Board of Trustees

List of 20 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 Class of ‘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.
  • Scott Sporte, Secretary

    Scott Sporte, [Vice Chair/]Secretary
    Scott Sporte is an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations, with more than 25 years' experience working with and financing Community Development Financial Institutions, affordable housing, community health centers, schools, and healthy food organizations 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. Scott is a parent of students in the Classes of 2017 and 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alexandra Ament '82

    Joined the board 2019.
  • Wesley Allen

    St. Paul's Second Grade teacher.
    Wesley Allen, currently teaches second grade here at St. Paul’s School. He joined the faculty in 2016. Wes holds an MA in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) as well as a California teaching credential. Previously, he worked as a second and third grade teacher at Children’s Day School (CDS) in San Francisco. Prior to CDS, he worked as a naturalist and guide in a variety of outdoor education and wilderness therapy programs throughout the western United States. He enjoys spending time with his young daughter, Ariela, as well as photography, backpacking, hiking and fly fishing.
  • Lande Ajose

    Dr. Lande Ajose is the Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education for Governor Gavin Newsom. In that role she is responsible for developing and shaping the Governor’s higher education policy agenda, which is focused on protecting college affordability, preserving college access, and increasing system efficiency in order to meet the state’s need for a skilled and educated workforce.  Prior to this appointment, she served as executive director of California Competes, a nonpartisan, nonprofit project that develops and advocates on behalf of policies to equitably boost California’s postsecondary degree attainment. Her experience in higher education spans college admissions at Vassar College, education and workforce development funding at the James Irvine Foundation, and research and evaluation at MDRC, where she managed a comprehensive evaluation of the Achieving the Dream Initiative. An ardent advocate for college affordability, in 2014 she was appointed to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) by Governor Jerry Brown and served as chair for two years until her resignation in May 2019.  She has served on boards of the Institute of College Access and Success (TICAS), the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and, until her appointment to the Governor’s office, she was a WASC Senior College and University Commissioner. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the Higher Education Policy Center at the Public Policy Institute of California. A graduate of Occidental College, she earned her master’s degree from the School of Public Affairs at UCLA and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Occidental College.
  • 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 CFA charterholder. 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 & Peters LLP

    Brook is an experienced white-collar criminal defense attorney.  He represents individuals and companies in connection with allegations of accounting fraud, securities fraud, insider trading, honest services fraud, public corruption, criminal antitrust violations, FCPA violations, and tax fraud.  He also represents clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the SEC, state and federal agencies, and state attorneys general.  In addition to his white-collar criminal defense and government investigation experience, Brook has years of experience handling complex business litigation for technology companies in the Bay Area. 

    Brook also serves on the Board of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  He is a parent of students in the St. Paul’s Classes of 2018 and 2020.
  • KC Hatcher

    President, Parent Association

    KC's professional work is in Graphic Design, Art Direction, and Project Management. She is interested in art/design, reading, cooking, gardening, and travel. She is a proud parent of two St. Paul's students, Classes of ’21 and ’26.
  • Melissa Hillier

    Vice President, Parent Association
    Melissa is a professor of British and American Literature. She enjoys art and design, cooking and exercise. She is the proud parent of two St. Paul's students in Classes of '25 and ‘28.
  • 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, Class of ’22  and Class of '19.
  • Nikole Richardson

    Nikole Richardson joined the board as ex-oficio in her role as Co-President, Parent Association. In 2018-19 she was asked to continue her role as an elected School Trustee. She is the proud parent of a student in Class of '21 and a graduate in the Class of '25.
  • 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 '20 and '22.
  • 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 in the Class of '21 and Class of '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

    Leah D. Williams is the Chief Legal Counsel at the Public Health Institute - a global nonprofit dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people across California, the nation, and around the world.   She is an accomplished General Counsel, policy, corporate strategy, community engagement, and public affairs expert.   Leah is the former General Counsel of WestEd - a national research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.  She has served on the Board of the Alameda Health Care District (operating Alameda Hospital) and as a Commissioner for WASC – the accrediting agency for senior colleges and universities.  She has decades of experience as a board member on local and national nonprofit organizations such as Presidio Hill School and 826 National.  Ms. Williams is also an author and speaker. Her articles have been published in The Recorder, Benefit Magazine, and CityFlight Magazine.  Ms. Williams previously hosted and produced Benefit Radio on KKGN Green 960 AM where she interviewed community, civic, and business leaders on the impact of philanthropy in the community.  Leah has a JD from Stanford Law School, an executive certificate in management development from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and a BA in Comparative Culture from UC Irvine.  She is the proud mother of a daughter enrolled in St. Paul's Class of 2024. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and two dogs. 
  • Jack Wills

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
Francine Anthony, Co-Chair
Beryl Potter, Co-Chair
Audit Committee
Louis Willacy, Chair

The Center Committee
Louis Willacy, Chair

Development Committee
Brook Dooley, Chair

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Nikole Richardson, Chair 
Finance & Facilities Committee
Scott Sporte, Chair

Governance Committee

Leah Williams, Chair

St. Paul's Episcopal School
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