Santa Clara University


Charmaine Warmenhoven


Charmaine Warmenhoven has had a 25-year career as a teacher and administrator in Special Education and Disability Ministry. From 1988 through 2001, she was the Associate Director of Special Ministries at the Diocese of San Jose. This ministry assists parishes with the inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of parish life. Ms. Warmenhoven helped parishes develop catechetical programs for children with disabilities, and her work in Deaf Ministry provided catechesis in sign language for deaf children and adults. She also assisted in the development of parish-based Pastoral Ministry programs, providing training for Ministers to the Sick and Bereaved. Prior to her work for the Diocese, Ms. Warmenhoven taught in special education classrooms in public and private settings and was the Director of the Scott Parker School for Special Needs students in Henderson, North Carolina. Ms. Warmenhoven received a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and an M.A. in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ms. Warmenhoven is very active in the community. She is a Board member of the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County; a Board member of Santa Clara University; a member of Bishop's Circle of Excellence and Caritas; and a Board member of Montalvo Arts Center. Other affiliations include Catholic Charities, Knights of Saint John, the American Cancer Society and the Tech Museum of Innovation. Ms. Warmenhoven and her husband Dan were presented as Laureates at the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2004, were recognized for their work in the community by PACT in 2011, and were honored in 2014 as Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mr. and Mrs. Warmenhoven also received Honorary Degrees for Public Service from Santa Clara University in 2007.