Board of Trustees
The Academy of the Holy Names, Inc. Board of Trustees is the Academy’s governing board. The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to support, develop and strengthen the mission entrusted by the Sisters of the Holy Names. The trustees establish goals and policies pertaining to the operation and development of the educational and financial programs for the school.
- Chip Yodzis - Chair
- Greta Dupuy A'97 - Vice Chair
- Harold Astorquiza - Treasurer
- Paola Schifino - Secretary
- Sister Carmella T. DeCosty, SNJM - At Large
Chip Yodzis is the executive chairman of two family-owned companies, DOW Electronics and Digital Reception Services, both headquartered in Tampa, as well as president of 2782 Directional Equity, a small family-owned private equity company investing in various local Tampa businesses. He actively manages these businesses along with his wife, Carol, and adult children, Sarah Yodzis-Audibert A’00 and John Yodzis A’99. Yodzis began his career with Procter & Gamble and then joined DOW Electronics in 1982, serving in various capacities over this time. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Merrimack College and his MBA with a concentration in finance from Bowling Green State University. Yodzis has served on various industry association boards as well as the board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He and Carol have been residents of Tampa since 1984. Their granddaughter currently attends elementary school at the Academy, and they look forward to their new grandson attending AHN.
Greta Dupuy is an alumna of the Academy of the Holy Names. She is the manager of associate services for Publix Super Markets, Inc., where she directs and implements the company-wide United Way program, service awards program, retail operations conference, and manages and supports the associate services staff. Dupuy earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and currently serves as a board member at the United Way of Central Florida and INROADS. She is actively involved in her community and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement and ReadingPals.
Harold Astorquiza is a senior vice president and resident manager at a major financial services firm. Harold is a graduate of Jesuit High School and earned Bachelor of Arts in finance from the University of South Florida. Over the course of his 30-year career in financial services, he has worked for Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, UBS Financial and Morgan Stanley. Astorquiza and his wife, Diana, have three children: Sara A’12 is a graduate student at Florida State University, Rachel A’14 attends the University of Virginia, and Harrison attends High Point University. Astoriquiza was an active member of the AHN Dads Club and was recently the president of the Jesuit Dads Club. He has served on numerous boards in the past and currently serves on the Tampa Sports Commission, USF Athletic Board and the National Board of the Jack & Jill Foundation. Harold and Diana are also proud members of the Holy Names Legacy Society.
Paola Schifino is president and co-founder of Schifino Lee, a full-service strategic marketing firm that delivers evocative advertising, branding, social media communications and integrated digital campaigns for national and global clients, including AT&T, Gerdau and WellCare. Schifino grew up on the Caribbean island of Curaçao and speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento fluently, and is conversational in Italian. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration in international marketing from the University of South Florida. Schifino has been named to the “Tampa Bay Business Journal’s” 40 Under 40 list and was a finalist for the “Tampa Bay Business Journal’s” Business Woman of the Year in 2008 and 2013. Schifino Lee was the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2007.
Shifino currently serves on the advisory boards of the Zimmerman Advertising Program at USF and Academy Prep Centers for Education. She and her husband, Bill B’74, are parents to Amanda A’13, Julia A’15 and Will A’15. While her children were at AHN, Schifino was involved with the auction committee, and she and Bill served on the Parent Annual Fund committee. The Schifino family has a longstanding history of service to the Academy. William J. Schifino, Sr. and wife Lois are both former trustees. The Schifinos generously supported the Bridge to the Future campaign, the high school softball program, and continue to support the Link Scholarship Program.
Sister Carmella DeCosty has ministered in Florida since 1969. In addition to serving in the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Venice, Sister Carmella also held assignments in the Dioceses of Albany, New York and Richmond, Virginia. In her career, Sister Carmella taught elementary school in Virginia and New York, served as principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School in Opa Locka, Fla. She also served as associate superintendent of schools for Archdiocese of Miami and the director of education for the Diocese of Venice, and was the executive assistant to Bishop John J. Nevins. Concurrent with her ministry in the Diocese, Sister Carmella was a member of the SNJM leadership team in the former New York Province. Upon completion of her term on the leadership team and her responsibilities in the Bishop’s office, she began a full-time ministry as administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center, a position she held until her retirement in 2013. Currently, Sister Carmella serves as the director for religious in the Diocese of Venice.
- Schezy Barbas
- Sister Virginia Bonan, SNJM
- Kim Dingle
- Ernie Garateix
- Sister Kathleen Griffin, SNJM
- Kim Wilmath Hill A'05
- David Jones
- Ernie Marquart
- Daphne McConnie
- Vivien Oliva A'63
- Velen Diaz Thompson A'83
- Ty Trayner
- Raulniña Uzzle-Harris A’82
- Art Raimo, President (ex-officio)
Schezy Barbas is director of major gifts at the University of Tampa where she has worked for the past eight years. She has over 25 years of experience in not-for-profit development and administration in social services and higher education. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College and a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of West Florida. Prior to joining the University of Tampa, Barbas served as the chief development officer for the American Red Cross, Tampa Bay chapter. Barbas is involved with several local organizations, including the Junior League of Tampa, Leadership Tampa and the Red Cross Angels. She currently serves on the board of Hillsborough Healthy Start Coalition. Barbas and her husband, Steve (former chair and board member of AHN Board of Trustees), have been actively involved with the Academy since 1990 and were supporters of the AHN Bridge to the Future capital campaign. Their daughters, Terin A’03 and Amy, both attended the Academy.
Sister Virginia Bonan is a graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring, Md. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y., and a Master of Arts in teaching with an emphasis on early childhood education from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. As an educator, Sister Virginia taught the primary grades in parish elementary schools in New Bedford, Mass., Albany, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. At the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, she was the coordinator of the non-graded primary and later became the principal of the Lower School.
When serving on Province Leadership Teams of the Sisters of the Holy Names of the former N.Y. Province, Sister Virginia visited AHN Tampa on several occasions and attended Board of Trustee meetings. Over the years, she has been a member of the Board of Trustees of AHN Silver Spring, AHN Albany, and AHN Tampa. Sister Virginia has also served on the Board of the Consultation Center in Albany. While caring for her brother who had Down syndrome, she was on the Board of The Center for the Handicapped with membership on the Human Rights Committee. In recent years, Sister Virginia has been involved in family ministry: aiding two nephews who received heart and kidney transplants and becoming the legal guardian for two grand nephews.
Kim Dingle has been substantially engaged in full-time ministry for the past 15 years. Among other activities, she was associate teaching director and worship leader at Community Bible Study in Tampa for 10 years. She is actively involved at South Tampa Fellowship Church, serving on the praise and worship team, leading music for Vacation Bible School, and other important church committees. She served on the Academy of the Holy Names' Mothers Association as High School vice president for two years.
Prior to her life in ministry and motherhood, Dingle was employed by Tech Data corporation, Solomon Brothers, and Price Waterhouse. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University. She also obtained her CPA license.
Kim and her husband, Phil, are the parents of 2019 Academy alumnae, Ashley and Lauren.
Ernie J. Garateix was born and raised in Florida, where he attend Florida State University and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in finance and management. After graduation he was hired by USF&G Insurance based out of Baltimore. Garateix was assigned to various corporate initiatives with the company and ultimately was brought back to Tampa to manage a nationwide claim center. He later went on to work for other organizations, including FCCI Insurance Group and American Integrity, and helped these organizations expand their operations. In 2012 he helped form Heritage Insurance, the third largest Florida homeowners carrier, which operates in 11 states. He currently serves as the chief operating officer and is a member of the board.
In 1995 Garateix married his high school sweetheart, Yvette. They have two children, Samantha A'18, and Andrew, who attends Jesuit High School. Both children attended Nativity Catholic School, where Yvette was a 1st-grade teacher and Ernie volunteered as chairmen for Novemberfest for several years. He is also actively involved in the community as co-chair for the Tampa Special Olympics Regional Event, executive sponsor for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program, and executive sponsor for Habitat for Humanity. Garateix and his wife also served on the Senior Endowment Committee and as sponsors of the Dads Club Golf Tournament.
Sr. Kathleen’s career has been dedicated to education, social concerns, pastoral care, and planning /development. She holds an MA in educational administration from the Catholic University of America and an MA in theology with a concentration in systematics from the Washington Theological Union in Silver Spring, Md. Adult faith formation and lay leadership/empowerment have been central to her ministry vision.
In 1965, she began her teaching career at St. Gabriel’s elementary school in Washington, D.C., where she also served as principal from 1970-1975. Excellence in education has always been her only standard. Her parish assignments include ministry at Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, Md., St. John-St Ann Parish in Albany, NY and Annunciation Parish in Washington, D.C.
Sr. Kathleen enjoyed a brief teaching assignment at Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa, and served as interim/transition principal at the Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring between 1982-1984. She also was assistant to the secretary for parish life and development in the Archdiocese of Washington.
In 1984, Sr. Kathleen joined the New York Province leadership team, where she served in several capacities, completing her full-time work in 1993. During her years of service on the team, Sr. Kathleen was involved with the restructuring of Province finances to address our retirement/health care issues, and the corporate restructuring of Province sponsored works, moving from Advisory Boards to Boards of Trustee. She has served as trustee/director at the Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Albany, and as trustee on the AHN Albany Board.
Kim Hill is a communications leader with experience in higher education, government, business and the media. She currently serves as assistant vice president for public relations and communications at the University of South Florida, overseeing a team that includes media relations, internal communications, executive communications and a multimedia news bureau. Hill previously held communications roles with the Tampa Bay Times, the Florida Board of Governors, and ReliaQuest, a global cybersecurity firm. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Hill is a member of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy at USF.
Hill attended the Academy of the Holy Names thanks to the generosity of an alumna donor, which inspired her to later establish her own scholarship at Academy. She previously served as a member of the Holy Names Alumni Association Board of Directors. Kim lives in Tampa with her husband, Chris, and son, Peter.
David Jones is a certified financial planner and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of South Florida. Jones helps create and maintain financial strategies for families, serving as a trusted advisor for the past 29 years. He currently serves on the board of the Gift of Adoption and is a past president of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Tampa Interbay Rotary Club. He served and continues to serve in a volunteer capacity in several other charity and non-profit groups. Jones and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters, Olivia A'12 and Madeline A'14, who are both proud graduates of the Academy.
Ernie Marquart was raised in South Florida and attended Boston University and the University of Florida College of Law, after which he joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. He has practiced business litigation with the firm for more than 25 years, and served as the Tampa office managing partner and as a member of the firm’s management committee. Marquart has served his community as a board member for a number of organizations, including the New Tampa Family YMCA, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation and the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Board. He is also a Leadership Tampa alumnus, Class of 2008.
Marquart and his wife, Amy, were high school chairs of AHN’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 Parent Annual Fund Programs and parent chairs of AHN’s Class of 2016 Senior Endowment. They have three children: Maggie A’16, Matt and Will. Maggie attends Villanova University.
Daphne Ingram McConnie was born and raised in Texas where she attended Texas A&M University. There, she received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a double major in marketing and management and a minor in economics. She was selected as one of 30 students globally to complete a course of study at The Paris Fashion Institute in France. After completing Dillard Department Store's Executive Development program and a nine-year career as a buyer, she attained an MBA with a specialization in International Management at St. Mary’s University.
McConnie moved to Tampa in 1997 after marrying her husband, Andreas. She volunteered and served on the board of the American Cancer Society in Tampa and chaired their Cattle Baron’s Ball fundraiser. McConnie and her husband, Andreas, have two children who graduated from AHN, Luke A'16 and Macy A'18. While their children attended AHN, McConnie actively volunteered for the Academy. She coordinated Community Service Day for the lower school, served as Mothers Association president, treasurer, and Sending Roses chairman (coordinating meals and rides for AHN families and staff in crisis). She and her husband served as Parent Annual Fund chairs and Senior Endowment committee chairs. Annually, they enjoy playing in the Dads Club Golf Tournament and attending the AHN auction.
Vivien Oliva was born and raised in Tampa, where she attended the Academy of the Holy Names high school. She earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Florida State University, Master of Education degree at Loyola University New Orleans, and did doctoral work at the University of New Orleans.
A lifelong educator, Ms. Oliva enjoyed 43 years as a high school classroom teacher (Spanish and social studies), counselor and bilingual/multicultural district counselor. She developed the district bilingual/multicultural counselor program both in Jefferson Parish/NOLA and Hillsborough County Public Schools to serve the diverse and other language populations in both of the school systems. She has also worked as a consultant to various school districts in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Colorado in the areas of working with at-risk students and other language populations.
Oliva returned to Tampa in 1988, and in 1991 was invited to serve on the Latino Community Advisory Committee (Latino Scholarship Program) for the University of South Florida, a position she continues to hold. She is a charter member of Women in Leadership and Philanthropy at USF, and served on the USF Board of Trustees until 2010.
Oliva has always remained connected with her alma mater and believes that an Academy education is “unbeatable.” She has a number of friends and family members who either graduated from the Academy, or whose children and/or grandchildren currently attend.
Velen Diaz Thompson is a wealth management advisor with The Valdes Group at Merrill Lynch. Thompson focuses on the wealth management process for individual retirement planning strategies, assisting clients in determining their long-term financial goals and implementing customized investment strategies. The investment strategies are designed to meet individual client needs and preferences along with protecting clients from personal and market risk factors. The objective of the wealth management process, coupled with the appropriate investment strategies, is to manage, grow and preserve each clients' wealth.
Thompson joined Merrill Lynch in 2004 after spending 16 years with national and regional banks in the private banking and wealth management fields. In 1997, Velen achieved the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. She also has obtained the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM certification awarded by the College for Financial Planning.
Thompson received her Bachelor of Science in multinational business operations with a minor in Spanish from Florida State University. She was born and raised in Tampa and graduated from the Academy in 1983. Currently, Thompson resides in Tampa with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Christina A’16 and Phillip JHS ’19. She enjoys her family as well her involvement in the community, especially her children’s’ schools and church parish, Christ the King.
Ty Trayner is a partner specializing in criminal defense at the law firm of Williams & Trayner. Trayner was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977 after receiving his undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from Mercer University. He and his wife, Brenda, have a son, Spencer, who graduated from the Academy in 2009 and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a baseball scholarship. Their daughter, Taylor, graduated from the Academy in 2011 and the University of San Diego. While their children attended the Academy of the Holy Names, they were active as a couple serving on the Parent Annual Fund committee. Trayner and Brenda were major supporters of the Bridge to the Future capital campaign and served as lead parent chairs of the Class of 2011 Senior Endowment.
Niña Uzzle-Harris is the chief medical officer at Oakhurst Medical Centers, which provides quality, affordable and comprehensive health care to the under-served and marginalized population of the Atlanta area. The center offers family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, behavioral health, podiatry, and dentistry. Uzzle-Harris earned a Bachelor of Science from Furman University and then continued her education at University of South Florida Medical School. She has received leadership and management training at Harvard University, George Washington University, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association for Physician Leadership. Uzzle-Harris strongly supports the Academy’s Link Scholarship Program, especially through mentorship. She is also a member of the Holy Names Legacy Society. As a young woman she attended St. Peter Claver Catholic School and completed her education at the Academy of the Holy Names. While at AHN, she was very active in academic, athletic and community service activities. Uzzle-Harris attributes her personal and professional mission, vision and values to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Rodney Harris.