2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT & ALUMNI NEWS 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
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4 Message From the Head of School 5 Our Mission 6 Thank You to Our Volunteers 7 Congratulations to the Class of 2019 8 Strategic Plan Update 11 Donors to the Country Day Scholars Program 12 Financial Report 13 Country Day Impact 14 Why I Give 15 2018-19 Donors to All Funds 18 Country Day Community in Pictures 20 Why I Sponsor 21 Auction 2019 24 Donors to Restricted Funds 26 Endowment Gifts, Gifts in Memory and in Honor 28 From the Advancement Office 29 Francie Tidey Award, Alumni Donors 30 Retirees 31 Alumni News 39 Admissions Open House
SACRAMENTO COUNTRY DAY
Founded in 1964, Sacramento Country Day School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school for students in grades PK–12 and admits students without regard to race, color, gender orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics programs, employment practices, or other school-administered programs. Country Day is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school is a member of the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative, International COVER ART: “One Line,” by senior Bella Mathisen, Class of 2019.
Thespian Society, Quill and Scroll, the National Scholastic
connecting the changing faces represent her view of how Country
of Color in Independent Schools.
The artist tells us that the background weaving of colors and the line Day brings different people together. The mural is painted on the
gymnasium wall just outside the entrance to the weight room. Bella will attend the Rhode Island School of Design, fall 2019.
Press Association, the National Art Honor Society, and People
2636 Latham Drive • Sacramento, CA 95864 • 916.481.8811 saccds.org 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL Dear Friends, It has been a noteworthy year of accomplishments for our school. Members of the Class of 2019 were admitted to a wide variety of top colleges and universities and offered more than $1.5 million dollars in merit aid, with one student offered a fullride scholarship and two students offered full-tuition scholarships. As I write this, our graduates are setting off to goodfit colleges and universities including Harvey Mudd, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cal Poly, Stanford, and University of California campuses including Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Davis. Two will play college athletics at Division III schools, four will attend arts programs, and several others were offered undergraduate research grants. Our graduates are prepared and eager for the next chapter in their lives, and I am confident they will thrive as they meet new and diverse challenges. Guided by our supportive Board of Trustees and led by Board President Julie Sloat, our school made considerable progress over the past year toward implementing our five-year Strategic Plan. Thank you to Julie for her leadership and to all our trustees for their commitment to our school.
High School classes, increasing the number and range of offerings in the Middle School elective curriculum, and providing an additional Lower School science specialist to expand our STEM program. In addition to the many parent volunteers who have helped with events, field trips, projects and in classrooms this year, I would like to especially thank Lainie Josephson and Michelle Kessel-Harbart, who served as both Auction Co-Chairs and Parentsâ€™ Association Co-Presidents, as well as Ethan Jackson and Elizabeth Monasa who once again guided our Annual Fund Drive. Their dedication, time, and talents were invaluable. Finally, thank you to our dedicated Country Day faculty and staff who work each day to make our school a truly special learning community. Warmest regards,
Lee Thomsen Head of School
This year as part of our Strategic Plan, we saw the creation of two new advanced computer labs, the expansion of our STEM program, and the development of a new schedule for the Middle and High Schools aimed at personalizing and innovating the student learning experience by reimagining our time and schedule to maximize student learning. Thanks to your support in the 2018-19 school year, Country Day made key investments in several areas, including supporting our faculty and staff through continued education and training and increasing the range of programmatic offerings throughout the school. Some examples include Lower School faculty training in Responsive Classroom techniques, six new Greeting the students and parents at the morning carpool line is a favorite part of Mr. Thomsenâ€™s day.
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OUR MISSION COUNTRY DAY INSPIRES INTELLECTUAL DISCOVERY AND ENGAGES A DIVERSE COMMUNITY TO THINK CRITICALLY, LIVE CREATIVELY, AND ACT COMPASSIONATELY. Intellectual Discovery We challenge students to pursue academic and personal excellence as they develop and embrace their passion for learning. Our students thrive in a dynamic college preparatory program that fuels curiosity, instills confidence, and builds resilience. Diversity Our inclusive community promotes equity and understanding through meaningful conversation that welcomes a variety of voices and celebrates individuality. Critical Thinking Our students grapple with complex issues, engage with conflicting points of view, make connections, and collaborate. We empower students with the skills to thrive in an evolving world. Creativity Our students explore, improvise, and take risks as they discover and fully express themselves as individuals. Compassion We nurture empathy, integrity, and responsibility in a safe and supportive community that values kindness, respect, and civic engagement.
In 2018, Country Day collected a record-breaking 528 turkeys despite an unprecedented school closure following the Paradise Fire near Chico, CA. After helping to load the trucks, High School seniors Jack Christian, Luca Procida, and Blake Lincoln are ready to deliver the birds to the Sacramento Food Bankâ€™s annual turkey drive. 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Julie Sloat President Jenna Magan Vice President Loren Kaye Treasurer Angela Donlan Secretary
Manish Aggarwal Billy Downing ’98 Steve Edwards Roxanne Elliott Amy Johnson ’95 Kate Kaufman Barbara MacAulay Ore Louay Owaidat Patrice Ratinoff Lokesh Sikaria Emily Stephenson Kelley Taber ’84 Francis Zhang Retiring Trustees 2018-19 Angela Donlan Lokesh Sikaria Kelley Taber ‘84 Francis Zhang Honorary Trustees* Baxter Geeting Herbert H. Matthews Nancy O’Neil James O’Neil
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PARENTS’ ASSN. BOARD
Lainie Josephson & Michelle Kessel-Harbart Co-Presidents Julie Parrish Vice President Tim Milberger Treasurer Stephen Chuchel Secretary Jamie Iseman Parliamentarian
EVENT CHAIRS & VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
Christy Procida Community Service Katherine Tsakapoulos Fall Family Festival Christina Kaufman Garden PA Board Grands’ Day Melanie Allen Holiday Gift-Making Stephanie Castillo & Melissa Strong New Parent Welcome PA Board Orientation Day Lunch Sherry Haus, Julie Randall, Melinda Levy, Mary Maguire & Maureen Smith Spring Family Events Liz Leavy Used Textbooks
Ethan Jackson, Elizabeth Monasa Co-Chairs (Class Ambassadors - see page 28) Lainie Josephson & Michelle Kessel-Harbart Co-Chairs
ARTS BOOSTERS Sue Johnson, Katherine Merksamer ’88 Christy Procida, Co-Chairs
SPORTS BOOSTERS Jeannie Choi-Boersma President
CLASS PARENTS LOWER SCHOOL ROOM PARENTS Jamie Iseman, Coordinator Amy Wells ’98, Pre-Kindergarten Barrie March, Julie Parrish, Kindergarten Kamlika Chandla, Leslie Harmatz, 1st Melinda Levy, Mary Maguire, Maureen Smith, 2nd Julie Parrish, Kristina Reed, 3rd Kelley Jones-Clark, 4th Clare Yellowley, 5th MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOM PARENTS Ella Benoza, Coordinator Laini Golden, Abby Miller, 6th Kristen Castaños, Cherilyn Graham, 7th Laurel Gajate, 8th HIGH SCHOOL ROOM PARENTS Christy Procida, Coordinator Sandy Buchanan, 9th Katherine Merksamer, 10th Jeannie Choi-Boersma, 11th Christina Kaufman, 12th Christy Procida, Ancil Hoffman Picnic
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019
COLLEGE DESTINATIONS GABI ALVARADO, University of Pennsylvania
BLAKE LINCOLN, University of Colorado, Boulder
MICHAELA CHEN, Loyola Marymount University
YELIN MAO, University of California, Santa Barbara
JACK CHRISTIAN, Stanford University
JOE MO, University of California, Berkeley
JACQUELINE CHAO, University of California, Berkeley
MONIQUE LONERGAN, Boston Conservatory
XINGRU CHEN, Boston University
CHLOÃ‰ COLLINWOOD, University of San Francisco
BELLA MATHISEN, Rhode Island School of Design
LEO EISNER DE EISENHOF, University of California, Santa Barbara
HARRISON MOON, George Washington University
GRACE NAIFY, Savannah College of Art and Design
JOSH FRIEDMAN, University of Colorado, Boulder
SOPHIE NAYLOR, University of California, Santa Barbara
BIANCA HANSEN, Oregon State University
LUCA PROCIDA, New York University
ALAN GALLARDO, California State University, Sacramento
CHARDONNAY NEEDLER, University of Pennsylvania
EMILY HAYES, University of Puget Sound
BRANDY RIZIKI, University of California, Berkeley
HEIDI JOHNSON, Loyola Marymount University
MOHINI RYE, University of California, Berkeley
NATE JAKOBS, Pitzer College
ALEX ROGAWSKI, Brandeis University
LIA KAUFMAN, University of Colorado, Boulder
EIVIND SOMMERHAUG, University of Washington (Gap Year)
MEDHI LACOMBE, Stanford University
JOE ZALES, Harvey Mudd College
ABBY LACOMB, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
KYRA LAFITTE, Loyola Marymount University
YANELE LEDESMA, University of California, Davis
TORI VAN VLECK, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo ALLISON ZHANG, Stanford University
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STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE In the 2018-19 school year, Country Day made significant progress on several key areas of its Strategic Plan and its goal to â€œPersonalize and Innovate the Student Experience.â€? PERSONALIZE: On October 8, Country Day held a day-long Teacher In-Service Training Day. Lower School faculty spent the day conducting Responsive Classroom Training aimed at advancing our social-emotional learning curriculum. The training gave teachers new tools and resources to help them continue to develop highly inclusive and respectful classroom environments. On the same day, our Teaching and Learning Committee arranged a variety of workshop sessions for our Middle and High School faculty with topics ranging from assessment strategies and grading to new technology and CavNET functionality. Both the professional development day in October and the hiring of additional Learning Specialists for the 2019-20 school year continues to provide our faculty with a wide-range of tools to support our students and create personal approaches to learning. INNOVATE: Since August 2018, Country Day has made progress on innovating the student experience through the creation of two new computer labs with plans to expand computer science offerings across all three divisions and create a program unlike any school in our area. In advancement of our Strategic Plan goal to "enhance, develop, and implement school-wide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs that differentiate Country Day from competitor schools," in 2018-19 Country Day designed a new course offering called Advanced Topics in Computer Science. This course is a specialized study within an area of Computer Science that combines guided reading and research with a significant individual or group project component. Future students will have the opportunity to participate in a work placement program, giving them hands-on experience in the workplace. In 2018-19 Country Day also received the 2018 College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. The award recognizes schools that are closing the gender gap and engaging more female students in computer science coursework in AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. Out of more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, Country Day is one of only 685 schools to accomplish this.
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Our teachers’ enthusiasm and dedication to being the best they can be is inspiring.
RESPECT: In June and August 2018, our entire Lower School faculty spent four days of their summer break immersing themselves in a study of Responsive Classroom. Led by a facilitator from the Center for Responsive Schools, teachers honed their skills in a research-based approach to teaching and learning that focuses on creating a safe, respectful, positive learning environment. Responsive Classroom techniques will help our teachers enhance the sense of belonging, significance, and fun that is necessary for deep learning to take place. CREATE: On May 8, we announced a new personalized and innovative approach to our student learning experience by “reimagining our time and schedule to maximize student learning” with new Middle and High School daily schedules that will support student learning and improve the faculty experience. The new schedules, which will be implemented in August 2019, were developed over several months by a Scheduling Committee, chaired by Head of High School Brooke Wells, and made up of committee members including Head of Middle School Rommel Loria and key faculty and staff. The committee thoroughly evaluated the existing daily schedules for Middle and High School students and created new schedules in which academic classes meet five times during the six-day cycle with electives meeting every other day. The schedules also extend classes (from 45 minutes to 52 minutes), provide passing time, and add flex time. In the High School, flex time is designed to be used in a variety
of ways including student academic and emotional support, performing arts rehearsal, club time, advisory, and schoolwide gatherings, while alleviating the pressure of all co-curricular events taking place at lunch, after school, or at the expense of class time. In the Middle School, flex time will be used for advisory, with the flexibility to schedule cocurricular programming.
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DONORS TO THE COUNTRY DAY SCHOLARS PROGRAM The Country Day Scholars Program provides two new incoming ninth-grade students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to access the college preparatory curriculum at Sacramento Country Day High School. This need- and merit-based scholarship program’s goal is to make Country Day High School accessible to exceptional students with notable potential in one or more of the following areas: academics, leadership, innovation, the arts, and service. Students selected as Country Day Scholars receive a guaranteed four-year high school scholarship towards tuition, textbooks, class trips, one-on-one college counseling, an SAT preparation course, and a school-issued laptop computer. The Country Day Scholars Program is supported, in part, by the Fund-a-Need paddle raise at the auction, this year raising $46,700. We continue to be grateful to the Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation for their support, which allowed the school to launch the Country Day Scholars Program in 2017, and their generous gifts to the endowed Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation Scholarship Fund that will continue to support the Country Day Scholars Program in perpetuity. Anonymous Michelle Alexander Luke Barker & Jenna Magan Megan Loinberger & Obadiah Bartholomy Scott & Tracy Best Jeremy Burr & Tricia Ross Jeb & Julianna Burton Kristen & Marte Castaños Stephanie & Justin Castillo Maya Juarez & Stephen Chuchel Aaron Cook Anita Cook Lisa Dzigas-Cressman & David Cressman Sarah & Steven Deelstra Rachelle Doyle Oksana Dumanska Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation Annaclare Entrican Joseph & Megan Eschleman Angela Mirra & Tucker Foehl Ryan & Carrie Douglas-Fong
Marisa Sharkey & Benjamin Gumpert Kristoffer Hall '91 & Dr. Rachel Maney Leslie & Josh Harmatz The Hayes Family Evelyn & Michael Heller Jennifer & Adam Hofmann Qianyan Cheng & Jeff Howes Kelley Taber '84 & Gary Jakobs Amy L. Johnson '95 Cassie Gilson & Loren Kaye Hadley & James Keefe Laura & Benjamin King Louis Klieger & Patricia Sierra Cyndy & Jeff LaFitte Elizabeth K. Lake '92 Renée DeBose & Christopher Levermore Pam & Ryan Livesey Sue Lorens Mary Maguire & Maureen Smith Lesley & John Mahan Linda & Michael McCurdy The Montoya Family Sue Nellis & Mark Gorton Beth Nelson '98 & Nate Himes Suzanne Ness
Ann Marie & Philip Ore '87 Bill & Anne Petchauer Tepring Piquado '97 & John Magallanes Christy & John Procida Jasmine Karalakulasingam & Amit Raheja Eric & Patrice Ratinoff Miriam Porter & John Reynen Bobby & Megan Rich Janee & Albert Rodriguez Karla & Francisco Rojas Hortense Smit & Johan Schep Vicki Sihota Julie & Kevin Sloat Emily & Topher Stephenson Sarah & Dave Swartz Julie Checkoway & Lee Thomsen Nicole & Stan Van Vleck Jessica Vando '92 & Tim Milberger Forrest Vickery Mina & Michael Walter Amy Nelson Wells ‘98 & Brooke Wells Ellen & Carlin Wiegner Alan Wong & Barbara Lym David & Nichole Zinn Ella Benoza & Stan Zipser
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ANNUAL FUND 2018-2019
Additional Annual Fund Deferred,
AUCTION - TOTAL Auction (Net)
Fund-a-Need Paddle Raise for Scholars Program
Restricted Endowment other
ENDOWMENT - TOTAL
Andrew Cochrane '97 Libraries
Annual Fund Auction 40%
Elliott Family Foundation Scholarship $100,000
Barbara Lazar Music Award
High School Computer Lab
Middle School Computer Lab Lower School Science Sunshade Other
SCRIP PROGRAM (Net) TOTAL GIFTS
Other Revenue 5%
Other Programs 3%
$5,000 $2,671 $3,145
Academic Program Support Services 7%
Tuition Assistance 18%
Francie Tidey Faculty Award
Other Programs 3%
RESTRICTED - TOTAL
Academic Program SS
GIFTS IN KIND
Tuition & Fees 85%
Salaries & Benefits
Debt Service DAY
The allocation of our 2018-19 operating budget of $13,248,000 and the distribution of our annual fundraising dollars are reflected in the accompanying graphs.
Tuition & Fees
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Debt Service 2%
Salaries & Benefits 61%
COUNTRY DAY IMPACT
Percentage of students receiving tuition assistance
Dollars given in tuition assistance
Donors increasing their gift from the previous year
MILLION Provided professional development for faculty and staff at national and state conferences
New donors Increased education opportunities for parents in Social Emotional Learning
National Merit commended students National Merit ďŹ nalists
2 U.S. Presidential Scholarship 1 semi-ďŹ nalist
Additional Science Specialist in the Lower School
of community 3600 Hours service completed by high school students
Increased number and range of offerings in Middle School elective curriculum
Lower School teachers trained in Responsive Classroom techniques
6 New High School classes
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WHY I GIVE . . . DOUG WRIGHT PARENT, CLASS OF 2031 My annual gift to Sacramento Country Day helps the school continue to provide its students with an amazing, unique experience with first-class teachers, administrators and staff. It's my way of saying, "Thank You, Country Day!"
CRAIG AND PEGGY LINDSAY GRANDPARENTS, CLASSES OF 2022 AND 2025 As grandparents of new students we’re learning a lot about the culture of SCDS each year as our grandchildren progress through the grades. We believe that the best way we can support our granddaughters is to participate as much as possible in their activities. We’re happy that we are able to contribute.
TEPRING PIQUADO ALUMNA, CLASS OF 1997 The school is a special place. I love to give my time at the auction, my talent as a former SCDS teacher, and my treasure through annual gifts. Country Day raised me to think critically and act compassionately and I want others to be raised like that too.
MICHELLE MYERS DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION, PK-12TH GRADE Country Day has been a second home to me, with families sharing their children’s lives and educational growth for over 35 years. When I think about who and where I want my charitable funds to go, Country Day is a natural fit. I hope that my contributions will someday help another generation of Country Dayers!
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2018-2019 DONORS TO ALL FUNDS Thank you to the hundreds of donors who supported Country Day with their gifts to the Annual Fund, the Country Day Scholars Program, Auction Sponsors, Endowment, Gifts-in-Kind, Restricted Funds, and Sports and Arts Boosters. Auction Business Sponsors and Donors are listed separately starting on page 21 of this report.
Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation
Sandy Buchanan Marshall & Elizabeth Frankel ++ Danielle Frankel & Violet Kennedy '29 Joann Gray & Sheldon Harmatz ++ Laura & Benjamin King Eric & Patrice< Ratinoff Julie< & Kevin Sloat Katherine Tsakopoulos '86 & Socrates Stamatis Ellen & Carlin Wiegner James & Christine Woo
Anonymous Manish Aggarwal & Jasmine Maan Michelle Alexander Umashankari Ramakrishan & Vivaik Balasubrawmanian Luke Barker & Jenna Magan< Vasudha Anand & Anand Chellam Dahmane Dahmani + Steve< & Cynthia Edwards + Antonio Falcone & Roxanne Elliott< Kristoffer Hall '91 & Dr. Rachel Maney Sylvia Heller ++ Intel Foundation Dave & Kate Kaufman Cassie Gilson & Loren Kaye< Daniel & Christiana Kopf Christy & John< Procida Lokesh< & Chanda Sikaria Emily< & Topher Stephenson
Buckmaster Office Solutions Rohitesh< & Sandra Chand Carol & Owen Davies Alicia Perla & Benjamin DeBerry Robert & Angela< Donlan Joseph & Megan Eschleman David, Stacey & Joshua '19 Friedman Ted Harris & Melissa Conner Qianyan Cheng & Jeff Howes Kelley Taber '84< & Gary Jakobs Louis Klieger & Patricia Sierra Cyndy & Jeff LaFitte Melinda Levy Kirk & Theresa< Lincoln, Blake '19 & Austin '23
Andrew Linn & Cinthia Tirado Saad & Elizabeth Monasa Jennifer Siebel Newsom & Gavin Newsom Louay< & Maya Owaidat Procida Landscaping Judy Reynen ++ + Rod & Marcy Siegfried ++ Nicole & Stan< Van Vleck Dr. Rosemary Vando< + ++ The Walter Family ++ Alison Appel & Christopher Waterson Dr. & Mrs. Robert G. Webster Jenny Ding & Jason Xu Ramiro Zúñiga & Nicole Carbo
Todd & Arianna Achondo Patrick Alexander The Black Family Jeannie Choi-Boersma & Jonathan Boersma Jeremy Burr< & Tricia Ross Jeb & Julianna Burton Carter West Stephanie* & Justin Castillo Jon Chaney ++ Anna Nidecker & John Coleman Aaron Cook Anita Cook Carrie Cooper Bentley '01 & Taylor Bentley Lisa Dzigas-Cressman & David Cressman Oksana Dumanska Employers Select Insurance Services Fitness Rangers David Frankel & Kimberly Buss Devean George Laini & Brian Golden Susan Bales & Michael Goldstein Google Matching Gift Program Frank & Cherilyn Graham Jasleen & Hardeep Gulati Marisa Sharkey & Benjamin Gumpert Ali & Dodds Hayden Evelyn & Michael Heller Amy L. Johnson '95<* Dheeraj Kamra & Rekha Pareek-Kamra Erin Lehane Judeh Simon & Garrett Lenoir Ningzi Sun & Simon Leung Renée DeBose & Christopher Levermore Craig & Peggy Lindsay ++
Lesley & John Mahan Linda< & Michael McCurdy + The McLeod Family Thomas Melchione & Tanya Maagdenberg Tisha Montiero Sue Nellis* & Mark Gorton + The Niello Company Northern California Collection Service, Inc. Barbara MacAulay Ore<*+ ++ Ruth & Hubert Pan Jay & Julie Parrish Jasmine Karalakulasingam & Amit Raheja Miriam Porter & John Reynen Bobby & Megan Rich Janee & Albert Rodriguez Sue* & Tim< Ryan + Hortense Smit & Johan Schep Shasta Linen Supply Carl & Esther Shin Melissa & Lilah '22 Shorey Vicki Sihota David & Kirsten Spradlin Zalman Stern Amie & John Stevenson Aleka Kamila & Peja Stojakovic Julie Checkoway & Lee Thomsen* Mary Ellen & George Thomsen ++ Jelena & Peter Tiemann Towerpoint Wealth Archana & Vinod Trivedi Kuei Hui Chen & Kwok Cheung Tsui Thomas N. Tureen Alison & Aaron Turner Umpqua Bank Wells Fargo Foundation Alan Wong & Barbara Lym Saul & Wendi Zales Jane Tsai & Francis Zhang<
Anonymous Michelle & Stephen Acquisto Jasen, Amanda,* & Hazel '30 Ashdown Kamlika Chandla & Sameer Badlani Pauline & Amit Banerjee Megan Loinberger & Obadiah Bartholomy Paul Bauman & Jane Stroup Bauman*+ Cliff & Debra Berg + Katherine Merksamer '88< & Mark Bogetich
Bourqui Family Rachel Campbell George & Sonja Canepa Stacey & Ash Carter Kang Chen & Rong Huang Maya Juarez & Stephen Chuchel Mike & Cheryll* Cochrane + Karen & Jack Crawford '85 Jean, David & Emily Decamilla Sarah & Steven Deelstra Mally Pakzat & Hassan Dezham Ravneet & Gurbir Dhaliwal Veronica Dixon Siva Doma Monica & Nathan Donnelley Rachelle Doyle* Mae & Sergei Fesai Kristina & Michael Fluetsch Ryan & Carrie Douglas-Fong + Laurel & Pete Gajate Berk & Kamile Guvelioglu Leslie & Josh Harmatz Gui Ming Huang & Rongna Chen Ashley West & Josh Hughes Steve Hussey & Ellen Litle Worthing< & Katrina Jackman + Ethan & Michelle Jackson Lainie & Gregg Josephson Louis & Christina< Kaufman Vasanthi & Alok Krishna Philip & Linda Kuipers ++ Amel & François Lacombe Katherine & Matthew Laufman The Lawson Family James & Kristina Lewis Anna & John Lindgren Pam* & Ryan Livesey Drs. Janie Low & David Richwerger + The Luery Family +* Mary Maguire & Maureen Smith Navreet & Jaspreet Mann Yakout Mansour & Sylvie Bergeron KEY Trustee/Former Trustee< Alumni Parent + Employee/Former Employee * Grandparent ++ DONOR CATEGORIES Leadership Circle $25,000+ Founders’ Circle $10,000-$24,999 Headmaster’s Circle $5,000-$9,999 Patrons’ Circle $2,500-$4,999 Benefactors $1,000-$2,499 Scholars $500-$999 Friends $1-$499 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
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It was signing day for seniors Nate Jakobs, who has committed to play baseball for the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, and Joe Zales, who will swim at Harvey Mudd for the CMS Stags and Athenas. Parents Kelly Taber, Gary Jakobs, Wendi Zales, and Saul Zales were on hand for the ceremony.
Anita Seipp Marmaduke< + Michael & Mary Martinelli Kristi* & Josh Mathisen Roger Mendis & Caron Houston Jodi Hicks & Paul Mitchell Peter E. Mitchell ++ Boksoon Ahn & Kwangjin Moon Robert & Jerrianne Naify Suzanne Ness Doug & Katie O'Brien Bill* & Anne Petchauer + Tepring Piquado '97* & John Magallanes The Randall Family Dr. Julie Schweitzer & Dr. Michael Rogawski Patrick & Betty Ryan + The Sanders Family Jennifer & McGregor Scott Shahin Shahbazi & Amal Abu-Rahma Dan & Lisa Shonkwiler Fenina Espinosa & Vishnu Singh Patricia, Nick & David '20 Situ Anna Winters & Kent Steinwert Katie & Shane Sullivan Bud< & Sally Tollette + Kim & Marty Usrey David & Vicki Webster Amy Nelson Wells â€˜98* & Brooke Wells* Jason & Karen Wiesner 16
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Winters Library Celebration Books Teresa & Derek Woo Joy Ho & Michael Wu Kira and Danny Zhu Ella Benoza & Stan Zipser The Zweig Family
Anonymous (2) Jennifer Adams* John & Valerie* Adelsheim Adobe Min & Juan Agudelo Adriana Estrada & Jesus Aispuro Maria L. Alexandrino ++ Melanie & Jason* Allen '95 Emily Allshouse* Reuben Antony & Susy Thomas Laura & Sam* Applebaum '94 Bob Asperger & Kathleen Lynch Innesa & Nikolay Azar Soheila & Sharam Azghadi Michael & Amii Barnard-Bahn Lara Baine '96 Bret & Karen Bair Dr. & Mrs. Kirby Baker ++ Jane* & Haitham Batarseh + Ed & Linden Beck + Christina & Peter Beilenson Holly DeFazio & William Benford Kendall & Charles Bennett
Jennifer & William Berry Scott & Tracy Best Christopher & Kimberly Biddle Brian Billings* Jamil & Emily Bitar Lonna Bloedau*+ Cameron Bohn* Edward* & Deborah Bolman The Boone Family Kelly Bornmann* Agatha Bortolotto The Bota Novell Family Tracy & Stephen Brady Anna Vinter & Brad Briercheck Mark & Priya Brink Kelley Brown* Meredith Brown '99 & Jesse W. Lebus The Brown Family Maggie Bryan Tony, Courtney, Finn & Lucy Burnett + Melissa & Jeff Burnett Aleitha Burns* & Cade Grunst* Melina & Steve Canani Dana & Pam Carlson Kristen & Marte CastaĂąos Christina & Anthony Cervantes Vasudha Anand & Anand Chellam Ann Chenu '97 Marisa Cheung Shao Jeang & Simon Chow Thoa & Steve Christiansen Marisa Christie* The Claire Family Kelly & Kasey Clark Estee & Dan Cohen John & Audrey Coleman ++ Sharon & Dean Colli The Collinwood Family Victoria* & Christopher Conner Joseph & Rosemary Cooley ++ The Cooley Family Mark & Liya Cornelius Alexis Covey '02* Michael Covey* & Jackie DeLu*+ Bill Crabb* Nancy Craig '97 Ernest Crowder Jim & Jana Cuneo ++ Andy* & Elona Cunningham + Bradley Cutler< + Lee Davies ++ Richard Day* Jennifer & Nirav Desai Louie Dias Nicole Diaz '24 Max Dickstein '97 Julie Didion* Anamika Doma The Donahue Family Lindsay & Brandon Doskocil
Kenyatta & Malinda Dumisani Jeff & Eiko Dym + Robert< & Nancy* Earl + Alessandra Recchia & Carlo Eisner de Eisenhof Joseph, Dominic, Gehnevi & Elijah Emily Ellis* Martha & Mike Engel ++ Joe & Karen Engstrom Annaclare Entrican + Tracy & Jeff Epperson Martina & Jaime Escobar Emily Adaire Eustace* Richard & Ayako Fackenthal + Kim & Randy Farrens Sharron Flynn ++ Angela Mirra & Tucker Foehl* Gretchen Fogelstrom* Mark Foster + Wendy Frampton Holly* & Cliff Holly Hannah* & Geoff Frank Brian Frishman*+ Dennis & Donna Gagne Jose & Sonia Gallardo Tom & Juliet Gede + Aggie Geminder* Peter Gemmell The Genetos Family Sarah Gerber* Lisa Gerhardt Graham & Joyce Gilbertson ++ Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Goldkuhl III Dr. Gregory & Jeannine Graves Angela & William Grey Gina Griffin* Ana & Matthew Guile Janie & Frank Gumpert ++ Bianca Hansen '19 Deborah & Chuck Hansen The Harbart Family Sharon Jackson Harlan + Shawn & Amber Harrison Sherry & Brian Haus The Hayes Family David Hechler* Sheila Hefty* Marilyn Heyck ++ Jason Hinojosa* Shelley Hinson* Caroline Nguyen & Alan Hirahara '86 Jennifer & Adam Hofmann Linda Hollis ++ Wendy & Jay Holman* George & Yvonne Hoshino + Peggy Wu & Victor Huang Moraima Ibarra Daniel & Azita Ichel Patricia Jacobsen* & Wayne Strumpfer*+ Fred Jaravata* Gary Johns & John Schneider
DONORS TO ALL FUNDS Sue & Jay Johnson '77* Gordon Joost Shawn Joost Akiki Kamarashavu Suganya Parthasarathy & Raju Kasturi Martin & Jana Katz + Hadley* & James Keefe Ralph & Cary Kelly* + Heino & Nancy Kemnitz Allen, Kathy & Adam '16 Ketchum + Felecia Keys* Sara El Rifai & Vincent Klaib Dr. & Mrs. Herman L. Klieger ++ Erin Chargin-Kramer & Jeff Kramer Jason Kreps* Priya & Subramaniam Krishnan Chris* & Sarah Kuipers The LaComb Family* Gene & Candi Ladomato Elizabeth K. Lake '92 Neil Landers* Rashida Lang* Mari-Lu* & Derald Langwell Joe & Glynis Lansdell ++ Jinny Beaton-Lê & Alan Lê Liz* & Ben Leavy Eunyko Park & John Lee The Lemus Family The Lettini Family Judy & Steve Lewis + Becky Lewis Thiess '00 & Dave Thiess Ling and Raymond Li David Lieb '83 & Sally Solomon Matt Liedtke* Belinda Hon & Victor Lin Nichelle M. Lindgren Tichia & Brent Lindsay Amy & Brock Littlejohn George Lonergan & Jeannene Ward-Lonergan Jeff & Nicole Look Jennifer Loomis Sue Lorens* Jessica & Rommel* Loria Sue Loustalot + Victoria Loustalot '03 Jessica Mahoney Dr. Tara M. Neavins & Mr. Michael Maltese Danielle & Virgilio Manaois Glenn Mangold* Mitzi Mapa-Contes* The Maranto Family Geoffrey & Kristin Margolis The Marquardt/Jenks Family Alexa Mathisen '17 Kevin & Constance McClain Kris & Matt Mesplou +
Christopher Millsback* & Stephanie Osborn Christy Poole & Benjamin Mitchell Lindsay Mitchell Vayner* Stephanie & Craig Miyamoto Laura Steele Monahan* & Brian Monahan The Montoya Family Rebecca Morales Laura Murphy '06 Michelle Myers* Nancy Cronheim & Dave Nakano + Arlyn Marrero-Nasirov Patricia* & Robert Naylor + Jenny Lu & Dalip Negi Beth Nelson '98* & Nate Himes Julie*< & Jamie< Nelson + ++ Sally*< & Grove< Nichols + Inés Ochoa* Mary K. O'Hagin Holt '91 Ann Marie & Philip Ore '87 Sona & Paul Page Joy* & Jason Kronemeyer Karan Pannu Ann Marie & Jason Park Simonne & Michael Patrick Kurt Pearsall* Jamie & Brian Pedersen Kristi* & Ray Peoro Mark Pepple & Lupe Gomez + Laila & Alex Pessaran Heather Pettinari The PEW Charitable Trusts Latonia Pitts* Kelli & Dave Plevyak Michael & Alma Ponce Patricia Portillo* & Alvaro Alvarado Susan* & David< Post + ++ Erin* & Matthew Post '97 Sara Rahimian '94 & Chris Harrelson Bob Ratcliff* Christine Reese Patricia Reynolds* Alison Rielli '95 Brandy Riziki '19 Davita Levin-Robinson & Seth Robinson Reina & Nitin Rohatgi Karla & Francisco Rojas Rudi Rose* Wendy Ross* Bob & Patty Roth Jennifer Freeland & Roy Rubin Jason Russell '97 Mags & Linus Russell Maura Ryan Perotti '02* & Nick Perotti Inderjit Rye Sukhdev Rye
Class of 2025 member Bella Chand takes over Mr. Thomsen’s desk during her “Head for a Day” job. In addition to taking phone calls and meeting with school administrators, Bella greeted morning cars, passed out treats to Middle School students, attended the kindergarten talent show, and visited the PK classroom for closing circle. Rytina Fine Cleaners, Katie Hammer Brown ‘82 & Toran Brown ‘82< + Phillip Saltzman '00 Denise Santos* Jenny Wu & Daniel Schank Damon M. Schwartz Maya Kay Schweizer* Denise*, Burke & Brianna '12* Scruggs + Satpreet & Navneet Sekhon Jennifer & Mark Sheffield John & Miriam Shorey Jessica Sinclair Ruby Tsoi & Henry Siu Justin Siu '28 Elena Rodriguez Bennett* & Gary Smith + Sarah Song* Jillian & Rah-Nohn Spears Carole Cory & Jan Stevens Melissa* & Scott Strong Catherine & Ben Swann Sarah & Dave Swartz The Swinmurn Family Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Tatarian Nancy & Robert Tate Coco & Michael Taylor Rosalie & Stuart Thompson Alice Tomkins + Brittany Torretta* Meg & Jon Townend
Mai & Jeff Townsend Judy Tracy + The Turner Rodriguez Family Christy Vail* Jessica Vando '92 & Tim Milberger Dana* & Matt* Vargo Valerie Velo* Emiliano Vera '32 Bret Vernekoff Forrest Vickery Mina & Michael Walter Lonnie & Maya Webb Kendrick Wells Carol* & Steve Wessels Patrick & Dylan Weston ++ John< & Jane Wheaton + Dan* & Judy* White Doug* & Kellie* Whited Daniel Whitney Marilyn J. Wickland + The Wigglesworth Family Erica Wilson* Toni & Lanny Winberry ++ Arnie Wolf & Fern Tablin + Barrie March & Douglas Wright John Yu* David & Nichole Zinn
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Class of 2019 member Tori Van Vleck with her Chalk Mural square portraying art by Shaun Burner. This year’s mural featured the work of 10 local artists including Country Day art teacher Andy Cunningham.
Middle School soccer in action! The school fielded two co-ed teams, both coached by alumnus and Country Day parent Jason Allen ’95.
The jazz band practices for an upcoming performance.
Halloween in pre-kindergarten is celebrated by students and faculty!
Lifers in the Class of 2019 show off their new t-shirts given to them at the Lifers’ Dinner. A Lifer has spent 12 years of his or her education at Sacramento Country Day School and families celebrate an “education for a lifetime” at an annual dinner. 18
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D FRIENDS ALL MAKE UP THE COUNTRY DAY COMMUNITY
High School faculty Victoria Connor and Kelly Whited with former administrators Barbara Ore and Wendy Ross at Open House.
Three former board chairs on the slopes: (l to r) Jamie Nelson (199497), Toran Brown (2002-06), and John Wheaton (1976-78).
On Colonial Day, third grade students tell visitors about their life and work during the 1700s in the United States.
Fourth grade students pause for a rest while hiking at Point Lobos on their annual trip to Monterey.
Parent volunteers at the Fall Family Festival gather sweet treats for the annual Cakewalk. 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
WHY I SPONSOR . . . Proceeds from Auction Sponsorships are vital to help with underwriting basic event costs, allowing an increased net profit. Auction proceeds benefit academics, faculty salaries, scholarship, and enhancement programs at Sacramento Country Day School. Revenue and Expenses for the 42nd Annual Auction are listed below.
When we moved to Sacramento, we
found a home at Country Day, where
community is built around a common
passion for learning and excellence. It is our privilege to support the school and all the kids who benefit from its
Admissions Live Auction/Class Projects Silent Auction Fixed Price Golden Tickets Sponsorships Donations Faculty Sponsors Miscellaneous
mission. $ 18,600 95,000 29,327 8,860 12,400 60,900 900 700 562
EXPENSES Auctioneer Bar Catering Class Projects Credit Card Charges Decorations Facility Support Music & Photobooth Postage Printing Rentals Sales Tax Security Software Sound Valet Miscellaneous TOTAL
$4,250 1,623 17,532 2,727 5,000 2,708 1,000 1,997 1,054 2,764 28,773 1,500 1,300 1,600 2,000 1,290 2,503 $ 79,621
TOTAL FUNDS RAISED Auction Net
Country Day Scholars TOTAL
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$ 147,628 46,700
NAKED NUT GROWERS OF CALIFORNIA Ben & Laura King Class of 2024 parents
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Title
The Naked Nut Growers of California
The Dave & Kate Kaufman Family
Auction Chair Emeritus Photo Booth Bid Paddle Branding Entertainment Dessert Thank You Gift Centerpiece Valet
Sandy Buchanan Amie Stevenson & Emily Stephenson The Walter Family Stacey Friedman, REMAX Gold EMRL Hall Valuation Consulting, Kristoffer Hall ’91 & Dr. Rachel Maney Cookie Connection Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie
Judy Reynen The Niello Company & Melinda Levy (Quinn Maguire ’29) The Burton Law Firm, Jeb & Julianna Burton
Tower Brewing Company
Buckmaster Office Solutions Procida Landscape, Inc., John, Christy & Luca ’19 Procida Eric Ratinoff Law Corp., Eric & Patrice Ratinoff
Caribbean beach party on Saturday evening, May 18, for the school’s 42nd annual auction, this year held on the Country Day campus. Resort-wear and sunglasses were the dress code, and the unseasonable rainstorm didn’t hinder enthusiastic bidders from raising close to $148,000 plus $46,700 for the Country Day Scholars Program. The gymnasium opened for cocktails and silent auction bidding, and then attendees strolled to Edwards Plaza where long tables and family-style service greeted guests under a fully decorated tent. The fun continued after the final bid with a lively dance party!
Board of Trustees
Auction Co-Chairs Lainie Josephson & Michelle Kessel-Harbart welcomed guests to a
Employers Select Insurance Services Cyndy & Jeff LaFitte Towerpoint Wealth Francis Zhang & Jane Tsai, Allison Zhang ’19 Carrie Cooper Bentley ’01 & Taylor Bentley Carter West Renée DeBose & Christopher Levermore Shasta Linen Supply Umpqua Bank
Thank you to the following volunteers and staff: Basketeers Branding Class Projects Decorations Golden Ticket Sales
Grands & Friends of SCDS EMRL Amie Stevenson Elizabeth Lake ‘92 Sylvie Bergeron & Aaron Cook
Gym Decor Silent Solicitation
Lesley Mahan Ziggy Cressman & Erin Browne Montoya
Shelley Hinson, Jason Kreps & Bob Ratcliff
The Advancement Office
Rachelle Doyle, Valerie Adelsheim & Amy Wells ’98
Parent & Student Volunteers Maintenance Department & Office Staff
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AUCTION DONORS AND SUPPORTERS
Aerospace Museum of California Michelle Alexander Alpha Fired Arts American River Raft Rentals Andis Wines Aquarium of the Pacific Taro Arai Arden Hills Athletic & Social Club ArtBeast Arthur Murray Carmichael Dance Centers Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno B Street Theatre Amii Barnard-Bahn & Michael Bahn Chris Barnum-Dann Bay Area Discovery Museum Beach Crab Photography
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Carrie Cooper Bentley '01 & Taylor Bentley David Berkley Big 5 Sporting Goods Big Basin Vineyards Birdies, Marisa Sharkey Blue & Gold Fleet Boeger Winery Jeannie & Jon Boersma Bogle Vineyards Bokeh Creative Portrait Photography Studio Ed Bolman Susan Boone Pepa Novell & Miguel Bota Broadway Sacramento Sandy Buchanan
Buckhorn Grill Jeb & Julianna Burton Buzzardball Cabana Winery California Academy of Sciences California Museum California State Fair California State Railroad Museum Camp North Star Jim Carlsen Carmel Valley Ranch Carvalho Family Winery Castello di Amorosa Caymus Vineyards Chabot Space & Science Center Cheesecake Factory
Children's Creativity Museum Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose Children's Musical Theater, San Jose Maya Juarez & Stephen Chuchel Club Pilates Code Ninjas Rancho Cordova Jen & Sean Cooley Country Club Lanes & Lazer X Ziggy & David Cressman Crocker Art Museum David Girard Vineyards De Tierra Vineyards Del Norte Club Nicole Diaz '24 Dick's Sporting Goods
Dolphin Swim School Donahue Schriber Dos Coyotes Border Cafe Billy & Jessaca Downing Rachelle Doyle Drybar East Sac Bike Shop Edge Studios Effie Yeaw Nature Center El Macero Country Club Elizabeth Lake Interiors Enchambered Escape Room Escape Sacramento Megan & Joseph Eschleman Esquire IMAX Theatre Exotic Plants, Ltd Explorit Science Center Fair Oaks Family Taekwondo Fairmont Kea Lani Fairytale Town Fancy Feet Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Fleischmann Planetarium Fluetsch & Fluetsch Folsom Dog Resort and Training Center Freeport Bakery Funderland Amusement Park Faith Galati Garcia's Mexican Restaurant Clare Yellowley-Genetos & Damian Genetos Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park Girl Scout Troop 2705 Golfland SunSplash Michael Gonzalez, CPA Granite Arch Climbing Center Jeannine & Gregory Graves Ben Gumpert Happy Hollow Park & Zoo Michelle Kessel-Harbart & Kevin Harbart Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Leslie & Josh Harmatz Harrahâ€™s Harveys Lake Tahoe Harris Center for the Arts Melissa Conner & Theodore Harris Helwig Winery Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery Hiller Aviation Museum Hot Italian iFLY - Sacramento In-N-Out Burger Iron Hub Winery Jack's Urban Eats Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Jill Carmel Photography John's Incredible Pizza Lainie & Gregg Josephson Julius Clothing Kaufman & Davis Plastic Surgery Cassie Gilson & Loren Kaye KCRA, Edie Lambert Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel Ben & Laura King Kirchhoff Wines Patricia Sierra & Louis Klieger Kline Music Moni Van Camp & Gregory Kondos KT's Coiffure Salon Kumon of Arden Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival Le Grand Confectionary Leatherby's Family Creamery Lemon Grass Restaurant Leslie Toms Fine Art Lincoln Hills Golf Club The Lincoln Family Pam & Ryan Livesey Lodi Winegrape Commission Bennett Lumban Pat Mahony Mas Taco Bar Massage Envy Masullo Pizzaria Congresswoman Doris Matsui Metro City Soccer Michael David Winery Milagro Center Miyagi Bar & Sushi Mojo Dojo Extreme Air Sports Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Monster Mini Golf National Automobile Museum Nopalitos Nothing Bundt Cakes Nugget Markets Katie O'Brien Oakland Athletics Community Fund OneSpeed Barbara MacAulay Ore Maya & Louay Owaidat Paesanos Pancake Circus Panera Bread Paradox Autograph Collection Hotels Paragary Group Pavilion Car Care Pescatore Winery Piatti Ristorante & Bar PIER 39 Plan b Restaurant
PlumpJack Winery Powerhouse Science Center Premier Martial Arts Puddles, a Children's Shoppe Raley's Red Door Escape Room Rio De Oro Racquet Club Rockin' Jump Rocknasium Rodworks Roller King Skating Center Sue & Tim Ryan Rytina Fine Cleaners Sacramento History Alliance and Museum Sacramento Kings Sacramento Magazine Sacramento Pipeworks Sacramento River Cats Sacramento Speaker Series Sacramento State Aquatic Center Sacramento Synchronized Swim Team Sacramento Theatre Company Sacramento Youth Symphony Sacramento Zoo Sactown Magazine Saintsbury Winery, Jane Stroup Bauman San Francisco Giants San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco Zoological Society SCDS Spirit Wear School of Rock Schramsberg & Davies Vineyards Kay Schweizer Scott Harvey Wines Scribner Bend Vineyard Seasons 52 SF Bay Adventures Shadow Glen Family Stables Julie Shanks Sierra at Tahoe Vicki Sihota Sky High Sports Julie & Kevin Sloat Sonoma Raceway Anna Winters & Kent Steinwert Emily & Topher Stephenson Amie & John Stevenson Sunrise Rollerland Szymanowski Orthodontics Tahoe Donner Taryn Laughlin Coaching LLC TEAMride Terra d'Oro Winery Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum The Book Collector
The Capital Athletic Club The Chefs' Olive Mix The Dailey Method Arden Park The Lawrence Hall of Science The Melting Pot The Northern California Swimstitute The Olive Press The Rink The Walt Disney Family Museum Lee Thomsen Three Wine Company Thunder Valley Casino Resort Tim Collom Realtor Group Total Wine & More Tower Brewing Company Tower Cafe Trader Joe's Trefethen Family Vineyards Tributary Whitewater Tours Tricks Gymnastics, Dance & Swim Trujillo Wines Turtle Bay Exploration Park Twiggs Floral Design Gallery Two Rivers Soccer Camp USS Midway Museum Christy Vail Nicole & Stan Van Vleck Vintner's Collective Napa Valley Wailea Golf Club Walbeck Baseball Academy West Coast Equine Foundation Western Health Advantage Jane & John Wheaton Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards Ellen & Carlin Wiegner William Glen Willo Salon World of Wonders Science Museum Xtreme Craze Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Zephyr Cove Resort & Lake Tahoe Cruises Nichole & David Zinn Ella Benoza & Stan Zipser Zocalo Cocina Mexicana Zuda Yoga
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DONORS TO RESTRICTED FUNDS
HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB
Umashankari Ramakrishnan & Vivaik Balasubrawmanian Jeremy Burr & Tricia Ross Vasudha Anand & Anand Chellam Dahmane Dahmani Kenyatta & Malinda Dumisani Jasleen & Hardeep Gulati Joann Gray & Sheldon Harmatz Intel Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Herman L. Klieger Peggy & Craig Lindsay Mary Ellen & George Thomsen Dr. Rosemary Vando Patrick & Dylan Weston In honor of Aidan Look '24 Ellen & Carlin Wiegner 24
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Sandy Buchanan Joseph & Megan Eschleman Joann Gray & Sheldon Harmatz Dheeraj Kamra & Rekha Pareek-Kamra Laura & Benjamin King Peggy & Craig Lindsay Ruth & Hubert Pan Eric & Patrice Ratinoff Emily & Topher Stephenson Amie & John Stevenson Mary Ellen & George Thomsen Dr. Rosemary Vando Ellen & Carlin Wiegner
Anonymous Michael & Amii Barnard-Bahn Meredith Brown ‘99 & Jesse W. Lebus Vasudha Anand & Anand Chellam The Claire Family Karen & Jack Crawford ‘85 David Frankel & Kimberly Buss The Hansen Family Intel Foundation Amel & François Lacombe Saad & Elizabeth Monasa Laura Murphy ‘06 In honor of Patricia Fels Hortense Smit & Johan Schep Patricia, Nick & David ‘20 Situ Jane Tsai & Francis Zhang
BARBARA LAZAR MUSIC AWARD Linda Hollis Amy L. Johnson ‘95
Patrick & Betty Ryan
LOWER SCHOOL SCIENCE Saul & Wendi Zales
Tom & Juliet Gede Patricia Jacobsen & Wayne Strumpfer
Celebration Books Program
GIFTS IN KIND
Katherine Merksamer ‘88 & Mark Bogetich Sandy Buchanan Dahmane Dahmani Richard & Ayako Fackenthal Fitness Rangers Qianyan Cheng & Jeff Howes Dave & Kate Kaufman Pam & Ryan Livesey Patricia Portillo & Alvaro Alvarado Christy & John Procida Eric & Patrice Ratinoff Rytina Fine Cleaners Shasta Linen Supply Nicole & Stan Van Vleck
Jeannie Choi-Boersma & Jonathan Boersma Katherine Merksamer '88 & Mark Bogetich Judith Drexler & Charles Brush Sandy Buchanan The Claire Family Estee & Dan Cohen Aaron Cook Anita Cook Karen & Jack Crawford '85 Lisa Dzigas-Cressman & David Cressman Carol & Owen Davies Alessandra Recchia & Carlo Eisner de Eisenhof Kristina & Michael Fluetsch Dr. Gregory & Jeannine Graves Berk & Kamile Guvelioglu Kristoffer Hall '91 & Dr. Rachel Maney Leslie & Josh Harmatz Kelley Taber '84 & Gary Jakobs Sue & Jay Johnson '77 Lainie & Gregg Josephson Dave & Kate Kaufman Louis & Christina Kaufman Laura & Benjamin King Kirk & Theresa Lincoln, Blake '19 & Austin '23 Tichia & Brent Lindsay Kristi & Josh Mathisen Roger Mendis & Caron Houston Louay & Maya Owaidat Christy & John Procida Eric & Patrice Ratinoff Miriam Porter & John Reynen Inderjit Rye Jennifer & McGregor Scott Melissa & Lilah '22 Shorey David & Kirsten Spradlin Emily & Topher Stephenson Amie & John Stevenson The Turner Rodriguez Family Nicole & Stan Van Vleck Dana & Matt Vargo Alison Appel & Christopher Waterson Amy Nelson Wells ‘98 & Brooke Wells Teresa & Derek Woo Joy Ho & Michael Wu Saul & Wendi Zales
Jeremy Burr & Tricia Ross Rohitesh & Sandra Chand Marisa Christie The Claire Family The Collinwood Family Siva Doma David, Stacey & Joshua '19 Friedman Kristoffer Hall '91 & Dr. Rachel Maney Intel Foundation Shawn Joost Cassie Gilson & Loren Kaye Heino & Nancy Kemnitz Liz & Ben Leavy Ling & Raymond Li Kirk & Theresa Lincoln, Blake '19 & Austin '23 George Lonergan & Jeannene Ward-Lonergan Yakout Mansour & Sylvie Bergeron Saad & Elizabeth Monasa Robert & Jerrianne Naify Christy & John Procida Dr. Julie Schweitzer & Dr. Michael Rogawski Inderjit Rye Damon M. Schwartz Emily & Topher Stephenson Archana & Vinod Trivedi Amy Nelson Wells ‘98 & Brooke Wells Jane Tsai & Francis Zhang David & Nichole Zinn
Allie Bogetich ‘20 on drums.
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DONORS TO ENDOWMENT FUNDS DANIEL E. WHITE FACULTY SALARIES FOR LOWER SCHOOL Wendy Ross
ELLIOTT FAMILY FOUNDATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Harry C. & Deborah L. Elliott Family Foundation
The Hayes Family Kelley Taber ‘84 & Gary Jakobs Amy L. Johnson ’95 Sue & Jay Johnson ‘77 Louis & Christina Kaufman Kirk & Theresa Lincoln Christy & John Procida Nicole & Stan Van Vleck
STEPHEN T. REPSHER SCHOLARSHIP FUND Wendy Ross
BARBARA MACAULAY ORE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT Amy L. Johnson ’95 Wendy Ross In honor of the retirement of Jane Batarseh In honor of the retirement of Michel Covey In honor of the retirement of Sue Nellis In honor of the retirement of Carol Wessels
The annual Playathon in support of the 13-year partnership between Country Day and the Rulindo schools raised almost $7,000, which will buy milk cows for five Rulindo schools and help with the construction of new preschool classrooms and a basketball court. 26
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ANDREW COCHRANE ‘97 LIBRARIES ENDOWMENT In memory of Andrew Cochrane
Anonymous Agatha Bortolotto Maggie Bryan Ann Chenu '97 Mike & Cheryll Cochrane In memory of Mike Davis In memory of Sean Dickinson Sharon & Dean Colli Nancy Craig '97 Jim & Jana Cuneo Jean, David & Emily Decamilla Max Dickstein '97 Robert & Nancy Earl Joseph, Dominic, Gehnevi & Elijah Joe & Karen Engstrom In memory of Lucille Engstrom Allison Furry Knapp ‘97 Wendy Frampton Holly & Cliff Holly Dennis & Donna Gagne Sharon Jackson Harlan Marlee Harrell Sheila Hefty John Schneider & Gary Johns In honor of Mike & Cheryll Cochrane Amy L. Johnson '95 Gene & Candi Ladomato Judy & Steve Lewis Becky Lewis Thiess '00 & Dave Thiess Sue Loustalot In memory of Louis A. Loustalot, Jr. Victoria Loustalot '03 Linda Longtin McCurdy Kristine Mesplou Sue Nellis & Mark Gorton Julie & Jamie Nelson The PEW Charitable Trusts Susan & David Post Wendy Ross Bob & Patty Roth Sue & Tim Ryan Amanda Cochrane Scheidlinger ’00 & Eric Scheidlinger Carole Cory & Jan Stevens In memory of Karen Stevens Tony, Joan & Ian ‘96 Stone Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Tatarian Nancy & Robert Tate Carol & Steve Wessels Marilyn J. Wickland
ADDITIONAL GIFTS IN HONOR AND IN MEMORY GIFTS IN HONOR In honor of Ferris Bennett ‘30 Sharron Flynn In honor of Brian Billings The Black Family In honor of Henry Chuchel ‘32 In honor of Sophie Chuchel ‘28 Maya Juarez & Stephen Chuchel In honor of Sophia Espinoza ‘28 Thoa & Steve Christiansen In honor of Matteo Gerhardt ‘30 Lisa Gerhardt In honor of Bianca Hansen ‘19 In honor of Morgan Hansen ‘26 In honor of Sonja Hansen ‘18 Deborah & Chuck Hansen
GIFTS IN MEMORY In honor of Alex Rogawski’s graduation Dr. Julie Schweitzer & Dr. Michael Rogawski In honor of Lee Thomsen Mary Ellen & George Thomsen In honor of Sydney Turner ‘21 Alison & Aaron Turner In honor of Layla Walter ‘31 Mina and Michael Walter In honor of Xavier Webb ‘28 In honor of Zamora Webb ‘31 Lonnie & Maya Webb
In memory of Connor Burns ‘20 Dr. Gregory & Jeannine Graves
In memory of Irene Welch Ramseth Ed & Linden Beck
In memory of Marshall Goldkuhl Mrs. & Mr. Edward W. Goldkuhl III
In memory of John D. Reynen Miriam Porter & John Reynen
In memory of Sharon Marie Howze Todd & Arianna Achondo
In memory of William Welch Ed & Linden Beck
In memory of Lauren LaMay Susan Bales & Michael Goldstein Mari-Lu & Derald Langwell In memory of Barbara Lazar Melanie & Jason Allen ‘95 Linda Hollis Amy L. Johnson ‘95 Mari-Lu & Derald Langwell
In honor of Kali Wells ‘22 Kendrick Wells
In honor of Haylee Holman ‘23 Joe & Glynis Lansdell
In honor of Sophia Woo ‘31 James & Christine Woo
In honor of Renee Low ‘96 Drs. Janie Low & David Richwerger
In honor of Leo Zhu ‘32 Kira & Danny Zhu
In honor of Casey Mahoney ‘28 In honor of Rorey Mahoney ‘28 Jessica Mahoney In honor of Max Marquardt ‘28 The Marquardt/Jenks Family In honor of Madora Mitchell ‘31 Christy Poole & Benjamin Mitchell In honor of Eloise Pan ‘32 Ruth & Hubert Pan In honor of Palmer Parrish ‘31 In honor of Parker Parrish ‘28 Jay & Julie Parrish In honor of Addie Plevyak ‘32 Kelli & Dave Plevyak In honor of Jack Rich ‘32 Bobby & Megan Rich In honor of Eliana Robinson ‘24 Davita Levin-Robinson & Seth Robinson
At the fall Pep Rally, Country Day students and faculty kick off the service project for the Sacramento Food Bank’s Run to Feed the Hungry and display the school’s winning trophy from last year. Team Captain Luca Procida (top row, second from right) announces his fundraising goal of $10,000. 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
FROM THE ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Dear Country Day Families, The Annual Report is an opportunity to recognize all our supporters and thank them for their critical part in advancing the work of Sacramento Country Day School. We are thankful because . . . • With the support and encouragement from so many, we accomplished much, including professional development for faculty and staff, increased opportunities for social-emotional learning, and new parent education events. •
Generous donors provided to all students the benefit of two new computer labs, and raised crucial funds for our Country Day Scholars Program, now entering its third year.
Increased communication within our community offered opportunities for alumni to build stronger business connections and expand their capacity to impact our surroundings.
(l to r) Advancement office team Amy Wells and Rachelle Doyle, Annual Fund co-chair Elizabeth Monasa, and 1st grade class ambassador Beth Nelson at the Annual Fund Thank You Barbecue.
It is heartwarming to see how we have worked together as a community to “think critically, live creatively, and act compassionately” in our school and in the larger community where we all live and work. Your continued investment in Country Day enhances curriculum, makes tuition assistance possible for students in need, improves our facilities, and benefits all students and teachers. Thank you for welcoming me to this outstanding school. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming year. Sincerely,
Brandon Monasa, Class of 2028, helps out at the curb during morning drop-off.
Rachelle Doyle Director of Advancement
THANK YOU TO ANNUAL FUND CO-CHAIRS ETHAN JACKSON & ELIZABETH MONASA AND PARENT CLASS AMBASSADORS FOR VOLUNTEERING TO BE PART OF THE ANNUAL FUND TEAM
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Amy Wells ‘98 Melissa Conner, Douglas Wright Beth Nelson ‘98 Melissa Conner Elizabeth Monasa Ethan Jackson Jeb & Julianna Burton
6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th
Emily Stephenson Ethan Jackson Amii Barnard-Bahn & Michael Bahn Elizabeth Monasa Alison Turner Amii Barnard-Bahn & Michael Bahn Stacey Friedman
FRANCIE TIDEY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION RECIPIENTS Lauren LaMay
Daniel I. Neukom
Barbara MacAulay Ore
Susan Gorton Nellis
Barbara Fackenthall Tash
The Francie Tidey Award for Excellence in Education was established in 2001 by the Alumni Association to honor Francie Tidey, longtime Head of High School, college counselor, and English teacher. The award recognizes a member of the faculty or administration who has made an outstanding contribution to the Country Day community during his or her tenure. The award is presented at the High School graduation ceremony.
This year’s recipient, Glenn Mangold, was announced by Erin Reddy, class of 2015, who remembers Mr. Mangold’s quiet sense of humor, his dedication to students, and his ability to keep students of all levels engaged in the subject matter. “He excelled at making the mechanics of physics accessible to the new freshmen while also helping the most advanced seniors understand BC level Calculus and Physics C. During class, he explained the most complex concepts in ways students could understand, always challenging us to think beyond the lesson, and creating bonus questions for those who wanted them. His excellent teaching is what inspired many of us to love math, science, and problem solving.” Erin added that a repeated comment from a number of former students referenced Mr. Mangold’s wide-ranging knowledge beyond his subject matter and his willingness to talk with students about almost any subject.
Laura & Sam Applebaum ‘94 Amy L. Johnson ‘95 Victoria Loustalot ‘03 Sara Rahimian ‘94 & Chris Harrelson Wendy Ross Amy Nelson Wells ‘98 & Brooke Wellss
Glenn Mangold (back row, center) with colleagues and friends following the award ceremony at High School graduation, June 2019.
ALUMNI DONORS TO ALL FUNDS Anonymous (2) Jason Allen ‘95 Sam Applebaum ‘94 Lara Baine ‘96 Peter Beilenson ‘77 Meredith Brown ‘99 Ann Chenu ‘97 Carrie Cooper Bentley ‘01 Alexis Covey ‘02 Nancy Craig ‘97
Jack Crawford ‘85 Max Dickstein ‘97 Kristoffer Hall ‘91 Alan Hirahara ‘86 Amy L. Johnson ‘95 Jay Johnson ‘77 Elizabeth K. Lake ‘92 Becky Lewis Thiess ‘00 David Lieb ‘83
Victoria Loustalot ‘03 Alexa Mathisen ‘17 Katherine Merksamer ‘88 Laura Murphy ‘06 Beth Nelson ‘98 Amy Nelson Wells ‘98 Mary K. O’Hagin Holt ‘91 Philip Ore ‘87 Tepring Piquado ‘97
DONORS TO THE FUND FOR THE FRANCIE TIDEY AWARD
Matthew Post ‘97 Sara Rahimian ‘94 Alison Rielli ‘95 Jason Russell ‘97 Phillip Saltzman ‘00 Kelley Taber ‘84 Katherine Tsakopoulos ‘86 Jessica Vando ‘92
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WISHING OUR RETIREES THE BEST! This year’s group of retiring employees has experienced a long and varied career at Country Day. During Sue Nellis’s 37-year career, she taught history to Middle and High School students, served as head of the High School, advised the yearbook, and at some point early in her tenure, taught jazzercise and badminton electives. Thirty-two years ago, when classes were held mostly in portable buildings and the lunch program was prepared by parent volunteers, Carol Wessels came to Country Day. Hired as the bookkeeper, she became staff accountant in 1992 and the controller in 2000. For most of his 21 years at Country Day, Michael Covey was in the High School science lab, teaching chemistry, first to the 10th grade and later the Advanced Placement course to the seniors. After leaving the chemistry department in 2006, he returned to the school two years later to work as the garden coordinator. For 25 years, Latin teacher Jane Batarseh introduced her students to what they may have thought to be a dead language, but she gave it life, introducing her students to not only verb conjugations and vocabulary, but also Roman architecture with tours of the local Arden Hills Club and trips abroad to Rome, Florence, and Pompeii, as well as an annual toga walk to Loehmann’s Plaza, and bocce lessons at East Portal Park.
Sue Nellis & Jane Batarseh “face off” during a pep rally. 30
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Our 2019 retiring employees stop for a photo at the retirement event in the Matthews Library. (top row) Sue Nellis and Michael Covey, (bottom row) Jane Batarseh and Carol Wessels.
Michael Covey in the garden with students from the class of 2029.
Carol Wessels at the retirement event with semi-retired Lonna Bloedau.
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In Memoriam: Rolf Keltner^ passed away January 26, 2019. Rolf’s obituary, published in the Sacramento Bee in June, notes his love of family, cooking, hiking, dancing, fishing, sailing, making things, reading, and feeding people and the joy he felt through his work as a special education teacher. Rolf worked at the Scotten School in Grass Valley, where they recently dedicated a bench in his memory.
“Depending on who asks,” writes Larisa Malakoff Valentin*, “I'm a full-time mom, reformed banking lawyer, or ski bum. I live in Whistler, B.C., having left a career as an in-house banking lawyer in London, England, to become a full-time mother. I moved to a small ski resort in Canada 12 years ago. My two kids are leaving the nest for college, so I'm contemplating how to write this next chapter of my life.” Robert Padjen spent the month of July visiting grandchildren and travelling to Chicago and Northern California. Robert shared some brief updates from his class: Peter Buchman lives in Sacramento, still plays bass and takes lots of cute cat pictures. Dave Farley continues to write grants and consult, and currently works for the city of North Las Vegas in addition to his company Grant Doctors. Alex Gronke is editorial lead at True Thirty. Erik Mukerjee was just promoted to Group Leader of Biometical Microsystems at Lawerence Livermore Labs. His daughter Ella is four. Julissa Neely is making music (julissaneely.com) and living in California. Joseph Villa, wife Heather and daughter Sage live in Roseburg, Oregon, where Joseph is an associate professor of chemistry at Umpqua Community College.
Rachel Brown Hester graduated in May with a master’s degree from Duke University as a Family Nurse Practitioner. “I accepted a fellowship in Charlotte, NC, in Hospice and Palliative Care. I also have four beautiful kids.” In September
2018, Adam Nelson* joined ProEquity Asset Management as managing director. Adam is focused on the firm’s private client asset management business as well as identifying and executing acquisition opportunities throughout California. Megan Reitan and husband, Graham, moved to West Marin two years ago and now name the San Geronimo Valley and Point Reyes as their regular stomping grounds. Megan works at ILM/ Lucasfilm, where she manages the global technology budget, headcount and project operations for all of ILM's global studios and in support of all ILM's and Lucasfilm's movies.
After 12 years in Dubai, Bahadir Dogan, his wife and their twins have relocated to Toronto, Canada.
Carter Graham lives in San Francisco and is starting her second year as the dean of teaching and learning at Marin Primary and Middle School in Larkspur.
Congratulations to Amy Johnson and her family-owned and operated company, Skyline Scaffold, that was ranked the 22nd fastest growing company in Sacramento by the Sacramento Business Journal.
Jessica Niles DeHoff is based in Beijing with her husband John and their two cats. Jessica recently completed Grief is Pink, a chapbook of poems and paintings that grew out of her experience of caring for her mother, Blanca, as she was dying in 2018. The book is being considered by several publishers. This summer she's the international artist in residence at Rimbun Dahan Arts Centre in Malaysia. Jay Roth* and wife Lisa own and operate a packaging and shipping store in Sacramento called Box Brothers. “We opened on July 1, 2009, and we are hoping to expand in the near future.”
JACK CRAWFORD ‘85 Profile published January 2019
Jack Crawford’s career in “company building” has taken him from CPA to entrepreneur to venture capitalist. After working in the accounting industry, Jack enrolled in graduate school at UC Davis. He was taking business courses while launching a tech startup on the side. Ultimately, the demands of the startup required him to leave the graduate program. Jack went on to work in startups for the next few years with, as he puts it, “some wins and some losses” before starting his own venture capital firm. Today, he is a founding general partner at Impact Venture Capital. Jack’s three children attend Country Day, with the oldest graduating in 2020. Occupation: Venture Capitalist College: Arizona State University, B.S. in accounting; UC Davis, graduate school classes in business One memory I have from Country Day: Developing friendships that have lasted a lifetime. In middle school, I became friends with Tony Coss. Following high school, we went to the University of London together for a semester abroad and later graduated from Arizona State University together. He is still my best friend today. A little-known fact about me: I collaborate with my wife and our three kids (all students at Country Day) on research focused on strategic planning for life. Our home acts as a living lab for research as we each explore how to live our best life. My home office has an entire wall covered with our family “dream board.” 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
KRISTOFFER HALL ‘91 Profile published March 2019 Kristoffer Hall remembers the Marin Headlands trip as a highlight of his 5th grade year at Country Day. The trip is chaperoned by parents, and his father joined the class on the overnight excursion. Last year, Kristoffer was the one wearing the chaperone hat when son and current Country Day student Wyatt attended the same field trip. “Being a chaperone for Wyatt’s class to the Headlands last year really brought it full circle. I am constantly amazed by the kids at Country Day, and happy to have been one myself.” Kristoffer attended high school at Jesuit and college at Santa Clara. Today he owns his own consulting business and performs business valuations and economic damages analyses. His company, Hall Valuation Consulting, is a multi-year sponsor of the school’s annual auction. Kristoffer and wife Rachel have two children at Country Day, Wyatt in 6th grade and brother Harry in 4th. Occupation: Business Valuation and Forensic Accounting City I call home: Sacramento, CA College: Santa Clara University, Accounting
Marion Kerr continues her acting career in Los Angeles. Most recently, she has appeared in a national Massage Envy commercial and TV shows Jane the Virgin and the Facebook Watch show, We Need to Talk. Marion loves travelling and recently returned from 10 days in England. After placing second during the 2018 midterm election for State Assembly District 54, Tepring Piquado started a new role as chief policy director for an organization called California Issues Forum. She is based in Los Angeles and spends two to three days a week during the legislative session in Sacramento, living with retired history teacher Sue Nellis and her husband Mark. The other days of the week, Tepring is still at RAND doing research and teaching ethics at their graduate school.
Nick Kindelt writes that he and wife Mary have a “three-year-old son who keeps us very busy.” Nick works for the University of Tulsa, planning donor events for both the University and Gilcrease Museum. Congratulations to Allison Furry ‘97 and Eric Knapp on their recent nuptials. The couple are living and working in Sacramento. Taryn Tyler Williams still lives in D.C., but has left the federal government to work for the nonprofit Center for American Progress, focusing
on anti-poverty policy. “I’m working as managing director of the Poverty to Prosperity team and still spending my free time traveling and searching for good vegan food.”
Andrew Price lives in Santa Monica and writes that he is “working at a business I started with two friends in 2014, after shifting from journalism to the tech industry.” Andrew is still playing soccer and has taken up surfing. He adds, “I've been trying to live as car-free a life as I can, as a personal challenge, so I'm also finally getting familiar with LA's Metro system. I see Chloe Ellers and Tepring Piquado every once in a while. Any other Cavs living in, or visiting, the LA area are encouraged to get in touch.”
Megan Carney* lives in San Francisco and works as a child therapist for Contra Costa County. She enjoys writing, hiking, and traveling in her spare time. Mohit Mehtani and wife Chrissy were thrilled to welcome their new baby boy, Sidni Oliver Mehtani on July 7. ”His 18-month-old sister Sabina, however, was not as thrilled. I still work in Napa as an ophthalmologist but come to Sacramento often to visit my family.” Ajaipal Sekhon and wife Harjeet live in Tacoma, WA. “In 2017, I opened a dental practice and we had our daughter (continued on pg. 34)
One memory I have from Country Day: Trying to sell Santa Claus a flying snowmobile in the holiday play (3rd grade?). My favorite Country Day spot: The field (now houses) behind the newly built gym where I learned to play golf, and the back wall of the old 4th grade building where we played handball. At Country Day, I learned: How to study. The last book I read: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King A little-known fact about me: I made balloon animals at Chevy’s to help pay for college. Kim Cotton Wong ‘98 and Jennifer Cotton ‘01* with Kim’s daughters Elise (11) and Cara (13) at a macaron baking class on a family vacation to Paris, France. Kim is starting her 17th year with Elk Grove Unified School District, teaching 7/8th-grade health in the mornings and baking whenever she can. (Check out her baking business, Sugar Shots, at sugarshotsdesserts.com) 32
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“I live by the Boise River with my wife and son where we ride bikes and play sports,” says Joey Jaszewski ‘98* “For work, I shoot photos and video and manage a small creative team for the energy company Idaho Power.”
Suraj Satpathy ‘99 sent an update from across the pond. “I’m living in London with my girlfriend Kelley, working at Gilead Sciences, and travelling the world for business and pleasure!”
Autumn Wilner-Heard Straub ‘00 and husband Patrick welcomed their second daughter Amelia Grace on May 4. “Elizabeth in particular is loving her new role as ‘Big Sister’.” Class of 1999 grads get together at the Hook and Ladder to share news: (l to r) Sara Judson and Matthew Swenson celebrated their August wedding in Los Gatos, CA. Sara works in sales recruiting for Hyatt Hotels. Lynsey Corbett was recently promoted to research operations manager at Eventbrite and works remotely from Sacramento where she and her boyfriend live in Carmichael. Alexandra Tollette Biering and spouse Brian live in Land Park with their two boys Charlie (age 5) and Desmond (age 2). Alex is the Government Affairs Manager for Friant Water Authority, a public agency charged with delivering water to more than 18,000 farms on over 1.5 million acres of agricultural land in the world and multiple cities in the San Joaquin Valley.
William Treseder 00* writes “My wife and I bought our first home after the birth of our second child. We’re doing the dual career thing, which isn’t easy but we have a great support group of family, friends, and church.”
Congratulations to Mackenzie Sheridan Cecchi ‘02 and husband Brad, a chef, whose Sacramento restaurant, Canon, recently earned a “bib gourmand” from the Michelin guide. Mackenzie runs the operations at a winery and tasting room in Amador called Casino Mine Ranch. “Our daughter, Wallis, will be two in October. We’re thrilled to be small business owners and invested in our hometown community!”
Amanda Cochrane Scheidlinger ‘00 was named Director of Construction at San Diego State University. Amanda has a degree in architecture and construction management from Cal Poly and lives in San Diego with husband Eric and children Lucy (age 6) and Andrew (age 3). 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
around the same time. It’s safe to say we’re pretty invested in the area, and the only downside is that we are a short flight away from Sacramento instead of a short drive.”
In July, Grant Lyon recorded his first comedy album at the Laughing Skull Comedy Lounge in Atlanta, GA. The album should be available for purchase this fall. Allie Nichols moved from San Francisco to Mill Valley in January 2019 to be closer to all things outdoors. She works as the marketing manager at Osmo Nutrition in Sausalito, CA.
Amelia Owens is a registered nurse in Sacramento working in the emergency departments at Kaiser and Dignity Health Methodist. Tejpal Sekhon is a manufacturing engineer in Sonoma County and shares that he is working on finding the perfect balance between leisure and responsibility.” He and his two-and-a-half-old Australian Shepherd named Zeke go on adventures together.
Kristen Haro* is the performance marketing manager at MeringCarson Holdings in Sacramento.
Alexis Caldwell ‘03 married Adam Falkauff in March in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Says Alexis, “Allie Herson Jones ‘03 stole the show with an electrifying performance of Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ during the reception.” Alexis lives in Dallas and runs global business and strategic partnership development at rewardStyle, the top digital influencer monetization platform, and the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app.
Whitney Gorton ‘04 married Woody Clark at the Sterling Hotel in Sacramento in July 2018 with some of her former Country Day classmates in attendance. (l to r) Joel Hafner*, Jessica Goldman Laskey, Francie Neukom, bride Whitney Gorton Clark, Jarnail “Shabeg” Sekhon, Kelly Neukom, Caroline Timmer and Ann Roberts Andreazzi. 34
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JESSICA VANDO ‘92 profile published December 2018 Jessica Vando began her Country Day journey in Kindergarten. By the time she got to High School, Jessica was active in student government, busy with after-school sports teams, and taking leadership roles in student publications. A member of the Cum Laude honor society, she did all these things while staying focused on her school work. After graduation, Jessica headed east to Harvard for college. More than 20 years would pass, after stints in the Bay Area, Washington state, and Los Angeles, before Jessica called Sacramento home once again. Today, she is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has returned to Country Day as an alumni volunteer and parent. She and husband Tim Milberger have a son in third grade and another who will join the school in Kindergarten next year. Occupation: Clinical Psychologist College: Harvard University, AB Cum Laude English & American Literature & Language; University of Washington, Ph.D. Child Clinical Psychology One memory I have from Country Day: Everything Octagon. The fun and hard work of late night paste up. The excitement of winning awards. The pride and satisfaction of writing a tight feature story or editorial and putting out a particularly well done issue. The way the parent body rallied around the paper and the staff when we published a controversial story. The way the faculty, administration, and Board engaged in a dialogue with us about said story allowing us to express our point of view and learn how we could do better in in future. Being on staff all four of my High School years and editor in chief my senior year was the defining experience of my Country Day career. A little-known fact about me: I am an urban fantasy fiction geek.
“After decades of living as a Californian (with some jaunts to New York and Paris in between), I'll be relocating to Texas this summer” writes Jessica Goldman Laskey. Jessica will work as the program manager of Arts and Letters Live! at the Dallas Museum of Art while her husband completes his Ph.D. in Humanities at University of Texas at Dallas. Jessica is still writing and performing, but adds, “now I’ll be doing all of that in cowboy boots!” Aaron Harris retired from the army in 2012 with the rank of captain. He and his wife have an English Mastiff dog and a Siamese cat and live in the Bay Area where Aaron is the operations manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Jennifer Lopez Branshaw was named the chief executive officer of the Milwaukee charter school network Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, where 90% of the more than 2,000 students come from families with low-incomes. Kelsey Lyon graduated in May from Boston University with a master’s in Divinity. “I am reappointing in the Air Force Reserves as a Chaplain while working for my church's headquarters in Boston, MA. I also got married in September of 2018 and became a stepmother.” Yuko Takegoshi recently completed her BS in computer science, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College. She moved to Florida with her boyfriend in May 2018 and works remotely as a software engineer, supporting software for developing roadmaps. Yuko is a certified Scuba Instructor and is working toward more technical scuba certifications that
would allow her to safely go on deeper, longer dives, as well as cave diving.
Corey Alling cites Ms. Schweizer’s art classes at Country Day for kickstarting his love of design. “I followed that passion with digital art and communication courses in college.” Corey has been employed for eight years at a firm involved in environmental, urban, natural resources, and climate planning, providing graphic support for marketing purposes and a wide range of projects. And, if you live in the Bay Area and are looking for a new hobby, check out the recreational adult dodgeball league (RAD League) in Oakland, that Corey has owned and operated since 2016. “The league provides a great outlet to meet new friends as an adult, get exercise, and relieve stress through play.” Jeffrey Brodovsky moved back to Sacramento and now works at Sutter Medical Center Family Medicine Residency as a Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine attending. Christelle Follette shares, “my husband Luis, our English Bulldog Rosie, and I just moved across the country to continue my training as a veterinary surgeon at VCA Animal Specialty Group in Glendale, CA. We’re very excited to be close to home again after being in Ohio for two years.” After five years with Lyft, Chelsea Wilson Harrison has taken a new position as the head of communications at hims & hers, a company with the mission of making it easier for people to access care and treatment for the conditions that impact their daily lives.
CHELSEA WILSON HARRISON ‘05 Profile published September 2018 Country Day lifer Chelsea Wilson Harrison practiced her communication skills as both a thespian and journalism student in high school. The poise she developed on the Country Day stage, along with a mastery of the written word honed as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, have served Chelsea well in her careers in politics and communications. After college at USC, Chelsea worked on political campaigns in Sacramento. In 2011, she moved to DC, where she worked at a public affairs firm and then as a press secretary for a Congressman on the Hill. In 2014, Chelsea made the move back to California to take a job at Lyft. She and her husband, Mason, live in the Bay Area. Occupation: Director of Communications, Lyft City I call home: San Francisco, CA College: University of Southern California, English and political science One memory I have from Country Day: As an SCDS lifer, there are too many good memories to count! But getting roasted by Fels and Neukom at graduation (as proud Stanford alumni, they never let me live down going to USC) was definitely a highlight. I'm pretty sure there is a picture somewhere of Fels shaking red and gold pompoms across the stage... My favorite Country Day spot: The Cave, Ms. LaMay's room, and backstage of the MP room before a performance. At Country Day, I learned how to think critically, how to write, how to be an active member of a community and the joy that can bring, and the power of truly great teachers. The last book I read: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Barreyrou.
Christina Stainbrook ‘06 married Shane Emerson in October and enjoyed a ceremony full of family, friends, and dinosaurs. Christina is working toward her teaching credential and master’s in education and teaching part-time at Country Day.
Rachel Winfield ‘07 is based in New York and travelling around the country as the stage manager on a Broadway tour with “Anastasia.” She will be on tour for another year, until August 2020.
For breakfast, I had: Today was Bagel Wednesday at Lyft (working in a startup in SF spoils you pretty quickly) so I had an everything bagel with extra cream cheese. A little-known fact about me: I *almost* left Country Day during my freshman year to join Cirque du Soleil. 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
Victoria Bloedau ‘06 married her longtime Partner in Art, Wayland Engle, on May 11, 2019. Victoria and Wayland postponed their honeymoon to perform their annual duty managing a theme camp at Burning Man. The couple is renovating a home in Oakland, CA where they can be found after hours in their studios, garden, and apiary.
Lana Preszler DiQuattro ‘08 and husband Nicholas were married in April. They live in San Francisco with their Australian Shepherd, Pacino, and Lana teaches fourth and fifthgrade math and science in Daly City.
Edek Sher ‘09 (center) with his band called “boring.” Edek is an adjunct professor teaching courses on sound, art, performance, technology, and culture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. “I am jointly appointed with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, so I am splitting my time living in the Bay Area and visiting Germany for about two to three months a year. I recently picked up field archery as a new hobby so when I'm not in the lab I've been in the Santa Cruz mountains hiking and shooting paper targets in the redwoods. I'm also an avid home brewer so I usually have some very nice homemade craft beers on hand.” Jeremy lives in Pleasanton with his girlfriend, Sarah.
out in Folsom Lake College's literary magazine and is working on a novel and several essays for publication. Tyler Trussel lives in San Francisco and works at Humble Bundle, a digital storefront for games, books, software, and more. After finishing law school at UC Davis, Michel Wigney moved to Bend, Oregon, where she works as an associate attorney at Karnopp Petersen, LLP doing tribal, environmental, and land-use law. “I'm definitely not the outdoorsiest of Bendites, but the mountains are beautiful and hiking and kayaking are great!”
Robbie Lemons works for the Sacramento Kings and was recently promoted to manager, basketball operations. Morgan Murphrey* graduated from Creighton Medical School in May and has matched with the UC Davis Medical Center Dermatology residency program. Parker Murray completed a master’s in integrated product design from the University of Pennsylvania this spring and moved to New York. Alyxandra Vernon served as editor-in-chief of the UC Hastings Law journal before graduating this spring and in September started a clerkship for Judge Edward J. Davila of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In the summer of 2020 she will begin a highly competitive year-long clerkship with Judge William A. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Michael Ingram graduated as the inaugural chief resident from the UC Riverside School of Medicine Psychiatry Program and is doing a one-year fellowship at UCLA/ Cedars-Sinai in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. According to Michael, that is essentially a combination of Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Maternal Mental Health, HIV Psychiatry, Primary Care Psychiatry/Integrated care, and Inpatient Medicine Psychiatry Consultation services.
Peter Mancina and Brooks Rollins were married in Clarksburg, CA, in June. With the hashtag #westcoastbestcoast, Nicky Mehtani bid farewell to Baltimore after eight years for a move to San Francisco where she is doing an Addiction Medicine Fellowship with the Division of HIV, ID & Global Medicine at UC San Francisco and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Isabel Siragusa lives in San Francisco and works at the California Shakespeare Theater in the East Bay as their communications manager. Stephen Vogel married Suzanna Dupee in Chapel Hill, NC. Stephen is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and recently finished his residency.
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Bradley Antognini is a logistic readiness operator in the U.S. Air Force. He was based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs for three years before moving to Germany where he was assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base and promoted to Captain. Bradley has deployed twice: to Qatar for seven months in 2017, and to Romania for four months in 2019. In May of 2020, Bradley leaves Germany for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Miles Bennett-Smith completed a master’s degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Seth Katz works in undergraduate admissions at Sarah Lawrence College as an assistant director. He continues to write and recently interviewed novelist Brian Birnbaum for the literary magazine The Millions. Seth has a short story coming
Mollie Berg lives in Los Angeles and is a comedy coordinator and talent assistant with Avalon Management. In March, Camille Getz wrote, “I recently moved to Los Angeles (with my fiancé, Chris) after living in NYC for six years. I'm working as a film and video editor, freelancing for a wide variety of clients and projects ranging from commercials and music videos to broadcast news segments. My job allows me to work from home quite a bit, which gives me lots of time to spend with our St. Bernard mix, Benny. Our free time is currently being spent planning our wedding, taking place in Brooklyn next fall. Life is good!” Adam Pinson lives in Boston, MA, and works as a systems engineer for Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting).
Annelise Bryan Eastes and husband, Josh, were married last year and live in Las Vegas. Since graduating from Butler University, Annelise has continued her dance career with several professional companies and is signed with multiple agencies as a dancer and model. She is a U.S. Olympic Committee certified personal trainer and published an e-book on Amazon called The New Rules of Cross Training for Dancers. “My plans for the future are to continue performing for as long as I can and to someday run my own dance company or agency.” Wanning Liu graduated from UC Santa Cruz and is a financial investment manager working on different infrastructure projects for China Harbour Engineering Company in Sri Lanka. Brandon Mysicka lives in Venice, CA, and works as a composer/songwriter for TV, film, video games, and pop music.
Kathryn Contreras ‘12 is an eligibility specialist with the Department of Human Assistance in Sacramento. She and fiancé Tim (above) are getting married at the end of September and plan to honeymoon in South Lake Tahoe.
Lara Kong graduated from University of the Pacific in May with a degree in music therapy. She will be interning in Anaheim. Lauren Larrabee earned a BFA in art studio with a minor in feminist and gender studies from Colorado College. After graduation, she moved to Denver and works as an e-commerce product specialist at MadSportsStuff. Claire Pinson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and was a finalist for the Francis H. Burr Award, given to a senior who combines the qualities of character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability. With a major in psychology and a minor in East Asian studies, Claire is spending a year doing research at the University of Tokyo Hospital in their Department of Psychosomatic Medicine. Maxwell Shukuya graduated summa cum laude from UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in literature. He is pursuing a master’s at the University of Cologne in Germany. Isabella Tochterman writes, “I am currently a (rising) super-senior at NYU, studying Psychology and Computer Science. I’m doing research in phase detection with parallel programs as well as in perception. I plan on studying for the LSAT come graduation, and I eventually hope to fight for women’s rights.” Emma Williams graduated from Cornell University with degrees in biology and government. She has moved to Boston for a two-year clinical research position in the orthopaedics department at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She plans to attend medical school.
Jianna Gudebski ‘13 enjoys a beverage with mom, Marcie. Jianna lives in West Hollywood and is working in TV, commercials, and as a voiceover actress and taking improv classes at The Groundlings School.
In her final year at Stanford, Ellie Kupperman ‘16 is majoring in human biology with a concentration in global maternal-child health and minoring in theater and performance studies. Ellie also performs professionally with Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland, CA, appearing in “Newsies” (above) and “Billy Ellliot” this summer. Last year, she studied abroad in Australia with 36 other Stanford students in a marine biology program, and this summer she worked in an early education/developmental psychology research lab on campus.
Chia En (Ryan) Ho ‘14 (at right, pictured with his brother Gordon Ho ‘12) is a third-year student at New York University’s College of Dentistry and has just started treating patients in clinics under faculty supervision. 2018-19 ANNUAL REPORT
Isabelle Leavy ‘17 lights incense at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Isabelle spent four months traveling the world with the Semester at Sea program. Taking regular college classes while on the ship, Isabelle also got ample time to explore each of the places they stopped and highly recommends the program. “We visited Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, and the Netherlands, and I spent a good month traveling through Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia”
Zoe Dym is a DJ for University of Hawaii's on-campus radio station, KTUH FM Honolulu. “I go by the name of DJ California Roll. This is a great gig because it's given me so many connections to the music scene in Hawaiʻi.” After graduating in the spring, she hopes to continue working in public radio.
University of Washington student Avneet Bhullar worked at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute this summer. “Our lab
is studying Group B Strep infection during pregnancy as well as the Zika virus. As a global health minor, the biology of infectious disease especially one that affects women all over the world who don’t have the same maternal, prenatal health care that many women in the states do - is very interesting to me. Additionally, the coursework I’m completing as part of my anthropology minor is exposing me to the importance of women’s health advocacy globally.” Cornell University student Marigot Fackenthal is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in astronomy. She led the women’s fencing team as the vice captain this year, earned NCAA Fencing National Championship Institutional Alternate status, and was recently inducted into Cornell University’s “400 Club,” which honors varsity student-athletes who achieve perfect 4.0 semester grade point averages. In addition to athletics, Marigot has worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant as well as a research assistant in Cornell’s Bewley Applied Turbulence Lab.
Amalie Fackenthal competed with the Stanford Swimming and Diving Team that won both the 2019 PAC-12 Championship and the 2019 NCAA Division 1 National Championship. At the NCAA Championship, Amalie earned five All-American honors, placing 13th individually in the 100 Freestyle, as well as in the top eight in four relay teams, the 200/400 Free Relays and 200/400 Medley Relays.
This Annual Report, compiled by the Sacramento Country Day Advancement Office, highlights the previous year’s achievements, and acknowledges generous donors and volunteers for their support. This report reflects gifts received from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Every effort is made to report donors correctly. If there are errors, please accept our apology and inform the Advancement Office. Thank you. Head of School: Lee Thomsen
Director of Advancement: Rachelle Doyle
Director of Marketing and Communications: Emily Allshouse
Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Coordinator: Amy Nelson Wells ’98
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