John Janney:  Chairman & Secretary

John is a Senior Consultant with Washington-based Sapere Consulting, Inc. serving a number of energy and utility industry clients throughout the country. A Montana native, John is a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) – certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Montana. After working in the banking industry for several years, John headed east to attend Boston College, earning a Master of Science in Finance degree. He went on to work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (where he met his future wife, Colette) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC.

Since returning to the Western US 23 years ago, John has worked in various capacities in the energy and utilities industry serving in various positions including CRO, CFO and CEO. He has also served on several nonprofit and for-profit boards, including Public Generating Pool, North Cascades National Bank and Catholic Family & Child Services.

John and Colette have four children, three currently attending college and one attending Holy Family Academy.

Shannon Obernuefemann, D.D.S.: Director

Shannon is the owner of O-Dentistry, a comprehensive family dental practice in Phoenix, AZ. Shannon was raised here in the Valley and attended Brophy College Preparatory. After graduation he headed north to attend Northern Arizona University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. After graduation he attended the prestigious Marquette University School of Dentistry.

While at Marquette he received an Air Force scholarship and was accepted into an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. After spending time treating our service members he and his family moved back to Phoenix.

Always trying to improve his clinical skills Dr. Obernuefemann completed a two-year orthodontic seminar given by Progressive Orthodontic Seminars a leader in orthodontic training for the general dentist.

Shannon and his wife Teresa have 13 children, two attending college, eight enrolled in Holy Family Academy and three pre-school age children at home.

Dominic DeMark:  Treasurer

Dominic is co-owner, VP/CFO of DNG Construction, LLC. A native of Prescott, AZ, Dominic is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.

After graduation from the University of San Diego with an Accounting degree, Dominic began his career in public accounting working for Ernst & Young, LLP for 5 years in their San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ offices. His love for construction led him to the construction industry in 2002 and for the past 6 years has co-owned DNG Construction with his business partner specializing in commercial projects in the K-12 Education, Municipal, Religious and Recreation sectors.

Dominic has volunteered in the not-for-profit industry for the past 20 years providing pro bono services to various 501(c) 3 entities and has served on two boards of directors’ positions during that time.

Dominic and his wife Jessica have 13 children, three attending college, eight enrolled in Holy Family Academy and two pre-school age children at home.

Rita Sippel:  Board Member

Rita, along with husband Dr. Kris Sippel, founded San Tan Charter Schools in Gilbert, AZ, where Rita serves as Chief Customer Officer and Governing Board Vice President.

Rita is a 3rd generation Arizona native who was inspired to work with children from an early age. Growing up in an industrious family of 8 and being an Aunt to over 25 nieces and nephews influenced Rita toward a life of service. After graduating from Villa de Marie Academy in Scottsdale, AZ, Rita matriculated to Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) to study nursing. After discovering that nursing wasn’t her calling, Rita moved back to Arizona and, while working full time as a preschool/kindergarten teacher at a private school, she finished her undergraduate degree in education and AMI Montessori teacher training. Upon graduation Rita worked in local public and charter schools while working toward her master’s degree in educational leadership.

While incorporating the child centered beauty and depth of the Montessori philosophy into her work as a public elementary school teacher, K-8 Reading Coach, and K-12 Title I Director was rewarding, Rita realized a personal dream to open a school of her own with the founding of San Tan Montessori school in Gilbert, which became San Tan Charter School in 2008, now a thriving pre-K-12 charter school spread across two campuses and serving over 1,000 students.

Rita has worn many hats over the last 10 years to support the success of their Gilbert schools including teaching, grant writing, administration, and collaboration to provide the most optimal learning environment to meet the individual needs of the children, families, and staff she serves.

Rita and Kris have five children ranging in age from 4 to 15, including two special needs children.

Vacant:  Board Member