The following individuals and organizations were honored at the Annual Catholic Schools Awards Banquet on February 4 for their contributions and support of Catholic education in the Diocese.
Good Shepherd Award
Given to someone who is a leader of leaders, a spiritual leader who serves. This person is patient and receptive with a listening heart. One who speaks truth, models courage, and challenges our Catholic School leaders to live the diocesan vision within Catholic Education embracing hospitality, collaboration, faith sharing, and reconciliation.
Rev. Manuel Cardoza, Administrator, Our Lady of Hope Parish, San Bernardino
Volunteers who have impacted Catholic schools in the diocese with Gospel values so that students’ lives are filled with hope, and who are held in high regard by members of the school community:
Josette Wyatt, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Dawn Van Wagenen, Notre Dame High School, Riverside; Victor Brazfield, Holy Rosary Academy, San Bernardino; Marcella Quintana, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio.
Tom & Cheryl Wagner, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio; Lance & Silvia Stracner, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Riverside; Myrna Cordova, Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino; Joann Grande, Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino.
Marie Cantwell, Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Jennifer Toursarkissian, Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Helen DeLair, Sacred Heart School, Rancho Cucamonga; Charlotte Loria, Sacred Heart School, Rancho Cucamonga; Michael Perez, St. Adelaide School, Highland.
Richard Nusbaum, St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Riverside; Gail Corlew, St. Catherine of Siena School, Rialto; Thomas Hargrove, St. Edward School, Corona; Cathy Cervantes, St. George School, Ontario; Laura Cortez, St. George School, Ontario; Cheryl Carroll, St. Hyacinth School, San Jacinto.
Benny & Debbie Villegas, St. James School, Perris; Reynaldo Felix, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School, Temecula; Michelle Hoban, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino; Lucy Romero, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino; George and Angela Walker, St. Peter & St. Paul School, Alta Loma; Nina Maltez, St. Peter & St. Paul School, Alta Loma; Virginia Sabbarese, St. Thomas School, Riverside.
These teachers who have been a part of our Catholic Schools for at least 5 years, actively ministering in our Catholic schools, parishes, and the greater community:
Lorenzo Mota, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; RoseMarie Espino, Notre Dame High School, Riverside; Elizabeth Lemus, Holy Rosary Academy, San Bernardino; Wayne Loria, Sacred Heart School, Rancho Cucamonga; Valerie Padilla, St. Adelaide Academy, Highland.
Gina Corby-Potter, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Riverside; Anna Corlew, St. Catherine of Siena School, Rialto; Angelina Trujillo, St. Catherine of Siena School, Rialto; Jennifer Magee, St. Edward School, Corona; Amy Meier, St. Thomas School, Riverside.
The following staff members who have been a part of our Catholic schools for at least 5 years and are active members of their parish and the greater community:
Joel Villeda, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino; Randi Shea, Our Lady of the Assumption, San Bernardino; Kate De Novi, Sacred Heart School, Palm Desert; Yesenia Renteria, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto; Theresa Quezada, St. Hyacinth Academy, San Jacinto.
Monica Silva, St. Margaret Mary School, Chino; Patricia Hinojos, St. Thomas School, Riverside; Christina Stutzman, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Preschool, Chino.
This award is intended to honor graduates of Catholic elementary/middle schools/high schools who have made a contribution to American life and/or the Catholic Church. The recipient must have graduated from the Catholic elementary/middle school/high school at least ten years prior to presenting the award.
Karen McGuire Emery, Notre Dame High School, Riverside; Sarah Romero, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Indio; Paul BarichSacred Heart Academy, Redlands; Jessica SacalasSt. Catherine of Alexandria School, Riverside; Rob Clark, St. Joseph School, Upland.
Seton Hope Award
The Elizabeth Ann Seton Award honors individuals who have made exceptional financial contributions to Catholic School education in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The award is named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who established a free school in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1810. She went on to found schools and orphanages along the East Coast. Today, Mother Seton is regarded by many as the founder of the American Catholic School network. Through these individuals in the spirit of Mother Seton, HOPE is brought to life in schools:
J.R. Pipeline, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Riverside.
St. Thomas Aquinas Award
The St. Thomas Aquinas Award honors an individual who is a courageous educator who demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning. Students receive from this individual the human qualities that bring forth the best in each student. Through a passion for learning, this person has touched the lives of students through their continued support and communication with Catholic school principals and Catholic School communities.
Sally Todd, Associate Superintendent, Diocese of Orange.
Leader In Innovation Award
This award recognizes the creative spirit necessary to address the needs of our students to best prepare them for the dramatic and ever-changing advances of the 21st Century. Whether it is through facility upgrades, technology tools, or new research-based instructional strategies, the recipient of this award has touched the lives of children in new and innovative ways.
Sacred Heart Academy, Redlands
We acknowledge the following individual who has been a generous and faithful companion to our Catholic Schools as well as many other ministries in this diocese:
Dolores Martinez, Administrative Assistant, Ministry of Educational Services.
Friend Of Children
We acknowledge the following individual who has touched the lives of children in various schools and parishes beyond the realm of ministry:
Monsignor Tom Wallace, Director, Director of Missions Office.
We acknowledge the following individual or organization who has exhibited extraordinary support to our Diocese, benefiting many of our schools:
We acknowledge the following person of the Diocesan staff who has touched the lives of children, their parents, and teachers of every school, preaching Gospel values and giving hope:
Rev. Earl Henley, MSC, Director of Native American Ministries.
Vision Of Hope Award
We acknowledge the following person who has impacted our greater community of San Bernardino with Gospel values so that people’s lives are filled with hope:
David Meier, Director, Office of Construction and Real Estate.
Chris Barrows, Aquinas High School, San Bernardino.