BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees of Marymount has the ultimate responsibility for the establishment of school policy, which is then implemented by the administration. In addition, the Board oversees the financial operations of the school and raises funds necessary for the school’s operation and future development. The Board is made up of members chosen from past and present parents, alumni, and persons whose expertise will be of value to the school. The Head of School and the President(s) of the Marymount Parent Council serve as ex-officio members of the Board.


Trustee Biographies



Tom Rogers, President & Executive Committee Chair

Tom Rogers has 35 years of experience in public accounting and multinational corporate taxation.  He retired from Apple in 2012 after 24 years, the last 15 of which he was the Head of the Tax Department and a member of the senior finance team reporting to the CFO. In this position, he had overall responsibility for global strategic tax planning, compliance, tax audits and accounting for income taxes, as well as management of a multinational tax team. Prior to joining Apple, he was a tax manager at Arthur Young & Co. in San Jose (one of the former “Big Eight” national accounting firms) where he provided tax consulting services to various corporate and individual clients in Silicon Valley.  Early in his career, he worked for two local CPA firms where his experience included audits of businesses and nonprofit organizations, individual and corporate tax preparation, and financial statement compilations and reviews for closely-held businesses. He is a California CPA (retired) and earned an MBA from California State University, Los Angeles. Tom grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. and since coming to California he has lived in Pasadena and San Jose. He and his wife, Charmaine, moved to Santa Barbara in 2012. They have two grandchildren at Marymount (classes of 2019 and 2021). 



Vijay Sharma, Vice President

Vijay Sharma has a rich background and a successful track record in working with and building high-growth technology companies specializing in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) markets including working with the early market leader, Open Text(r) Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX). Vijay is currently the VP of Sales & Business Development at Syntergy – a game-changing leader in data moving, synchronization, security, business process, and storage management solutions for the ECM markets.



Vijay and his wife Megan moved to Santa Barbara from San Francisco in 2008 to raise their daughter Simran (Class of 2020) in Santa Barbara's unique community. Since becoming a member of the Marymount Community, Vijay has served on the Marymount Development, Investment, Annual Golf Tournament and Executive Committees. Vijay was born in Kenya, educated in the United Kingdom, and has a background in Computer Science. Prior to relocating to Santa  Barbara, Vijay worked in the high tech industry for 15+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Allyson Ross, Secretary

Allyson Ross joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and has over 20 years of global Human Resource Management experience, specializing in Strategic Planning, Organization Effectiveness, Executive Development, Diversity/Inclusion, and Change Leadership. 

Allyson graduated with a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point where she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swimming and Crew teams. She also holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  After serving as an Officer in the U.S. Army, she moved on to the private sector as a Manufacturing leader and then an HR executive for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  She is currently a self-employed HR Consultant.

Allyson is the proud mom of Amber, Class of 2021.  She volunteers on several Marymount committees including Auction, Book Fair, and Religion.  She is a community volunteer and supports various religious, Veterans and youth organizations.  She is also a member of the Service Academy Selection Board for Congresswoman Brownley. 

Raised in Maine, Allyson lived throughout the United States before settling in Santa Barbara with her husband and college sweetheart, John in 2013.  She loves reading, attempting to cook and being a taxi driver for Amber’s extra-curricular activities. In their free time, her family can be found enjoying the beach.


Nicholas Thatcher, Treasurer

Nicholas Thacher grew up on the campus of an independent boarding school in Southern California founded by his grandfather in 1881. An honors graduate of Yale University, he received an M.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford University, and taught high school English for eight years at the Dunn School in California. For 39 years he served as headmaster of five independent schools in California, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, where he served as head of New Canaan Country School for 21 years.

In the course of his 21 years in Connecticut, he served on the board of the Horizons Program at NCCS, and he has subsequently continued his involvement as a member of the Horizons National Board, which supports programs serving thousands of economically disadvantaged children and families across the United States. He is also a founding Board member of the Parents’ Foundation for Transitional Living in New Haven, Connecticut, which provides supportive housing for young adults with mental illness.

Throughout his professional career Mr. Thacher—author of two books on education--has written and spoken extensively on educational issues, and he has served as a trustee of several independent schools as well as the National Association of Independent Schools. He has been a member and officer of numerous regional and national educational boards and commissions and is a past President of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. For many years he served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Panel to select America’s Exemplary “Blue Ribbon” Schools. He is currently retired and continues to serve occasionally as a consultant to schools in the areas of strategic planning and governance.

Mr. Thacher is married to the Rev. Sarah M. Thacher, who served as pastor of three UCC churches in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Thachers, who have two adult sons, split their time between Norfolk, Connecticut, and Santa Barbara, California.

 


Paloma Arnold

Paloma Arnold is a 3rd generation, a native of Santa Barbara and a Marymount alumna having attended Marymount for preschool, elementary and junior high school.  After Marymount, Paloma attended Santa Barbara High School.  She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in History, where she also studied Spanish and Business Administration.  During and after college, she traveled through Mexico and Spain and then returned to Santa Barbara where she began her career in higher education at Santa Barbara City College.  Paloma eventually went on to earn an MA in Psychology from Antioch University and worked as an Associate Professor/ Counselor at SBCC for over 13 years.  Currently, Paloma is the Director of the EOPS Program at Santa Barbara City College. EOPS is a program which provides educational support for over 1,000 low income, SBCC students. Paloma is actively involved in the SBCC community where she has served on several college-wide, faculty and Academic Senate committees. 

Coming from a family of educators and as an educator herself, Paloma is passionate about the education of her children. She is the mother of 2 Marymount students.  Julian is in the class of 2019 and Alexandra is in the class of 2023.  Since returning to Marymount, Paloma has served as room parent, class captain for the annual fund, has been a member of the auction committee, chaired the Mother-Daughter Event and the AXXESS fundraiser. 

When not “at school,” Paloma enjoys spending time with her family, friends and supporting her children’s education and extra-curricular activities.  She is a Team Captain for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Homeboy Industries Annual 5k to reduce recidivism. She loves Target, tennis, UCLA Football and Basketball!


Wenjing Chen


Wenjing holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wuhan University, one of the top 10 universities in China. Soon thereafter, Wenjing moved to the United States and completed a Master of Accountancy from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. 

With over 10 years of experience, Wenjing brings extensive business accounting and financial expertise to the Marymount board. Most recently, in 2017, Wenjing launched her own business, NPO Financial Solutions. NPO Financial Solutions offers broad, affordable financial services and consultation to local nonprofits, businesses and individuals.   Before NPO Financial Solutions, Wenjing served as Operations Director for Certis Capital Management, an investment advisory firm that manages wealth for select, high net-worth families. 

Wenjing is married to Tao Wu and mom to Elisha Wu (class of 2025) and to future Junior Kindergartener, Daniel Wu (class of 2027) and she is eager to become involved in the Marymount community!

 


Nikki Greene


Nikki Greene is a mother of two children at Marymount. Kian, class of 2019, and Nica, class of 2021, will both graduate as Marymount Lifers.

Nikki has served in many roles in the Marymount community before joining the Board of Trustees. She was room mom for each of her kids, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Annual Fund Class Captain, Host Family Program Chair for two years, and has served on the Auction Committee every year in different capacities including chairing the Marymount Auction. Her favorite volunteer effort at Marymount is hosting Party Book parties since it bridges her love of raising money while community building at the same time.

Nikki is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated from Fitchburg State College with a bachelors degree in science and nursing with a specialty in pediatrics. Traveling nursing is what brought her to California, and she has never looked back.

Nikki stopped practicing nursing to focus on raising her children and giving back to her community. She has been on the Board of Directors for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation for four years and is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Fund Development. She has chaired both of the organization's signature events. Nikki is also on the Board of Directors for HEARTS therapeutic riding services. Her specialties are fund development, planning events and team building.

Nikki has recently picked up a love for playing tennis. She is currently playing interclub which she is very excited about. Nikki and her family love to travel, ski and snowboard.



John-Michael Lind


John-Michael is the founding Principal of the SPL Group of Companies and is a trustee of The Lind Family Trust and the Lind Family Office. JM is also a Director and co-Founder of ACCESS Health International. JM is a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 20 years making private equity and venture investments, primarily in the US and in emerging markets. His current interests and activities are focused on purposeful value investing, with a strong emphasis on positive social impact and sustainability, including affordable healthcare services and technologies, renewable energy, and affordable housing.

John-Michael divides his time between California, New York, and Mumbai. JM is fluent in Dutch, English and German and conversant in French. JM received his Bachelor’s Degree from Claremont McKenna College and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Editor of the International Law Review). JM dropped out of University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business to found his first start-up in 1989, which he sold 12 months later, before moving to NY to start a career in law and investment banking.

John-Michael and his wife, Helen, have 2 sons, Jaden ’18 and Jordan ’19, and a daughter, Jasmine ’24 currently attending Marymount and a dog named Shaggy.



Travis Logue


Travis Logue is a premier real estate attorney and partner at Rogers, Sheffield and Campbell, LLC; one of the oldest law firms on the Central Coast of California. Travis represents clients in a broad range of residential, commercial, business and agricultural real estate transactions, disputes, ownership issues, land use processes and real estate-related civil litigation matters. He has made numerous appearances in front of public agencies, such as the Board of Supervisors, City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, Agricultural Advisory Committee, Historical Landmarks Committee, Single Family Design Board and the Montecito Board of Architectural Review.

Travis earned his J.D. from the University of Pepperdine School of Law. Before returning to Santa Barbara to establish his practice, he worked in a number of challenging, dynamic environments, including London, Los Angeles and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar. Travis graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College, where he was an NCAA Intercollegiate tennis player, and supports his alma mater as a member of the Res Publica Society. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and as Trustee of the Santa Barbara Club Preservation Foundation. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Hollister Ranch Owners’ Association.

Travis is a fourth-generation Santa Barbara-area local. Travis and his wife, Lara, have 3 daughters: Kyla (Marymount class of 2023), Lana (Marymount class of 2025) and Cora who will join the Marymount family in a few years!  The Logues have hosted several Marymount Admissions events at their home and Travis’ wife, Lara, has also worked as a class parent for both Kyla and Lana’s classrooms. 

 


Richard A. Schuette


Rich has more than 16 years of experience assisting successful C-Level professionals, service providers, corporations and business owners address multi-faceted financial challenges. Understanding the complexity of balancing professional and personal needs, Rich enjoys working with individuals who are entrepreneurial minded and as a result, specializes in the needs of current business owners and recently exited officers and owners. Rich’s background within his field of concentration allows him to deliver unparalleled guidance while helping his clients maintain emotional and financial perspective. 

On a personal level, community service and philanthropy are a very big part of Rich’s life. His charitable affiliations include Marymount, President of Ensemble Theatre Company and Board member of The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and the Santa Barbara University Club.  He is also the former Associate Director of Old Spanish Days and former Board Chair of Child Abuse Listening & Meditation (CALM). Rich also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and three daughters.



Alex Weathers

Alex Weathers has been an active member of the Marymount community since his daughter Ella started JK in 2011. His younger daughter, Cameron, entered JK the following year, with intentions for both children to enter high school as Marymount “Lifers.”

Alex was the 2nd (1st - Tommy Brennan) room dad in Marymount history for Melanie McQueen’s kindergarten class in 2012-2013. That same school year, he and his wife, Lori, served as captains for the Annual Fund for the JK class, and for the 1st grade the next. Recently, after joining the Board, he has had lots of fun on the Development Committee, chairing Party Book and helping to foster a sense of place for Marymount by chairing the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Alex has also been a great supporter of Marymount activities, from the Mustang Golf Invitational and the annual auction to regular classroom volunteer opportunities.

Born in Martha’s Vineyard and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Alex graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. After a brief stint doing sales and marketing for an internet start-up, he then attended the University of Memphis and received an MBA and Juris Doctorate in 2002. That same year, he married Lori and together, they moved to Santa Barbara.

Alex is an entrepreneur at heart, having started his own restaurant/bar in Memphis and helped several peers start and manage their own ventures or obtain patents in Santa Barbara. He also served as the CFO for The Warner Group Architects in Montecito and now works in wealth management.

Specializing in financial planning, contract and project management, Alex was pleased to be invited to join the Board of Trustees and hopes to be an integral part of the strategic planning implementation for the school.

In his free time, Alex loves to play tennis and golf and dissect movies over fine food and wine with friends.



Brenda Rosales, MPC President

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