Board of Trustees
The Principles of Good Practice from the National Association of Independent Schools
Preamble: The following principles provide common ground for interaction between independent school professionals and their many constituents (parents, students, colleagues at other schools, and the public). The NAIS Principles of Good Practice for member schools define high standards and ethical behavior in key areas of school operations to guide schools in becoming the best education communities they can be, to embed the expectation of professionalism, and to further our sector’s core values of transparency, excellence, and inclusivity. Accordingly, membership in NAIS is contingent upon agreement to abide by "the spirit" of the PGPs.
Overview: The board is the guardian of the school's mission. It is the board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.
Principles of Good Practice:
- The board adopts a clear statement of the school's mission, vision, and strategic goals and establishes policies and plans consistent with this statement.
- The board reviews and maintains appropriate bylaws that conform to legal requirements, including duties of loyalty, obedience, and care.
- The board assures that the school and the board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action. The board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, individual trustees annually.
- The board accepts accountability for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fund raising.
- The board selects, supports, nurtures, evaluates, and sets appropriate compensation for the head of school.
- The board recognizes that its primary work and focus are long-range and strategic.
- The board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the plan, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the head of school, and the board itself.
- The board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions widely, while keeping its deliberations confidential.
- Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.
- The board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the board and its committees.
- As leader of the school community, the board engages proactively with the head of school in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.
- The board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and board leadership succession planning.
- Katrina Maestri, President
- Rae Boerema, Secretary
- Heidi Daunt
- Caroline Haskell
- Robert Hernandez
- Lara Hruska
- Michael McMahan
- Hunter Lowder, Treasurer
- Robert Melton
- Robert Egnew, Vice President
- Arthur Pasquinelli
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.
Raynette (Rae) Boerema brings a depth of marketing, financial and strategic planning experience to the Chartwell Board after a 17-year career in banking, financial strategy and risk management. She earned a business degree from University of San Diego, financial planning certification from Texas A&M and continued studies for innovation and entrepreneurship through The Wharton School and Stanford University. Rae developed a deep connection to the language based learning differences community after her son was diagnosed with dyslexia and became a Chartwell student. After two years of service in the Chartwell library, Rae indicated 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.” She has served on the board since 2017.
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.
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 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.
Lara Hruska founded Cedar Law in Seattle, Washington based on a holistic approach to school law informed by her unique background in education, social work, and the law. She is licensed to practice law in Washington and California. Lara received her JD from the University of Washington School of Law and also holds an MSW in Child and Family Welfare Policy from Columbia University, an MSEd in Special and General Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She has experience teaching children from pre-kindergarten through middle school in California, New York, and Louisiana, where she served as the founding special education director for two post-Katrina charter schools in New Orleans. Lara is a Carmel native and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and experience back home in service to our students and families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.