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. J. Andrew Sulick '91
Mr. Raymond Dunne
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - Academics & Curriculum
Mr. Sean Basford
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - Athletics
Mr. Jim Hartigan
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL- Faculty & Instruction
Mr. John Hayek
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - Student Services
Mr. Tom Smith
VICE PRESIDENT - Student Activities and Campus Security
Mr. Sammer Darwazeh
VICE PRESIDENT - Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Michelle Balash Lencioni
Mr. Sergio Muniz
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 enjoyed expanding their alumni status to that of current parents and alumni parents, with their daughter McKenna graduating in 2018; son Drew is a member of the Class of 2021, and youngest son Noah looks forward to following in the family tradition as a member of the Class of 2023.
Loyola Marymount University
M.A. Catholic Education
University of Redlands
Mr. Dunne is now in his 48th year in education, 27th as a Catholic high school principal (12 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
Jim Hartigan has been a lifelong Eagle fan, growing up in Philadelphia and then becoming one of Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s founding employees. Over the span of his 35-year career working with high school athletes, Jim’s philosophy has been to prepare students for LIFE (Leadership, Intellect, Faith, Excellence). His passion is contagious and he uses his talents to build a cohesive team and a culture of grit, trust, perseverance and love.
Collectively, Jim has served 10 years as an Athletic Director, first at JSerra Catholic High School and now as Assistant Principal of Athletics at SM. Jim rejoined the Eagle family in 2017 and as is eager to build on the rich athletic legacy that was led by Richard Schaaf, who retired in 2018.
Jim has 30 years of Division I head football coaching experience, leading both public and private schools to multiple CIF championships. He began his career at Mater Dei before joining Santa Margarita Catholic High School in 1986 as the school’s first Head Wrestling and Football Coach. As an inaugural leader, he was responsible for full scale strategic design and execution of the football program from concept to perennial, National powerhouse, including a 14-0 championship season with Heisman Trophy Winner, Carson Palmer.
Coach Hartigan was honored as Orange County’s 2016 Coach of the Year and received recognition as California State Athletic Program of the Year while at Clovis West High School. Jim has three decades of authentic, servant leadership experience branding the school and athletic programs, including student-athlete and coach development, world-class strength, conditioning, nutrition and youth programs.
Jim holds a master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from CSU-Fullerton. He has been a featured speaker at regional conventions, specializing in year-round organizational design, effective fundraising, developing young men/women and building championship teams. He has the proven ability to inspire, grow and motivate athletes with a commitment to academic excellence and integrity.
Jim is an avid chef and gardener. He and his wife, Gina, have four children. Gemma and Connor are both studying at Texas Christian University, Tyler is in the Eagle Class of 2020 and Drew is in the Class of 2024. Together with their two Golden Retrievers, the Hartigan Huddle enjoys walking the trail and beaches of San Clemente and celebrating their return to the Eagle Family.
Cal State Fullerton
Bachelor's Degree: Physical Education
Azusa Pacific University
Masters in Education
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 helped facilitate 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, 18, Joshua, 14, Quinn, 13,
and Katie, 12.
St. Mary's College
B.A. - English
California State University, Long Beach
B.A. - Instrumental Music Education
M.A. - Educational Administration
Mr. Sammer Darwazeh was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Aliso Niguel High School where he served on the Associated Student Body and upon graduating high school, founded a special event production company. Sammer is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where he received his bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Management. Sammer earned his master's degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. He has a diverse work experience portfolio that includes producing events for AEG, ESPN/X-Games, Ritz Carlton, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, UC Irvine, Los Angeles Sparks, and many others.
Sammer joined SMCHS in 2011 as the Director of Activities and brings over 15 years of leadership development and event production experience. Sammer is passionate about helping students reach their full potential, preparing them for college and beyond…while making high school a safe, fun and memorable experience. He currently oversees the Associated Student Body (ASB), student clubs and non-CIF programs, including the 2-time National Champion Ice Hockey team, Nationally-Ranked Songleading team and 4-time OCIEL Overall High Point Champion Equestrian team. In addition, he is responsible for many activities, including SOARientation, rallies, dances, Eagle Pack, Club Rush, lunch time events, awareness and wellness campaigns, Red Ribbon Week, Every 15 Minutes, Senior Cruise, Grad Night and Graduation.
Sammer was recently appointed head of Campus Security operations and is a school liaison to first responders. Sammer participates in various conferences and training opportunities and brings his experience back to the Nest to help provide a safe and secure Catholic education environment for students, employees and visitors.
Sammer and his wife are blessed to have a daughter and live in Orange County. Together, they love family time, enjoy good food, and staying active.
BA, Political Science, UC Irvine
MA, Sport Management, University of San Francisco
Michelle Balash 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
Sergio Muniz holds a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a member of Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s Charter Class of 1991.
Sergio began his education career at his alma mater in 1996 where taught Economics, Government, Cultural Geography and coached football. In 2002, he left Santa Margarita to teach and coach at Clovis West High School in Fresno, California before returning to Southern California in 2007. For ten years Sergio worked in the athletic department at JSerra and coached football.
The winter of 2017, he returned to Santa Margarita Catholic High School to continue his passion of working in Catholic Education. Currently, Sergio has responsibilities in a multitude of areas including athletics, marketing and finance.
Sergio’s wife, Samantha, works in the Talent Development department for GIA in Carlsbad. The couple have three boys Colton, 13, Carson, 11, and Collin, 10.
University of Southern California
B.S. – Business Administration
Azusa Pacific University
M.S. – Education
CONSULTATIVE SCHOOL BOARD
Kathleen Fallon Boyle
Diane Rago Buckles
John C. Fuhrman
Fr. Duy Le
Derek J. McGregor
Dr. Michael Moodian*
|Andy Sulick, President|
|Ray Dunne, Principal|
|Sean Basford, Assistant Principal|
|Laurie Beach, Senior Director of Advancement|
|Lori Evers, Executive Assistant to the President|
|Nancy Harrell, Visual Arts Community Outreach Coordinator|
|Michelle Lencioni, Chief Financial Officer|
|Sergio Muniz, Vice President|