President, Jack Trainor

Jack Trainor is the President of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and proud parent of three alumni. Recognizing the pivotal role that the Catholic faith and a Catholic education has played in his life through attending Catholic grammar and high school, his education created an academic foundation that made later scholastic and career pursuits successful and enriching. In addition, it laid the foundation for a purposeful life, one that has sought to balance faith, leadership, career success and compassion.

Following graduation from Our Lady of the Angels grammar school in Burlingame, California and Serra High School in San Mateo, California, Jack attended UC Davis, graduating with a B.S. degree in Urban Planning and Design. He then began a commercial real estate career at Trammell Crow Company, assuming responsibility for the Reno/Sparks industrial market in 1983. Following his promotion to partner in 1987, Jack and his wife Colleen moved to Reno in 1988 with 10-month old Katie in tow. In 1993, Jack established Trainor and Associates, and, over a twenty-year period, developed over 2.5 million square feet of industrial space with a value in excess of $150 million.

In addition to the industrial activity, Jack established a community development arm of Trainor and Associates. This effort lead to the development of the Northwest Reno Library for Washoe County, the Trainor Lodge at Galena Creek Park for Washoe County, and the Idlewild Kiddieland, Idlewild Skatepark and Idlewild Picnic Grove, all for the City of Reno.

Lastly, Jack and Colleen established a philanthropic arm of Trainor and Associates. This effort hosted over 3000 Washoe County at-risk 5th graders in a variety of outdoor enrichment activities including downhill skiing, mountain biking, sailing, cross country skiing and swimming. The group also sponsored Camp WeChMe and the Patrick Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament, a scholarship event for needy high-schoolers. Students from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School played a prominent role in these activities as staff and student helpers.

As active parishioners at Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Reno, Jack and Colleen served as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, Parish Council members and Building Committee members. Jack was instrumental in the 1995 remodel of the Church building at Snows, and Colleen was instrumental in beginning the Parish Festival. All three of their children attended both Our Lady of the Snows Elementary and Bishop Manogue Catholic High School. Most importantly, Jack and Colleen are excited to once again be a part of the Bishop Manogue family, and make a positive and enduring contribution to the legacy of this great school.

Jack Trainor, President



Principal, Brianne Thoreson

Brianne Thoreson is the Principal of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School and brings with her a wealth of knowledge as a Miner, embodying the role of Principal with a rich history and love for the school. Her time with Bishop Manogue began in 2003 as Teacher and Coach, and during her 8-year tenure at BMCHS her responsibilities and position within the school continued to grow. She soon transitioned into the role of Department Chair, followed by Academic Dean and finally Dean of Students. In 2011 Brianne moved to another school within the Diocese of Reno, Little Flower School, to assume the role of Principal where she faithfully served for five years. Now as Principal of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, she not only understands Miner life, but her thirteen-year tenure with the Diocese of Reno schools makes her a natural fit as the Academic leader of Bishop Manogue.

With a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Graduate Level Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, it is clear Brianne is passionate about Catholic education. Bri believes that assuming a role in Catholic leadership is not simply being Catholic and a leader, it is learning to be fully both while working through a broad spectrum of demands. She is known for a leadership style that personifies Catholic ethics of love, acceptance, support and structure that is both open and welcoming.

In addition to a love for Catholic Education, Brianne and her husband along with their three young boys, are dedicated parishioners in the Diocese of Reno, having attended Little Flower Church for the last five years and previously attended St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.

Brianne looks forward to continuing the rich traditions that make Bishop Manogue what is today as well as continuing to foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming for teachers, staff and students.

Brianne Thoreson, Principal

775-336-6000, bri.thoreson@bishopmanogue.org