Leadership & Trustees

Leadership and Trustees

Cate is led and governed by people who know and love boarding schools, especially this one. Our headmaster was raised on a boarding school campus, and many of our administrators and trustees graduated from Cate or other boarding and independent schools. Still others have children who have been educated here so they’ve seen the impact of a Cate education. We search far and wide for leaders who can make our great school even better and who are devoted to keeping Cate’s enduring spirit fed with new ideas.

Leadership:

Benjamin D. Williams IV, Headmaster, Secretary

In September 1997 Benjamin Williams IV was appointed as Cate’s eighth headmaster. The selection turned out to be a perfect fit for the Cate community as well as for the Williams family. Ben Williams’ life has centered around schools; he grew up at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, the son of the headmaster. Ben received a B.A. in American Studies from Williams College, where he also served as captain of the men’s crew team. After a two-year stint in corporate finance with First Boston in New York, assisting in the oversight of investment portfolios worth over 28 billion dollars, Ben returned to education with a teaching position at St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts. There he taught English and U.S. history, coached several sports, and was the school’s director of development. During his six-year stay at St. Sebastian’s, Ben attended graduate school at Brown University and earned a Master’s in American Civilization. In 1993, he and his family moved to Houston, Texas, when he took a job as the dean of the middle and upper schools at St. John’s School. He eventually became the head of the upper school, and during this time he stayed connected with the students in both the classroom and on the athletic fields by teaching English and coaching soccer. Ben and his wife Ginger live on the Mesa and are the parents of Ben, Grace ’10, and Carson ’19.

Jay Dorion, Assistant Headmaster | Ex-Officio (Fac.)

Jay started his career in boarding schools in 1993 at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. Teaching runs in his blood (both of his parents were educators), but what drew him to boarding school was the sense of community that he found—a community that reminded him of the small town in Maine where he grew up. After nine years at Cheshire Academy, Jay came to Cate in 2002 to pursue a teaching position that included classes in the history and English departments. Jay was the Dean of Students for four years, and he currently serves the School as the Assistant Headmaster.

Beyond his duties at Cate, Jay enjoys baking bread, playing basketball, running, and reading. He lives on campus with his wife, Margot, and his three children, Molly, Olivia, and Charlie.

Charlotte Brownlee ’85, Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs | Ex-Officio (Fac.)

A Cate alumna, Charlotte Brownlee was the Director of Admission and Enrollment at Cate from 2007 – 2017. She returned to her alma mater in 2004 to lead the School’s annual giving and alumni relations programs. She made the transition to boarding school after serving as the Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her previous experience includes serving as a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she focused on change management and reengineering projects for high-tech and consumer-products companies. Charlotte holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Charlotte particularly enjoys heading up the Cate Student Historical Society and the Research and Development Committee for the Board of Trustees. She serves on the boards of the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and of the Gateway to Prep Schools. She lives on the Mesa with her husband, Alex, and their two sons.

Pete Mack, Assistant Headmaster for Students | Ex-Officio (Fac.)

A graduate of boarding school himself, Pete began his teaching career at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island where he was an English teacher, admissions officer, athletic director, and head boys basketball and soccer coach.

At Cate, Pete has been the director of admission and financial aid, head boys basketball coach, and a member of the English department. He currently is the Assistant Head for Students, a teacher in the Human Development department, and head boys soccer coach.

Pete’s interests include lots of outdoor activities and sports, woodworking and carpentry, reading, spending time with his family, and becoming too emotionally involved in supporting his hometown Detroit sports teams. He and his wife Renee live on campus with their three children, Theo ’20, Emmett, and Reagan and their dog, Zetterberg.

Sandi Pierce, Assistant Headmaster for Finance & Operations | Ex-Officio (Fac.)

Sandi is the School’s chief financial officer. After receiving her degree in economics and passing the CPA exam, she managed several contract foodservice operations; she now oversees all aspects of Cate’s fiscal operation. Sandi has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific region.

Trustees:

Monique F. Parsons ’84, Chair

Monique Parsons is an independent radio producer and freelance journalist based in Chicago. She specializes in writing about religious trends, issues, and diversity, with a special focus on Islam in America. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, Day to Day, and All Things Considered, as well as on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) and Interlochen (Michigan) Public Radio. She’s written for Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com and various newspapers from coast to coast. A graduate of Cate School, Class of ’84, Monique earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University and holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A native of Carpinteria, she now resides in the Chicago area with her family.

J. Wyatt Gruber ’93, President, Vice Chair

During his years at Cate, Wyatt was a varsity water-polo player, a teaching assistant in the Human Development program, co-business manager of the yearbook, and treasurer for the Student-Faculty Senate. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and completed an M.B.A. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He was a partner at Arience Capital Management in New York for five years before moving to San Francisco in 2009 to launch the hedge fund Ross Creek Capital Management, of which he currently serves as president. Wyatt lives with his wife and three children. He serves as chair of the leadership council of Tipping Point Community, a Bay Area-based non-profit focused on eradicating poverty in the Bay Area through education, housing, healthcare, and employment. His mother Linda Gruber was a member of the Cate Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2002.

Henry F. (Hal) Burroughs ’68, Vice President

Henry (Hal) Burroughs grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and came to Cate for his junior and senior years, after his family had moved to Los Angeles. He subsequently attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a B.A. in history. Between 1972 and 1998 he held various positions with the First Gray Line Corporation, a private Los Angeles-based company engaged in diversified ground transportation services in the eastern and southwestern United States, of which he became chairman and CEO in 1975. In 1997 he formed Fortress Capital and Fortress Holdings LLC, a private investment firm based in Beverly Hills, of which he is now principal and managing partner. Hal previously served on the Cate Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2002, chairing the Admission Committee and later the Compensation Committee. He also served as a trustee and as vice president, treasurer of the board of the John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles between 1995 and 2005, and as a trustee of the Windward School in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2014. Other community involvements have been with youth education initiatives and in the fields of wildlife conservation and environmental preservation. Hal resides in Jackson, Wyoming, with his wife and the youngest of their three children.

Eric C. Taylor ’80, Vice President

Born in Sacramento, Eric grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Cate in 1980. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College; served as a Spanish translator during the 1984 Olympic games; and attended the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1988. After working as an associate with the law firms of Pettit and Martin, and then Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, Eric became a Deputy Los Angeles County Counsel, and served as a litigator and advisor to the Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Works. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Judge Taylor to the Inglewood Municipal Court in 1998, where he served as presiding judge. He was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2000. In 2003, he became the District Supervising Judge of the Southwest District, which encompassed the Inglewood, Torrance, and Redondo Beach Courthouses. He left that position in 2004 when he was elected president of the California Judges Association, a professional group that represents California’s 2,230 active and retired state justices, judges and commissioners. After his term, he was elected to the L.A. Court’s Executive Committee.

In 2016, Eric became the first elected to serve a second term as President of the California Judges Association. He has served as a liaison to the Association’s Compensation and Benefits Oversight Committee and Discipline Committee, and as chair of the Public Information and Education Committee. He served on the statewide Judicial Council from 2004-05, and on its Access and Fairness Committee from 2000-03.

In 2018, Judge Taylor was elected Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 2019, the Chief Justice also appointed him to serve as a member of the Judicial Council of California. Eric was named the Langston Bar Association’s Justice of the Year in 2004, and received the McFadden Award for Legal Excellence in 2019. He currently serves on the Dartmouth College Alumni Council’s Trustee Nominations Committee. Eric has served as a Cate Trustee since 2005.

David Tunnell, Treasurer

David Tunnell grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He and his wife live in San Francisco and are parents to three daughters, two of whom attend Cate School. David is a Partner and member of the Investment Committee at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a global private equity investment firm based in San Francisco. He originally joined H&F in 1994 and leads the Firm’s efforts in the tech and insurance sectors.

Suzan Anderson, President, Cate Parents Organization

Suzan was born in Peekskill, New York and grew up in Irvine, California after her family moved west for her father’s career with IBM. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UC Berkeley and attended graduate school at USC where she studied history on a full academic fellowship.

Suzan worked at IBM and The Koll Company, and after marrying and settling in Newport Beach, focused on raising her family and involvement in the community. Over the 17 years her children attended Harbor Day School, she served in many volunteer capacities. She has been an active member of National Charity League since 2001, serving in various leadership positions and supporting philanthropies such as the Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. She is also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. William Cabell Chapter, which supports education and historic preservation programs in the area. She recently moved to Santa Barbara where she is involved at Cate School, currently serving as CPO President, as well as Crane Country Day School and local philanthropic organizations.

Suzan has four children, Lauren, a recent graduate of Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business; Alyssa, a current student at Cornell University; Will, a senior at Cate School; and Scott, a 6th-grader at Crane Country Day School.

Calgary Avansino ’93, Trustee

During Calgary’s years at Cate she was a Varsity soccer player, Head Prefect, a Human Development Teaching Assistant and recipient of the Biddle Cup. She graduated from Georgetown University ’98 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. Calgary moved to London in 2000 and worked her way through the ranks of British Vogue as assistant to the editor-in-chief, beauty editor, wellbeing editor, and ultimately, executive fashion director and digital project director until 2013. Avansino left her full-time role at Vogue in 2013 to become a contributing editor. She then wrote a weekly column for The Sunday Times Style and wrote the nutrition book Keep It Real, which was published in February 2016. Calgary now lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. She is currently CEO of the start-up Glamcam and also consults for fashion and lifestyle brands globally.

Richard D. Baum ’64, Life Trustee

After graduating from Cate, Rick majored in history at Stanford and then served as a social worker in New York City. He joined the National Teacher Corps and taught middle school in upstate New York while earning a Master of Education. Later he earned a law degree from George Washington University, graduating magna cum laude. Rick became a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and, several years later, senior vice president of administration for Amfac, Inc., a Hawaii-based corporation with businesses ranging from agriculture to real estate. He returned to public service in 1991 when he was appointed chief deputy insurance commissioner for the state of California, a post in which he served as the Insurance Department’s chief operating officer. He later served as CEO of Care West Insurance Company, until he was re-appointed chief deputy insurance commissioner in 2003. Currently he serves as chairman of the board of directors of Redwood Trust, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Rick has been Cate’s Alumni Council president, president of the Board (1999-2004), and chairman of the Board (2010-2012). In 2005, Cate honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Jessica Bowlin, Trustee

Jessica was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and spent her childhood summers in Norway with her mother’s family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scandinavian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Oslo where she continued her education in Norwegian studies. Her working career began in London for Robert Walters & Associates, a recruitment consulting firm. After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, she was employed with Atlantic Richfield Company in their marketing department before she married later that year. Soon after having children, Jessica thrust herself into volunteerism at St. Matthew’s Parish School, her children’s school in Pacific Palisades. She co-chaired the Auction Dinner, their biggest fundraiser, for two consecutive years and served in various volunteer capacities over the fifteen years her children attended school there. Her philanthropic work began in 2000 with the Doheny Eye Institute, where she chaired their annual benefit supporting research and education in the field of ophthalmology in Los Angeles. Jessica is currently a member of Las Madrinas and an associate member of the Westside Guild of Children’s Hospital, both of which support research endowments for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is a member of the Parent’s Council at the College of Liberal Arts for The University of Texas and is also a trustee of Christ Church Dark Harbor in Islesboro, Maine. Jessica and her husband John reside in Pacific Palisades and have three children; Hannah ’16 a senior at Southern Methodist University, Will ’18 a sophomore at The University of Texas, and Parker ’20 who is a senior at Cate School.

Mimi Brown ’92, Trustee

After graduating from Cate in 1992, Mimi studied French translation for a year at the University of Grenoble before returning to the U.S. to study music and comparative religion at Harvard. She headed to Rome for two years before coming back to California to work in L.A. and then to complete her MBA at Stanford Business School, after which she spent two years working in music in New York. Since 2005, Mimi has lived in Hong Kong, where she founded Spring Workshop, a non-profit artist-residency program that supports the people and institutions in the city’s cultural landscape. She is a board member of Asia Art Archive and is involved with Para Site Art Space and Performa. She also teaches yoga at Asia’s biggest yoga studio. Mimi and her husband have two children.

Dan A. Emmett ’99, Life Trustee

Dan Emmett was born in Los Angeles, California and received his B.A. from Stanford and J.D. from Harvard. He served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco from 1964-1965 before becoming a Local Courts Commissioner for the Republic of Malawi, Central Africa. Upon returning to the States he joined the law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker and worked there until 1970, when he co-founded Mochtar, Karuwin and Komar, a law firm in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1971 he co-founded Douglas, Emmett and Company and currently is chairman of Douglas Emmett, Inc. (DEI/NYSE), a real estate company based in Santa Monica. Dan is active in a variety of environmental activities and has served on the board of numerous local environmental organizations including Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environment Now Foundation, and Sustainable Conservation, and has been involved in environmental programs at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School and Stanford University. Dan and his wife Rae have four children, all of whom attended Cate.

Rosalind (Roz) Emmett Nieman ’89, Trustee

Rosalind (Roz) received her B.A. from Dartmouth and M.Ed. from Columbia University. She is currently a strategic advisor for Kid Basix, a manufacturer of eco-functional kids products. Roz is a stalwart Cate School donor and volunteer and has attended dozens of Cate alumni events since graduating in 1989.  She has volunteered for several years for the Cate Fund phonathon, was a panelist at the 2000 Entrepreneurship and Technology Event in Silicon Valley, served as a Class Agent from 2004-2009, participated as a member of the Technology committee, and chaired her reunion committee in 2009 and 2014. Roz is a founding member of the Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) and hosted events for the group at her home. She participated in the naming of the Early Learning Center on the Mesa. Her involvement at Cate represents a broad and deep commitment to the School. Roz has three siblings who attended Cate: Dan ’87, Morgan ’99, and Tyler ’01. Her father, Dan Emmett, is a Life Trustee, and mother, Rae, is an involved alumni parent. Roz lives in Pacific Palisades with her husband and four children – Frankie, Wade, Mack, and Ruby.

Kate C. Firestone, Trustee

Kate Firestone received her B.A. from Colorado College and her teaching credential from UCLA. She taught in the Santa Monica School District and at Windward Prep in Hawaii before working in multiple capacities for Firestone and Curtis Wineries. Together with Adam Firestone ’79, she now owns and operates Firestone Walker Brewing Company, coordinating events, managing media relations, and overseeing special projects. She has served on the board of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association, the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Foundation, Arts Outreach, and Ballard School, as well as on the vestry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Kate and Adam have four children; three are Cate alumni.

Peter Given ’99, President, Alumni Council

After graduating from Cate School in 1999, Peter Given went on to study at the University of Southern California, earning his BA in Political Science with an emphasis in Business. He spent several years working in Commercial Real Estate in Northern California before opening and operating a Portable Storage Company in Los Angeles. Peter, his wife, and their son returned to the Bay Area years later and he is currently working for the Sares Regis Group in their Northern California Commercial Division. Giving back to Cate School has always been a priority for Peter. He has served as a Class Agent, Reunion Chair, and Mesa Association Member.

Sheila Marmon Heuer ’90, Trustee

After graduating from Cate in 1990, Sheila Marmon Heuer received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. As founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company, she helps Fortune 500 brands tap into the multicultural market, working with clients that include General Motors, Sony Pictures, Verizon, Marriott, and Macy’s. She has assisted with the launch and operation of many new businesses in the digital media industry, and she has occupied leadership positions in operations, new ventures, and finance at Time Warner and Morgan Stanley. Sheila is a founding member of the National Advisory Council of A Better Chance and serves as an advisor for MOUSE, a group that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead, and create with technology. Sheila has lived abroad and traveled extensively, and she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Adam S. Horowitz ’99, Trustee

Adam S. Horowitz ’99 is President of the Horowitz Group, a single-family office based in Newport Beach, California. The family’s roots are in the ready-mix concrete business, but today the family office invests opportunistically across a variety of industries and asset classes. In the private equity arena, Adam has overseen several consumer retail and healthcare investments, including Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) and Lemonade Restaurant Group, as well as Oceans Healthcare and Tarsus Pharmaceuticals. In the commercial real estate arena, Adam oversees a portfolio of stabilized commercial and multi-family assets, primarily in the Western U.S. The Horowitz Group also invests with a stable of alternative managers and actively looks to partner with emerging sponsors. He serves on the Board of the Orangewood Foundation, which serves foster and community youth in Orange County. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Adam and his wife Erin live in Newport Beach with their two boys, Henry and Freddy.

David L. Horowitz, Trustee

Upon graduating from Pomona College, David Horowitz took over the small, family-run ready-mix concrete business, Standard Concrete, then grew the business for seventeen years before selling it in 1990. He is now CEO of the Horowitz Group, a self-funded private equity firm in Laguna Niguel, California. Active in Southern California real estate, the Horowitz Group is currently investing in the growing regional food and food-service sectors.  David devotes much of his time to philanthropy, having led the American Cancer Society in Orange County during the 1990s and participated with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as a contributor, advisor, and volunteer through the 2000s, helping support orphans and foster children. Over the last ten years, he has been active with Mind Research Institute, Great Park Conservancy, UCI’s Genetics and Epidemiology Research Institute, and as a Cate trustee. Most recently he has co-chaired the Discovery Science Center’s new expansion campaign at their campus in Santa Ana.  David and his wife Michelle live in Shady Canyon. Their three grown children all attended Cate.

Frank A. Huerta ’85, Trustee

After Frank graduated from Cate, he studied physics at Harvard and received an M.B.A. from Stanford. An avid squash player, he served as co-captain of Harvard’s team and even coached Cate students for one season in the winter of 1990. Currently Frank is CEO and co-founder of TransLattice, Inc., the geographically-distributed database company for enterprise, cloud, and hybrid environments. He began his career in engineering and product development and then served in product management roles, later becoming director of business development for Exodus Communications, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions. In 1999 he co-founded Recourse Technologies, and as CEO he grew the company until it was purchased by Symantec Corporation in 2002; he then served as a vice president of Symantec for over a year. In 2005, he co-founded Cartilix, Inc., a medical device company devoted to developing new biomaterials for the treatment of cartilage knee injuries, serving as CEO before selling the technology to Biomet in 2009. Frank and his wife Daniele have two sons. His sister Anamarie Huerta Franc graduated from Cate in 1991, and his mother Diane served as director of the School’s Annual Fund in the 1990s.

Ellis Jones ’72, Trustee

Ellis Jones ’72 has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and private equity and has been responsible for building and overseeing both industry and product groups at major investment banking firms. Prior to joining Wasserstein Perella, he was Managing Director at Salomon Brothers where he ran the firm’s Hotel and Gaming Group from 1988 through 1994.

After graduating from Cate in 1972, Ellis earned his B.S. at UC Berkeley and M.B.A. at Yale School of Management. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Earthshell Corporation, Venetec International, All-Clad Metals, ZD Education, Dbusiness, Odwalla Corporation, and Phoenix House of California. Ellis is no stranger to the Cate School Board of Trustees; he served on the board from 2000 to 2006. In 2017, longtime faculty member Paul Denison ’79 was named the Ellis Jones ’72 Family Faculty Chair. Ellis and his wife live in Los Angeles. They have two children, Savannah ’11 and Taylor, and Ellis’ sister, Janet (Jenny) Jones is also a Cate School trustee.

Janet (Jenny) C. Jones, Trustee

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Jenny attended Stanford University and worked in the state attorney general’s office upon graduating. She then moved to Republic Corporation and, as a treasury assistant, aided in the maintenance of the company’s multimillion-dollar insurance program. She then moved to Max Factor & Company as a risk manager. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company before joining the George Elkins Company’s insurance division as manager. In 1996 she purchased that company and formed the Elkins Jones Insurance Agency, located in West Los Angeles, of which she is currently president and owner.  Jenny has a long history of service on numerous boards. She has been on the board of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the Colleagues (of the Children’s Institute), Diadames of the Child Care League, the Children’s Bureau, and Blue Ribbon, a support organization of the Music Center. She is also vice president of the board of Children of the Night.  Jenny’s son graduated from Cate in 2000.

Greg H. Kubicek ’74, Life Trustee

While at Cate, Greg Kubicek was student body president, prefect, and captain of the track and field team. He received the Biddle Cup and graduated as a member of the Cum Laude Society. Following his time at the School, he earned a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and made his mark in the manufacturing industry and in commercial and residential real estate, frequently partnering with other Cate alumni. He became president of Santa Fe Partners, Inc., a private investment firm. He also served as chairman of the Cascade Corporation and as a director of Cadet Manufacturing Company. Currently, Greg serves as president and CEO of The Holt Group, a developer and manager of commercial and residential real estate properties. He is also a director of Redwood Trust, a New York stock exchange real estate investment trust. Greg joined the Cate Board of Trustees in 1985, and has since chaired numerous committees and played a critical role in many campaigns. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

Patricia MacFarlane, Trustee

Patricia MacFarlane, parent of Ian (’18) and Dylan (’20), earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a minor in Management. She developed software for financial applications at Alexander Programming before joining the Public Finance Investment Banking department at JP Morgan Securities, Inc. She structured over $3 billion principal amount of tax-exempt bond issues for governmental entities, nonprofit hospital systems, and universities. She transferred to the Global Markets trading desk and marketed USD Interest Rate swaps and options for Morgan Guaranty Trust. For the past twenty years, she has served as a community volunteer. She served as a Board member of Crane School and Board President of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She currently serves on the boards of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, the UCSB Arts & Lectures Council, and Cate School.

Casey McCann ’97, Trustee

Casey McCann worked in the financial services industry for ten years—first as an analyst for Beacon Hill Financial in Boston and then for the Private Bank at Wells Fargo in San Francisco—before becoming vice president of Hazelwood Allied Van Lines and McCann Mini Storage. After graduating from Cate, he attended Middlebury College and later Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School Bridge Program. Casey lives in Santa Barbara.

Leone Price ’02, Trustee

After graduating from Cate in 2002, Leone received an A.B. from Harvard College. She then moved to New York where she spent several years working in investment banking at Citigroup before joining Brookfield Asset Management’s Private Funds Group, where she is currently a Vice President based in Los Angeles. In addition to being a Cate supporter and member of the Cate Mesa Association, Leone has a long history of volunteering for numerous charitable organizations, including New York Cares (where she was a member of the fundraising committee), Streetwise Partners, A Better Chance, and the Junior League of Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running 5Ks, and traveling around the world. Leone lives in Santa Monica, California.

 

Marianne Sprague, Trustee

Marianne Sprague received her B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Teaching Credential from California State University at Los Angeles in 1974. She and her late husband, Norm, have seen six children through Cate School. She served as CPO president in ’97-’98 and again in ’08 as well as serving concurrently on the board. She takes her seat on the Cate Board of Trustees with experience serving on numerous school boards. She chaired the boards of Crane School in Santa Barbara and Park Century School in Los Angeles. Marianne currently serves on the board of The College of Wooster, Garden Club of Santa Barbara and volunteers as a vice-chair of the Garden History and Design national committee for the Garden Club of America. She has also served on the boards of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Lotusland, and St. Matthews School in Los Angeles. Marianne continues to be one of the School’s most committed supporters and volunteers. She co-chaired the Centennial Committee of 100 Celebration Team; she has been a Mesa Association and Parent Fund volunteer as well as a Cate 2000 Capital Campaign volunteer. In 2009, she and her husband received The Servons Award for distinguished service.

Lisa B. Stanson ’92, Trustee

After graduating from Cate in 1992, Lisa went on to Colgate University, where she majored in international relations and interned at numerous international-policy think tanks. As community relations director and marketing manager at Montgomery Securities, she was part of a branding team that carried the firm through two mergers with NationsBank and Bank of America. Lisa served as President of the Alumni Council, before chairing the Education and Student Life Committee. She and her husband Jason spend as much time as possible traveling and meeting up with Cate friends along the way.

Brian Tom, Trustee

Brian Tom grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Colgate University with a B.A in Molecular Biology. After graduation, he moved to Hong Kong where he has lived for the past 25 years. He and his wife have three children, two of whom attend Cate. As an early entrepreneur, he founded companies in the technology and consumer products sectors. Currently, Brian is Executive Director of Henyep Group, a diversified international conglomerate with business in financial services, property, education, and charity. He is Co-Founder and part of the executive management of several of its group companies focusing on fintech. He is also a partner of Urban Land Capital, a Bay Area real estate investment firm.

Faculty Advisory Trustees:

Anna Fortner, Faculty Advisory Trustee

Anna Fortner is a member of the English Department at Cate. One of the lead architects of the School’s Writing Program and an innovative and creative instructor, Anna specializes in the rendering of our stories. Her courses include “This American Life” based on the NPR serial of the same name and “Gender Matters,” as well as required 9th and 11th grade English. She holds a B.A. in English and creative writing (Phi Beta Kappa) from Mills College and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Idaho.

Karl Weis, Faculty Advisory Trustee

Karl received his undergraduate degree in American Studies at Yale and his graduate degree in history at Stanford; he then took a post at the Dalton School in New York City, where he taught history and coached the track team for six years. Since his arrival at Cate in 1990, he has taught a number of different courses in history, including AP US History, and has coached both the boys and the girls cross country teams; he has also served as track coach. Karl is an experienced runner and cyclist, and continues to train for and participate in dedicated age-group triathlons. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Karl and his wife Kristen live in Santa Barbara. Three of their four daughters, Julia ’08, Evelyn ’09, and Annie ’12, have graduated from Cate; their youngest daughter, Charlotte ’22, is currently a sophomore.

Ex-Officio:

Hallie Greene, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Hallie received a BS in Environmental Science from Bates College, where she was also captain of the NCAA ranked Bates rowing team, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business and a master’s in public policy from UCLA Luskin School for Public Affairs. Hallie began her career working as an Associate for education recruitment and placement firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates. She began her time at Cate in the Advancement office as the Director of Alumni Relations and Cate Fund Director. While she was a graduate student, she worked as a teaching associate with the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Management Fellows program, which teaches strategic planning to Head Start directors, health care executives, and aids service organization directors. She also interned with The Walt Disney Company, where she was a member of the New Media & Technology strategic sourcing team. Hallie was a founding board member of Valiente College Preparatory, a grade 4-8 charter school in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, three children, and two dogs in Carpinteria.

Chris Giles, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Chris is a graduate of Denison University. For 16 years Chris taught, coached, and administrated at his alma mater, The Episcopal Academy, near Philadelphia. During his tenure there, he earned his MEd from Rosemont College. In 2005 Chris and his family moved to Santa Barbara, where Chris was appointed English department head at Marymount of Santa Barbara.

Three years later, Chris joined a team of entrepreneurs to launch an internet startup that helps nonprofits raise money online. Chris and his wife, Amy, live in Santa Barbara with their children, Eliza ’13 and Warren ’15.

Lisa Holmes, Director of Studies

Lisa Holmes arrived at Cate in 2001 after fifteen years of living and working in the Northeast. She brings to Cate a deep interest in the Humanities, teaching in both the history and English departments, and a love of the game of soccer, coaching the girls varsity team.

As an undergraduate at Colby College, Lisa majored in History and American Studies and was captain of the women’s soccer team in her senior year. After college, Lisa taught for ten years at Cheshire Academy, a small boarding and day school in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition to teaching, Lisa chaired the history department for five years, coached girls soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and served as a dorm parent. While at Cheshire, she worked part-time on a Master’s degree at nearby Wesleyan University. She left Cheshire in 1999 to pursue a second Master’s in educational administration at Columbia. She spent her time in New York City as a full-time student and part-time teacher at the Calhoun School.

Lisa has traveled in more than twenty foreign countries and has completed three marathons. Though all of her working life before Cate was spent in the Northeast, she grew up in Colorado and feels a strong connection to the West. She lives on the Mesa with her husband Will, and their sons, Scott and Matthew.

Erin Hansen, Director of Student Services

Erin Hansen is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communication and Comparative Literature. After completing her degree she attended Westmont College and earned her secondary teaching credential in English. For the past eight years Erin worked in public education as a Freshmen Seminar, English and AVID teacher. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, but most recently she served as the English Department Chair. Erin was adjunct faculty for Santa Barbara City College, where she implemented the first dual-enrollment freshmen transition course. She currently acts a curriculum consultant to the Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative. Erin teaches Freshmen Seminar, supports students with learning and organizational skills, and coordinates academic tutoring. Erin lives on the Mesa with her husband, Erik, and their two boys.

This year she continues her work in the admissions office as the director of financial aid, and she will again be teaching two sections of 10th grade English.  In her free time Emilie enjoys gardening, reading, walking on the Cate trails or nearby beaches, and spending time with her family.

Lindsay Newlove, Director of Advancement

Lindsay joined the community in 2016 as director of advancement. She oversees development, alumni relations, and fundraising for Cate School, including capital and endowment campaigns, major, annual, and planned giving, stewardship, volunteerism, and special events. Her non-profit educational experience includes positions at The Buckley School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA Alumni Association, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. A native of Los Angeles, Lindsay received her BA in Cultural Anthropology at UMass Amherst and MA in Social Science and Comparative Education at UCLA.

Lindsay is an active member of CASE and CAIS professional organizations and has served on an independent school accreditation committee. She enjoys travel, group exercise, and exploring new places. She, her husband Eric, and their son and daughter live on “the shelf” on the Mesa where they enjoy waking up in the morning to the sounds of birds chirping.

Bryan Rodriguez, Dean of Students

Although Bryan’s background is in financial management, his first interest is in working with young people. While majoring in business during college, he served as counselor at a camp for terminally ill children; moving to California in 2000, he became Coordinator for Students of Color at Cate.

A four-year member of Gettysburg’s basketball team, Bryan coaches boys’ varsity basketball at Cate. He lives in Cook House East with his wife.

Stephanie Yeung, English Teacher

Stephanie Yeung received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, and recently earned her Ph.D. in critical media studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before her graduate work, Stephanie served in the United States Air Force as an F-15E “Strike Eagle” navigator. Stephanie’s teaching emphasizes the study of literature alongside other forms of media. She has taught at Woodbury University and served as a teaching assistant for film, television and new media courses at USC. Her other interests include cooking, traveling, and seeing live music. Stephanie lives on the Mesa with her wife and son.