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He holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Studies and is a full professor in the department of Catholic Studies.  He also taught in the College of Business for over 20 years.


Dr. Naughton is author, co-author and co-editor of 10 books and over 50 articles. He helped coordinate and write the Vocation of the Business Leader issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012), which has been translated into over 15 languages. His newest book is entitled Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2019). Some of his other books include Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (University of St. Thomas, 2015, translated into Portuguese, Spanish and French); Leading Wisely in Difficult Times (Paulist, 2011), Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays from the Catholic Social Tradition (edited, University of Notre Dame, 2002) and Managing as if Faith Mattered (University of Notre Dame, 2001—translated into Spanish, Chinese and Hungarian).


Dr. Naughton serves as board chair for Reell Precision Manufacturing, a producer of torque solutions for transportation, consumer electronics, medical and office automation products with offices in the US, Netherlands and China.


He is married to Teresa. They have five children and one grandchild. He received his Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University (1991) and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (1995).

Director - Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas


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Catholic Priest, Institute of the Good Shepherd


John and Nichole Sablan have been married for 24 years and have three beautiful children. Both John and Nichole have a passion and focus on family and formation. 


John holds his Masters in Business Administration, a BS in Computer Information Systems, a graduate certificate in Theology from Augustine Institute and is currently pursuing his MA in Moral Theology from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. John has over 25 years in leadership experience with 20 of those years in technology leadership. He served as an adjunct instructor for CSU, Stanislaus where he spent six years teaching for the College of Business in both the undergraduate and graduate level. John is also the co-founder and president of a World Ablaze Incorporated, a religious non-profit organization. 


Nichole Sablan is a school psychologist and mental health clinician. Nichole holds a MA in Education, a BA in Psychology as well as a Pupil Personnel Services credential in both school counseling and school psychology. She is also an  Associate Professional Clinical Counselor pursuing full licensure in 2019. Nichole has over 19 years in education spanning across private and public institutions as well as at the junior college level. Nichole has also been an adjunct instructor for both Brandman University and CSU, Stanislaus. Nichole is the co-founder of World Ablaze Incorporated along with her husband John.

Technology & School Psychology


Alison was raised in Turlock by Roman Catholic educated parents; received her early sacraments at Sacred Heart Parish, was confirmed at St. Thomas when it was part of the Catholic Campus Community, and was married at Our Lady of the Assumption, where she and her husband, Scott, have been active parishioners for the past twenty years.  They live in Turlock with their three sons. After being a stay-at-home mom for many years, Alison returned to work when her youngest son started school. She has been an English teacher and school counselor and is currently a high school college counselor in a large comprehensive public high school. While thankful for the educational opportunities in the valley, Alison has longed for a school that puts the soul and the Catholic Church’s teachings at the forefront, aligning academic standards alongside it.  The classical education model and the vision of Holy Mary Seat of Wisdom Classical Academy will give parents like her a place to confidently educate their children in an atmosphere and community that values holiness and gives them the opportunity to receive an excellent educational and spiritual foundation.

Alison brings her classroom teaching and school counseling experience, as well as her motherly perspective to the table.  She’s excited to join the HMSOW family and see the vision of a classical Catholic Education be a tangible option for children in the valley.

Education Administration & Counseling, Family Advocate



Jeffrey is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Kitchen & Bath Crate. More importantly, he is a husband and father to a young family with three small children. After graduating from Pepperdine University, Jeffrey and his wife returned to his hometown of Turlock to grow their family and invest in the local community. They are members of CrossPoint Community Church in Modesto. 


Jeffrey is serving at HMSOW, because of his passion for developing a preeminent education through the integration of faith & learning. 

Business Development & Marketing


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