About MA
About MA

Board of Trustees

The role of the Board of Trustees is to be the guardian of the school's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is appropriate, relevant and vital to the Marin Academy community. The Board tracks and monitors the school's progress toward fulfilling its mission.

The Board plans for the future of the school, and ensures that Marin Academy has financial and leadership resources to achieve its strategic plans. In addition, the Board is responsible for selecting, supporting, and evaluating the Head of School. The Board is composed of representatives of the Marin Academy community and other community leaders who bring specific skills and perspectives to the deliberations involved in setting strategic policy for planning for Marin Academy. Board members do not serve to represent particular agendas or factions, nor does the Board have any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the School.

2017-2018 Marin Academy Board of Trustees

List of 26 items.

  • Eric Warner, Chair

    A resident of San Anselmo and parent of Annie '13, Patrick '16 and Jack '19, Eric is serving his seventh year on the board; his second as Chair. He works at Dodge & Cox Investment Managers in San Francisco and is active in the local community coaching various sports, teaching Sunday school, and having served on other school boards. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
  • Rona Gomel Ashe, Vice Chair

    Rona is a resident of Mill Valley and the parent of Sarah '17, Neil '19 and Aidan '21. She serves as Vice Chair. Currently, Rona consults on strategy and communication with nonprofit organizations and is an active community volunteer.  Previously, she was an executive in the media industry focused on brand marketing and business development. Rona earned an AB from Brown University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Ned Klingelhofer, Vice Chair, Chair-Elect

    A resident of Belvedere and parent of Samantha '16, Jackson '18 and Ella, Ned is serving his fifth year on the Board; he also is the Chair-Elect. He is a former portfolio manager for Bitterroot Enterprises and San Francisco Sentry Investment Group and is currently a trustee for Bridgebuilders Foundation. Ned received a BA in Political Science from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
  • Mark Sachleben, Vice Chair, Finance

    A resident of San Francisco and parent of Audrey '17 and Eric '19, Mark is serving his third year on the Board.  Mark is CFO of New Relic, Inc., a publicly traded software company. He also served on the Board of Trustees of San Francisco Friends School. Mark received an MBA from Stanford University and an AB in engineering science and a B.S. in mechanical and fluid engineering from Dartmouth College.
  • Ari Blum '94

    A Marin Academy graduate, as is his younger sister Morgan Blum Schneider ’98, Ari earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a partner in the commercial real estate investment company of Rawson, Blum and Leon. Prior to joining the family business, Ari served as the Chief Financial Officer for Inside Track, a mission-driven education services company, and as the Director of Finance and Planning for Niman Ranch, a sustainable food company. He is an active and engaged alumnus, currently serving on the Alumni Board. He and his wife, Mead, live in Larkspur with their two boys. 
  • Travis Brownley, Head of School

    Travis actively serves on all Board committees in her role as Head of School. She has been involved with independent schools for more than 30 years as an English teacher, dean of students, division head, and athletic coach in day schools, boarding schools, single-sex, and co-ed schools. Travis earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MALS from Dartmouth College.
  • Berta Campos-Anicetti

    A resident of Tiburon and parent of Carlos ’15. Berta is the Promotores Program Director at the Novato Youth Center and is currently working with parent volunteers in reducing access to alcohol in underage youth and improving access to mental health services for the Latino community. She earned her undergraduate degree in Science from UC-Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC-Berkely. Berta has over 26 years of experience working with Latino and low-income families.  She emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was 16 years old. The gift and challenges of this experience have informed her work and given her great compassion for the difficulties that are faced by newcomers to this country.
  • Jamie Collie

    Jamie teaches math at MA, as well as being the Senior Class Dean and the Girls’ Water Polo coach. He is a sought-after Outings and Minicourse leader. Prior to joining the MA faculty in 2006, Jamie taught and coached at the Savannah Country Day School (Savannah, Georgia) and the Webb Schools (Claremont, CA). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and is also a certified wilderness first responder. Jamie and his wife, fellow MA teacher and coach Mary and their son, Q, share their home with dogs Riddle and Duke.
  • Mona Couchman

    A resident of Sonoma county, Mona and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two daughters, Laura ’20 and Kiki ’16, who is a student at Stanford. Mona is currently a full-time volunteer. She has worked in textiles and clothing manufacturing in Hong Kong, and then later in bioinformatics in Silicon Valley. Mona earned her undergraduate degree in Business Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz. She served on the Board of Trustees at the Presentation School in Sonoma County.

    Rajan lives in Berkeley with his wife, Rhea, and daughter, Aasha ’20. Rajan earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and then later received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia. He is currently the strategy lead for the Global Agency Development team at Facebook. Previously, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board Member at Hot Studio, a digital experience design and innovation firm. He’s an avid Golden State Warriors fan and always ready to have a conversation about hoops, organizational culture and support of people.
  • Teke Kelley

    A resident of Belvedere, Teke founded the law firm of Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman LLP in 1994 and was its managing partner for 10 years. Teke is currently the Board Chair of the North Bay Board of Trustees for Summer Search, a leading national non-profit providing college access and support for low-income students. Teke’s son Ryan graduated in 2017 from MA. Teke received his B.A. in English literature from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
  • Peter Kelly

    A resident of Mill Valley, Peter is serving his third year on the board and is the parent of Miles, '18, and Rachel, in 8th grade. He is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches Managing Growing Enterprises and Entrepreneurial Acquisition, and at IESE in Barcelona, Spain. The former CEO of a home respiratory services company for 15 years, Peter is also a private investor in and advisor to several private companies. He received Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and MBA degrees from Stanford University.
  • George Lee

    A resident of Tiburon and parent of Isabelle '16 and Olivia '17, George is serving his fifth year on the Board. George is Partner and Co-Head of the Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. He is also responsible for covering a number of large capitalization technology clients. George is on the Board of Governors of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is an alumnus of Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
  • Jason Lee '07

    Jason is a Marin Academy graduate, as is his older brother, Eddie Lee ‘ 04. Jason is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and he is finishing his MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Jason currently works in product analytics and data science at Salesforce. Previously, he worked in analytics at Pinterest and Google. Jason is a founding member of the Marin Academy Alumni Board and has been an active Annual Fund volunteer. Jason lives in San Francisco.
  • John Longley

    A resident of Ross, John and his wife, Annie, are the parents of four boys; the eldest, Jack, is a junior at MA. John is the Co-Founder and CEO of DoBot, a financial app that helps the consumer save, budget and invest wisely. Previously, John was the Managing Director and Head of Private Wealth iShares for Blackrock, and the CEO for Citi Private Banking. He is also a partner in Geometry Wines. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College. He has been active as a board member for both the Ross Valley Schools and Ross Valley Lacrosse.
  • Paul Levitan

    A resident of Mill Valley and parent of Jacqueline '16, Jonathan '20, and Joshua, Paul is serving his fifth year on the Board. He was Co-Founder, CEO, and President of Galaxy Desserts. Previously, Paul was a management consultant with Bain & Co.. Paul received a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University.
  • Marie Lyons (MAPA President)

    The president of the Marin Academy Parents Association (MAPA), Marie and her husband Tom live in Kentfield with their four sons, including two MA graduates, Henry ’14, and Mac '17, and two current students, Will ’18, and George '21. Marie has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and previously worked for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a health policy analyst. She has also held leadership positions with the Kentfield Schools Foundation (KIK).
  • Preston McCaskill ‘01

    A member of the Marin Academy Class of 2001, Preston is serving his fifth year on the Board. Preston is currently the VP of The Investor Group for Lending Club. Previously he was a consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers and a former analyst for Archstone Consulting. He received a BA in Political Science from Boston College and an MBA from the University of Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. Preston was a Rotary Scholar at the University of Ghana.
  • Bill Meyer (Faculty)

    Bill is currently the Chair of the History department, and he teaches U.S. History honors as well as History, Culture, and Identity and American Government Honors, both junior/senior electives. In addition to his work in the classroom, Bill is the co-creator and co-chair of the Marin Academy Conference on Democracy. Before coming to MA, Bill taught History and American Studies at the Lincoln School (Providence, Rhode Island). He earned his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and a graduate degree in teaching from Brown University. Bill lives in Fairfax with his wife, Science teacher Stori Oates.
  • Alicia Nogales

    A resident of San Francisco, Alicia and her husband, Greg Little, are the parents of Brian ’19. Alicia received her degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and previously worked in the entertainment industry before spending her time working in the area of arts education. Alicia was a long-time trustee of San Francisco Day School, First Exposure, and SF CameraWork.
  • Stephanie Notowich

    The parent of Maddie Crowe ’17, Davis Crowe ’19 and third grader Margot, Stephanie and her husband Lee are residents of Ross. Stephanie earned her degree from Pace University and serves as a Vice President at Dodge & Cox. She has been an active Annual Fund volunteer for MA.
  • John Parsons

    A resident of San Francisco, John and his wife Kara are the parents of Max ’19, as well as seventh grader Harry and sixth grader August. John has an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley. He is the Creative Director of Blurb, Inc. and the Principal of litmus consulting. He is also an actor. John has served on the MCDS Board, where he co-chaired their Strategic Planning Committee in 2012. 

    A resident of San Francisco, Rob and his wife, Anne, are the parents of three children; son Bobby is a member of the MA class of 2020. Rob attended Dartmouth College and later earned an MBA from Stanford. He is a private investor and president of Pharr, Inc. Previously he was a real estate and telecom entrepreneur as well as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Rob is an Emeritus Board Member and prior Chair of the San Francisco Zoological Society, and currently serves as a Trustee of Town School for Boys.
  • Louisa Ritter

    A resident of San Francisco and parent of Emily '16, Jackson, and Caroline, Louisa is serving her fifth year on the Board. She is the President of Pisces, Inc. and was previously the President of Goldman Sachs Gives and also worked at Bank of America Securities and Montgomery Securities. Louisa also served on the Board of Trustees for the Hamlin School. She received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.
  • Ed Sarti

    Ed lives with his wife, Michelle, and their three children in Kentfield. Their daughter, Evelyn, is in middle school and their sons, Edward ‘20 and Roan ’21, attend Marin Academy. Ed practices transactional and tax law in Sausalito and was previously with the Schinner Law Group and Robert W. Wood, PC, both in San Francisco. Ed is an alumnus of Rider University (New Jersey) and the University of San Francisco School of Law; he is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ed is a member of the Board of Directors at Point Blue Conservation Science where he served as Board Chair for 5 years.
  • Tony Stais

    The father of Elizabeth ’16 and Meredith ‘20, Tony and his wife, Marcie Holland, live in San Francisco. He is currently a Managing Director at TWP Private Wealth Management in San Francisco. Previously, Tony was co-head of trading at Stifel Financial, and a member of the executive team at Thomas Weisel Partners. He has been involved for many years at the Hamlin School and has been an active Annual Fund volunteer for MA. Tony is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he serves on the President’s Visiting Committee and is active in alumni affairs.