Board of Trustees

Overview

Board of Trustees

The members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers from the community who support the mission of Country Day. The Board is responsible for the hiring and support of the Head of School and for leadership in broad policy issues. The Board is accountable for the fiscal health of the school. Board members, who serve three-year renewable terms, meet regularly throughout each year of service. If you are interested learning more about the Board of Trustees, please contact the Board President or the Head of School.

The members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers from the community who support the mission of Country Day. The Board is responsible for the hiring and support of the Head of School and for leadership in broad policy issues. The Board is accountable for the fiscal health of the school. Board members, who serve three-year renewable terms, meet regularly throughout each year of service. If you are interested learning more about the Board of Trustees, please contact the Board President or the Head of School.

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Roxanne Elliott
President

Roxanne works for homebuilder Elliott Homes. A California native, she attended middle and high school in Sacramento, college in Los Angeles, and graduate school in Monterey. She spent over ten years as a teacher and translator in Italy, Germany, France, and Japan before returning to the US with her husband, Antonio Falcone. The couple’s two children attend Country Day. Roxanne joined the board in July 2017.

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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.

Julie joined the Country Day board in 2015-16 and started her term as president in 2017-18. She is a successful fundraiser for local non-profits and has served on many non-profit boards. She and husband, Kevin, have two children.

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Melinda Levy-Storms
Treasurer

Melinda Levy-Storms is counsel for the law firm Robards & Sterns, PC. 

She began her career with FedEx, where she started in customer service and ended in senior management after 16 years. While still with FedEx, Melinda attended McGeorge School of Law and subsequently joined the Weintraub Tobin Law Firm as an associate attorney.  In 2004, Melinda joined the Niello Company as in-house counsel where she combined her passions for leadership, business, and sales. Her role at the Niello Company also encompassed HR, compliance, and risk mitigation for all areas of the company. 

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Kate Kaufman
Secretary

Kate Kaufman graduated from University of San Francisco with a B.S. in Nursing. Kate spent the majority of her career in the ICU at Stanford until relocating to the Sacramento area in 2006.  Since moving, Kate and her husband, Dave, have built and run a successful plastic surgery practice in Folsom, where she continues to work in the operating room and manage the practice.  

Kate and her husband Dave have three children that attend Country Day.

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Manish Aggarwal

Manish Aggarwal

Dr. Manish Aggarwal is a  Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, currently working in a private practice setting in Folsom. 

He completed his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2013, where he also was the Chief Fellow in his second year of training. After graduation, he joined the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Child & Adolescent psychiatry as an attending where he worked in pediatric inpatient unit from 2013 to 2015 before moving to Sacramento.

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Jeb Burton

Jeb is the Managing Principal of the Burton Law Firm, a mid-sized boutique firm with offices in Sacramento, Roseville and San Francisco. Jeb completed his undergraduate and graduate studies from the University of the Pacific, and his juris doctorate from the University of California Davis. He is a certified specialist in both tax law and trusts, wills and estate law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Jeb practice ranges from local to international and focuses on advising high net-worth families, closely held businesses, and non-profit entities.

He and his wife, Julianna, have two children that attend at Country Day.

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Norman Colb

Norm Colb received a BA from Brandeis University and his MAT degree from Harvard. He went on to teach English and then serve as the director of Language Arts and English, K-12, in Brookline, MA. Following his years in Brookline, he was the assistant superintendent for curriculum in Newton, MA, and then, for ten years, was the superintendent of schools in Mamaroneck, NY. From1993 until 2013 he was the head of Menlo School in Atherton and, before retiring, spent four years as the head of Reno’s Sage Ridge School.

He enjoys retirement more than he had expected, while his wife Susan, as busy as ever, spends much of her time supporting youngsters in the foster system.

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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.

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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 two Country Day graduates.

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Ben Gumpert

Ben Gumpert is the President & Chief Operating Officer of Sacramento Republic FC. In his role, Ben oversees the full range of Republic FC’s operations and leads the effort to bring MLS to Sacramento under the direction of ownership, including oversight of all business and soccer operations for the club since 2017 as well as a focus on prospective MLS operations and new stadium development.  Sacramento Republic FC has set records across its league in sales, attendance, retail and marketing categories and has reached the playoffs in every season. 

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Amy L. Johnson ‘95

Amy Johnson is the Co-Founder and CFO of SkyLine Scaffold, Inc., a Sacramento-based family-owned scaffolding company.  Currently, she is President of the Scaffold and Access Industry Association Education Foundation, a 501c3, and a member of Vistage International, Inc., a CEO Peer Advisory Board.

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Christopher Levermore

Christopher Levermore a California transplant from Richmond, VA received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University,  a Master of Science from DePaul University and Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He is currently working with Sodexo as a District Manager responsible for the overall financial accountability for the food service program within schools located in the California Central Valley Region.

He and his wife Renee, have two children attending Country Day School. 

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Barbara MacAulay Ore

In her 34 years as an employee at Country Day, Barbara MacAulay Ore worked as a pre-kindergarten assistant, sixth grade teacher, counselor, director of admissions and development, interim head of school, head of the lower and middle schools, and associate head of school.  She received Country Day’s Francie Tidey Award for Excellence in Education in 2005.

In 2006, she officially retired but has remained active in the Country Day community, serving as the coordinator for Country Day’s Grands and Friends association. Her two grandchildren attend Country Day.

Barbara joined the board of trustees in 2018.

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Jenna Magan

Jenna is a partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and specializes in municipal bond financings for public entities and 501(c)(3) organizations. She grew up in Visalia, California, where her family had a trucking and farming business, then moved to Southern California to attend UCLA.  She and spouse, Luke, have two children who attend Country Day.

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Louay Owaidat

Louay Owaidat was the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Magnus Pacific Corporation, a national environmental and infrastructure construction company with headquarters in Sacramento and offices in Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Salt Lake City, UT; and Brielle, NJ. As President of Magnus Pacific, he oversaw the planning, operations, development, marketing and finances of the company and provided input to design, planning, and execution of complex geotechnical, specialty civil and remediation projects at sites nationwide. Mr. Owaidat founded and managed Magnus Pacific Corporation (President and CEO) which grew to be a national leader in the infrastructure and environmental fields before being acquired by Great Lakes in November 2014.

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Tepring Piquado, Ph.D. (‘97)

Tepring Piquado, Ph.D. (‘97) is a proud alumna of Sacramento Country Day School and former high school and middle school teacher. After graduating from Country Day, she went to Georgetown where she received a B.S. in computer science, then Brandeis where she received a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Currently, Tepring spends time in Sacramento working as chief policy director at California Issues Forum, and in Los Angeles as a policy researcher at RAND Corporation and professor of ethics at Pardee RAND Graduate School. 

At California Issues Forum, Tepring provides advisory guidance and analysis on active bills and major issues being considered by state legislators. At RAND, she leads projects that provide evidence-based guidance to federal, state and local decision-makers. She has published across a wide range of topics including traumatic brain injury, emerging technologies, human-machine systems, DNA sequencing, and military workforce transitions. 

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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 a son who attends Country Day.

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Winnie Ward (‘81)

Winnie Ward is a founding partner of the law firm of Stewart, Ward and Josephson, LLP.  She specializes in commercial real estate transactions.  Winnie represents institutional tenant clients throughout the United States, as well as real estate developers in Sacramento and the Bay Area. 

Winnie attended County Day from the 1st through 12th grades, graduating in 1981.  She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law. Winnie previously served on the boards of The Friendship Club, a Nevada City-based nonprofit group dedicated to providing services for girls in sixth through twelfth grades, Sierra Forever Families (now Stanford Sierra Youth & Families) and ACRE (the Association of Commercial Real Estate). Winnie and her husband, Dale, own MindWinder Aviation, an aerial firefighting company based in Reno, Nevada. 

In their spare time, Winnie and Dale spend time with and serve at the beck and call of their animals – three cats and a dog.

General information

Honorary Trustees
Founding Trustees in Memoriam

  • Baxter Geeting
  • Herbert H. Matthews
  • Nancy O’Neil
  • James O’Neil