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 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.
Vice-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 alumnus.
treasurer, new board member
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” alumnae.
SECRETARY, 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 has two children attending Catlin Gabel.
Azin van Alebeek
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
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.
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Board member since 2008-09
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a state senator, a family practice physician at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), an associate professor in the OHSU department of family medicine, and a leading researcher on women's health and other family issues. Elizabeth volunteers for the Girl Scouts, several nonprofit boards, and several professional organizations. She is the mother of two Catlin Gabel alumnae.
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.
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.
Tina Lee Lam
Board member since 2013-14
Tina earned a BA in math and computer science and a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the managing director and chief operating officer of the Lam Group, an investment advisory and management services firm based in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Before becoming a Catlin Gabel parent, she was an active volunteer at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences. She is the parent of a current Catlin Gabel student and two alumni.
new board member
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 have two sons in the upper school.
David Recordon ’04
new board member
David is the Vice President of Infrastructure and Security at the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he supports a team that builds common solutions and invests in information security across CZI’s Education, Justice and Opportunity, and Science Initiatives. In 2014, David joined the U.S. Digital Service and was appointed as the First Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of White House Information Technology. Prior to his government service, David led software engineering teams at Facebook. He was recognized with Catlin Gabel’s Distinguished Younger Alumni Award in 2017.
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.
Amelia Templeton ’02
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.
Endowment Committee Chair
Greg is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a BA in English. He currently serves as managing director of Dufault, Smith and Meeuwsen wealth advisors. Greg is one of the founders of Raphael House of Portland, a women’s shelter, and he co-founded Wordstock, the Northwest’s largest book festival. A member of the endowment committee for many years, Greg’s service to Catlin Gabel also includes three years as baseball coach. His two children are Catlin Gabel lifers and graduates.
Faculty-Staff Forum President
Damien has been the Catlin Gabel Upper School Music Teacher since 2015. Before relocating to Portland for his current position, he was the Music Instructor for the University High School of Indiana in Carmel. Damien is a professional singer and composer, and has been a featured artist with some of the Pacific Northwest’s most prominent arts organizations, including Portland Opera and Seattle Opera.
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.
Arjun Jain ’20
Catlin Gabel Student Association President
Arjun embodies Catlin Gabel’s spirit of community service through his work with local youth as a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board in Beaverton. He is a passionate science researcher who has worked with local and national scientists, and a member of the school’s varsity tennis team. Arjun strongly believes in an open and transparent CGSA which actively listens to the student body, and partners with the Catlin Gabel Board of Trustees and administration to make Catlin Gabel an amazing place for every student.
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, and the Africa Sports Ventures Group. She is the parent of two current Catlin Gabel students and one alumnus.