History of St. Francis College Preparatory High School
St. Francis College Preparatory High School is the culmination of over 20 years of attempts by local Catholic families and Community Members to provide their children with a quality secondary education. Up until now, there has not been an option for Catholic High School Education in the Inland Temecula/Murrieta Valley area.
This effort began in 1993, when the first local Catholic Preschool was opened in the Temecula Valley. Almost immediately, parents recognized the need to expand that education, and by 1999 that school had been expanded to a K-8. In 2001 this group of local parents began to discuss the need for the continuation of their children’s Catholic education at the secondary level. By 2005 this group had formed a non-profit organization for “Trinity Catholic High School”. The parent’s effort to open Trinity Catholic High School was still in process in 2011, with progress and significant donations made during those 6 years. However, In 2012, the non-profit was dissolved. In 2015, a subset of the parent group who formed Trinity Catholic High School joined together on a revitalized effort to open a Catholic High School in the Inland Temecula/Murrieta Valley area.
The St. Francis Knights
The primary vision and mission of St. Francis is the formation of tomorrow’s leaders who understand and recognize the need for living by and through their faith as they serve those around them. The overall process of formation while attending St. Francis is very intentional with the integration of faith in Christ in all parts of the curricular and extra-curricular aspects of the school. This leads to a purposeful and methodical development of the whole student, both in body and soul.
The choice of “The Knight” as the mascot and the school colors of Blue and Gold are intentional and rooted in symbolism.
Knightly virtues include:
Blue represents Truth and Heavenly Love. Gold represents Purity and Divine Light
St. Francis program is designed to ensure that each aspect of the student’s educational experience — in the classroom, on the field or serving in the community on behalf of the school — has an intentional opportunity for the student to reflect the attributes the mascot and color symbolism.
Board of Directors
Michael Fitzpatrick, SFCP Board President
As Founder and CEO of NCX Group, Inc., a successful Information Risk Management firm, Michael Fitzpatrick has over 30 years of information technology experience where he began addressing the technical needs and security concerns of businesses embracing the Internet. Today, through his company, NCX, Fitzpatrick leads a team of highly skilled engineers and professional consultants who are dedicated to providing security assessments and innovative strategies that protect critical data and ensure a business environment remains operational. Among its clientele are companies from the Fortune 2000 to the Fortune 50 in the fields of Finance, Healthcare, Energy and Education. Fitzpatrick is a respected presenter and has appeared as a featured speaker at CAworld, OracleWorld, CCIA, Fox News and other national forums. Additionally, he serves as a Distinguished Fellow with the Ponemon Institute, the leading Information Security & Privacy Research Firm in the world.
Fitzpatrick has a strong sense of public service and community involvement serving the City of Murrieta, California as a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee and as Vice Chair and Chair of the Murrieta Planning Commission during massive development in the city’s history. His true passion has lies with his involvement of America’s youth. He has spent many hours involved with local youth coaching youth soccer, serving as Troop Chaplain in his son’s Troop for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), serving as 2015 Co-Chair for Scouting For Food for the Tahquitz District for BSA, and as an Executive Board Member for the BSA California Inland Empire Council. As a testament to his leadership and service in the Boy Scouts, Fitzpatrick’s son recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and continues to pursue further service. Fitzpatrick’s and his family are faithful Catholics who have attended St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Murrieta for the last 15 years. There Fitzpatrick has served as one of the charter members for the parish’s Knights of Columbus chapter.
Stephen A. Lindsley, SFCP Board Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Lindsley is a 1989 graduate of the University of San Diego, School of Law. While in Law School, Mr. Lindsley was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Contracts and received Honors in Trial Advocacy. Mr. Lindsley was a contributing author to the Public Interest Law Journal. He began his career in 1989 in the Temecula offices of a well-established Orange County law firm. Throughout his career as an attorney, Mr. Lindsley has represented for profit and not for profit entities as general counsel. In addition, he has handled cases throughout Southern California, primarily in the areas of corporate formation, transactional law, complex commercial litigation, complex real estate development, commercial transactions and insurance coverage. Mr. Lindsley opened his own Law Firm in the Temecula Valley Area in 2000. Mr. Lindsley continues to handle complex business, real estate and commercial transactional and litigation matters for a variety of entities including for profit and not for profit corporations, non-profit associations, real property development entities and individual landowners and developers. Mr. Lindsley is well known in the Temecula Valley as a real estate and commercial transactional and litigation attorney. Mr. Lindsley has received acclaim as an aggressive business advocate and negotiator. In addition to litigating matters throughout all of Southern California, Mr. Lindsley has represented his clients before numerous governmental bodies, including the Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore City Councils and Planning Commissions. Mr. Lindsley has also advocated matters on behalf of his clients before the U.S. Congress and California Legislature. Mr. Lindsley is a former Congressional Staff Member with assignments in California and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lindsley is an active citizen in the Temecula Valley Area and a parishioner of St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Murrieta. He is a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Old Town Temecula. He has served on the board of several not for profit organizations. Mr. Lindsley has worked with numerous community groups, providing advise and raising funds for organizations such as Birth Choice of the Temecula Valley, Temecula Valley Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County, Community Food Pantry of Murrieta, Chaparral High School Education Foundation, Temecula Valley Soccer Association, Temecula Little League and many others. Mr. Lindsley coached Youth Soccer and Baseball in the Temecula Area for many years. He is the father of four children who are currently attending major universities throughout the United States.
Joan F. Sparkman, SFCP Board Member
Joan F. Sparkman is a recognized community leader and educational advocate in Southwest Riverside. She served as Trustee to the UCR Foundation 2000-2010, UCR Biomedical Science Advisory Board, Chancellor’s Associates, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Watkins Society. Mrs. Sparkman received an Honorary Doctorate from the UCR Graduate School of Business Management and is a UCR Athena Hall of Fame recipient.
She has served as Chairman of the Board of Southwest Healthcare Systems, Board Member of Temecula Valley Hospital, Rotary Club of Murrieta, Circle of Safe-T board and founder of the Rape Crisis Forensic Exam Unit, UCR Medical School Board Advisory Member and Task Force. Additionally she has served on the Murrieta/Temecula Group Executive Board, Southwest Legislation Council Executive Board, served 21 years on the Boys & Girls Club Board, is a member of Professional Woman’s Roundtable, and member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Mrs. Sparkman served 22 years on the Temecula Valley Unified Board of Education, 14 years served on the Mount San Jacinto Community Board of Trustees.
Awards include: The Joan F. Sparkman Elementary School in 1989, North county Woman of Merit, Woman of the Year State Assembly twice, Woman of the Year California State Senate, Athena Award for Business & Industry, Joan F. Sparkman Leadership Award founded by the Professional Woman’s Roundtable in 2002, Temecula Valley Chamber Citizen of the Year, Boy Scouts of America Distinguished of the Year, Wall of Honor in the Temecula Museum, American Bankers Award for Community Service, League of Women Voters Outstanding Volunteer Award, Outstanding Education Leadership Award from the Riverside County Office of Education 2005, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Multiple streets and educational facilities are named after Mrs. Sparkman in honor of her service in this area including Sparkman Way, Corte Sparkman, Sparkman Court, and the Joan F. Sparkman Center for Alternative Education.
Hennie Monteleone, SFCP Board Member
Mrs. Monteleone has been a long-standing leader and philanthropist in southwest Riverside County. Monteleone has been a part of numerous volunteer organizations serving our local community over the years. She too has donated countless hours and her venue — Montleone Meadows — to support the church, nonprofits and volunteer associations alike with their causes and to raise funds.
Monteleone was recognized for her outstanding servant leadership at the state capitol this past February and named Women of the Year in 2015 for the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Hemet, Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, SFCP Board Member
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendea works hard in Sacramento representing the 67th Assembly District, which includes Murrieta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and other surrounding areas. She is a strong advocate for excellence in education including the need for the development of values and character in the classroom. Melendez served her country in the Navy with honor and distinction receiving numerous awards for her strategic acumen, operational insight, professionalism and impeccable leadership skills. Melissa has been in public service since 2008 and has distinguished herself as dedicated, caring and exemplary public servant and leader.
Nick Goldmann, SFCP Board Member
Bernie Truax II, SFCP Board Member:
Bernard L. Truax II returned from the service in 1969. Bernie then began his career of over 45+ years in the construction and development industries. Bernie began his career at Inland Ryerson Construction, he and his company were part of the construction team that built the Apollo Moon Rocket Launch Tower, the Space Shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center & Vandenberg AFB, Nuclear Power Plants, Conventional Power Plants, 747 Hangers, the Sears Tower, the World Trade Center and many other major projects around the world.
In 1982, Bernie set out on his own and created Truax Development. Over the years, this company expanded to include a real estate company and a construction project management company. In 1995, Bernie and his family transitioned from Orange County to Temecula where they have made home. He continues to be involved in his community and has a passion for donating his time and energy to the recovery community. He is the Executive Director for the 501 (c) non-profit, Riverside Recovery Resources, which provide alcohol and other drug prevention, intervention, education, and rehabilitation services. He and his wife own A.J.s Amethyst House, a Women’s residential treatment & detox center. Bernie looks to bring together buildings, people and leaders to make tomorrow better for ourselves and future generations. Other Board Memberships Include: Current ♣ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Riverside Recovery non-profit an alcohol and substance abuse program; ♣ Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Temecula Valley Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, a non-profit charitable organization; ♣ Member Theater Foundation; ♣ Founder Old Town Owners Association; Past ♣ Senior Warden, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church; ♣ Chairman of Board of Directors, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School; ♣ Member of Board of Directors, La Cresta, a private community; ♣ Chairman of Architectural Review Board for La Cresta; Recent Accomplishments: • Nominated TVCC Citizen of the Year • Awarded 2016 Boy Scouts of America – Tahquitz District Distinguished Citizen of the Year • Awarded The Economic Development of Southern California’s “Most Notable Investment & Development of 2015” • Awarded by the City of Temecula Community Services, “In appreciation of your commitment to enhancing the quality of life, fostering an appreciation of the arts in the City of Temecula, and your continued support of the City of Temecula’s programs in Arts, Culture and Events.”.
Press Release regarding addition of Board Member Bernie Truax II
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