Amira al-Sarraf – Board Secretary; Board Affairs, Chair
- Amira Al-Sarraf is the Head of School at New Horizon School in Pasadena, CA. After attending Marlborough School in Los Angeles, she received a B.A. in Middle Easter Studies from UC Berkeley and an M.S. Ed. In Educational Leadership. In her roles as teacher and administrator over the past twenty-six years, she has contributed significantly to the development and growth of New Horizon in its 30-year history including the design of key programs in the areas of religious education, outdoor education, science inquiry, public speaking, leadership, character education, high school admissions counseling, and the arts. She has been actively involved in interfaith work in and outside of the school collaborating on special projects with the Skirball Cultural Center, Weizmann Jewish Day School, and Sinai Akiba Academy and speaking at various venues on Islam and Islamic education. In the area of curriculum development, she is a co-author of Transitions, a health and human development program that teaches young Muslims about the important physiological and emotional changes they face during adolescence within the context of Islamic values. She also recently designed a new Islamic Studies curriculum for the Bureau of Islamic and Arabic Education that takes a dynamic approach to teaching Islam, incorporates comparative religion, integrates California social studies and science standards, and emphasizes the application of values and critical thinking skills. The daughter of a Palestinian immigrant and a native of Missouri, she was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, attended both public and private schools, and continues to find joy in learning.
Patrick Bowler, Jr. – Finance Committee, Member
- After graduating from Loyola High School in 1999, Patrick Bowler decided to continue his Jesuit education by earning his Bachelor of Science in Organization, Analysis, and Management from Santa Clara University where he graduated Cum Laude in 2003. He went on to work at Wells Fargo Bank, starting out as a branch banker and then transitioning to a new role as Trust Associate. At this time, he mostly used financial modeling software to illustrate the impact of time on the trusts they administered. In 2008, he started his current job as Staff Accountant for Jenkins and Bowler, LLP, where he prepares tax returns; compiles, reviews, and audits financial statements; provides fiduciary services; and offers consultation services to small to mid-size businesses and individuals. He has passed two of the four CPA exams necessary for licensing as a CPA, and will pass the remaining two shortly.
Kathryn Clare IHM – Charism Committee, Chair
- After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, from University of California at Irvine, and her Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, from Trinity College of Graduate Studies, Kathryn Clare has devoted her professional life to helping others through counseling. Since 2001, she has been a Case Manager for Dual Diagnosis Patients in the Chemical Dependency Rehab Program at Kaiser Permanente, Chapman Medical Offices. She facilitates patients in recovery and relapse prevention programs. She also facilitates group therapy sessions and teaches coping skills. In addition to her work in helping patients to recover, Kathryn presents didactic lectures to contribute to the field.
Julie Dyer-Lopez – Board Treasurer; Finance Committee, Chair
- Julie Dyer-Lopez brings over 25 years of entertainment industry experience from a business, financial, and operations perspective, serving as Chief Financial Officer of ACT III Communications Holdings, LP, Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Act III Licensing, and Board member of Concord Music Group (which includes legendary jazz and blues label Fantasy Records). Julie has developed children’s and entertainment properties for various media platforms, something with which she feels right at home, having four children of her own spanning the ages of six to twenty. Julie is consistently involved in all her children’s schools, serving in various Chairperson and Board member positions for Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua School, St. Francis High School, and Alverno Heights Academy. Julie’s vast expertise spans the media spectrum from publishing, production, broadcasting, theatrical and music, but she takes her most pride in her role as a mother and wife to her beautiful children and family.
Richard Enderlin – Board Vice President; Capital Campaign Planning, Chair
- As Chief Operating Officer for BRC Advisors Commercial Real Estate, Rich Enderlin oversees all of the day-to-day operations of each of BRC Advisors’ five regional offices and 100 brokers out of the headquarter office in downtown Los Angeles. Enderlin has been the Broker of Record on more than $3 billion dollars of commercial real estate transactions and has Asset Managed and Property Managed over $1 Billion in real estate assets as well as being appointed as a Receiver on over a dozen properties. He also holds active Brokers licenses in Nevada and Arizona as well as California. BRC Advisors has entered into a joint Venture with Sperry Commercial Real Estate and has recently launched a new commercial real estate franchise called Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates of which Enderlin has also been asked to act as the COO of that venture. His responsibilities include recruiting and on-boarding new affiliates and brokers all over the country. Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates now has 7 new Affiliates and 160 brokers since their August 2016 launch. After attending Long Beach State and San Diego State Universities, Rich received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Pace University in New York in 1987. He enjoys basketball and wine tasting and currently resides in Pasadena, CA with his wife and daughter who is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA and is currently attending UCLA for her Master’s degree.
Julia Fanara – Head of School, Serves on all Committees
- Julia Fanara has been committed to Alverno for over 25 years. She started as a teacher here in 1990. She has held a variety of notable positions including English Department Chair, Director of Activities, and Dean of Students throughout the years. She has also helped pioneer Alverno’s accomplishments in creating individualized education programs for students with special needs as the Inclusion Specialist / SSD Coordinator. As Assistant Head of School, she oversaw the academic requirements, schedule, and reporting for the school. She also was responsible for instructional leadership, student academic progress, and management. She is now the Head of School overseeing all of the operations of the school. While she earned Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Loyola-Marymount University, she continued her professional advancement earning her Clear Credential in English from Loyola-Marymount University, her Master of Arts in Secondary Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco, and her Master of Arts in Catholic School Inclusion from Loyola-Marymount University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education in Special Education from Walden University pending the completion of her dissertation. Three of her daughters have graduated from Alverno while she worked here, and one even followed in her footsteps to teach here.
Ken Farfsing – Board President; Buildings and Grounds, Chair
- Farfsing has been active with Alverno Heights as a past parent since 1996 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2000. He is a professional city manager having managed three local cities since 1992. Prior to his management career he was the community development director for two local cities, starting his planning career in 1979. Mr. Farfsing holds a Masters of Urban Planning degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California – Berkeley. His wife, Rita, graduated from Alverno in 1972 and his daughter, Rachel, graduated from Alverno in 2000.
Fr. Michael Higgins C.P. – Buildings and Grounds, Member
- Michael Higgins is a Passionist and serves currently as the Retreat Director of Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center located in Sierra Madre, CA. He has been a priest for 46 years. For 24 of those years, he worked in retreat ministry in Passionist retreat centers located in Cincinnati, OH; Houston, TX; Sierra Madre, CA; and Detroit, MI. Originally from California, after 30 years living in the Midwest, he returned to California in 2013. In addition to his work in retreat centers, Fr. Michael has also served for 20 years in leadership positions in his Province. He was first elected to the Provincial Council in 1983. He served on the Council from 1983 – 1991 and then from 1995 – 1999. In 1999 he was elected Provincial of Holy Cross Province. He served as Provincial from 1999-2007. After his second term as Provincial, Fr. Michael served as Director of the Office of Mission Effectiveness for Holy Cross Province, Executive Director of the Province Development Office and, since August of 2013, the Retreat Director of Mater Dolorosa. Fr. Michael currently lives in Sierra Madre, CA, at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, 700 N Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024.
Tom Janzen – Risk Management, chair; buildings and grounds, member
- Admitted to the California Bar in 1982, Thomas Janzen is an accomplished lawyer who has been partner in Schwartz & Janzen, LLP since 1996. In addition to his career as a lawyer, he is a former member and chair of the Sierra Madre Planning Commission and the Community Services Commission. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees for both Alverno Heights Academy as well as The Gooden School. Additionally, he is a member and Chair of the University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences Board of Advisors and member of the President’s Capital Campaign Committee.
Bridget Marshall ’64 – Charism Committee Member
- With fifty years in management in varied industries, Bridget Marshall takes pride in being an adaptable, people-oriented person. An alumna from the first graduating class of Alverno in 1964, she continues to enjoy being involved with her alma mater whether it is with Book Club, a school event, graduation, or Senior retreat. She has worked in retail management and buyer positions with Neiman Marcus in Newport Beach, CA. As Department Manager, she oversaw the sales staff and was part of the “opening store” team for Newport Beach and Beverly Hills. Later, she worked in computer sales, advertising, and retail management for Thorn EMI and Computer Boards, CR, Inc. She also worked as International Buyer and Store Director for Yves Saint Laurent where she took a loss-leader store and turned it into a profitable business in six months. She also oversaw stores for Charles Jourdan and Doncaster. Her contributions and experience in advertising helped the stores create campaigns that were profitable as the campaigns targeted the specific audiences for their locations. Most recently, she has worked for City of Hope for the last 15 years in various capacities and, for the last 10 years, in Communications as a Visitor Services Associate, handling tours and events. She created a donor survey and volunteer program for the Donor Center Canteen. She also works as an administrative assistant in research and as a Visitor Services Associate in development where she plans tours for members both in her community and in company development. She also created the Ride and Learn Employee Tram Tour.
Monica Roman ’99 – Marketing & Development, Chair
- Monica Roman holds as her personal mission statement that her selective involvement in career and community opportunities has been to uphold and foster higher standards of character and work ethic. She looks to be aligned with people and organizations that foster values of integrity, faith, honesty, generosity, and ultimately bring value to the community. An alumna of Alverno, she returns to help her Alma Mater as the Marketing & Development Chair on the Board of Trustees.
Debbie Seanez – Marketing & Development, Member
- A native of Los Angeles, California, Debbie has over 18 years of experience in the retail airport concession business as owner/Vice President and Corporate General Manager. Debbie oversees and manages all operations for Soto & Sanchez Investments, Inc. (dba I Love LA Gift Shops). Since 1998, Debbie has also served as Managing Member for Pacific Gateway Concessions. Her responsibilities are overseeing the entire operation, human resources, and company policies for over 30 locations at five airports generating 2011 sales of over $38 million. Prior to her airport experience, Debbie worked for over 15 years with one of the largest financial banking firms, Bank of America. During her tenure with the bank her responsibilities ranged from operations to management. Debbie serves on various Los Angeles committees, professional boards and councils, including Our Lady of Guadalupe School, St. Felicitas School, and Alverno Heights Academy. Debbie also supports many nonprofit organizations such as Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, City of Hope, and Los Angeles Pregnancy Center. Debbie graduated with an Associate Art degree in Business from Pasadena City College.
Terry Traver ’65 – Marketing & Development, Member
- Since graduating from Alverno in 1965, Terry has remained an influential member of the school’s community. From 1997 to 2007 she worked at Alverno, responsible for academic records, issuing transcripts and admission and financial aid information, and working to enroll students. In addition to her professional experience with Alverno, Terry has served as the Alumnae President, Book Club Member, and member of the Board of Trustees. Outside of Alverno, she has worked in sales and business administration at Liz Clairborne, Inc., and 1994 Doncaster. She also has experience in corporate travel organization through Travel Etc., Bay Area Travel, and John Gibson Travel. Her commitment to educational institutions in Southern California is admirably extensive. She has served Sts. Felicitas & Perpetua School as PTO President, Parliamentarian, 2d Vice-President, Service Hours Chairman, Room Mother Chairman, Social Chairman, Room Mother – for various grades, Women’s Association Secretary, and Usher. She has also served St. Francis High School as School Events co-Chair, Gift Gathering Chairman, 3rd Vice President, Entertainment Chair, and Raffle co-Chair.