Board of Trustees 2016-17

The Board of Trustees upholds and promotes the mission of Marin Country Day School, holding fiduciary responsibility for MCDS’s long-term health. The full Board meets monthly throughout the school year. Key areas of Board activity include:

  • Planning – Developing and monitoring MCDS’s strategic plan and the school’s progress toward meeting its goals and objectives
  • Policy – Reviewing and establishing policies for the operation of the school
  • Finance –Stewarding the school’s financial assets and approving MCDS’s annual budget, which includes setting tuition
  • Collaboration: Supporting, retaining and advising the Head of School

The Board Committees include: Alignment of Strategic Plan Initiatives, Audit, Building & Grounds, Community Connections Data, Committee on Trustees, Communication, Development Planning, Finance, and Investment. The Board creates additional ad hoc committees as needed.


Jay Jacobs, Chair

Jay Jacobs has been a part of the MCDS community since 2005. He is the parent of a current sixth grader and an alum (Class of 2014). Since becoming a trustee in 2007, Jay has served on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees and Community Connections Committee as well as ad hoc committees including Succession Planning and Engagement.

He loves how MCDS has taught both of his boys that with enough curiosity anything can be fascinating, even if he occasionally comes home to find an old cell phone or computer disassembled across his living room as a result.

Erica Dao, Vice Chair

Erica Dao is the parent of an MCDS alum (Class of 2012) and a current eighth grader. She has been a part of the MCDS community since 2003. A Vice Chair, she is currently the Chair of the Committee on Trustees and also serves on the Executive and Diversity and Inclusion Committees.

Erica has served on the Development Planning, Finance, Communications, Community Connections Committees, and the Indexed Tuition Sub-Committee. She was also Chair of the Auxiliary Programs Committee.

"I am so grateful to be a member of such a special community in which children can be children, and there is a true love of learning that is shared by all. I am honored to have the opportunity to be able to give back to MCDS in a way that hopefully preserves our values, while enhancing our growth as we evolve.”

Andy Nakahata, Vice Chair

Andy Nakahata is the father of a sixth and fourth grader, and has been a member of the MCDS community since 2010. Andy serves as a Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Executive Committee and member of the Investment Committee. Andy also leads the Long Range Financial Planning Task Force and previously served on the Indexed Tuition Task Force.

Andy's greatest appreciation of MCDS is for the engagement and thoughtfulness of the MCDS community.

Jumee Park, Vice Chair

Jumee Park is the parent of daughters in eighth and fourth grades and an alum (Class of 2016). Jumee, her husband, David, and their family became part of the MCDS community in 2007.

Jumee joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. She is currently a Vice Chair and serves on the Committee on Trustees, Development and Executive Committees and co-chairs the Community Connections Committee. As a trustee, Jumee is inspired by the Board's partnership with parents and the school administration to further MCDS’s mission to inspire and challenge each other to think about what it truly means to educate the whole child and prepare them for their future.

As a parent, she appreciates all the ways MCDS supports children’s learning and growing and also how the school nurtures in them a sense of self, a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose.

Lucinda Lee Katz, Head of School

Lucinda Lee Katz joined the MCDS community as Head of School in 2004. She has served on every possible board committee during those years!

What she especially appreciates about MCDS is the partnership between trustees, faculty and staff and parents, and how we are all aligned to support the students and the mission of the school.

Ann Alpers

Ann Alpers joined the MCDS community in 2001. She is the parent of three alums. Her oldest daughter who graduated in 2010 and, most recently, her twin daughters "stepped up" in 2016.

She still loves walking onto the MCDS campus and feeling its beauty and spirit. Ann chairs the Board's Communications Committee.

Tad Buchanan

Tad Buchanan and his family joined the MCDS community in 2010. His children are in the second, fourth and sixth grades.

He is the Co-Chair of the Development Planning Committee and the Parents Annual Fund Committee. He also serves on the Investment Committee.

“Our family appreciates the depth and character of MCDS teachers, faculty, staff, parents and children.”

Peter Chung

Pete Chung has been a part of the MCDS community since 2009. He joined the Board in 2015. Pete is the parent of a current seventh grader and fourth grader. He currently serves on the Board’s Finance Committee.

As the son of an inventor, he truly appreciates transdisciplinary skills and the healthy dose of grit required to polish them. One of his favorite MCDS moments was how the second grade "Inventions Expo" taught both his children -- and their entire class -- the difficulty, determination and iteration required to succeed in the creative process. His own father could have learned a thing or two from MCDS's second grade teachers!

Susan Decker

Sue Decker and her family have been a part of the MCDS community since 2005. She is the parent of a current eighth grader and of two MCDS alums (Class of 2011 and Class of 2013). Sue joined the Board of Trustees in 2013. She currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee and Communications Committee and has also served as Chair of the Audit Committee and the Community Connections Data Committee.“To me, MCDS evokes the same feeling I have when I hear the word “home;” it is where the heart is, a place of peace, security and purpose for my children, a close-knit community that I admire and that shares my values and beliefs regarding education and how to treat others.”

Amy Eliot

Amy Eliot, parent of a recent alum (Class of 2016), has enjoyed being a part of MCDS's vibrant community since 2007. She currently chairs the Buildings and Grounds as well as the Master Plan Update Committees and has served on the Finance Committee and Arts Council.

There are many reasons she loves MCDS, among them are its culture of kindness and compassion and its true commitment to its mission. However, as an architect, she can't resist the qualities that make our extraordinary campus such an evocative and supportive place.

Manolo Espinosa

Manolo Espinosa is the father of an eighth grader and an alum (Class of 2015). He has served on the Finance and Data/Admissions Committees. He has also been a member of the Parents Association, a room parent and a docent.

Manolo values the care with which decisions are made at MCDS and the openness to innovation in pursuing the best opportunities for the entire community.

Simon Frankel

Simon Frankel has been an MCDS parent since 2007. He is the parent of a sixth and fourth grader and an alum (Class of 2016). Simon has served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Audit Committee. He loves the open spaces and open minds at MCDS.

Stephen Galloway

Stephen Galloway and his family joined the MCDS community in 2005. He is the father of a current seventh grader, as well as two alums -- one from the Class of 2014 and another from the Class of 2016. Stephen joined the Board in 2013. He chaired the Arts Advisory Council and also serves on the Strategic Plan Alignment Committee and the Master Plan Update Committee. “What amazes me is how, for all of my three very different children, the faculty always seem to be teaching directly to them at their level.”

Alison Garrett

Alison Garrett joined the Board in 2016. She currently serves as the Parents Association president for the 2016-17 school year.

Alison joined the MCDS community in 1978 as a kindergartner and graduated in the MCDS Class of 1987. She and her husband Mark have daughters in the fourth and third grades. Alison has volunteered as a Room Parent, Walkathon Chair and Book Fair volunteer.

Alison appreciates looking back on her own experience as a student at MCDS. She recalls what a wonderful place it was to be a “kid” and enjoys sharing this experience with her daughters. Alison is grateful for the stewardship of all the MCDS administrators, teachers, parents and students who strive every day to continue to make it the same place she remembers.


Holly Hagens

Holly Hagens is the parent of a current eighth grader and fifth grader and has been a part of the MCDS community since 2008. Holly is currently a Co-Chair of the Development Planning Committee and a member of the Committee on Trustees. She served as the Parents Association President during the 2013-14 school year.

Holly appreciates how much her children love to coming to MCDS, how inspired the teachers are and the wonderful connections her family has made among the MCDS community.

Paul Herman

Paul Herman is the father of twin daughters, current eighth graders. He and his family, including spouse Ed Swanson, have been members of the MCDS community since 2008. Paul currently serves on the Diversity and Inclusion and Communications Committees.

He shares MCDS's belief that developing strong habits of mind such as curiosity and perseverance is as important as teaching basic academic skills such as writing and mathematics. Paul also particularly enjoys the MCDS tradition of having students at all grade levels sing together at major events throughout the school year.

Meg Krehbiel

Meg Krehbiel is a parent of a current sixth grader and fourth grader. Meg joined MCDS community in 2013. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Master Plan Update Committee and the Finance Committee. Meg previously served as a member of the Mindfulness Committee for the Strategic Plan 2012.

Meg appreciates the school’s continual process of distilling and integrating the most innovative advances about how children learn. Meg is particularly interested in MCDS’s focus on building both skills and habits of heart and mind. She is inspired by MCDS’s founding belief that learning is joyful and a lifelong process.


Melissa Ma

Melissa Ma is the parent of a fourth grader. She has been a part of the MCDS community since 2012. She currently serves on the Annual Fund, Development, Finance and Investment Committees. Melissa and her family appreciate the inclusiveness of the MCDS community, the parents’ commitment to building connections both at and outside of school, and how the students learn to love learning.

Bill McGlashan

Bill McGlashan is the parent of a sixth grader, an eighth grader and an MCDS alum (Class of 2015). He joined the Board in 2015.

Rashmi Marya

Rashmi Yadav Marya is the parent of two MCDS students -- a second grader and a third grader. Rashmi, her husband Varun, and their family became part of the MCDS community in 2013. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves on the Master Plan Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Rashmi appreciates that MCDS develops the whole child by focusing on habits of mind, community service, and mindfulness hand in hand with core academic skills. She loves that MCDS instills in children a strong sense of self and love of learning.


Steve Morris

Steve Morris is the Head of The San Francisco School. He joined the Board in 2016. He has been working as a teacher, coach and administrator in independent schools for the past 20 years.

“I have a deep respect for the strong history and program that MCDS has offered students throughout the years. Its core values of “Respect, Responsibility and Compassion” are ones that resonate deeply with me as an educator and as a parent. I am honored to serve this school in the capacity of a Trustee.”


Jon Murchinson

Jon Murchinson has been a part of the MCDS community since 2011. He is the parent of a fifth grader and a second grader.

Jon serves on the Communications and Data Committees and has previously served on the STEM/Innovation and Creativity Advisory Council.

He loves that MCDS instills in children a love of learning, teaches them to be compassionate and expressive, and nurtures in them a sense of respect and responsibility for the world in which we live.

Kara Parsons

Kara Parsons joined the MCDS community in 2006. She is the parent of a fifth grader, a sixth grader and an MCDS alum (Class of 2015). She joined the Board in 2015. Kara formerly served as the 2015-16 President of the Parents Association.

Kara loves seeing the classrooms in action and the energy on the playground. The dedication to the love of learning, and the school philosophy motivated her to be active as a parent volunteer. Her MCDS volunteer experience includes selling Spirit Wear and assisting with events and fundraising and the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund and its support of indexed tuition with the goal of making MCDS accessible to many, is near and dear to her.

What Kara cherishes most about MCDS is how it is the perfect learning place for each of her three very different children.

Chris von Eckartsberg

Chris von Eckartsberg joined the Board in 2016. He and his family have been thrilled to be part of the MCDS community since 2011. Chris and his wife, Colleen are parents of a current sixth grader and third grader.

Chris serves as Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and as member of the Master Plan Update Committee. Chris is honored to have served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

As an architect, Chris believes in the power of an environment’s context, culture, and community to inspire. He is deeply grateful that his children are able to be lifted up each day by the magical place and people of MCDS.


Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams and her family have been a part of MCDS since 2001. She is the mother of three alums (Classes of 2010, 2012 and 2016).

She has served on the Committee on Trustees, as well as the Building and Grounds, Finance, and Communications Committees She has also served on the Innovation and Creativity and the Arts Advisory Councils.

“Among so many other things, I appreciate the deep connection which students develop with teachers, and I appreciate the school's culture of child-centered learning. We are so grateful to have been a part of this community for the past 15 years. We have all grown up here.”

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