The Saint Joseph Academy School Board of Directors plays a substantial role in the success of the school. A governing body made up of community members and alumni, the school board works closely with the school President to review and approve school policies to ensure the operation of the school runs efficiently as a Catholic school in the Marist tradition. The School Board of Directors currently meets bi-monthly and all members are expected to serve on one or more subcommittees in an effort to help advance the religious and educational mission of the Academy.


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Marcela (Marion) Arguelles Lawler  

Philanthropy and Art

1st Term ends June 30, 2024

Buildings & Grounds Committee 

 

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Dr. Janna (Doug) Arney ‘82

Executive Vice President & Provost

UTRGV

1st Term ends June 30, 2024

Academic Committee 

 

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Connie (Luis) Cano de Rodriguez  

Vice President

American Forwarding Corporation

Owner/Broker

Agencia Aduanal (Matamoros, Tamps. MX)

1st Term ends June 30, 2022

Marist Mission Committee 

 

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Jorge (Liliana) de la Garza ‘84 

General Manager

ZIWA Corporation 

2nd Term ends June 30, 2024

Buildings & Grounds Committee (Chairman) 

 

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Ana E. (Steve) Gomez ‘88 

Principal

St. Mary’s Catholic School

1st Term ends June 30, 2022

Marist Mission Committee 

 

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Brother Hank Hammer, FMS

Office of Marist Ministries

2nd Term (+ 3-year extension) ends June 30, 2023

Marist Mission Committee (Co-Chairman)

 

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Rafael (Carina) Munguia ‘93

Owner

Caribella Construction

2nd Term ends June 30, 2023

Academy Advancement Committee (Chairman)

 

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Rick (Martha) Ortiz ‘84

Agency Owner

Allstate – Rick Ortiz Insurance Agency P.C.

2nd Term ends June 30, 2024

Academy Advancement Committee  

 

 Luis Pablo Rhi ‘94

Director, Equity Portfolio Manager/Analyst

Barrow Hanley Global Investors

1st Term ends June 30, 2025

Finance Committee  

 

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Michael John (Maria) Schlater

Global Manufacturing Planning & CAPEX Manager

APTIV Corporation

Assistant UD Cross Country & Track Coach

Saint Joseph Academy

1st Term ends June 30, 2022

Finance Committee

Buildings & Grounds Committee

 

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Kelly (Nick) Tipton ‘01

Marketing Manager, Life Coach & Yoga Instructor

Ruby Red Media Group

1st Term ends June 30, 2024

Academy Advancement Committee 

 

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Bryant (Jocelyn) Touchy ‘06

Associate Attorney

Hamilton & Lucio, P.C. 

2nd Term ends June 30, 2024

Academy Advancement Committee 

 

Raul (Georgina) Villanueva ‘90

Executive Vice President

Region President of Cameron County

Texas Regional Bank

1st Term ends June 30, 2025

Finance Committee  

 

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Francisco J. (Blanca) Zabarte

Partner/Owner/Attorney

Aguilar and Zabarte LLC

2nd Term ends June 30, 2024

Academic Committee  

 

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Ex-officio 

Michael Motyl

President

Saint Joseph Academy

Buildings & Grounds Committee

Finance Committee

Nominations/Succession Committee

Marist Mission Committee 

 

 

Chad (Liz) Hainley

School Board Past Chairman

Vice President

IBC Insurance Agency

Finance Committee (Chairman)

Nominations/Succession (Chairman)

Ex-Officio member to all other committees

 

 

Director of Education

Brother Thomas Schady, FMS

Provincial Office