Board of Trustees

Overview

Board of Trustees

The members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers, the majority of them parents of Country Day students. The Board is responsible for the hiring and support of the Head of School and for leadership in broad policy issues and fundraising. The Board is accountable for the fiscal health of the school. Board members typically serve three-year terms and are expected to participate on two committees. The Board and most committees meet monthly throughout the year. If you are interested in being considered as a trustee, please contact the Board President or the Head of School for an application.

The members of the Board of Trustees are volunteers, the majority of them parents of Country Day students. The Board is responsible for the hiring and support of the Head of School and for leadership in broad policy issues and fundraising. The Board is accountable for the fiscal health of the school. Board members typically serve three-year terms and are expected to participate on two committees. The Board and most committees meet monthly throughout the year. If you are interested in being considered as a trustee, please contact the Board President or the Head of School for an application.

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Julie Sloat
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 a son in the Country Day Middle School and a daughter who attends St. Francis High School. 

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Jenna Magan
Vice President

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, one in middle school at Country Day and one in high school.

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Loren Kaye
Treasurer

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 middle school at Country Day.

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Angela Donlan
Secretary

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 three years ago, and she and her husband, Rob, have two children – a middle school student at Country Day and a high school student.

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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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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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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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Roxanne Elliott

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 SCDS. Roxanne joined the board in July 2017.

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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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Kate Kaufman

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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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, Hannah and Charlotte, attend Country Day.

Barbara joined the board of trustees in 2018.

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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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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.

She retired from her most recent position as a fundraising consultant with Lester Consulting Group and is currently involved as a community volunteer. Patrice and her husband, Eric, have two children in middle school at Country Day.

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Lokesh Sikaria

Lokesh Sikaria is the managing partner at Moneta Ventures, a Venture Capital firm, based in Folsom, California. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in electrical engineering and computer science, Lokesh started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco. He later worked as COO at Rapidigm and was the founding CEO at Sparta Consulting prior to starting Moneta Ventures. He and his wife, Chanda, are the parents of two daughters, both SCDS alumnae.

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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 in middle school at Country Day.

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Kelley Taber ‘84
Past 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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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.

General information

Board of Trustees, 2018-19

 

  • Julie Sloat, President
  • Jenna Magan, Vice President
  • Loren Kaye, Treasurer
  • Angela Donlan, Secretary
  • Manish Aggarwal
  • Billy Downing ‘98
  • Steve Edwards
  • Roxanne Elliott
  • Amy Johnson ‘95
  • Kate Kaufman
  • Barbara MacAulay Ore
  • Louay Owaidat
  • Patrice Ratinoff
  • Lokesh Sikaria
  • Emily Stephenson
  • Kelley Taber ’84
  • Francis Zhang
General information

Honorary Trustees

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

** Deceased