THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS is responsible for the governance and operation of Catholic High School. The Board of Directors’ responsibility is to ensure Catholic is operated in accordance with the mission and charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Board delegates to the president, principal, and school administration the executive authority to operate the school in accordance with that mission and charism. Further, the Board explicitly refrains from interference in the administration of the school especially in areas such as personnel, curriculum, discipline and admission of individual students.
Blane Clark ’77 has a B.S. in Accounting from LSU and juris doctor from LSU Law School where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10%). He is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of the Kean Miller law firm, where he has worked since his graduation from law school, devoting most of his practice to representing clients that are buying or selling businesses. He is also a member of the Management Committee.
Blane has been recognized for his legal skills by being listed each year since 2006 in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Corporate Law and in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers USA) in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions. In addition to serving as past member of the board for Big Buddy Program, the Hospice Foundation and Myriam’s House, he is an active member of the Catholic High School Alumni Association, where he served as president in 2007-2008, and is a lifetime member of the Catholic High School Men’s Club.
Blane and his wife Celeste, a 1978 graduate of Vandebilt Catholic in Houma, have four children – Gordon ’08, Hayden, Sarah, and Emma. He and his family are members of St. Aloysius Church.
Carol G. Bonnecaze is a dedicated member of the Catholic High School community. She and her husband, Randy J. Bonnecaze ’65, have been married for more than 40 years. They are proud parents of Michelle Doherty (wife of James), Melissa Grissom (wife of Steven), and Brett ’94 (husband of Elizabeth) as well as the blessings of three granddaughters and five grandsons.Carol received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from LSU and taught three years in New Orleans. After the arrival of her children, she was dedicated to volunteerism in the educational and spiritual realms as well in her community.
As a parent and friend to Catholic High School, Carol and Randy served as the Parents Annual Giving Event chaircouple in ’91. During the school’s Centennial 1993-94, Carol served as Mothers’ Club President and chaired the Parents Committee for the Centennial Gala Celebration. Throughout her years at Catholic High School, she volunteered for the Mothers’ Club Auction, Mother/Son Mass and Breakfast, Senior Retreat, Grandparents Day, Catholic High School Development Committee secretary, and the Second Century of Excellence Capital Campaign Friends Committee. Carol has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Foundation.
Carol has also been involved at St. Thomas More Church and School, St. Joseph Academy, and St. George Church in many capacities. Presently, she is a lector, catechist teaching RCIA to children, a Eucharistic Minister at St. George and involved in other aspects of parish life. She is also on the board of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Foundation and Women’s Hospital Victory Open.
David Butler ‘77 has a B.S. in accounting from LSU and a Juris Doctor from LSU Law School. He has served as a past board member for the Baton Rouge CYO, Serra Club and Boy Scout Troop 7. At Catholic High School, he has served on the Men’s Club executive committee and on the alumni board. He has also served as a football statistician, Catholic High football broadcast team member, Catholic High track official, Bear Facts magazine contributor, Centennial committee member, chairman of the Centennial publication committee and chairman of the Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship. He was inducted into the Catholic High School Grizzly Greats Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
David and his wife Myria have three children, David ’05, Stephen ’07 and Patrick ’11. He and his family are members of St. Aloysius Parish.
The Brothers of the Sacred Heart have always been a big part of Gwen’s life; her father, A.J. Chiniche was a proud graduate (’49) of St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She has three sons with her husband, Matthew: Bryan, Sean ’09 and Jacob ’11. They are also blessed to have Jacob’s wife, Emily Lasseigne (SJA ’11) as their daughter-in-law.
Receiving her B.S. in Commercial Banking from LSU, Gwen worked as a Loan Review Officer at Central Progressive Bank, in Hammond, Louisiana until transitioning to be a stay at home mom and full-time volunteer. Volunteering at St. Jean Vianney School and Church, Gwen has given her time to the Emergency Assistance, Disaster Relief and Hospital Ministry Committees.
Matthew and Gwen were most recently a chair couple for the Capital Campaign for the long-awaited school gym. As parents at Catholic High School Gwen and Matthew were the Parents Annual Giving Event chair couple for the 2007-08 school year. Gwen also gave her time to various committees including: Mothers’ Club Auction, Senior Supper, Grandparents Day and Teachers Appreciation. She was Mothers’ Club President for the 2009-10 school year and served on the Strategic Planning Committee (2010-11).
Gwen is a dedicated volunteer to Cancer Services of Baton Rouge and Options (Hammond, Louisiana), an organization providing services for people with disabilities. She currently serves on the advisory committee for fundraising. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge.
Ryan Gallagher is currently serving as principal of Brother Martin High School.
Gallagher graduated from Brother Martin in 2000. He earned his B.A. in English from Tulane University and his M.A. in English from Tulane as well. He joined the faculty at Brother Martin in 2005. Before serving as principal, Gallagher taught English; coached cross country, track & field, and basketball; and served as co-director of Staff Development, Director of Student Formation, and Assistant Principal for Discipline & Attendance.
Lisa Harvey currently serves as principal.Harvey received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of New Orleans.
She taught for six years at St. John Interparochial School in Plaquemine and came to Catholic in 2000, serving as a religion teacher and moderator of the dance team, Bruinettes.
She began serving as Religion Department Chairperson during the 2002-2003 school year. She served as assistant principal for Instruction during the 2003-2004 school year and served six years as academic assistant principal.
Doug Nelson ’79 is a certified public accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He is a partner with Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, where he serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee and as its Assurance Services department head. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.Doug and his wife Susan (SJA Class of ’79) are currently members of St. Patrick’s Church where Doug serves on the Parish Finance Council. Prior to joining St. Patrick’s, Doug had been actively involved in various ministries and committees at St. Thomas More Church and School. He was a member of the Pastoral Council, Confirmation team leader, and Eucharistic Minister. He also served several years as Finance Chairman of the St Thomas More School Board and was a member of the St Thomas More School Strategic Planning Committee.
In addition to various business organizations, Doug is also a member of the Metropolitan Serra Club, a Bishop Ott Shelter team leader, and presently serves on the Catholic High School audit committee.
Doug and Susan have one son, Ben ’05, who is a graduate of LSU and Tulane Law School.
Gerald Tullier is currently serving as president of Catholic High School.
Tullier graduated from Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Joseph Cathedral Prep. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, a Masters in Theological Studies from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, and a M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans.
Tullier was program director for Refugee Services at the Associated Catholic Charities in New Orleans before joining the faculty of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 1978. At Brother Martin, he served as religion and English teacher, department chair, assistant principal, vice principal, and principal.
Dr. Richard R. Vath, President of the FMOLHS Clinical Network at the Lake Regional Medical Center, is a 1970 graduate of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of New Orleans in 1974 and his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans in 1977. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary / Critical Care Fellowships at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. He returned to Louisiana to the Baton Rouge Clinic where he practiced from 1983 until 2006 when he joined the senior leadership team at Our Lady of the Lake.
Vath became the first Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Our Lady of the Lake in 2006. In 2008, while continuing to lead the organization in continuous improvement in clinical quality and patient safety, he was appointed as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. He participated in a successful effort with LSU and the state to move LSU graduate medical education programs in Baton Rouge to the OLOL campus by 2013 and remains committed to the development of Our Lady of the Lake as a stronger academic medical center. He also recently received an appointment to the Catholic Health Association of the United States Board of Trustees for a three year term.
Vath has been very involved in his parish and the schools his three sons attended. He served as President of Our Lady of Mercy School Board, Parish Council President, and has been part of the Confirmation Team and RCIA lecturer for years at OLOM. Vath and his wife, Linda, also served as the PAGE 13 chaircouple.
When his sons attended Catholic High School, he became part of the retreat team and remained active as a senior retreat adult leader for a number of years. He has served on the Catholic High School board of directors for nine years.
He is married to Linda C. Vath and has three sons, all Catholic High School graduates: Richard ’95, Michael ’98, and Stephen ’01.