Volunteers fill all board positions. Trustees are carefully selected based on demonstrated service to the school and clear commitment to Catlin Gabel’s goals and philosophies. Potential trustees are nominated by the committee on trustees and elected by the board. Some standing and ad hoc board committees include volunteer parents, students, faculty and alumni in addition to elected trustee members, though others are limited only to current board members or special appointees.
The elected board of trustees and several ex-officio board members set policy for the school and review the school’s implementation of its policies.
2013-14 Board of Trustees
Steve Gordon, MD, chair, board member since 2005-06 (left 2007-08, returned 2008-09)
Steve Gordon is a senior physician executive with PeaceHealth in Vancouver, Washington, responsible for improving healthcare quality and outcomes through transformed models of care. His three children are CGS lifers. Steve is a trustee of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) and chairs the OAHHS Quality Committee. Steve chaired Oregon's Health Information Technology Oversight Council from 2009 to 2012, appointed by then-Governor Ted Kulongski. Steve was the founding board president of Childswork Learning Center in Portland. A specialist in internal medicine, Steve holds a BA, an MD, and a master’s degree in public policy, all from Harvard University.
Eric Rosenfeld ’83, vice-chair and treasurer, board member since 2007-08
After earning an undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and an MBA from Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development, Eric Rosenfeld ’83 spent several years working in Silicon Valley before returning to Portland in 1996. He and his former Catlin Gabel science lab partner Bob Ward ’83 are now business partners in Capybara Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. He has three children at Catlin Gabel. “When you are at Catlin Gabel surrounded by people who try to do well and become good citizens, those values become part of your life,” says Eric. He says he became involved as an Annual Fund volunteer and a member of the finance committee at Catlin Gabel because he was always looking for an excuse to be on campus and see his kids. In the course of his volunteer work, the board’s “commitment, leadership, passion, and way of working” impressed him.
Stuart Ellis, secretary, board member since 2009-10
When Stuart Ellis’s three children enrolled at Catlin Gabel he and his wife, Becky, jumped into volunteering with both feet. Stuart is active with the Annual Fund and serves on the finance committee. He founded Charter School Capital, Inc. where he is CEO. Charter School Capital provides working capital and creative financing solutions to public charter schools, primarily in California. Stuart graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in political economies of industrial societies.
Hope Boyd, board member since 2008-09
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 are Catlin Gabel students. She says that her passion about 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.
Bart Eberwein, board member since 2013-14
Bart Eberwein is the executive vice president of Hoffman Construction Company where he develops new business strategies. An active community volunteer, Bart serves on the Land Conservation Development Commission, the National Forest Foundation, and Portland Center Stage. He earned a BS in journalism and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He has two children at Catlin Gabel.
John Gilleland, board member since 2002-03
John Gilleland has tirelessly served as a trustee including stints at treasurer and chair. One of his goals is to give his daughters something he never had: access to quality education in a supportive environment. He feels fortunate to be able to support the exceptional education that Catlin Gabel gives his daughters by serving on the board. John is president and vice chairman of the Campbell Group, LLC, a timberland investment company. He earned a BS in business and finance from Oregon State University and is a certified public accountant. In addition to his role at Catlin Gabel, John has been a board member of the Oregon Symphony, Friends of the Children, and Youth Resources, Inc.
John Kroger, board member since 2013-14
John Kroger is the president of Reed College. He served as Oregon Attorney General from 2009 to 2012. Prior to being elected in 2008 he was an Assistant United States Attorney in New York and a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. John has BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Yale and a law degree from Harvard. Of his commitment to education, Reed College board chair Roger Perlmutter observed, "John is a passionate advocate for the importance of liberal arts education in society." John is the parent of one Catlin Gabel student.
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, board member since 2008-09
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward is a state senator and family practice physician at OHSU. She is an associate professor in the department of family medicine, and has led extensive research on women’s health and other family issues. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Despite her busy schedule, Elizabeth finds time to volunteer for the Girl Scouts, several nonprofit boards, and several professional organizations. The mother of one Catlin Gabel alumna and one current student, she was the first girl on the Little League team in her hometown. She passionately supports financial aid at Catlin Gabel.
Tina Lee Lam, board members since 2013-14
Tina Lee Lam is the managing director of the Lam Group, an investment advisory firm. Before becoming a Catlin Gabel parent, she was an active volunteer at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences. Tina earned a BA in computer science and an MA in electrical engineering at Cornell University, and an MBA from Harvard. She is the parent of one Catlin Gabel student.
Punit Renjen, board member since 2012-13
Punit Renjen is chairman of the board of Deloitte LLP. He lectures frequently at conferences and business schools, and comments in the media on the attributes of exceptional organizations, including the importance of a well-articulated workplace culture and a high-functioning board. Born and raised in India, Punit came to the U.S. after winning a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to Willamette University, where he earned a BA in management, and where he serves as a trustee. Punit is the parent of one Catlin Gabel student.
Warren Rosenfeld ’73 , board member since 2003-04
Warren Rosenfeld ’73 played for two Catlin Gabel state championship soccer teams. Warren is president of Calbag Metals, Co. a global company, headquartered in Portland that specializes in buying, selling, and trading nonferrous metal. A graduate of Occidental College, Warren is a former vice-chairman of the Oregon Investment Council and current trustee of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation. His children have been Catlin Gabel students since the Beehive.
Tom Shipley ’87, board member since 2007-08
“Catlin Gabel is truly a unique place that I hold dear. I am honored and excited to serve in a fiduciary role to the school.” After graduating as a lifer from CGS, Thomas Shipley ’87 attended Pitzer College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “For several years I was a teacher and school administrator; Catlin Gabel always served as a benchmark for me,” he says. Thomas is president of his family’s business, Dennis Uniform, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers and distributors of school uniforms and apparel. The Shipley family has long been involved with Catlin Gabel. Both of Thomas’s siblings graduated from the school, as did his wife and her sister. His mother, Joan Shipley, was the school’s first development director.
Jim Skutt '81, board member since 2012-13
After graduating from Catlin Gabel in 1981, Jim Skutt attended Colorado College, where he earned a BA in economics with a concentration in computer science. He is the president of Skutt Ceramics Products, a family-owned business founded in 1953 that builds ceramic and glass kilns and potters’ wheels. Jim has served on the boards of the Classroom Law Project and PNCA. He has a son and a daughter at Catlin Gabel.
Kaycee Wiita, board member since 2008-09
“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 two Catlin Gabel students. Kaycee is an active community volunteer, with experience in nonprofit management, public relations, and marketing. She holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard Business School and a BS from the University of Utah. Kaycee has extensive fundraising experience and has worked on three major capital campaigns. Some of the organizations she has had leadership roles in include: the Junior League, Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation, the Southwest Washington Community Foundation, The Evergreen School Foundation, The Children’s Museum, and Reed College Women’s Committee.
Ex officio board members
Greg Dufault, Endowment Committee Chair
Chris Park ’14, Catlin Gabel Student Association President
Pamela Lloyd, Parent Faculty Association President
John Mayer, Faculty-Staff Forum President
Owen Gabbert ’02, Alumni Board President
Lark P. Palma, Head of School
Lark P. Palma has been the head of Catlin Gabel School since 1995. She is a native South Carolinian and a graduate of an independent school in South Carolina. Lark earned a doctorate in twentieth century British literature and women’s studies at the University of South Carolina while teaching at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Her passion is in providing an exceptional learning environment by encouraging personal and academic connections between students and teachers. Lark continues to focus her attention on strengthening curriculum, encouraging innovation, creating the best learning spaces possible, and reaching out to a diverse community of students, parents, faculty-staff, and alumni.