Milestones, Apr. 2018
Alumnae Corner: President Napolitano Visit


After attending a Leadership Luncheon with current ICA Cristo Rey students, Claire Holmes ‘78 felt compelled to share the story of ICA Cristo Rey with her colleague, University of California President Janet Napolitano. On Wednesday, February 28th, ICA Cristo Rey welcomed President Napolitano to campus. After a brief meet-and-greet with Principal Lisa Graham, Corporate Work Study Director Bill Olinger, and other school leadership, President Napolitano and friend of ICA Cristo Rey Janet Reilly joined the students in the auditorium for remarks and a Q&A session.

Claire shared her Spartan pride with the students and introduced President Napolitano who described UC’s commitment to access and affordability for California students of all backgrounds. In particular, she noted UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan and other grants and scholarships that currently help more than 50% of UC’s California undergraduates to attend tuition-free. She challenged the students as well: “For the many, people, organizations, and companies who stand behind your school, you are the dream—a dream of a better future.”

Following her comments there was a Q&A session facilitated by Janet Reilly. Among the topics the young women asked about were DACA, time management, overcoming personal struggles, and the experience of being the “first woman” in a number of roles.

President Napolitano applauded the fact that ICA Cristo Rey Academy’s entire graduating class of 2017 was accepted into college and she also noted that ICA Cristo Rey Students are enjoying success right now at all nine of the Undergraduate UC Campuses.

We thank President Napolitano for her work and for her taking the time to visit with our women leaders of tomorrow.

Mission Moment: 3-on-3 Tournament


On March 3rd, 2018, ICA Cristo Rey hosted its second annual 3-on-3 tournament to raise money for our athletic program. This year we raised $20k, more than tripling our fundraising from last year, and had a great celebration with over 100 visitors to campus. We thank our stellar tournament chair, Maureen McCaffery Coleman, and her team of committee members: Zack Barulich, Kristen Gianaras, EJ Silvia, Kelly Dillon, Katie Lawson, Courtney Carter, Whitney Hooper, Christina Leupp, Hailey Carter, and Mackenzie Menotti. We also thank our sponsors and all who attended--the team effort was a real Slam Dunk!

Pro Sponsors
The Agency
GCA Global
Heidi & Jay Leupp
Makena Capital Management
Morgan Stanley
The O’Shea Foundation
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

College Sponsors
BiRite Foodservice Distributors
Kevin Cullinane
Mary McGee
Swinerton Builders

Lagunitas Brewing Company

CWSP: Supporting Non-Profits in our Community


Through ICA Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program, several students work at non-profits through the generosity of companies, foundations, and private donors. Overall we have five teams working at non-profit schools throughout the Mission and Noe Valley districts.

Here are the schools and their respective sponsors:

Schools where ICA Cristo Rey Students Work Sponsored By
St. Philips the Apostle Liz & Greg Vaughan
St. James School Mimi & Jim Moloney
St. Paul’s Elementary School Lenore Heffernan
Buena Vista/Horace Mann Corey Mulloy
St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception Debbie & Paul Baker


Schools where ICA Cristo Rey students work
Sponsored by
St. Philips the Apostle
Liz & Greg Vaughan
St. James School
Jima and Mimi Moloney
St. Paul’s Elementary School
Lenore Heffernan
Buena Vista/Horace Mann
Corey Mulloy
St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception
Paul & Debbie Baker

Tasks our Spartans are entrusted with vary from teacher assistance to helping in the main office with filing, making copies, and creating bulletin boards. A supervisor at St. Philip the Apostle explained, “They all go to the sixth and eighth grade classrooms and they are very helpful. Otherwise I would be drowning!”

The supervisor from St. James School said, “[Our student workers] are very professional, well groomed, always in uniform, and [they] have to multitask a lot… They complete tasks always with a smile and are very engaged, enthusiastic, cheerful, and [they] want to learn.”

At Buena Vista/Horace Mann students were described as “go-getters, thinking of their own ideas.” St. Paul’s Elementary School boasted about how much of an asset their student workers are. One of the supervisors is an ICA Cristo Rey alumna and said, “I love having her; she is really engaged and a strong teacher.” Another teacher commented, “My student worker helps walk kids to lunch and helps with Spanish lessons and grading papers… She is very conscientious.”

Overall, the student workers at our nonprofits are clearly a huge help and asset to these schools. The students take on important tasks that save organizations time and resources. Thanks to our sponsors, these schools get the help that they need in order to live out their missions. At ICA Cristo Rey we are very grateful for the opportunities these sponsorships provide our students, helping our students understand the importance of giving back to their communities.

Alumnae Corner: Brush & Brunch


ICA Cristo Rey’s inaugural Brush & Brunch event was held in our auditorium on Sunday, March 4. 18 alumnae, along with family and friends, began with a delicious brunch and blank canvases, and produced their own masterpieces under the guidance of ICA CR’s art teacher, Jennifer Rose. The alumnae were from the classes of ‘66, ‘70, ’80, ’83, ’84, ’93, ’95, ’05, and ’07.

Ms. Rose instructed the aspiring artists every step of the way. The end results were amazing! Each painting had its own personality. Everyone was pleased with their creations, and oohed and ahhed over others’ masterpieces.

We hope you will join us in the fall for the next Brush & Brunch. If you would like to host your own alumnae reunion here at ICA Cristo Rey with a paint party, let us know. We would love to have you join us! For more information contact Rhonda at rhontalas@icacademy.org.

ICA Cristo Rey Wants to Hear from You!


Attention Spartan Sisters: your fellow alumnae want to hear what you are up to! Please use this survey to keep the ICA Cristo Rey community in-the-loop about new and exciting life experiences. We especially encourage news about recent career successes and developments, as our current ICA Cristo Rey students are also interested in hearing what their futures might look like! We’d also love to hear about additions to your family, personal awards, or volunteer experiences. Feel free to email pictures of your news, including gatherings with your ICA sisters, to rhontalas@icacademy.org so we can publish your stories in the ICA Cristo Rey Update.