Meet Catlin Gabel's New Trustees
Hope Boyd brings 49 years of experience in education to the Catlin Gabel board. She retired as head and secondary school founder of Wildwood School, a K-12 independent school in Los Angeles. Her eminent career included service on a committee that re-wrote teacher credentialing standards for the state of Pennsylvania. Two of Hope’s grandchildren, Alex (2nd grade) and Nicholas (kindergarten), are Catlin Gabel students. She says that her passion for progressive education and keen interest in and support of Catlin Gabel’s practice of progressive education led her to join the board. Hope earned a BS from Pennsylvania State University and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and Loyola- Marymount University.
Steve Gordon, MD
A physician specializing in internal medicine, Steve Gordon is vice president and chief quality officer for PeaceHealth in Eugene. His three children, Henry ’10, Tucker ’12, and Jasper ’16, attend CGS. “I have grown to be tremendously impressed with the strength and values of the school, and board service seems a meaningful way to contribute,” he says. Steve, who rejoined the board this year, was the founding board president of Childswork Learning Center in Portland, and he served on the governing council and as co-chair of the quality subcommittee for Providence Health System in Oregon. He holds a BA, MD, and master’s in public policy from Harvard University.
Clare Hamill’s daughter Ann Pyne graduated from Catlin Gabel in 2007, and her great education inspired Clare: “Ann’s experience was so strong, and she was so shaped by the teachers and adults she worked with at Catlin Gabel.” Clare says she joined the board because “I believe in diversity, leading, and the power of experience. I think Catlin Gabel is great and can be even greater in these areas.” She has been a leader at Nike for 27 years, currently serving as vice president of Nike affiliates. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Pennsylvania State University, Clare is also active in the Children’s Cancer Association.
Don Vollum ’84
Don Vollum ’84 is a founding partner of Austin Point Partners, a private equity investment firm, and was also founder of a company that developed and published software for handheld devices. As a lifer and parent of 5th grader David, he has been a part of the CGS community for many years. His mother, Jean Vollum, was also a trustee and a lifelong supporter. “I am interested in serving on the board as a means of helping Catlin Gabel continue to thrive and move forward, and as a way of giving something back to the community. I also support Catlin’s vision of progressive education,” he says. A Portland State graduate, Don has also served as trustee for the Oregon Graduate Institute and OMSI.
“I care deeply about Catlin Gabel and the opportunities it has and will continue to provide to my children. It’s a magical place where students, families, faculty and staff come together and make an amazing community. I want to be involved in continuing this wonderful tradition as Catlin Gabel continues to change with the events that shape our world,” says Kaycee Wiita, mother of Katy (9th grade) and Elli (6th grade). Kaycee is an active community volunteer with extensive experience in fundraising, public relations, and marketing. She holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School and a BS degree from the University of Utah. Some of the organizations in which she has held leadership roles include the Junior League, the Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation, the Southwest Washington Community Foundation, the Evergreen School Foundation, the Children’s Museum, and the Reed College Women’s Committee.
Also joining the board in ex officio positions are alumni board president Adam Keefer ’98, Parent Faculty Association president Marie Godbey, and Catlin Gabel Student Association president Anthony Lin ’09.