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Board of Directors


 The Board of Directors, with the aid of the school Leadership Team, makes major policy decisions and sets the direction of the school. Each member serves on at least one subcommittee in addition to their place on the general Board. Directors asses the overall performance and financial health of the school, assuring that all resources are being used for the purposes for which they were intended. They formulate the school's mission and ensure that it is upheld and advanced through their review of strategic plans, major commitments, and the annual budget. The Board of Directors also supports the school's job acquisition and fundraising efforts through personal and professional connections throughout the region. They strive to enhance and promote the public image of the school throughout the Richmond community. 



Alexa Quinn,

Chair of Board

Alexa is a CPA and attorney by profession but has spent nearly 25 years in public service.  She is past President of the Junior League of Richmond, past President of the HomeAgain Board and a past Junior Board member of Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Hospital and Richmond Ballet. Most recently, Alexa has served on the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School and Armstrong High School Freshman Academy Boards. It is her work on these Boards that led to her passion for education of underserved, low-income youth and her excitement for bringing a Cristo Rey High School to Richmond, VA. Alexa graduated from Bucknell University and the University of Maryland Law School. She is married to Peter Quinn, President of RiverFront Investment Group, and has three children.


Sue Baldwin

Sue Baldwin comes with nearly four decades of experience in education. Her tenure has included serving in numerous teaching and leadership roles since joining St. Catherine’s School in the early 80’s. She began as a music teacher and transitioned into teaching study skills at the middle school level. Her leadership qualities were obvious, and she worked her way up to Director of the Middle School (16 years in that position), Interim Head of School (’11-’12), and then Assistant Head of School (’12 - present). Sue has a passion for a growth mindset and critical thinking skill development in children, global engagement, community and inclusion. She has presented many times at leadership and education conferences, and she is the Director of the New Teacher Mentoring Program, Chair of the Teacher Evaluation Committee, and assisted the Virginia Association of Independent Schools as Vice-Chair of many accreditation teams across the state of Virginia. Sue Baldwin received her B.M.E. from Longwood College, accomplished graduate study in Music at Westminster Choir College and Ethnomusicology, Choral Music, and Jazz at Central Connecticut State University, and has certification in Staff Development for Teaching Thinking from the National Center for Teaching Thinking.


Camille Blanchard

Camille is VP, Head of Innovation, at West Cary Group, an award-winning performance marketing firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.  Her mandate is to enable rapid testing and integration of new marketing techniques and emerging technologies into client strategies and campaigns.  Camille’s breadth of skills spans marketing, operations, data, technology and business management on both the client and agency sides.  As a 10-year veteran executive of West Cary Group, she has provided strategic leadership for the agency’s Account Management and Innovation teams.  Previously Camille led product, marketing and operations teams for several lines of business at Capital One.  She’s a graduate of Wake Forest University.  Camille is also the Dean of Kingdom Life School of Ministry and serves on the Board of Directors for Witness2, an international evangelistic ministry.


Matt Bosher

Matthew P. Bosher is a partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP.  He concentrates on disputes and investigations relating to financial reporting and corporate governance matters. He represents public companies, executives, accounting firms and others in a wide variety of litigation matters, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, private securities fraud suits, and other complex commercial litigation.  He has also conducted numerous internal investigations concerning allegations of accounting fraud, alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other alleged regulatory compliance failures.  Bosher frequently advises companies regarding internal controls and corporate governance best practices, and has authored articles on matters that impact public companies and the accounting profession. He was named to the 2014 class of “Leaders in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  Bosher also has an active pro bono practice representing individuals wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.  For his pro bono work, he received the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project “Defender of Innocence” Award and was named to the National Law Journal’s 2013 “Pro Bono Hot List.” Bosher earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.


Dontrese Brown, Vice-Chair of Board 

As the Executive Director for The Edge Career & Professional Development Program at Randolph-Macon College, Dontrese is relentless in his pursuit of helping others maximize their potential.  His commitment to transformational leadership and serving the youth of our communities is the driving force that inspires all those around him.  A remarkable communicator and influencer, he fosters a culture of excellence through a compelling vision of respect, integrity and empowerment.  Throughout his career, Brown has led various teams from a creative and professional development perspective, and he is passionate about brand design, creative strategy and teamwork.  He previously served as Director of Brand Creative for Capital One Bank; and as Creative Director, North America for Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc.  Prior to that, Brown served as Creative Director at SCHAWK!, a global brand and marketing strategy company.  From 1999-2005, Brown served as a professor of graphic design at Georgetown College.  A sought-after speaker on topics of design and leadership, Brown earned his B.F.A. in graphic design from Georgetown College.


Toby Desch

Toby Desch is the Executive Director of UP RVA.  He started UP RVA in August of 2015 with the dream of making Independent Schools more accessible to students from the East End of Richmond.  He had the idea for UP RVA when he was working at The Collegiate School and saw how difficult the transition from inner-city education to private education could be.  Toby is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied education.  He originally thought that he wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher, but that changed after he started working with high school students at Collegiate.  When not working, Toby enjoys spending time on the golf course and hanging with his fiancé and two dogs.


Brian Ewald

Brian Ewald has been in the Medical Device Sector for his 30 year career. He has worked for two start-up companies that were both sold for a billion dollars in increased valuations. He has been involved with community service for most of his life in Richmond. He served in the Big Brother-Big Sister organization for over a decade in the early 90’s. Brian Ewald is a charter member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and The Dominion Club in the far West End. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA South Hampton Roads and Camp Silver Beach. Brian was involved with Cristo Rey Richmond since the beginning on the feasibility study committee. He served as a member of the Committee for Jobs/Business liaison and relations. Mr. Ewald has a Certificate from the Harvard Business High Performance Management School and serves as a Course Director at the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, CO. He has double BS degrees in both Management and Marketing. He is a graduate from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Brian and his wife Linda of 24 years have two daughters Rita (20) and Maddie (17).


Edward F. Gerado

Mr. Gerardo served as Director for Community Commitment and Social Investments for the Bon Secours Health System from 2006 to 2018. In addition to overseeing the community benefit functions of the health system, he was responsible for Bon Secours’ community investment and grants programs, as well as outreach efforts in the communities of Bon Secours. For twelve years he led the health system’s efforts to bring about healthy communities in vulnerable neighborhoods. In 2013, he oversaw Community Health Needs Assessments for 14 Bon Secours hospitals, and did so again in 2016. With Treasury Services of Bon Secours, he led the system’s impact investing work (Community Investment Program) which placed $34 million through financial intermediaries to support housing, economic development, and support structures in communities served by Bon Secours Health System.

Mr. Gerardo was with Bon Secours for over 27 years, much of it in Richmond, Virginia where he oversaw planning, business development and contributed to the establishment of a regional health system. Mr. Gerardo is a graduate from the University of Virginia (Religious Studies), and has Master’s degrees from Boston College (Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Business Administration). He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations and continues to be involved with Church efforts to improve education, health and economic conditions for the people of Haiti.


Kim Gottwald

Kim Gottwald is a community leader unparalleled in Richmond.  She has served on numerous boards including World Pediatric Project, Junior League of Richmond, St. Christopher’s School Auction, and the Children’s Hospital just to name a few.  She has raised millions of dollars through her service on the listed boards in which she has served. Her generosity, commitment, and enthusiasm will be of great benefit to Cristo Rey Richmond. Kim graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the mother of six children and grandmother of two.


Christopher Habenicht, Secretary 

Christopher Habenicht serves as Secretary of the Boards of Cristo Rey Richmond High School. He practices law with the firm of MeyerGoergen, PC, after having practiced with the firm of Hopson, Habenicht and Cave and its successors for 35 years.  Christopher attended Catholic schools in Richmond from Kindergarten through high school. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from Washington & Lee University. Professionally, Christopher has been active in bar activities having served on the Council of the Virginia State Bar (VSB), and on and as Chair of the VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline. He has been on the Executive Board of the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America since 2006 and served as President of the Council in 2013-2015. Christopher has been an active member of The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for many years and has served on and as Chair of the Finance Council, on and as Chair of the Pastoral Council, and on various other committees that have helped to set up the Cathedral for a second century of service to the Diocese and the Richmond area.     



Dr. Yvette Johnson-Threat MD, MPH

Yvette Johnson-Threat MD, MPH received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama. Her medical degree was awarded by the University of Illinois, Chicago. She then completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She was Chief Resident of Outpatient Internal Medicine prior to moving to Richmond, Virginia in 1996.  She was employed by Bon Secours from 2003 until 2015, where she served as a practicing physician in Primary Health Care Associates, and CMO for the Bon Secours Medical Group, Richmond Community Hospital, and Memorial Regional Medical Center. Dr. Johnson-Threat served as Vice-President of Medical Affairs for one year at Med Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland. She returned to Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in October of 2016, and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer. 


Margaret Keightley

Margaret is the Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation. She began working at the Diocese in 2010. As Executive Director, she works closely with the Board of DIrectos and oversees the management and administration of the Foundation. Her involvement with the Diocese began as a volunteer for the McMahon Parater Foundation for Education in 2009. She is an active community volunteer on the Boards of Directors of Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), Voices for Virginia’s Children and serves on the Advisory Board of Little Sisters of the Poor. Margaret and her husband, Jerry, have two children and live in Richmond, where they are active parishioners at St. Bridget Catholic Church. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in History and American Studies and Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond.


Sister Anne Marie Mack, C.B.S.

Sister Anne Marie’s ministry as a Sister of Bon Secours spans 50 years. After serving in Bon Secours facilities in Baltimore, Maryland and Grosse Pointe, Michigan from 1972 to 2005 at that time she was elected President of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, based in Marriottsville, Maryland and served in that role for seven years. Upon completion of her as president, she was appointed Vice President of Mission for two Richmond, Virginia hospitals and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sponsorship for Bon Secours Richmond Health System. In 2014 she was also appointed Senior Vice President of Sponsorship for Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System in St. Petersburg, Florida. From 2008 to 2011, Sister Anne Marie served as President of the Board of UNANIMA International, a non-governmental organization of women religious serving at the United Nations and advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants, refugees, and the environment. She serves as the chairperson of the Congregation’s International Peace and Justice Committee. Sister Anne Marie has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing.


Brian D. Melton, Senior Vice President for External Relations and General Counsel, Cristo Rey Network

Brian Melton joined the Cristo Rey Network in July 2013 as the Director of School Growth. Brian's role has since expanded to include serving as General Counsel of the Network, and in June 2017 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for External Relations. Brian is responsible for oversight of the Network's strategic plan for growth and is involved in major gifts fundraising. Brian also serves as Executive Director of the Cristo Rey Institute, a Public Juridic Person (PJP) of Pontifical Rite, officially Decreed under Canon Law by the Vatican on March 19, 2017. He brings more than thirty years of experience in the legal profession to the position. Prior to Cristo Rey, Brian was a founding partner of Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP. He served as President of the Dallas Bar Association and Chair of the Dallas Bar Foundation. He has extensive experience in non-profit management and serving as legal counsel to numerous organizations. Brian's background in education includes serving as Chair of the Education Task Force of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's annual Community Symposium for Justice in Education, and Board Chair of St. Rita's School in Dallas. Brian earned a B.A. in History from Spring Hill College, his J.D. Degree from S.M.U. Law School, and his Master's Degree in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago.


Alma Showalter, Treasurer 

Alma W. Showalter is vice president–Tax.  Showalter joined the company in 2001 as a tax consultant.  She was named manager of Tax Research in 2002 and director of Tax Research in 2005. She became director of Tax in 2008 and controller of Taxation in 2009.  She assumed her current post in January 2014.  Before joining the company, Showalter held management positions in public accounting at Keiter and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Council on State Taxation, and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Tax Committee.  She currently serves on EEI’s Tax Analysis and Research Subcommittee.  Showalter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned her master’s degree in accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce.


Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ, Ex-Officio

Fr. Auerbach serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Church, a predominantly Latino congregation in the Manchester area of Richmond.  He is also president of the board of directors of Sacred Heart Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is "to serve as a hub for Richmond’s Latino community that opens opportunities for economic and social integration, family success and community leadership".  He has served on the Mayor's Anti-Poverty Commission.  Fr. Auerbach is a member of the Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits) a Roman Catholic religious order known for education, missionary endeavors, and engagement in social justice work.  Prior to his arrival in Richmond in 2007, he worked in Raleigh, North Carolina and Mexico.  Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fr. Auerbach holds masters degrees in linguistics, philosophy, and theology. 


Tanya Gonzalez, Ex-Officio

Tanya González graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies.  She is currently in the Masters of Public Administration program at Virginia Commonwealth University, part-time. Ms. Gonzalez joined the Sacred Heart Center as the Executive Director in July 2016.  She grew up on the Texas-Mexican border and has lived in Richmond for twenty-two years.  Ms. Gonzalez is active in the community, serving on several Boards as well as volunteering.  She has over 15 years’ experience in working with and for Richmond’s Latino community, previously as the Manager of the City of Richmond’s Office of Multicultural Affairs for over ten years.  Ms. Gonzalez is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and the Connecting Communities Fellowship Program, as well as the Minority Political Leadership Institute.  She was previously the recipient of the Ohtli award, given by the Mexican government to recognize individuals for their service to the Mexican community in the United States.  Ms. Gonzalez was also recognized as one of “Richmond’s Top 40 under 40” by Style Magazine in 2005, which highlights young leaders who are successful, talented and giving back to their community.  In May 2015, Ms. Gonzalez received the Leadership Metro Richmond Ukrop Community Vision Award.  In her free time, Ms. Gonzalez coordinates a dance group at the Sacred Heart Center that performs traditional Latin American and Spanish dance in the Richmond area.

Deacon Peter J. McCourt, Ex-Officio

 Deacon Peter J. McCourt is a passionate ministry leader with experiences in Catholic parish and diocesan ministry, Catholic Healthcare, and higher education.  He holds a master's degree in theology from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and has completed post-graduate studies in theology and in leadership at the University of Notre Dame. Pete is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the College Theology Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Before coming to Cristo Rey Richmond, Pete served as Vice President of Mission for the Bon Secours Virginia Medical Group. He is active in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and is an ordained Deacon for the Catholic Church. He has taught religious studies courses regularly at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has lectured on religion at the University of Oxford, UK and ministry leadership at Loyola University Chicago. His most important role, however, is as a husband and father to two children, Daniel and Erin.