame ’68, UCLA Law School ’71

Activities:  Chair of Executive Committee and Board for NDA and NDAE 2008-2014, Chair of NDAS Committee on Directors 2014. Board service with UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, Southern California Dollars for Scholars and Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Volunteered at Nazareth House and Harriett Buhai Family Center.

Catherine Kaiser
Alumni parent (NDA ’05 and ‘10), Board Member – 2010
Senior Vice President and Senior Finance Manager, Bank of America
Education:  MBA, University of Michigan; BS, Wayne State University, Accounting, CPA, State of California

Activities:  Volunteer at St. Paul the Apostle Parish; Former member and chair of St. Paul Finance Council

Daniel Koskovich
Alumni parent (NDA ’04 and ‘09), Board Member – 2008 to 2011 and 2013, NDA Finance Committee since 1998, NDAS Foundation Chairman - 2014
CPA and career corporate CFO; semi-retired
Education:  BS Acctg, Loyola Marymount University; La Salle High School, Pasadena

Activities:  Board Member - education based non-profits and Catholic schools; Statewide Committee Member (past chair) of CalCPA - professional organization; 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus (Council 3744 - Westchester); Eucharistic Minister - St Jerome Church


Rita McBride
Board Member – 2017
Former Head of School with 42 years of experience in independent education. Served as a teacher, dean of faculty, division director, assistant head and Head of School in diverse school environments. Currently available to serve as a consultant to private/parochial schools on issues related to governance, planning and development.
Education: B.A. in History – University of California Santa Barbara, MALS – Wesleyan University
Activities: St. Rita Parish, Consultant to the Capital Campaign; member of Christ Child Society; Huntington Library Information Guide.

Milana McDermott
Alumna (NDA ’80), current parent (NDA ‘18), Alumni parent (NDA ’13 and ‘15), 
Board Member – 2013
Dean of Student Life – Bishop Montgomery High School

Education:  B.A. in Psychology – UCSB ‘85; M.A. in School Counseling – LMU ‘98

Activities:  Parishioner of St. Anastasia, Co-Chair of St. Anastasia Parish Ball (17 years), St. Anastasia Consultative School Board Member, Volunteer for Notre Dame Academy Crimson and Gold Gala, Former Board Member for Catholic Charities. Volunteer facilitator for Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program, TACSC Summer Conference Staff

Sister Antoinette Marie Moon, SND
Alumna (NDA ‘63); NDA Board Member 2000-2005;
Board Member – 2011, Catholic elementary and high school teacher and administrator for 31 years; Rome, Italy for 10 years in SND Congregational Archives and in the Vietnamese Refugee Program; former missionary at St. Julie Formation Center, Buseesa, Uganda
Education:  B.A. in History and Social Sciences – Mount St. Mary’s College; M.A., Private School Administration from California Lutheran University

Activities: I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1963.  Currently, I minister as Local Coordinator for our sisters at our Provincial House in Thousand Oaks.  I am part of the Sisters of Notre Dame Kindred Hearts Ministry-- adult Faith formation opportunities:  spiritual experiences, retreats, and Ugandan Mission talks at Notre Dame Center as well as parishes and schools.  I am also a member of the Core Team for Stephen Ministry of St. Julie Parish, Newbury Park and the Sisters of Notre Dame

 Mark Nixon
Current parent (NDA ’18) and Alumni parent (NDA ’16), Board Member 2016 Executive management for various corporations, including Milani Cosmetics, Sandberg Furniture and Con Agra Foods and Nestle USA.  
Education:  Princeton University– AB Philosophy 1984, and Columbia University – MBA marketing/finance 1992

Activities:  St. Martin of Tours Elementary – Consultative Board; Los Angeles Archdiocese – Policy Board for Department of Catholic Schools; DCS Marketing Committee; Neighborhood Youth Association – Board.


Sister Valerie Marie Roxburgh
Board Member - 2013

Director of Vocation Discernment & Young Adult Outreach for the Sisters of Notre Dame, and part-time ministry at USC Caruso Catholic Center

Education:  BA in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California

Activities:  I lead a variety of spiritual formation and discernment groups or retreats, and I am participating in the Collaborative Leadership Development Program to be completed in 2018.

Victor Sanchez

Alumni parent (NDAE ’11 and ’14) Board Member –2011

Public school educator – LAUSD: 93rd Street Academy Magnet & Dual Language Center 2013 – present.

Education:  Cathedral Preparatory High School ’88; California State University, Northridge BA’98; California State University Dominguez Hills MA ’05; Masters in Education and Administration: Teaching & Administrative Service Credentials

Margaret Shanley
Current parent (NDAE ’20, ‘22 and ‘25); Board Member – 2013
Partner and Transaction Services Practice Lead West Coast, CohnReznick Advisory Group
Education:  Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Ireland; Bachelor of Business Studies [Major Accounting & Finance and Minor Business French] with honors from the University of Limerick, Ireland

Activities:  Roman Catholic, Parishioner at St. Timothy’s and Paul’s Churches in Los Angeles and active in the parish communities.  Board member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles Chapter and Annual Business Conference Co-Chair

James Tomchak

Alumni parent (NDAE ’09 and ’13, NDA ‘13); Board Member – 2013

Director of Finance – L&R Group (real estate and parking)

Education:  Oregon State University (BS) 1983

Activities:  Board Member for NDAS Foundation

Cecilia Uribe-Deppe
Alumni (NDA ’86), Board Member 2006 to 2010, and 2012
Associate Director of Construction, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Education:  California State Polytechnic University Pomona (BA Architecture ’94)

Activities:  Chairperson of Board for NDA Facilities; Parent Board member, St. Brendan School