Staff

Bryan Cardenas

Client Relations Associate for the CWSP

As a Chicano East Oakland native, I am thrilled to be working within my home community and to have the opportunity to connect with the Cristo Rey staff, students, and their families. With my position as Client Relations Associate, I look forward to encouraging and empowering our students to become independent, young professionals equipped with … Continued

Bryan Cardenas

Client Relations Associate for the CWSP

As a Chicano East Oakland native, I am thrilled to be working within my home community and to have the opportunity to connect with the Cristo Rey staff, students, and their families. With my position as Client Relations Associate, I look forward to encouraging and empowering our students to become independent, young professionals equipped with … Continued

Jennifer Castello

Director of Wholeness

Jennifer Castello is a bay area native and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health and educational fields for over 15 years in various contexts with children, youth, and families, including schools, communities, treatment facilities, family homes, group homes, foster homes, homeless shelters, and within the special education, child … Continued

Jennifer Castello

Director of Wholeness

Jennifer Castello is a bay area native and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health and educational fields for over 15 years in various contexts with children, youth, and families, including schools, communities, treatment facilities, family homes, group homes, foster homes, homeless shelters, and within the special education, child … Continued

Br. Jonathan Cord, FSC

Board Member

Brother Jonathan has been a De La Salle Christian Brother for over 55 years, having first encountered the Brothers in his hometown of Sacramento, California.  Having ministered in eight high schools of the San Francisco New Orleans District and been a Director of six communities, Br. Jonathan more recently served in two of the District’s … Continued

Br. Jonathan Cord, FSC

Board Member

Brother Jonathan has been a De La Salle Christian Brother for over 55 years, having first encountered the Brothers in his hometown of Sacramento, California.  Having ministered in eight high schools of the San Francisco New Orleans District and been a Director of six communities, Br. Jonathan more recently served in two of the District’s … Continued

John Coughlan

Director of the Corporate Work Study Program

John Coughlan comes to Cristo Rey De La Salle after serving as Vice President at Shanghai-based Caohejing (CHJ) Development Corporation, where he focused on strategy, business development, and overseas investment. Prior to CHJ, Mr. Coughlan worked for CBRE Asia Pacific; Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock), San Francisco; UNICE (now Businesseurope); the European Commission; and the … Continued

John Coughlan

Director of the Corporate Work Study Program

John Coughlan comes to Cristo Rey De La Salle after serving as Vice President at Shanghai-based Caohejing (CHJ) Development Corporation, where he focused on strategy, business development, and overseas investment. Prior to CHJ, Mr. Coughlan worked for CBRE Asia Pacific; Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock), San Francisco; UNICE (now Businesseurope); the European Commission; and the … Continued

Neal Gutierrez

Associate Director for the Corporate Work Study Program

After graduating with a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis, Neal entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served as the program coordinator for the corporate work-study program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee, WI. Throughout his year of service, he immediately fell in love with the Cristo Rey model … Continued

Neal Gutierrez

Associate Director for the Corporate Work Study Program

After graduating with a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis, Neal entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served as the program coordinator for the corporate work-study program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee, WI. Throughout his year of service, he immediately fell in love with the Cristo Rey model … Continued

Ana Hernández

Principal

Ana Hernández is a career educator and administrator who most recently served as Director of the Magis Program at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, which supports first-generation college bound students from low socio-economic backgrounds and from underrepresented groups in higher education.  Ms. Hernández immigrated to Oakland from Mexico as a child with her family. … Continued

Ana Hernández

Principal

Ana Hernández is a career educator and administrator who most recently served as Director of the Magis Program at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, which supports first-generation college bound students from low socio-economic backgrounds and from underrepresented groups in higher education.  Ms. Hernández immigrated to Oakland from Mexico as a child with her family. … Continued

Ashley Jackson

Mission Advancement Associate

Ashley joins the Mission and Advancement team with a Master’s in Communications and Multimedia Studies from California State East Bay. Prior to Cristo Rey De La Salle, Ashley worked several years in the nonprofit sector as a Marketing & Communications professional. Now, as the Mission Advancement Associate, she is responsible for helping develop and advance Cristo Rey De … Continued

Ashley Jackson

Mission Advancement Associate

Ashley joins the Mission and Advancement team with a Master’s in Communications and Multimedia Studies from California State East Bay. Prior to Cristo Rey De La Salle, Ashley worked several years in the nonprofit sector as a Marketing & Communications professional. Now, as the Mission Advancement Associate, she is responsible for helping develop and advance Cristo Rey De … Continued

Annie Nguyen

Admissions Director

(510) 519-9217 Annie comes to Cristo Rey most recently from Quizlet, an education software company located in San Francisco where she managed People Operations and Office Operations. Prior to her start-up experience, she’s worked in public, charter, and private schools in a variety of roles ranging from providing administrative support to leadership, social services to families … Continued

Annie Nguyen

Admissions Director

(510) 519-9217 Annie comes to Cristo Rey most recently from Quizlet, an education software company located in San Francisco where she managed People Operations and Office Operations. Prior to her start-up experience, she’s worked in public, charter, and private schools in a variety of roles ranging from providing administrative support to leadership, social services to families … Continued

Julio Orozco

Athletic Director

Julio Orozco is a bay area native who is excited about the many opportunities CRDLS has to offer. A Saint Elizabeth graduate, Julio’s many years in the Fruitvale community shows his passion for others and his willingness to help each kid that comes through the front doors. Julio brings many years of experience working in … Continued

Julio Orozco

Athletic Director

Julio Orozco is a bay area native who is excited about the many opportunities CRDLS has to offer. A Saint Elizabeth graduate, Julio’s many years in the Fruitvale community shows his passion for others and his willingness to help each kid that comes through the front doors. Julio brings many years of experience working in … Continued

Ben Peters

Lasalian Volunteer

Mr. Benjamin Peters is a second year Lasallian Volunteer coming to us from San Miguel Middle School, Washington D.C. where he was previously assigned to: teach Religion and English, serve as a librarian and proctor, and complete a variety of other duties. He grew up in rural Minnesota in a town of less than 10,000 … Continued

Ben Peters

Lasalian Volunteer

Mr. Benjamin Peters is a second year Lasallian Volunteer coming to us from San Miguel Middle School, Washington D.C. where he was previously assigned to: teach Religion and English, serve as a librarian and proctor, and complete a variety of other duties. He grew up in rural Minnesota in a town of less than 10,000 … Continued

Matt Powell

Interim President & CEO

Matt is the Executive Director Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation; he joined LCBF following a 14-year term as founding Principal and subsequent President of De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon (a Cristo Rey School). Previously, he was a teacher and administrator at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Oregon. Between the … Continued

Matt Powell

Interim President & CEO

Matt is the Executive Director Lasallian Christian Brothers Foundation; he joined LCBF following a 14-year term as founding Principal and subsequent President of De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon (a Cristo Rey School). Previously, he was a teacher and administrator at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Milwaukie, Oregon. Between the … Continued

Ben Sigrist

English Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

Ben Sigrist

English Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

Chris Trinidad

Assistant Principal

Chris Trinidad is humbled and honoured to join the founding leadership team of Cristo Rey De La Salle.  He has discerned that the core purpose of his work is to accompany and encourage people to pursue their vocation through a transformative education.  Chris began his teaching career in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was born … Continued

Chris Trinidad

Assistant Principal

Chris Trinidad is humbled and honoured to join the founding leadership team of Cristo Rey De La Salle.  He has discerned that the core purpose of his work is to accompany and encourage people to pursue their vocation through a transformative education.  Chris began his teaching career in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was born … Continued

Irania Valencia

Executive Assistant/ School Registrar

Ms. Irania Valencia will be joining Cristo Rey De La Salle as the new Executive Assistant/ School Registrar. With experience coming from a Community Health Clinic in the Tri-Valley, she started as their front desk receptionist welcoming guests with a warm smile while addressing concerns and directing them to their appointments. She quickly excelled at … Continued

Irania Valencia

Executive Assistant/ School Registrar

Ms. Irania Valencia will be joining Cristo Rey De La Salle as the new Executive Assistant/ School Registrar. With experience coming from a Community Health Clinic in the Tri-Valley, she started as their front desk receptionist welcoming guests with a warm smile while addressing concerns and directing them to their appointments. She quickly excelled at … Continued

Eduardo Valencia

Enrollment Manager

510-519-9233 Eduardo Valencia graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C with a double major in Government and English and a minor in the Education, Inquiry and Justice program. The first in his family to go to college, Eduardo focused his studies on education policy and equity. A Bay Area native, he interned at Democratic Leader … Continued

Eduardo Valencia

Enrollment Manager

510-519-9233 Eduardo Valencia graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C with a double major in Government and English and a minor in the Education, Inquiry and Justice program. The first in his family to go to college, Eduardo focused his studies on education policy and equity. A Bay Area native, he interned at Democratic Leader … Continued

Faculty

Kitzia Benites Plata

Wholeness Counseling Intern

Kitzia Benites Plata: Born and raised in the bay area, Kitzia is a 3rd year graduate student at St Mary’s College of California who is joining CRDLS as a Wholeness Counseling Intern. She will graduate in May of 2020 with a master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling. She … Continued

Kitzia Benites Plata

Wholeness Counseling Intern

Kitzia Benites Plata: Born and raised in the bay area, Kitzia is a 3rd year graduate student at St Mary’s College of California who is joining CRDLS as a Wholeness Counseling Intern. She will graduate in May of 2020 with a master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling. She … Continued

Michael Cody

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Michael Cody joins Cristo Rey De La Salle as the Social Studies Teacher with 7 years of experience in Catholic education. After graduating from the University of California Davis with a B.A. in Psychology and History, Mr. Cody began his teaching career in his hometown of San Jose at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools. During … Continued

Michael Cody

Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Michael Cody joins Cristo Rey De La Salle as the Social Studies Teacher with 7 years of experience in Catholic education. After graduating from the University of California Davis with a B.A. in Psychology and History, Mr. Cody began his teaching career in his hometown of San Jose at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools. During … Continued

Sheila Garcia

Director of Campus Ministry & Theology Teacher

Sheila Garcia is a born and raised Bay Area native and served at Lasallian ministries after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of California. She served as Campus Minister at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas during her tenure as a Lasallian Volunteer. Most recently she has served as Director … Continued

Sheila Garcia

Director of Campus Ministry & Theology Teacher

Sheila Garcia is a born and raised Bay Area native and served at Lasallian ministries after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at St. Mary’s College of California. She served as Campus Minister at Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas during her tenure as a Lasallian Volunteer. Most recently she has served as Director … Continued

Christopher Hernandez

Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Christopher Hernandez found his passion for teaching and for the arts at a young age. He and his cousins would play “school” in which he would teach art lessons on how to draw their favorite characters. With a passion for cartoons, illustrations, comics, and animation, he formally studied all forms of art as an … Continued

Christopher Hernandez

Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Christopher Hernandez found his passion for teaching and for the arts at a young age. He and his cousins would play “school” in which he would teach art lessons on how to draw their favorite characters. With a passion for cartoons, illustrations, comics, and animation, he formally studied all forms of art as an … Continued

Timothy Tran

Math Teacher

Mr. Timothy Tran is a California native that was born and raised in Stockton. After finishing K-12 in his hometown, he decided to further his education here in the Bay Area. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in single subject teaching at San Francisco State University. During his undergrad, Mr. Tran … Continued

Timothy Tran

Math Teacher

Mr. Timothy Tran is a California native that was born and raised in Stockton. After finishing K-12 in his hometown, he decided to further his education here in the Bay Area. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in single subject teaching at San Francisco State University. During his undergrad, Mr. Tran … Continued

Elshia Vasquez

Wholeness Counseling Intern

Elshia Vasquez is joining CRDLS as a Wholeness counseling intern from Saint Mary’s College. Prior to pursuing her Master’s in Counseling, she worked as a teacher for 12 years, teaching elementary, middle, high school, and even adults in the community of Richmond, California. Toward the end of her teaching career she began to notice how … Continued

Elshia Vasquez

Wholeness Counseling Intern

Elshia Vasquez is joining CRDLS as a Wholeness counseling intern from Saint Mary’s College. Prior to pursuing her Master’s in Counseling, she worked as a teacher for 12 years, teaching elementary, middle, high school, and even adults in the community of Richmond, California. Toward the end of her teaching career she began to notice how … Continued

Christian Ziraldo

Wholeness Social Emotional and Academic Counselor

Christian Ziraldo is excited to join the Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School family as a Part Time Wholeness Counselor who will be providing social, emotional, and academic counseling as well as facilitating student and parent college going culture monthly workshops. She just moved to Oakland from Detroit, MI with her husband. … Continued

Christian Ziraldo

Wholeness Social Emotional and Academic Counselor

Christian Ziraldo is excited to join the Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School family as a Part Time Wholeness Counselor who will be providing social, emotional, and academic counseling as well as facilitating student and parent college going culture monthly workshops. She just moved to Oakland from Detroit, MI with her husband. … Continued