Founders Board

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. We aspire to have more board members across the District of San Francisco New Orleans in the future. Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC, serves as the Board Chair.

Officers include:

Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC*
Board Chair

Most Reverend Bishop Thomas Daly, DD

Pamela Gleeson

Brother Mark Murphy*
Vice Chair of Operations; only appointed position on Founders Board

Bernie Orsi
Vice Chair of Annual Giving

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.

Board Biographies

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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

Ex-officio Board Member, Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation

Brother Stanislaus is currently serving as the Director of the Provincialate Brothers Community, as Chair of the Christian Brothers Charitable Trust, and as ex-officio member of LCBF. He was the Brother Visitor from 2003 to 2011. He has served in secondary/tertiary education for 22 years, in various communities of formation/training for the Brothers, and as Auxiliary Visitor for eight years. He earned his Ph.D in Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Bishop, Diocese of Spokane (Washington)
Most Reverend Bishop Daly was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987.He currently serves as Bishop of Spokane. While with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, 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 (‚Äô82), a Master in Divinity from St. Patrick‚Äôs Seminary, Menlo Park (‚Äô87) and a Master of Education from Boston College (‚Äô96). A renowned graduate of Sacred Heart High School (San Francisco), Bishop Daly (‚Äô78) has been an ardent supporter of the successor school, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, and the Lasallian‚ÄďVincentian educational direction and growth.

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).

President/CEO, Orbis Payment Services

Mr. Isetta is the Founder and CEO of Orbis Payment Services, Inc., providing merchant services for brick and mortar and internet-based companies. A native San Franciscan, he earned a BA degree in History from the University of San Francisco in 1966. He was a high school teacher and a coach, Director of Finance, Director of Development, and served as Principal of Marin Catholic High School (Kentfield) for 15 years.  He is married to Marilyn Hulmer Isetta and together they have five children. Bill has a long affiliation with the Christian Brothers at Mont La Salle, and through his wide network of family and friends, he is a strong advocate and fundraiser for the educational mission of the Brothers. A  Board member since 2012, he also serves on the development committee of the LCBF Board.

Board Chair, Brother Visitor of the San Francisco District (2022 ‚Äď present)

Brother Nick Gonzalez, FSC, is the son of Mexican immigrants who believed in the transformative power of education. A product of El Paso Catholic schools (made possible through scholarships and financial aid), he began his formation with the Brothers at the College of Santa Fe in 1982. Brother Nick has served as a teacher, moderator, and administrator at Lasallian schools in Santa Fe, NM, El Paso, TX, and Tucson, AZ. From 1990 ‚Äď 1994, he worked in parochial schools in the Denver Archdiocese. In 2003, Brother Nick was the founding principal of San Miguel High School, part of the Cristo Rey network. He served as Assistant Visitor of the SFNO District from 2019-2022, and was appointed as Visitor in 2022. As Visitor, Brother Nick is Chair of the De La Salle Institute Board of Directors and the District Council of the Brothers.

Administrator, Saint Mary’s College, Retired

Mr. McLeod served for 39 years at Saint Mary’s College in various leadership positions, including Dean of Students, Vice-President for Student Affairs, Vice-President for Administration and Major Gifts Officer; he previously served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Fresno following a teaching and administrative career at San Joaquin Memorial. He is a trustee of the East Bay Scholarship Fund. He earned his BA degree from Saint Mary’s College in 1963 and attended San Joaquin Memorial High School when it was under the direction of the Christian Brothers. Bill’s long association with the Brothers, from his high school years at San Joaquin Memorial through his college student days and career at Saint Mary’s College, make him a valuable contributor to the mission of LCBF.

Ex-officio Board Member
Vice Chair of Operations
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.

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

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.