The Board of Trustees establishes broad policy goals and oversees the operation of Sage Hill School in keeping with its mission. It also provides fiduciary oversight and supports long-range strategic planning for the school’s future. Members of the Board include founders, current and past parents, and, most recently, our first alumnus. The Board also includes members of the broader community who bring particular expertise and passion for our mission.
Mike Bolen (2011) is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. The first non-McCarthy family member to lead the company as its chief executive, Mike has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. In his current role, he directs the national builder’s strategic planning efforts. Mike joined McCarthy's Phoenix office as a carpenter superintendent in 1981 and moved up through the business serving as director of operations for McCarthy’s Parking Division, executive vice president of operations, senior vice president of construction services and ultimately Pacific Region president prior to assuming his current role. Mike graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a B.S. in General Engineering, and from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with Master of Fine Arts in Guidance and Counseling.
Vicki U. Booth (1997) is the President of the Ueberroth Family Foundation. In this capacity she works with dozens of non-profit organizations county wide. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Orange County Community Foundation where she is co-chair of the Distribution Committee. She is a member of Circle 1000, a fundraising group for Hoag Hospital’s Cancer Center, and served as Chairman for 4 years. She has been a volunteer at Harbor Day School for many years and served as the President of the Harbor Day School Parent Council. Vicki is a founding member of the Board of Trustees at Sage Hill School. She served as the Chair of the Development Committee for 8 years and has volunteered on many committees, including co-chairing Grad Night 2007. Vicki received her Bachelors degree from the University of Colorado. She and her husband Bill have 3 children.
Roshantha (Rosh) A. Chandraratna, Ph.D. (2006) Rosh held senior R&D positions at Allergan, Vitae and Acucela. Rosh earned bachelors and doctorate degrees in organic chemistry from the University of Sri Lanka and Kansas State University, respectively, and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He taught undergraduate chemistry at Kansas State University where he received an Outstanding Teaching Award. He has published approximately 150 research articles and is an inventor on over 200 U.S. patents. Five drugs invented by Rosh are either on the market or currently in human clinical trial. Rosh and his wife Iolee have two children. Their son was a member of the Sage Hill graduating Class of 2004 and their daughter was a member of the graduating Class of 2008.
Lillian J. Chung is the Founder and President of the Newport Child Development Center. She specializes in early intervention for pre-school aged children. As a school psychologist, she has worked in community, hospital and school settings for over 15 years. Her private practice focuses on parenting consultations/workshops, teacher in-service trainings and social skills development. Lillian has been an active member of the community and has served on the boards of National Charity League Juniors, National League of Young Men and the Parent Council of Harbor Day School. Lillian graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Counseling and School Psychology from Tufts University and doctoral training at Northeastern University. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband, Henry, and children, Connor, Sage Hill class of 2016 and Darcy, 7th grader at Harbor Day School.
Mark Danner (2012) was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio and graduated Middleton High School. He matriculated to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated with a BA in Anthropology, a minor in Biology, and played basketball and rugby. For four years Mark taught at Westminster School, a private preparatory school in Simsbury, Connecticut. His responsibilities included coaching three sports each year as well as teaching classes in Earth Science and Plane Geometry. He received a MBA degree from Columbia University in New York City specializing in Marketing. Mark was employed by Anheuser-Busch Company Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri for 24 years. He held a number of positions primarily in Sales including Vice President of Region Sales in Chicago, Vice President of National Retail Sales, and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to leaving Anheuser-Busch Mark served as Vice President and General Manager of Continental Europe headquartered in Paris, France. He was responsible for over 50 countries and territories in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Currently Mark is President, CEO and managing partner of Straub Distributing, a beverage distribution company with 360 employees, serving Orange County and a portion of Riverside County, California. Mark has served on a number of charity boards and is currently Board Chair for The Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County. Mark and his wife Ann live in Newport Beach and have 3 children, Tierney, T.J., and Maggie.
David A. Dull (2001) is a director of Ostendo Technologies, Inc., On-Ramp Wireless, Inc. and ZetaRx Biosciences, Inc. and a business advisor to several other privately-held therapeutics, water science and electronics companies. In 2009 he retired after 11 years as a senior executive and general counsel of Broadcom Corporation, where he was responsible for legal affairs, intellectual property strategy and development, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, as a partner in the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, he represented clients in the entertainment and technology industries. David graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies, did graduate work in history at Oxford University, and later received his law degree at Yale. For five years before and after law school, David was a staff member of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in New York City. In addition to serving as a trustee of Sage Hill and of Sarah Lawrence College, he is a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council. David and his wife Susan have two children. Their daughter was a member of Sage Hill's first graduating class in 2003 and their son graduated in the class of 2005.
Madaline Gordon (2011) is president of The Gordon Foundation, an entity focused on providing financial support to nonprofit organizations that make a positive and meaningful impact in the community. The foundation funds children’s causes, education, the arts, healthcare and supports organizations such as Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, CHOC, Hoag Hospital, Orange County Philharmonic, Human Options, as well as local public and private schools. Madaline Attended the University of Arizona where she studied psychology. After working professionally in New York City she returned to California to raise her family and pursue community and philanthropic endeavors. She has demonstrated her commitment to community involvement through Orangewood Children’s Foundation (founding member), 44 Women for Children Executive Board, Anaheim Ducks Casino Chair, Tarbut v Torah Community Day School Scholarship Gala Chair, PTSO Secretary, OCJCC (Orange County Jewish Community Center) Gala Co-Chair, Jewish Federation of Orange County (women’s division) and past board member and chair of Voices Luncheon. Madaline lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Stephen Gordon, Chairman/CEO of Opus Bank and their two daughters; Madison, Sage Hill class of 2010, currently attending Boston University and Sophie, Sage Hill student, class of 2014.
Dr. Lorellen Green
Lorellen Green (2014) has had successful careers as both a modern dance choreographer and producer and a medical doctor. Originally from Orange County, she followed her passion for dance to Europe, where she worked with Caterina Sagna/Compagnia Nadir, based in Venice Italy. She then relocated to New York City, where she formed her own dance company. Lorellen later entered the medical field, earning an M.D. from Columbia University. After completing her training in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2006, she returned to Orange County with her family. Since that time, she has served as a physician for MemorialCare Medical Group and recently assumed the role of Medical Director of Inpatient Services. In addition to her clinical practice, she has a particular interest in health care systems and reform, developing initiatives to improve patient safety and outcomes. Lorellen holds a B.A. in philosophy from Vassar College. She resides in Newport Coast with her children, Erika (‘14) and Robert (‘17).
Andra Greene Ellingson
Andra Greene Ellingson (2011) is a partner in the Newport Beach office of Irell & Manella LLP, where she specializes in complex business litigation. Andra has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout the country.She is listed in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and Bet the Company litigation. In addition to her work at the firm, Andra has been active in the leadership of numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, the Federal Bar Association-Orange County Chapter and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Andra has served on the boards of a number of non-profits, including The Pegasus School (where she chaired the Development Committee), CASA of Orange County and University Synagogue. Andra holds a degree in economics from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Andra and her husband, Tom Ellingson, have four children and two huskies. Their son, Adam, graduated with the Class of 2014.
Janet Hadley (2007) is a retired pediatric nurse practitioner who worked most recently as the Head Nurse of Denver General Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. She is a founding member of the Orange County Chapter of NAPNAP and is active with the Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series at the Newport Beach Public Library. For more than 15 years Ms. Hadley has been the organizer of education-based programs honoring National Women's History Month. Ms. Hadley has held several leadership positions on the Heinz Kaiser School Parent-Faculty Organization and was responsible for restructuring the public school association. She also served in a variety of volunteer positions at Harbor Day School. At Sage Hill School, Ms. Hadley was a founding member of the Community Speaker Series and was responsible for bringing renowned and varied lecturers to the series. She helped coordinate Sage Hill’s student exchange program to France and has held numerous volunteer positions. Ms. Hadley earned her BSN from Boston University and her MSN from Boston College. She and her husband, H. Lawrence Webb, have two daughters who are members of the classes of 2004 and 2007.
Randall A. Heyler (2007) is President and CEO of Ondax, Inc., a laser and photonics technology company located in Monrovia, CA. Randy has spent over 30 years in the design, manufacture, marketing and business management of laser and related photonics technologies for applications ranging from biotechnology and medicine to industrial manufacturing, scientific research, and fiber-optic communications. He has served as President of the Lasers and Electro-Optics Manufacturers’ Association (LEOMA), was founding Chairman of the Photonics Manufacturers Association, and as Advisory Board Chair for the National Pediatric MS Center based in Stony Brook, N.Y. He received both his BS in Mechanical Engineering and his MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University. Mr. Heyler has been active in the Sage Hill Marketing Committee since 2003 and the Finance Committee since 2006, and has two daughters, Rachel (Class of 2006) and Colleen (Class of 2008). His wife Kelly has also been very active at Sage Hill, serving as both Annual Fundraising Event Chair (2005) and Parent Association President (2006 and 2007).
Douglas Hodge (2011) is Chief Operating Officer of PIMCO and the managing director of their Newport Beach office. He also serves on PIMCO's executive committee and on the eleven-member global executive committee for Allianz Global Investors, the governing body of asset management for the Allianz Group. In his current role, Mr. Hodge has executive oversight of the firm’s client and business areas, including broad strategy-setting and resource management. Earlier, Mr. Hodge led the Asia Pacific region from the firm's Tokyo office from 2002-2009. He joined PIMCO in 1989 and has previously served the firm as a senior account manager responsible for client relationships worldwide and as a global product manager. Mr. Hodge currently serves on the board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. He has 27 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. Mr. Hodge also serves on the board of the Thacher School. His daughter graduated from Sage Hill in the Class of 2013.
Paul J. Kim (2010) is the Founder and Managing Partner of LaSalle Asset Management, a hedge fund focused on trading derivatives of agricultural commodities based in Chicago. Mr. Kim is also the Founder and CEO of Aventis Asset Management, a discretionary diversified commodity fund with offices in Chicago, New York and Shanghai and is committed to giving a significant portion of the company profits to charity. He is also Founder and Partner of 2DS Productions in Chicago, which is active in movie and television production. Mr. Kim also manages the Kim Family Foundation along with his three children; the foundation is committed to delivering humanitarian aid and funding community development in Asia, South America and Africa. Previously, he was a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. Prior to the Chicago Board of Trade, Mr. Kim was a trader with Cargill Incorporated. Mr. Kim graduated from Northwestern University with dual degrees in Economics and Biochemistry. Mr. Kim has a daughter (Class of 2011) and a son (Class of 2013.)
Paolo Leon (2014) is a Project Manager at MVE & Partners, Inc., a full service architecture and planning firm with a rich portfolio that extends from California, throughout the United States and internationally. Paolo brings years of experience in architecture across multiple project types including residential, student housing, educational, civic, and healthcare. He is currently working on multi-family residential projects in Newport Beach, Irvine, and San Diego. Paolo is a Sage Hill School alumnus and member of the founding class of 2004. He was elected student body president and helped write the Sage Hill School Honor Code during his senior year. He earned a B.Arch from the USC School of Architecture (2009), and an MBA from Chapman University (2013). Paolo is passionate about helping communities leverage education to break the cycle of poverty. He currently serves on the board of directors for THINK Together, an organization committed to improving academic outcomes for children and youth living in under-resourced communities. Paolo also enjoys photography, running and traveling. He lives in Irvine with his wife, and Sage Hill alumna, Candice.
Joel K. Lipman, M.D. (1997)was a radiologist at Hoag Memorial Hospital where he also served as Chief of Angiography and Computer Tomography. He served as Medical Director of the Newport Imaging Center. He specialized in Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology, Computer Tomography and Orthopedic MRI. He contributed to numerous medical journals and book publications. He has served on the boards of numerous private and public companies. Dr. Lipman graduated from the University of Florida with High Honors, University of Florida Medical School, served his residency at Stanford University in Diagnostic Radiology, and was a Post Doctoral Scholar in Computerized Imagining at Stanford University. From 1982 until 2000, Dr. Lipman was a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford Medical Center in Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine. During the 2004-05 academic year, Joel taught 7th and 8th grade Science at Pegasus School in Huntington Beach. Currently he is working as a Research Specialist doing Stem Cell Research at California Stem Cell under the direction of Dr. Hans Keirsted. Dr. Lipman has a son who graduated with the class of 2010 and a daughter who graduated with the Class of 2012.
Christy Marlin (2009) practiced law as a litigation attorney for ten years and retired to raise her two sons. Since that time she has been extensively involved in volunteer and philanthropic work. She organized numerous social and fund raising events at Fairmont Private School and also served on Fairmont’s Parent Association Executive Board for many years.In 2005 she founded Designing Women, a Guild in Support of Working Wardrobes, which provides job search assistance and clothing for adults in crisis reentering the workforce. Christy served as President for 3 years, was responsible for all committees and chaired numerous major fund raising events. At Sage Hill School she has been on several committees including chairing the Spring Benefit in 2007 and Grad Night in 2009 and 2013. She has served on our Board of Trustees since 2009. Her sons graduated in 2009 and 2013. She lives in Irvine with her husband Lou.
Michelle Merage Janavs
Michelle Merage-Janavs (2013) is president of the MMJ Foundation, a non-profit entity established for the creation and funding of educational and philanthropic endeavors. Michelle developed and runs The Candy Palace Program, which enables children to use their creativity and imaginations to help solve the problem of child hunger in our county. To date the, the program has provided over 600,000 meals for hungry children utilizing the services of the Kids' Café program of the Second Harvest Food Bank. In partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, Michelle created the enormously successful Izzy's Corner- a safe, child-friendly facility, which provides children, schools and organizations with an opportunity to learn about the problem of child hunger and to volunteer to pack backpacks with food supplies for children that receive assistance from the Kids Cafes. Izzy's Corner has become a model community outreach and education program that has captured the interest of food banks around the country. For 4 years, Michelle served on the Fellowship Awards Committee for the Merage Foundation for the American Dream. Most recently, Michelle has begun to develop the Fallen Athletes Fund. This is a program of the MMJ Foundation modeled after the Music Cares program of the Grammy Foundation. Fallen Athletes Fund aims to raise money and solicit corporate partners to build a safety net for professional action sports athletes that are seriously injured or killed. Prior to starting a family, Michelle spent 6 years working in new product marketing for Chef America Inc. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. Michelle and her husband, Paul, have 3 children: Grant, a Sage Hill student in the class of 2017, and Isabel and Brielle, who are currently in middle school.
Mark A. Murray (2011) is a retired principal of Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing firm. Mark served in several consulting and senior management roles during his 24 year career at Hewitt, including leading the opening of its Philadelphia office before transferring west in the role of region manager. Mark also served two terms on the firm’s Executive Committee, responsible for the strategic direction and management of the firm. Since retiring Mark has volunteered his time to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, the Newport Beach Library Literacy program, coaching boys lacrosse (including the inaugural year of Sage Hill’s team), and was a co-chair of the Annual Fund for two years. Mark graduated with a B.A. from Williams College in 1978, and received an M.B.A. from the New York University School of Business in 1981. Mark’s daughter graduated from Sage Hill in 2010, and his son graduated in 2013.
Douglas C. Neff (2001) is a Founder and Managing Partner of IHP Capital Partners. He serves as Chairman of IHP’s Investment Committee and has primary responsibility for the company’s operations. From 1985 until the founding of IHP in 1991, Mr. Neff was a Partner of The O’Donnell Group, a major regional developer, owner and manager of commercial and industrial real estate. Previously, he was Treasurer of The Irvine Company and Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. A graduate of Amherst College (1970), he received an MBA from the University of Chicago (1973). Two of Mr. Neff’s sons graduated from Sage Hill in the class of 2005 and 2008 and he has a daughter who graduated with the class of 2011.
Michael D. Ray (1997) has a BA from Occidental College and a MBA from USC. He is President of Sanderson-J.Ray Corporation, a commercial real estate developer with primary operations in Orange County and Coachella Valley, but with former affiliates in Guam and Japan. Prior to that, he worked for Citicorp in NYC. Michael was one of the Founders of the Discovery Science Center, the Orange County High School of the Arts, the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, Sage Hill School, the Tract Surfing Association and the Surfrider Foundation. He is Chair Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Great Park Foundation. He sits on the Board of the Orange County Museum of the Arts. He writes an economic blog and has a regular general interest column in a local publication. His daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from Sage Hill in 2007. His daughter, Gabrielle, graduated in 2011 and his son, Harrison, graduated in 2013. Finally, his personal commitment to Sage Hill School has included funding a full tuition scholarship for a member of Sage Hill’s first graduating class.
Mr. Stanton Rowe
Stanton Rowe (2015) has been chief scientific officer at Edwards Lifesciences since 2008 and also serves as corporate vice president, advanced technology. He joined the company in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies, a company he helped to found in 1999 and of which he served as president and CEO. Previously, Stanton was corporate vice president of business development and strategic planning for Datascope and was vice president of business development for Johnson & Johnson’s interventional systems division (JJIS) in Warren, New Jersey, responsible for the company’s coronary stent development efforts. At JJIS and the related Cordis Corporation, Stanton held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including heading the company’s business development, advanced technology, worldwide clinical research and marketing groups. Stanton joined Cordis after previously holding several positions in product management for a number of medical device companies. He is on the boards of directors of InSeal Medical, Ltd and the Discovery Science Center, as well as the advisory boards for the engineering or biomedical engineering schools at UC Irvine, Georgia Tech and Brown University. Stanton received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Chiyo, are the parents of Aimee ('17) and Aiden.
Charles Ruck (2013) is a partner in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins LLP. His practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and general corporate and securities matters. He serves as primary outside counsel to a number of public and privately held companies and represents boards of directors and special committees in complex corporate governance matters. Charles is a former member of Latham & Watkins' Executive Committee and he currently serves as Chair of the firm's Strategic Client Initiative. He received his JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Charles has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, the Stars and Stripes Children’s Foundation and as a trustee of the Harbor Day School. He and his wife Mary Kay have three children -- Abigail, Class of 2015 and Emma, Class of 2017.
Toyozo (Toyo) Shimano (2012) spent over 20 years holding various positions around the world with Shimano, Inc. in both main businesses, fishing tackle and bicycle components. Stints included time in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the US in fields from marketing and sales to product planning to manufacturing and quality control. One of those positions was President of G. Loomis, Inc., a brand of premier high-end carbon fiber graphite fishing rods manufactured in Woodland, WA from 1997-2004. Toyo earned his bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (1986) and his MBA at Stanford (2006). Since retiring from the family business in 2012, he has been investing and advising on strategic issues with several early stage businesses. Toyo and his wife Kristin have two children Emily (Sage Hill class of 2014) and Calvin (Sage Hill class of 2016).
Lawrence W. Ward, Jr. (2010) Lawrence W. Ward Jr. is the Principal of Laguna Canyon Capital LLC, a private equity firm he founded in 2011. Larry has 20 years experience in private equity investing as a partner with American Industrial Partners, Fremont Partners, and ClearrLight Partners. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Plantonics, Inc. and Sweetheart Cup Company. Larry began his career in New York City as a commercial lending officer with Manufacturers Hanover Trust and later as an investment banker with Kidder, Peabody & Co. Larry has a BA in economics from Harvard College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. His daughter Peyton graduated from Sage Hill with the Class of 2007. His son Winston graduated from Sage Hill with the Class of 2011.