The initial members of the Founders Board include Bishop Tom Daly, Frank Noonan, Bernie Orsi, and Joe Syufy. They all hail from the greater San Francisco Bay Area and have ties to local Lasallian high schools. At least three additional Founders Board members, representing the schools and Brothers in Arizona, Southern California, Oregon, and Washington, will be added in the future. Brother Donald Johanson, FSC, serves as the Interim Board Chair.
Brother Donald Johanson, FSC
Interim Board Chair
Most Reverend Bishop Thomas Daly, DD
Brother Mark Murphy
Vice Chair of Operations; only appointed position on Founders Board
Vice Chair of Annual Giving
Vice Chair of Events
Slated for election at a later date
Vice Chair of Legacy and Planned Gifts
The Founders Board recognizes the responsibility to financially support the poorest students in our schools, retired Brothers who have already served in Lasallian institutions, and those Brothers who work in district schools with our Lasallian Partners today. Founders Board members are lifelong supporters of the Lasallian mission, dedicated to our development goals through their personal commitments and their willingness to invite others to join. All members give significant donations from their own means and encourage a network of colleagues to be involved as well. The board meets four times a year at Mont La Salle in Napa, CA, to formulate policy, determine strategy, and set and implement goals for annual and long-term development needs.
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Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of San Jose and Interim President/Rector of St Patrick’s Major Seminary – Menlo Park
Most Reverend Bishop Daly was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987 and served there until September 2011 when he was assigned as Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of San Jose. For the Archdiocese, he served as the Vocation Director, a teacher, a campus minister, and the President of Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield). He earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of San Francisco (’82), a Master in Divinity from St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park (’87) and a Master of Education from Boston College (’96). A renowned graduate of Sacred Heart High School (San Francisco), Bishop Daly (’78) has been an ardent supporter of the successor school, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and the Lasallian–Vincentian educational direction and growth.
Senior Vice President, Retired, Umpqua Bank, San Francisco
Following careers at both Hibernia Bank and Sanwa Bank, Mr. Brennan is experienced in commercial and industrial lending as well as estate and wealth management. He is a director on the Board of the De La Salle Institute and a member of the Executive Committee, providing assistance and counsel in the areas of financial planning and investments. Born and raised in San Francisco, he is an alumnus of University of San Francisco in Economics and the sibling of Brother David Brennan, FSC, a former Brother Visitor, now deceased. John is a passionate advocate of Lasallian education. A Lasallian Education Fund Board member since 2011, he also serves on the development committee for the LCBF Board.
Brother Visitor of the San Francisco District (2011 – present)
Brother Johanson joined the Christian Brothers in 1975 following a career as a pilot for the USAF; he earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, ’70, and a M.S. in Computer Science from University of San Francisco, 1989. Brother Donald served as a teacher, Vocations Director, and administrator at District high schools in San Francisco, Concord, and Sacramento. He served 8 years in Rome as the Communications/IT Director for the international headquarters of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. As Brother Visitor, he is Chair of the De La Salle Institute Board of Directors and the District Council of the Brothers.
Chief Financial Officer, De La Salle Institute (Napa)
Ms. Gleeson is a member of the Leadership Team for De La Salle Christian Brothers District of San Francisco New Orleans and is responsible for overseeing and directing the financial and legal services offered through the central office for the Lasallian educational mission. She has a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from the University of California, Berkeley (’85), and is a California Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Co-President and CFO of The Saul Zaentz Company
The son of Irish immigrants, Mr. Noonan graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1952, attended the University of San Francisco, and graduated in 1959 after a tour of duty in the U.S. Army. Later, as a C.P.A., he served as a partner in Fantasy Records and later with The Saul Zaentz Company, producers of major films, including: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Frank is a major supporter of the Lasallian mission of education on both the secondary level and with St. Mary’s College, Moraga; he also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco.
Chairman, S & P Company (2011 – present)
Mr. Orsi joined the S & P Company in 1978 as assistant to the founder, Paul Kalmanovitz, serving in various capacities; he is now Chairman. Bernie is a Trustee of the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation, held the position of Civil Service General Manager and Port Director for the City and County of San Francisco from 1977-80, and continues to be a member of various charitable and fraternal organizations. A graduate of St. Mary’s College, Moraga, 1965, he has served on its Board of Trustees. Bernie has also been involved and generously supportive of the Lasallian educational mission, serving as Chair of Lasallian Education Fund before moving to the Board of LCBF.
Vice-Chair and CEO of Syufy Enterprises (San Rafael)
Mr. Syufy leads corporate development efforts and investments in real estate and retail centers, with special emphasis on health, fitness and golf-related businesses; he is CEO of VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa, with locations in Colorado, Texas and Oregon. As a joint venture owner/operator of four golf courses in California, he has played a key role in the redevelopment of Peacock Gap Gold Club (San Rafael). Joseph began his career in the Syufy family theater business and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Theater Owners and The Tech Museum. As an alumnus of St. Mary’s College of California (Moraga), Joe has been a strong supporter and benefactor of Lasallian education.
Vice Chair of Operations, Lasallian Education Fund
COO, Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation
Brother Mark served as Brother Visitor for the District of San Francisco from 1987 to 1995, following teaching and administrative positions in the District’s high schools. He also served 17 years in Southeast Asia, living with and working as Advisor to the Brothers in India and Myanmar, with secondary responsibilities in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, and Singapore. Currently, he is director of the De La Salle Institute and the District Council of the Brothers. Brother Mark earned a B.A. from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, in 1965 and an M.A. from University of Detroit in 1971.
President and CEO of CAMICO Mutual Insurance
Mr. Rosario joined CAMICO in 1992 and has held many different executive positions during his tenure. CAMICO is the second largest carrier of CPA professional liability insurance in the nation. Ric’s public accounting background is in the audit division of the regional firm of John F. Forbes & Co. He later joined a startup real estate venture as controller and completed his tenure there as Chief Financial Officer. For many years Ric was a part-time lecturer on accounting at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California and attended the Christian Brothers school in San Francisco, Sacred Heart High School (now Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory). Several of his articles have appeared in national publications, and he co-authored the CCH-published books “CPA’s Guide to Loss Prevention Practices” and “CPA’s Guide to Effective Engagement Letters”, 9th Edition. Ric is also active with many state society and national committees as well as a frequent speaker on CPA liability.