Current Board of Trustees

Marie Brauer '64 Janet Horlacher '76
Thurman Brooks  Tracy Jasper '88
Frank Childress '79 Karen Kalinowski
Michelle Cohen '88 Maude Kandula
Kevin Coombs '05 Bob Koplar '98
Andy Cowen Stacey Liekweg
Luiz Edmond Ed Macias
Fredrik Engelhardt Kendra Neely-Martin
Barb Feiner Carla Pace
Juan Ferreira Bill Polk '74
Edes Gilbert Lisa Prinster-Messey
Jeff Giles Kent Rapp '76
Jill Gould Maureen Sheehan
Bob Hermann '70 Traci Short 
Bert Vescolani

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the School’s governing group, and serves as the guardian of the School’s mission. It is comprised of 28 members, leaders from both the MICDS and the St. Louis community. Eleven members, or approximately 41% of the membership, are alumni of the School.

The primary work of the Board of Trustees is long-term and strategic, including the development and oversight of the Strategic Plan, which ensures the continued success and growth of MICDS.

List of 6 items.

  • MICDS Past Board Chairs

    2014-16      Julie Lilly '86
    2012-14      Terry Pflager '80
    2010-12      Stuart Campbell
    2008-10      Spencer Burke '65
    2006-08      Barry L. Babcock
    2004-06         Michael R. Holmes
    2002-04         Stephen C. Jones ‘66
    2000-02         Jack E. Thomas ‘70
    1997-00      Robert L. Virgil
    1995-97         Harry E. Rich
    1993-95         John P. Stupp Jr. ‘68
    1991-93         Victoria Shinkle Charles ‘64
  • Mary Institute Past Board Chairs

    1989-91                   Marie Campagna Brauer ‘64
    1986-89                  James S. McDonnell III ‘54
    1984-86                   Virginia Russell Rowe ‘61
    1983-84                   Reuben M. Morriss III ‘54
    1981-83                   Donald Danforth Jr. ‘50
    1979-81                   Edward J. Schnuck
    1977-79                  Stephen H. Loeb ‘49
    1975-77                   James L. Johnson Jr. ‘50
    1973-75                   Charles E. Claggett ‘27
    1971-73                   Thomas R. Remington
    1969-71                   Bourne Bean
    1965-69                   Laurence E. Mallinckrodt ‘26
    1963-65                   George K. Hoblitzelle
    1961-63                  William H. Charles ‘31
    1959-61                  Daniel Upthegrove Jr. ‘26
    1957-59                   K. Myron Hickey
    1955-57                   H. Torrey Foster
    1953-55                   I. A. Long
    1951-53                  Edmund Temple Allen
    1950-51                   Herbert N. Jones
    1948-50                   Austin P. Leland ‘24
    1947-48                   Samuel D. Capen
    1946-47                   Grayson Carroll
    1944-46                   J. Wesley McAfee
    1941-44                   Donald Danforth
    Heads of Washington University Board of Managers and Mary Institute Board of Trustees
    Mary Institute was begun in 1859 as a Department of Washington University. The Corporation of Washington University acted as an advisory board to the School. The heads of the board were:
    1931-41              Malvern Bryan Clopton
    1930-31              Charles Nagel
    1895-1930        Robert S. Brookings
    1887-95               George E. Leighton
    1859-87                William Greenleaf Eliot
    In 1940, the Corporation of Washington University appointed a separate Board of Directors to handle the affairs of Mary Institute.
  • Saint Louis Country Day School Past Board Chairs

    1989-91                   John L. Gillis, Jr. ‘57
    1987-89                   Richard T. Grote ‘63
    1985-87                  John H. Biggs
    1983-85                  Lewis B. Shepley ‘57
    1981-83                   F. Carl Schumacher Jr. ’61
    1979-81                   Charles C. Allen Jr. ‘41
    1977-79                  John Peters MacCarthy ‘50
    1975-77                   Donald H. Streett ‘52
    1973-75                   William B. McMillan Jr. ‘45
    1971-73                   Landon Y. Jones ‘34
    1969-71                   Thomas R. Collins Jr. ‘38
    1966-69                   William R. Orthwein Jr. ‘34
    1964-66                  Ethan A.H. Shepley Jr. ‘41
    1962-64                   W.L. Hadley Griffin
    1961-62                  Eugene F. Williams Jr. ‘41
    1960-61                  Kenton R. Cravens
    1958-60                  Thomas G. Rutledge
    1955-58                  Chapin S. Newhard
    1954-55                   James P. Hickok
    1951-54                   James S. McDonnell Jr.
    1950-51                   Albert W. Wenthe
    1948-50                   Donald D. Danforth
    1945-48             Ethan A.H. Shepley
    1918-45                  George T. Moore
  • Best Practices

    1. The Board adopts a clear statement of the School’s mission, vision and strategic goals and establishes policies and plans consistent with this statement.

    2. The Board reviews and maintains appropriate bylaws that conform to legal requirements, including duties of loyalty, obedience and care.

    3. The Board assures that the School and the Board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action. The Board creates a conflict-of-interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, the individual Trustees annually.

    4. The Board accepts accountability for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fund-raising.

    5. The Board selects, supports, nurtures, evaluates and sets appropriate compensation for the head of school.

    6. The Board recognizes that its primary work and focus are long-range and strategic.

    7. The Board undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the plan, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, the head of school and the Board itself.

    8. The Board keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees and policies and communicates its decisions widely, while keeping its deliberations confidential.

    9. Board composition reflects the strategic expertise, resources and perspectives (past, present, future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the School.

    10. The Board works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the Board and its committees.

    11. As leader of the School community, the Board engages proactively with the head of school in cultivating and maintaining good relations with School constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.

    12. The Board is committed to a program of professional development that includes annual new-trustee orientation, ongoing trustee education and evaluation, and Board-leadership succession planning.
    Source: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Board Goals

    1. Working with the administrative team and through Board Committees, support and implement initiatives envisioned by the 2015-2022 Strategic Plan. Identify and rely upon metrics to evaluate our curricular and extracurricular programs and teaching to ensure that they are superior and in line with our Strategic Plan. Review annual Strategic Plan implementation priorities. Ongoing

    2. Review and, if necessary, revise the School’s financial aid policy to determine how best to allocate School resources to meet the School’s strategic priorities and safeguard the long-term best interests of the School. FY15-16

    3. Ensure that the administrative team set ambitious admissions goals consistent with the Strategic Plan and our Mission. Evaluate admissions performance against these goals. Ongoing

    4. Continue to ensure the successful management of the capital campaign, with special focus on endowment priorities and Athletic Excellence. Oversee the planning, financing and construction of the new athletic facilities supported by the campaign. FY15-18

    5. Foster an inclusive School environment, through support of programs and by example, where each student and his or her family feels known, respected and connected and where each student is challenged to be his or her best self. Engage in Board Diversity & Inclusion training. Ongoing

    6. Manage FY15-16 Board of Trustee Initiatives:

    • Continue review of Board Policies and develop a plan for future Policy review;
    • Ensure effective succession planning for Board and senior School leadership roles;
    • Provide opportunity for programmatic discussion during meetings;
    • Encourage all Trustees to serve as ambassadors for the School.
  • Trustee Role

    1. A Trustee actively supports and promotes the School’s mission, vision, strategic goals and policy positions.

    2. A Trustee is knowledgeable about the School’s mission and goals, including its commitment to equity and justice, and represents them appropriately and accurately within the community.

    3. A Trustee stays fully informed about current operations and issues by attending meetings regularly, coming to meetings well prepared and participating fully in all matters.

    4. The Board sets policy and focuses on long-range and strategic issues. An individual Trustee does not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.

    5. The Trustee takes care to separate the interests of the School from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.

    6. A Trustee accepts and supports Board decisions. Once a decision has been made, the Board speaks with one voice.

    7. A Trustee keeps all Board deliberations confidential.

    8. A Trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether personal or business related.

    9. A Trustee has the responsibility to support the School and its head, and to demonstrate that support within the community.

    10. Authority is vested in the Board as a whole. A Trustee who learns of an issue of importance to the School has the obligation to bring it to the head of school or to the board chair, and must refrain from responding to the situation individually.

    11. A Trustee contributes to the development program of the School, including strategic planning for development, financial support, and active involvement in the annual and capital giving.

    12. Each Trustee, not just the treasurer and finance committee, has fiduciary responsibility to the School for sound financial management.

    Source: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Current Board of Visitors

Abed Ali '94 Amanda Kahn '00
Melissa Lane Anton '92 Ed Keller '79
Jesse Appleton '97 - Chair Moyenda Mutharika Knapp '87
Justin Aylward '98 Praveen Kosuri '87
Lindsay Carlson Backscheider '00 Matt Krieg '03
Kristin Bresnahan '03 Margot Langsdorf '01
Georgia Cady '76 Dana McBride '71
Becky Cannon Carey '74 Alex McMullin '04
Anthony Chivetta '08 Mark Paskar '92
Victor Cousins '95 Kristin Pate '01
Nancy Curby '84 Max Planck '00
Charlie Dill '82 Curtiss Reed '72
Sheridan Richardson Doherty '90 Andrew Ribaudo '94
Betsy Sims Duff '78 Burton Roberts '90
David Elliott '63 Chris Sagovac '80
Ted Gamble '71 Maggie Littlefield Sahlman '01
John Goltermann '90 Sarah Schoedinger '88
Kina Guyton '91 Tom Singer '60
Ashley McMullin Hanser '92 Tim Smith '65
Alison Hillhouse '95 Willis Wang '83
Ellen Day Hoff '64 Robin Perez Wells '92
Marc Holtz '74 Dana Weston '00
Lanny Jones '62

International Board of Visitors

The MICDS International Board of Visitors was founded in 1998 with Senator Jack Danforth ’54 serving as inaugural Chair. The Board’s purpose is to educate its members about the strengths, advantages and values of the Mission, programs and future plans of MICDS so that they can offer counsel to the Head of School and support the work of the School. The Board is composed of 35 – 45 prominent alumni who live outside the St. Louis region and is currently chaired by Jesse Appleton '97.

The International Board of Visitors tackles a relevant topic at each of their annual meetings, with the goal of providing MICDS leadership with sound advice, counsel, and ideas to help the School continue to grow and improve. Members interact with administrators, faculty, parents and students during their visit, and their recommendations are presented to the MICDS Board of Trustees.

Topics that have been studied by the Board of Visitors include:
  • The MICDS 2009 -2014 Strategic Plan
  • Preparing MICDS students to be compassionate global citizens
  • A comprehensive library/learning center to enhance JK-12ness
  • Diversity
  • Parent partnerships
  • The impact of culture on teaching and learning
  • Learning about the Upper School
  • The Arts
  • Athletics
  • The 2000 – 2005 Strategic Plan
  • Finding a balance with new school/old schools, excellence/community, governance/management
  • Connecting the ethical and the intellectual in the School’s Mission
  • Marketing MICDS
  • The STEM disciplines and curriculum
  • Core competencies of an MICDS student
  • Entrepreneurship
If you would like additional information on the MICDS International Board of Visitors, or if you have questions, please contact Stephanie Cusworth McNally '00 at