Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees at Drew have been behind many of the wonderful changes that this school has seen as it has evolved over the decades. Thanks to the experience they bring from a variety of backgrounds – and their willingness to give a significant amount of time, expertise, and generosity to Drew – this group has made a ready difference. Chaired by Mona Lessing Harroch and including Sam Cuddeback, Head of School, this Board has plans for continuing its trajectory towards excellence. Joining Drew’s Board this year are current Drew parents, an alumnus, and alum parent, and a friend of the school.
Alexandria (Ali) Albers is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and leads Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in Northern California. She is a 30-year veteran of Morgan Stanley having worked in various roles in New York, London, and Hong Kong in areas including institutional equity, capital markets and firm management. Ali and her daughter, Grace (Drew ’13), have lived in San Francisco since 2006.
In addition to her activities at Drew, Ali has been involved in the local chapters of various organizations including the Red Cross, American Heart Association and the International Women’s Forum and was voted in 2008 and 2009 as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. She has a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University. She is an enthusiastic runner, tennis player and enjoys a good game of table tennis.
Dave Carey is a Managing Director of Oppenheimer & Company's Private client group. He has been with Oppenheimer since 1987 serving as a research analyst and director of marketing in the merger arbitrage group (1989 – 1992), head of the Private and Corporate Services Group in New York ('92 – '95)and branch manager of the Private Client Group in San Francisco ('95 – '02). Dave received his undergraduate education @ SUNY Buffalo and earned his Certified Investment Management Analyst designation thru study at U Penn's Wharton School.
Dave and his wife Kathy moved to San Francisco in 1995 and have three daughters: Lea (Drew '10), Sasha (Drew '14) and Georgia (Burke's '13). Dave served as Co-Chairman of the Burke's Dash annual fundraiser for 3 years.
Sam Cuddeback, Head of School
Sam joined the Board of Trustees six months before he began his Headship in 1991. He has seen Drew grow from 100 students to its current 270, all of whom are enjoying our beautiful new campus including our new multi-purpose theater and classroom building as of the spring of 2011. Sam currently serves on the Joint Accreditation Research Committee for CAIS, having recently served on the Executive Committees of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Bay Area Teachers Development Collaborative (BATDC). He recently completed a term of nine years on the Town School for Boys' Board of Trustees. He is active in his Dartmouth Class of 1971's activities, serving as co-Head Agent. At Drew he advises a twelfth grade cohort, and attends as many games and performances as possible!
Sam and his wife Meg have two daughters, Sara and Tali. Both attended Katherine Delmar Burke School; one is in the class of 2013 at Drew and the other, an alum of Drew, now attends Bates. Sam enjoys writing in his journal, reading and discussing books with Drew School parents and guardians, among others. On the weekends he is training to become the next Lance Armstrong.
Mona Lessing Harroch, Board Chair
Mona Lessing Harroch completed her fifth year on the Drew Board, and has been a member of the Trustees and Development Committees. She is a former President of the Parents & Guardians Association, and also chaired the Annual Fundraiser in 2007. From 2002-2005, Mona served on the Board of Trustees of Schools of the Sacred Heart, and was concurrent President of the Parents Association. Mona holds a B.A. and M.A. from The George Washington University, and was a Sales/Marketing Manager for LEXIS/NEXIS for many years.
Mona is married to Richard Harroch, a venture capitalist, corporate attorney, and author. Their daughter Leslie is a 2009 alumna, and currently attends the University of Oregon. Their son is a hip hop music producer and sound engineer. Her main interests include traveling, going to movies, the SF Ballet, H2O aerobics and Pilates classes, walks at Crissy Field and reading wildly eclectic selections with her Book Club.
James C. Hormel, Jr.
James C. Hormel, Jr. (Jimmy) is President/CEO of Equidex, Inc., a company which manages venture, real estate, and stock portfolio investments. Eqiudex also manages two charitable foundations. Aside from his business experience, he has a background in music and has produced several CD’s. He serves on the boards of:
• OluKai Inc., a premium ocean lifestyle footwear company
• The Hut Foundation, a charitable foundation
• SF Jazz
Previous Board Participation:
• Scharffen Berger Chocolate
• Budda Amplification
• The Bay Delta Center
Personal interests are playing the saxophone, writing and recording music, surfing, & sailing. Jimmy joined the Drew Board in 2007. He was Co-Chair the New Roots Capital Campaign from June 2008 to June 2010. He is married to Kathy, and has a son who is a graduate of Drew attending Connecticut College, and a daughter in the class of 2014 at Drew.
Molly Huffman joined Children's Day School as Head of School in 2010 with more than 20 years of distinguished experience in preschool, elementary and middle school education, including particular expertise in curriculum and teacher development. Prior to joining CDS, Molly was Head of School at The Children's School in La Jolla, California for nine years. While Head at The Children's School, Molly secured the school's first long-term lease of its site and completed its first significant upgrade of school facilities. Molly previously served as Head of School at the Touchstone School in Lake Oswego, Oregon and Assistant Head and Division Head at the French American International School in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Scripps College with a B.A. in history and international relations, Molly also holds an M.P.A. in public and educational administration from Lewis & Clark College and has teaching and administrative credentials from the State of Oregon. Molly comes from a family of educators: her great-grandfather was superintendent of the Portland public schools and her mother was Vice Provost of Oregon Health Sciences University. She has two adult children, Michael, who owns a restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and Brooke, who is a lawyer in Austin, Texas.
Maria Mohiuddin Verjee is the co-founder and Partner of Johal & Mohiuddin, LLP, a boutique law firm in downtown San Francisco. The firm was founded in 1996 and includes areas of practice in Corporate, Mortgage Banking, Immigration law and Litigation. Maria has lived in San Francisco since 1983 and graduated from Drew in 1988. Maria earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from University of San Francisco School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Maria is also on the Board of Directors of Operation USA, a privately-funded relief organization that helps alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world and provides material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development. Maria is a new member of the Board of Trustees at Drew. She lives with her husband Tabreez, a venture capitalist, and their son Zaydan.
Kathryn MortonKathryn is a former President of the Drew P/GA, and huge fan of everything Drew has to offer. She and her husband, Jack Hursh, are parents of Michael, a 2010 Drew graduate and now at Tufts University, and Meredith, a recent UC Davis graduate. Kathryn and her family live on the Peninsula where she has been an active volunteer for educational and charitable causes for the past two decades. Kathryn earned a degree in education from the University of Southern California and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles and Tucson, Arizona. After earning her law degree, Kathryn served in various capacities with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a staff attorney, judges' law clerk and circuit executive staff member with the as well as an Assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. When she's not volunteering, you will usually find Kathryn at a soccer, baseball or basketball game.
Janis Nakamura Mysona
Janis and her husband, David Mysona, are parents of Abigail, (Drew '12), and Hannah, at UW Seattle (Drew '09). A San Francisco native, Janis earned her BA degree from UC San Diego and has worked as a writer and editor for several consumer publications, including Sunset Magazine. Janis has previously served on the parent board of Clarendon Alternative Elementary School, where her children attended the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program. Janis was the President of the PGA for the 2011-2012 academic year and Co-President the year before.
Marcy was born and raised on the east coast and graduated with a B. S. in Finance from Lehigh University She worked as a foreign exchange and commodities trader for several major international financial institutions based in New York. Since moving to San Francisco with her family, Marcy has fine tuned her skills as a habitual and lifelong parent association volunteer, serving as Drew's PGA Co- President in the 2010-2011 year. She has also served as a board member of both the East Bay Agency for Children and the Montclair Soccer Club as well as President of the Child Assault Prevention Training Centers Auxiliary. Marcy is the parent of a Drew Alum ('11) and serving her second year on the board. She and her family are avid soccer enthusiasts and love to travel.
Kelvin is the Assistant Dean at the U.C. Berkeley, School of Public Health. Previously, he was a Director, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel or Interim Chief Executive Officer at the San Francisco Health Plan, Alameda Alliance for Health, Public Health Institute, and Chinese Hospital. He has a particular interest in cultural competency, language access and the elimination of disparities in health care. He’s served on many community boards in health advocacy, youth programs, elderly services and historic preservation. Kelvin earned his law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law; his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history from Northwestern University. He and his wife Karen have 3 children. Their oldest, Katie, is Drew Alum ("11).
Jerome Sapiro, Jr.
Jerry Sapiro is sole proprietor of The Sapiro Law Firm. He handles a wide variety of business litigation cases; legal ethics matters; and estate planning, probate, and trust administration. He serves on the State Bar Commission for Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct. He served as Chair, State Bar Litigation Section (currently an advisor to that Section); member, State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice; Chair, San Francisco Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee; President, San Francisco Lawyers’ Club and St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco. Jerry graduated from the University of California (1963) and Hastings College of the Law (1966). He retired from the Army in 1968, after service in Vietnam, and has been active in veterans’ affairs in San Francisco. Jerry was Drew’s Board Chair from 1988 to 2002. He is a third generation San Franciscan, and two of his daughters graduated from Drew. Jerry’s grandfather led the San Francisco Municipal Band for decades.
Lee Seward is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Group. Currently he is Head of West Coast Institutional Markets Equity Sales. Mr. Seward joined the Firm in 1987 and has been active in sales & trading for the past 23 years. He lives in San Francisco and is married to Ruth Ann Seward; they have two children. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of Drew School and is on the Advisory Board of the Omega Boys Club. Mr. Seward graduated with an M.B.A from the Darden School of the University of Virginia, and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University.
Denis is a partner in the law firm of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, and specializes in real estate related matters. He is a 1978 graduate of Stanford University and received his law degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1981. A San Francisco native, Denis has served on a number of community boards, and currently is President of San Francisco Little League and the Stanford Rugby Foundation. Denis and his wife, Julie, have a daughter at Katherine Delmar Burke School and a son at Town School. In his spare time, Denis enjoys training with Sam Cuddeback on long bike rides.
Valerie is an Owner's Representative/Project Manager for facilities planning and construction projects. For more than 15 years, she has worked with various independent schools throughout San Francisco to secure entitlements, develop architect plans, project budgets, funding strategies and represent the owner's interests during construction. Her prior work experience at Stanford University was as an Assistant Provost for Facilities Planning and Associate Athletic Director for Business and Operations. Valerie lives in San Carlos and is married to Robert Porter. Their son, Nathan, is entering high school in the fall. Valerie was actively involved as a parent volunteer at Nathan's elementary school where she earned an Honorary Service Award. This is Valerie's first board experience
Laura grew up on the East Coast and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration major marketing from Drexel University. Laura is currently earning a masters certification in Intuition Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine®. Laura has worked in the advertising industry. She moved with her family around the country and is grateful we settled in San Francisco. Both daughters attended Katherine Del Mar Burke where Laura held various volunteer positions. She has volunteered as a mentor at The Marin Woman Hall of Fame. Ashley is an alum from (The Marin School '10) and is currently attending Eugene Lang which is part of the New School in NYC. Amber Drew('14). Laura was PGA VP for 2011-2012 school year and will be President of PGA for 2012-2013. Main interests include traveling, going to the movies, asthanga yoga, broadway shows, kids sports, hiking and reading.
Karena is President of AP Tech, a manufacturing company, which is a subsidiary of SMC. AP Tech sells high purity components to the semiconductor and photo-voltaic industry. Karena is married to Jeff Bacciocco and they currently have a son and a daughter (Drew '14 and '12)- both having graduated from St. Mark's School in San Rafael. Karena has previously served on the board of Saint Marks School in San Rafael and the Napa Valley College Foundation.