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Officers of the Board of Trustees

  • Alissa Klar

    BSEE, Princeton University. Ms. Klar currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees.  She was a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for many years and now works in Sales Operations for Seagate Technology. She has been a volunteer at Kirby since 2001 and held the position of Parent Association President for two of those years. Ms. Klar is an alumni parent of two daughters, class of 2005 and 2008, and has a daughter at Kirby in the class of 2015.

  • Cheryl Ferguson

    J.D., California Pacific School of Law; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.A. Chemistry, Pitzer College. Ms. Ferguson is an attorney-at-law and has a daughter attending Middle School at GBK. She also has extensive experience as an environmental chemist and project manager, and is active in several non-profit environmental and philanthropic organizations.


  • Hollis deLancey

    M.F.A. in Video, Photography & Printmaking, University of British Columbia. She is a co-founder of GBK and has been a volunteer at the School since 1994. Her daughter is a Kirby alumna, Class of 2004. Ms. deLancey is also Board President and member of Spring Mountain Zen Center and Alcatraz Editions.

  • Bill Jump

    B.S. in Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy, M.B.A., University of Colorado. Mr. Jump is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked in higher education, management consulting, public accounting, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He is the controller and assistant treasurer of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation.

  • Bob Kaswen

    Mr. Kaswen attended San Jose State University from 1965 to 1971 and majored in Aeronautics.  He is the retired CEO of Fox Racing Shocks in Watsonville, CA which employs a team of approximately 600 in their Watsonville and Santee, California facilities. He joined the Kirby Board in 2010 and is an alumni parent of a son in the class of 2008.

  • Robin King

    B.S. and M.F.A. in Visual Arts, UC San Diego. Ms. King is a Writing Program faculty member at UC Santa Cruz.  She teaches  critical thinking and writing courses, as well as courses about social justice, health and food politics, and mass media. She worked in the cable television industry as a channel coordinator and video producer at Southwestern Cable TV, and as a programming coordinator for Viacom Cable. Ms. King joined the Kirby Board in 2015 and is an alumni parent of two sons.

  • Carl Koppel

    B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Strathclyde University. Mr. Koppel has been a member of the GBK Board since 1999. He is the CEO of Extraview Corporation, a Santa Cruz software company, and has been involved in the software industry for 30 years. He is the parent of Jennie and Alexa (both kirby alumna).

  • Scott Pimentel

    B.S. in Business Management in 2000, University of PhoenixHe is married with a 5 year old, Emma and a 2 year old, Ryder. Scott has lived in Santa Cruz County for about 15 years.  He’s a local financial advisor serving 100 households.  He loves to fish, travel, write, and eat at great restaurants.  What he actually does is change diapers, take kids to the park, sleep whenever possible and eat a lot of kid leftovers and goldfish crackers.  He loves that too. Other odd items of note that cannot be eloquently wrapped into a bio are:  he helped create a documentary on a popular ‘80’s movie, has a black belt in karate, he’s planning on building an orphanage, he has completed an eco-race in New Zealand, and his father was a field worker.

  • William L. Richter

    J.D., NYU School of Law, M.A. in Russian Studies, Harvard University, B.A. in Russian, Yale College.  Mr. Richter has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998 and as Co-Chair from 2003-2010.  Mr. Richter is a corporate lawyer with a private practice in downtown Santa Cruz and parent of a Kirby alumna, Class of 2005.  His current involvement in the community, education and the arts includes serving as a Founding Director of Shakespeare Play On, a Director of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece and pro bono counsel to the Anna Mahler Foundation (USA) Inc.

  • Deborah Salkind

    Ph.D., Computer Science, New York University; B.A. Computer Science and Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz.  Dr. Salkind is involved in a range of international, national, and local philanthropic activities, including international justice, democracy reform, and several non-profit organizations in the Santa Cruz area.  She also serves as Director of the Bright Horizon Foundation.  Deborah currently has two daughters who attend Kirby, one entering 9th grade and one entering 11th grade.

  • Sandie Shoemaker

    B.S. Mathematics, University of Chicago. Owner/Manager of Salamandre Wine Cellars, Ms. Shoemaker is chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees. She has been on the Board since 2001, served as co-chair from 2003-2010 and chair from 2010-2014. She is a parent of a Kirby alumna, Class of 2005.

  • Don Stevens

    B.A Biology, UCSC.  Don has had a career as a professional touring musician, was the founder of an independent recording label, and been involved as an investor in commercial real estate.  He is an alumni parent of a son in the class of 2011 and has another son in the class of 2015. He led the Kirby Jazz Band for three years and has previously served on the Board of KUSP FM.