Advisory Council Nominees

Below are the nominees for the term beginning 2018-2019 school year. The responses below are taken verbatim from the nominee's application. All parents or guardians of students currently enrolled in the School and all registered parishioners (age 18 or older) are eligible to vote. Each eligible voter is entitled to vote once, for up to three candidates.

Nick DiazNick Diaz

I hold a BBA in Business from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. I was hired by Amegy Bank (fka Southwest Bank) in their Officer Development Program in 2004. The program is a formal credit training program. For the last 13 year out of the program I have led business development efforts for our Commercial Bank in Houston and Dallas. This includes the sales and risk management aspects of our business. In addition, it includes looking at non-for-profit organizations and schools. Although I am not an expert in theses fields I am resourceful and can pull from my organization’s history helping schools and non-for-profits in markets we serve. I have the ability to review financial statements, financial projections and communicate the analysis to a wide variety of audiences.

I have volunteered for the Fall Carnival in the past and have participated in reading activities for the PK4 Class.

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Dean Galvin

I have over 20 years ofIT experience, across all areas of IT, with the last 16 years in various management and leadership roles. One of my core responsibilities in those roles has been to advise business leaders on key IT decisions that impact the core business, leveraging my teamwork and collaboration skills to build consensus and agreement. I can leverage these same skills to advise the School on key decisions, to ensure that technology appropriately supports our children's education and the overall mission of the School.

I have been active in volunteering at the School for the three years that we have been enrolled, and our family has regularly supported the Auction and Carnival. For the last two seasons, I have also coached a soccer team made up entirely of St. Thomas Aquinas second grade girls. I have truly enjoyed contributing to the well-rounded education of all of the children that I have been blessed to interact with.

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Jennifer Frost PhotoJennifer Frost

  • Project Management background focused on scope, timelines, and cost / budget – service implementation and removal, policy and process rollouts, continuous improvement teams
  • Areas of focus include culture change, customer service, and employee and community engagement
  • Great communication skills; deliver targeted communication pieces to internal and external customers

I have been part of the St. Thomas parish since 2005. Activities include:

  • St. Jude Library volunteer from 2010 to present
  • Tuesday Night Scripture Study (formerly Little Rock) from 2010 to present
  • Christ Renews His Parish – Team 12
  • School volunteer from 2016 to present – recess, art class, class store
  • STA Carnival Committee – Toy Wheel volunteer from 2016 to present
  • STAMA – Member from 2015 to present and Co-Chair for Fundraising for 2016-2017

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Nicole Little

My 18 years of work experience centers around commercial Construction Project Management in which I’ve managed safety, schedules, quality and budgets for projects upwards of $100 million. Through this experience, I’ve learned to work collaboratively with teams using sound and timely information to make recommendations which aid my clients in decision making on some of the biggest investments of their lives. I believe this can translate to working sensibly with the Advisory Council to help provide the same type of information and recommendations to our school administration helping them work in the best interest of our school and STA Students.

The experience with building new facilities and renovating existing makes me poised to offer expertise and industry contacts to advise our administrators on Facilities matters and the optimum use of school funds to achieve necessary improvements.

I have been a member of STAMA for about 5 years, since before I was an official STA parent and I now enjoy volunteering at school in the classroom and in “specials” (Art, Science, etc). I have served for 2 years as “Cookie Mom” to STA Daisy Troop 8014 and our family enjoys supporting STA Carnival through sponsorship, volunteering and most of all attendance!

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Brent McDanielBrent McDaniel

I am a CPA and am employed full time as a forensic accountant with a large professional services firm. I have spent my entire career working in accounting and compliance roles and will bring those skills to help the Advisory Council and the School more broadly. I am also the father of three children who are or were at the School and am very supportive of it and Catholic education in general. My oldest daughter graduated from the School is now at Ursuline Academy. I will also bring good practices that we have seen Ursuline to the Advisory Council for consideration.

My family and I are active parishioners in the Parish and attend Mass weekly or more. We are regular contributors of our time, talents, and treasure at the Parish and School. We volunteer for Our Lady’s Altar Society, and I was a member of CRHP 13/14 and lay director. We have also helped with the school carnival and related efforts as well as various school activities.

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