About the Nazareth Guild

In 2010 Blase Cardinal Cupich and Don Herak gathered together interested and committed individuals who cared deeply about the future of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Spokane. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Spokane had reported budget deficits, as a result of declining enrollment and increasing operating costs. Nazareth Guild Board of Directors identified it was time for action and began its commitment to financially support the schools in our diocese.

Nazareth Guild seeks full enrollment for all schools, especially those serving the underserved and under-resourced, by offering tuition assistance grants to students who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Nazareth Guild seeks to support the Catholic schools in eastern Washington in their efforts to offer an excellent academic education based in the Catholic tradition.

“As a graduate of Catholic schools, grammar through university, and a former teacher and high school president for almost twenty years, I have experienced first-hand the academic excellence, extensive extracurricular activities, and the disciplined learning that occurs each day. And this all happens within the context of the beauty and tradition of our Catholic faith. As the Church, we must do all we can to share this blessed opportunity with generations to come.”

– Most Reverend Thomas A. Daly


Your support helps Catholic K-12 schools in eastern Washington by providing tuition assistance to students with financial need, grants for special school programs and improvements, and ongoing organizational support.

Alexandra (Alix) Lee

Executive Director

Alix joined Nazareth Guild as its executive director in August of 2017. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota she grew up in a Catholic family and attended Catholic grade school.  Alix graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University and began her teaching career in San Diego. In 2009, Alix and her family moved to Spokane.  She became Director of Business Development at Ambassadors. After serving on the Board of Governors at Cataldo, Alix returned to the classroom where she most recently taught fifth grade.  She and her husband have two sons who attend Cataldo, and they are all active members of St. Augustine Parish.

Alix can be reached through our CONTACT form or call 509-994-9410, she invites you to reach out to her and learn more about the future of Nazareth Guild.

Debbie Battaglia

Operations Manager

Originally from Atlanta, Debbie and her husband moved to Spokane in 2003. They have two children who are active in sports, the arts & attend Catholic school. Debbie graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She began working for the Diocese of Spokane in 2013 as the Development  Services Assistant, she then transitioned to Nazareth Guild exclusively in 2016. Debbie and her family are active parishioners of St. Augustine Parish.

Debbie can be reached through our CONTACT form or call (509) 744-3257.

Community Reports

Please take a look at our Community Reports to see the work that the Nazareth Guild has been doing in our community.

Nazareth Guild Board of Directors

Most Rev. Thomas A. Daly
Carmella Garabedian, Chair
Henry Worden, Vice Chair
Ashley Thorne, Treasurer
Deacon Doug Banks
Rev. Victor Blazovich

Rev. Darrin Connall
Rev. C. Hightower, S.J.
Alex Jackson
Lisa Jacobs
Dr. Rob McCann
Dr. Thayne McCulloh

Dave McGann
Dan Murphy
Katie Rieckers
Nada Stockton
Sr. Mary E. Tracy, SNJM
Dr. Michelle Wheatley
Tim Welsh

Emeritus Board:  John Lugar,  Steve Helmbrecht

Partners in Catholic Education

Nazareth Guild Sponsors

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