ABOUT US: Staff

Meet the St. Hilary Staff

Father William E. Brown

Pastor

 

William Eugene Brown was born in Los Angeles, California, son of Eugene and Mary Jane Brown (both deceased). He was baptized, confirmed and received First Communion at age nineteen in Pella, Iowa, during his freshman year of college.

 

After speding three years of study at Central College (Iowa), the University of Vienna (Austria), and the Sorbonne (France), he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and French. Bill then began graduate studies at Stanford University, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in German Literature before leaving the doctoral program to enter St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1987 and was ordained to the priesthood on April 9, 1988, for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

 

He has served at the following parishes in our archdiocese:
• St. Elizabeth, San Francisco (deacon year)

• St. Gabriel, San Francisco (six years)

• St. Pius, Redwood City (four years)

• Our Lady of Mercy, Daly City (twelve years)

• St. Hilary, Tiburon (July 1, 2010, to present)

 

Favorite Quote

"Surely," said Father Brown very gently, "it is not generous to make even God's patience with us a point against Him." 

G.K. Chesterton

Father Roger G. Gustafson

Parochial Vicar

 

Roger Gunnar Gustafson was born and raised in a suburban neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Although raised a Lutheran as a result of his Scandinavian background, Roger was confirmed and received into the Roman Catholic Church on March 25, 1989, at the age of 24.

 

Roger earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Applied Biological Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He worked as a health care administrator after college, managing four kidney dialysis centers in the Atlanta area. Roger soon became interested in theology and religious studies and received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Religion and Social Ethics in 2000, and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 2002. He practiced employment discrimination law as an attorney for the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in San Francisco and, later, for Hunton & Williams LLP in Atlanta.

 

In August 2004, Roger began discerning a call to the diocesan priesthood and was accepted to study at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, in August 2009.

 

Roger and his three classmates were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 7, 2014, and he is enthusiastic about serving the people of St. Hilary Parish and the Archdiocese. He has served in the following assignments:

  • St. Patrick's Seminary (2009 to 2014)
  • Pastoral Year at St. Gabriel Parish, San Francisco (2012-2013)
  • St. Hilary Parish (July 1, 2014 to __ )

Sister Dolores Maguire, C.H.F.

Pastoral Minister

 

Sister Dolores Maguire is a Sister of the Holy Faith from Dublin, Ireland. She made her final religious profession as a Sister in 1972. She completed college both in Ireland and in the United States with graduate degrees in music and spirituality. She is available as a spiritual director having received her training and completing an internship on the retreat staff at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, California.

 

  • Sister has served at parishes and schools in Ireland, and when asked by her religious community to minister in the United States, she has taught at Holy Faith Schools in Los Angeles and Fairfield.
  • She served as Pastoral Minister at:
  • St. Raymond Parish, Downey, CA
  • St. Cornelius Parish, Long Beach, CA
  • St. Hilary Parish since 2002 with a one-year break for a sabbatical which lasted from June 2011 to June 2012

Favorite Quote

"See, I am doing something new; it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Isaiah 43:19

 

New things always happen from unexpected places. Each day is a new beginning and, with God’s help, offers the possibility for growth, and change.

Adrian Gordon

Business Manager of St. Hilary School and Parish

 

Adrian was born and raised in Chicago. The area still has a strong hold on him. Adrian graduated from Purdue University with a BS in engineering and from the University of Chicago with an MBA. After working at Johnson & Johnson, he moved to California and attended UOP, McGeorge School of Law where he obtained a JD. He worked at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) where he obtained a CPA, and at several law firms in San Francisco. Adrian also worked at real estate development companies in Menlo Park in a finance and legal capacity. Most recently, he was a Realtor with McGuire Real Estate. He retains a keen interest in real estate matters.


Adrian and Lynn Reid have a son, Reid, who graduated from St. Hilary School in 2010. Adrian enjoys activities with his family such as snowboarding, biking, and indoor rock climbing. When he can find time, he likes to play the links in the hope of some day achieving a respectable handicap.


Favorite Poem

"Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

"...But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."

Theresa Miller

Business Office Assistant for St. Hilary School and Parish

 

Theresa is our school bookkeeper and assists Adrian Gordon in the business office. Born and raised in Marin County, Theresa comes from a family of eight children with the distinction of being born on January 1. Theresa and her husband, Richard, live in Novato. She is a mom of three and grandmother of six. She loves spending time with her family and favorite pastimes include reading and crafting, as well as being an accomplished seamstress.

 

Favorite Quote

"A smile is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is home."

Anonymous

Pamela Carey

Director of Music for St. Hilary Parish and St. Hilary School

 

Pamela was born in Phoenix, Arizona where she attend Catholic schools from Fourth Grade through High School. She moved to Marin County to attend Dominican College in 1979 where she earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin performance. She has taught in the Archdiocese of San Francisco since 1984 and has been the music teacher and Children’s Choir director at Saint Hilary Parish since 1998. Pamela is a freelance violinist who has performed internationally, nationally and with various groups in the Bay Area. She is currently the concertmaster of The Lamplighters, The Saint Catherine’s Orchestra and Contra Costa Musical Theater. She is currently on the faculty teaching music at Saint Hilary School, Dominican University and has a private studio.

  • Pamela has been on the Archdiocesan Choral Festival Committee for 18 years serving as chairperson for 10 of those years
  • Pamela is a member of the National Association for Pastoral Musicians and was the Representative for Music Education division in the Western Regional States.

She has taught music and led the Children’s Masses at:

  • Saint Anselm Parish, Ross
  • Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Novato
  • Saint Rita Parish, Fairfax
  • Saint Hilary Parish, Tiburon

Favorite Quote

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."

Henry Van Dyke

Diana Rittenhouse

Parish Administrative Assistant & Wedding Coordinator

 

Diana is a graduate of Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. She became a Master Catechist after completing the 5-year Diaconate Formation program in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. She has also been a Licensed Lifeguard for Jones Beach, NY, a manager for "Everyday Hero" (a test strategy for Dayton Hudson in the Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN), and a manager for Jewel Foods in Champaign, IL.

 

Diana was the Director of Religious Education at St. Hilary's for twelve years before becoming our Parish Administrative Assistant in 2011.

 

Diana has three children: Michael Ryan, Nicholas Arthur, and Kristin Rose. She enjoys stitching, needlepointing, crocheting, knitting, sewing, baking, sailing, jogging, spending time at the ocean, and spending time with family and friends.


Favorite Quote

"In this life we cannot do great things. We can do small things with great Love."

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Lisa Veto

Parish Director of Religious Education

 

Lisa has been working with elementary and junior high school students for the past 5 years as the Saint Hilary School Librarian. Lisa is a life-long Catholic and is the mother of two school-aged daughters. She serves as a Eucharistic Minister and is an active volunteer along with her family in a number of ministries at Saint Hilary Parish.

 

Lisa enjoys sharing the Catholic faith with young people as part of the Religious Education program, including preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. Lisa believes that partnering with parents and families is critical to children's faith formation. She strives for open and frequent communication with families to enable them to be actively involved in their children's religious learning.

 

Lisa attended the Pennsylvania State University where she received a B.A. in Speech Communications and then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she earned her law degree. She was a practicing attorney for 11 years. She then chose to focus on raising her children for the next 6 years before joining the staff at Saint Hilary School.


Favorite Quote

"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." 

Eleanor Powell

Suesan Grabia

Manager of Tarantino Hall

 

Suesan is a native of the East Bay. Born and raised in Oakland California like her parents, she attended the same elementary school and grew up in the same home as her mother. From early childhood and into her adult years, she has spent much of her time working and developing her artistic self.  

 

Suesan graduated from Cal. State Hayward with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and Electronic Media. 

 

Needing to work her way through college, she found managing retail business very rewarding. For 18 years she has managed multi-million dollar budgets as well as a small online retail store. Being a creative person, she was able to utilize her media design expertise to promote these businesses as well as keep them running at a profit. 

 

Suesan now spends much of her time devoted to her two young children and husband. As for work, she has been self employed as an Event Planner and Graphic Designer for the past 5 years. As an Event Planner, she understands the necessity of protecting and caring for places like Tarantino Hall where all things social happen. As the Parish Hall Manager she is proud to serve this amazing community and to offer a hand to anyone in need.

Marie Bordeleau

Principal of St. Hilary School

 

Marie was born in Salt Lake City, but also had the opportunity to live in Idaho and Oregon before moving with her family to Saratoga, CA.  She is a lifelong Catholic and attended Catholic school from Kindergarten through graduated school. 

 

After graduating from Archbishop Mitty High School (San Jose) in 1995 she went on to attend the University of Portland where she earned her B.A. in History and her Master of Arts in Teaching. 

 

She taught 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies for seven years while also coordinating the after school activities program and the annual Washington, D.C. Trip. 

 

During that time she earned her Master’s in Educational Administration from Santa Clara University.  She served as vice principal of St. Simon Parish School for two years and principal of St. Leo the Great School for five.

 

Marie is thrilled to join to the Saint Hilary community as the school principal this fall.  Her son, Charlie, will also be joining the school as a member of the Kindergarten class.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking with Charlie and his dog, Moe, traveling, going to see her beloved Giants and 49ers, visiting with friends and just embracing all of life's many blessings!  

 

Go Tigers!

 

Favorite Quote

"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized.  If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.  If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lisa Handley

Director of Admissions and Development for St. Hilary School

 

Born and raised in Marin County, Lisa graduated from St. Hilary School in 1990 and went on to St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco; she then received a B.A. from Boston College, majoring in Art History and minoring in Faith, Peace and Justice. Lisa has a Master's Degree in Museum Studies with a focus on Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State University.

 

Lisa has worked in museums in both education and development roles, as a Foundation Director for a charitable foundation, and most recently in a development role in an independent school. Her work has centered around educational funding for under-resourced populations and community building.

 

Lisa is happy to have come back to her roots at St. Hilary School where she feels blessed to have received an incredible faith and academic foundation. Lisa has many happy memories from her years as a student at St. Hilary.

 

She has two children and enjoys spending time with her girls, her husband, and their large extended family. She comes back to St. Hilary in an admissions and development capacity and is excited to once again be part of the wonderful St. Hilary community.

 

Favorite Quote

"Go forth and set the world on fire."

Saint Ignatius of Loyola