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Charmaine Warmenhoven received a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and an M.A. in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ms. Warmenhoven has spent a 25-year career as a teacher and administrator in Special Education and Disability Ministry. From 1988 through 2001, she was Associate Director of Special Ministries at the Diocese of San Jose. Her work at the Diocese centered on people with disabilities. The ministry assists parishes in the inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of parish life. She 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. Ms. Warmenhoven 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 is very active in the community. She is a Board member of the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County; a member of the Implementation Fund Grant Committee for the Diocese of San Jose; a committee member of the Campaign Advisory Committee; a member of Bishop's Circle of Excellence and Caritas; Board member of Villa Montalvo; Board member of St. Francis High School and Presentation Retreat 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 on March 30, 2004.