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Board of Trustees

Roles of the Board of Trustees at Rio Grande School

Like most independent schools, a Board of Trustees governs Rio Grande School. Per Best Practices of Independent School governance, the board serves the following roles:

  1. Serves as the guardian of the school’s mission and it formulates and supports policies that perpetuate the mission.  
  2. Sets policy, focusing on broad policy issues rather than operational details
  3. Leads fundraising efforts through personal giving, solicitation of others and oversight of the development plan
  4. Oversees the finances of the school by setting appropriate tuition, approving the budget and monitoring spending
  5. Hires and guides the Head of School
  6. Plans strategically for the future through a formal planning process, with yearly goal-setting
  7. Evaluates the performance of the school, the Head of School by defining measurable performance indicators and annually reviewing success in achieving mutually defined goals. 

Rebecca Bair, Chair
Ocean Munds-Dry, Vice Chair
Elicia Montoya, Secretary
Lee Rand, Treasurer

Audrey Abeyta
Karen Crow
Kate Ferlic
Larry Hinz
Bob Kirkpatrick
Erik Litzenberg
Christina Price
Wilson Scanlan
Leah Swanson
Peter Trevisani
Ned Walpin
Charlie Wilson
Board Bio's
Rebecca Bair (Chair), MD and her husband, Brant, are the parents of two daughters.   Sophia is a fourth grader and Katherine is a graduate of Rio Grande School and a seventh grader at Santa Fe Prep.   Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico.   She practices as a Hospitalist at UNM’s Sandoval Regional Medical Center where she also serves on the Medical Executive Committee.  She received her Medical Degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.  She is the current Chair of the Board of Trustees at Rio Grande School and she previously chaired the Marketing Committee.   Rebecca enjoys skiing, swimming, running and mountain biking in her free time.  
Ocean Munds-Dry (Vice Chair) and her husband Randy Dry are the parents of sfifth grade student Quinlan and third student Savannah. Ocean is a Senior Attorney with Concho Resources. Previously, she was in private practice where she represented clients before regulatory agencies with a focus on the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division. Ocean is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization in Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas. For four years before law school, Ocean worked for U. S. Senator Jeff Bingaman in his Santa Fe office where she was responsible for constituent services and economic development issues in Northern New Mexico. She received her B.A. from New Mexico State University in Government in 1996 and her J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2004. Ocean is the Chair of the Development Committee.
Lee Rand (Treasurer) and his wife, Joohee Rand and the father of Luke in first grade and Jaden in Pequenos. He currently serves as Chair of the Investment Committee of the RGS Board and serves on the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee’s as well.  Professionally he is a Partner at Sun Mountain Capital and has over 17 years experience starting and managing technology businesses at both startups and large corporations.  Prior to joining Sun Mountain, he founded Knogee a semantic search company, ran business development for Intel’s consumer electronics group, launched and managed the product marketing and standards team for Intel’s blade based server products and led product management at semiconductor start-up Netboost which was acquired by Intel in 1999.  Lee also has extensive business consulting experience having worked at Ernst and Young early in his career and more recently as an independent consultant brought in by investors and the board to work with start-ups on strategy and operations.   He has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a dual BA in computer science and mathematics with a minor in English and Native American studies from Cornell University.  In his free time he enjoys competing in triathlons, flying (instrument rated private pilot), skiing, and travel.
Elicia A. Montoya (Secretary) and her husband Kurt Gilbert are the proud parents of two children, including a recent graduate of RGS. Elicia is an attorney and partner at the firm of McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya & Love, P.A.  Elicia is a litigator who tries cases throughout New Mexico and teaches other attorneys throughout the country about trial strategy and presentation.  She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and is a hearing officer for the New Mexico State Bar Committee on Discipline. Elicia has served as a Board Member for Pegasus Legal Services for Children and was a founder of the Children’s Advocacy Clinic at the University of New Mexico School of Law.  She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1999.   She chairs the Committee on Trustees for RGS. 
Audrey D. Abeyta and her husband, Jose Franco are proud parents of Kyomi and Mateo Franco-Abeyta.  Kyomi is a second grader at Rio Grande School (RGS).  Mateo is almost two years old and adores his big sister. Audrey is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Audrey works at Human Services Department in the Information Services Division. Audrey attained a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Information Services at the College of Santa Fe.  Prior to attending college, Audrey served 5 years in the United States Air Force where she worked in Logistics and Intelligence. She currently serves on the RGS Marketing Committee and the Board of Trustees.  Audrey enjoys music, dancing, and spending time with family.
Bob Kirkpatrick and his wife Sue, also an educator, moved to Santa Fe in June 2016 upon Bob’s retirement as Head of School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX.  Bob received his BA in history from Kenyon College and an MAT from Colgate University.  Bob’s 42 years as an independent school educator have prepared him well for service on the RGS Board. Prior to his nine-year tenure at St. Stephen’s, Bob was school head at Fox Chapel Country Day School, an independent elementary school in Pittsburgh, PA.  For 26 years, Bob served in many capacities at Pittsburgh's Shady Side Academy including acting lower school head, director of admission, history department chair, teacher, coach and dorm parent. As an educator, he served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, and the executive committee of the Southwest Preparatory Conference.  In addition to serving on other local boards in Pennsylvania, Bob spent 22 years as a volunteer firefighter in suburban Pittsburgh.  Bob is currently working part-time for an independent school consulting firm, The Education Group.

Wilson Scanlan and his wife, Jenna, are the proud parents of 3 current RGS Hawks: Jack (sixth grade,) Lida (fourth grade,) and Hank (second grade.)  Born in Austin, Texas, Wilson has been a proud New Mexican since 1999.  He received his B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, with a focus on Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture.   Wilson owned and operated Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe for 14 years. A passionate environmentalist, Wilson is an enthusiastic partner in SunPower by Positive Energy Solar, New Mexico’s largest residential solar panel installer. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Wilson joined the Rio Grande School Board of Trustees in 2015, and he currently chairs the Building and Grounds Committee. When not at RGS, Wilson enjoys skiing, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and spending time with his family.

Leah Swanson and her husband, Sloan Swanson, are the parents of Anna (RGS Grad) and Greta (6th grade).  Leah is Principal and Director of Operations of Palace Capital Management, an investment advisor specializing in alternative investments. Prior to joining Palace Capital, Leah was Vice President of Marketing at Thornburg Mortgage, Inc. from 2001 through 2009. Previously, she held various positions at Thornburg Foundation Realty and Thornburg Investment Management. Leah graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University. Leah is a former RGS Board Chair (2012-2014), and is a past President of the Parent Association.  In her free time, Leah enjoys running, biking and skiing. 

Peter Trevisani is a husband to Wendy Trevisani and the father of Blake and Luke (RGS Grads) and one current Rio Grande students-- sixth grader Pierce. Professionally, Peter is a managing director and partner for Thornburg Investment Management. He joined Thornburg as the head of the Institutional Group in 2001. Prior to joining Thornburg, Peter served in the Lehman Brothers’ London office starting in 1996 where he spent three years in the foreign exchange and equity division. Between 1998 and 2001, Peter founded and acted as CEO of Waybid Technology, a venture capital backed company that created liquidity for online business-to-business marketplaces. Peter received his MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and his BA in Marketing from Boston College, where he was also a member of the varsity football team. Peter earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004 and has served on the Board of the CFA Society of New Mexico. When not at work or playing with the kids you are apt to find Peter mountain biking, skiing, or doing some other fun activity outside.

Ned Walpin and his wife, Cynthia Melugin, have a daughter, Alexandra, who graduated last year from RGS.  Ned has been a member of the faculty at St. John's College since 1999.  He has served as the Academic Dean, Dean of Students, and the Executive Director of Enrollment Management there.  He received a B.A. and M.A. from Middlebury College, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.  In his free time, he is attempting to learn jazz piano.

Charlie Wilson along with his wife May  are the parents of first grader Camille Wilson and future Pequeno Carter. Charlie and his family moved to Santa Fe in 2012 when Charlie began a job with Thornburg Investment Management. Today, Charlie is the co-portfolio manager of Thornburg’s emerging market equity fund. Prior to joining Thornburg, Charlie served as co-portfolio manager for Marsico Capital Management in Denver, Colorado. Charlie earned a BS in geology from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduate school, Charlie held research positions at Stanford University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City.