About

Leadership

School Leadership

Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM

President

Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, has led Xavier as Principal from 1974 through June 2016 and now as Xavier's first President, effective July 1, 2016. Sister Joan received a Bachelor of Arts from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois and a Master of Arts from Arizona State University.

Since Sister Joan became principal, Xavier has gained a reputation as a Community of Faith that has reached excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. Xavier has received many accolades: being named a Blue Ribbon School three times, selected for the Catholic High School Honor Roll three times, winning the Siemens Award for the best Advanced Placement program in Arizona and received the Blue Cup for outstanding athletics and activities program in Arizona. Sister Joan received the Elizabeth Seton Award for Leadership to Diocesan Schools, the Ministry Award from the Diocese of Phoenix, and the National Catholic Education Association’s Secondary Education Award.

Sister Joan has served as a member and president of the Diocesan School Board, member and president of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, member of Brophy College Preparatory Board of Regents, president of the 5A Conference of the Arizona Interscholastic Athletic Association, member of the North Central Association State Committee, Arizona State Committee for Teacher Certification, the America West Airlines Education Foundation Executive Board, and was a member of the committee to implement the high school religion curriculum framework from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Sister Joan Nuckols, BVM

Principal

Sister Joan Nuckols, BVM, was born and raised in Butte, Montana and attended St. Ann’s Catholic school. Sister Joan knew from an early age that she wanted to teach.

After graduation from high school, she traveled to Dubuque, Iowa to become a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clarke College and Masters of Arts degrees from St. Louis University and Grand Canyon University.

In 1974, Sister Joan became a history teacher at Xavier later serving as Department Chair of Social Studies, Vice Principal of Academics and Campus Ministry and is now the school's Principal, effective July 1, 2016.

Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA

Vice-Principal for Activities and Athletic Director

Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, CMAA, a Xavier alumna, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts from the University of Iowa.  In 1974, Sister Lynn returned to Xavier to teach and chair the Physical Education Department. In 1977, Sister Lynn was appointed Vice-Principal for Activities and Athletic Director.

Initially, Sister Lynn coached basketball, softball, and golf, but as her administrative duties increased, she focused her coaching on golf. Under her direction, the golf team has earned 32 state titles as the Arizona 5A Division 1 girls’ golf champions, which is the national record.

Sister Lynn received the: YWCA Tribute to Women Award, the National High School Athletic Director of the Year, and the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association Advocacy Award. She was named the National Federation Coaches Association Golf Coach of the Year twice, the AIA Girls’ High School Golf Coach of the Century and received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrations Associations highest honor, the NIAAA Award of Merit.

Board Members

List of 3 items.

  • Board of Directors

    Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted
    Bishop of Phoenix

    Mrs. MaryBeth Mueller
    Executive Director, Division of Education and Evangelization and Superintendent of Schools
    Vice President

    Sr. Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
    School President
    President

    Dr. Arthur De Cabooter
    Member

    Mrs. Kathleen Harris
    Secretary

  • School Advisory Board

    Dr. Art DeCabooter
    Past Parent

    Sara Bartylla Miller ’84
    President
    Past Parent

    Erin Naughton Alaimo '84
    Alumna
    Current Parent 

    Julie Alpert 
    Mothers' Guild President 
    Current Parent 

    Martha Chung
    Current Parent

    Tamera Flournay Christifulli ’78
    Alumna
    Past Parent

    Eden Hassett Higgins ’83
    Alumna
    Current Parent

    Carol Hodus 
    Past Parent 
    Former Faculty 

    Lana Taylor Holmes '85
    Current Parent 

    Anne Marie Hubbard Sunderhaus '95 
    Alumna 
    Alumnae Board President 

    Nicole Strephans Karren '89 
    Alumna 
    Past Parent 

    Teri Schumacher
    Past Parent

    Chris Zachar 
    Dads' Club President 
    Current Parent 

    FACULTY AND AT LARGE MEMBERS

    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerald ‘68
    Director of Advancement and Alumnae Relations
    Foundation Trustee 

    Fr. Kevin Grimditch
    Chaplain

    Sr. Joanie Nuckols, BVM
    Principal

    Paula Petrowski
    Director of Admissions
    Secretary of Advisory Board – At Large

    Michelle Enciso 
    Xavier Faculty 

    Gina Nunez 
    Xavier Faculty 
  • Xavier Board of Trustees

    Taylor Melvin
    President 

    Wendy Rector Riddell '90
    Vice-President 

    Wayne Anderson


    Molly Carson

    Todd Chester


    Sara Dial

    Mike Donahey

    Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM

    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerald '68

    Michael Gordon

    Scott Gruwell

    Carrie Hall
    Former President

    John Hink 

    Shelley Hubbard

    Jackie Ranger Hutt '84


    Stacey Kelly

    Chris Klonoski

    John Maher

    John McGrath 


    Todd Reeg

    Chip Spellman

    Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM ’61

    Jaime Dion Wright '94

Committees

List of 2 items.

  • School Advisory Board

    Catholic Identity
    Sr. Joan Fitzgerald
    Fr. Kevin Grimditch
    Sr. Joan Nuckols, Chair

    Catholic Education Arizona
    Polly Bayless Fitzgerald’68
    Steven Fullmer
    Rhonda Bush Fullmer '80
    Eden Hassett Higgins '83
    Sara Bartylla Miller ‘84
    Patty Ramirez Keough ’81, Chair

    Finance
    Dr. Art DeCabooter
    Sr. Joan Fitzgerald
    Kathleen Schwarzkopf Harris '81, Chair

    Plant Evaluation and Reorganization
    Shelly Mulligan Cahill '81
    Gail Hartman
    Sr. Joan Nuckols, Chair
    Sr. Joan Fitzgerald, Resource

    Strategic Planning
    Dr. Art DeCabooter
    Paula Petrowski, Chair

  • Xavier Board of Trustees

    Communications and Advocacy
    Jaime Dion Wright '94, Chair
    Christine Burns 
    Shelly Mulligan Cahill '81
    Katie Miller Cobb '86
    Lara Cole
    Heather Lovett Dunn '91
    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerald '68
    Julia Shea Flynn '72
    Jackie Ranger Hutt '84 
    Laura Jordan
    Stacey Kelly
    Stephanie Bass Kerkorian '81
    Chris Klonoski
    Megan McCarthy Kuhl '90
    DeeDee Macrina
    Sr. Joanie Nuckols, BVM
    Lauren Colangelo Parson '89
    Liz Dinoffria Petroff '99
    Paula Petrowski
    Sister Kathleen Sinclair, BVM
    Monica Hollenbeck Woudenberg '89
    Ellie Zapata '92

    Development
    Todd Reeg, Chair
    Wayne Anderson
    Curt Bruggman
    James Culver
    Sara Dial
    Mike Donahey
    Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerald '68
    Carrie Hall
    John Hink
    Richard Hubbard
    Shelley Hubbard
    Taylor Melvin
    Maria Murphy-Fontes '80
    Amy O'Sullivan
    Chip Spellman
    Kiley Ward
    Ellie Zapata '92
    Katie Marsh Zeches '01

    Facilities
    Wendy Rector Riddell '90, Chair 
    Kenny Averbuck
    Lorraine Bergman
    Curt Bruggman
    Molly Carson
    Dawn Cartier
    Mark Cavanaugh
    Todd Chester
    Gary Cochran
    Tod Dickey
    Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerlad '68
    Scott Gruwell
    Pat Hintze
    Jenifer Lunt
    John McGrath
    David Mullard
    Bruce Scott
    Phillip Segura
    Tui Selvaratnam
    Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM '61
    Brad Wright 

    Technology
    John Maher, Chair
    BJ Dines
    Tishin Wood Donkersley '89
    Sandra Fernandez
    Stacy Ferreira '11
    Polly Bayless Fitz-Gerald '68
    Mike Gordon
    Bob Kielty
    Melissa Kuffler 
    Nichola Lubold '05
    Frances McMahon-Ward
    Shelly Sexton
    Don Shilliday
    Lawdan Shojaee
    Chris Traynor
    Catherine Wyman

Xavier College Preparatory

4710 North Fifth Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85012
P. (602) 277-3772
F. (602) 279-1346

National Blue Ribbon Recipient

1990-91
1994-96
2013

Accreditation

AdvancED
Western Catholic Educational Association