The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
From left to right: Treasurer Diego Ortiz '05, President Tony Camarena '85,
Vice President Paul Dominguez '85, and Secretary Paul Villarreal '94.
President Tony Camarena '85
Tony Camarena grew up in South Central Los Angeles, 3 blocks from the LA Coliseum. At the age of 14 he realized that he needed to get an education in a better environment outside of his neighborhood. He had it all planned out and knew what high school he was going to attend, John Marshall High School. At that time all of the LA Unified School Distinct high schools started in 10th grade, Tony was advised by a friend to attend Cathedral so that he could start high school in the 9th grade, play football and transfer to Marshall the following year. He now realizes that although he had a good plan, God had a better one, he never transferred out. Cathedral was not only a place of education for him, but it also served him as a refuge. Cathedral felt like a safe haven to Tony because it took him away from all of the negative elements in his neighborhood, it became his second home.
While at Cathedral he played all 4 years of football and was a 3 year varsity starter, made First Team All League his senior year, he also was a track and field athlete who competed in the shot put. He was part of the Rally Club, Block C, and was part of the selected Peer Counseling Group. His proudest moment was when his classmates and him petitioned to help save Cathedral his senior year along with alumni, Tony gathered over 1,000 petitions which were delivered on a historical day to LA City Councilmen at City Hall.
Tony married his wife Martha of St. Mathias High School in 1990 and they started their family in 1998 with the birth of their triplets Yulianna, Yulissa, and Anthony. They have lived in Hacienda Heights, CA since 2003 and are parishiners of St. John Vianney.. He has been in the printing industry for 30 years, Tony also designs and prints some of Cathedrals projects, such as the football program, the Annual Scholarship Dinner program, and other marketing collateral.
He stared getting involved with the alumni in 1995 when he organized his class’s 10th year reunion, followed by their 20th and 30th. He joined the Gala committee in 2006 and worked on the design and print of the Gala program. Tony has been in active alumni member since 2000.
32 years after he graduated he decided to run for alumni president because he feels that he owes a lot to the school and to the Christian Brothers. He feels that giving back is a humbling experience and that everyone should do it with a community in one way or another. You give up your time and your plans to serve people, in his case the students of Cathedral High School. He wants to make sure that both present and future Cathedral students that need financial help are provided with the same opportunity he was given, to attend his Alma Matter.
Vice President Paul Dominguez '85
Paul Dominguez grew up in nearby Lincoln Heights attending grammar school at his parish, Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is the second eldest of five boys all of which followed the same path through Sacred Heart on their way through Cathedral High School. Paul’s mother graduated from Sacred Heart High School and his father from Garfield High School in the early 60’s. Paul first stepped onto Cathedral’s campus in 1977 when his older brother Art, class of 1981, started as a freshman. After Paul graduated in 1985, his younger brothers Marc, class of 1991 along with Steve and Vince, class of 1999, all graduated from Cathedral High School and are all proud Phantoms.
While at Cathedral, Paul played baseball during his freshman and senior years and played football all four years including 3 years on the varsity level where he earned All-League honors his junior and senior years and received the team’s MVP award during his junior year. Paul participated in the Rally Club, Circle C, Block C, Campus Ministry and Peer Counseling. After graduating, Paul coached football at Cathedral for 3 years which culminated in a varsity level defensive coordinator position.
In 1989, Paul and Tina Dominguez began their family with the birth of their first son, Paul Jr. followed by David in 1993 and Lea in 1995. Both Paul Jr., class of 2007 and David, class of 2011, graduated from Cathedral. Lea graduated from San Gabriel Mission High School and cheered for Cathedral during all four years of high school. Besides being active in all things related to the parents’ requirements from 2003 thru 2011, Paul was a member of the Cathedral High School Athletic Boosters Club where for one year, he served as Vice President then assumed the role of President of the organization for another two years. He also worked as part of the cheerleading staff for four years where he assisted the program with fundraising efforts as well as various other roles.
Paul is employed by Honeywell Intelligrated where he is a Sr. Sales Engineer. His 28-year career has been focused on the design, engineering and sales of advanced industrial automation which has moved him through many business sectors such as the automotive industry, assembly, paper converting and warehouse automation.
It’s with great pride that Paul returns to Cathedral High School, a place that he has called home for many years. He’s happy to put in the work that it’s going to take to build upon the strong foundation that is today’s Alumni Association. “It’s our turn to give back.” says Paul. “Without Cathedral High School, I wouldn’t be the man that I am today. Now it’s my turn to give back and help others afford the Catholic education that I received. It’s been such a blessing to be mentored by the Christian Brothers on such a special campus where I made lifelong friendships and hold, so dear, many cherished memories.”
Secretary Paul Villarreal '94
Paul Villarreal graduated from Cathedral High in 1994 and has supported the CHS Alumni Association for over 15 years. As a student he participated in many sports and activities such as Basketball, Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, and Student Council.
He valued the protection, support and inspiration he received from his coaches and teachers which help him grow his courage and faith. Paul also appreciated learning the Gospels of Jesus Christ and how to apply the principles and person of Jesus in his life.
He currently serving as the Alumni Secretary because he believes that families deserve access to an environment that teaches about Jesus Christ, protects, inspires, and educates young men to fulfill their purpose. He works as Business Development Manager for Investment Banking firm Grosvenor Square Advisors and also through his private company Increase Network promotes health and wellness products, Real estate services, and other projects.
Treasurer Diego Ortiz '05
Diego Ortiz is a graduate from the Cathedral class of 2005 and was on that famous 2002 Freshman basketball team that went undefeated for the year. He subsequently went on to compete as a three-year varsity letterman for the Phantoms cross-country and track & field teams of ‘03, ‘04 and ‘05.
His experiences at CHS have shaped the man that he is today. With the help of his CHS classmates, he has created a network of friends and clients that support his growing tax business and the Los Angeles community that he serves. As a natural extension of his network, he is now serving as the Treasurer for the CHS Alumni Association, and his primary motivation are the great memories and the unique camaraderie that he experienced at Cathedral High School.