2020-2021 Annual Report - The Riviera Ridge School

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“Our daughter’s experience has been transformative in terms of the development of character and her ability to effectively deal with strong emotions. It’s been rewarding to see her grow as she communicates with adults and children outside of school both verbally and in writing.”

Steve Welton Parent of Claire ‘23 Vice President, Board of Trustees

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“Creating the Magic with Mr. Lee”

A Special Message from Alexis Weaver, Board of Trustees President, 2020-2022 The past 18 months saw our School embark on two extraordinary journeys: as a community, we navigated the uncharted waters of a global pandemic, striving to create a sense of normalcy for our children. In the same year, the Board of Trustees made the difficult, but necessary decision to change the School’s name from Marymount to The Riviera Ridge School, updating it to more accurately reflect the Mission, Vision, and Values redefined by our Strategic Plan and the natural evolution and progress of our amazing School. As with most epic journeys, there were challenges along the way, but we emerged stronger, with a greater sense of self, and a clearer understanding of the exceptional dedication the faculty and staff have for our students. So as we look towards the future, it is more than appropriate to celebrate The Riviera Ridge School’s achievements from the past year. Finalized in 2019, the Strategic Plan and corresponding Mission, Vision, and Values provided the solid foundation on which we based the difficult decisions that arose during the pandemic. Our teachers stood as beacons of consistency and encouragement in a time of uncertainty, and our students showed their resiliency and creativity when the world became unpredictable. Online fundraising and enrollment events were filled with joy and enthusiasm, and we closed out the year with the knowledge that we would be together again, soon.

This School is an incredibly special place, and it is with deep gratitude that I have been able to work with such a committed community, especially the devoted and thoughtful Board of Trustees who worked tirelessly to ensure the School would thrive even under the most difficult of circumstances. I have never been so proud to partner with a Head of School who, every step of the way, puts her community’s – students, faculty, families, and staff – needs before her own. So let us remain caring, compassionate, and courageous as we move into the coming year. The journeys ahead tell a unique story of academic excellence, creativity, critical thinking, diversity, ethical responsibility, joy, kindness, and resilience. Thank you for being part of this time in our School’s vibrant history, and get ready for an exciting year ahead!

Sincerely, Alexis Weaver Parent of Cole ‘20 and Ryland ‘22

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS S T R AT E G I C P L A N 2 0 2 0 After a year of strategic planning, our community set forth the following initiatives, unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees, August 2020.


Provide greater accessibility throughout the region, attracting students and families who align with our Mission, Vision, and Values, and broadening the diversity of our School community. Widen our market appeal through an updated brand and identity, maintaining our commitment to our core values, and embracing the study of all religious traditions and spiritual beliefs rather than being guided by one, singular religion.

Commit to our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion and cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community.


Provide a distinct, personalized learning environment to develop the unique potential of each student, building confident and resilient learners and leaders. Foster a progressive educational model and capitalize on emerging technologies to create learning experiences that connect students to each other and the global community. Attract, support, and retain world-class teaching professionals.


Upgrade, expand, and maintain our campus facilities and equipment to provide an optimal and adaptive learning environment, foster community, and ensure that security, safety, and environmental sustainability are integrated into all facility decisions. Optimize our strategic enrollment management and endowment efforts to drive our goals in net tuition, revenue, diversity, community, and accessibility. Strengthen our development plan and significantly increase our endowment per student to sustain the future of the School. Launch the School into the future with new, clarified Mission and Vision Statements, a set of Core Values, and a Strategic Plan that clearly positions and brands our School in the Santa Barbara community.


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A special thank you to our Strategic Planning Committee & Volunteers for their countless hours of collaboration, creativity, and commitment! Strategic Planning Committee

Strategic Planning Volunteers

Paloma Arnold ’92, Co-Chair Alexis Weaver, Co-Chair Christina Broderick Mario Bucio Meg Dana Drea Dowdy Daniel Emmett John Keister Sameer Pandya Eric Schumacher Megan Sharma Andrea Torchin Jannine Tuttle Stephanie Yeung

Lisa Aviani Chris Blanc Sarah Blanc Sarah Boggs-Oblander Theresa Borgatello Beth Brown Derek Carlson Kelly Caylor Wenjing Chen Shelly Cole Moritz Taryn Corral ’96 Miriam Dance Tim Deakyne Margot Dorian Aleks Dunn

Kari Eiler Katie Frawley Kathy Grace-Velazquez Nikki Greene Kate Keeley Jenny Kustura Rodney Lee Michael Martz Nancy Martz Andrea McFarling Grant McNaughton Jaime Nelson Emilie Neumann Chad Osborne Whitney Osborne Linda Price

Mari Quinteros Tom Rogers Ally Ross John Ross Rebecca Ryser Pam Sanchez Jobeth Seder Molly Seguel Beth Skidmore Erica Storm Dana Susko Nicholas Thacher Alex Weathers Lori Weathers Steve Welton Tina Wood

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F I N A N C E & D E V E LO P M E N T ENDOWMENTS General Investment


Eleanor Hamill Brady Endowment


Pier Gherini Scholarship Endowment Fund


Brian Allen Garlock Endowed Scholarship


Gary Messineo Endowed Scholarship


Securing The Future Of Marymount Endowment


Andrew & Molly Wooden Endowment For Faculty Professional Development


The General Endowment Fund


HEAD OF SCHOOL’S CLUB LISTING These Head of School’s Club members supported Marymount with a gift of $2,500 or more to the Annual Fund between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Anonymous x2 Richard A. Auhll Laura Bialis Chris and Sarah Blanc Henri Bristol and Daniel Emmett John and Christina Broderick

Derek Carlson and Theresa Borgatello John and Heidi Cooper Chris Danely and Michelle Kim-Danely Eiler Family Fund Roger S. Firestone Foundation Frank & Joseph Gila Fund Russell and Cori Hayman Greg and Susan Hogan Tanny Keeler-Hodgetts John and Cassie Keister Drs. Calvin and Sonia Kim John-Michael and Helen Lind Rusty and Kara Reed Sangham Foundation Daniel A. and Edna J. Sattler Beneficial Trust Vijay and Megan Sharma Joe and Dsara Storment Napper Tandy & Mary Firestone Alex and Lori Weathers Mike and Alexis Weaver Steve and Ann Welton Michael and Ines Wyrsta Milton and Deann Zampelli

Board of Trustees

Alexis Weaver, President Steve Welton, Vice-President Paloma Arnold ’92, Secretary Nicholas Thacher, Treasurer Theresa Borgatello Wenjing Chen Nikki Greene Michael Martz Megan Sharma Lori Weathers Tina Wood Jessica Stovall, Marymount Parent Council President

Audit Committee

Robert Vannier, Chair David Drabik Nicholas Thacher

Buildings and Grounds Committee Members Steve Welton, Chair Matthew Arnold Nathan Lynn Michael Martz Marie Schumacher Tina Wood

Committee on Trustees Paloma Arnold ‘92, Chair

Theresa Borgatello Nikki Greene Megan Sharma Alexis Weaver

Development Committee Theresa Borgatello, Chair Henri Bristol Daniel Emmett Nikki Greene Stacy Nomura Nicholas Thatcher Alexis Weaver Tina Wood

Enrollment Management Committee Lori Weathers, Chair Daniel Emmett Eric Schumacher Alexis Weaver

Finance/Investment Committee Nicholas Thacher, Chair Theresa Borgatello Wenjing Chen Michael Groeninger

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

Christina Broderick and Dr. Mario Bucio, Co-Chairs Nuria Causera Meg Dana Kari Eiler Anna Forterra Jenny Kustura Mari Quinteros Leah Ratti Rebecca Ryser Dana Susko Andrea Torchin Lori Weathers

Annual Fund Committee

Beth Skidmore and Steve Welton, Co-Chairs Theresa Borgatello Chris & Sarah Blanc Christina Broderick Norah Dunbar Aleks Dunn Jessica Gin Jamie Kellogg & Susannah Porter Andrea McFarling Jesse & Jenna Perez

Marymount Parent Council Valerie Arnold Jessica Stovall

Staff Giving Chairs

Diona Fulton & Mike Reeves

Grandparent Chairs

Chris & Myrna Fernandez

Annual Fund Participation

Board of Trustees – 100% Faculty and Staff – 100% Parents – 94% Junior Kindergarten / Class of 2030 – 100% Kindergarten / Class of 2029 – 94% 1st Grade / Class of 2028 – 100% 2nd Grade / Class of 2027 – 85% 3rd Grade / Class of 2026 – 83% 4th Grade / Class of 2025 – 96% 5th Grade / Class of 2024 – 100% 6th Grade / Class of 2023 – 96% 7th Grade / Class of 2022 – 100% 8th Grade / Class of 2021– 81%

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“A Year Measured In Love” Special Community Performance March 13, 2021 – Virtual Auction

John Gerber, @johnnypunk_gerber_santabarbara

MAGIC OF THE NIGHT A Benefit Auction for Marymount Although Marymount of Santa Barbara’s annual auction “Magic of the Night” was virtual, the spirit felt through the live YouTube broadcast on March 13th was palpable. “The auction was a year to the date we closed, and getting our community back on campus starting in late August was nothing less than extraordinary,” Christina Broderick, Head of School said. “The ability to keep our amazing students and teachers safely back on campus throughout this unprecedented year is truly something to celebrate.” The event honored this accomplishment by sprinkling in a selection of fun video tributes from teachers and students as well as a powerful rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. The School updated the lyrics to tell the story of Marymount’s year and asked families, students, trustees, faculty, and staff to join together in this musical tribute of a year truly “measured in love and patience”. The final production told a story of our community that we will never forget and always cherish. Broadcasted live from the School’s Tea House, the auction featured enticing items such as unique one-of-a-kind art, trips to Mammoth and Cabo San Lucas, and collections of fine wine, and garnered over 100 viewers. Parent Andrew Firestone and Broderick co-hosted the evening and were joined by a local magician, Mark Collier, who peppered in entertaining tricks throughout the event. Oku Head Chef and parent Koji Nomura donated and prepared delectable three-course meals for all attendees, including a meal for all teachers and staff. The evening raised over $265,000 for the School. “All of the proceeds will directly serve our community and our signature curricular programs in meaningful ways,” Andrea McFarling, Director of Development said. “From supporting our extraordinary faculty to continuing to provide the additional support and resources needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our fundraising ensures we continue to lead as a school that prioritizes the importance of academic excellence through the lens of social and emotional wellness for all of our students and staff as we keep our school community thriving on a secure and safely open campus.” In a demonstration of appreciation to the faculty, attendees could also purchase raffle tickets with the name of a teacher to be entered into a teacher raffle, which included gift-cards to local businesses and more. “We’re blown away by the enthusiastic support,” Broderick said. “These proceeds will go directly toward supporting our people and keeping our School the resilient beacon of hope it is.”

SPONSORS Magnificent Magic Maker Richard A. Auhll

Houdini $10,000

Anonymous The Bristol-Emmett Family The Storment Family Mike Timm

Copperfield $5,000

MarBorg Industries, Inc.

Burton $3,500

Thomas & Charmaine Rogers St. Dalfour

Penn & Teller $2,000

Eve Bernstein Board of Trustees John & Cassie Keister and Step-3/ Wood Family Thomas & Allister Linden Montecito Bank & Trust Dr. Timothy O’Connor & Dolly Lappico John, Ally, and Amber Ross

Blaine $1,000

Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP Beacon Pointe Advisors, LLC The Camenzind Family The Hayman Family Hurka Construction Michael & Nancy Martz Andy & Yvonne Neumann Pacific Premier Bank Meghan Woodsome & Evan Pickering Vijay & Megan Sharma Alex & Lori Weathers Alexis & Mike Weaver


Richard A. Auhll


Henri Bristol and Daniel Emmett

Monica Eiler Thomas and Charmaine Rogers


Tim and Taryn O’Neil Mike and Alexis Weaver


John and Christina Broderick Peter and Lisa Camenzind Kari Eiler Andrew and Ivana Firestone Larame and Nikki Greene John and Cassie Keister Theo and Becky Kracke Ivor Miskulin and Eleanor Glazer Will and Beth Skidmore Steve and Ann Welton Neil and Tina Wood


Michael and Nancy Martz Dana and Elizabeth Barat Timothy and Jennifer Deakyne Andrew and Jessica Gin Mac and Macy McGinness Koji and Stacy Nomura John and Ally Ross Eric and Marie Schumacher Scott Stefan and Deborah Bettencourt Nicholas and Sally Thacher Ty and Katie Varing Alex and Lori Weathers


Matthew and Paloma Arnold Pamela Brinks Beth Brown Dr. Sharif and Mojdeh Elasyouty Michael and Angela Groeninger Paige Harvey and Kim Johnston Doug and Andrea McFarling Drs. Burton and Iona Tripathi

Gifts Up to $249

Drs. Gordon Abra and Norah Dunbar Paul Burns and Solange Sanhueza Mauricio and Catrina Gomez Scott Grant and Frauke Wittmer-Grant Adrienne Grover Carol Johansing Herb Kaighan

Nancy & Bryan Kerr Rodney Lee Nathan and Leyla Lynn Alessandra McCoy Dr. Sameer Pandya and Emilie Neumann Charlie and Linda Price Leah Ratti Vijay and Megan Sharma Bill and Victoria Strong Dr. Mark and Andrea Torchin Xifeng Yan and Connie Fan

SPECIAL THANKS Master of Ceremonies & Auctioneer Andrew Firestone

Entertainment Mark Collier

Audio Visual

McNally Enterprises Inc.


Oku Restaurant donated by Koji & Stacy Nomura


Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Third Window Brewing


The Nybakken Family Seaside Packaging St. Dalfour Jessica Stovall

Invitation, Ad, Program Production Travis Dunn Ryan Vogel Pacific Press

Community Video Aleks Dunn Jaime Nelson

“A Year Measured In Love” Video Marymount Community Parker Wright

Class Projects

Jill-Ashley Park Aleks Dunn Sherryle Dunn Travis Dunn Rebecca Horrigan Barbara LeFebvre Andrea McFarling Doug McFarling Drewes McFarling Kellmer McFarling John Penton Jamie Sanchez Pam Sanchez Jannine Tuttle Mary Anne Valois


Henri Bristol & Daniel Emmett

Volunteer Committee Theresa Borgatello Andrew Firestone Mauricio Gomez Angela Groeninger Analise Maggio Michael Martz Doug McFarling Koji Nomura Stacy Nomura Jill-Ashley Park Peggy Reagan Pam Sanchez Megan Sharma Vijay Sharma Jessica Stovall Mary Anne Valois Ryan Vogel Alexis Weaver Tina Wood


OUR GENEROUS DONORS Marymount gratefully acknowledges all the generous donors who contributed from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Gift levels for each donor represent the donor’s total giving for the year. We give special recognition to those donors who made a gift to the Endowment Fund (E) and those generous supporters who contributed $2,500 or more to the Annual Fund as a Head of School’s Club member (H). $25,000 and above

Anonymous (H) Richard A. Auhll (H) Jay and Marsha Glazer (E)

$20,000 to $24,999

Henri Bristol and Daniel Emmett (H) Eiler Family Fund (H) Frank & Joseph Gila Fund (H)

$10,000 to $19,999

Mario and Judy Borgatello Scott and Mary Claassen John and Heidi Cooper (H) Roger S. Firestone Foundation (H) The Mosher Foundation Rusty and Kara Reed (H) Daniel A. and Edna J. Sattler Beneficial Trust (H) Joe and Dsara Storment (H) Napper Tandy and Mary Firestone (H) Mike Timm

$5,000 to $9,999

Anonymous (H) Kirk and CeCe Borchardt Nancy and Bryan Kerr John and Mary Anne Gherini (E) Russell and Cori Hayman (H) Tanny Keeler-Hodgetts (H) Roger Kjensrud and Analise Maggio John-Michael and Helen Lind (H) MarBorg Industries, Inc.

Thomas and Charmaine Rogers Alex and Lori Weathers (H) Mike and Alexis Weaver (H)

$2,500 to $4,999

Laura Bialis (H) Chris and Sarah Blanc (H) John and Christina Broderick (H) Peter and Lisa Camenzind Derek Carlson and Theresa Borgatello (H) Chris Danely and Michelle Kim-Danely (H) Tim and Jenny Deakyne David Drabik and Katinka Goertz Greg and Susan Hogan (H) John and Cassie Keister (H) Drs. Calvin and Sonia Kim (H) Theo and Becky Kracke Michael and Nancy Martz Tim and Taryn O’Neil Phillip and Tricia Pennestri Jesse and Jenna Perez John and Allyson Ross Sangham Foundation (H) Vijay and Megan Sharma (H) Steve and Ann Welton (H) Neil and Christina Wood Michael and Ines Wyrsta (H) Milton and Deann Zampelli (H)

$1,000 to $2,499

Drs. Gordon Abra and Norah Dunbar Ryan and Kiki Ander Anonymous (x2)

Matthew Arnold and Paloma Arnold Dana and Elizabeth Barat Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP Beacon Pointe Advisors, LLC Thomas and Janine Bebensee Paul Burns and Solange Sanhueza David and Louise Cannell Drew and Christine Carter Dr. Michael and Betsy Challen Noel and Emily Cohen Daniel and Samantha Daly Mike and Sheba de Ponce Dr. Vincent and Ann-Marie DeRosa Jay and Margot Dorion Dr. Sharif and Mojdeh Elasyouty Andrew and Ivana Firestone Dario Furlait Andrew and Jessica Gin Jonathan and Heather Gottlieb Larame and Nikki Greene Michael and Angela Groeninger Sherry Hummel Joseph and Venessa Hurka Andrew and Ashley Kirk Dr. Alex and Annette Kowblansky Thomas Linden Rosa Lopez William and Christina McConathy Doug and Andrea McFarling Kari Middleton Ivor Miskulin and Eleanor Glazer Montecito Bank & Trust Dr. Sameer Pandya and Emilie Neumann

Dr. Tad O’Connor and Dolly Lappico Pacific Premier Bank Chris and Elizabeth Palme Evan Pickering and Meghan Woodsome James Kellogg and Susannah Porter Eddie and Elizabeth Reiter Dr. Nathaniel and Reanna Rich Will and Beth Skidmore Ian and Jill Smith Nicholas and Sally Thacher Trudi Timm Ty and Katie Varing Bryce and Jeannie Wendel

Gifts up to $999

Jethro and Camila Acosta American Riviera Bank Rebecca Anderson Angie Kile Insurances Services Vinny and Karen Arndt Andrew and Valerie Arnold JD Augustus and Jaime Kuczkowski James and Lisa Marie Aviani Russell and Sarita Baldocchi Peter and Jessica Barker Richard and Tara Bassi Keith Berry Sean and Maritza Best Scott Stefan and Deborah Bettencourt Bishop Garcia Diego High School Aaron Boles and Laura Yeh-Boles Brian and Celene Borgatello Norman Hannotte and Jennifer Bower PJ Brice and Kim Abkin Brice Aaron and Megan Bright Pamela Brinks Beth Brown Drs. Mario and Rosy Bucio Brady Bustany and Sydney Roberts Nuria Causera Dr. Kelly and Elizabeth Caylor Kito Cetrulo Stephen Chang and Jennifer Lee Dr. Gregory and Denby Cogert Dr. Garrett Cole and Laura Gibb Brendan and Antonia Connolly Sofia Coto Elizabeth Cox

Meg Dana Dr. Dawn Thatcher Lynn Deetz Paul Douglas and Kristina Jong Kevin and Tania Doukas Brian and Drea Dowdy Travis and Aleks Dunn Kari Eiler Gregory and Wendy Fehr Felipe Rodriguez-Gonzalez Anthony Fischer Anna Forterra Dr. Joseph and Katie Frawley Heidi Frost Diona Fulton Christine Garvey Mauricio and Catrina Gomez Scott Grant and Frauke Wittmer-Grant David and Carrie Griffiths Ian and Adrienne Grover Brooks and Elizabeth Hansen Paige Harvey and Kim Johnston John and Cammy Helmuth Dr. AC Hernandez and Mabel Romero Tim Hogan and Patricia Sadeghian Troy and Cheryl Hoidal Lisa and Will Holmes Rebecca Horrigan Herbert Jacobi Carol Johansing Tom and Noel Johnson Herb Kaighan Dr. Stephen Kaminski Katherine Keeler-Hodgetts Patrick and Kate Keeley Dauri Kennedy John and Jean Kurnik Matt and Jenny Kustura John Larson and Traci Timm-Larson Tim and Meridith LeBeau Rodney and Teri Lee Todd and Barbara LeFebvre Emily Leiphardt Laura Levi Susana Loewe Luis Lopez Gregory and Susan Lowe Nathan and Leyla Lynn

Dr. Levi and Daniela Maaia Francis Macdonald and Kelsey Jack David MacKenzie Travis Magana and Shannon Foley Mark and Elizabeth Magid Christopher Martinez and Xochitl Ortiz-Martinez Walid and Amal Masri Alessandra McCoy Mac and Macy McGinness Joseph McNamee and Elizabeth Siegel McNamee Scott Hadly and Susan Miley Mission Lacrosse Club Santa Barbara Mission Wealth Nick Morello Drs. Max Moritz and Shelly Cole Moritz Drs. Thomas Mueller and Rita Melendez Ken and Christy Murray Jason and Jaime Nelson Eric Nielsen and Michelle Beamer Koji and Stacy Nomura Warren and Marissa Nybakken Peter Oblander and Sarah Boggs-Oblander Dr. Richard Oglesby Kristopher and Jill-Ashley Park Kris and Michellene Parker Shannon and Elizabeth Peace John and Hayley Penton Tutku Perkin and Revan Dundar Perkin Katherine Peterson Drs. Darol and Janet Joseff Dr. David and Davece Pires Play it Again Sports Charlie and Linda Price Ian and Rebekka Putnam Abe and Mari Quinteros Chris Ralston and Lan Chau Steve and Samira Ramirez Cassie Rapp Leah Ratti Recovery Road Medical Center, Inc. Barbara Reed Mike Reeves Eric and Kimi Rice Lindsey Richardson Drs. Anthony Romero and Charish Barry-Romero Jennifer Rose Kris and Steph Roth Ruby & Rochon Pediatric Dentists

Michael and Hitomi Russell Morgan Rydell Darrick and Rebecca Ryser Jose Sanchez and Antonette Renteria Sergio and Pam Sanchez Savvy Wine Food Susan Schmidt David Connaughton and Jennifer Scholl William and Shannon Schroeder Eric and Marie Schumacher JoBeth Seder Hector and Molly Seguel Karri Simmons Larry and Ruth Sleep Paige Sleep Tyler Sorenson and Taryn Corral Tanner Stark Jessica Stovall Bill and Victoria Strong Sandi Strouse Drs. Tyler and Dana Susko Dr. Mark and Andrea Torchin Fred and Sandy Toye Ashley and Amanda Transki Drs. Burton and Iona Tripathi Nivaldo and Ann Tro Jannine Tuttle Jon and Mary Anne Valois Dr. Mario Viani and Stacy Stricklin-Viani Kirk and Anne Walters Craig and Sharon Whelan Lisa Wolfe Peter Wood and Erinn Lynch Tao Wu and Wenjing Chen Xifeng Yan and Connie Fan Kevin and Libby Yardi Stephanie and Kathy Yeung Jesse Zaragoza and Pia Gillan


W AY S Y O U C A N G I V E Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the most critical ongoing fundraising effort for our School and community. Unrestricted gifts help the School meet annual expenses such as faculty salaries, new programs, upgrades in technology, and tuition assistance.

Tea House Legacy Society

The Tea House Legacy Society honors those who inform the School that we are included in their estate plans. Such contributions may include gifts of cash, securities, tangible property, real estate, or life insurance. Gifts may be made through bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or charitable lead trusts.

Matching Gifts

Many companies have matching gift programs that support various nonprofit organizations. The company for which you or your spouse works may match any cash or stock gift you make - sometimes on a dollar-for-dollar basis or more.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts may include alternative, non-cash contributions such as appreciated assets, stocks, or real estate. The Annual Report presents donations received by Marymount from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this Annual Report. If errors or omissions have inadvertently occurred, please accept our apologies. Please direct changes or concerns to Andrea McFarling, Director of Development, 805-569-1811 ext. 234 or amcfarling@rivieraridge.org.

TEA HOUSE LEGACY SOCIETY Many who care deeply about the School have found that thoughtfully structured planned gifts help them make meaningful contributions while meeting personal planning goals as well. The Tea House Legacy Society honors those who inform the School that the School is included in their estate plans. Marie Celine Ardinghe* William Bielby and Keek Lee Verna Cook* Bob and Christine Emmons Pier Gherini* Amy and Chris Giles John S. Haigh & Margaret Neil Haigh Family Trust*

Marian Mullin Hancock* Michael and Nancy Martz Doug and Andrea McFarling Susan E. Miratti Trust* Victoria Geis Pauley Trust* William and Dolores E. Pollock Thomas and Charmaine Rogers Daniel A. and Edna J. Sattler Beneficial Trust*

Mr. Scott Stefan and Ms. Deborah Bettencourt Alex and Lori Weathers Andrew and Molly Wooden * Deceased

HONORS & AWARDS Dr. Dolores Pollock Marymount “M” Award Mia Groeninger

Angel Award 2021 Each year at graduation, an adult in our school community who has given outstanding service is recognized. We are proud to honor Theresa Borgatello & Derek Carlson with this year’s Angel Award.

Deanne Anders Award for Excellence in Theater Arts Luana Acosta Visual Arts Award Sabrina Toye Rising Star Award Sofia Gonzales Justin De Ponce Leadership Award Jameson Bryant Kyle Forouzandeh Service Award Patrick Bassi Outstanding Athlete Award Dayne Carlson HEART Award Harry Hayman Gwynne Schultz Award for Academic Excellence Juliana Aviani The Hope of America Award Mia Groeninger

We Are Attending… Anacapa School Justin de Ponce

Miss Porters School Oona Yardi

Bishop Diego High School Dominic DeRosa Harry Hayman Dawson Pennestri Addy Wendel

San Marcos High School Luana Acosta Dayne Carlson Sofia Gonzales

Cape Elizabeth High School Jameson Bryant Cate School Marco Gomez Mia Groeninger Dos Pueblos High School Patrick Bassi Hugo Cea Loewe Lucas Cea Loewe Noah Grant Amber Ross

Santa Barbara High School Mason Arndt Noah Arndt Juliana Aviani Mason Martz Sadie Morello Ravi Pandya Sabrina Toye Ella Weathers Abbey Whelan

“My teachers acknowledge that each student has their own definition of academic excellence and success in school. I want to thank all of our teachers for making learning interactive and exciting, pushing us to expand our minds and perspectives. On behalf of my class, I can say that I believe that we are well prepared for high school and success in the future.” Mia Groeninger ‘21, Graduation Address 2021

A LU M N I N E WS Nadine A. Kassity-Krich MBA, BSN, RN, PHN, CNL ‘74 is the Admissions Coordinator-Masters Entry Program of Nursing and the Assistant Faculty/Clinical Placement Coordinator at the University of San Diego. As a professional speaker and published author and researcher, Nadine has a healthcare consulting practice that helps inspire professionals to align themselves with their work by combining science with soul. She has designed and taught various educational programs and workshops in neonatal and integrative medicine. Nadine recently published First, Heal Thyself with co-author Jamieson E. Jones, MD.

Lauren Carl ‘76 is working for California Coast Naturals, a local olive company.

Yvette Keller ‘87 is the voice behind the new audiobook, A Problem of Ghosts, which is available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Jill-Ashley Hummel Park ‘90 was recognized as the

Jessie Smart ‘99 is a 1st grade teacher at Brandon School in Goleta.

Kyle Marme ‘00 is the PE teacher at Clevand and

Emma Mascari ‘08 is a vet tech at BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital in Orlando, Florida and is engaged to be married.

Harding Schools in Santa Barbara and started an after-school bike club as an outlet for students during Covid and online school.

Julia DePaoli ‘09 is studying physical therapy at the University of California, San Francisco.

Taylor Sexton ‘03 and husband Brad welcomed son

Jax Media and lives in New York.

Caden in fall 2020. The family lives in Santa Barbara.

Claire Frawley ‘03 married Ben Killmer in June 2021.

James (Jimmie) Sexton ‘04 and his wife Hilarie

were married in June at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara.

Spencer Thomas ‘05 lives in the Los Angeles area and works in commercial real estate.

Michaela Ford ‘09 is a development coordinator at Eliza Giles ‘09 and high school sweetheart George

Luo will be married at the family’s home in Carpinteria in March 2022. Eliza works at Memorial Sloan Kettering in inpatient oncology and at Calvary in Community Hospice in NYC.

Ryan Montag graduated from the University of

Southern California Gould School of Law and is practicing for VZN Law in Los Angeles. Ryan graduated with a B.S. from USC’s Thornton School of Music in Music Industry and a minor from the Marshall School of Business in Business Law.

2020 Marymount Distinguished Alum. The presentation took place during the virtual Interfaith Celebration as part of Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day.

Tyler Vestal ‘05 finished his residency and lives in

Diana Hill ‘92 is a licensed practicing Psychothera-

McKensey Smart ‘06 is a Rehabilitation Assistant at Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines in Santa Barbara.

and started his own company called Noun Ventures. Mason is engaged to be married to Kate Huelse and the couple lives in Colorado.

Samantha King ‘07 is an Emergency Medical Tech-

Enzo Troiani ‘09 is studying physical therapy at

Haylie Vestal ‘07 lives and works in Santa Barbara

Brenna Gerlach ‘10 is an event fundraiser for Cot-

mount teacher Jessica Hambright Ballonoff welcomed son Zachary on May 19, 2021. Big sister Annabelle is thrilled!

Austin Escamilla ‘08 is working at Providence

Johnowen Lowe ‘10 is a staff writer for the TV show

Luke Frawley ‘99 married Ashley Tedesco in Sep-

Josie Ford ‘08 works at Commune Design and con-

tinues with her own company Studio Ford. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Grant Sexton ‘10 is an Account Executive for Snow-

pist in Santa Barbara. She has a powerful online presence with a popular podcast called ”Psychologists Off the Clock”. Diana’s first book, ACT DAILY JOURNAL, helps individuals get unstuck and live fully with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the six core processes of ACT and compassion.

Lani Ballonoff ‘99 and his wife and former Mary-

tember 2021.

Scottsdale, Arizona where he is a practicing psychiatrist.

nician in the Santa Barbara area. and teaches yoga.

School as performing arts teacher.

Mason Pereira ‘09 is a brand architect/strategist

Northwestern University.

tage Hospital in Santa Barbara. 9-1-1: Lone Star.

flake - The Data Cloud and lives in San Francisco.

Stamatia Scarvelis ‘10 competed for Greece at the Tokyo Olympics in hammer throw. Her personal best (71.33 m) ranks her second among all-time Greek female hammer throwers. Stamatia is the winner of three straight CIF state titles in shot put and a champion in discus. Warren Giles ‘11 and his fiance Saule Gabrenaite live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Warren is attending the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Studies Education.

Natalie Giller ‘11 graduated from Loyola Marymount University and has moved to San Francisco, California to work for Cinch PR.

Talia Vestal ‘11 lives in New Mexico dancing flamenco professionally and works at Cision PR Newswire.

Alec Frost ‘12 graduated from Willamette Universi-

ty with a B.A. in Economics after two years attending Santa Barbara City College. He lives in Salem, Oregon with his dog Salsa working as an Assistant Operations Manager at Mask Transportation, an Amazon contracted delivery service.

or, a leading global entertainment agency in Beverly Hills. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in screenwriting, Grace is aiming to become a talent agent.

Josie Doughty ‘13 graduated from Navy bootcamp

in the top 3% of 1,600 recruits and was one of three women in the top 3%. Josie is now attending Naval Aircrew Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Alexandria (Ally) Drevo ‘13 graduated from St Andrews with a double major in Arabic and International Relations.

Bridget Gerlach ‘13 is a senior at University of Colorado Boulder studying planetary science.

Adrienne (Adrianna) Kowblansky ‘13 graduated

from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and is working as a research assistant at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center during her gap year while applying to medical school.

Tatum Vestal ‘13 is a recruiter for Insight Global and lives in San Diego.

Catherine Hogan ‘12 graduated Summa Cum Laude

Paolo Jordano ‘14 has transferred to California Lu-

Cord Pereira ‘12 is working in commercial real es-

Clare Kelly ‘14 is double majoring in English and sec-

from Northeastern University, Class of 2020. tate for Colliers in Los Angeles.

Megan (Litha Ashforth) Wilson ‘12 is attending New England Conservatory on a dean’s scholarship.

Emily Larman ‘12 is studying at The London School of Economics and Political Science working towards a dual MSc/MA degree in Global Media and Communications.

Ava Troiani ‘12 did the e-marketing at Oku Restau-

rant in Santa Barbara during Covid. She has been studying business at John Cabot University in Rome.

Ryan Borchardt ‘13 moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

and is working as a commercial real estate analyst for North Western Mutual.

Grace Burford ‘13 works at William Morris Endeav-

theran University.

Grace Matthews ‘16 is attending Stanford University after having a gap year.

Quentin Oas ‘16 had a gap year adventure in Cape

Town South Africa interning with a local company through VACorps assisting with e-commerce. Quentin is now attending the University of Colorado Boulder.

Israel (Izzy) Vargas is currently attending Santa Bar-

bara City College and hopes to transfer to University of California, Berkeley next year.

Riley Borchardt ‘17 was honored by the Santa Bar-

bara Athletic Round Table as the 2020-2021 Scholar Athlete of the Year at Cate School having led Cate to back-to-back league volleyball championships and a Division 2 lacrosse title. Riley graduated from Cate with seven varsity letters and received the varsity sports captains award for girls volleyball. Riley now attends the University of Miami studying marine biology.

Athena Saragoza ‘17 was named Channel League MVP for the 2021 Santa Barbara High School girls’ basketball team. Athena, one of SBHS’s all-time leading scorers, is continuing her basketball career at Division 2 Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Quinn Stefan ‘17 was recognized as a Dos Pueblos

ondary education at the University of Portland. Clare had a feature article in the Montecito Journal detailing her experience with online education, family life, and Covid.

High School Trailblazer for 2021. A trailblazer is a person who is an exemplary representative of Dos Pueblos High School in many ways including academics, athletics, leadership, clubs, or simply as a wonderful human being.

Madison Montag attends Penn State University and

Ryan Suh ‘17 graduated Cate School in 2021 and

is studying sports journalism.

Saverio (Sevi) Multin attends Franklin University

Switzerland and is a top swimmer in Ticino’s A-Club Swimming Team in Switzerland. As a dual citizen of the US and Lithuania, Sevi competed in the Lithuanian Olympic trials and was the only competitor invited by the Lithuanian Swimming Federation who resides outside of Lithuania.

Logan Oas ‘14 recently returned from Cape Town,

South Africa where he was interning with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in their biopesticides lab.

was initiated into their Cum Laude Society. Ryan was awarded the history department prize at graduation and earned eight varsity letters during his tenure at Cate.

Dawson Fuss ‘18 debuted his seven song collection

titled “Edge of Adolescence” in April. Available on Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming services, Dawson’s song collection is about his journey from childhood to the cusp of adulthood and the songs explore the challenges, successes, wants, and introspective discovery of who he is becoming.

Jaden Lind ‘18 and Jordan Lind ‘19 were recog-

nized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Chapter as the 2021 Youth in Philanthropy award recipients during the National Philanthropy Day celebration. Jaden and Jordan founded The Jordan Elf Project with a mission of connecting in a helpful way with the homeless in Santa Barbara. They have raised thousands of dollars and supplies for various causes including the homeless, Covid relief efforts in India, and internet services for families to continue education from home.

Remy Rosales ‘18 was crowned as a member of the Santa Barbara High School 2021 Homecoming Royalty.

Class of 2019 members got together for an impromptu reunion and catch up.

Avery Ball ‘19 was recognized at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week. Avery led the undefeated Dos Pueblos High School girls lacrosse team.

Shae Delaney ‘19 was recognized as the Santa Bar-

bara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week and with 16 kills and 9 digs led the Santa Barbara High School girl’s volleyball team to sweep the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title. The top-seeded Dons finished 19-4 and took their first CIF title since 2008.

Drew DeLozier ‘19 was one of five runners to place

in the top 10 to win the Channel League boys’ cross country finals for Santa Barbara High School, clinching the first league championship in more than a quarter-century.

Kellmer McFarling ‘19, Isabel Gorman ‘20, Malia Hubband ‘20, and Sadie Morello ‘21 participated as cast and crew in Santa Barbara High School’s production of Carrie The Musical with Kellmer in charge of the lights, Isabel running the projection, Malia on stage as Frieda, and Sadie as hair and makeup designer.

Jamie Sanchez ‘19, Isabella Vasquez ‘18, Kaelie Walker ‘18, and Juliana Aviani ‘21 are part of the staff of Santa Barbara High School’s newspaper, The

Forge, with Isabella serving as managing editor, Kaelie as magazine editor, and Jamie and Juliana as staff reporters.

Sophie Hernandez ‘20 and Joanne Tudor ‘20 are Teen Star Santa Barbara Finalists. The final competition will take place on February 27, 2022 at the Granada Theatre.

Luana Acosta ‘21 and Mia Groeninger ‘21 were

chosen as the Class Captains for the Marymount Class of 2021.

In Memoriam Zach Greenwald ‘08 passed away suddenly in early September while in Mexico.

Mrs. Teresa (Terry) Walker, longtime Marymount

teacher and Director of Development, passed away in December 2020 from Alzheimer’s.

Litha Ashforth

Avery Ball

Lani Ballonoff

Riley Borchardt

Class of 2019

Shae Delaney

Drew DeLozier

Claire Frawley Killmer

Luke Frawley

Alec Frost

Eliza Giles

Warren Giles

Natalie Giller

Sophie Hernandez

Diana Hill

Catherine Hogan

Jill-Ashley Hummel Park

Nadine Kassity-Krich

Yvette Keller

Adrianna Kowblansky

Jordan & Jaden Lind

Ryan Montag

Sevi Multin

Logan Oas

Quentin Oas

Cord Pereira

Remy Rosales

Athena Saragoza

Stamatia Scarvelis

Grant Sexton

McKensey Smart

Ryan Suh

Joanne Tudor

Israel Vargas

Tatum Vestal

December 2021

Dear Marymount & Riviera Ridge Friends and Family, I am not sure there has been a more momentous year for our school community than the 2020-21 school year. With our theme for the year, “Every Student, Every Teacher, Everyday”, we began in the fall of 2020 with just our faculty and only the youngest of our students being able to be on campus. As we rounded the corner into October, we celebrated all our students being able to return to full in-person learning, while also supporting our families at home in virtual learning. We found amazing and creative ways to connect and collaborate with each other. From adding 30 new outdoor classroom spaces for all of our cohorts to virtual dance parties and monthly town hall meetings, our school community worked hard, innovated new ways of teaching and learning, and most importantly, supported the individual and collective needs of each other in ways we never imagined. As we entered 2021, we continued to look through the lens of planning for our future while keeping our community healthy and safe. The class of 2021 was able to enjoy a beautiful outdoor graduation ceremony on campus with their family and friends, our summer camps flourished, and we began to return to a level of normalcy of days past. From the global view of planning for our future as an inclusive school of belonging, and serving as a premier academic institution of Santa Barbara, the Board of Trustees and many members of our community continued with the important work of further developing our Mission, Vision, and Values for the future generations of families. Over the past two years, we have welcomed almost 100 new families seeking an educational experience that meets their students where they are, welcomes families of all faiths and cultures, and supports a culture of kindness and purpose beyond self. Throughout the pandemic, we were given the opportunities to further develop our signature programs for academic excellence, supporting

social and emotional learning (SEL), and bringing our long-time commitment to our Kaleidoscope Program to the forefront, which allows for an impactful and diverse study of perspectives of a variety of religious, spiritual, and ethical systems from Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade. Ultimately, as mentioned in our letter this past summer, we made the bold and thoughtful decision to change the name of the School, embracing the future while continuing to honor its history and traditions. With our new name, The Riviera Ridge School, we remain uniquely committed to our traditions and founding ideals while thoughtfully considering the larger global perspectives that our school community embraces. With the understanding that the world around us is changing, our school community continues to thrive and evolve, meeting the future with authenticity and clarity. I want to again thank the many current and former trustees, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff who contributed to the successful accreditation and strategic planning process leading us to this new chapter in the School’s future. The heart of our school community beats strong: we provide student-centered, individualized learning in a joyful and nurturing community while inspiring academic excellence and valuing difference.

All my best, Christina K. Broderick, M.S.Ed. Head of School

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LO O K I N G A H E A D. . . The Riviera Ridge School Honors Marymount with Rededication of Marymount Meditation and Heritage Garden Spirit week has always been an exciting and joy-filled annual celebration honoring the founding of our beautiful School in Santa Barbara. Our first year of operation as a school was the 1938-39 school year and our Founder’s Day (or birthdate) is celebrated on September 20th. Marymount originally opened with 17 students in a building behind Mount Carmel Church in Montecito. In 1942, the nuns quietly moved from Montecito to the house next to our current campus, a 13-acre estate once known as “El Cerrito” and originally intended to be FDR’s summer White House. As the School grew and the original home was sold, the School was moved to the current property. Over time many new buildings were added, and in 1996 the Marymount Meditation Garden was dedicated as a shared space central to the campus for both lower and upper campus students and faculty to enjoy.

As we celebrate the close of the 2020-21 school year and look to the future as The Riviera Ridge School, this year is especially important as we embrace our new name while continuing to honor and celebrate our history of academic excellence and social and emotional learning. Our school community gathered in September of 2021 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Marymount Meditation Garden as the newly updated Marymount Meditation and Heritage Garden. To celebrate this beautiful place for meditation, outdoor class gatherings, and personal reflection, Fr. Dan Lacke, Pastor of the Santa Barbara Mission, provided a special dedication. To enhance the rededication of this beautiful gathering space, new trees and flowers were planted with some of the original Marymount signage also repurposed and placed. Twelve new rose bushes were also planted symbolizing a traditional “Mary Garden’’ and new home for the statue of Mary. This garden will always honor the many Marymount alumni families and students who remain enthusiastically committed to the Mission, Vision and Values of The Riviera Ridge School. We invite you to stop by campus on the weekend or after-school hours to visit this very special space with your family. As we continue to develop our signature Kaleidoscope Program celebrating and learning about all the world’s religions and faith traditions, we truly hope that this garden will allow for a creation of “sacred space” that invites all who seek a place for rest, renewal, and reflection. Most of all, we hope that this garden truly becomes the centering place of appreciation for the authentic “spirit” of our learning community. We welcome and embrace the beautifully woven tapestry of all religious, spiritual, and ethical principles we cherish and have in common with each other, and as we continue to value the creation of a community that continues to learn and grow together with purpose beyond ourselves.

“When I walked on campus to attend the Marymount auction for the first time in April 1983, I knew this was the school I wanted for our children, never thinking at the time that it would also be a wonderful place for me as an educator. Our oldest son Patrick started here in kindergarten in 1986 with Thomas and Luke in between and our youngest daughter Claire graduating in 2003. This has always been a family school with an excellent education with high esteem and respect for its students, families, faculty, and staff. The Frawley family will forever look back with fond memories of our time here at this gem of a school on the Riviera.”

Katie Frawley Parent of Patrick, Thomas ‘97, Luke ‘99, and Claire ‘03 3rd Grade Teacher

“Marymount, and now The Riviera Ridge School, has been more than just education for Isabella; it’s sense of community has fostered such great friendships not only for my daughter, but for our family, as well. I have found life-long friends through School community, which I treasure greatly.”

Jessica Stovall Parent of Isabella ‘24 President, Marymount Parent Council

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