Our Advisory Board
The advisory board (formnerly consultative board) provides advice and support to the principal and superintendent on long-term goals for the school, including strategic planning, Catholic mission/identity, development, budget/finance, plant/facilities, technology and marketing/enrollment. 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 Consultative.Board@SaintPhilipSchool.org
Jessica Alfaro, Budget & Finance Committee
Jessica is a San Francisco native and has 2 children at St. Philip’s School. Jessica previously served as room parent and PTA President and is dedicated to the success of the school and parish. She is a graduate of University if San Francisco (USF) and Saint Mary’s College of California. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has over 15 years of experience in education. She currently works as a Head School Counselor at Rooftop K-8 in San Francisco. Jessica joined the Consultative Board in May 2018.
Tosha Ellison, Secretary, Marketing and Enrollment Committee
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, when they returned to the Bay Area after an extended period living abroad. Tosha is active in many school activities and is on the Marketing and Enrollment committee doing her best to promote St Philip’s and all it offers its students, families and friends. She has spent almost 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.
Monica Healy, Development Committee
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 consultative board since 2018.
Byron Hing, Budget/Finance Committee
Byron has lived in San Francisco for 11 years and has 2 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
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, Redmond and Anna, have now graduated college after beginning their academic careers at the parish school. Throughout his children’s time in 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. Given his years of involvement with the St. Philip’s community, Redmond is excited to serve on the new school board and help Mary McKeever and the school community in their endeavors.
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 is completing her graduate studies at USF in the Masters in Catholic Educational Leadership. 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 the also the founder and director of “Celtic Voices” choirs, of which many current and past students, teachers, and parents are members.
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!
Matthew is a father of five boys, three of whom are St. Philip’s students, Malachi, Gabriel and Gideon. He is the festival BBQ co-chair, his wife Dr. Gavia Brennan is the home room parent for 2nd grade and together they are the chairs for the sponsorship committee for the gala. Originally from San Francisco, Matthew attended St. Anne’s of the Sunset, Sacred Heart Cathedral and USF. Matthew and his family are members of St. Philip’s parish and love the sense of community that is fostered at our school.
Geraldine Diaz Ko
Geraldine and her husband Bill have one son, Derek, who is currently in the first grade at St. Philips. She joined the board in July 2020 and is excited to leverage her experience raising philanthropic and investor capital from institutional funders, i.e. corporate foundations, and individual major donors to support academic and extracurricular programs at St. Philips. Geraldine has over 15 years of international development experience working in microfinance, micro-enterprise development and agricultural value chains (coffee, cocoa and coconut). She graduated from UC Santa Barbara, attended Kokusai Kristokyo Daigaku (Tokyo) and earned a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.
Nicola Finnerty, President
Nicola and her husband Brian have 3 boys at St.Philip’s: Sam (8th), Liam (6th), Conor (4th) and have been active community members for the past 8 years enjoying roles as room parent, soccer 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.
Caitlyn and her partner, Austin, have two children, one who is in early elementary at St Philips. She joined the board in 2022. Caitlyn has over 15 years of experience in education having sat in the seat of a teacher, founding school leader and administrator. She is excited to bring her experience in strategic planning, school finances, people development and curriculum and instruction 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.
Pam Lyons, Superintendent, Department of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of San Francisco
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Dan Mallegni, Parent/Teacher Group (PTG) Representative
Dan lives in Noe Valley with his wife and is the parent of twin children at St. Philip’s. At the school, Dan is involved in the parent teacher group primarily focused on fundraising events for the various needs of St. Philip School. Dan was born and raised in San Francisco and a graduate of St. Cecilia’s, Saint Ignatius and UC Berkeley. He has worked in finance for 15 years.
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.
Mary Rose Stasko, Development 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 is looking forward to serving on the board. info.
In March 2019, our community initiated a robust and inclusive strategic planning process to guide the future for St. Philip School.
As part of the strategic planning process, our community has also codified a set of school wide learning expectations known as the BRUINS criteria which are the basis for the Bruins Awards that are presented each month to one student in each grade.