Our Board of Trustees


In 1972, the only Catholic high school in Austin closed. Within ten years, ours was the only US major city without a Catholic high school. Led by Dr. Leonard Dolce, a small group of parents and Catholic lay leaders commissioned a study that revealed the Austin community would enthusiastically support such a school. In 1984, St. Michael's Catholic Academy opened its doors. It was one of the first Catholic schools in the nation to be established entirely by lay people. The land and the school buildings are not owned by the diocese – a striking departure from typical Catholic schools. Although the Diocese of Austin has been extremely supportive, lay people have assumed full responsibility for St. Michael's. Since the school’s beginning, trustees, parents, faculty and staff have labored to realize its founding vision: to be a first-class Catholic secondary school that nourishes the minds, bodies and spirits of its students, preparing them for a challenging college education and a Christian adult life.

Founding Values

Encounter Christ
Be Christ to others and seek Christ in the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and the people around us.

Radiate Joy
Be happy, thankful, hopeful, and kind.

Aspire for Better
Set and passionately pursue aspirational goals.

Work together for the common good, through informed candor rooted in relational trust.

Respect the Family
Nurture the bonds of family, the primary source of education and spiritual formation.

Act with Integrity
Cultivate an inner voice of honor and heroic virtue.

The Articles of Incorporation for St. Michael’s were first filed on February 16, 1983, under the corporate name A Catholic High School for Austin, Inc. (doing business as St. Michael’s Academy). A Texas non-profit corporation, the School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is a self-perpetuating body, electing trustees to serve three-year terms. The Head of School and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin are ex officio non-voting members of the Board.

Board of Trustees

Chris Dolce - Chair* '88
Ron Zboril - Vice Chair
Mark Holt - Treasurer
Stephanie Lucie - Secretary

Lou Brusatti
Juan Creixell* '90
Lucy Dahl
Jim Evans
Rachel Iturbe
Beth Jardeleza
Suzon Spiller Kemp
Tim Keyes
Joe Lamy
Catherine Martinez
Catherine McGuinness
James Poer
Tom Prevost
Andrew Reue** '11
Keili Smith
Al Sommers
Jeff Stone
Leslie Suffoletta
Michael Toth
Terri Von Dohlen

Ex-Officio Members
Colleen Lynch, Head of School
Misty Poe, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

*St. Michael's Alumni
**St. Gabriel's  and St. Michael's Alumni


  • Dr. C. Leonard Dolce, Chair
  • Mr. Thomas Blair
  • Mr. Louis Brill
  • Mr. James Carpenter
  • Mr. Travis Froehlich
  • Mr. T. Kevin McConn
  • Dr. Thomas Schatz
  • Mr. Garry Vacek

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3000 Barton Creek Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78735  (512) 328-2323
St. Michael's Catholic Academy is mindful of its mission to prepare the student holistically for leadership, service, and decision making consistent with Catholic values; and admit students of any race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the school. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, or gender in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate against students with special needs; a full range of services might not be available.