Board of Directors
Carlos de Quesada is the founder of VeraCruz Advisory, LLC, which focuses on providing financial advisory and strategic consulting services to non-profit institutions. Prior to founding VeraCruz in 2011, Carlos spent four years as a managing director for a financial advisory and business practice consulting firm that focused on not-for-profit and faith-based entities. He led the origination, structuring, and closing of more than $500 million in financings and interest rate derivatives for not-for-profit clients across seven states. Before focusing on not-for-profits, Carlos served as a vice president and minority shareholder at the fastest growing Hispanic-owned company in the U.S., Liberty Power. He has also held positions with international banking institutions including Citigroup, Calyon (of France), and UBS (of Switzerland). He has served or is active in volunteer activities with the not-for-profit Advisory Board and Steering Committee for the World, as well as the Stewardship and Development Committee of St. Francis College. He also collaborates with the American Bible Society’s Hispanic outreach initiatives through the Latino Advisory Council advising the ABS President. From December 2011-14, Carlos served on the Catholic Charities Board of Venice, Florida. He received a B.S. in finance from Florida State University in 1987 before serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988-91. In 1993, he earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Carlos is a first-generation American of Cuban parents and is bilingual.
Samuel A. Di Piazza, Jr. served as Global Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited from 2002 until his retirement in 2009. Sam began his 36-year career with PricewatershouseCoopers (then Coopers & Lybrand) in 1973 and was named partner in 1979. From 1979 t0 2002, he held various regional leadership positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers (and its predecessor firm). After his retirement from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sam joined Citigroup where he served as Vice Chairman of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank from 2011 until 2014. Since 2010, Sam has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mayo Clinic and served as a Director of DIRECTV from 2010 until the company was acquired by AT&T Inc. in July 2015. Sam is a Director of AT&T, Inc., ProAssurance Corporation and Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. He also serves as a Trustee of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the National September 11th Memorial and Museum and of the Partnership for Inner City Education in New York City. He received a B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama and earned an M.S. in tax accounting from the University of Houston.
Scott W. Hamilton is founder and CEO of Circumventure Learning, a San Francisco-based company that seeks ways to use digital learning technology to put the acquisition of knowledge and skills back in the hands of students and parents. Previously, Scott co-founded and served as managing director of Seton Education Partners from 2009 to 2013. He has unique experience in developing new school models, replicating high-performing schools, growing teacher/leader recruitment programs—and in leveraging philanthropic investments to make such initiatives succeed. For eight years he was the head of the Pisces Foundation, a philanthropy created by the founders of Gap, Inc., Doris and Donald Fisher. During this time, he designed and for five years led the effort to grow KIPP from two schools in 2000 to over 200 of the best known and celebrated inner-city public schools in America today. Under his leadership, the Foundation also initiated the quadrupling of the Teach for America teaching corps, created the Charter School Growth Fund, provided the first major funding for GreatSchools.net, and backed the launch of The New Teacher Project. Previous to his philanthropic work, he held posts in the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Massachusetts Department of Education, where he served as Associate Commissioner of Education. Scott received his degree in Ancient Greek from the University of Pennsylvania.
Leo Linbeck III is a husband, father of five and President and CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC, the parent company of three values-driven enterprises: construction management, real estate development and acquisition, and a life science technology studio. Since Leo joined the leadership team at the company, its annual revenues have grown from $40 million to over $400 million. Aquinas’ unusual structure and business practices have inspired tremendous employee loyalty, with an average tenure among senior managers of more than 20 years, as well as making a significant community impact through an annual tithe of its net income. In addition, Leo teaches at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as a Lecturer, where he was named M.B.A. Class of 1979 Lecturer for 2008-2009. Leo is very involved with PreK-12 education reform, especially the expansion of high-performing charter schools serving low-income communities. He has a close working relationship with KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) in Houston, where he led the effort to formulate a bold plan for growth. He also helped create REEP (Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program), a business-school-based program for developing school leaders, and currently serves as the Chairman of REEP. Leo serves on the board of Families Empowered, Competitive Governance Institute, Chantal Cookware, Free Enterprise Institute, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. He is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Texas Civil Engineering Department, and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board. He also founded and ran the largest non-partisan SuperPAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, during the 2012 election cycle.
Kellie Peters is a trustee of the Cincinnati-based Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of K-12 education nationwide through policy changes and improving the delivery of instruction. Recently she has turned her attention to improving inner-city Catholic schools and building students of character. Kellie has been a community volunteer and fundraiser for the last 25 years. Prior to her decision to stay home and raise her two children, Kellie had a sales and marketing career at AT&T. She has a B.A. from Edgecliff College in American History and a M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stephanie Saroki de García is co-founder and Managing Director of Seton Education Partners. She helped launch Seton in 2009 to give every child, regardless of background, an opportunity to have an academically excellent, character-building, and vibrantly Catholic education—and ultimately, a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. Seton currently serves over 3,300 predominantly low-income and minority children in twelve schools and eight cities nationwide. Scholars in Seton’s schools are achieving academic growth results in mathematics and reading that match or beat the nation’s most acclaimed urban charter schools. Most recently, Stephanie launched and for over five years directed the Philanthropy Roundtable’s K-12 education programs, where she spearheaded a series of conferences, strategy sessions, and publications on breakthroughs in education philanthropy. She co-wrote Saving America's Urban Catholic Schools: A Guide for Donors and also served on the strategic planning committee for the Archdiocese of New York’s school system, chairing the committee on school leadership. Previously, Stephanie was a Teach for America corps member in Oakland, California, where she taught high school English. She attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a dean’s fellow. While completing her master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School, Stephanie worked at the Office of Management and Budget. She received a bachelor of arts degree in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Stephanie lives in San Diego, where she is a proud mom to two great children.
Board of Advisors
Seton receives guidance on strategy and implementation from the members of its advisory board. This board includes:
- The Most Reverend Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco
- The Most Reverend Frank Joseph Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport
- Frank J. Hanna III, chief executive officer, Hanna Capital LLC
- Sr. Marie Pappas, C.R., director, St. Columba School of Religion
- Fr. John Piderit, S.J., president, Catholic Education Institute
- Darla M. Romfo, president, Children’s Scholarship Fund
- Ed Siderewicz, co-founder, San Miguel Schools Chicago and Catalyst Schools Chicago
- Joe Womac, executive director, Specialty Family Foundation