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. Some standing and ad hoc board committees include volunteer parents, students, faculty, and alumni in addition to elected trustee members, though other committees 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
2018-19 Board of Trustees
Bart Eberwein, chair, board member since 2013-14
Bart earned a BS in journalism and an MBA from the University of Oregon. He is the executive vice president of Hoffman Construction Company, where he develops new business strategies. Bart serves on the Oregon Land Conservation Development Commission (LCDC) and the National Forest Foundation, and has been a board member of Literary Arts. In 2014 he was recognized with the John C. Hampton Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. He has two children at Catlin Gabel.
Indira Nallakrishnan, 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.
Tina Lee Lam, treasurer, 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.
Mark Holliday, 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 two Catlin Gabel alumni and one current student.
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.
Jorge G. Casimiro, board member since 2017-18
Jorge received a BA from Brown University and a Master's in public policy from Rutgers University. He is Vice President of Global Community Impact for NIKE, Inc., and President of the NIKE Foundation. Before joining NIKE, Jorge lived and worked around the world through roles at The Coca-Cola Company. He serves in advisory roles for Brown University and Boston College, and on the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation Board. He has two children enrolled at Catlin Gabel and a toddler at home. His wife, Elizabeth, is 1st grade PFA representative.
Arah Erickson '87, new board member 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.
Alex Ho, 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.
John Kroger, board member since 2013-14
John holds BA and MA degrees in philosophy from Yale and a law degree from Harvard. He is the president of Reed College, and a passionate advocate for the importance of liberal arts education in society. John served as Oregon Attorney General from 2009 to 2012, and prior to that post served as an Assistant United States Attorney in New York and a law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. He is the parent of a Catlin Gabel graduate.
Patrick O'Neill, 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.
Punit Renjen, board member since 2012-13
Born and raised in India, Punit came to the U.S. after winning a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to Willamette University, where he earned a master's degree in management, and where he is now a trustee. For the past three decades he has held leadership positions with the Deloitte network, and currently serves as Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. He is on the boards of United Way Worldwide and the U.S.-India Business Council. Punit is the parent of a Catlin Gabel student.
Eric Rosenfeld '83, board member since 2007-08
Eric earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and an MBA from Switzerland's Institute for Management Development. After several years working in Silicon Valley, he returned to Portland in 1996 and co-founded Capybara Ventures, a venture capital firm, with his former Catlin Gabel science lab partner Bob Ward '83. Eric also runs the Oregon Angel Fund. He has worked for the Catlin Gabel Annual Fund and served on the finance committee. He has two children at Catlin Gabel and one graduate.
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.
Tyler Silver, new board member
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 and his husband, Joel Silver, have four children, one who currently attends Catlin Gabel and three who will begin next year.
Kate Warren Hall '93, new board member
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.
Ex Officio board members
Tim Bazemore, 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.
Greg Dufault, 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.
Damien Geter, 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
Marisa Natarajan'19, Catlin Gabel Student Association President
Marisa came to Catlin Gabel in 6th grade, and has been active in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at the school; her work in this area includes helping to plan the school’s annual Diversity Summit and co-founding the Desi (South Asian) Affinity Group. Marisa has also been a member of the Mock Trial Team for the past three years, and a performer in plays and musicals. She is deeply committed to Catlin Gabel's focus on strong liberal arts education, and believes that it fosters students’ ability to play an important role in the world..
Katie Wisdom Weinstein '86, Alumni Board President
Katie attended Southern Oregon University and Western Washington University, and earned her BA in English Literature. For the last thirty years she has worked with arts organizations, summer camps, and other programs that serve the community, including Oregon Humanities, Caldera, Camp Four Winds, Oregon Zoo, SUN Community Schools, and Catlin Gabel. She currently serves as Director of Community Programs for Oregon College of Art and Craft, a program she initiated in 1998.
Lisa Ericksen, Parent Faculty Association President
A California native, Lisa moved to Oregon in 1992 to work in finance, serving as a regulatory compliance officer for national financial institutions. She retired in 2003 and currently manages her family charitable foundation. At Catlin Gabel she has been a member of the Parent Faculty Association for four years serving on the Executive Council and the Diversity Action Council, as Affinity Group Leader, and as an active proponent of cultural programs on campus. She is a firm believer in the power of philanthropy and volunteerism, and is raising her child to be active in his community. Lisa and her husband Robert have one son enrolled in the Lower School at Catlin Gabel.