Board of Trustees


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 (2016-2017)

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  • Mike Dee, president

    Mike Dee has served on the La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) Board of Trustees since 2014 and chairs the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and the Head Evaluation and Support Committee. As board chair, Dee is an ex-officio member of other standing committees.
    Dee has spent nine seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1995 to 2002 as director of corporate development then senior vice president of business affairs in 2001. Upon returning to San Diego in 2013, he was named president and CEO of the Padres.

    Previously, Dee spent eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2009, seven as the team's chief operating officer working under CEO Larry Lucchino. He also created and served as president of Fenway Sports Group, during which it acquired Roush Racing.

    From 2009 to 2013, he served as president and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium and was founder of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, which raised nearly $10 million for the University of Miami's Sylvester Cancer Center.

    A native of Baltimore, Md., Dee attended Franklin & Marshall College, where he still serves on the advisory board.

    Dee and his wife, Karen, have two sons: Spencer (Class of 2019) and Tommy (Class of 2021).
  • Cameron Rooke, vice president of trustees

    Cameron Rooke has served on the board of trustees since 2002 in many positions including 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: Austin (Country Day Lifer, Class of 2011) and Cassidy (Country Day Lifer, Class of 2014). They also have a niece, Aubrey (Class of 2026) and a nephew, Asa (Class of 2028).
  • Chris Richey, treasurer

    Chris Richey joined the board of trustees in 2014. 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 has 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 is the father of two LJCDS students, Anabel (Class of 2016) and Ethan (Class of 2019), and the husband of Dr. Sara Browne, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases at UCSD.
  • Sherry Bahrambeygui-Hosey ’82, secretary

    Sherry Bahrambeygui-Hosey '82 completed 10 years on the board of trustees before she was invited back in 2014 to serve as a trustee and the secretary of the board.  

    Bahrambeygui-Hosey is a business leader, attorney and corporate director in a broad range of industries, including real estate, consumer retail, investments, professional services and healthcare. She is currently a director of PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT); managing member of The Price Group, LLC; CEO of PS Ivanhoe, LLC, a commercial real estate investment company; executive vice president and vice chairman of nonprofit entities, Price Charities and Price Philanthropies Foundation; director of the Oversight Board for the University of Southern California Sol Price Center for Social Innovation; and director of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian-Americans.

    Her awards and recognitions include: the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; Stephen J. Sharp Public Justice Award from the American Trial Lawyers Association; an invited member of IA-100, a select group of 100 accomplished Iranian-Americans across the nation; San Diego’s “40 under 40”; San Diego County Bar Association Westbrook Trial Advocacy Award; and Trustees Award for “Most Laudable Achievements in Law School.”  

    An alumna of LJCDS, Bahrambeygui-Hosey holds a bachelor’s from Barnard College and the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.

    Bahrambeygui-Hosey and husband Patrick L. Hosey have twin sons, Liam and Ryan Hosey (Class of 2017).

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. 

Honorary Trustee

Danah Fayman

Members of the Board (2016-2017)

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  • 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 holds 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. 
  • Lucy Smith Conroy ’90

    Lucy Smith Conroy ’90 is a lifer who joined the board in 2013. She was past president of the Alumni Leadership Council and is a member of the Development Committee, a Country Day Fund Ambassador and a member of the Marketing and Communications 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 holds 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 has two children, Ben (Class of 2024) and Keira (Class of 2025).
  • 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 received 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 has 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 received 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 holds 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.

    Gaffey has a son, Alexander (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 received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas.
    Glynn has two children at Country Day, Alexander (Class of 2022) and Audrey (Class of 2023), who both started LJCDS in 2008. 
  • Kimberly Snyder Goldman

    Kimberly Snyder Goldman joined the board in 2011 and currently serves as a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

    Goldman is a registered architect in the State of California and has specialized in design and project management of large scale projects at firms including Gensler and HOK Architects.

    Goldman graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College and has a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Goldman now lives in San Diego with her husband, Jeffrey, and her two children, Nano (Class of 2022) and Madeleine (Class of 2023).
  • 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, Calif.
  • 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree 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, three of whom are current students or alumni of Country Day spanning the past 10 years. The Kelly’s are active in multiple local charities, with a focus on children and education.
  • Chris Lischewski

    Christopher Lischewski joined the board of trustees in 2015 and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

    Lischewski is the president and CEO of Bumble Bee Seafoods, LLC. Since his tenure over the last 16 years at Bumble Bee, Lischewski has rebuilt the organization into what is now the largest branded seafood company in North America.

    Prior to joining Bumble Bee, Lischewski was managing director of H.J. Heinz Company's European Seafood Division (1998-1999); group vice president of Global Procurement and Operations at StarKist Seafood (1996-1998); vice president of StarKist's Procurement and Business Development Division (1991-1996); and spent five year in management consulting at A.T. Kearny.

    In addition to serving as a trustee of Bumble Bee, Lischewski serves on several executive committees and boards including Grocery Manufacturers of America, National Fisheries Institute, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, among others.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and accounting from the University of Southern California and an MBA in international finance from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

    He resides in San Diego, Calif., with his wife, Louise, and son Raithe (Class of 2025).
  • 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 16 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 has 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 (Country Day Lifer, 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. He is a former board member of Numonyx Corp, MagnaChip Semiconductor and AMI Semiconductor.

    Potamianos received 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, in the class of 2020.
  • Richard Sulpizio

    Rich Sulpizio is the former President and Chief Operating Officer, Qualcomm, Inc. Rich currently serves on two public company boards, ResMed, Inc, a medical device company and CA, Inc., a software company. Rich retired from Qualcomm, Inc. in July 2001 as President and Chief Operating Officer.
    Rich first joined Qualcomm in 1991 as VP of Information Services. In 1994, he was appointed president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. Four years later, he became Qualcomm’s president and COO. After his retirement in 2001, he returned to Qualcomm to serve in several successive high-level executive positions including President of Qualcomm China, President of Qualcomm Europe, President and Chief Executive Officer of MediaFLO, USA, Inc., a Qualcomm subsidiary involved in bringing multimedia services to the wireless industry and from 2009 to 2013, he was President and CEO of Qualcomm Enterprise Services, (QES), responsible for mobile communications and services to the transportation industry, until it was sold to a private equity firm. Rich served as a director of Qualcomm from 2000 until 2007.

    Before joining Qualcomm, he worked at Unisys Corporation, a worldwide information technology company and Fluor Corporation, an engineering and construction company. Mr. Sulpizio also currently serves on the advisory board of the University of California San Diego's Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.

    Rich owns and operates, with his wife, Gaby, two businesses. A Thoroughbred breeding, boarding and training facility, Magali Farms, LLC and a small boutique winery specializing in Syrah, Magali Wines, LLC. Both businesses are located in Santa Ynez, CA.

    Rich earned a B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles and M.S.in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
  • 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 received 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.
    He has two children at LJCDS: Cassidy (Class of 2020) and Cody (Class of 2022).

Role of the Board