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Below is a list of members of the administration, staff, and faculty at Sacramento Country Day. To locate a Country Day employee, click on the drop-down menus below to search by department or last name. Clicking on a faculty or staff member’s name creates an email to that person.

This list must not be used by any person or organization to circularize, or otherwise solicit, the persons included in this list for any purpose, except by the specific permission of Sacramento Country Day School.

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Angela Donlan

After growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduating from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, Angela moved west to attend UC Davis Law. She is an attorney with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with an expertise in natural resource law. Angela joined the board two years ago, and she and her husband, Rob, have two children at Country Day.

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John Gudebski

John joined the board of trustees ten years ago and has chaired the buildings and grounds committee for much of that time. John grew up in Vacaville, received his bachelor’s in international relations from the University of California at Davis, and his law degree from UC Hastings Law.

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Sang Kim

Sang was born in Jinju, South Korea. The family moved to Sacramento and Sang attended Country Day for his middle school years and first two years of high school. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and his law degree from McGeorge School of Law. He works at Katz Kirkpatrick Properties, a land development company. He and his wife, Shayna, have a daughter attending the lower school.

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Grove Nichols

Grove’s Country Day board tenure is extensive, serving as a trustee from 1987-1994, board president from 1991-94, and returning to the board in 2010 as treasurer. Raised on Long Island, Grove graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont where he majored in English and played varsity ice hockey. His ice hockey career continues with a regular Sunday morning game on a men’s team. He received his MBA from Stanford with a concentration in finance.

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Drew Petersen

Drew is a Californian – born in Lafayette and educated at Cal State Chico (BS in finance and economics), and UC Davis (MBA). His work is with Strada Investment Group in real estate investment and development. Drew is a former WNBA coach for the Sacramento Kings (Monarchs) and the Portland Trailblazer organizations. Drew and Grace’s daughter is a Country Day high school student.

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Julie Sloat
Vice President

Julie grew up in Sacramento, attended La Sierra High School and CSU Sacramento, and earned a law degree from McGeorge School of Law. She is a veteran of Desert Storm and operated a KC-135 boom for the 940th air refueling reserve unit. Julie’s work experience includes public relations for PG&E, law and public policy for the California Cable TV association, and general counsel for Nationwide Health Plans of California.

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Kelley Taber ‘84
President

After graduating from Sacramento Country Day, Kelley attended Harvard University, where she was captain of the varsity swim team and graduated magna cum laude with a major in East Asian Studies. She returned to California for law school at the University of California, Davis. Kelley is an attorney in private practice specializing in land use and natural resource law.  She is the mother of two baseball players, both SCDS students, and a devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan, as well as a former Little League president.

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Stan Van Vleck

Born in Reno and raised in Sacramento, Stan earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a JD from McGeorge School of Law. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, a partner and chairman of the city’s largest law firm, a lobbyist, and a cattle rancher.

The family ranch is looking forward to the year 2056, when it will celebrate its 200th year of running their ranching business in Northern California. Stan and his wife, Nicole, have two high school students at Country Day.

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Steve Edwards

Steve is the owner/CEO of The Edwards Company, specializing in commercial real estate. Originally from southern California, Steve spent many years in Boston and is a devoted Red Sox fan. He returned to the Sacramento area for college at Sacramento State and has worked in the real estate field for several decades. Steve is a former co-president and vice president of the board of trustees, and he and his wife Cynthia are the parents of a Country Day graduate and a high school student.

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Rohitesh Chand

Rohitesh was born in Suva, Fiji Island, and his family moved to the States when he was seven. They originally settled in Los Angeles and later moved to Sacramento to be closer to family. Rohitesh earned his bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State and is an owner and transportation broker for Landmark Logistics, a trucking/transportation company headquartered in Folsom. Rohitesh is an active soccer player on a men’s over-40 recreational team and coaches his children’s competitive teams. He and Sandee have three children at SCDS.

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Billy Downing ‘98

Billy Downing is a proud Sacramento native who attended Sacramento Country Day School and Jesuit. After high school, Billy obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his graduate degree from the University of San Francisco before returning back home. His extensive non-profit board experience includes working with Wind Youth Services, Positive Coaching Alliance, San Juan Education Foundation, and the YMCA of Superior California. Billy and his wife Jessaca have two children, Costa and Korina, and live in Sierra Oaks.

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Loren Kaye

Loren grew up in Del Mar, in north San Diego County, and attended UC San Diego, graduating with a bachelor’s in political science. He is president of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, a think tank affiliated with the California Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Cassie Gilson, have a daughter in the lower school at Country Day.

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Lee Mahla

Lee has spent time in many parts of the United States: she was born in New York, grew up in Greendale, WI, and Easton, PA, attended Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, and has lived in Chapel Hill, NC, and Los Angeles. Lee is a realtor with Coldwell Banker, as well as the owner of RightSize Your Move, a senior move management company. Lee and her husband Chip’s two children both attended SCDS.

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Louay Owaidat

Louay is the president of Great Lakes Environmental & Infrastructure and on the board of advisors for CSUS’ College of Engineering and Computer Science. Louay attended high school in Beirut and college in the United States.

Along with his board of trustee service, Louay’s interest in soccer translates into his board membership on the Union FC soccer club, as well as his association with Sac Republic FC. Louay and Maya are the parents of three SCDS students: two graduates and one in middle school.

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Patrice Ratinoff

Patrice was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in business administration and accounting. She moved north after her apartment was declared off limits following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Patrice’s career path has taken her from an accountant with Ernst & Young to marketing and sales at Tiffany & Co., and Baume and Mercier.

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Emily Stephenson

Emily was born in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s in sociology and a double minor in European history and physics/biology. She is retired from her position as a senior executive producer at the Intel Corporation and currently is the managing director of Stephenson Medical Consulting, Inc. She and her husband, Topher, have two children at Country Day, a daughter in middle school and a son in lower school.

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Jeremy Burr
Treasurer

Jeremy left his home state of New York to attend Williams College in Massachusetts, where he graduated with a double major in astrophysics and economics. He spent a year studying at the London School of Economics, and then returned to Massachusetts to earn his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Jeremy is a founding partner of Spotlight Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on acquiring software and technology-enabled service companies headquartered in the United States.

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Francis Zhang

Francis was born in Shanghai, China, lived in Philadelphia, and calls Sacramento home. His undergraduate work was in mechanical engineering and his MBA is from Rowan University in New Jersey. He is the president and CEO of Promptar, Ltd., a business based in Elk Grove which involves space technology, particularly for the thermal protection coating of flying objects, and optical components for sensors and electronic systems.

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Lindsey Sackheim
Secretary

Born in Portland, Oregon, Lindsey grew up in Northern California and attended the University of Southern California, where she received a bachelor’s in communications. Her successful fundraising skills are evident in her work in the community: she co-created Luxe for Life benefitting the Sacramento Children’s Home and directed the Chip in Fore Charity golf events, which raised funds for local children’s non-profits.

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Federico Alpizar
Middle School Spanish

B.A., Glion University (Switzerland); M.A. Ithaca College

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Bruce Baird
High School History

B.S., Texas A & M University; Teaching Credential, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; M.A., College of William & Mary; Ph.D., University of Florida

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Jane Batarseh
World Language Department Chair
High School Latin

B.A., Principia College; M.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Jane Stroup Bauman
Director of College Counseling
High School English

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Georgetown University

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Ron Bell
English Department Chair
High School English
High School Art History

B.A., M.A., California State University, Fresno; Ph.D., University of California, Davis

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Elena Rodriguez Bennett
Lower School Music

B.A., Cornell University; M.Div., Yale University (Divinity School); M.A. California State University, Sacramento

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Brian Billings
Middle School Latin

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

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Lonna Bloedau
Director of Admission

B.A., California State University Sacramento

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Cameron Bohn
Assistant to the Head of Lower School

B.A., University of Colorado; B.S., Montana State University

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Kelley Brown
Learning Specialist

B.A., Loyola Marymount University; M.A., St. Mary’s College

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Victoria Conner
High School Chemistry

B.A., Mt. Holyoke College; M.S., High School Education: J.D., Widener University School of Law

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Andy Cunningham
Middle and High School Art

B.A., Menlo College; M.A. Hunter College

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Richard Day
High School French

B.A., University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., University of California, Berkeley

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Julie Didion
High School Ceramics & Sculpture

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Barbara Fackenthall Tash
Pre-Kindergarten

Early Children Education Certificate, Sacramento City College

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Tucker Foehl
Assistant Head of School

B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., M.Phil. Yale University

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Gretchen Fogelstrom
Fifth Grade

B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., University of Oregon; M.S. School for International Training

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Brian Frishman
Theater Director
Middle and High School Drama

B.A., California State University,Sonoma; M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Teaching Certificate, University of California, San Diego

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Jane Gillette
Second Grade

B.S., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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Cade Grunst
Middle School Science

B.S., University of California, Davis

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Anita Kassel
Third Grade

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Felecia Keys
Lower School Music
Grades 5-12 Orchestra, Chamber Music, Choir

B.A., Patten University; M.S., California State University, Chico

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Robin Kren
First Grade

B.S., Oakland University; M.S., Wheelock College

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Jason Kreps
Physical Education

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Kathryn LaComb
Middle School English

B.A., St. Lawrence University; M.Ed., Harvard University

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Lauren LaMay
Middle School English Coordinator, Middle School English

B.A., Princeton University; M.A., Brown University; M.Ed., Harvard University

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Whitney Little
Sixth Grade English & History

B.S., North Carolina State University; M.A., University of South Carolina

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Sandy Lyon
Head of Middle School
Middle School History

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed., University of La Verne

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Glenn Mangold
High School Calculus
High School Physics

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; California Teaching Credential

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Donna Manning
Pre-Kindergarten

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

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Kristi Mathisen
Third Grade

B.A., California State University, Northridge; M.Ed, California State University, Sacramento

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Laura Steele Monahan
Middle School Mathematics

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

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Susan Gorton Nellis
High School History Department Chair
High School History

B.A., Whittier College; Teaching Credential, University of California, Davis

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Daniel Neukom
High School History

B.A., M.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of Chicago

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Ines Ochoa
World Language, Lower School Spanish

B.A., University of California, Davis; Teaching Credential, Chapman University

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Maya Pelle
Middle School Spanish

B.A., University of California, Davis; Teaching Credential, St. Mary’s College

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Maura Ryan (‘02) Perotti
First Grade

B.S. Santa Clara University; M.A., Santa Clara University

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Patricia Portillo
High School Spanish

B.A., University of California, Irvine; M.A., University of California, Riverside; PhD, Temple University

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Alison Rashid
Middle School French

B.A., Knox University; M.A., L’Université de Franche-Comté

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Pat Reynolds
Life Skills Counselor

B.S., Cleveland State University; M.Ed., Cleveland State University

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Sue Ryan
Lower School Librarian

B.A., Cardinal Stritch College; M.S., California State University, Fullerton

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Denise Scruggs
Middle School Mathematics

B.A., Saint Leo College (FL); M.S., Old Dominion University (VA)

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Julie Shanks
Lower School Arts

B.S., California State University, Sacramento

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Sarah Song
Kindergarten

B.A., California State University, Sacramento

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Bill Stainbrook
Physical Education Faculty

B.S., California Polytechnic University, San Lois Obispo

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Wayne Strumpfer
High School Mock Trial

B.A., California State University, Sacramento;
J.D., McGeorge School of Law

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Elissa Thomas
High School Computer Science and Mathematics

B.S., Arizona State University; M.S., Arizona State University

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Lee Thomsen
Head of School

B.A., Harvard University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University

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Christy Vail
Head of Lower School

B.A., California State University San Francisco

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Dana Vargo
Associate Director of Admission

B.A., University of the Pacific; M.A., University of the Pacific

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Brooke Wells
Head of High School

B.A., Haverford College; M.Ed Michigan State University

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Amy Nelson Wells ’98
Alumni Director
Development Coordinator

B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., University of California, Davis

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Doug Whited
Middle School Science

B.A., University of California, Davis

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Carolyn Woolf
Director of Advancement

B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A, Indiana University

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Tibby Wroten ’01
Lower School Librarian

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; MLIS, San Jose State University

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John Yu
Fifth Grade

B.S., University of Delaware