Meet the Team

Ms. Tina Bonacci '94, Vice President of Mission and Ministry Integration | 626.696.4311

As a proud graduate of La Salle, Ms. Bonacci is currently starting her 24th year in Catholic School Education. She has earned two M.A in Education and School Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. She is also a Doctoral Candidate at Cal State Fullerton.

Mr. Andre Nicdao, Pastoral Life Coordinator | 626.696.4338

Mr. Nicdao is a child of God, a husband, a father of three children, and an educator.

This is his first year at La Salle College Preparatory. However, he is starting his twentieth year in Catholic School Education and Formation. Mr. Nicdao has had an experiential background as a Catholic school educator, administrator, and pastoral ministry since his seminary formation. In his early years, he had previously attended De La Salle Zobel School in the Philippines from K-6th Grade.

Mr. Nicdao has earned M.A. degrees in Education and Theology respectively from LMU and St. John’s Seminary. In addition, he also has B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College along with a Single Subject Credential in English from UCSD.

He is truly grateful to God and the Lasallian community for bringing him back home to his roots, and looking forward to beginning this faithful journey.

Eddie Ficklin, Student Leadership Coordinator, Mentor Committee Lead, Sophomore Class Council Moderator, Football Coach | 626.696.4424

Mr. Ficklin has earned a BA in Mass Communications from Briar Cliff University.. He is in his 2nd year teaching at La Salle and his 9th year of coaching and mentoring young people in 5 states. He is also the recipient of the Signum Fidei Award for his positive impact on the student community.

Julia Frisina '11, Service and Justice Coordinator, Religious Studies Instructor, Twinning Coordinator, Immersion Coordinator, Assistant Director of Summer School, Assistant Softball Coach | 626.696.4420

Ms. Frisina graduated from LaSalle in 2011 and started working at La Salle in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Education from The University of Arizona. She received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. She also has her Religious Education Certification from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Ms. Frisina is also the winner of the St. Joseph Service Award, an award given to her by her colleagues for her service to the school.

Whitney Strouse '07, Community Life Coordinator, San Miguel Coordinator, Yearbook Coordinator, Class Council and Senior Class Moderator | 626.696.4326

Ms. Strouse graduated from La Salle in 2007 and received two Bachelor's degrees from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt) in International Studies and German in 2012. Ms. Strouse started working at La Salle in 2018.

Tara Morales P'16,'18, Office of Mission and Ministry | 626.696.4381

Mrs. Morales has a background in child development and is starting her 9th year at La Salle.


    La Salle College Preparatory was founded in 1956. Today, we are the only truly diverse and co-educational Catholic high school in Pasadena.