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The Board of Trustees

ACDS Campus


Who are the ACDS Trustees?

Almaden Country Day School's Board of Trustees are volunteers including current parents, alumni parents, and friends of the school.

The Role of the ACDS Board of Trustees

The ACDS Board has three specific strategic responsibilities:

  • Keeping the ACDS mission “in trust” through its fiduciary duty to the school’s long-term financial health. This includes approving the annual operating budget, setting tuition, establishing spending and investment policy, and leading fundraising activities.
  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
  • Collaborating with the Head of School in strategic planning.

Trustees are not involved in the day-to-day operation of the school, which the Board delegates to the Head of School and his administrative team.

While the ACDS Board of Trustees includes current parents among its membership, it functions independently of the parent community and does not serve to represent the interests or issues of ACDS parents.

The ACDS Board meets ten times annually with sub-committees meeting more frequently. Sub-committees include: Finance, Development, Board Communications, Campus, Executive, and the Committee on Trustees.

Our Trustees

  • Rouviere de Waal, PhD, Board Chair
  • Adam Laponis, Vice Chair
  • Theresa Remaker, Secretary
  • Michelle Ahlgren
  • Patrice Beard
  • Joe Billante
  • Gene Cook
  • Steve Huhn
  • Syma Latif
  • Stacey Lysik '93
  • Jeremiah Njoroge
  • Zena Olsen
  • Katie Tuvell
  • Danny White

Trustee Selection, Officers and Terms

As with most nonprofit independent schools, the ACDS Board is self-perpetuating, meaning that it selects its own replacements when members rotate off the board. The Board’s Committee on Trustees is charged with identifying and recruiting new trustees as vacancies occur. The Committee looks for individuals whose background and skill set complement the group’s profile and who can help the board meet its strategic goals.

Trustees serve renewable three-year terms and elect officers by quorum majority on an as-needed basis. Officers include the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary.

For more information about the ACDS Board of Trustees, contact Board Chairman, Rou de Waal.