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



Mary Castellano – Director of Technology
Ryan Chisolm – Athletic Director 
Katie Daley – Arts Director
Bill Hanrahan – Director of Facilities 
MaryAnne Kelly – Director of Advancement
Tara Leung – Director of Finance
Catherine McGreevy – Student Activities Director
(OPEN) – Diversity Coordinator
Tina Tedesco – Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication
Stephen Tholcke – Director of Campus Ministry
Lisa Wilkins – Director of Admissions 



English – Jennifer Ferrara
Mathematics – Barbara Gluvers
Modern & Classical Languages – Evelyn Vargas
Performing Arts – Tina Harris
Physical Education – Dana Bueno
Science – Marisa Viloria
Social Studies – Julie Van Houten
Technology – Jeff Chamberlin
Theology – Robyn Williams
Visual Arts – Adan Romo and Rosalva Willow



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

Board of Trustees


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 14 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

CA Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential-BCLAD


Dr. Jocelyn Chavez
Assistant Principal

Dr. Jocelyn Chavez has held multiple roles in her 29-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


St. Francis Catholic High School Proudly Announces its New Assistant Principal

St. Francis Catholic High School is proud to announce Heather Moloney as its new Assistant Principal. Moloney, who is an alum of St. Francis Catholic High School, has been serving as the social studies department chair for the past eight years.  She will assume her new role effective Monday, August 1.  

“The work St. Francis does in providing an all-girls Catholic education is so important.  I want to ensure the traditions, high standards, support, and inclusivity of the school continue for many generations to come,” said Moloney.