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 Head of School, 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 Head of School, who is in charge of the daily operation of the School. The Head of School is responsible to the Trustees for implementing the School’s Mission Statement and Statement of Objectives. The Trustees are available to the Head of School 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.
"Serving on the PCDS Board of Trustees carries with it the responsibility of stewardship. My colleagues and I are proud to contribute our time, skills, and energy to preserve the reputation and successes PCDS has achieved to date and support its continued growth and development into the future." – David Lewis
Board of Trustees
Executive Vice President,
Committee on Trusteeship
Vice President, Finance
Vice President, Advancement
Vice President, Facilities Planning
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Tim Louis ‘81
Head of School
Tiffany Pondelik ‘00*
President, Alumni Association
President, Parents’ Association
Daniel J. Donahoe III
Nick Firestone '84
Donald R. Loback
Nan P. Miller
Ellie B. Nolan
Frederick M. Pakis
Nicholas J. Sakellariadis ‘69
Shoshana B. Tancer
Gay F. Wray