Board of Trustees

List of 16 items.

  • Francine Anthony, Co-Chair

    Francine Anthony has more than 20 years of marketing, services and R&D experience in the computing industry. 

    She is currently the Senior Director of Global Partner Marketing at Sitecore, where she focuses on enabling partners to be successful with Sitecore's digital experience platform and best in class Content Management System. Francine is also an advocate and speaker for inclusion and diversity within the technology industry. She has a B.S. Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University and she's also on the Board of Heifer International. When she's not working, volunteering or running, she's spending time with her son Schuyler ‘21 and her husband Tom.
  • Beryl Potter, Co-Chair

    Beryl Crumpton Potter is an attorney with experience in board governance, advocacy, fundraising and planning.

    She has worked with professional, civic, political and community boards, organizations and committees on national, state and local levels. Beryl is the proud mother of a daughter enrolled in the St. Paul's Class of 2021.
  • Matt Garfunkle, Treasurer

    Matt Garfunkle is a Managing Director at Pantheon, a specialist investor in alternative asset classes such as private equity and infrastructure. Matt has been with the firm for over 18 years and has nearly two decades of financial services experience. Matt holds a BA in History and Economics from Brown University and is a CFA Charterholder.

    Matt is the proud parent of two daughters in the Class of ’18 and Class of ’23. Among other things, he is kept busy by his dog, three cats, six chickens and one fish.
  • Scott Sporte, Vice Chair/Secretary

    Scott Sporte is Chief Lending Officer at Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that finances community health centers, schools, affordable housing and healthy food access in underserved communities around the country.

    He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Yale Divinity School. He is a wine maker in his spare time and a member of the Board of Trustees of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
    Scott is a parent of students in the Classes of 2017 and 2019.
  • Josh Stern, Head of School

    Head of School Josh Stern joined St. Paul's in 1999. He has served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Administrative Programs, and as Director of Sixth Grade and Middle School. He began his work at St. Paul's teaching sixth grade humanities. Mr. Stern earned a B.A. from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and took a year away from St. Paul's to earn an M.A. in Educational Policy from Stanford University.
  • Rev. Mauricio Wilson, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Raised and educated in Costa Rica, Rev. Mauricio Wilson is the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

    Before and during his seminary years, he served in parishes in San Jose, Costa Rica, and in Astoria and Jackson Heights, New York. He has directed youth programs, Spanish and English language Cursillo, and a hurricane relief effort. Rev. Wilson joined St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the fall of 2009 from All Saint's Church in Great Neck, New York. He received his Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York in 2000. He is a parent of students in the Classes of 2019 and 2021.
  • Lande Ajose

    Lande Ajose is the executive director of the nonprofit, non-partisan project California Competes. An expert in urban labor markets and higher education policy, Lande develops and advocates for bold yet pragmatic policy improvements to equitably boost California’s postsecondary degree attainment. Over her career, she has examined education and employment issues from every angle: as an admissions officer at Vassar College, a senior program officer at the James Irvine Foundation, and as a researcher at MDRC.

    In 2014 Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the California Student Aid Commission where she currently serves as Vice Chair, and in 2016 the Governor appointed her to the Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), and the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), while her prior independent school board service includes two terms at San Francisco University High School. She holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from UCLA, and completed her undergraduate work at Occidental College.
    Lande is the proud parent of three children, two of whom are members of the Class of 2020 at St. Paul's.
  • Lowell Bennett

    Lowell J. Bennett was a Managing Director and Fixed Income Strategist at Mellon Capital Management. With over 26 years of investment and finance experience, Lowell was actively involved in the refinement and implementation of current strategies and the development of new strategies by providing fixed income knowledge and expertise. He articulated fixed income strategies and developments to clients and worked with them to fashion practical viable investment solutions to meet their needs. Lowell launched and managed the Enhanced Collateral and Active Bond Funds, and implemented the first fixed income term structure model at Mellon Capital. As an industry expert, Lowell has been featured in numerous industry articles. He served on the Mellon Capital Fidicuary Committee, and is a member of the CFA Institute. He received his B.S.I.E and M.B.A. from Stanford University. 

    Lowell is the parent of a student in the Class of 2019. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. 
  • Brook Dooley

    Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP. Parent of the Classes of 2018 and 2020.
  • Tom Malarkey

    Tom is a Director with the National Equity Project, a non-profit based in Oakland focused on supporting equity-centered systems change in public schools and community organizations. He is a facilitator, presenter and coach supporting cross-role leadership development around racial equity, collaborative learning and teams, and complex organizational change. Tom holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.A. in international development education from Stanford University, and has completed most of his doctoral work in Education at UC Berkeley. He has published several articles and book chapters. Tom and his wife, Nicole Newnham, have two sons, Blaine ’22 and Finn.
  • Nikole Richardson

    Co-President, Parent Association. Parent of students in the classes of 2021 and 2025.
  • Margaret Riley

    Margaret Riley is a Director at the National Cash Product Office, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds degrees from Fordham University, Columbia University, and Pacific Coast Banking School. Margaret is a parent of St. Paul's students in the Classes of 2020 and 2022.
  • Lisa Strait, Vestry Representative, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    Lisa Michelle McIver Strait, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the only child of Willa Mae and Raphael McIver. She went to Spelman College in Atlanta, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with certification to teach in the Atlanta Public School system. Lisa has a wide variety of experience. From 1972-1997 she raised two sons, Kevin and Eric. From 1982-1989 she was a sales associate, garment fabricator and window dresser for Hancock Fabrics, Rockville, MD.  From 1998-2007 she was an Executive Assistant and financial manager for her husband’s consulting firm, MedComm, Inc. After that, she was an assistant to the treasurer and bookkeeper for St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, CA 2003-2007. Lisa has also volunteered in her church and in various Oakland elementary schools.

    Lisa is now retired and maintains her home with George in San Leandro, CA.  She is an avid quilter, costume maker for her grandsons Nico '21 and Zachary '23, and loves to play tennis and golf. Lisa and her husband of 49 years enjoy traveling and their summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
  • Tony Wicks

    Tony Wicks is the president and founder of DICE Bioscience, a company that assists life sciences companies with commercializing novel diagnostic, medical device, and biopharmaceutical products. 

    Prior to starting DICE, Tony was president and co-founder of Premier Source, a boutique provider of strategic consulting, reimbursement, and commercial support services to life sciences manufacturers worldwide. Tony has spent over twelve years in the pharmaceutical industry including five years as a management consultant in the Life Sciences practice of Cap Gemini (formerly Ernst & Young) Management Consulting Services. Tony also held positions in finance and marketing at Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co.    

    He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He loves to travel and enjoys coaching youth sports.
  • Louis Willacy

    Louis Willacy
    Louis Willacy is General Counsel at Tari Labs, LLC, a blockchain protocol developer.  In this role, Louis directs the company's regulatory strategy and oversees all legal matters.
    Prior to working with Tari Labs, Louis served as SVP of Human Resources at The Meet Group following its acquisition of if(we), where he served as Head of People Operations and SVP Legal and Corporate Development, where he led the company's people operations and facilities and oversaw all legal matters. Prior to if(we), Louis served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Ennovate Media, a media technology company based in New York. He also served as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs with The Deal, L.L.C., a financial news publishing company also based in New York.
    Louis began his career as a corporate associate with Dewey Ballantine LLP working on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Columbia Law School (J.D.), where he served as an Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
  • Leah Williams

    Parent of the Class of 2024

Facts About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees holds the ultimate responsibility for the welfare and integrity of St. Paul’s Episcopal School. To fulfill this obligation, the Board engages in the following areas:

List of 6 items.

  • Advocacy

    Explaining the Mission and its value
  • Fundraising

    Working to bring funding resources to build a financially more secure school.
  • Hiring

    Hiring, supporting, evaluating, and advising Head of School
  • Oversight

    Knowing the degree to which the mission and goals are achieved and understanding the condition of the organization (via information provided by the administration and other avenues of communication.)
  • Policy

    Establishing policy at a macro level, including Mission, short and long term planning, financial policies (including annual operating budget), personnel policies, and other.
  • Self-management

    Recruitment of new trustees, succession planning and otherwise managing the operations of the Board in order to perform the responsibilities listed above.

Board Composition and Nomination Process

List of 4 items.

Board of Trustees Committees

Executive Committee
Jennifer C. Haas, Chair
Finance Committee
Scott Turner '82, Chair
Development Committee
Beryl Potter, Chair

Governance Committee
Carolyn Otis Catanzaro, Chair
Facilities Committee
Scott Sporte, Chair
Audit Committee
Louis Willacy, Chair

Strategic Planning Committee
Tony Wicks, Chair
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