School Leadership


School Leadership


Dr. Fadia Desmond- President/CEO
Elias Mendoza – Principal/COO
Dr. Jocelyn Chavez – Assistant Principal 
Heather Moloney – Assistant Principal
Cynthia Cost – Dean of Students


Most Reverend Bishop Jaime Soto
Katie Perata – Executive Director of Catholic Schools

Board of Trustees


Fadia Desmond

Dr. Fadia Desmond

Fadia Desmond serves as President/CEO of St. Francis Catholic High School. She entered the field of Education as a high school English teacher in the Rocklin Unified School District. After spending time in the classroom, Fadia completed a Ph.D. program in Education. The focus of her doctoral research was pathways to success for educationally and economically disadvantaged students in higher education. After several years of working in higher education on the academic and student services sides, Fadia entered Catholic education, drawn to it as a result of her own experience at an all-girl Catholic high school in Los Angeles. Fadia served for three years as an Assistant Principal at St. Francis, followed by four years as an Assistant Principal at Jesuit High School. Between those two positions, Fadia has overseen 9th and 10th grade Academics, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Facilities, Faculty Professional Development and Growth, Service & Justice, Student Activities and several academic departments including English, Theology, and Visual & Performing Arts.

First year working at St. Francis: 2022
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B.A. English, Minor Education – University of California, Los Angeles, 1994

M.A. Education – Stanford University, 1995

Ph.D. Education – University of California, Davis, 2004


CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential – English

Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Credential


Elias Mendoza

Elias Mendoza is Principal at St. Francis Catholic High School. He possesses a strong background in curriculum and instruction, Professional Learning Communities, technology implementation, athletics, and expertise in long-range planning and facilities management. He has an uncompromising view that all students can learn when provided a positive learning environment which welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence.

A highly qualified administrator, he served in the Elk Grove Unified School District for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including Social Science Department Chair, Co-Coordinator of the English Language Learner Program, and Vice Principal.

Mr. Mendoza attended Catholic schools in his native Mexico which instilled in him a deep faith and love for Catholic education. He sees education as a moral imperative and vows to continue to honor its legacy by maintaining high academic standards and instilling the Gospel values of Jesus Christ.

First year working at St. Francis: 2017
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M.A. Education, California State University Sacramento, 2006

B.A. Social Science, California State University, Sacramento, 1997


CA Clear Administrative Services Credential, 2014

CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential-BCLAD, 2002


Dr. Jocelyn Chavez
Assistant Principal

Dr. Jocelyn Chavez has held multiple roles in her 30 plus years of being in education. She’s been an Associate Director of Admissions at the University of the Pacific, Teacher In Charge and College Career Counselor at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, MOU Program Manager/Admissions Counselor at Sacramento State University,  Adjunct Faculty/Counselor at Cosumnes River College, Dissertation Chair and Dissertation Team Member at Brandman and University of La Verne, mentor and supervisor of students obtaining their Master’s in Counseling, and possesses extensive teaching experience.

More recently, Dr. Chavez has been working at the Galt Joint Union High School District, where she was the District Counselor, College & Career. Her wide breadth of experience working with K-12 schools, community colleges, UC/CSU, and private 4-year institutions make her an ideal candidate for the role of assistant principal. 

First year working at St. Francis: 2021
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Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne, 2011

M.S., School Counseling, University of La Verne, 1999

B.A., University of California, Davis, 1991


CA Clear-Pupil Personnel Services Credential, 1991


Heather (Robison) Moloney ‘99
Assistant Principal

Heather Moloney

Heather Moloney is a St. Francis High School alumna (Class of 1999) and Assistant Principal for grades 9 & 10. She began her career teaching economics ang government at the high school level before returning to St. Francis in 2005 as a member of the Social Studies department. Prior to becoming assistant principal, she taught U.S. History, Economics, Civics, and AP U.S. Government & Politics as well as serving as the chair of the Social Studies department from 2015 to 2022.

First year working at St. Francis: 2005
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B.A. Social Science, California State University of Chico, 2003


Single Subject Teaching Credential – Social Studies