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

Kirk Borchardt, President & Executive Committee Chair

Kirk Borchardt is currently the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Dealers Assurance Company, a property and casualty insurance company based in Columbus, Ohio, and its affiliated companies. A corporate attorney by trade, Kirk practiced law for 20 years with the Chicago-based firm of Lord Bissell and Brook, as both an associate and a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. After re-locating to Southern California, in 1998 Kirk became the managing partner of Lord Bissell and Brook’s Los Angeles office. His practice specialties include corporate transactions, international taxation, and government regulatory matters.
Kirk currently chairs the Development Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee. Kirk and his wife, CeCe, were the co-Chairs of the Marymount Annual Fund Campaign for the 2008-2009 and the 2009-2010 school years.  CeCe is also the Co-President of the Marymount Parent Council.
Kirk received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Western Illinois University (1978) and his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law (1981).
Kirk was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He and CeCe moved to Santa Barbara in 1998. Their son, Ryan is in the class of 2013 and their daughter, Riley is in the class of 2017. Kirk has served as a coach in local youth baseball and soccer organizations for several years.


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 re-locating to Santa  Barbara, Vijay worked in the high tech industry for 15+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Deborah Bettencourt, Vice President

Born and raised in California, Deborah Bettencourt spends each day enjoying all that the beautiful Central Coast has to offer.  Deborah moved from Northern California in 1985 to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She graduated in 1989 with a BA in Psychology and completed a water polo career that spanned two collegiate national championships and All-American honors.

With her soon-to-be husband, Scott, by her side, she traveled to Japan after graduation and completed three incredible years teaching conversational English in Kyoto.  Deborah and Scott returned to Santa Barbara in 1993, and have made Santa Barbara their home ever since.

Deborah has more than 18 years of Information Technology and corporate operations experience in the medical device industry.  She spent much of her professional career at Inamed (acquired by Allergan).  She was as an integral part of global information technology implementations, business acquisitions, system and process integrations, and international manufacturing expansions.  In 2007, she joined Sientra, a small, venture funded medical device company.  In her current position as Vice President of Corporate Administration, Deborah oversees Sientra’s corporate operations to include human resources, facilities, information technology, customer service and distribution.  She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Deborah joined the Marymount community in 2008, when her daughter Quinn entered kindergarten.  Since that time, Deborah has enjoyed increasing involvement in Marymount’s activities and fundraising.  Deborah as served on the Marymount Auction Committee each year since 2009.  She co-chaired the End of the Year Bash in 2010 and 2011, with her husband Scott.  Deborah also teamed with her husband to serve as Marymount Annual Fund Class Captain for 2nd Grade.  In addition to these responsibilities, Deborah is a class volunteer, Girl Scouts of America Troop Leader and an expert at multi-tasking.  Deborah, Scott and Quinn love traveling, snow skiing, swimming and relaxing at their home on the Mesa.


Michael Martz

Michael Martz has two sons at Marymount. Colin is in the class of 2017; Mason is in the class of 2021. Michael has been actively involved at Marymount since 2008, when Colin started kindergarten. He has held positions as Annual Fund Class Captain, Annual Fund Co-Chair, Golf Committee Chair, and Member of the Development Committee.

Raised in Leawood, KS, Michael graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Journalism where he was a member of the Men’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Team. After seven years in marketing and sales, he went on the earn an MBA in Global Business from Pepperdine University in Malibu with studies abroad completed at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

After living in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Michael and his wife Nancy moved to Santa Barbara in late 2000 to settle down and start a family. Michael is a founding partner of Hayes Commercial Group, one of the Central Coast’s most successful commercial real estate firms, specializing in the sales and leasing of commercial properties.

Michael is passionate about health and fitness and is also a Board Member of the Santa Barbara Athletic Association (SBAA). He was responsible for the introduction of the Junior Grand Prix, which is an annual community running program that incentivizes local youth to run a series of 5K races in their own age group. As for his own fitness, Michael is an avid runner and triathlete, having completed marathons in Santa Barbara, New York and Berlin.  Michael also enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with his family and friends. 


Richard A. Schuette, CFP

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.


Kamala Parris

Kamala Parris has joined the Marymount Board of Trustees this school year. Ms. Parris has been active in the Marymount Community for the past 10 years, serving on a variety of committees. Her most active and important leadership roles at Marymount have included: Co-President of the Marymount Parent Council for two years and Vice President for one, Co-Chair Angels in Action, Co-Chair The Arabian Nights Auction, Kentucky Derby Live/Sponsor Chair, Cabo at the Coral Live Chair, Jewel of the Riviera Live Chair and the 2010-2011 Head of School Search Committee.

Arriving in Santa Barbara in 1977 from an early childhood in Las Vegas, Kamala attended the local schools and studied business in college. She met and is married to her high school sweet heart Bill Parris, helping him with his businesses while also working as a self employed Business and Property Manager. They have four children, Tianna and Celine in college, Marymount Lifers Amara class of 2012 and Brolin class of 2013.

Apart from her work and philanthropic activities Kamala loves to spend time with her husband, kids, moms, girlfriends, and her three big dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, tennis, holidays, traveling and has a slight addiction to Scrabble and Words with Friends.  Her adventurous side includes riding horses, snow and wake boarding. She is passionate about her children, their educational and spiritual growth and is committed to supporting their many extracurricular activities especially Tianna’s riding, Celine’s travels, Amara’s Club Volleyball and Brolin’s love of music and theatre. She also hopes to instill in them the joy s of giving and serving apart from one’s self, encouraging them to contribute their time and talents in the community and beyond. 



Paloma Arnold

Paloma Arnold is a 3rd generation, 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 is currently an Associate Professor/ Counselor at SBCC.  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 and this year will be co-chairing the Mother Daughter Event.

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, a Team Mom for Santa Barbara Pony Baseball and is the secretary for her neighborhood watch committee. She enjoys crafting handmade cards and invitations, loves HGTV, Target, tennis, UCLA Football and Basketball!


Alex Weathers, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair

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 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.


Chris Giles

Chris is the director of major gifts and planned giving at Cate School. After 16 years of teaching, advising, and coaching at his alma mater, Episcopal Academy outside of Philadelphia, Chris moved west in 2005 to teach English at Marymount.

Over his 19 year teaching career he served as English Department Chair, Educational Committee, II Form Coordinator, I Form Coordinator, Executive Committee (Chair), Compensation Committee, Evaluation Committee, Understanding by Design Curriculum Committee, Benefits Committee, Community Service Coordinator. In 2008 Chris began working with former Marymount parent and board member Joe Fazio at givezooks!, Marymount’s online fundraising platform.

Chris received his B.A. in Philosophy from Denison University and then his MEd in Middle School Education from Rosemont College. Chris served on the board of Bishop Garcia Diego High School. His daughter, Eliza, graduated from Marymount in 2009, and his son Warren, graduated in 2011. Chris's wife, Amy, served as Marymount’s admission assistant for a few years until moving to Cate, where she now manages the College Counseling Office.


Tom Rogers

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. Tom currently serves on the Finance Committee. He is a California CPA (inactive) 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).


Allyson Ross

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.


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. This year she is 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 inter club which she is very excited about. Nikki and her family love to travel, ski and snowboard.


Lori Weathers, MPC President

Lori Weathers has been an active member of the Marymount community since her eldest daughter, Ella, entered Junior Kindergarten in 2011. Her younger daughter, Cameron, joined JK the following year, and both will graduate Marymount as “Lifers!” Lori has served as Room Parent, Marketing Task Force member, Parent Ambassador liaison, co-chair of the Father-Daughter Dance, graphic designer for the Marymount Auction, and now Co-President of the Marymount Parent Council (MPC). She was also instrumental in expanding the MPC Lunch Program from 3 days to 5 for the Lower School.

Originally from Dallas, Lori attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating, she started her career as an Editor/Project Director for Towery Publishing and then became Marketing Manager for Synchronics, a software company, and Director of Communications for the Memphis Center City Commission.

In 2002, Lori moved to Santa Barbara with her husband Alex, who is also on the Marymount Board of Trustees. After 2 years as a Managing Editor for ABC-CIO, Lori accepted a position heading up the Marketing Department for The Select Family of Staffing Companies. While there, Lori’s team won eight American Staffing Association VOICE Awards for their work.

Lori left Select in May 2015 in order to devote more time to her family, to Marymount, and to improving her tennis game. She is thrilled to watch her children thrive in Marymount’s progressive environment and feels privileged to help guide that effort and help make the parent community be warm, inclusive, and productive.


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