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Board of Trustees

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.


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  • Norelle Boyce, 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, Melbourne in Australia. She is the parent of recent York graduate. In addition of being Chair of the Board, Norelle serves on the Strategic Design, Finance and Admission & Marketing Committees.
  • Giff Lehman, Vice Chair of the Board

    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.
  • Rich Hamilton, Treasurer

    is the parent of a '17 York alumnus. 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 is the Chair of the Finance Committee, and also serves on the Investment Committee.
  • David Foster-Bates, Secretary

    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, Investment Committee, and on Head of School Support and Evaluation 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.
  • Ellen Gaucher, Immediate Past Chair of the Board

    is the parent of two York alumni. Ellen is the CFO and Co-Owner of utility coordination firm Gaucher & Associates. She is an advocate in the community for education and helped open and grow the International School of 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.


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  • Javier Aldape

    is the parent of two York alumni. 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 on the Finance Committee.
  • 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.
  • Scott Fujita

    In the summer of 2019, Scott took on his new role at All Saints Day School as its next Head of School. A former NFL player, Scott also serves on the Board of Gleason Life Skills Sports Clinics, where he co-directs and helps design curriculum for its summer camp programs in New Orleans.
  • 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.
  • Paul Matsui '89

    is the founder and Principal of The Antigrav Group, a product development consultancy focused on supporting emerging companies in the healthcare, financial services and education industries. He draws from more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry, specializing in provider finance and reimbursement, clinical technology/innovation, strategic planning, and health care analytics. Paul serves on the Admission and Marketing Committee, as well as the Strategic Design Committee.
  • 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.
  • Ben Nurse

    is a veteran commercial and residential real estate broker and property manager. Ben joined the Board in 2016 and serves on the Finance Committee. Ben has twins daughters, who are current students at York School.
  • Heather Oliver

    is the parent of a current York student as well as a recent graduate. 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 Philanthropy Committee and she also serves on the Strategic Design Committee.
  • Kenneth Scates

    practiced architecture in Texas before moving to Monterey. Kenneth is the president and owner of HGHB Architects with a diverse but specialized professional experience in the design of educational facilities. He joined the Board in 2021 and is the Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
  • 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 Design Committee.
  • Eddie Takashima '89

    was born in Santa Clara and raised in Salinas, Eddie learned to appreciate local agriculture at an early age having spent much of his youth helping at his family’s nursery. After receiving his BS in Business Marketing from University of Southern California, he returned to the area and worked for two prominent grower/shippers in various capacities from sales/marketing, business analyst, and category management. Today, Eddie works for Alco Water Corp. as Director of Procurement and Acquisitions. Eddie joined the Board in 2021 and serves on the Philanthropy 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 Advocacy's Board of Directors. She joined the Board in 2019 and serves on the Committee on Trustees.


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  • Marylin 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 as advisor to the Finance Committee.
  • 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 serves as advisor to the Philanthropy Committee, and is the Chair of the Diversity Committee.
  • Gary Ray

    Past Chair, parent of two York graduates, is a lawyer and partner with Ottone Leach & Ray LLP in Salinas. Gary has served as Secretary of the Board, and was Chair of the Committee on Trustees and the Audit Committee. He joined the board in 2011, and is the advisor to the Audit Committee.
  • Kathleen Scarr

    parent of two York alumni, is the former CFO for Growers Express and related entities. She spent many years in public accounting, and joined the Board in 2015. Kathleen is the advisor to the Finance Committee.


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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 Philanthropy 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.


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  • Alfred Diaz-Infante

    parent of a 2016 York graduate, President & CEO of Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc., (CHISPA) and CHISPA Housing Management, Inc. (CHMI) passed away abruptly in August, 2021. Alfred was kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. Those who knew him experienced his ability to calmly approach challenging problems with clear-headed decision making.
    As a York trustee, he served many years as the chair of the Committee on Trustees, recruiting talented board members to our school. He gave insightful guidance based on his business and housing development background about campus construction projects. Furthermore, he cared deeply about York’s mission to create a diverse community of creative, independent thinkers by championing York in the Salinas community.

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