Community Leadership

Our Community Makes a Difference

The Board of Directors participates in God’s work by providing advocacy, resources and governance to Guardian Catholic School. These resources enable the school to provide educational and spiritual opportunities to children and families regardless of financial situation or religious preference.
Volunteer Tutor with Student

Message from Chairman of the Board of Directors

Steve Foody

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Guardian Catholic School Board of Directors, we hope this greeting finds you and your family well.

So much has happened since the 16th Annual Ron Townsend Golf Classic in March. We were very fortunate to be able to hold the tournament before the COVID-19 pandemic created a massive shift in the way we gather in community. I would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the Golf Classic’s Honorary Chair Josh Scobee, Chairman Jason Burythe, and our many sponsors, participants and volunteers. Together, you helped raise more than $200,000 in scholarship assistance for Guardian students. Your generosity has helped our families who have been hit hardest during this crisis, and we are all very grateful.                               

While the 2020-2021 school year is well underway, it is certainly unlike any other in memory. I am pleased to report that Guardian is able to safely host students, teachers and staff due to the generosity of our many supporters. Health and safety are paramount, and I would like to particularly acknowledge the generous support of Vince and June Schuppert, who made it possible to employ a full-time nurse in the Florida Blue Health Clinic at Guardian Catholic School.

We are more determined than ever to provide each student with every opportunity not only to succeed, but to thrive. This important work could not be accomplished without your support!                                                                            


Steve Foody Signature

Steve Foody, Board Chairman

Board of Directors

Stephen Foody, Chairman
Greg Roth, Vice Chairman
Jim Selzer, Secretary
Lisa Benton
Fr. Jim Boddie
Beth Brockelman
Fr. Leonard Chuwa

Honorary Members

Jay Demetree
Dan Rice
Bobby Stein
Louis V. Walsh IV 

Tony Cugno
Mark Dawkins
Ed Fleming
Robbin Frazier
Keesy Goebertus
Rick Jones
Jane Lanier

Ex-Officio Officers

Steve Bell
Deacon Scott Conway
Sr. Beverly DiStefano
Fr. Bernardine Eikhuemelo
Sr. Dianne Rumschlag 
Sr. Cynthia Shaffer 
Patricia Tierney 
Laurrie Leonard                
Susan Masucci
Michelle Sammet
David Thaeler
Krissy Thompson
Ronald Townsend
John Whitehouse

Past Chairpersons

Paul Kerins
Ronald Townsend
Dan Rice
Rick Jones 

2020 Inaugural Guardian Ambassadors Board

Bobby Stein, Chair
Jay Demetree, Co-Chair
Len Brown, Jr.
Michael DuBow
Paul Jones
Mark Lamping
Dan Rice
Darnell Smith
Dwaine Stevens
Louis V. Walsh, IV

Board Spotlight

Coming Soon...

Community Partners

We would like to thank our sponsors and community partners for generously donating their time, talent, and treasures!

Advanced Direct Marketing

Advanced Disposal

Alex Brown

Ameris Bank

Ascension St. Vincent’s 

Bank of America

Baker Constructors

Bishop & Mills

Black Catholic Commission

Catholic Charities Jacksonville

Catlin Truck Accessories

Certified Court Reporters

Champion Brands

Christ the King Church

Conyers Welding & Machine, Inc.


Cox Radio, Inc.

CSX Foundation


Deerwood Rotary Charities, Inc.

Feeding Northeast Florida

Florida Blue Foundation



Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Men’s Club

HUB International

Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation

Jacksonville Jetport

Koch Foundation Inc.

Levenson Eye Associates

Lincoln Financial

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Michael Ward & Jennifer Glock Foundation

Nimnicht Buick & GMC

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Pablo River Partners

Palazzini Brothers, Inc.

Parliment Building Products, Inc.

Perdue Office Interiors


Queen of Peace Catholic Church

R2 Logistics

Rock Creek Capital

Ruckus Advertising + Public Relations

Sextant Wealth Advisory Group

Smith & Young Co.

Southeastern Grocers

St. Catherine’s Catholic Church

St. Paul’s Catholic School PTA

The Bailey Group

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Donald C. McGraw Foundation Fund

The Hartley Press

The Main Street America Group

The Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville

The Parts House

THE PLAYERS Championship

The Prudential Foundation

Tom Nehl Truck Company

Underwood’s Jewelers

US Assure, Inc.

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Southeastern Grocers

SEG Romay Davis

In October 2020, Guardian Catholic School became the proud recipient of a $17,500 grant from Southeastern Grocers for a shaded outdoor picnic area that will enable students to maintain social distancing during lunchtime. The funding was provided from the Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program, named in honor of a beloved employee of Winn-Dixie for over 20 years. The grant recipients were announced on October 29, 2020, Romay’s 101st birthday, also known as Romay Davis Day in her hometown of Montgomery, AL. Recently her story was featured on GMA!

Good Morning America is celebrating Black History Month with a 101-year-old, a war veteran, who has been showing strength and inspiring others for more than a century. Meet Ms. Romay Davis, the 101-years-young grocery associate, who still drives herself to work. Click HERE to view this remarkable story!

Donor Spotlight

Art and Nancy Gase

Art and Nancy Gase

The Gases have always loved reading and learning new things. Their love for reading is evidenced by a great accumulation of books that now reside in their home library. Over the years, the couple has shared their passion for reading with their three children and five grandchildren. In fact, gifting books to family members is a favorite form of celebration for the couple.

Art and Nancy firmly believe that reading has helped them grow and change into the better people they aspire to be. Through their generosity, they have shared their love of reading with the children at Guardian Catholic School by providing funding to support the Learning Commons. 

“Reading is something that can significantly help children grow, learn, and achieve the best version of themselves,” says Nancy. “It is a dream come true for us to share the gift of reading with current and future students,” adds Art. Their philosophy ties in with the quote by St. Frances of Assisi that appears on their recognition plaque outside the Learning Commons: “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”