Board of Trustees
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: Executive, Audit, Building & Grounds, Committee on Trustees, Development Planning, Diversity & Inclusion, Finance, and Investment. The Board creates additional ad hoc committees as needed.
- Andy Nakahata, Chair
- Pete Chung, Vice Chair
- Stephen Galloway, Vice Chair
- Alison Garrett, Vice Chair
- Holly Hagens, Vice Chair
- Chris von Eckartsberg, Vice Chair
- Lila Lohr, Interim Head of School
- Abby Anderson
- Tad Buchanan
- Chris Buchbinder
- Rebecca Eaton
- Amy Eliot
- Simon Frankel
- Jay Grant
- Scott Haskins
- Meg Krehbiel
- Melissa Ma
- Rashmi Yadav Marya
- Steve Morris
- Jon Murchinson
- Jumee Park
- Helen Spalding
- Jeff Spaulding
- Karen Wright
Andy Nakahata is the father of an eighth and a sixth grader, and has been a member of the MCDS community since 2010. Andy has served 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 led 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.
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 sixth grader and an alum ('18). 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!
Stephen Galloway and his family joined the MCDS community in 2005. He is the father of a three MCDS alums ('14, '16 and '18).
Stephen joined the Board in 2013. He chaired the Arts Advisory Council and also served 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 joined the Board in 2016.
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 seventh and sixth grades. Alison has volunteered as a Room Parent, Walkathon Chair and Book Fair volunteer. She served as the Parents Association president for the 2016-17 school year.
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 is the parent of a current first grader, a seventh grader and an alum (Class of 2017) and has been a part of the MCDS community since 2008. Holly currently serves on the Development Planning Committee and is 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.
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 eighth grader and a fifth 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.
Tad Buchanan and his family joined the MCDS community in 2010. His children are in the fourth, sixth and eighth grades.
He is the Co-Chair of the Development Planning Committee. He also serves on the Investment Committee.
“Our family appreciates the depth and character of MCDS teachers, faculty, staff, parents and children.”
Chris Buchbinder joined the Board in 2017. Chris and his wife, Nina, are parents of a current MCDS second, third and fifth grader.
He currently serves on the Investment Committee and the Development Committee at MCDS.
"Our family enjoys seeing our children thrive in an open, accepting, and thoughtful school environment. We have had wonderful experiences with many of the teachers, our kids have formed strong peer relationships, and we appreciate the values of the broader community."
Rebecca Eaton joined the Board in 2017. She served as president of the Parents Association for the 2017-18 school year. She has also served on the board's Development Committee.
Rebecca and her husband, Nick, have two children at MCDS: a fourth grader and a seventh grader.
Rebecca has served as Co-Treasurer, Treasurer, Co-Chair and Chair of the Book Fair. She has also served as an art, lunch duty, teacher treasure and room parent volunteer.
"Each morning, when I drive my children to school and MCDS comes into view, I am grateful that I can give my two children over to this immensely talented group of teachers and administrators. I am grateful that they are learning not only how to synthesize and analyze information but also how to be kind and inclusive little people, how to protect the environment, and how to stand up for themselves, their classmates and the causes they consider most important. And I am grateful that they can learn all of this in a setting that engages and inspires them.”
Amy Eliot, parent of an 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.
The opportunity for MCDS to take a leadership role even beyond our campus through educating and nurturing young minds is among the many reasons Jay and his family have committed themselves to the future of our school.
Meg Krehbiel is a parent of a current eighth grader and sixth grader. Meg joined MCDS community in 2013. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Trustees and the Buildings and Grounds 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 is the parent of a sixth grader. She has been a part of the MCDS community since 2012. She currently serves on the 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.
Rashmi Yadav Marya is the parent of two MCDS students -- a fourth grader and a fifth 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 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 has been a part of the MCDS community since 2011. He is the parent of a seventh grader and a fourth grader.
Jon currently serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Head of School Search, Diversity & Inclusion and Finance Committees. He previously served on the Affordability and Communications Committees and was a member of the STEM/I&C Advisory Council. He and his wife co-chaired Kite Day in the fall of 2013.
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.
Jumee Park is the parent of a current sixth grader and two alums (Class of 2016 and Class of 2017). 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 and the Executive 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.
Helen Spalding joined the Board in 2017. She is the parent of three MCDS alums (Classes of '94, '96 and '00).
She has served on the board of numerous Bay Area and national non profits and for profit boards including Summer Search, Drew School, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Medical Research Institute, Catholic Charities and the Chronicle Publishing Corporation.
While a parent at MCDS she was involved with co- running the Community Service Club, working on the 8th grade play, co-chairing several major fund raisers and serving as class parent on numerous occasions. She is thrilled to once again be involved with MCDS.
- Audit/Legal/Risk Management
- Buildings & Grounds
- Development Planning/Campaign
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Committee on Trustees
The Buildings and Grounds Committee oversees development and implementation of our campus master plan and capital investments in the physical plant, including planned maintenance through the repair and replacement reserves.
Amy Eliot (Co-Chair)
Chris von Eckartsberg (Co-Chair)
The Development Planning Committee oversees the school’s advancement efforts.
Tad Buchanan (Co-Chair)
Chris Buchbinder (Co-Chair)
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee performs roles of oversight and advocacy by monitoring and reporting on progress toward the Board’s goals of increasing diversity and promoting inclusion, and by bringing related questions and concerns to the Board’s attention.
Rashmi Marya (Chair)
The Committee on Trustees recruits candidates for school leadership, evaluates Board functions and performance and organizes Board education programs.
Stephen Galloway (Co-Chair)
Jumee Park (Co-Chair)
The Finance Committee oversees long-range financial plans and preparation of the annual budgets, monitors budget variances and reviews financial policies, including replacement reserve and insurance.
Pete Chung (Chair)
Melissa Ma (ex-officio)
The Investment Committee develops policy statements and investment recommendations for the school’s capital pools, including campaign proceeds and the endowment.
Melissa Ma (Chair)
Pete Chung (ex-officio)