Board of Trustees

Charting a course for the future of the school

The Phoenix Country Day School Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the institution and is responsible for its fiscal well-being, its philosophy and objectives, and the effective implementation of its policies.

The Board is comprised of 18 regular members and three ex officio voting members. Ex officio members include the Headmaster, the President of the Alumni Association, and the President of the Parents’ Association. In addition, the Board has active Advisory Trustees who may attend Board meetings and serve on standing committees.

Among the Board’s many responsibilities is the selection and hiring of the Headmaster, who is in charge of the daily operation of the School. The Headmaster is responsible to the Trustees for implementing the School’s Mission Statement and Statement of Objectives. The Trustees are available to the Headmaster for encouragement, support, management perspective, and advice on governance issues.

The Board also has fiduciary responsibilities, which it fulfills by approving the School’s budget, approving major capital expenditures, and by ensuring the School’s fiscal well-being. The Board sets investment policies, approves insurance programs, and assesses the performance of the investment advisors. The Board identifies the means for funding student programs and support services and sets the goals for the annual fund campaign and major capital campaigns. Members of the Board also set the pace for individual donations and serve as the principal solicitors of major donations.

The PCDS Board of Trustees abides by the National Association of Independent Schools’ Principles of Good Practice.

Trustees' Standing Committees

The Board of Trustees has six standing committees. A Vice President, who sets the agenda and reports the committee's work at Board meetings, chairs each committee, with the exception of the Audit Committee, which is directed by an independent coordinator.

"Serving PCDS on the Board of Trustees is an honor. My colleagues and I are proud to support the School's mission and ensure the strength of the PCDS experience for years to come." – Tracy Brennan
Past Board President

Board of Trustees

David Lewis
Taylor Burke
Executive Vice President,
Vice President,
Committee on Trusteeship
Charles W. Shields
Vice President, Finance
Donna Johnson
Vice President, Advancement
Michelle Hosmar
Vice President, Facilities Planning
Tracy Brennan
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Darryl Berger
Martin Felli
Mercedes Liljegren
Tim Louis ‘81
Jordan Rose
Margaux Rosen
Julie Sabeeh
Tracy Schwimmer
Daniel Silverman
Kiran Singh
Andrew Rodin*
Head of School
Tiffany Pondelik ‘00*
President, Alumni Association
Marian Florey*
President, Parents’ Association
*ex officio

Advisory Trustees

Susan J. Bansak
Beverly Bradway
Daniel J. Donahoe III
Bennett Dorrance
Nick Firestone
Susan Garrity
Samuel Garvin
Bert Getz
Donald R. Loback
Nan P. Miller
Jahm Najafi
Ellie B. Nolan
Frederick M. Pakis
Nicholas J. Sakellariadis ‘69
Jonah Shacknai
Shoshana B. Tancer
Charlene Whitfill
Garth Wieger
Gay F. Wray