Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

As Board of Trustees, we hold the school, its mission and its future “in trust.” We use the school’s mission statement and strategic goals as guideposts for board decisions. Bylaws (last revised in 2016) facilitate our work by serving as a reference point.
Our primary work is future-focused and strategic, creating the school from which our grandchildren will benefit tomorrow. We delegate the day-to-day operations to the head of school, via an annual charge approved by the board. Our major responsibilities include setting the strategic direction; ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations; accounting for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution; and selecting, supporting and evaluating the head of school.
A significant portion of the board’s work is done through its eight committees: Audit, Buildings and Grounds, Engagement, Executive, Finance, Head’s Evaluation and Support, Employee Retirement Plan and Trustees.

Officers of the Board (2017–2018)

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  • Chris Richey, president

    Chris Richey joined the board of trustees in 2014 and became president in 2017. He has served on the LJCDS Finance Committee and Investment Subcommittees since 2012; and the Retirement Committee since 2013.

    He is the managing partner of Neosho Capital, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. Previous to founding Neosho Capital in 2004, he was director of Mutual Fund Portfolio Management at Brandes Investment Partners (1996-2003), an associate of Cooley Godward Castro (1993-1996) and a credit officer at Union Bank of Switzerland and Marine Midland Bank (1986-1990).

    Richey earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Philosophy (Management Studies) from Oxford University, a Juris Doctor from Stanford University and is a chartered financial analyst.

    Richey and his wife, Dr. Sara Browne, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases at UC San Diego, have two children, Anabel, class of 2016 and Ethan, class of 2019.
  • Lucy Smith Conroy '90, vice president of trustees

    Lucy Smith Conroy ’90 is a lifer who joined the board in 2013 and became vice president of trustees in 2017. She was past president of the Alumni Leadership Council and is Chair of the Committee on Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee.
    Conroy is a freelance theater director and member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society whose work has been produced both in New York and at regional theaters across the country. She is the former resident dramaturg at Court Theatre in Chicago.
    Conroy earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and women’s studies from Trinity College and a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Columbia University.

    Conroy and her husband, Ambrose, have three children, Ben, class of 2024, Keira, class of 2025 and baby Sara.

  • Cameron Rooke, secretary

    Cameron Rooke has served on the board of trustees since 2002 in many positions including vice president of trustees, the annual fund chair, the Development Committee chair, Building and Grounds Committee member and Executive Committee member. He is currently chair of the LJCDS Committee on Trustees since 2014.
    Rooke's professional experience includes partner at Rooke Fiduciary Management, Inc., and officer of the family foundation at Withington Foundation.

    He is also a board member of Computers 2 San Diego Kids (C2SDK), member of Scripps Hospital Community Advisory Board, and board member of SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project).

    Rooke received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Denver. 

    Rooke and his wife have two children who are lifers: Austin, class of 2011 and Cassidy, class of 2014. They also have a niece, Aubrey, class of 2026 and a nephew, Asa, class of 2028.
  • Hal Dunning, treasurer

    Hal Dunning joined the board in 2017 and is President and Chief Operating Officer of Marsh & McLennan Agency – Western Region. Over his 16 years with the company, Dunning served as a key member of the management team that guided the company from an $18 million company with 143 associates in one office to a $180 million company with 650 associates in six offices. All but $20 million of this growth has been organic growth. Barney & Barney was sold to Marsh & McLennan Companies in 2014. During this period of growth, Dunning has been responsible for accounting, HR, organizational learning, IT, communications, facilities and legal & compliance.
    Dunning also serves on the board with The San Diego Foundation and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    Dunning earned his MBA in accounting at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and his BA in history from Pomona College.
    Dunning and his wife, Hilary, have a daughter, Haley, in the class of 2020.

Ex-Officio Members of the Board

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  • Gary Krahn, head of school

    Gary Krahn is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Serving for more than 29 years on active duty, he retired in the grade of Brigadier General. A significant part of his military career was as a mathematician, educator, analyst, and finally, professor and head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. He earned his doctorate in applied mathematics.

    Krahn has been an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Mathematics Association of America and universities around the world. In 2004, he deployed to Afghanistan to help establish and build the 18th university in Afghanistan, hiring the initial 51 Afghan faculty members and shaping the curriculum. 

    Most recently, Krahn was head of Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth for eight years. 

    He and his wife, Paula, reside in San Diego and have two daughters.
  • John D. Collins, board advisor

    John D. Collins has provided legal counsel to LJCDS for more than 25 years. He has been on the board of trustees since 2012, serving on the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee. 
    During his career at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Del Mar, he has been named in “Best Lawyers in America,” “San Diego’s Top 25 Lawyers,” and “Southern California Super Lawyers.”
    He has given more than 25 years of service to Project Concern International as past chairman of the board and current board member. Collins has also served on the boards of National University and the San Diego Economic Development Corporation.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School.

    He and his wife, Kathy, have been partners in a downtown San Diego art gallery for almost 20 years. 

Members of the Board (2017–2018)

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  • Jack Chitayat

    Since September 2016, Jack Chitayat has served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees and as a board member starting in 2017. Chitayat is Chairman, Managing Member and CEO of Atlantic Realty Group. The main activities of the group include principal investments in, syndication and management of U.S. commercial real estate investments in the North East, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, Texas, Southwest, California and Canada.
    Chitayat's private family investment arm, Chitayat Holdings LLC, has made investments in private and public technology, biotech and finance related companies. Chitayat simultaneously serves as Chairman and CEO of LLPG, Inc., since its formation in June 2003, at which time it acquired a license from Liquidmetal Technologies for the use of the Liquidmetal family of non-precious and precious alloys in jewelry and luxury product applications.
    Prior to joining LJCDS, Chitayat served as Chair and President of the Board of Trustees of The Gillispie School in La Jolla, as well as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Investment Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee and Master Planning Committee. Chitayat has also done extensive fundraising for both World ORT and American ORT, an organization dedicated to providing education and training to under-privileged Jewish families in over 50 countries.

    Chitayat graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in economics and international relations from Tufts University.
    Chitayat and his wife, Nikoo, have two sons, Cyrus and Cameron, both in class of 2023.

  • Elese Denis

    Elese Denis has served as a trustee since 2013. She has been a member of the Development, Marketing and Communications, and Safety and Security Committees.

    Denis is a development consultant working with nonprofit organizations to increase their fundraising potential. Prior to starting her own consulting firm, she was the director of External Communications and Development at Harlem RBI in New York City.
    Denis earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA in finance and management from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. 

    Denis and her husband, Augustus, have two children, Emma and Henry, both class of 2027.
  • Karen E. Deschaine

    Karen E. Deschaine has been on the board of trustees since 2014 and has served on the Audit Committee since 2008.

    Deschaine is a corporate lawyer in the San Diego office of Cooley LLP. She earned a Juris Doctor with a specialization in business law from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, an MBA from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Prior to law school, Deschaine served as a captain in the U.S. Army and commanded two companies.

    She was one of the founders of the national nonprofit organization, Ms. JD, and serves on the board of directors of Athena San Diego. She has been recognized with SD Metro magazine’s top "40 Under 40" and “Women Who Impact San Diego” and with Athena’s Pinnacle Award.
    She has two children, Dakota, class of 2019 and Jenna, class of 2021.
  • Rebecca Gaffney

    Rebecca Gaffney joined the board in 2013 and has served as a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee, New Families Subcommittee and the Internal Communications Subcommittee.
    Gaffney comes from a background in strategy work. Most recently, she was a director in group strategy for Christie’s in London where her work focused on branding, global auction house operations and CRM. Previously, Gaffney worked at McKinsey & Company (also in London) advising clients across industries on strategies for growth, marketing and operations.
    Gaffney earned a Bachelor of Arts in government from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science in European studies from the European Institute at the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Gaffney and her husband, Jamie Levine, have a son, Alexander in the class of 2027.
  • Angela Glynn

    Angela Glynn joined the board of trustees in 2013 and has served as the Parents Association president, chair of the Country Day Fund and chair of the Development Committee.

    Glynn worked for Qualcomm for 10 years in sales and business development.

    She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas.
    Glynn and her husband, Joe, have two children, Alexander, class of 2022 and Audrey, class of 2023, who both started LJCDS in 2008. 
  • Doug Harrison

    Doug Harrison was the founder and CEO of Harrison Group, a market research and consulting company established in 1996. As a leader in the wealth and affluence markets, Harrison Group uncovered the hearts, minds and spending practices of the top 10 percent globally for over 50 luxury brands. His company also became the leader in positioning, evolving and targeting video games on the market.  

    Over the course of his career, Harrison developed brand positioning, go-to-market approaches and targeting strategies for more than 1,000 products and services. Harrison Group was recognized as a leading expert in predicting the market potential for new products and restages. The company was named Vendor of the Year for Coca-Cola, nominated twice at Microsoft, and has served American Express, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Mercedes-Benz, Amazon, The Ritz-Carlton, among many others. In 2010, Harrison sold his company to a British firm, YouGov.

    Earlier in his career, Harrison ran strategic research and volumetric forecasting at Yankelovich Partners. He has coauthored two books, “The New Elite: Inside the Mind of America’s Truly Wealthy,” which has sold over 10,000 copies, and “Selling to the New Elite.”

    Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science in business and marketing from Cornell University.

    Harrison and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Anna, in the class of 2018. 
  • Michael H. Hoffman

    Michael Hoffman has been a member of the board since 2014 and has served on the Finance Committee and Committee on Trustees.

    As a chartered accountant, Hoffman has been deputy chairman of the Macsteel Group in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1991. Previously, he was vice chairman of Kloeckner USA Holding as well as president and CEO and co-chairman of both Macsteel Service Centers USA and California Steel & Tube until retiring in 2012. Hoffman remains deputy chairman and on the boards of Macsteel Global Group and Macsteel Holdings.

    Hoffman currently serves in a variety of leadership roles in the global metals industry. He is immediate past chairman of the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and sits on the editorial boards of various professional publications. He is also active in a number of nonprofit activities.
    Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Hoffman was educated at South African College School, Sea Point and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    He is married with two children and resides in San Diego.
  • Russell Holmes

    Russell Holmes joined the board in 2017 and is the founder and CEO of Projecis, Inc., a leading cloud-based content management and data visualization software company with clients in North America and Europe. Holmes also co-founded Synteract in 1995, a privately held, global contract research organization (CRO) that generates $70 million in revenue annually. He has over 20 years experience in the clinical research industry and helped Synteract, now SynteractHCR, become the leading global CRO that it is today.

    Holmes earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
  • Bob Kain

    Bob Kain joined the board of trustees in 2015 and is currently serving on the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

    Kain is the president and co-owner of Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center, one of the top 10 climbing gyms in the United States. He’s also active as a Biotech corporate advisor.

    Prior to founding Mesa Rim Climbing, Kain was at Illumina for 14 years, retiring as the Chief Engineering Officer. Illumina is the market leader in the genomics systems industry and is recognized for its industry-leading strategic decision-making, tactical execution and product engineering. Previous to joining Illumina, Kain was the director of the microarray business unit at Molecular Dynamics from 1989 to 1999.

    He is an active member of his community. Kain currently serves on the boards of commercial and community organizations including Pet Wireless, Orflo, YMCA of La Jolla and San Diego River Parks Foundation.

    Kain earned a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University in physics, and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary's College of California.

    He and his wife, Ranelle, have one son, Nathan, class of 2023.
  • Jim Kelly

    Jim Kelly has been a LJCDS trustee since 2013 and serves on the Building and Grounds and Audit Committees.

    He has over 30 years of industry experience, having entitled, developed and acquired more than $1 billion in real estate assets. Kelly is president of Emerald Venture Group; former managing partner and chief operating officer of CT Realty Investors; and former principal of Cobblestone Golf Group, which he helped grow to the nation’s third largest golf management company.
    He also has over 20 years of experience in renewable technology development as founder and chairman of Tellus Technology, Inc., and co-inventor/patent holder of the Tellus Process.
    Kelly lives in La Jolla with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children. They are active in multiple local charities, with a focus on children and education.
  • Lisa Bicker Martin

    Lisa Bicker Martin joined the board in 2017 and is a private investor and small business owner who has spent the past three decades as a leader in both the private and nonprofit sectors, and has an established track record in entrepreneurship, energy and sustainability.
    She is the immediate past chair of The San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative, a unique collaboration between public and private groups geared toward measuring the impacts of climate change on the San Diego region. She was also the founding president of CleanTECH San Diego and built the organization from a startup to over $1 million in annual revenues in four years. She was awarded the San Diego Business Journal ‘Women Who Mean Business Award’ in 2009 in recognition of her work to establish the San Diego region as a worldwide leader in the clean technology sector. Prior to that, she was the founding president of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a private nonprofit $30 million investment fund formed to accelerate investment in California’s clean energy economy.
    Earlier in her career, Bicker Martin was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of NewEnergy, Inc., a high-growth, retail electricity provider that grew to over $800 million in revenues prior to its acquisition by the AES Corporation. Today, NewEnergy is the largest retail electricity provider in the United States.
    Bicker Martin has also served as General Counsel to California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB), a non-profit advocacy group founded by Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. In an earlier role, she also served as senior writer for Governor George Deukmejian.
    She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Davis and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco.
    Bicker Martin and her husband, Jeff Martin, have two children, Roman, class of 2015 and Janey, class of 2025.
  • Dana Meiselman

    Dana Meiselman joined the board in 2017. She previously served on the marketing and communications committee, volunteered as a new parent admissions ambassador and helped produce videos for the Blue Bash.
    Meiselman has nearly two decades of experience as a television news reporter. She worked for KGTV 10 News in San Diego and for various TV stations in North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Michigan. She has also produced videos for nonprofit organizations including Project Concern International.
    Meiselman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with a concentration in marketing from The Wharton School.

    Meiselman and her husband, Carter, have two children, Avery, class of 2025 and Ellis, class of 2027.
  • Manish Parikh

    Manish Parikh has served on the LJCDS board of trustees since 2011 and served as the president of the Board of Trustees from 2013-2016.
    Parikh has 17 years of experience in management and finance as CEO of Icon Systems, a leader in the design, development and production of state-of-the-art laser-based systems and products for military training and testing. Currently, Parikh is a principal in Knosys Solutions, providing enterprise-level media management systems for new media platforms. He earned a master’s degree in computer engineering and holds six patents in the field of live training systems.
    Parikh’s other commitments include being a trustee at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Friends of Vista Hill and San Diego Indian American Society.

    Parikh and his wife, Shital, have two LJCDS lifers: son Rohil, class of 2015 and daughter Ruhi, class of 2019.
  • Anthony Potamianos

    Anthony Potamianos is the general partner of Sylvina Capital, a private family investment firm based in San Francisco, since 2010.

    From 2005-2010, Potamianos was a partner and a member of the investment
    committee of Francisco Partners, a $10 billion technology-focused private equity fund based in San Francisco. Before joining Francisco Partners, Potamianos was an investment banker and research analyst on Wall Street. He served as head of the UBS global semiconductor investment banking group with responsibilities in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    Earlier in his career, from 1997-2000, he was an institutional investor ranked research analyst of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York City.

    Potamianos serves on a number of boards including the American School of Classical Studies and Knightsbridge Schools International and most recently as
    chairman of the advisory committee of the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology. He is a former board member of Numonyx Corp, MagnaChip Semiconductor and AMI Semiconductor.

    Potamianos earned a Master of Science in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Potamianos and his wife, Liz Anne, have a daughter, Chloe, class of 2020.
  • Kevin Wechter

    Kevin Wechter has served on the board of trustees since 2013 and has been a member of the Building and Grounds (2012-2015), Safety and Security (2013-2015), and Executive (2013-2015) Committees. He previously served as board secretary from 2013-2015.

    Wechter is a principal of PacVentures, Inc., a San Diego-based commercial real estate investment company. He worked as a commercial real estate investment banker for more than six years before and during law school, where he negotiated, structured and closed more than $100 million in joint ventures, investment sales and secured financings. After law school, he was a real estate and business lawyer at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper).
    He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis in finance and real estate. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law Center.
    Wechter and his wife, Dr. Jamie Resnik Wechter, have two children, Cassidy, class of 2020 and Cody, class of 2022.

Role of the Board