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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
Ocean Munds-Dry, Chair
Lee Rand, Vice Chair
Kate Ferlic, Secretary

Charlie Wilson, Treasurer


Trustees

Audrey Abeyta

Evie Brunner

Karen Crow

Bob Kirkpatrick

Lavi Malhotra

Christina Price
Wilson Scanlan
Ned Walpin

Todd Wax

Rachel White
Charlie Wilson

Shane Woods

Rebecca Bair

Ariana Feinberg

Joel Meyers

 

Board Bios

Ocean Munds-Dry (Chair) and her husband Randy Dry are the parents of sixth grade student Quinlan and fourth grade student Savannah. 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.

 

Lee Rand (Vice Chair) 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.

 

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.

 

Wilson Scanlan and his wife, Jenna, are the proud parents of two current RGS Hawks and one graduate: Hank (third grade,) Lida (fifth grade,) and Jack (seventh grade at Santa Fe Prep.) 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 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.  

 

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 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.

 

Rebecca Bair, MD and her husband, Brant, are the proud parents of two daughters.  Sophia is a fifth grader at Rio Grande School and Katherine is a 2017 graduate of RGS and a current 8th grader at Santa Fe Preparatory School.  Rebecca served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at RGS from 2016-2018 in addition to serving on several Board committees including Marketing and Strategic Planning.  She earned her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University.  She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico for several years prior to returning to Santa Fe in 2018.  She is currently employed by the Christus Medical Group.  In her free time she enjoys swimming, running and mountain biking.  

 

Shane Woods and his wife, Deborah, are proud parents to Ashton who is in first grade and Brayden who is a Grande. 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 was a partner in the Strategy Group at Mercer Management Consulting and a former Google executive. At Google, she built and led the Sales Operations organization for North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific for Fortune 1000 companies.  She later ran the overall P&L for the West Coast North America Ad Business for Fortune 1000 companies. She is the recipient of a Google Founders Award recognizing outstanding contribution and entrepreneurial accomplishments, and is the owner of a Google patent.  She left Google to launch WiserGiving.org, a nonprofit that provides free online tools to help donors and foundations become more effective in their philanthropy. WiserGiving is a self-sustaining organization and doesn’t rely on any donations or grants for its operations.

 

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 (4th grade) and Max (1st 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).

 

Joel R. Meyers is the proud father of two recent RGS graduates.  Joel is a partner with a New York City-based law firm.  Joel spilts his time between New York where he was born and Santa Fe where he know calls home.  Prior to joining his firm in New York, Joel spent over 20 years as a prosecutor — the last ten as a senior attorney with the United States Department of Justice.  Joel is graduated from the State University of New York at Albany (B.A. English) and Washington University in St. Louis (J.D./M.A. East Asian Studies).  Joel spends his free time coaching and playing hockey, skiing with his kids, and marveling over his daughter’s budding acting career.

 

Todd Wax and his wife, Jessica, are parents to Sarah, a current early childhood 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 second 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 ten 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 (Chair of Development) – Christina Price and her husband Connor Browne are parents to Ella(5th grade), Juliette(3rd grade), Pippa(Kindergarten) 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 (fourth grade) and Max (first 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.