Community Leadership

Our Community Makes a Difference

The Guardian Board 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.

Message from guardian Board CHAIR


Dear Friends of Guardian,

Guardian Catholic School, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and their amazing faculty, are dedicated to providing excellence in education for our children and families on the Northside of our community. This is only possible because of our loyal donors and friends who believe every child has potential, which, when nurtured in an environment with strong values and encouragement, results in success.

 We have a Board that is active and engaged, giving and involved in many projects for the School. Mark Dawkins, Professor of Accounting in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, is one of our Board leaders. Mark is working on an upcoming Speakers Series that opens possibilities and opportunities for our older middle school students.

 We have been blessed by visits from community leaders like Seth Williams, publisher of the Resident News, who gave a talk recently to the 6th grade students when touring the school, and it was motivational in every way. The teachers and children know that when we present positive opportunities and encouragement, great things happen to young people – it may be just the spark they need.

 There are so many ways that you can get involved through your gifts to the school. With the help of our donors, Guardian is establishing a Faculty Development Fund for continuing education that will have a direct result in the classroom and help with teacher retention in our inner-city school. We are in the planning phase for a state-of-the-art Outdoor Learning Center with a focus on science, including an urban garden that can be replicated throughout our communities in the city. In addition to expanding our music and robotics programs, we are adding a new math component to our Summer Learning Program based on the proven success of the digital phonics lab that was implemented last year.

 We continue to look for solutions to the most basic needs like healthy fresh food and safe areas for children and families to play and gather outdoors. We are working to secure funding from donors like you to continue to offer field trips to explore the wonderful things Jacksonville has to offer educationally for every child. Please consider a gift to Guardian today, and if you are able, please accept our invitation to call us for a tour of our school.

 With grateful appreciation for God's many blessings and your continued support, we thank you again for the difference you make for more than 400 children in North Jacksonville.


Jane R. Lanier
Chair, Guardian Board
(904) 477-0561

Board Members

Jane R. Lanier, Chair

Michelle Sammet, Vice Chair              
Kirsti Aiello
Msgr. Jim Boddie
Beth Brockelman
Nancy Chartrand    
Fr. Leonard Chuwa

Honorary Members

Jay Demetree
Dan Rice
Jim Selzer
Bobby Stein 
Louis V. Walsh IV 
Lt. Col. Alton Yates 

Mark Dawkins
Ed Fleming
Keesy Goebertus
Bill Hendrich 
Laurrie Leonard 
Susan Masucci   

Ex-Officio Members

Deacon Scott Conway M. Ed.
Sr. Dianne Rumschlag S.N.D.
Sr. Cynthia Shaffer S.N.D.

 Gregory Redmon 
 Thomas Szwed
 Patricia Tierney
 Ronald Townsend                        
 John Whitehouse                                   Donna Williams  


Leonard Brown Jr.
Jay Demetree
Michael DuBow
Paul Jones
Mark Lamping
Dan Rice
Darnell Smith
Bobby Stein 
Dwaine Stevens
Louis V. Walsh IV

Community Partners

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

Advanced Direct Marketing

Alex Brown

Ameris Bank

Arlington Toyota

Ascension St. Vincent’s 

Augustine Asset Management

Auld & White Constructors

Bank of America

Baker Constructors

Bishop & Mills

Bishop Kenny High School Interact Club

Black Catholic Commission

Cascone Family Foundation

Catholic Charities Jacksonville

Catholic Foundation Diocese of St. Augustine

Catlin Truck Accessories

Certified Court Reporters

Champion Brands

Christ the King Church

Complete Health

Conyers Welding & Machine, Inc.


Cox Media Group

CSX Foundation


Deerwood Rotary Charities, Inc.

Denny Doyle State Farm Insurance

Dostie Homes

Dr. James McCall, DDS, PA

DuBow Family Foundation

England-Thims & Miller

Episcopal School of Jacksonville

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

Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation

Koch Foundation Inc.

Levenson Eye Associates

Lincoln Financial

Margol & Margol, P.A.

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


PMK Foundation

Queen of Peace Catholic Church

R2 Logistics

Rock Creek Capital

Rotary Club of Jacksonville


Ruckus Advertising + Public Relations

Sextant Wealth Advisory Group

Smith & Young Co.

Southeastern Grocers

St. Catherine’s Catholic Church

St. John Paul II Catholic Church

St. Matthew's Catholic Church

St. Paul’s Catholic School

T. L. Cannon Management

The Bailey Group

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

The Donald C. McGraw Foundation Fund

The Hartley Press

The Knights of Columbus

The Main Street America Group

The Notre Dame Club of Greater Jacksonville

The Parts House

THE PLAYERS Championship

The Prudential Foundation

Tom Nehl Isuzu

Underwood’s Jewelers

US Assure, Inc.


W.W. Gay Mechanical

Young Catholic Professionals

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Rotary Club of Jacksonville & The Catholic Foundation

Grants for Updated Technology
Catholic Foundation Donation
Rotary Club Donation

Guardian Catholic School is the grateful recipient of two grants for new interactive displays in our Early Learning classrooms. Guardian received a $20,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and a $6,000 grant from The Catholic Foundation for new smartboards in our preschool and elementary classrooms. This funding will allow for the replacement of outdated displays, which are more than 10 years old, require increasing troubleshooting, and no longer support the latest educational software. The new devices will allow our teachers to focus more on teaching and provide our students with access to up-to-date educational applications and curriculum.

We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and The Catholic Foundation for their generous support of our students and teachers!

Donor Spotlight

June and Vince
Schupperts and Scholarship Holders

June and Vince Schuppert

Every donor gives for a personal reason. For June and Vince Schuppert, it is all about giving children hope for a better future. Since 2013, the Schupperts have chosen Guardian Catholic School as one of their philanthropic priorities — and what a difference they have made!

Vince grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, while June is a self-described city girl. However, God's plans were made clear through an unusual set of circumstances that brought them together 66 years ago. When Vince, a United States Navy pilot who enjoyed flying into hurricanes to collect critical data, met June, an Eastern Airlines stewardess, they realized they would have a full and blessed life together. In turn, the couple has shared that blessing with others through their compassionate and thoughtful giving.

The Schupperts have helped children at Guardian Catholic by providing scholarships in partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Their enormous generosity has enabled Guardian students, who have made a personal commitment to do their best despite adverse life circumstances, to ascend to new heights.

Last year, while continuing the scholarships, the Schupperts recognized the need for Guardian to employ a full-time school nurse. The need has always been important, but amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it became a critical issue for Guardian students. As Vince's sister worked as a school nurse in Ohio, he and June witnessed the difference her work made in families’ lives.

As for the scholarships, Vince said, “Our goal is to give the children hope for a future.” June added, “We want them to have something to strive for — an incentive that will continue to motivate them to work hard after they graduate from Guardian in 8th grade.”

At Guardian, we serve the whole child — body, mind and spirit — and strive to help each child achieve their God-given potential. Our heartfelt thanks go out to June and Vince Schuppert and to all donors whose generosity sustains the mission of Guardian Catholic School.