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placeholder May 22, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Leader named for network schools project

Liz Guneratne

Liz Guneratne has been named project lead for the network schools of the Diocese of Oakland.

Seven schools — St. Elizabeth Elementary and St. Anthony in Oakland; St. Paul in San Pablo; St. Cornelius in Richmond; St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg; Queen of All Saints in Concord; and St. Catherine of Siena in Martinez — are in the network, whose formation was announced in January.

Guneratne has roots in the Diocese of Oakland. She served as associate superintendent for the Diocese of Oakland from 2011-2015; was principal at St. John Catholic School in San Lorenzo from 2005 to 2011; and special needs director of St. Elizabeth Elementary in Oakland from 2001 to 2005.

In 2016, she graduated with her doctoral degree in the Leadership for Educational Equity Program at the University of California at Berkeley. For the past two years, she has been a lecturer in educational leadership at Santa Clara University.

"We are blessed to have her gifts, talents and enthusiasm in leading us through the implementation of our vision for the seven Catholic schools in the network," Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, said.

The new network is expected to be fully operational by fall 2018. The coming academic year will be one of transition, with changes to the operating model and the addition of a support team.

"This new model will provide the organizational shift and strength to sustain them and allow them to serve even more children and families so they have the academic preparation, Catholic values and life skills they need to lead fulfilling, productive and holy lives," Bishop Barber said.

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