Stephanie Davis, Trustee, Search Committee Chair. Stephanie has been a member of the Board since 2013 and has served as the Chair of the Board’s governance committee, the Committee on Trustees, for the past two years. Stephanie lends her expertise in executive recruitment and corporate governance to the work on the Board. She is the parent of a rising senior.
Valeria Rico Nikolov, Trustee, Board Chair-Elect, Search Committee Chair. Valeria has been a member of the Board since 2013 and has served on the Investment Committee as well as the Strategic Planning and Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Inclusion Committees. An experienced CEO, Valeria lends her strong corporate leadership background to the work of the Board. She will serve as the Board Chair for the 2018-19 school year and is the parent of two Buckley graduates and a rising senior.
Valeria Balfour, Trustee, Outgoing Chair, Search Committee Chair. Valeria has been a member of the Board since 2012 and served as Board Chair from 2016-2018. Valeria has also served on the Advancement, Audit, and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board, as well as the Committee on Trustees. She was President of the Parents’ Association in 2010. Valeria lends her expertise in employment law and human resources to the work of the Board. 2018-19 will be her twelfth year as a parent at Buckley.
Yoshi Maruyama, Trustee, Treasurer-Elect. Yoshi has been a member of the Board since 2016 and has served on the Budget and Finance Committee. Yoshi brings a strong background in finance and corporate governance to the work of the Board. Yoshi will serve as the Treasurer of the Board for the 2018-19 school year. He is the parent of rising third and fourth graders.
Alix Merkley ‘75, Trustee, Secretary-Elect. Alix has been a member of the Board since 2016 and has served on the Advancement and Strategic Planning Committees. Alix is an alumna of Buckley and the granddaughter of Buckley’s founder, Isabelle Buckley. She lends her background in elementary education and historical knowledge of the school to the work of the Board. Alix will serve as the Secretary of the Board for the 2018-19 school year.
Karen Richardson ’95, Trustee. Karen has been a member of the Board since 2017 and has served on the Committee on Trustees and the Advancement Committee. Karen is an alumna of Buckley and served as the 2011 Commencement speaker. From 2009 to 2014, she served as a member of the Obama Administration, managing domestic outreach on international policy issues as well as advising on international gender policy development. She lends her communications and policy development expertise to the work of the Board.
Tova Cohen, Trustee-Elect. Tova will join the board in the 2018-19 school year. Tova is an active community member, having served as the Chair of the Buckley Book Fair, Boutique, and Gala. She also served as Parents’ Association President in the 2016-17 school year. Tova is the parent of rising second and seventh graders.
Caroline Macaulay, PA President-Elect. Caroline is an active community member who has served as Chair of the Buckley Auction and Gala and led Fair committees over her years as a parent at Buckley. Caroline will serve as the Parents’ Association President in the 2018-19 school year. She is the parent of an entering sixth grader and a rising eighth grader.
Michele McKenzie, Lower School Faculty Representative. Michele joined the Buckley community in 1989 as a parent and one year later as a teacher of Beginners, then Buckley's preschool program. She moved to second grade in 1992 for 12 years before joining the fourth grade as a classroom teacher, where she's been for the last 13 years. Michele has served on numerous task forces and committees that evaluate curriculum and teaching strategies, most recently co-chairing last year's CAIS self-study. Her husband John Clement is a second grade classroom teacher, and her children Joshua and Sarah graduated from Buckley in the classes of 2003 and 2007, respectively.
Rob Wright, Middle and Upper School Faculty Representative. Rob has been part of the Buckley community for 21 years. He has served in administrative roles as the Chair of the Social Sciences department and Director of Student Activities. Rob has also taught AP US History and pioneered the implementation of a broad-based AP curriculum in the high school. Rob currently works in the Physical Education department as a coach and nutrition instructor and has served as the longtime advisor to the Upper School Buckley Student Council.