Faculty/Staff

Sara Alvarez
Administrative Assistant for Counseling

This is my third year here at Jesuit and I’m so happy to be a part of this wonderful school. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri which is where I was an elementary school teacher. I moved to California about 9 years ago and really enjoy it. I’ve known since I was in elementary school that I wanted to work in Education. While living in California, I became a Test Center Manager for Pearson where I oversaw many facets of test administration for various exams given at the test center. My husband is an alum of JHS and always speaks so highly of it.

Office: (916) 418-2627
Faculty/Staff

Amy Becker
Physics and Chemistry

Ms. Becker holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.Ed (with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction in Science) from the University of Missouri.  Amy spent the last 8 years teaching Physics and Chemistry in Catholic high schools, most recently at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon, and has been involved in student retreats, Track and Field, and the National Honor Society.

Faculty/Staff

Jared Bercea
IT Assistant

Born in Anaheim, CA, Jared spent his early years in Carlsbad at the beach with his family. In his elementary school years, his family moved to Northern California where Jared grew a passion for music and technology. Learning multiple instruments throughout high school, Jared spent time on the road as a touring musician with Christian bands after graduation as well as spending time in full-time ministry as a Worship and Youth Pastor for local Sacramento churches.

Faculty/Staff

Jennifer Borasi
English / English Department Chair

Mrs. Borasi currently teaches English 2 XL and American Lit & Comp. She was born and raised in Sacramento, but she attended college in San Diego and studied for a year in Spain at the Universidad de Alcala. While completing her Master’s degree at LMU, she taught freshman writing courses there.  After teaching grades 6-12 at a private school in Los Angeles, she returned to Sacramento and taught all levels of English at St. Francis High School for fourteen years before coming to Jesuit. 

Faculty/Staff

Patrick Brabec
Theology Department Chair / Theology

Prior to coming to Jesuit, Patrick taught in the Theology Department at St. Francis High School, as well as Saint Ignatius High in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has had experience as a Jesuit in formation, and has worked as a college campus minister, and as a chaplain in both hospitals and jails.

Education

  • John Carroll University, B.A., Political Science
  • Boston College’s Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Master of Theological Studies
  • Loyola University, M.A., Philosophy
  • Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara, M.Div.,
Faculty/Staff

Sara Brabec
Director of Service and Justice / Theology

Ms. Brabec currently teaches Theology 3A/B and is the Director of Service and Justice.  She was born and raised near Chicago, but has called California home since 2008. In her free time, Ms. Brabec enjoys parenting, running, hiking, reading, photography, and experimenting with new foods in the kitchen.  

Education:

  • Creighton University, B.A., Theology
  • Santa Clara University, M.Div.
  • Graduate Theological Union, M.A., Ethics and Social Theory

First year working at Jesuit: 2015

(916) 418-2630
Faculty/Staff

Laurie Brant
Counselor

Counselor Caseload (by last name):

9th Miles – Schumacher
10th Moggan – Rowsey
11th Rojas – Zamudio
12th Picazo – Zucker

Hello students and families!  My name is Laurie Brant and I am excited to join the Jesuit High School counseling department.  I recently moved from my hometown of San Jose to the Roseville area.&nb

Faculty/Staff

Judi Brown
Mathematics / Mathematics Department Chair

Since obtaining my teaching credential in 1987, I’ve taught various combinations of math and science. Most recently I taught in the math department at St. Francis HS. I also taught overseas, in Ghana, as a member of the Peace Corps. I love teaching math and am passionate about the importance of critical thinking and analysis in today’s world. When I’m not at Jesuit, my husband Jerome and I enjoy time with our three kids (Chloe, Nat and Marcus) who attend St. Mary, our parish school.

Faculty/Staff

Jennifer Carlino
Executive Assistant to the President

Smiling Jennifer kneeling next to a sitting young dog wearing a service vest.

 

Get to know our Jesuit community, meet Jennifer Carlino:

Hometown:  Sunnyvale, CA

Education: San Jose State University

Degrees: Bachelors of Arts, Political Science

Family at Jesuit Sacramento: Peter Anthony ’26

More to share:

“Pictured is one of my favorite philanthropies, raising future service dogs for Canine Companions. Parasol II became a hearing dog for a wonderful young woman.” 

(916) 480-2111
Faculty/Staff

Gabriella Carroll
Theology

Ms. Carroll currently teaches God & the Hebrew Scriptures, Christian Testament, Faith & Social Justice, and Christian Morality. After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California with her Bachelors in English and Theology & Religious Studies, she served as a Lasallian Volunteer in the Bronx of New York as the Director of Christian Service at Saint Raymond High School for Boys.

Faculty/Staff

Chris Chandley ’93
Mathematics / Yearbook

Mr. Chandley is a proud alumnus of Jesuit High School (Class of ‘93). After graduating from Cornell University, he began his teaching career at St. John the Evangelist K-8 school in 1998, and he has worked at Jesuit since 2001, teaching a wide variety of courses in the Math Department. Additionally, he is the Faculty Adviser for the Cutlass, the student-created yearbook. He has absolutely loved his Jesuit experience, both as a student and as a teacher.

Faculty/Staff

Julia Clark
Director of Annual Giving

Julia Clark is a member of the Office of Advancement. As the Director of Annual Giving, she is responsible for raising money for the operating budget to meet the gap between what a family pays for tuition and the full-cost of a Jesuit education.  Born in Fresno, CA, Julia worked in the telcom industry for 21 years before retiring.  She is the mother of Neil (JHS ’07) and Katie (SFHS ’12).  She began her professional relationship with Jesuit in 2004. In her spare time she loves to read, entertain, and spend time with family and friends.

(916) 480-2128
Faculty/Staff

Robin Cummings
Administrative Assistant to Athletics

I am originally from Pennsylvania. I attended college at Northwestern University and played field hockey and lacrosse during my four years as an undergraduate. I later competed for the US National Field Hockey team and was named an alternate goalkeeper to the 1988 Olympic Field Hockey team. 

(916) 480-2123
Faculty/Staff

Antonia Doherty
Mathematics

Experience: 

  • 1993-1999: 6 years Mathematics teaching in England ages 11 to 18, teaching at Eccesbourne School in Derbyshire and All Saints R.C. School in Mansfield. 
  • 1999-2002: 3 years teaching Mathematics at Moreau Catholic High School in the Bay Area. 
  • 2002-present: Jesuit High School.
Faculty/Staff

Bruce Epstein
Network Administrator

Bruce has been involved in the technology industry for the past 20 years. His experience ranges from first call resolution help desk, desktop support, data center monitoring, network and server support.  Bruce has one daughter who graduated from NDSU and has a BS in Nursing.

(916) 480-2108
Faculty/Staff

Peter Ferrari
Student Activities Director / English

Peter Ferrari comes to Jesuit From his alma mater, Bellarmine College Preparatory, where he worked as an English teacher and Assistant Director of Admissions after serving in Teach For America. He will also be assisting with Cross Country.

Education

  • University of San Diego,  B.A., International Relations, minor in Business Admin, Religious Studies
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.A. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literary Education
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential, English
(916) 482-6060 x264
Faculty/Staff

John Flynn ’98
U.S. History / Economics

Mr. Flynn currently teaches U.S. History and Economics. He was born in New York, and raised in Sacramento; he is a Jesuit High School graduate of 1998. John began his career in Jesuit education in 2005; and has served in a variety of roles including Student Activities Director, Assistant Athletics Director, Social Studies Teacher, and Campus Ministry Team member.

Education:

  • BA History – C.S.U.S. 2004
  • MEd Educational Foundations & Leadership – George Fox University 2013 

Moderator/Coach:

Faculty/Staff

Veronica Graffis
Mathematics / Integrated Science

Veronica Graffis comes with more than 30 years of public and private K-12 classroom teaching experience, including a career with St. Michael’s Episcipal Day School. Most recently, she worked as a math tutor at Cristo Rey High School where she helped students in need of additional academic support.

Education

  • UC Berkeley, Bachelors degree
  • Single subject teaching credential in Life Science from San Francisco State University
Faculty/Staff

Jeffrey Grant
English

Jeff Grant currently teaches AP English Language & Composition and AP Psychology. Originally from Seattle, he has been teaching and coaching since 2003. When not at school, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, cooking, and being outdoors with his family. 

“Your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” – Toni Morrison

Faculty/Staff

Gregory Harcos ’89
Chemistry / Director of Summer Programs / Frosh Basketball Coach

Joined Jesuit High School in 1998 as a full time teacher in the Science Department. Over the past two decades has served in many capacities: 

  • Teacher (1998-2015, 2019-present) Honors Chemistry, Chemistry, General Science, Geometry Science Department Chair/Academic board (2007–2015) 
  • Head Varsity Basketball Coach (2002-2015) 
  • Head of the Athletic Department (2015-2019) 

Married to Molly, with three children Jack (10), Cate (7), and Caroline (1) 

Faculty/Staff

Angela Harger
Counselor

Counselor Caseload (by last name):

9th Garrett – Kemp
10th Fulton – Kahlon
11th Fukui – B. McDonald
12th Flesoras – Lewis

I knew I wanted to be a school counselor in the fourth grade. With that goal in mind, I attended Xavier University and earned my BS in Psychology.

Office: (916) 480-2103
Faculty/Staff

Rev. Edwin B. Harris, S.J.
Alumni Chaplain, Board Member-At-Large, Trustee

Image of Rev. Harris, S.J. on campus in front of garden

Fr. Edwin B. Harris, S.J., is now on his 4th “Tour of Duty” at Jesuit High School.  He entered the Jesuits in 1963 after having graduated from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. Most of his active Jesuit career has been associated with Secondary Education, including assignments at St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco), Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose), and Jesuit High School (Sacramento). He has an MA in European History and an M.Div. in Theology.

(916) 418-2629
Faculty/Staff

Mary Harrison
Administrative Assistant to the Dean / Summer Programs

Mrs. Harrison has been working at Jesuit as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean since winter of 2002. She also assists Mr. Greg Harcos, the Director of Summer Programs. For more information regarding our Summer Programs, please visit www.summeratjesuit.com. 

Education:

  • BS Business Administration – CSU Sacramento

First year working at Jesuit: 2002

(916) 480-2126
Faculty/Staff

Teresa Herrera
Spanish / World Languages Department Chair

Teresa Herrera has been teaching Spanish for over 20 years mostly at the high school level. A native of Sacramento and graduate of St. Francis High School, she completed her undergraduate degree at CSU Sacramento and then continued her education at UC Davis obtaining a Master’s degree in Hispanic literature. Teresa also studied a semester abroad in Paris, France and also enrolled in classes the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. She is passionate about traveling the world. Her travels have taken her to Mexico, Costa Rica, Western Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. 

Faculty/Staff

Ted Hornback ’83
English

“Fate often saves an undoomed man if his courage is good.” Or so I have learned. I graduated from Jesuit High School in 1983, grateful to my teachers, coaches, and schoolmates for all they had taught me and for the care they had shown me but eager to move on to the next phase of my education. Still, I maintained contact with a number of my former teachers, among them my Latin teacher Fr. John Kelly, SJ, who would often suggest that I might one day teach at Jesuit, something I did not initially consider seriously.

Faculty/Staff

Rod Jett
Mathematics / Varsity Track & Field Coach

A Sacramento native, Rod graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in 1984, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. While at Cal, Rod was a three time All-American in the high hurdles. Rod competed professionally in track and field from 1989-1997, going to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Rod began teaching and coaching in 1997 working at Sheldon High School (Elk Grove) and St, Mary’s High School (Berkeley) before coming to Jesuit in 2002. Rod currently teaches U.S. History and Global Studies.

Faculty/Staff

Timothy Kelly
Social Science / Head Varsity Basketball Coach

Born in Stockton, CA, Tim attended St. Mary’s High School before attending UC Davis for his undergraduate studies. He began working at Jesuit in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including designated prefect, social studies teacher, social studies department chair, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities.

(916) 480-2126
Faculty/Staff

Sarah Kelso
Spanish / Yoga (P.E.)

Sarah Kelso earned her BA in English and Spanish from UC Berkeley and her MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. During her MA program, Mrs. Kelso’s focus was on language and linguistics. She took PhD courses from Columbia University’s Spanish Department, and also studied French and Arabic. While obtaining her MA, Mrs. Kelso was the senior editor for the Journal of International Affairs in New York City. Prior to joining the World Languages Department, Mrs.

Faculty/Staff

Lacy King
Counselor

Counselor Caseload (by last name):

9th Shahi – Zipser 
10th Rucker – Zeff
11th Academic Support Students
12th  Academic Support Students

My first job in high school was tutoring children at a private learning center, which set the stage for my love for education and helping students succeed. I earned my B.A.

Office: (916) 480-2113
Faculty/Staff

Gerry Lane
Director of Campus Safety

Currently the Director of Campus Safety, Mr. Lane previously spent 25 years as Director of Admissions. Born and raised in San Francisco, he attended Riordan High School before moving to St. Mary’s College. He taught at St. James in Davis and St. Mary’s in Sacramento before being hired at Jesuit. Mr. Lane is also the Boy’s Director of the Parochial Athletic League (PAL) and has been in that position for 30 years. Mr. Lane has coached football and basketball while at Jesuit, including as an assistant on the two State Runner-up Basketball teams in 1993 and 1994.

(916) 708-8226
(916) 482-6060 Ext 273
Faculty/Staff

Walt Lange
Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track Coach

Walt Lange has been a member of Jesuit High School’s coaching staff since 1970. He served as head  track and field coach from 1977-1993. He has developed many fine runners serving as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. Coach Lange graduated from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1965. Prior to coming to Jesuit, he coached cross country and track and field at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey from 1964-1968.

Faculty/Staff

Paul LeBoeuf
Director of Campus Ministry

After 10 years in parish Youth Ministry, I came to Jesuit High School as the Director of Campus Ministry. Our goal in the YM Office is to help our youth have an encounter with Christ that leads them to greater love and service to others in their lives. I married my best friend, Jennifer, on May 4, 1996. Travel, cooking, golf, theater, Sacramento Kings, SF Giants, SF 49ers are a few of my passions.

(916) 480-2192
Faculty/Staff

Maureen Banchero Longyear
Vice President for Advancement

Maureen Banchero Longyear is the Vice President for Advancement of Jesuit High School.  She is responsible for designing, directing and evaluating all advancement strategies to address the annual operations, long-term capital and endowment needs.

Mrs. Longyear is a native of Sacramento where she attended Loretto High School before attending Santa Clara University.  Maureen transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and was awarded her Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Haas School of Business.  After pursuing a successful career in media sales, Mrs. Longyear “retired” to raise three children, John ’99, Michael ’01 and Kate (Loretto High ’06).  In 2003 and 2004 Mrs. Longyear co-chaired the Jesuit Auction as a volunteer and accepted a position in Development.  In 2006 she was named Director of Development and was promoted to the Vice President for Advancement in 2012.

(916) 418-2633
Faculty/Staff

Luis “Polo” Lopez
Visual Arts / JV Volleyball Coach

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Polo Lopez holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Studio Art from California State University Sacramento- with an emphasis on painting and drawing. A lifelong interest in art fuels his passion for the subject matter, specializing in figurative stylistic work. 

In addition to teaching, Lopez also coaches the Freshman volleyball team in the spring.

Faculty/Staff

Jeremiah Loverich
Theology / Moorings Advisor

Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Mr. Jeremiah Loverich studied Chemical Engineering. He served as a volunteer sixth grade teacher in Los Angeles through Americorps, before teaching high school chemistry and math for several years. As a Dominican seminarian, he studied philosophy and theology at the GTU in Berkeley, engaged in a wide variety of ministry (campus ministry, faith formation, catechetical training, and prison chaplaincy), and did missionary work in Mexico. His master’s degree in theology specialized in religion and the arts.

Faculty/Staff

Michael Loya
Instrumental Music / Band

Michael Loya is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music in Music Education). Currently serving as the Director of Music at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA. Mr. Loya conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Marching Band, and Drumline and helps to guide all aspects of the school’s music program. Mr. Loya was also the previous Director of Music for Woodland High School for the past 10 years, where he taught all music curricula.

Faculty/Staff

Mr. Nick Luppino ’98
Theology / The Plank Advisor

Mr. Luppino standing in senior quad

Education:

  • Undergraduate degree in English from Saint Mary’s College
  • Master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco
  • Master’s degree and teaching credential from the University of Phoenix

Moderator/Coach:

  • Philosophy club
  • The Plank, High School Student Publication
  • Co-moderator of Student’s for Life
  • Co-moderator of The Art of Being a Gentleman

First year working at Jesuit: 2005

Faculty/Staff

Mark Luttio
Theology

Dr. Mark Luttio has been teaching in academia for nearly 30 years — including Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame and Lynn University.  Mark is a U.S. citizen, but born and raised in Asia and thus often described as an Asian soul in a Caucasian body. In 2017 he was awarded a faculty fellowship to travel the world for 6 months researching the different faith traditions of our globe. His passion is finding ways to build bridges rather than barriers in inter-religious dialogue. He teaches World Religion, Christian Morality, and Faith and Social Justice. 

Faculty/Staff

Katherine Madden, Ph.D.
Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair / Visual and Performing Arts - Digital Photography/Media Team

Rocklin native Katherine Madden holds a Ph.D. in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, Father, Son, and the Holy Dollar: Rebuilding the American Dream in Post-Recessionary Reality Television and Mommy Blogging, studies the ideological framework of Christianity and parenting in reality television and video blogs following the Great Recession of 2008. She also holds an M.A. in Critical Studies from the University of Southern California and a B.A.

Faculty/Staff

Alma Morales
Spanish

Alma Veronica Morales-Dickenson received her BA as Teacher of English as a Foreign Language with a minor in French from the Autonomous State University of Oaxaca “Benito Juarez” and obtained her MA in Spanish Literature from CSUS. She has lived and studied in Vancouver, Canada and Oaxaca, Mexico. She has learned English, French, Italian and Japanese as foreign languages. Ms. Morales had the opportunity to teach at Loretto High School for 5 years. She taught the AP Spanish there as well as the Spanish 3 classes.

Faculty/Staff

Sean Morris
Social Science

Sean grew up in the Bay Area and went to St. Patrick St. Vincent High School. Sean graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While living in Sacramento, Sean worked as a teaching assistant and assistant varsity football coach and defensive coordinator for five years at Monterey Trail High School. Sean helped Monterey Trail to two back to back appearances in the CIF San Joaquin section Championships. For a period of time, Sean lived and worked in Austria. He was the defensive coordinator and then head coach for the St. Potlen Invaders.

Faculty/Staff

Jay Nacionales
Sports Performance Coordinator / Athletic Trainer

Education:

  • BS Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training – Sacramento State University
  • MS Exercise Science: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention – California University of Pennsylvania

Moderator/Coach:

  • Sports Performance Coordinator
  • Safe Return Task Force
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Assistant Varsity Football Coach

Certifications/Committees (Off-campus):

  • ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) –
Faculty/Staff

Colin O’Connor ’04
Assistant Principal for Academics

I graduated from Jesuit in 2004, and returned in 2009 for my first full-time teaching assignment. It is an honor to teach with peers who were some of my greatest teachers, and to work with such compassionate, enthusiastic students. I especially love watching students discover their voice as writers and thinkers in English class. For many years I helped as an assistant coach in the aquatics program, with both water polo and swimming. Now, my time after school is devoted to my family and my own continuing education. 

(916) 480-2120
Faculty/Staff

Kimberly Pell
Mathematics

A Sacramento native, Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After several years working as an environmental consultant for Jones & Stokes Associates in Sacramento, Kimberly returned to college, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento in 1998. Upon graduation, Kimberly joined the faculty of Jesuit High School and has been having an excellent time with her students ever since!

Faculty/Staff

Joseph Potulny ’76
Physical Education / Varsity Baseball Coach

Joe serves as Jesuit High School’s baseball coach. He has been a member of the coaching staff since 1986. In addition to baseball, Joe coached freshman football from 1989-1992 and freshman basketball from 1991-1992. Prior to coming to Jesuit, Coach Potulny coached at the University of San Francisco as a graduate assistant in 1981. Later, Coach Potulny traveled to Wisconsin and was an assistant coach for the La Crosse Loggers in the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate league, from 2008-2012.

Faculty/Staff

Kristen Quillen
French / Spanish

Kristie Quillen earned her BA in Communication Studies from UCSB, where she also studied French, Italian, and German. Inspired by a study abroad program and extensive travel throughout Europe and South America, Mrs. Quillen learned Spanish as well. After working in sales in the private sector for several years, she realized that teaching was her true calling and obtained teaching credentials in French and Spanish from Chapman University. Mrs. Quillen currently teaches French and Spanish.

Faculty/Staff

Rex Rallanka ’96
Visual and Performing Arts

Rex Rallanka teaches Chamber Singers, Liturgy Workshop, and Men’s Chorus. An alum of the Class of 1996, Mr. Rallanka participated in bands and orchestra as a student. Mr. Rallanka is also the Director of Music for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and frequently performs as a concert organist.

Education:

B.S. in Mathematics: University of Notre Dame (2000) 

M.Mus in Organ Performance: University of Notre Dame (2003)

First year working at Jesuit: 2012

Faculty/Staff

Jennifer Rasmussen
Counselor

Counselor Caseload (by last name):

9th Blewett – Z. Garcia
10th Bradshaw – Fritz
11th Calkins – Fuentes
12th N. Brown – Faris

My love for working with students in a school setting began with my B.A.

Office: (916) 418-2634
Faculty/Staff

Paolo Reyes
Orchestra

An active conductor, violinist and educator in the Sacramento region, Paolo Reyes is the Orchestral Director at Jesuit High School, conductor for the Elk Grove Strauss Festival, and Principal Second Violin with the Auburn Symphony. Paolo has appeared as guest conductor for the Auburn Symphony, Camellia Symphony, Citywater, Folsom Lake Symphony, UC Davis Orchestra, and as Assistant Conductor for the Camellia Symphony.

Faculty/Staff

Carol Rose
Director of the Academic Support Center

Carol works in the Academic Support Center which is a dedicated space for students with learning differences and/or ADHD.  Carol supports students during their FLEX periods through check-ins and assistance with their academic classes.  She has worked as a teacher, counselor, campus minister, and coach during her years in high school education.

(916) 480-2104
Faculty/Staff

Paul Rose
AP U.S. History/ Social Sciences Department Chair / Varsity Soccer Coach

Paul Rose began teaching at Jesuit in the fall of 1979. He has taught every social science class at Jesuit over the years. Currently, Paul teaches Advanced Placement United States History (Junior year class). Paul Rose over the past five years has traveled extensively across the United States to many historical sites including Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Yorktown, and Williamsburg to name a few.

Faculty/Staff

Sarah Ruano
Assistant Principal for Student Life

Sarah Ruano is the Assistant Principal for Student Life at Jesuit High School. She began her career as a classroom teacher before managing education programs at the National Center for Education Statistics and UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. She worked at St. Francis High School as Director of Data and Assessment for nine years, where she oversaw the WASC accreditation process, analyzed school data to inform decision making, and supported academic and extracurricular programs. Sarah has taught both English and English as a Second Language.

(916) 482-6060 x305
Faculty/Staff

Elizabeth Sands
Director of Marketing and Communications

 

Get to know our Jesuit community, meet Elizabeth Sands:

Hometown:  Detroit, MI

Education: Michigan State University and California State University Sacramento

Degrees: Bachelors of Arts, Government and Journalism

Family at Jesuit Sacramento: Brenden ’22

More to share:

1200 Jacob Lane
Carmichael, CA 95608
(530) 320-8957
Faculty/Staff

Amanda Smith
Director of Counseling Services

Counselor Caseload (by last name):

9th Alberts – Birusingh
10th Abbott – Bradford
11th Anderson – Burton
12th Adams – G. Brown

This is my twelfth school year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and have held the Director of Counseling Services position since 2017. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State with the intent of teaching in the elementary schools. Many years later, I found a home among the wonderful faculty and staff at Jesuit and was inspired to go back to school for my Masters in Educational Counseling. I absolutely love working at Jesuit and being a part of this school community. I am truly fortunate to be able to continue working with students in this role and look forward to an exciting year. 

  • BA Liberal Studies – CSU Sacramento
  • MS Educational Counseling – National University
  • PPS Counseling Credential

2012

Office: (916) 480-2143
Faculty/Staff

Michael Solander, M.A. ’92
Modern World History / Civics / Varsity Swimming Coach

Michael Solander is a graduate of Jesuit High School, class of 1992. This is his 13th year back at Jesuit and is enjoying teaching in the classroom and on the pool deck. Michael teaches freshman Global Studies and junior United States History. Along with his teaching, Michael is also the head coach of Jesuit Swimming. Over the past 13 years, the Marauders have won 5 CIF section titles in the pool and will be gunning for their 21st overall section championships this season.

Faculty/Staff

Peter Strawn ’04
Computer Science

Mr. Strawn graduated from Jesuit in 2004. He attended the University of San Diego, studying English, Philosophy, and Theology & Religious Studies, and began his teaching career three months after graduating in 2008. He earned his M.A. from CSU, Sacramento, in English Literature, and is currently working towards his B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He is teaching Algebra 1, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A.

Faculty/Staff

Jamie Superak
Head Athletic Trainer / Sports Medicine Instructor

Jamie was a Certified Athletic Trainer at Christian Brothers for two years before joining JHS, and prior to that worked in the same capacity at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield. Jamie holds a BS in Athletic Training from Chapman University, an MA in Athletic Training from Fresno Pacific University, and a Doctorate in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University with concentrations in Rehabilitation and Leadership & Education.

First year working at Jesuit: 2020

(formerly Jamie Ralph)

Faculty/Staff

La Roddric Theodule
Assistant Principal / Dean of Students / Safety Committee Chair

La Roddric Theodule is the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Jesuit High School.  He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA before attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.  After undergrad, La Roddric began his teaching career in Catholic high schools and has remained a Catholic school math and physical education teacher, football and track & field coach, and mentor/moderator since 2002.  During his time as a Catholic school teacher, he earned Master’s degrees from both Concordia University, Irvine and

(916) 480-2126
Faculty/Staff

Ed Trafton ’84
Jesuit Drama Artistic Director / Campus Ministry / English / VPA

Joining the faculty in the fall of 1990, Ed Trafton works in Campus Ministry as a liturgical musician and teaches senior English (Hero’s Journey) and Art of Film (A) and (B).

Off campus he works as a teaching artist at Broadway Sacramento/Music Circus and the Sacramento Theatre Company, as an accompanist/arranger/composer at St. Ignatius and St. Mary’s Church, and as a freelance arranger/composer/conductor/designer/director/pianist/playwright.

He considers it an honor to be working alongside some of his former teachers and former students.

(916) 480-2197
Faculty/Staff

Kyle Trivits
English

Kyle recently relocated to Sacramento from Princeton, New Jersey where he worked as an English teacher, Head JV Softball Coach, and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Cinnaminson High School. Kyle holds a BA in English Literature, and an MAT in Secondary Teaching from Wheaton College where he was a Varsity Athlete on their Baseball Team. Kyle also has his New Jersey Professional Educator License for Secondary English.

First year working at Jesuit: 2020

Faculty/Staff

Justin Tsai
Mathematics

Education:

  • BA Mathematics-CSU Sacramento, 2004 
  • AS CIS-Information Systems Security, 2017
  • AS CIS-Network Administration, 2017

Moderator:

  • Software Development Team 
  • Cybersecurity Team
  • Echelon Catapult @ JHS

Team Achievements:

  • 2019 California Cyber Innovation Challenge – Invitation
  • 2019 California Mayors Cyber Cup Sacramento Region – 1st Place
  • 2018-2019 The Stock Market Game Sacramento Region – 1st Place
  • 2018 Cal
Faculty/Staff

David Vanderbout
Director of Choral Music

David Vanderbout is honored to be appointed as the new Director of Choral Music at Jesuit High School. He looks forward to building upon the choral tradition at Jesuit, and in turn fostering a passion for choral music and building a strong community within our program. In addition to serving at Jesuit High School, Mr. Vanderbout is also the Artistic Director for the River City Chorale, one of Sacramento’s longest-standing choral organizations. Mr.

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Faculty/Staff

George Wagner ’83
Director of Technology

George Wagner first came to Jesuit in 1988 when he taught math and coached football. He later became the Department Chair of Mathematics. Soon after he spent several years teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science. He then moved out of the classroom and became the Director of Technology.

George is married with two children, one of which is an Alumni of Jesuit & CSUS while the other is an Alumni of Saint Francis High School.

 

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Faculty/Staff

Hank Weinberger
Director of Athletics / Physical Education Department Chair

Hank joins Jesuit from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as the football director of recruiting. During his time at Cal, he also served as a Cal Olympics sports operations intern, interim women’s golf coach, and the football assistant director for recruiting operations.

He was a four-time Big West Conference Champion finalist in swimming. In addition to his experience in golf, swimming, and football, Hank was a high school baseball player and an Underwater Hockey National Champion.

Faculty/Staff

Leslie A. Willson
French / Spanish

Leslie Willson holds a BA in French and Economics from the University of North Dakota and a MA in French Language from Middlebury College. She has lived, studied, and worked in Montreal, Paris and Madrid. Ms. Willson is credentialed in French and Spanish. She joined the World Languages Department in 2008 and served as Department Chair from 2011 to 2020.

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Jon Witucki
Latin / English

Education:

  • B.A. Major in Latin, Minor in Ancient Greek from University of California at Davis 1989 
  • M.A. in Classics: Latin and Greek Language and Literature from University of California at Santa Barbara 1992

Moderator/Coach:

  • National Honor Society 
  • Latin Club 
  • Holy Rollers Bowling Club

First year working at Jesuit: 2000

Faculty/Staff

Tom Witzgall ’98
Chemistry

Education:

  • BS Biology – UCSD – 2002 
  • Single Subject Credential – Biology and Chemistry 

Moderator/Coach:

  • Cross Country Assistant Coach

First year working at Jesuit: 2006

Faculty/Staff

Michael Wood ’99
Principal

Michael Wood is the principal at Jesuit High School. He began his career in Jesuit Secondary Education at Loyola High School in Los Angeles where he spent 12 years as a Theology teacher and Dean of Students. 

Michael graduated from Jesuit in 1999 and he shared his motivation for accepting for the position as Jesuit’s principal noting that “It is an honor to return to my alma mater as a leader and colleague to share my strengths, experiences, and passion with the Jesuit ministry of my origin.”

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Faculty/Staff

David Zielke
Director of Scheduling & Testing / Mathematics

  • Math Teacher
  • AP Coordinator

Prior to working at Jesuit, served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1985 in Zaire teaching math for 2 years and as a regional representative for one.  Continued to work in Zaire with USAID from 1985 to 1991.  Returned to the United States and moved back to Sacramento in December 1991.

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