York’s Board of Trustees includes alumni, parents of alumni, current parents, and members of the local community who had no previous connection to York but who were attracted to the School by its record of achievement, its welcoming culture, and its commitment to serve students from a range of backgrounds.

Our trustees believe in the value of a York education for individual students, their families, and our communities.
 

Officers

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  • Ellen Gaucher, Chair of the Board

    is the parent of two York alumni, Fletcher '20 and Riley '15. Ellen is the CFO and Co-Owner of utliity coordination firm Gaucher & Associates. She is an advocate in the community for education and helped open and grow the International School or Monterey (ISM). Ellen's myriad of experiences also include a background in corporate catering and hospitality management. She joined the Board in 2017. Ellen and her husband, Paul, have been supportive parent volunteers and donors since 2011.
  • Norelle Boyce, Vice Chair of the Board

    is originally from Australia, now residing in Monterey. She is the president of VisionSoft Inc., has a B.S. in Computer Science and Business Honors from Latrobe University, Melbbourne in Australia. She is a current parent of York student, Amanda '22. Norelle serves on the Advancement and Admission & Marketing Committees, and the COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Kathleen Scarr, Secretary

    is a parent of two York alumni, and is the former CFO for Growers Express and related entities. She spent many years in public accounting, and joined the Board in 2015, where she currently serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Finance Committee.
  • Javier Aldape, Treasurer

    is the parent of a York alumnus and a current student. Javier has a wealth of experience in financial planning and analysis in the local agricultural industry. Javier joined the Board in 2018 and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • Doug Key, Head of School

    started his career at York July of 2019 and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge from his twenty-year experience in the independent school environment. Doug has spent the past nineteen years in education at Bosque School in New Mexico, helping to build a co-educational day school. He also served as a teacher and as a division leader as Head of Upper School.

Members

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  • Rev. Lucinda Beth Ashby

    is bishop of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of El Camino Real, which serves 10,000 members in 42 congregations from Silicon Valley to San Luis Obispo County. Before serving as an ordained priest in Northern California and Idaho, Bishop Lucinda taught at Sacramento Country Day School, headed a private school in Sacramento, founded and built a school for Native American children in the Capay Valley, and served as a Chaplain to St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael, CA. She has also taught at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal Seminary) in Berkeley.
  • Marilyn Calciano

    is a community volunteer with a passion for helping children and others in need. Previously, Marilyn was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley and Company in New York. She also worked as a Management Consultant at Andersen Consulting in New York. Marilyn serves as the President of the Board of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. She has served on several other non-profit boards including Hospice of Santa Cruz where she held many offices including President. She is the founder of the Family Giving Circle Fund of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Marilyn serves on the Finance Committee and Admission and Marketing Committee.
  • Carlos Camacho

    is the proud parent of two York students; Josefina '20 and Vincent '23. Carlos has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida. He worked for the US Army as a civilian doing work in logistics planning and then came to California to work in Silicon Valley in software development. He was part of the founding team for Agile Software, which is now part of Oracle. Carlos served on the All Saints Day School Board of Trustees for five years, working on diversity issues. He is currently semi-retired and is a partner at Selection Massale, an importer of small production wines from Europe. Carlos is new to the Board this year and serves on the Admisson & Marketing Committee.
  • Alfred Diaz-Infante

    parent of a 2016 York graduate, is the President & CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc., (CHISPA) and CHISPA Housing Management, Inc. (CHMI). He serves as a trustee on several nonprofit and educational institution boards, and was a member of the Monterey County Planning Commission from 1993-1998. Alfred serves on the
    Committee on Trustees.
  • Dan Fenton ‘76

    leads the Global Tourism Practice within Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Hotels & Hospitality Group specializing in tourism strategy and destination planning. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Destination Marketing Association International where he launched several initiatives designed to drive more effective practices across Destination Marketing Organizations. Prior to that, Dan was in general management and sales/marketing leadership positions with hotel companies. Dan also served as President and CEO of Team San Jose for 15 years and was a Principal with Strategic Advisory Group. Dan’s father is Lewis Fenton, who was one of the community founders of York and longtime supporter of the School. Dan joined the Board in 2002 and is the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee.
  • David Foster-Bates

    worked in finance and investment banking on both U.S. coasts and was the President of Robert Talbott, Inc. In 2004, David and his wife Julia founded Equine Assisted Therapy at Mountain Valley, a pediatric therapy clinic using horses in treatments, and today he serves on many local Boards including the Cypress Fire Protection District. David joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Committee on Trustees, the Investment Committee, and also serves on Head of School Support and Evaluation.
  • Debbie Hale

    is the Executive Director of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. She brings knowledge of and commitment to the local community through her career in local planning and transportation, as well as her volunteer work with Rotary. Debbie joined the Board in 2018 and serves as the Chair of Committee on Trustees.
  • Rich Hamilton

    is the parent of York alumnus Evan Hamilton '17. Rich and his wife Debra Schadeck have been long time supporters of York School. Rich currently serves as COO and CFO for Big Sur Land Trust in Monterey. He joined BSLT in 2012 after having spent most of his career in financial management in the real estate development and resort management industries, including 14 years with the Pebble Beach Company, eight of those years as chief financial officer. Rich serves on the Finance and Investment Committees.
  • Greg Jamison

    is a veteran sports executive and the founder and president of Jamison Entertainment. He is the former president and CEO of the San Jose Sharks and serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. Greg is a member of the Finance Committee and serves as an advisor for the Admission & Marketing Committee.
  • Giff Lehman

    parent of a 2001 York alumna, is the founding partner of Integris Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment advisory firm based in Monterey. Prior to founding Integris, Giff worked as an institutional investment  professional in New York City. He joined the Board in 2017 bringing with him more than two decades of finance experience. Giff serves on the Finance Committee, and he is also Chair of the Investment Committee, and serves on the COVID-10 Task Force.
  • Ben Nurse

    is a veteran commercial and residential real estate broker and property manager. Ben joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Admission and Marketing Committee, and the Finance Committee. Ben has twins daughters, who started 9th grade at York last year.
  • Heather Oliver

    is the parent of two current York students, Juliet '22 and David '24. Heather has a degree in Agriculture Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is the former Director of Training: Americas for Seminis Vegetable Seeds. She served as Director of Trade for California Women for Agriculture, was a founding Director of the Pacific Agribusiness Alliance, and was a representative to the Southern California District Export Council. Heather is Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee, she also serves on the Strategic Design Committee and the COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Matt Simis '88

    is the Director of Strategy for Tanimura & Antle, a fresh-vegetable grower-shipper headquartered in Spreckels.  He joined the board in 2013 and serves on the Audit Committee and is an advisor of the Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Ana Toledo

    is an attorney at Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss in Salinas. Her practice focuses on labor and employment law. Ana serves on the National Steinbeck Center Board of Trustees, and the Center for Community Advocacyís Board of Directors. She joined the Board last year and she serves on the Committee on Trustees.
  • Jerry Traynor

    has led independent, international, and public schools for more than 35 years in a variety of administrative positions. He has served on nonprofit boards and is currently an active board member for the Carmel Rotary Club. Jerry joined the Board in 2015 and is an advisor on Strategic Design Committee and serves of the Finance Committee,  Accreditaion Committee, and is the Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Emeriti

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  • Brenda Aronowitz

    is a lifelong educator and author who has taught at the secondary and university levels. Brenda retired in 2007 after serving York nearly 30 years as a humanities teacher and Assistant Head of School. Brenda’s two daughters and two stepsons attended York. She joined the board in 2011.
  • Peggy Downes Baskin

    is an author, lecturer, and retired professor of political science. Her former husband, the late Chuck Downes, was Head of School from 1966 to 1974, and her daughter, Cammy Torgenrud, is a member of the York faculty. Peggy and her late husband, Jack Baskin, are long-time supporters of York and a number of college-level programs. Peggy joined the board in 2006.
  • Marianne Gawain '76

    is a former public utilities regulator, and is an active school and community volunteer. She joined the Board in 2011 as a member of the Advancement Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of that committee, and also serves on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. She previously served as Secretary of the Board. Marianne also generously contributed the lead gift to the Gawain Family Theater in honor of her parents.
  • Jim Tunney

    is an author, motivational speaker, former teacher and school principal. He was interim Head of York in 1993-94.
  • Steven Webster

    is a marine biologist and a founder of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Steven joined the Board in 1979 and has served in his emeritus advisory role since 2005.

Representatives

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  • Celeste McGuire '22

    is the student representative to the Board and her involvement throughout the York community allows her to portray her peers' opinions accurately. Celeste also participates in several extracurricular activities at York.
     
  • Scot Johnson

    is the faculty representative to the Board. He is a math and science teacher as well as the 11th grade dean and a member of the Safety Committee,
    and COVD-19 Task Force. 

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