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Advisory Board

The advisory board (formerly consultative board) provides advice and support to the principal and superintendent on long-term goals for the school, including strategic planning; Catholic mission and identity; development; budget and finance; plant and facilities; technology; and marketing and community engagement. New members are nominated each spring and elected to serve 3-year terms. For more information about the advisory board or to share your thoughts, email  advisory.board@saintphilipschool.org

Advisory Board Committees

Advisory Board Committees are a critical component of the Board. These committees help establish and accomplish strategies and goals that will benefit the school in a variety of important areas. Each committee is led by an Advisory Board member, but committee membership is open to current parents, alumni, and parishioners. For active parents, time spent on Board committees counts toward parent volunteer hours.

Please email advisory.board@saintphilipschool.org if you are interested in joining a committee.

Budget & Finance Committee

Provides advice and assistance with regard to long-range financial planning, annual budget development, budget monitoring, and financial reporting.


Development Committee

Provides advice and assistance in defining and executing short-term and long-term fundraising initiatives, including coordinating with other volunteers working to raise funds for the school.

Plant & Facilities Committee

Provides advice and assistance on improvements to the school facilities that help meet the current and future needs of the school community, including providing a safe, clean, and attractive environment, that maximizes the space that is available to us.

Catholic Identity Committee

Provides advice and assistance to help strengthen our Catholic mission and identity in ways that are inclusive and embrace our diverse community. It also works to foster a strong connection between our school and church.

Marketing & Community Engagement Committee

Provides advice and assistance in promoting the school through traditional and innovative marketing practices to increase engagement with the St. Philip’s community, including current families, alumni, parishioners, and prospective families.

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Technology Committee

Provides advice and assistance to improve students’ experience with and understanding of technology as well as the overall technology experience for parents, teachers and staff, through deployment of technology inside and out of the classroom.

Advisory Board Members

Advisory Board Members assist in formulating and achieving short- and long-term goals for the school. Board members participate fully by attending regular meetings and participating in at least one committee. The initial term is for 3 years, and there is typically a 3-year renewal term.

Ms. McKeever shares the nomination form and process when Board seats need to be filled.

Linda Buckley, Catholic Identity Committee Lead

Linda Buckley was born and raised in Ireland before making San Francisco her home many years ago. She has two daughters, including one who is a current student at St. Philip’s. Linda has worked at Mercy Housing for over 15 years, where she helps to provide individuals with housing and a stable foundation for living. She is also a member of the St. Philip Parish Council. Linda joined the Advisory Board in 2021.

Matthew Delja

Matthew and his wife, Ana Paula, have three children and a miniature schnauzer.  Matthew is Deputy General Counsel at TPG, focusing on growth equity and social impact investing. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, St John’s College and a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.  Matthew joined the Advisory Board in 2023 and enjoys coaching baseball.

Nicola Finnerty

Nicola and her husband, Brian, have 3 boys who all have had a great K-8 experience at St Philip: Sam (class of 2020), Liam (class of 2022), Conor (class of 2024) and have been active community members since 2012 enjoying roles as room parent, soccer and track coach, children’s liturgy, crab feed coordinators, Bruins apparel and many other community building activities. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Nicola has a masters in sociology and currently works as a qualitative research strategist. Nicola joined the Advisory Board in 2018.

Monica Healy,  Development Committee Lead 

Monica and her husband, Kieran, have one daughter at St. Philip’s. She is a native San Franciscan who attended Epiphany and ICA for the first 12 years of her education. She has worked for over 20 years in non-profit fundraising (selling those chocolate bars in high school has paid off!) and lends her talents to St. Philip’s as a member of the Development Committee and Parent Teacher Group. She has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2018.

Byron Hing, Budget & Finance Committee Lead

Byron has lived in San Francisco for more than 15 years and has 3 children at St. Philip’s School. He loves the St. Philip’s community and has seen his children thrive both academically and socially during their time here. When not shuttling his children to school or their other activities, Byron is a lawyer at Adobe and is an avid Cleveland sports fan. Byron joined the Advisory Board in May 2018.

Redmond Lyons, Vice President, Plant& Facilities Committee Lead

Redmond Lyons, a native of Ireland, has lived in San Francisco for the last thirty-five years and has been a member of St. Philip’s parish for thirty of those years. He is a real estate developer and contractor. Both his children have continued to be involved with St. Philip's following their college graduation. During his children’s time at the school, Redmond coached basketball, soccer, and baseball (with very limited success) and served as a member of the Sports Council and school advisory board. He was also involved in the remodeling of the church hall, the daycare facility, science room, and schoolyard upgrades. Redmond joined the Advisory Board as a Parishioner in 2019.

Rhona O'Leary, Catholic Identity Committee

Rhona and her husband Eric Gard have 2 St Philip's alumni, Fiona (2018) and Conor (2021). A native of Killarney, Ireland, Rhona is the Global Head of Product Development Strategy for Genentech/Roche. Rhona has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and is passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in schools, especially for girls. She previously served on the Consultative board as a parent representative from 2010-16, and is happy to return as a parish member. Rhona and Eric credit St Philip's School and Parish for their wide community of friends in Noe Valley. Rhona joined the Advisory Board as a Parishioner in 2022.

Andrea Sieminski, Technology Committee, Marketing and Community Engagmenet Committee

Andrea and her husband, Paul, have two children at St. Philip's. Having joined the school during the pandemic, Andrea is very grateful for the warm welcome the community has shown her family. She is a member of the Parent Teacher Group and is very excited to join the Advisory Board. Andrea is the founder of People First Consulting, a firm that helps companies create a culture where people feel a deep sense of belonging. With over 20 years experience in law and people operations, she looks forward to helping the St. Philip's community continue to thrive. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Andrea has a law degree from Duke University and is an avid Bills fan! Andrea joined the Advisory Board in 2022.

Marjolein van Boven, Parent Teacher Group (PTG) Representative

Marjolein, a native of the Netherlands, moved to San Francisco five years ago. She and her husband, David, have three children, two currently at St. Philip (and one more joining in the future). She loves the warm and welcoming community of St. Philip and the safe and thriving space it provides for her children. Marjolein spent more than 13 years working as a senior paralegal M&A at an international law firm in Amsterdam. At the school, she is a room parent, co-chair of the Auction Committee and leading, together with two other parents, the Parent Teacher Group. 

Erin Connell

Coming soon.

Tosha Ellison, Marketing and Community Engagement Committee Lead

Tosha and her husband have two children at St Philip's and are grateful for the tremendous welcome they received from the school and community, upon returning to the Bay Area after an extended period living abroad. Tosha is active in many school activities (besides her Advisory Board roles), including as head volleyball coach. She has spent more than 25 years working in finance, marketing, and technology in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Tosha has degrees in Psychology and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley. Tosha joined the Advisory Board in 2019.

Eileen Godsey

Coming soon.

Caitlyn Herman, Technology Committee

Caitlyn and her partner, Austin, have two children. She has spent over 15 years in education having sat in the seat of a teacher, founding school leader, and administrator.  She is excited to bring her experience in school leadership to the St Philip's community. Caitlyn holds a BA in Biology from Lafayette College, a masters in education from New York University and a masters in school leadership from New England College. Caitlyn joined the Advisory Board in 2022.

Pam Lyons, Superintendent, Department of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Ex officio Board member.

Mary McKeever,  Principal

Mary McKeever is a native of Ireland, having moved to California in 2000. A graduate of  University College, Dublin, she has over 25 years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. Before taking on the role as Principal, Mary was the 5th Grade teacher and Vice-Principal at St. Philip’s. She has a Masters in Catholic Educational Leadership from USF. Mary is deeply committed to this school and community and believes in the future of St. Philip’s as a vibrant and inclusive place of learning and faith. She is also the founder and director of “Celtic Voices” choirs, of which many current and past students, teachers, and parents are members.

Geoff Papilion

Coming soon.

Mary Rose Stasko, Community & Marketing Engagement Committee

Mary is a native San Franciscan, born and raised. She was raised in an Irish/Italian family in the Crocker-Amazon district, attended Epiphany Elementary School, Immaculate Conception Academy (I.C.A.) and St. Mary’s College in Moraga. She graduated with a BS in Mathematics and entered the SFPD in January of 1978 and retired as a patrol Lieutenant after 32 years. She has been married to Michael Stasko (St. Philip’s Sports) for 35 years, and together they have 3 sons who all attended St. Philip’s. She has been active at St. Philip’s as the PTA president for 3 years, room parent for various years, the Altar Server coordinator for 9 years and now as a Reader and Eucharistic Minister. Mary joined the Advisory Board as a Parishioner in 2019.

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