The Administrative Board is made up of the President, Principal, Vice Presidents, Assistant Principals and Athletic Director. Various directors of departments report to the Board on a regular basis along with an elected representative who brings issues of concern from members of the faculty and staff. The Board meets weekly and is responsible for developing and approving general school policies. It is charged with the responsibility to provide vision and direction to the mission of SMCHS.
Mr. Andrew J. Sulick '91
Mr. Raymond Dunne
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - Academics & Curriculum
Mr. Sean Basford
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL- Faculty & Instruction
Mr. John Hayek
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - Student Services
Mr. Tom Smith
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR -
Coach Richard Schaaf
Mrs. Michelle Balash Lencioni
Andy Sulick is an Orange County native. His father is a retired Marine officer and his mother was a Catholic school elementary teacher in South Orange County. Andy holds a master’s degree in Catholic educational administration from Loyola Marymount University, a bachelor’s degree in education/history from the University of Redlands, and is a member of Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s Charter Class of 1991.
Andy began his teaching career at his alma mater in 1996 where he not only taught history, but coached football and golf. In 2001, he left Santa Margarita for the corporate world and gained valuable business experience over the next two years while working at FedEx. In 2003, Andy began his post as founding director of admissions at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano. His successes at JSerra ultimately propelled him into the role of assistant headmaster in 2012.
In the summer of 2014, Andy was appointed president of Santa Margarita Catholic High School returning to the “Eagles’ Nest.” His proven record of success in enrollment marketing, development, business, administration, and deep ties to the alumni community serve him well in his role as president. Andy is proud of establishing a new program at the school, Eagles Edge, which provides students with “real-world” growth and networking opportunities. As president, Andy maintains ties to his original passion of teaching by guest speaking in the community at area high schools, colleges and nonprofit organizations.
Andy and wife Julie, a 1993 graduate of SMCHS, have transitioned from being alumni to now current parents, as their daughter McKenna is a senior and their son Drew a freshman with Noah soon to follow in the family tradition by also becoming a Santa Margarita Eagle.
Loyola Marymount University
M.A. Catholic Education
University of Redlands
Mr. Dunne is now in his 46th year in education, 25th as a Catholic high school principal (10 at SMCHS). He began teaching history and English at the Junior High level and then in 1974 moved to the high school level teaching US History and/or American Government. In 1983, he moved into administration beginning as an activities director then becoming an assistant principal and then a principal. In all but five of those years as an administrator he also taught a history or political science class. Santa Margarita is his fourth high school having taught/administered at Canyon High School (Anaheim Hills); Villa Park High School (Villa Park); Servite High School (Anaheim) and now Santa Margarita Catholic. He loves SMCHS and considers it a great honor to be principal of a school with the charism of Caritas Christi, the love of Christ, and where every day is a Great Day to be an Eagle!
California State University, Fullerton
B.A. - History; Minor in Political Science
M.S. - Administration and School Management
Administration & Social Studies
Teaching since: 1971
Teacher at SMCHS since: 2007
Mr. John Hayek joined SMCHS in 2017 overseeing faculty and instruction. John is a graduate of De La Salle High School in Northern California and St. Mary's College in Moraga, where he received a bachelor's degree in English while also playing on the men's soccer team. He earned his master's degree in education and his administrative credential at National University. John began his teaching career at De La Salle prior to relocating to Southern California. He then taught and coached at Fallbrook High School, eventually becoming their athletic director and later an assistant principal. His career also includes serving as an assistant principal of San Marcos High (San Diego) where he oversaw the construction of a new $150 million campus. Prior to joining the Eagle family, John served as the Fallbrook Union High School District alternative education principal.
John has a wealth of knowledge in areas as varied as mentoring teachers, strategic planning, standards-based learning, student-teacher collaboration, student government, facilities and much more. John's wife, Linda, is a Catholic school elementary school teacher. The couple have four children Aidan, 17, Joshua, 13, Quinn, 12, and Katie, 11. They are active in their parish where John is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
St. Mary's College
B.A. - English
Tom Smith began working at SMCHS as the band director in 1987. From 1993 to 2002, he was the activities director. Since then, Tom has been the assistant principal for student services. His responsibilities include supervision of various departments on campus including Activities, Attendance & Discipline, Audio/Visual, Information Technology and the Nursing Office.
California State University, Long Beach
B.A. - Instrumental Music Education
M.A. - Educational Administration
Coach Richard Schaaf is an original faculty and staff member of SMCHS since the school opened it's gates in 1987. In addition to being the school's original Athletic Director, he has coached football, boys basketball, girls basketball and girls tennis. Schaaf was selected the Orange County Coach of the Year for girls basketball, CIF Coach of the Year, State Coach of the Year, and has been teaching and coaching for 40 years.
Lencioni began her career with Ernst & Young where she earned her CPA license and became an Audit Manager. She put her career on hold for a number of years to raise her two children but stayed active in the accounting world through part-time jobs and endless hours of fundraising volunteering at her children’s schools. She is married to John and they have two children, Jessica SMCHS class of 2010 and Eric SMCHS class of 2012.
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
B.S. - Business Administration/Accounting
CONSULTATIVE SCHOOL BOARD
Kathleen Fallon Boyle
Dr. Mary Beth Dougherty
Dr. Michael Moodian*
Rev. Theodore Olson
Dr. Michael Pratt