The staff of the Archbishop Riordan High School boarding program is committed to the development of our residential students academically, socially and spiritually, and preparing them for success in college and beyond. The Directors and Resident Advisors bring a wealth of experiences, interests, and talents to San Francisco’s only boarding program, and continue to build a thriving residential community on Riordan’s campus.
Director of Boarding Program
Gary comes to Archbishop Riordan with more than a decade of consulting experience for national healthcare organizations. Prior to his consulting career, Gary was an Americorps VISTA volunteer and spent three years running after-school programs in East Palo Alto. An interest in community advocacy and development led Gary to additional service on the board of directors for several charter schools, youth development nonprofits, and other community organizations.
Gary understands boarding life firsthand from his days as a residential student at the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale (the school has since closed their boarding program). In addition to his role as the Director of the Boarding Program at Riordan, Gary is the Head Wrestling Coach. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Boston College, where he was also a Division I athlete. Gary and his family live in San Francisco.
Meghan Grady – Associate Director of Residential Life
Meghan has worked all over the world and brings extensive experience in boarding and international education to Riordan. In recent years she worked in Germany and Alaska as a pre-school teacher on American military bases, and also in two boarding programs in Boston, Massachusetts. Meghan was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she graduated from Shippensburg University (also in Pennsylvania) with a BA in Communication and Journalism. Post graduation, Meghan also obtained a TEFL certification. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys exploring new towns, thrift store shopping, going to concerts, volunteering, taking yoga classes, and going to the beach.
Joseph Grothe – Resident Advisor
Raised on two continents, Joe enjoys looking at the world with distinct lenses: history, culture, and sports. He was born in Houston, Texas where he lived until moving to England when he was eight years old. He returned to the United States after high school and graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a B.A. in History. An avid sports fan and athlete, Joe played both basketball and soccer in high school, and soccer in college. When not working he enjoys traveling and exploring various places and cultures, playing and watching sports, watching the history channel, and being with family and friends.
Alexandra Portney – Resident Advisor
Alexandra was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland where she attended the University of Maryland, College Park and obtained a BA in Russian Language and Criminology/Criminal Justice with a minor in French language. She then went on to earn an MA in Russian Language and Foreign Policy from Middlebury College. During her studies she spent two years abroad in Russia and also worked as a Russian Translator at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Alexandra has extensive experience teaching English to speakers of other languages and also has a background in international educational. An avid swimmer, she swam throughout high school and college and also coached swimming for seven years. She looks forward to starting up a swim club here at Riordan.
Tony Roulhac – Resident Advisor
Tony brings a wealth of experience to Riordan’s boarding program, including working with international students, teaching English as a second language and Russian, living abroad, coaching and playing rugby, and pursuing his passion for music.
A native of southern Maryland, Tony earned a BA in Russian Language and History at the University of Maryland. He spent a semester abroad in St Petersburg, Russia as well a summer of intensive language training at Bryn Mawr College, both in boarding environments. After university he earned his TESOL Certificate and began working as an ESL teacher in Washington, D.C. Soon after he made the move to Moscow where he spent the next three and a half years as an ESL teacher as well as language school manager. When he returned from Russia he spent time in Baltimore, MD teaching and consulting international students.
While gaining this language training experience, Tony also worked as a musician and played rugby at a high level. In the coming semesters, Tony hopes to teach a music class on how to form and maintain a successful band. He is also the new head rugby coach at Riordan. His college rugby experience, along with his time playing overseas has already attracted many international and boarding students to the game, creating a safe environment for them to branch out and get involved in the greater Riordan community.
David Lin and Shirley Cheung Lin, RN
David is the Academic Advisor for students in the boarding program and also the Senior Divisional Counselor. An alumnus of Riordan’s Class of 1999 and a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in School Counseling, David is happy to be back home after three years working at Archbishop Mitty High School. He also coaches JV football, Freshman baseball, and works with the LIFE Team in campus ministry, where he recently led an immersion trip to Dolores Mission in Los Angeles. David enjoys being involved in the community, and his passion is working with students and helping them find inspiration in their journey.
Shirley is a registered nurse and is excited to be working with our boarding students to ensure that they stay well and live well while at Riordan. She previously worked at St. Anne’s Home focusing on elderly care, and is currently employed at Kindred Healthcare, a transitional rehabilitation center.
Director of International Admissions
Office: (415) 586-8200 ext. 406
Betta is the Director of International Admissions at Archbishop Riordan High School, working with students from California, the US and around the world on behalf of the school’s boarding program. Prior to Riordan, Betta was the Assistant Director of High School Admissions at San Domenico, an all-girls private day and boarding school in Northern California. She has also worked in marketing, sales and recruiting roles for Rush-Copley Hospital, Saratoga Food Specialties, NPC, and the Form & Function Architectural Firm. Betta earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from PUCC, Brazil. She is an avid international traveler and speaks many languages, including English, Portuguese and Spanish.