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Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees has 8 members, consisting of parents of current Saklan students, alumni and community members. The role of the Board of Trustees is to keep their eyes on the big picture, safeguarding Saklan’s mission long-term while leaving the day-to-day operations to the Head of School. The Board offers the financial expertise and vision necessary to keep the school healthy for years to come. In short, the Board holds Saklan "in trust" for future generations of students and families.


Trustees serve three-year terms and are encouraged to remain for additional terms. The Board meets monthly during the school year; standing committees (which may also include non-board parents and community leaders) meet in frequent working sessions and additional monthly meetings. A full day Board Retreat occurs at the end of the school year and welcomes newly appointed board members. Our board adheres to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice which offer a clear and concise outline of the duties of the board. Saklan board members also serve as ambassadors for the school to the community at large.


The Board is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the school; these are the responsibility of the Head of School. The Head of School, as educational leader, is responsible for implementing Board policy, hiring faculty and professional staff, and the daily operational management of the school.


Board Committees include:
Finance Committee
Development Committee
Trustee Committee
Building & Ground Committee
Marketing & Communication Committee


The 2020-21 Board of Trustees:

John Kim, Chair
Board member since 2020, Parent

Lori Anders

Board member since 2017, Alumni Parent

Toshie Baba
Board member since 2016, Parent

Geri Buhl
Board member since 2015, Parent


Jenny Choi
Board member since 2020, Parent


Jennifer Cogen

Board member since 2016, Parent


Brian Lovrin

Board member since 2021, Parent


Saul Zippin
Board member since 2018, Faculty Representative


David O'Connell
Head of School