Role models who inspire, motivate, encourage and care.
Dr. Patrick Lynch

Appointed in 2015, Dr. Patrick Lynch embraces being a St. Bernard Viking and enjoys being Principal.

Dr. Lynch grew up locally and attended Loyola Marymount University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Social Justice.

After teaching at Crespi Carmelite High School and Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child, Dr. Lynch joined the faculty at Marymount High School where he served as campus minister, retreat director, English teacher and English Chair, director of technology, and WCEA-WASC accreditation chair. He also works with doctoral students in writing at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught writing and teaching methodology courses. He has also taught writing at El Camino College, Woodbury University, and Los Angeles Harbor College.

Dr. Lynch enthusiastically looks forward to working with the administrative team, faculty, and students to continue recent successes and shape a vibrant and growing St. Bernard High School. He joins the staff in creating a thriving academic environment that engages the whole student in learning and in knowing God.

Augmenting his joy of education, family time, watching amazing films, and reading keep Dr. Lynch thriving.

e: plynch@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x102 for Executive Assistant Laurie Bathker

Rosie Roberts
Vice Principal

Rosie Roberts is Vice Principal of St. Bernard High school.  She was born in Oakland, CA and raised in Southern California, youngest of three.

Rosie had three kids who came through St. Bernard High School.

Rosie loves all sports, especially St. Bernard Football and professional  football.  She received her B.A. in liberal studies from CSUDH, and her Master’s Degree in Counseling/Education from LMU.  Ms. Roberts has been at St. Bernard for 19 years as a teacher and counselor.


e: rroberts@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x 112

Fatima Nicdao
Assistant Principal, Curriculum

Ms. Nicdao joins SBHS as Assistant Principal in Curriculum. Currently in the Loyola Marymount Doctoral program, Ms. Nicdao has a Masters in Education and has ten years experience in Catholic education. Formerly at Apple, she shares her extensive knowledge of technology in education with the faculty and students to help everyone be better 21st-Century learners.

e: fnicdao@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x114 for Assistant Principal Fatima Nicdao

Shavone Adams
College Counselor/Religion Teacher

Teaches Religion and does College Counseling

An alumna of St. Bernard High School, Ms. Adams went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in English with one minor in Sociology and another minor in American Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in 2004. In route to law school and one month following her graduation from MSMC, Ms. Adams  began teaching when asked to teach summer school English for a high school in Inglewood, CA. Near the end of that summer, the principal asked her to return for the school year. Four years following, Ms. Adams taught high school English, religion, sociology, history, and humanities. During that time, Ms. Adams received her Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University.

For two years following that, Ms. Adams served as a curriculum specialist for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, servicing K-12 schools in the Los Angeles, Compton, and Montebello school districts. Ms. Adams returned to the classroom as a high school teacher and department chair. She returns to her alma mater for her second year as the college counselor and teacher.

Religion, College Counseling
e: sadams@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x108 for Religion, College Counseling Shavone Adams

Jennifer Altergott
Biology and A.P. Environmental Science

Jennifer Altergott teaches Lab Biology and A.P. Environmental Science.  Mrs. Altergott joined the St. Bernard staff in fall of 2010. She received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, and she holds an M.S. in Biology from UCLA.

Mrs. Altergott formerly worked as an ecologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Around St. Bernard she is known for her scintillating science labs and awesome field trips.

AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology
e: jaltergott@stbernardhs.org

Abraham Alvarez
World History/Religion/Head Baseball Coach

Abraham Alvarez enters his 4th year of teaching, he teaches Religion and is also the Head Baseball Coach at St. Bernard High School. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he was an All-American pitcher for the Dirtbags in 2002 and 2003. Mr. Alvarez went on to play eight seasons of professional baseball, earning a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2004. He is currently working towards his Masters degree from LMU.

In his spare time Mr. Alvarez loves spending time with his wife, Natalie, and their children Isabella Rose (2) & Benjamin Ezekiel (born June 7th) as well as their dogs Dodger & Clipper. Some of his hobbies include: collecting vinyl records, the occasional video game, and fantasy sports (football, baseball, & basketball).

Religion, Dean of Students
e: aalvarez@stbernardhs.org

Marcos Barcelo

Mr. Marcos Barceló joins our faculty as a mathematics teacher. He has taught for four years in Catholic education and will be teaching upper-division math classes.

Geometry, Probability and Statistics, and Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
e: mbarcelo@stbernardhs.org

Laurie Bathker

Ms. Bathker is assistant to Dr. Lynch


e: lbathker@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x102 for Executive Assistant Laurie Bathker

James Burns

Mr. Burns


e: jburns@stbernardhs.org

Alicia Cadena

Alicia Cadena is the Office Manager.


e: acadena@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  x100 for Front Office Secretary for  Alicia Cadena

Heather Carmody
Lab Biology/Lab Chemistry/Algebra II

Heather Carmody teaches as part of the STEM department at St. Bernard High School. Ms. Carmody attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. As an undergraduate at LMU, Ms. Carmody received the Jerome J. Korth Science and Engineering Core Award, as well as the Carl G. Kadner Award for outstanding academic achievement and strong involvement in the Biology Department. After graduation, she became a member of the LMU PLACE Corps, a two-year teacher preparation program. As a PLACEr, Ms. Carmody served as a teacher in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, completed her California State Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Sciences, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education. In 2014, Ms. Carmody was awarded the LMU School of Education Outstanding Graduate in Catholic Teacher Preparation.
In addition to her love of science, Ms. Carmody has been involved in the performing arts for most of her life, has studied various forms of dance, and is a trained classical and operatic singer. In her free time, she also enjoys baking, reading, traveling, and going to Disneyland!

AP Chemistry, Chemistry, Biology
e: hcarmody@stbernardhs.org

Ricardo Castañeda

Mr. Castaneda is the Registrar/Information Technology Director


e: rcastaneda@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  for Registrar/IT Director for  Ricardo Castañeda

John Caulfield
History / Social Studies

John Caulfield is in his 12th year at SBHS in the History and Social Studies Department. He has taught AP US Government, AP US History and AP European History.  Mr. Caulfield has degrees in History, Political Science and Education from Long Beach State, Brown University and USC.  At SBHS he is the moderator of the Model UN program as well as the adviser to “The Odyssey” the school newspaper.

Mr. Caulfield was born and raised in Southern California but he has also lived in Providence, Rhode Island and Incheon, South Korea.  In his free time, he enjoys reading about history, current events and spending time with his wife Jennifer.

AP European History, AP US History, US History, Honors Economics/AP Government
e: jcaulfield@stbernardhs.org

Becky Cunningham

Becky Cunningham is the Development Associate



e: bcunningham@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x105 for Alumni Relations Associate for Becky Cunningham

Ernie Espinoza

Erinie Espinoza is the Facilities Maintenance/Site-Supervision Manager



e: eespinoza@stbernardhs.org

Carlie Frye

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Ms. Carlie Frye adds to our World Language department with an immersive experience in French and helps the students develop their faith in Religion 9.


French I, French II, French III, Religion 9
e: cfrye@stbernardhs.org

Adela Gallegos



p: English, Rhetoric & Composition
e: agallegos@stbernardhs.org

Alma Gutierrez
Spanish Teacher

Armed with a BA in Spanish and a Teaching Credential, Alma joined the St. Bernard team in 2014. Enthusiastic and always upbeat, she approaches every class, every student with passion and dedication. Her classes are fun and her students “feel relaxed and successfully challenged” while with her. With her Mom from El Salvador and her dad from Spain, growing up in the US, she brings with her a deep understanding of cultures. Her understanding of the US education system helps prepare her students for all the tests and challenges encountered while learning Spanish. She is always looking forward to meeting her students.


e: agutierrez@stbernardhs.org

Taryn Hartley




AP English Language, English, and Dance
e: thartley@stbernardhs.org

Kathleen Hughes
Lab Biology/ Marine Biology/Physical Science/Algebra II

Kathleen Hughes received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University and is completing her M.S. in Biology, with a marine emphasis from Cal State L.A.

Kathleen grew up splitting her time between Colorado and Florida, where she was first captivated by the ocean and its inhabitants. She spent the past three years working with first year students at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys reading, playing music, cooking and spending as much time outside as possible.


Marine Bio, Physical Science, and Lab Biology
e: khughes@stbernardhs.org

Courtney Jones

Director of Marketing/Admissions


e: cjones@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  x113 for Courtney Jones Director of Marketing/Admissions

Stefania Knight
English, Honors English and Foundations

Stefania Knight attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where she received her BA in English and minor in Italian Studies. In 2008, she began her studies at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she received her MFA in Creative Writing, Nonfiction.  While at Emerson, Ms. Silvestri finished a full length memoir entitled ¨Beside the Mountain¨ which won the Dean’s Award for ¨Best Thesis 2011.¨  She later went on to publish the manuscript in 2012.

Ms. Silvestri has taught for several years, including Freshman Composition and Argumentative Writing at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Masschusetts and The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts.  She also taught Academic English to International students wishing to attend an American university/college.
In her spare time, Ms. Silvestri enjoys spending time outside.  She especially loves to hike and spend weekend afternoons on the beach.  When she isn’t outside, she loves to read and play board games with her friends.

English, and Writing Across the Disciplines
e: ssilvestri@stbernardhs.org

Sam Martinuzzi




Math, and Development Consultant
e: smartinuzzi@stbernardhs.org

Fr. Tim McGowan

Campus Chaplain


e: tmcgowan@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  for Tim McGowan

Adrian Miranda
World History, Government

Mr. Adrian Miranda joins our team and is a graduate from UC Irvine in political science, Mr. Miranda seeks to help our students discovery the tremendous story of history and to be independent thinkers.



Social Studies
e: amiranda@stbernardhs.org

Ashley Napper
Dir. of Student Activities/Dance/Cheer

Ashley Napper is Activities Director, Cheer Coach, and dance teacher at St. Bernard.  She is also the director of the Fall Play and Spring Musical.  Mrs. Napper received a B.A. in Sociology from CSU Long Beach.

In addition to owning her own dance company for young dancers, Mrs. Napper played a role in the Disneyland “Parade of Dreams.”


Theatre Arts, and Director of Performing and Visual Arts
e: anapper@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x 121 for Ashley Napper Director of Performing and Visual Arts

Fr. Michael Okechukwu



Religion and Associate Dean of Students
e: mokechukwu@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  x 110 for Michael Okechukwu Associate Dean

Shireen Ossanlo

Director of Development


e: sossanlo@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  x131 for Shireen Ossanlo Director of Development

Carter Paysinger



Co-Athletic Director
e: cpaysinger@stbernardhs.org

Gabriel Reyes
Religion 10, Creative Writing, Spanish

Gab Reyes brings a well-rounded perspective to our faculty.


Religion, and Spanish
e: greyes@stbernardhs.org

Monique Rigard
Director of Campus Ministry/AP Studio Art

Ms. Rigard is a native of Los Angeles, she attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Fine Arts.   For the last twenty years, Ms. Rigard lived in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for the Archdiocese of Atlanta as an art teacher and as the Director of Religious Education at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Monique has her own catering business which focuses on Creole, Basque and Southern cuisine. She also enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, visiting local art museums, working in her gardening, and is an avid tennis player.

Principles of Design, Introduction to Art, Director of Campus Ministry
e: mrigard@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x109 for Monique Rigard Campus Ministry

Eric Rios

Eric Rios


Campus Ministry Assistant
e: erios@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651  for Eric Rios

Mitch Runco
Asst. Athletic Director/Head Boys Basketball Coach

Mitch Runco is the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at St. Bernard High School.  Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he moved to Los Angeles, September, 2011.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he served as student assistant to Bill Self.

Coach Runco will be entering his 3rd season as Head Coach. Last season, the Vikings were able to capture a CIF Championship! St. Bernard will look to defend the 5A title this season. With 3 starters returning and 7 overall from last years team, the Vikings will look to have an exciting year in what many believe to be the toughest league in California.

Coach Runco also accompanied the Kansas Jayhawk teams to 4 Big XII Championships, 1 National Championship (2008), 12, 1st round NBA Draft Picks and 2 1st-team All-Americans during his tenure at Kansas. Go Vikings!

Health, and Athletic Director
e: mrunco@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x115 for Athletic Director Mitch Runco

Andrea Saltzman
Business Manager

Andrea Saltzman is the Business Manager at St. Bernard High School. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She recently moved from Illinois to be closer to her two adult children.

Prior to joining St. Bernard High School, Andrea spent over 35 years in various aspects of the financial services industry.

Andrea was looking to make the transition from the business environment to the academic world and is so blessed to be given the opportunity to contribute in her role to the St. Bernard community.

Andrea enjoys watching USC football, the Chicago Bears and Bulls and USA soccer with her son. She loves music especially when her daughter is performing.

She can now enjoy her walks everyday in the beautiful Southern California weather.

Business Manager
e: asaltzman@stbernardhs.org
p: (310) 823-4651 x 104

Alex Sicolo

Alex Sicolo


e: asicolo@stbernardhs.org

Tony Slayton



AP Calculus, Algebra I, and Physics
e: tslayton@stbernardhs.org