Board of Trustees

The Chartwell Board of Trustees was first created in 1989. The Mission of the Board of Trustees is to provide support and resources to enable Chartwell School to supply the total learning environment necessary for it to graduate students who set the highest standard for excellence, moral and ethical character, and leadership. Their goals are to improve the national image of Chartwell School; improve student quality; improve education; enhance camaraderie between the school and alumni; develop long term plans to further support the current level of financial security; and, to maintain excellence in technology.

Members & Biographies

Mary Ann Leffel, President

Mary Ann Leffel joined the Chartwell Board of Trustees in 2012 and currently serves as the President of the Board. She brings decades of experience in banking, economic development, and civic engagement to her efforts at Chartwell. During her 45-year career in the banking industry, she served as Vice President of three large banking institutions in the region, overseeing operations in business development, marketing, and loan origination. Both before and since retiring, she has been an active member of varied business councils and civic organizations, serving on multiple boards and commissions, as an elected official, appointed official, and as a community volunteer.

Katrina Maestri, Vice President

Katrina Maestri spent 15 years in an international corporate career with General Motors and has a wide range of Marketing, Strategy, and New Business Development experience. While at GM, she specialized in working with start-up operations, including entering new geographic markets as well as launching new technology ventures. Since leaving the corporate world, Katrina has enjoyed applying her experience to non-profits in both the U.S. and abroad. Katrina and her family moved to the U.S. in 2010 so that her daughter could receive the specialized support she needs to thrive with her dyslexia. Katrina is passionate about fostering educational opportunities for students with learning differences and raising awareness regarding the high potential of this creative, dynamic population. She has served on the Chartwell Board since 2014 and is currently the Vice President.

Ralph Bailey, Treasurer

Ralph A. Bailey retired as the Human Resources Director of the City of Monterey before taking over as Interim Human Resources Director of the City of Salinas. Ralph’s previous work environments include the Monterey City Manager’s office, the League of California Cities Sacramento office, and the City Manager’s office in the City of Fremont. Ralph’s public service includes the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries and resenting Monterey on the Community Human Services JPA Board, which provides social services and substance abuse treatment. Ralph joined the Chartwell Board of Trustees in 2011 and currently is serving as Treasurer.

Carrie Miles, Secretary

Carrie Miles brings fundraising skills, corporate experience and a sincere devotion to education to the Chartwell Board. She joined the Board in 2011 when her son, Andrew, was a student in the high school. Even after Andrew’s graduation, Carrie has continued to serve as the Event Chair for Chartwell’s annual Party in a Pear Tree fundraiser and currently is serving as the Secretary of the Board. As a testament to her commitment to the school and its mission, she recently received the Chartwell “Churchill Award,” which is bestowed to Trustees who perform exceptional “behind-the-scenes” work for our school. Carrie is a Charter member of the International School of Monterey where she has acted as treasurer since 2002, she also volunteers and supports many local charities, including Entre Nous. An avid biker, tennis enthusiast, and hiker, she spends her spare time on less challenging tasks like scaling Kilimanjaro.

Heidi Daunt

Heidi Daunt wrote in her resumé that she would like to serve on the Chartwell Board of Trustees because she, herself, is Dyslexic as are her son and daughter (Alora is a Chartwell graduate). Heidi is passionate about her work as Branch Manager at TreeHouse Mortgage Group and has enjoyed a 30-year career in the Finance and Mortgage Industry. Heidi earned her degree in International Policy Studies with focus on the French and Spanish languages from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Robert Egnew

Robert “Bob” Egnew, MSW, MPH, spent 35 years in leadership positions in local government-based public health and behavioral health agencies. He has held leadership positions in local, state, and national organizations, including the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, which he founded. Bob’s extensive experience includes legislative advocacy at both the state and national levels. Locally, he has worked with non-profit organizations, government, and educational institutions to develop housing, supported employment, and supported education programs for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Bob was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps stationed at the Silas B. Hayes Army Hospital at Ft. Ord. Bob joined the Chartwell Board in 2015.

Hakan Erdinc

Hakan Erdnic joined the Chartwell Board in 2016. He is Senior Vice President and Regional Manager at Rabobank North America. He is responsible for managing the Food and Agribusiness Lending Division of the Bank for the North Central Coast California Region. Hakan has 26 years of outstanding and progressive professional career history with heavy emphasis in commercial lending. Hakan brings to the Chartwell Board a passion for philanthropy and an enthusiasm for making a difference in our school community.

Rae Bormea Gaston

Raynette (Rae) Boerema has volunteered extensively in the Chartwell library over the last two years. Rae brings a depth of marketing, financial, and strategic planning experience to the Board. A graduate of UC San Diego with a Business Administration degree, Rae went on to further her studies at Texas A&M as well as coursework through The Wharton School and Stanford University. In her statement prepared for the Committee, Rae wrote that she would like to offer “a contribution of Board service towards…making Chartwell accessible to a greater number of children who have language-based learning differences.”

Caroline Haskell

Caroline Haskell is currently the Director of Health and Wellness Services at California State University, Monterey Bay. Caroline earned a M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work as well as a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. She also possesses an Advanced Graduate certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice from Smith College. Caroline has over 30 years’ experience providing program development and management, clinical/counseling services, psycho-educational workshops, and training programs in education, health care, and human/social services. Caroline’s extensive clinical experience will bring another dimension to the Chartwell Board.

Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez recently retired as an administrative law judge with the State of California. He was previously a litigator with the Monterey County Public Defender’s office. Prior to his law career, he was a systems engineer for a major military defense company. It was only after his eight-year old son was diagnosed with dyslexia that Robert realized that he also had dyslexia. Bob’s son subsequently enrolled at Chartwell where he received the specialized instruction he needed. Today that same son is enrolled in a master’s degree program in information technology. Robert joined the Chartwell Board in 2012 following his spouse who was a trustee at Chartwell for six years. She is currently a Superior Court Judge for the County of Monterey.

Hunter Lowder

Hunter Lowder brings a broad range of experience in business operations, management, and marketing to her role as a Chartwell Trustee. She manages her family’s 400 acre property, Holman Ranch, in Carmel Valley. Immersed in the hospitality industry, she directs the operations for a flourishing wedding and event venue with overnight accommodations, 100 stall horse stables, 19 acres of vineyards, 100 olive trees, a wine cave, 2 tasting rooms and a restaurant. Hunter and her family are very involved in the community and often host fundraisers and events, including for the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. She also currently serves on the board for Wish Upon a Wedding Northern California and Monterey Bay Wedding and Event Professionals. Hunter and her husband moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2004 and reside in Carmel Valley with their son, Max, who attends Chartwell. Hunter joined the Chartwell Board in 2015.

Michael McMahan

Michael McMahan is a recently retired lawyer who practiced law in Monterey County for over thirty years. Mick may be new to the Board of Trustees but he's hardly new to Chartwell. As Nicki McMahan and Judy Lewis were co-founding the school, Mick was advising the first Boards of Trustees and often doing the books. When Chartwell began searching for a permanent home, Mick joined the Site Committee and was deeply involved in finding the location and planning and building the new campus. In addition to being married to one of the founders, Mick is the father of Michel, who attended the first two summer schools, and the grandfather of two other Chartwell alumni. Mick is an avid boater and enjoyed cruising with a number of members of the Chartwell family, including Chuck Jacobson and Douglas Atkins. Mick has been a Trustee since 2014.

Robert Melton

Robert “Bob” Melton, MD, MPH, is a public health physician who most recently served as Director of Health Services and Health Officer for the County of Monterey. He has also served in leadership roles in federal, state, and local health agencies, and he has worked with nonprofit organizations involved in community health research, advocacy, and public education. Bob has lived in the Monterey Peninsula region with his family for the past thirty years and has a lifelong interest in early child development and education. He is a long-time member and supporter of the Chartwell community and has served on the Board since 2015.

Arthur Pasquinelli

Arthur Pasquinelli joined the Chartwell Board in July 1993 and he has also served as an interim Executive Director for the school. Art earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and currently operates a consulting firm, Pasquinelli Management Services. Married to Elizabeth, Art makes his home in Monterey.

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