THE Consultative Board
Mary Hatcher-Skeers is a Professor of Chemistry and the Sydney J. Weinberg, Jr. Chair of Natural Sciences at the Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps College. Mary particularly enjoys teaching introductory chemistry and has developed a smaller section of General Chemistry for students who want extra help in problem solving. Mary is passionate about improving retention and success for all students in the first semester of chemistry, a traditional curricular roadblock for under-represented students. Mary has a demonstrated commitment to increasing representation of groups currently underrepresented in STEM fields. In addition to curricular developments, Mary has been a part of the Scripps College Academy and is the faculty liaison for the First Generation @Scripps program. Mary Is a proud Pacer, Class of 1984 and proud Pacer mom to Elana (Class of 2019, now at the University of Washington in Seattle), Amelia (Class of 2022), and future Pacer, Katherine (Class of 2024)
Tom Carr joined Gould Asset Management in 2002. His primary responsibilities include portfolio management, investor reporting, and relationship management with clients and financial advisors. As a portfolio manager, Tom plays a lead role in the fixed income area, and has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining Gould’s high level of client service. Prior to joining Gould Asset Management, he was a senior investment specialist with Charles Schwab & Co., where he provided financial planning and investment advice for nine years. Tom has a BA in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego, and holds both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Accredited Estate Planner certifications. He also sits on the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of Pomona Valley, and is a former president of the Council. Tom is an avid sports fan, and enjoys cycling, running and golf.
Mrs. Arteaga is one of three Cook sisters who were fortunate to have attended and graduated from Pomona Catholic. Jennifer ('90) is a Math teacher at Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles and Kristen ('96) is a homemaker and mommy to Nathan & Emerson. Mrs. Arteaga is a member of the California Association for School Counselors and American School Counselors Association.
Janet Arquillano has over 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is currently working full-time, as a Case Manager Registered Nurse for Prime Care Part of Optum Care; Janet manages patients as a patient advocate and patient educator. Prior to this, she worked as an Appeals RN at Pomona Valley Medical Center and has helped Pomona Valley Medical Center win several appeals, resulting in overturning several denied payment claims. When her son was born with congenital heart defect, and went through major open heart surgery, Janet’s personal family experience had given her a different perspective in life. It ignited her passion in helping others, especially advocating for her patients and their families. Last February, Janet was recognized out of 5,000 employee nominees as a recipient of the company’s Super Hero award for Optum Health Care. During her days off, she enjoys traveling with her family, which inspired her to create a small website business. Janet and her family strongly believe in paying it forward. As a result, most proceeds from her website business were donated to the Loma Linda Children’s hospital and other various foundations that she and her family have supported throughout the years.
Janet’s other favorite past time is playing cards and Monopoly with her family. She deeply enjoys hiking, taking lots of pictures of her children and the places that they visited. Janet received her Associates Science Degree in Registered Nursing at Pasadena City College. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in California. Furthermore, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Science in Business, Organizational and Leadership Management at Azusa Pacific University and graduated with honors. She obtained her Case Management certification by the Commission for Case Managers or CCMC.
Janet’s aspiration is to continue to mold her children and encourage her children to have quality education. She and her family strongly believe in supporting Catholic Education. She also believes that a good education can tremendously help impact and improve someone’s future. Janet and her husband are raising their two wonderful, loving children. Her youngest that was born with CHD is currently a 2nd grader at St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Upland, and her eldest is a freshman at Pomona Catholic High school. Her other goal is to support the Consultative Board and assist with their Business Development. Janet had also recently joined the Casino Night committee as one of the donation solicitor where she procured several sponsors and product donations for Pomona Catholic School’s silent and live auctions.
Crystal Curran started her career as an accountant with the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division. After her term of service she has had several positions in corporate and educational settings, including Eastern Michigan University, Builders of Jewish Education, and various Catholic schools including Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Pasadena. She is a proud parent of two children, a Caltech student, and a grade schooler. She earned a BA in Business from Cleary University and has always been drawn to working in education.
Diane De Anda. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She is the eldest of six children. At the age of 16 her mother passed away at the age of 45. Diane became the “mom” at that time. She attended St. Raphael’s grammar school, St Michael’s Girls High School and LACC. In 1964, Diane began a 45-year career in the legal field where among many other duties she was the Office Administrator for the City Attorney for Beverly Hills. Diane is past District President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for East San Gabriel region. While on the Board of Directors for SVDP, she was Chair of the Spirituality Committee. She now serves as Vice President of SVDP at Holy Name of Mary in San Dimas. Diane is a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities - San Gabriel region. She is the Chair of CCPALS (Catholic Charities Parish Liaison). She is on the Committee for Footprints (a fundraiser every year) that brings more awareness of poverty in the San Gabriel region. Diane is the Secretary for Mount Carmel Alumni Foundation. MCAF raises funds to assist in tuition for students in the inner city Catholic schools in Deanery 16. Diane is a Stakeholder for C.A.N.N. (Churches Assisting Neighbors Network) in the San Gabriel Valley. This is group of Christians partnering to address poverty and homelessness.
Diane is the mother of two children and grandmother of five. Two of her grandchildren attended Pomona Catholic. Her granddaughter, Caroline, is currently a Freshman at PC.
Karen has proven experience in the areas of organizational change management, strategic planning, portfolio planning and management of technology products &services, program/project management, and vendor/contract management. Successful in building and managing business relationships with senior officers, high profile executives and all levels of management while creating value and trust. Strong leadership and organizational skills, with demonstrated success in organizational management and effective team building.
Kathleen Li was born in Alameda, CA, but raised in southwestern Idaho, the oldest of a large family. She attended the University of Redlands where she was a member of the Delta Kappa Psi Sorority. Her teaching experience over the last 27 years has included every level from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has taught in both public and private schools. Her most recent teaching position prior to Pomona Catholic was at St. Joseph Elementary School, Pomona.
It has been her pleasure to work with a variety of student, parent and professional groups. From 2006-2012, she also served as Vice Principal of St. Joseph. She has enjoyed serving as moderator for Student Council, head coach of the Academic Decathlon team, and facilitator of “Rainbows for God’s Children”. Work with adults has included training at schools and parishes for the Archdiocesan Safeguard the Children, and “Common Sense Parenting”. She has aided new teachers as a Master Teacher for the Archdiocesan “Teacher Internship Program”. Her goal in education has always been to see that each student is given every opportunity to become the image of God they were uniquely created to be; to grow academically, spiritually and physically, fulfilling their individual potential. She loves listening to and discussing with the students their faith. She hopes to be an asset to the students as they grow in their faith through prayer, course work, retreats and service experiences.
Ms. Phay was born in Chonburi, Thailand and was raised in Long Beach, CA. When Ms. Phay was a young adult, her family relocated to the Inland Empire. She attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto where she discovered an interest in computers and mathematics. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications from DeVry University. Upon graduation, she volunteered at San Gabriel Mission High School as a computer technical assistant. Work consisted of configuring computers and rewiring the school’s network. Her interaction with faculty, staff, and students made her realize her love and appreciation for the “learning environment”. Because of her love for learning especially in the areas of technology and math, she was hired at San Gabriel Mission High School. Over the course of nine years, Ms. Phay taught math and computers, and she advised students as Assistant Principal of Curriculum; she spent her last 3 years at Mission as Director of Development. In 2007, Ms. Phay graduated from the Loyola Marymount University with a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. She is currently working on her California teaching credential.
Ms. Phay takes an interest in reading mystery books. She also enjoys spending time with her family and baking brownies and cupcakes.
Kelli C. Holmes, CEO and Founder of TEAM Referral Network and TEAM Franchise Corporation has worked with thousands of businesses over the last 25 years. Her focus is to teach business professionals how to develop a successful business based on “Relationship” Marketing. She specializes in educating and supporting professionals on how to GROW their business with relationships and the right referrals for their business. Kelli believes you can do better, smarter business through Relationship Marketing.
Aaron is the proud husband of PC Alum and fellow board member Mary Hatcher-Skeers, and the proud father of recent PC Graduate Elana, current PC student Amelia, and future PC Student Katherine.
Aaron is from Bellingham, Washington, attended the University of Washington, and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Aaron is a licensed professional Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor. As founder and president of Encompass Associates, Inc., Aaron has been involved in land development and construction for 20 years. During that time, Aaron has been instrumental in the success of hundreds of construction projects, learning and mastering all aspects of the land development process, varying from school site construction and improvements, single-family residential subdivisions and commercial site developments and redevelopments, with projects stretching from Victorville to Miramar, and from Long Beach to Coachella. In addition, because of his extensive knowledge of the technical calculations required of land development projects, Aaron is able to assist other consultants and local agencies with some of the more rigorous and complicated tasks required for projects under their care.
Aaron has volunteered his professional services for projects at St. Joseph School in Upland and Veronica’s Home in San Bernardino, and is looking forward to doing so as Pomona Catholic looks to improve campus and add exciting new facilities. Aaron has also shared his very amateurish abilities coaching basketball and long/triple jump at St. Josephs in Upland, and has served on the Measure L Citizen’s Oversight Committee at Chaffey College for over six years.
Sister Julianna Francis Marie Vagnozzi is a product of southern California schools. She enjoyed graduate studies in liturgy and music at Mount St. Mary University, received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching credential at Cal Poly Pomona, and currently joyfully ministers at her alma mater Pomona Catholic School in the Development Office and as school liturgist. Sister Julianna has been a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice, also known as the Felician Sisters, for over forty-one years. She has enjoyed many careers, including teacher, Director of Liturgy, children’s choir director, caregiver, presenter, and more. In addition to her ministry at Pomona Catholic, Sister Julianna currently serves as the California Coordinator of the Felician Associates.
Over her career she has taught students at every level from elementary to college. Mrs. Torres holds a B.A. in Social Sciences with an emphasis in educational psychology from West Virginia University and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in learning disorders from Frostburg State University in Maryland. She holds a credential from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Previous to her work for Pomona Catholic, Mrs. Torres helped develop and direct a program targeted at interventions for diagnosed learning difficulties at Bishop Walsh School. Additionally, she has conducted teacher and parent workshops on alternative and supportive environments to maximize student academic potential.
Mrs. Torres believes that Catholic schools are the best learning environments for students because they nurture and empower the exploration and development needed for spiritual, ethical and academic foundations for life. She believes that everyone has a role in maintaining a vibrant learning community. As a life-long learner, she is devoted to examining academic systems and participating in change that support school success for college-bound students at PC.
Learning became very contagious in the Torres household as two of the children are educators and the other two are business leaders. All of the children have advanced degrees and enjoy mentoring. Mrs. Torres enjoys playing golf with her husband and children, as well as, attending Dodgers and Quakes baseball games.
Experienced Professional with a demonstrated history of working in risk management, venture capital and biotech industries. Skilled in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Asset Management, Strategic Partnerships, and Corporate Development. Strong business development professional with a MBA focused in New Product Marketing & Strategy from University of California, Los Angeles - The Anderson School of Management.
As a Pomona resident and parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for 18 years, as well as a Pomona Rotarian, I am truly interested in the success of Pomona Catholic and the continued improvement of our City.
I have been married for 51 years. We have 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson!
After earning a Business degree from Mt. SAC, my husband and I owned and operated a retail business for 18 years in Rowland Heights prior to my introduction to Real Estate. I have been selling homes with Coldwell Banker Tri Counties Realty as a Broker-affiliate in the Diamond Bar office since 1992.