The LWHS Board of Trustees (BOT) reflects the school's diverse community and draws its expertise from many areas. The hard-working body includes members from the fields of education, law, finance, and the service professions. The board is comprised of current parents, parents of alumni, alumni of LWHS, and community members. Trustees serve on various working committees (see below) that focus on strategic initiatives for the long-term health of the school including finance, investment, strategic planning, and governance.

The volunteer BOT holds the school “in trust” for future generations, and as in most independent schools, is the highest-level decision-making authority. The BOT does not intervene in the daily affairs of the school, such as curriculum development, admissions, or personnel.

Instead, the BOT focuses on three areas critical to the success of any independent school:
  1. It selects, evaluates and supports the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school; 
  2. It develops broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the school; and 
  3. It is accountable for the financial well-being of the school.

In the conduct of its official business, the BOT acts only as a whole; individual Trustees, including the Board President, have no authority to act unless specifically authorized to do so by the BOT acting as a whole.

Trustees are asked to serve two three-year terms and serve on two committees. The Governance Committee continually identifies and evaluates Trustee candidates from the parent, alumni, and wider communities using a matrix of skills and experience currently required by the BOT, to ensure diversity of experience, perspective, and skills. Members of the Governance Committee meet with candidates and speak with those who know them to determine their strengths, experience serving on previous BOTs, alignment with the mission, and interest in sharing their time, talent, and treasure. The committee makes recommendations of highly qualified candidates to the BOT, which elects trustees each May for the following school year. The full board meets six times a year (on Tuesdays at 5pm) plus a full-day retreat, all posted on the public school calendar. Minutes for each meeting are available in the Head of School’s office. Trustees are also expected to attend Board Visiting Day, THE Event, and other major events at the school, to better serve as ambassadors for the school.

Advisory members of Board committees are non-trustees who are invited to serve on LWHS Board committees such as Development, Endowment, and Campus Stewardship to provide needed expertise and historical perspective to the activities of the BOT. Identification of advisory members with needed expertise or other qualifications usually come from conversations with Admissions, Development, Finance and/or Head of School, or emeritus trustees expressing a willingness to serve. Advisory members are voting members of committees and are asked to serve a three year term and sign a standard Conflict of Interest disclosure form.

If community members have any questions or comments about the BOT, or are interested in nominating someone to the BOT, they are encouraged to contact Head of School Eric Temple or Board President Wally MacDermid ’87Additionally, as a school that prides itself in working in ways that are consistent with best practices, if at any time you believe there is known or alleged misconduct, please follow the procedures outlined in the school’s Whistleblower Policy.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities.
  • It makes recommendations to the Board concerning the hiring, retention, and termination of an independent auditor, negotiates compensation of the auditor and conducts a review of LWHS’ annual audit and form 990. It determines whether or not to accept the audit and provides an avenue of communication among the school’s independent auditors, Administration, and the Board. (Meets twice a year)
     Committee Chair: Anne Paxton

Building Committee

The Building Committee is charged with all of the planning, review, timelines and approvals of design for the new classroom building.
  • Formed in 2015, the committee reviewed and recommended an architect selection to the full board, and since then is working closely with EHDD to plan and design the construction of a partial preservation and addition to the main classroom building at 755 Ocean Avenue. The committee has deep expertise in design, project management, architecture, construction and environmental sustainability.
     Committee Chair: John Clawson

Campus Stewardship Committee

The Campus Stewardship Committee advises on the sustainable maintenance of the site to support program.
  • Campus Stewardship reviews campus physical plant, capital improvements and planning issues in support of the Chief Financial Officer; and advises on off-campus real property assets in coordination with the Endowment and Finance Committees. (Meets four times per year, more frequently if necessary)
     Committee Chair: Steve Guttmann

Development Committee

The Development Committee is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the School’s development efforts, and working with the Director of Development and Development staff to support the program. It is also the role of the committee to keep the Trustee’s ongoing development responsibility in mind.
  • The Development Committee assists in the establishment of all development policies and operating plans, and works with the development office to create short and long-term goals. In addition, members of the Development Committee help connect with, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors. (Meets four times per year, more frequently if necessary)
     Committee Chair: Barre Fong

Endowment Committee

The Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for the stewardship of the endowment and approval of the Investment Policy Statement (IPS).
  • The Endowment Management Committee supervises and monitors the Endowment in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the LWHS IPS. Activities include making recommendations to the full Board as regards to needed changes in the IPS, including the Distribution Policy, the Asset Allocation Policy and the selection of investment managers. In addition, the committee reviews the endowment balance, investment strategy, and performance. (Meets two to four times yearly)
     Committee Chair: Will Madison

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, and Secretary of the BOT and the Finance, Governance, and Development Committee Chairs.
  • The Executive Committee coordinates the work of the Board, serves as a sounding board for the Head and the Board President, and makes recommendations to the full Board on important issues. Tasks include creating Board meeting agendas and annual Board goals. (Meets prior to each Board meeting and as needed.)
     Committee Chair: Wally MacDermid

Finance Committee

The Board of Trustees has primary responsibility for the long-term fiscal health of the school.
  • The Finance Committee provides prudent oversight of the financial operations of the school, to review the fiscal impact of proposed new Board initiatives, and to make recommendations to the Board on financial decisions. The committee oversees the annual budget planning process and insurance coverage, and periodically reviews the teacher homebuyer assistance and flexible tuition program. (Meets six times per year and more frequently if necessary)
     Committee Chair: Charlie Bullock

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee ensures that the Board of Trustees provides effective governance for the school. The Committee:
  • Identifies, cultivates, recruits, recommends for election and orients new Trustees
  • Designs programs for Trustee nurturing and bonding, including mentoring program
  • Re-nominates current Trustees to additional terms
  • Nominates Board officers
  • Is responsible for succession for the Board President and Committee Chairs
  • Identifies Board’s need for education and designs vehicles to meet those needs
  • Organizes recognition of individual trustees
  • Ensures currency and accuracy of bylaws and other Board policies
  • Monitors and manages issues relating to Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Considers policies and activities with respect to Emeritus Trustees
  • Facilitates Board self-assessment and Head of School evaluation
  • Monitors the overall health of the Board and Board relationships (Meets nearly every month)
     Committee Chair: Sima Misra

Current Trustees

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LWHS Board Members 2018-19

Board President, Alumnus, Parent, PAL

Head of School

Charlie Bullock
PAL

Jack Chin
Parent

Sandy Dean
Parent, PAL

Kim Drew
Parent, PAL

Alicia Fenrick
Parent

Barre Fong
PAL

Steve Guttmann
PAL

Parker Harris
Parent, PAL

Christine Hoang
Parent, PAL

Alex Hochman ’88
Alumnus, Parent, PAL

Misha Hurd ’09
Alumna

Lucinda Lee Katz
Educator

Chris Lord
Parent

William Madison ’01
Alumnus

Rafael Mandelman ’92
Alumnus

Sima Misra
PAL

Anne Paxton
PAL

Teresa Sampayan
PA President, Parent, PAL

Staci Slaughter
Parent

Tricia Stone
PAL

Doug Tom
PAL

Mika Varma
Parent

Lara Witter
Parent, PAL

Trustee Events 2017-18

List of 49 events.

  • Oct
    17

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

    Room H290
  • Oct
    20

    LWHS Board of Trustee Reception

    Room H308C
  • Oct
    25

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • Nov
    7

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • Nov
    12

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Nov
    13

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • Nov
    15

    Development Committee Meeting

  • Nov
    16

    Audit Committee Meeting

  • Nov
    27

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • Nov
    29

    Flex Subcommittee Meeting

  • Dec
    4

    Endowment Committee Meeting

  • Dec
    5

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • Dec
    7

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • Dec
    11

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • Dec
    12

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

  • Dec
    13

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Dec
    18

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • Jan
    9

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • Jan
    10

    Flex Subcommittee Meeting

  • Jan
    15

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • Jan
    16

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • Jan
    16

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

  • Jan
    17

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Jan
    22

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • Feb
    14

    Audit Committee Meeting

  • Feb
    21

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Feb
    26

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • Mar
    5

    Endowment Committee Meeting

  • Mar
    6

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • Mar
    12

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • Mar
    13

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

  • Mar
    14

    Development Committee Meeting

  • Mar
    19

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • Apr
    1

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • Apr
    2

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • Apr
    9

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • Apr
    10

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • Apr
    10

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

  • Apr
    16

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • May
    7

    Endowment Committee Meeting

  • May
    8

    Governance Committee Meeting

  • May
    8

    Campus Stewardship Meeting

  • May
    13

    Strategic Planning Meeting

  • May
    14

    Finance Committee Meeting

  • May
    16

    Audit Committee Meeting

  • May
    16

    Development Committee Meeting

  • May
    21

    Executive Committee Meeting

  • May
    28

    Board Meeting

    Room H201
  • Jun
    4

    Trustee Retirement Dinner




Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94112 | 415.333.4021
A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.