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Officers of the Board of Trustees

  • Alissa Klar

    BSEE, Princeton University. Ms. Klar currently serves as 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 three daughters, class of 2005, 2008, and 2015.

  • Cheryl Ferguson

    J.D., California Pacific School of Law; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.A. Chemistry, Pitzer College. Ms. Ferguson serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is an attorney-at-law and has a daughter attending high school at Kirby. 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 Kirby 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 Kirby 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, class of 2002, and Alex, class of 2008.

  • Erin Phillips

    BS in Sociology/Anthropology/Geography Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A former teacher in the Carmel Unified School District, Ms. Phillips is now a Real Estate Broker and Owner of Sea Properties. She is also the Owner/Manager of La Estancia & Sumida Sisters Vineyards and the Owner of the Reya Cellars Winery. Ms. Phillips is a parent of two Kirby students class of 2018 and 2021.

  • Scott Pimentel

    B.S. in Business Management, University of Phoenix. He has two young children, Emma and Ryder. Scott has lived in Santa Cruz County for over 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 is Honorary Lifetime Trustee and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998, acting 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 is a parent of two Kirby students class of 2014 and 2016.

  • 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 two sons, class of 2011 and class of 2015. He led the Kirby Jazz Band for three years and has previously served on the Board of KUSP FM.

  • Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, J.D. Harvard University, B.S. Iowa State University. Mr. Takahashi-Kelso is Program Director of the Marine Conservation Initiative at The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and has extensive experience in non-profit management, including Senior Counsel and Vice President at the Ocean Conservancy and Conservation and Science Program Officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has served as steward for a number of natural resource and environmental conservation and policy organizations and his honors include the Pew Marine Conservation Fellow and the University of California Santa Cruz Golden Apple Social Sciences Teaching Award.  Mr. Takahashi-Kelso is a parent of a Kirby student in the class of 2022.