Board of Trustees
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.
Although some standing and ad hoc board committees are limited to only current board members or special appointees, others include volunteer parents, students, faculty, and alumni in addition to elected trustee members. 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.
Catlin Gabel School conducts an annual audit of its financials by an outside firm. We also share information on our annual operating budget every year with parents and guardians. Audited financials and the operation budget are on file in the school’s business office and are available for review and discussion by school community members. Please contact Chris Balag if you are interested.
chair, Board member since 2015-16
Indira graduated from University of California-San Diego with a pre-law major and a minor in ethnic studies. She worked for the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for its Commission on Educational and Cultural Exchange, and contributed her expertise to the Singapore American School. Indira has served Catlin Gabel as a PFA representative and auction co-chair, and as a member of the Executive Council, the New Family Integration Committee, and the Diversity Action Council. She has two children enrolled at Catlin Gabel and one graduate.
VICE-CHAIR, Board member since 2015-16
Mark graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics. He is the President of the investment fund Goshawk Capital. He has Director, Audit, and Finance committee experience from his current and past involvement with ten corporate boards, including Washington Mutual, Primus Telecommunications, and YRC Worldwide. For Catlin Gabel, he has served on the Creative Arts Center, Finance, and Advancement committees. He is the parent of one current student at Catlin Gabel and one graduate.
treasurer, board member SINCE 2019-20
John graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in accounting and finance and a minor in computer science. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Campbell Global, an investment advisor specializing in natural resource and forest investments, and is the Chairman of OneFortyOne Plantations, Pty, Ltd. in Australia. John served as a trustee at Catlin Gabel from 2000 to 2013, and during this period held the positions of Treasurer, Vice-chair, and Chair. John is a parent of two Catlin Gabel “lifer” graduates.
Azin van Alebeek
SECRETARY, Board member since 2015-16
Azin holds a BA in quantitative economics from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. A multi-linguist and advocate for world studies, Azin has hosted an international exchange student and currently serves as a member of Stanford’s Bing Overseas Advisory Council and Stanford’s Parents’ Advisory Board. She has served as a PFA Class Representative and a PFA Upper School Coordinator. Azin is the parent of three Catlin Gabel alumni.
Derrick Butler ’86, MD, MPH
Board member since 2014-15
Derrick received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a family medicine physician and HIV specialist practicing in South Central Los Angeles, where he serves as Associate Medical Director at the To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Health and Wellness Centers and director of their HIV Treatment Program. He is also a faculty member at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.
NEW Board member
Shelby holds a BA in English Literature & Creative Writing from UCLA and an MA from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. After a career working in Research & Information Technology for firms such as DLJ, Razorfish, and Western Asset Management, she turned her focus to raising a family and serving the community. She has served on Lake Oswego’s Library Board and chaired the Our Lady of the Lake Endowment Board since 2016. Shelby is the parent of two Catlin Gabel Upper School students.
Board member since 2013-14
Bart earned a BS in journalism and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He is Executive Vice President of Hoffman Construction Company. Bart served as commissioner on the Oregon Land Conservation Development Commission (LCDC) and Oregon Arts Commission, and the boards of Oregon Symphony, Literary Arts and Northwest Youth Corps. In 2014 he was recognized with the John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. He is Canada’s Honorary Consul for Oregon. Bart has one child at Catlin Gabel.
Arah Erickson ’87
Board member since 2018-19
Arah earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University, and an MBA and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. She was a management consultant in New York with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and a Senior Vice President in Wells Fargo’s Online & Mobile Banking division in San Francisco. At Catlin Gabel, Arah has served multiple roles on the PFA Executive Council, and was involved with the Strategic Planning process, particularly the experiential learning initiative. She has three girls enrolled at Catlin Gabel.
Nkenge Harmon Johnson ’93
Board member since 2016-17
Nkenge received a BS from Florida A & M University, an MBA from Trinity University in Washington D.C., and a JD from Howard University School of Law. She served as a strategic staff member in communications, campaigns, constituency outreach, and legislative matters for several members of Congress, and as a Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative in the Obama administration. Currently she is President and CEO of the Urban League serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Kate Warren Hall ’93
board member since 2018-19
Kate received a BA in economics and an Executive MBA at the Babson College F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and her degrees were earned while she was also working for Cascade Corporation. She joined ESCO in 2014 to work in Mergers and Acquisitions, and joined their board in 2016. Kate is a Catlin Gabel alumna, with two children currently attending the Lower School.
new Board member
A native of the United Kingdom, Amanda graduated from Warwick Business school with a BA in Management Science and German. She is Chief Brands Officer for On Purpose Group and a lecturer at Lewis & Clark College. Previously she served as Harrods’ first Chief Marketing and Customer Officer; Chief Marketing Officer for A&E Networks; and Chief Brands Officer for BBC Worldwide/Studios. She has served on the boards of the London Philharmonic and Royal Academy of Music. Amanda is the parent of a Catlin Gabel Middle Schooler.
Board member since 2016-17
Alex earned a BA in Biology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Oregon Health & Science University. Born into a Taiwanese family and raised in Tokyo, Alex has utilized his multi-lingual skills and scientific background as a consultant for Japanese and Taiwanese companies to promote and market technological products and ideas in the U.S. Alex and his wife, Nicole, have two children at Catlin Gabel, and both are active volunteers at the school.
new board member
Ryan graduated from Pomona College with a BA in English and earned an MSW from Portland State University. He has worked as a case manager and mental health therapist. Ryan serves as a trustee for The Collins Foundation, part of his family's third generation of involvement since its founding in 1947. Ryan has volunteered in several PFA roles and helped lead the Rainbow Families Parent/Guardian Affinity Group. He is the son of an alumna, Cherida Collins Smith ’68, is and a parent of a two Middle Schoolers and one Lower School student.
JULIE McMURCHIE ’81
new board member
Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Oberlin College and a JD from the Northwest School of Law at Lewis & Clark. She has previously served on and chaired three boards: The Oregon organization Westwind, where she focused on providing outdoor and camp experiences to all Oregonians; Compassion in Dying/Compassion and Choices of Oregon, where she worked to provide access to and support for Physician Aid in Dying in the state; and Engeye, Inc., where she supported a rural health care and education program in Uganda. Julie is the mother of three Catlin alums, and served in various PFA roles during their time at Catlin Gabel.
board member SINCE 2019-20
Eneida received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, a masters in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, and a masters in Business Administration and Healthcare Management from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Oncology at OHSU, directs the Bone Marrow Transplant program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and co-directs the Northwest Marrow Transplant Program at the Center for Hematological Malignancies of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Eneida has two sons at Catlin Gabel.
BOARD MEMBER SINCE 2016-17
Patrick received his BA in Finance with a minor in Accounting from Florida State University. He retired in 2007 after 25 years as a finance and operations executive with several multinational companies. At Catlin Gabel, he currently serves as Chair of the Advancement Committee and sits on the Finance Committee; previously he chaired the Annual Fund and served on the Parent Faculty Association. Patrick and his wife Heidi are parents of two graduates.
board member since 2018-19
Tyler graduated with a B.A. from DePauw University and received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. He currently serves as Distribution Trustee for his family's foundation, the Silver Family Foundation, which focuses on transitional youth development programs that offer in-depth, long-term investments, mentoring, and opportunities for motivated, low-income youth. Tyler has four children who all attend Catlin Gabel.
NEW board member
Laura received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospitals. Laura practiced as a primary care physician and also worked as a medical safety officer at Sanofi Genzyme, monitoring drugs on the market and in clinical trials. She has four children, three of whom attend Catlin Gabel.
board member since 2017-18
Amelia graduated from Catlin Gabel in 2002 and has a BA in history from Swarthmore College. She received Catlin Gabel's Distinguished Younger Alumni Award in 2014. Amelia is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and has also worked as a freelance journalist for NPR, Marketplace, and CBS News. Her work has taken her from an armed occupation in Eastern Oregon to the ice caves inside the Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood. Prior to her career in journalism, she worked in Washington, D.C. on policy and legislation to help refugees from Iraq.
Head of School
Tim earned his BA in history from Middlebury College and a master's degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He started his career teaching humanities at Chestnut Hill Academy, a boys K-12 school in Philadelphia, and served as admissions director and head of the middle school. He then became head of school at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, Connecticut, a position he held for 14 years. He and his wife Lisa have two sons.
Faculty-Staff Forum President
Lisa has been a Catlin Gabel Beginning and Lower School Librarian since 1991. She is a member of the Wellness, Experiential Days, and Anti-bias Curriculum committees, and the Diversity Action Group. Her career includes roles as a K-12 classroom teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools, and as Middle School Librarian at the American School in Japan (Tokyo). Lisa is the parent of two alumni who were Catlin Gabel lifers.
Taylor Kaplan ’05
Catlin Gabel Alumni Council President
Taylor Kaplan is a Portland native and Catlin Gabel lifer (class of 2005). She is a Principal at Gibbins Kaplan Development, developing multifamily apartments in the Portland metro area. Taylor has worked in city planning, architecture, and real estate development. She holds a BA from Occidental College (class of 2009) in Urban and Environmental Policy and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Aminata Radia Sei
Parent Faculty Association President
Aminata (Mimi) is a graduate of the Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico. She is a Sierra Leonean-born writer, currently working on a creative nonfiction account of her experiences in Africa, America, and Asia. Mimi is former President of the Parent School Partnership of the Dalian American International School, and currently serves as a Board Member of Surge and Restore, Resonance Ensemble, and the Africa Sports Ventures Group. She is the parent of one current student of Catlin Gabel and two graduates.
KELLY PARK ’21
Catlin Gabel Student Association President
Kelly has attended Catlin Gabel since first grade. Outside of school, Kelly works for Lines for Life’s teen support line, serves on the Wellbeing Trust Youth Advisory Council, and has volunteered for the Oregon Historical Society. What she values most about the school is its unique spirit of creativity and emphasis on independent thinking. She believes that every student, parent, and faculty member in the Catlin Gabel community offers a valuable perspective.