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Advisory Board

Meet the members of our Advisory Board! 

Father Farana Photograph
Father Mario Farana
Father Mario was born and raised in San Francisco where he attended Epiphany School. Father Mario has graduated from St. Nicholas Elementary in Los Altos, St. Francis High School in Mountain View, and Santa Clara University in Santa Clara. After his ordination, Father Mario was assigned to St. Paul’s Parish for the first time in 1974-1979. Father Mario returned to St. Paul’s in 1993 as our Pastor. Father Mario loves the friendliness and hospitality of the community which has been a constant since the 1970s. His deep faith inspires his work.
Photograph Jackie Curran
Jacqueline Curran
Principal, Alumni
Jacqueline (Jackie) Curran was born and raised in Noe Valley and the St. Paul’s community. Her family’s St. Paul’s roots stretch back 3 generations, since her great-grandparents moved from County Clare to Sanchez Street: her grandmother and both parents are fellow alumni.  After graduation from St. Paul’s, Jackie attended Immaculate Conception Academy before pursuing her bachelor’s degree at UC Davis.   She holds a teaching credential from SF State and a Masters in Education from Arizona State University.
In 2004, Ms. Curran started her teaching career in the first grade at St. Paul’s, and, in 2022, she accepted the role of Principal. The community is Principal Curran’s favorite aspect of St. Paul’s Parish and School because it is quite literally her family and heritage.  When not around campus, Jackie can be found at Oracle Park cheering on the Giants, brunching with friends, or visiting family in the North Bay.
Photograph Joseph Heinen
Joseph Heinen
Chair of Advisory Board, Alum Parent
Joseph Heinen is chair of the Advisory Board.  Joe and his wife, Christine Sacino, are long-time parishioners and their daughter attended and graduated from both schools in the parish: Littlest Angels pre-school and St. Paul’s Elementary. In his professional career, Joe was a marketing executive in the technology industry. His undergraduate BSc degree is from Notre Dame de Namur University (in Belmont, CA) and his MBA is from UCLA.
Photograph Bissa Zamboldi-Moore
Elizabeth Zamboldi-Moore
PTG President, Parent, Parishioner
Bissa Zamboldi-Moore  joined the St. Paul’s Parish with her husband Richard in 2008. Their son, Rex, is in the 7th grade at St. Paul’s Elementary. Bissa grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and moved around a bit before settling in San Francisco. Bissa loves to be involved at St. Paul’s Elementary, especially as a member of the Culture Club and a soccer coach. She contributes professional teaching experience to the advisory board.
Photograph Gabriella Cirelli
Gabriella Judd Cirelli
Parent, Parishioner
Gabriella is a 10 year parishioner, Altar Society member, Eucharistic Minister and Lector at St. Paul’s.  She is invested as a Dame in the Order of Malta, and has served as the Co-Chair of the San Francisco World Day of the Sick mass for 3 years.
Gabriella holds a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and a graduate certificate in Special Education - Inclusion.  She is the Executive Director of Primeros Pasos Spanish Immersion Preschool 2 San Francisco campuses.  She brings her professional perspective on admissions, recruitment and marketing to the Board.  
Gabriella and her husband Franco Cirelli are the parents of Donatella (7th grade) and Salvatore (2nd grade). Gabriella is in her 8th year serving as a St. Paul’s room parent.
Photograph Kipp
Kipp Kennedy
Parishioner, Alum Parent
Kipp Kennedy first connected to St. Paul’s Church by attending mass there around 2002. His daughter started at Littlest Angels in 2010 and St. Paul’s kindergarten in 2012. Kipp accepted the invitation to join the advisory board and he says the school advisory board has been a fun way to stay connected to the St. Paul’s community. Kipp explains that his favorite thing about the St. Paul’s community are the fun, easy-going fellow parishioners and the sociability of its members. 
Photograph Jen Harrison
Jennifer Harrison
PTG Treasurer, Parent, Alumni
Jennifer Harrison is a Noe Valley native, and three generations of her family have graduated from St. Paul's School.  Her son is in third grade and is on track (so far!) to graduate in the 112th class at St. Paul's School.
She has a deep background in nonprofit finance and operations,  and is eager to put that experience to good use in support of Miss Curran, Father Farana and her fellow St. Paul's families.