Patrick Kennedy, Director of Development

    Patrick Kennedy

    As the Director of Development, Patrick manages our fundraising efforts which will encompass the annual fund, event planning and parent communication. Patrick is well-versed in the Augustinian traditions, having graduated from Villanova University, where he served as the school’s first-ever two-term student body president. He went on to serve as co-owner and executive director for more than ten years of a summer camp in Ontario, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he has worked in secondary education at two Catholic institutions in the Chicagoland area. At La Lumiere School, a day and boarding school in La Porte, IN he served in roles ranging from Admissions, Student Life, teacher and coach. And, at his alma mater, Bishop McNamara Catholic School in Kankakee, IL, he served as Director of Major Gifts, Admissions Director and most recently Assistant Principal for Student Life and Dean of Students.

    Throughout his professional career and personal life, Patrick has built a strong legacy of connecting with students, their parents, alumni, board members and other stakeholders of the institutions he served.

    Patrick may be reached at (805) 646-1464 ext 127 or by email at pkennedy@villanovaprep.org.

    Ernesto Casillas, Associate Director of Development

    Ernesto Casillas Mr. Ernesto Casillas joined the Villanova staff as the Associate Director of Development in Winter 2018. Ernesto brings many years of experience in fundraising and development to the Villanova Prep team. His previous positions have included: Major Gifts Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Maria Valley and Associate Director of Development at Occidental College. Ernesto is passionate about education and making a difference in the lives of others. Ernesto resides in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Jewel and their three children: Ernesto Jr., Nina and Tobias.

    Ernesto may be reached at (805) 646-1464 ext 118 or by email at ecasillas@villanovaprep.org.



    Tim Bunce, Alumni Relations & Resident Academic Faculty

    Tim Bunce Tim Bunce works with both our alumni and current boarding students. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in English and communications as well as a master's degree in education from California Lutheran University. Prior to joining the Development Office, Tim was a member of our English faculty for over thirty years. In his current roles, Tim participates in alumni reunions and mixers, conducts alumni outreach, and provides academic support through our English Immersion with Support (EIS) program. His favorite Villanova tradition is a virtual tie between Wildcat Day, Baccalaureate Mass, and Graduation. Simply put, Tim believes Villanova is great because of our students, and if you visited his office you would find students who are curious, hard-working, eager, and talented.

    Tim may be reached at (805) 646-1464 ext 166 or by email at tbunce@villanovaprep.org.


    Tessa Hottinger, Marketing and Events Coordinator

    tess Tessa Hottinger is our Marketing and Events Coordinator and joined Villanova in 2015. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from  Clemson University. Tessa is an integral part of fundraising events, such as our Wildcat Classic Dinner and Golf tournament, Parent Guild  Auction, and Wildcat Weekend. She also oversees the publication of Vista magazine. Tessa believes Villanova is great because the school is a close-knit community made up of individuals who genuinely care about the well-being of each other and the reputation of the school.  Her favorite Villanova tradition is Grandparent's Day, where our students spend time appreciating their grandparents.

     Tessa may be reached at (805) 646-1464 ext 126 or by email at thottinger@villanovaprep.org.



    Deborah Daily, Alumni Coordinator & Resident Assistant

    Deborah Smith Deborah (Smith) Daily serves as our Alumni Coordinator as well as a resident assistant in the girls' dormitory. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego in theology and religious studies. Prior to joining the Development Office, Deborah worked in Villanova's Admission Office. Deborah believes Villanova is great because it allows students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to flourish and be celebrated as a unique individual. At Villanova, every individual on campus is important and an integral part of the community. Deborah's favorite Villanova tradition is walking among the roses and saying farewell to the seniors at graduation. If you were to visit her office, you would find a friendly smile and wave. Deborah loves welcoming alumni back to Villanova.

    Deborah may be reached at (805) 646-1464 ext 126 or by email at ddaily@villanovaprep.org.