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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. 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Officers
Lee Rand, Chair
Kate Ferlic, Vice Chair

Charlie Wilson, Treasurer

Rachel White- Secretary 


Trustees

Audrey Abeyta

Evie Brunner

Karen Crow

Bob Kirkpatrick

Lavi Malhotra

Christina Price
Wilson Scanlan

Todd Wax

Shane Woods

Martha Yazdani

Ariana Feinberg

Jamie Sowers

Mollie Parsons

Ocean Munds-Dry

 

Board Bios

Lee Rand (Chair) and his wife, Joohee Rand are the parents of Luke in 6th grade and Jaden in 3rd grade. Lee serves on a number of RGS committees and enjoys actively working to support the school and the vision of the administration and teachers. “RGS has provided a great experience for our children and it is rewarding to help support the institution and try to give back a small amount of what it has given to our family.”   Professionally Lee is a Partner at Sun Mountain Capital and has spent his career starting, managing or investing in technology businesses.  He has an MBA and a dual BA in computer science and mathematics with a minor in English and Native American studies.  In his free time he enjoys skiing and biking with the family and traveling as much as possible.

 

Audrey D. Abeyta and her husband, Jose Franco are proud parents of Kyomi and Mateo Franco-Abeyta.  Kyomi is in third grade at Rio Grande School (RGS).  Mateo is three years old and he is ready to start school next year.  Audrey is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management of Technology Services.  Audrey works in New Mexico state government under the Human Services Department, in the Information Services Division.  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 Strategic Committee as Co-Chair.  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 and is a trustee of the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian here in Santa Fe.

 

Wilson Scanlan and his wife, Jenna, are the proud parents of two current RGS Hawks and one graduate: Hank (5th grade,) Lida, and Jack.  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 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 and the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. 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.

 

Evie Brunner and her husband Magnus have 3 children:  Iona in 2nd grade, Campbell in Kindergarten, and Felicity who is 2.5.  Evie serves on the Development committee at RGS.  She is originally from Dallas and has a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.  She moved to London and worked in finance before going back to law school, attending BPP Law School in London.   She is a qualified UK solicitor who specialized in commercial litigation.  The Brunners moved from London to Santa Fe and joined the RGS community in 2015.  She enjoys hiking, reading and cooking in her spare time.  

 

Charlie Wilson along with his wife May  are the parents of 2nd grader Camille Wilson and their youngest son 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.

 

Shane Woods and his wife, Deborah, are proud parents to Ashton who is in third grade and Brayden who is in kindergarden. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Shane returned to the City Different in 2008 to take the helm of the family business, Woods Design Builders. Since that time, Shane and his brother Rob have worked together as second-generation owners of Woods. Before returning to Santa Fe, Shane attended the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Utah, and eventually made his way to San Diego where he was a managing partner of two restaurants. An entrepreneur by day, Shane is also a passionate outdoorsman and athlete. In addition to being a skilled surfer, Shane has competed professionally in the freestyle moguls. If not in the office or with his wife and kids, Shane can often be found on the mountain.

 

Karen Crow is a seasoned executive with a broad set of skills in strategy, sales and operations and P&L management.   She is CEO and co-founder of NeuroGeneces, a health tech company that enhances cognitive function through sleep science.   She is also co-founder of  WiserGiving.org, nonprofit that provides online tools to help donors be more strategic in their philanthropic giving.   Karen is a former Google executive where she ran the Sales Operations organization for North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific for Fortune 1000 companies.   She and her partner, Liz Bremner, are parents to Ryan and Larson in 6th grade and Miles (8th grade at Prep), and can be found on the soccer field, tennis courts, karate gym, or at art class with the boys.

 

Ariana Feinberg is originally from Seattle, WA, where she received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Washington. In Seattle, Ariana held many corporate positions related to human resources including Arthur Andersen, Washington Mutual Bank and Nordstrom. She also helped found the Sauvage Healing Heart Guild, a guild supporting the renowned Hope Heart Institute. Ariana and her husband, Bill, moved to Santa Fe in 2008 and are the proud parents of Noah (6th grade) and Max (3rd grade). She is a former board member of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum and has served as a member of the development committee of Rio Grande School since joining the RGS community. Her interests include indoor and outdoor exercise, beating her husband in road bike races, travel and spending time with her family and 2 dogs (Charlie and Willy Bear).

 

Todd Wax and his wife, Jessica, are parents to Sarah, a current Kindergarten student at Rio Grande School.  After years of intermittently enjoying the fruits of our town, Todd and Jessica moved to Santa Fe in 2010.  Todd holds BBA and MBA degrees from Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.  Professionally, Todd is a fixed income analyst at Thornburg Investment Management, supporting its municipal strategies.  Todd is also a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of New Mexico.  For leisure, Todd and his family enjoy the many pleasures of Santa Fe as well as visiting with family and playing golf.  


Rachel White and her husband, Richard, are happy parents to Max, a third grader at RGS.  Originally from New York, Rachel studied biology at Rice University, earned a M.S. in wildlife biology from Texas Tech and a PhD in ecology from the University of Arizona with her research focusing on birds and conservation in human-inhabited areas.  Since moving to Santa Fe twelve years ago, Rachel has consulted on wildlife research projects and volunteers with several non-profits, including Communities in Schools of New Mexico where she sits on the Board and chairs the Development Committee.  At RGS, Rachel recently co-chaired the Parent Association and joined the Board in 2018.  She enjoys traveling, baking, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

 

Christina Price – Christina Price and her husband Connor Browne are parents to Ella, Juliette(5th grade), Pippa(2nd) and Haddie(future Pequeno).  Christina is an East Coast transplant, moving to Santa Fe in 2008 after finishing an Emergency Medicine residency in Philadelphia.  Christina has worked as an Emergency Medicine physician at the University of New Mexico since 2008. She is also an Assistant Residency director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at UNM, where she focuses on resident education and well-being.  Christina received a BS from Boston College in 2001 and earned a MD from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2005.

 

Kate Ferlic is the board’s compliance officer and proud parent of Rohan (6th grade) and Max (3rd grade) with her husband Chris.  She is a partner in the Santa Fe law firm Egolf + Ferlic + Martinez + Harwood where she specializes in litigation including civil rights and personal injury.  She serves as the President of the Board of New Mexico Women.Org – a non-profit fund that support the advancement of women and girls statewide.  She graduated from Georgetown University and the University of New Mexico School of Law.  Kate believes that education is the most meaningful gift you can give a child and that elementary school sets the tone for a lifelong love of learning.  Kate loves the confidence and curiosity that RGS fosters in her children.  She enjoys skiing, running, yoga, mountain biking, travel and spending time with her family in Taos Ski Valley.  Kate has lived in Santa Fe since 1999.

 

Lavi Malhotra is an entrepreneur, having co-founded or been part of the co-founding team of seven start-up companies. He has held senior management positions and his responsibilities have included semiconductor R&D, software design, corporate and product marketing, product support and sales; both, domestically and internationally. Lavi is currently semi-retired and consulting for oncology healthcare software companies. Lavi has a BS in Physical Sciences from Birla Institute of Technology (India) and a MSEE from West Virginia University. In their free time, Lavi and his better half, Arminé, are in the process of raising two girls – Alex (who is a Sophomore at UNM) and Anisha who is a 5th grader at RGS. Lavi loves to hike and takes every opportunity to travel with his family.

Martha Yazdani was raised in Tchad, Africa and grew up immersed both in that culture and that of the strong traditions of her Persian parents.  Her upbringing has played a significant role in her interest in and passion for micro-finance and grass-roots community building and sees both as a tool for improving community life. Working in small business account management for over 14 years, she has developed the acute ability to identify and implement improvements in order to streamline processes and increase efficiency and productivity.  Driven by a true desire to bring people of diverse backgrounds together around a common purpose, Martha has spent the past 5 years using her love to relate with people to build the community of The Birthing Tree, a local cooperative providing childbirth education and postpartum services in Santa Fe.  Martha has a BA in International Studies and Economics, is the proud mother to Nadia and Mateen, and an active member of the Baha’i community.

Ocean Munds-Dry and her husband Randy Dry are the parents of fifth grade student Savannah and RGS graduate/ 7th grade student Quinlan. Ocean is Senior Counsel 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 enjoys road cycling, skiing and travel.