Salpointe Board of Directors and Subcommittees
The Board of Directors is a committee of up to 18 members serving as the policy making body for the school. Membership consists of up to four representatives of the Carmelite community and at least 10 members of the community at large. As trustees for the Carmelite Order, this Board oversees the administration of the school, makes policies affecting all areas of school operations, oversees its financial well-being and plans extensively for the future. The Board of Directors are Rev. Thomas Batsis, O.Carm., Dr. Jody Comstock, Mr. Richard Elias, Secretary, Ms. Karen A. Farrell, Very Rev. William Harry, O.Carm., Commissary Provincial, Rev. Paul Henson, O.Carm., Mr. Joe Higgins, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Chairman, Mr. Pat P. Lopez III, Mr. Larry McDonough, Legal Counsel, Mr. Omar Mireles, Mr. James J. Murphy, Rev. Ron Oakham, O.Carm., Ms. Barbara Peck, Vice Chair, Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, Mr. Michael A. Slania, Mr. David Smallhouse, Ms. Patricia Taylor.
Subcommittees of the Board of Directors
The Academic Committee reviews the overall learning progress via objective metrics and supports the principal in refining academic requirements. Committee members are Rev. Thomas Batsis, O.Carm., Mr. Keith Gibalski, Mr. Joe Higgins, Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, Ms. Kay Sullivan and Sr. Helen Timothy.
The Strategic Planning Committee conducts an annual evaluation of the leadership of the school and creates the vision for Salpointe's present and future strategic plans. Committee members are Rev. Thomas Batsis, O.Carm., Mr. Richard Elias, Mr. Joe Higgins, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Mr. Pat Lopez III, Ms. Suzi Malisewski, Ms. Kate McGarey-Vasey, Mr. James Murphy, Chair, Ms. Kay Sullivan, Ms. Patricia Taylor and Sr. Helen Timothy.
The Marketing/Communications Committee advises the head of school and director of development in matters pertaining to public relations, communications and marketing at the school. The committee evaluates relevant strategies, reviews policy and practices, and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Committee members are Ms. Erin Barghout, Ms. Debrah Blase, Dr. Jody Comstock, Ms. Colleen Cutshaw, Ms. Peggie Gessner, Ms. Anne King, Ms. Linda Kirkpatrick, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Mr. Robert Logan, Mr. Jeffrey Nordensson, Ms. Barbara Peck, Chair, Ms. Abigail Sheppard, Ms. Merri Siler, Mr. Michael Slania, Mr. David Smallhouse, Ms. Kay Sullivan, Ms. Patricia Taylor and Sr. Helen Timothy.
The Campaign Development Committee is an ad hoc committee of the Board that plans for the school’s future capital needs including Campaign Salpointe. After several years of planning by a wide range of community professionals and with the approval of the Planned Area Development (PAD) by the City of Tucson, Campaign Salpointe commenced in 2010-11 with a feasibility study. Committee members include Mr. Greg Aiken, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Ms. Barbara Peck, Ms. Merri Siler, Mr. Mike Slania and Ms. Kay Sullivan.
The Finance Committee advises the Head of School regarding all matters pertaining to the financial management of the school. It also develops short-term and long-term financial planning, reviews policy and practices and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. Finance Committee members are Mr. Greg Aiken, Mr. Scott Brittenham, Mr. Charles “Chuck” Dunn, Ms. Karen Farrell, Chair, Mr. Michael Hannley, Very Rev. William Harry, O.Carm., Mr. Ken Knas, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Chairman of the Board, Rev. John Lyons, Mr. Thomas Sarama, Ms. Melissa Sitzmann, Mr. Michael Slania, Ms. Kay Sullivan.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting candidates for membership on the Board of Directors. Nominating Committee members are Mr. Richard Elias, Mr. Joe Higgins, Chair, Dr. Phil Lacovara, Chairman of the Board, Mr. Pat Lopez III, Mr. Jeff Nordensson, Ms. Barbara Peck, Ms. Kay Sullivan, and Ms. Patricia Taylor.
Building and Grounds Committee regularly reviews the physical status of all school real property and supports facilities in development of strategic maintenance and renovation plans and budgeting. Committee members are Mr. Greg Aiken, Mr. Dave Cutshaw, Mr. Dave Hutchens, Mr. Pat Lopez III, and Ms. Patricia Taylor - Chair.