Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of individuals who have special knowledge of financial or legal matters, real estate, development, education, marketing, technology and/or any profession deemed necessary for the advancement of the mission and strategic plan of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. Other qualifications of a Trustee include individuals who represent the Diocese of Austin, the business community and/or the St. Gabriel’s community.

Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include:

The Officers of the Board of Trustees include the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. There are four standing committees of the Board: Finance, Advancement, Committee on Trustees and Head Support and Evaluation.
Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include:
  • Preserve and advance St. Gabriel’s Mission, Vision, Core Values and Educational Philosophy
  • Hire, evaluate, and, if necessary, terminate the Head of School
  • Manage the School’s financial resources in a way that ensures the long-term viability of the institution
  • Set the long-term strategic direction for the School and manage the Head of School’s goals toward achieving those ends
Dan is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he received a BBA in Corporate Financial Management. After graduation, he joined Boatmen’s National Bank in St. Louis, MO. In 1992, he returned to Texas where he founded the first of three companies, Priority Personnel, Inc., a prominent regional staffing and human resources firm. In January of 2017, after 22 years as Chairman and CEO, he retired from the Board of Directors. Dan has served on the State Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Business and has served as Chairman of the Board for the Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. He presently serves on Advisory Boards for Frost Bank and the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University. Dan and his wife Kathy have two children attending St. Gabriel’s.
Frank retired from Dell in 2002. He and his wife Beth live with their family in Austin.  Their daughter is a student at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.   Prior to retirement, Frank managed several operational and strategic functions in Dell’s Worldwide Procurement Department.   He and Beth have been involved with raising funds and awareness for children’s causes in Austin.  Frank served as a member on the March of Dimes Austin Division Board and State Public Affair Committee from 2006 to 2014.   Mr. Stabile earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1972, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration in finance from Suffolk University in 1986.
JOE LAMY – Secretary
Joe grew up in Austin graduating from Westlake High School and later attended Rice University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and lettered on the 1994 SWC Co-Championship football team. After spending 4 years in San Francisco working in investment banking at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown and at a technology start-up, Joe moved back to Austin in 2002 and spent 15 years in commercial real estate development before recently launching a water technology company, Localized Water Solutions, Inc. Joe is currently an Advisory Board member to the National Science Foundation’s – NEWT and served as a catechist at St. John Neumann Church for the male teen program from 2008-2012. Joe is a parent to Lucy and Jack Lamy who attend St. Gabriel’s.
JAMES VINSON – Treasurer
James and his wife Sheryl are members of Emmaus Catholic Parish, where he serves on the Pastorello counsel. They have a son who attends St. Gabriel's Catholic school.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama with a major in Public Relations and minor in Political Science (Roll Tide!). James also achieved the Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor designations from the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. He is an Underwriting Unit Leader of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool performing supervisory management of an Underwriting Unit. Underwriting local government accounts, and monitoring of Unit quality standards for workers’ compensation, general liability, law enforcement liability, errors & omissions liability, auto liability & physical damage, real & personal property, mobile equipment, and fidelity bond or crime coverage.  James performs underwriting, risk management, budget analysis, and contribution development for entities such as cities, airports, electric utilities, and transit authorities who participate in the Risk Pool.
Cecilia Phalen Abbott has been with Harden Healthcare since 2004.  Her active role in the community has been crucial in her role as the Managing Director of Community Relations at Harden as well as the Executive Director of the Harden Healthcare Employee Benevolent Fund.  She is a former teacher and school principal.  She attended the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, a MEd. Degree in Private School Administration, and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology.  She serves on the University of St. Thomas Board (Houston).  Cecilia is a member of the Women’s Symphony League, the National Charity League, The Dell Children’s Women’s Trust, the Texas Chapter of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Advisory Board, the Holy Trinity Seminary Board (Dallas), and the Diocesan School Advisory Board (Austin).  Cecilia has served on the State Board for Educator Certification, the Harvard Principal’s Center Advisory Board, and the Ballet Austin Board. 
Mark Abraham graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from The University of Texas in May 1995. While spending the summer of 1993 in Canadian, Texas, working for his grandfather, Mark gained exposure to his cousin Salem Abraham's business - a Commodity Trading Advisor specializing in applying quantitative research to the global futures markets.  After a year and a half of independent research, Mark began working for his cousin at Abraham Trading Company in January 1995 and currently serves as Director of Research. In 2016, Mark started II Technology, a Registered Investment Advisor with a primary focus on quantitative investing and risk management. Mark met his wife Chrissy in Austin and they were married at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in 2006.  Their two children, Bella and George, attend St. Gabriel's Catholic School.
Brian and his wife, Kimberly, are members of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and have a first-grade daughter attending St. Gabriel’s and a sixth-grade daughter attending St. Stephen’s. Brian has practiced law in Texas for over twenty years, including six years with a highly respected international law firm. He has tried cases to a jury verdict and has prosecuted appeals before appellate courts.  Brian is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Matt is an Austin native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his BA in Anthropology and Spanish. He returned to Texas for medical school, completing his MD at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, then received training in Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Michigan. He was recruited home to Austin 5 years ago to establish a skin cancer surgery practice with the dermatology residency program at the newly formed Dell Medical School at UT Austin. He is currently the Director of Dermatologic Surgery for the Seton Healthcare Family and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UT Austin, and serves on the Leadership Development Steering Committee for the American Academy of Dermatology. Matt and his wife, Sarah, have served as Annual Fund grade level captains and chaired the 2015-2016 Annual Fund Campaign. Matt and Sarah are proud parents to Gabriel, Oliver, Jude and Louis, and parishioners at St. Theresa Catholic Church.
Monica Marquez-Gonzalez was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico.  She holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Monterrey and graduated Cum-Lauded in 1996.  She has a certification for English as a Second Language teacher at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.  Monica worked at Vitro Corporation (Auto Glass Manufacturing) managing their worldwide Marketing and Advertising budget and initiatives for four years.  Monica has made many contributions at SGCS as PSA chair-elect of Spiritual Life Committee (06-07), Spiritual Life Chair (07-08), Secretary (11-12) and Community Building (12-13).  Gala class basket co-chair (07), co-chair Santa workshop (10), and Gala Chair (14).  She and her husband, Juan Gonzalez, have three daughters, Roberta, Fernanda, and Rebeca.  They have been members of the SGCS community for over 10 years.
Lisa is co-owner of Panacea Collection, an event styling, home staging, and boutique furniture rental company in Austin, Texas. Prior to launching Panacea Collection in 2015, Lisa served as Festival Marketing Director with C3 Presents, the third largest concert promoter in the United States, and the producer of Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Austin Food & Wine Festival, for over fourteen years. She is also the Co-founder of Do312, a Chicago-based media property focused on helping a culture-forward audience find concerts and events. In addition to serving on the SGCS Board of Trustees, she is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and a Board Member of Creative Action. 
Suzon Spiller Kemp, Austin investor, received her education from the University of Texas Austin where she graduated with Honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She worked at the Library of Congress, and for United States Senator Albert Gore Sr. in Washington, D.C. She was Director of Hospice and Volunteer Services for Girling Health Care Inc., in Austin. She served both civic and social leadership roles, being recognized for her services by the City of Austin for her contribution to the Human Relation Commission and the Police Community Relations Advisory Board. She currently serves on the UT Austin College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, Texas Book Festival Board of Advisors, UT Austin College of Liberal Arts Department of Psychology Advisory Committee, UT Elementary School (Little Longhorns) Management Board, Board of Directors of Austin Child Guidance Center, and UT Austin College of Liberal Arts History Department Visiting Committee and President of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin. She is married to Bill Kemp for 53 years and has 5 children and 9 grandchildren.
John and his wife, Suzanne moved to Austin in the summer of 2006.  Two of their children currently attend St. Gabriel’s and two are SGCS graduates.  John served on the Advisory Board to the Head of School Search Committee.  He is a recipient of the Catholic School’s Education Service Award presented by Bishop Vásquez.  John has served two terms as Saber Dads President, has helped with the annual golf tournament, and has participated in the Saber Dads choir.  He has an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago and a BME from Villanova University and has spent most of his career in banking and financial services. The McManus family are members of SJN.
Robert McKee is a managing director with Cypress Associates, a New York-based investment banking firm.  Mr. McKee is based in Austin where he covers Texas and the surrounding region for Cypress.  Robert is the former president and CEO of White Instruments, a manufacturer of electronic equipment.  Prior to taking over White Instruments, Mr. McKee spent about 20 years as an investment banker with major Wall Street firms.  Robert is interested in entrepreneurship and education. Mr. McKee is a founder and a member of the steering committee of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship – Austin Chapter. He also serves on the board of the Association of Rice Alumni. Through Communities in Schools, he tutors high school students in science and math.  Robert strongly believes that it is important that we educate children to prepare them to be successful in life.  Robert holds a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and an MBA from the Wharton School.  Mr. McKee is an Eagle Scout and was named volunteer of the year at Garza High School.
Dr. Ovando is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ovando has devoted her career at UT to serve graduate students in the department’s Public School Executive Leadership and Higher Education Programs. Her work and research supported the preparation of school principals and superintendents. Dr. Ovando previously served on the St. Gabriel’s Board of Trustees from 2005 through 2009.
Ted is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Shortly after graduation, he co-founded Aspyr Media, a video game developer and publisher in Austin. Aspyr is celebrating 21 years in business with a focus on licensing worldwide brands like Star Wars, Call of Duty, Madden Football and Civilization for Mobile, Mac, and other Markets. Ted served as a trustee and advisory board Chairman for the University of St Edwards’ Business School from 2012-2014. He also dedicates his time to advisory roles in several local businesses, including real estate, software, restaurants, retail, and non-profits. Along with being an avid runner, Ted enjoys spending time with his wife Maureen and their two boys Sawyer and Bo.
Jay Lamy founded AQUILA Commercial, a full-service real estate brokerage services and property management firm, in January 2007 after spending seven years growing The Staubach Company’s Austin office.  Jay has leveraged his background in investment banking and venture capital to better serve his clients in the commercial real estate arena, specifically on lease acquisitions and dispositions and asset purchase and sale transactions.  Prior to joining The Staubach Company, Jay worked with Bariston Partners (1998-1999), a merchant bank/venture capital group in Boston.  At Bariston, Jay focused on new company acquisitions and financial advisory work for existing portfolio companies seeking additional equity and debt financing.  From 1996-1997, Jay worked in CIBS Oppenheimer’s investment banking group in New York, where he was an analyst in the Financial Institutions Group focusing on merger and acquisition transactions and public equity offerings.
Andrew is the first St. Gabriel’s graduate to become a Committee member. He received a BA in Education from Rice University, where he spent 4 years as a starting Offensive Lineman for the football team and was named First Team All-Conference USA in 2015.  Andrew is currently a Financial Analyst for the AQUILA Investment Team in Austin. His responsibilities include financial modeling, risk analysis, and debt and equity structuring, while his primary focus in on analysis investment opportunities and property developments. Prior to working for AQUILA, Andrew served as an intern with White Star Real Estate in Warsaw, Poland, where he specialized in financial analysis for office, retail and multi-family properties in developing markets across Eastern Europe.
Mrs. Misty Poe, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Austin Diocese

17–18 Board of Trustees

Dan Roy - Chairman of Board
Frank Stabile - Vice Chairman
James Vinson - Treasurer
Joe Lamy - Secretary
Cecilia Abbott*
Mark Abraham
Brian Casey
Dr. Matthew Fox
Monica Gonzalez
Lisa Hickey*
Suzon Kemp*
Robert McKee*
John McManus
Dr. Martha Ovando*
Ted Staloch
*Not a parent of a current St. Gabriel's student

Ex-Officio Members

Daniel McKenna, Head of St. Gabriel's Catholic School
Misty Poe, Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Austin

Contact the Board of Trustees

Recommendations are greatly appreciated and should be directed to the current Chair of the Committee of Trustees, Brian Casey.

St. Gabriel's Catholic School

2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin, TX 78735
Phone 512-327-7755 
Fax 512-327-4334

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St. Gabriel's Catholic School is an Independent Catholic school in Austin TX, educating children in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school.