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Notes from the Board Archive

November 9th, 2016

The CDS Board of Trustees is a group of parents, community members and alumni parents who are entrusted with the stewardship of the school. The work of the Board revolves around setting long-term policy to ensure that the school stays true to its mission and remains financially healthy. We meet several times per school year as a full Board, and committees and task force meetings happen almost every week. 

The Board works closely with the Head of School and the administrative team to support CDS, its students, and its faculty. This past year, the Board led a strategic planning process to lay out much of the work we will do over the next few years. Read more about the Strategic Plan here and see if there is an area that interests you. If you would like to be involved, please email Lindsay Galligan, Liaison to the Board of Trustees, at and tell us how you would like to help.

The Class of 2016-2017

The CDS Board is a mix of parent Trustees and non-parent Trustees, including alumni parents; one day we hope to have CDS alums on the Board! Trustees sign on for a three-year term, and it is the hope that most Trustees will serve two three-year terms, which fits the best practices guidelines set by the National Association of Independent Schools. 

This year, we enthusiastically welcome the following new Trustees:

Liza Ramrayka 

Liza is a social justice journalist with 25 years of experience working for print and online media. A freelance features writer and commissioning editor for The Guardian, The Times, and News Deeply, her specialities include migration, equality and diversity. She is also an editorial consultant and media skills trainer. She holds a BA in English and French Literature & Language as well as a post-graduate diploma in journalism. At CDS, Liza has been a classroom liaison, event volunteer, and admissions tour guide, and in 2015-2016 she served as Annual Fund Co-Chair with her partner, Simon Rogers. Liza, Simon, Ella (’18) and Jake (’22) joined the CDS community from the UK in 2013.

Michelle Schoen

Michelle has been actively involved in the school for years, both inside and outside of the classroom. In 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, she co-chaired Fiesta. Additionally, she has offered her service as a classroom liaison and as a member of the PTTA and Advancement Committee. Michelle previously worked in leadership roles at a boutique communications strategy firm and a variety of technology companies in the Bay Area, including NetSuite, where she was responsible for marketing, communications, and strategic partner programs. She and her husband, Kent, are the parents of Mia (’21) and Kira (’23).

David Strandberg

David is a structural engineer in San Francisco and founding Principal of Strandberg Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in architecture, and master’s in structural engineering from Virginia Tech. Before founding his own business, David worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill as a structural engineer and architect. David and his wife, Holly Coleman, are parents to Oskar (’23) and Gus (’26), and David has been an active member of the Facilities Development Committee at CDS. 

Tina Syer 

Tina serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit that was founded in the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998. In this role she oversees marketing, programs, evaluation, and strategic planning. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI). Tina graduated with honors in psychology from Stanford University, where she captained the field hockey team and was named an Academic All-American. Tina and her wife, Jennifer Babik, are the parents of Nathan (’22) and Zachary (’25). 

We also welcome our new PTTA President, Lindsay Woollerson! The PTTA President sits on the Board and is probably the busiest volunteer parent at CDS. Lindsay is a stay-at-home parent to Henry (’25). She has a BA in Marine Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. Prior to parenthood, Lindsay ran Green Business Programs for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. 

Thank you to our Departing Trustees

This last May at our end of year meeting and dinner, the Board honored the Trustees who have completed their Board service. Departing Parent Trustees were Laura DelaFuente, Heather O’Donnell, Rohan Palekar, and Jim Reynolds. We also thanked non-parent Trustees Todd Smithline and Suzy Vogler for their service and generous support of Children’s Day School. All of these volunteers deserve an enormous debt of gratitude from our school and community. We simply couldn’t do what we do without the work of the Board.

More recent posts

May 28th, 2014

Up Close and Personal

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May 7th, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion at CDS

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January 29th, 2014

Notes from the Board

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