Leadership & Trustees

Leadership and Trustees

Cate is led and governed by people who know and love boarding schools, especially this one. Our headmaster was raised on a boarding school campus, and many of our administrators and trustees graduated from Cate or other boarding and independent schools. Still others have children who have been educated here so they’ve seen the impact of a Cate education. We search far and wide for leaders who can make our great school even better and who are devoted to keeping Cate’s enduring spirit fed with new ideas.



Headmaster | Secretary of the Board of Trustees

In September 1997, the board of trustees chose Benjamin Williams IV as Cate’s eighth headmaster. The selection turned out to be a perfect fit for the Cate community as well as for the Williams family. Ben Williams’ life has centered around schools; he grew up at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, the son of the headmaster.

Ben received a BA in American Studies from Williams College, where he also served as captain of the men’s crew team.

After a two-year stint in corporate finance with First Boston in New York, assisting in the oversight of investment portfolios worth over 28 billion dollars, Ben returned to education with a teaching position at St. Sebastian’s School in Massachusetts. There he taught English and US history, coached several sports, and was the school’s director of development.

During his six-year stay at St. Sebastian’s, Ben attended graduate school at Brown University and earned a Master’s in American Civilization. In 1993, he and his family (wife Ginger, children Ben and Grace) moved to Houston, Texas, when he took a job as the dean of the middle and upper schools at St. John’s School. He eventually became the head of the upper school, and during this time he stayed connected with the students in both the classroom and on the athletic fields by teaching English and coaching soccer.

Ben and Ginger are the parents of three children, Ben, Grace ’10, and Carson ’19. They live on the Mesa.

Assistant Headmaster

Jay started his career in boarding schools in 1993 at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. Teaching runs in his blood (both of his parents were educators), but what drew him to boarding school was the sense of community that he found—a community that reminded him of the small town in Maine where he grew up. After nine years at Cheshire Academy, Jay came to Cate in 2002 to pursue a teaching position that included classes in the history and English departments. Jay was the Dean of Students for four years, and he currently serves the School as the Assistant Headmaster.

Beyond his duties at Cate, Jay enjoys baking bread, playing basketball, running, and reading. He lives on campus with his wife, Margot, and his three children, Molly, Olivia, and Charlie.

Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs, Director of Admission

A Cate alumna, Charlotte Brownlee has been the Director of Admission and Enrollment at Cate since 2007. She returned to her alma mater in 2004 to lead the School’s annual giving and alumni relations programs. She made the transition to boarding school after serving as the Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her previous experience includes serving as a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she focused on change management and reengineering projects for high-tech and consumer-products companies. Charlotte holds an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Charlotte particularly enjoys heading up the Cate Student Historical Society and the Research and Development Committee for the Board of Trustees. She serves on the boards of the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and of the Gateway to Prep Schools. She lives on the Mesa with her husband, Alex, and their two sons.

Assistant Headmaster for Finance & Operations

Sandi is the School’s chief financial officer. After receiving her degree in economics and passing the CPA exam, she managed several contract foodservice operations; she now oversees all aspects of Cate’s fiscal operation. Sandi has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific region.


President of the Board of Trustees

Monique Parsons is a freelance journalist and independent radio producer who specializes in writing about religious trends and issues. A graduate of Cate School (’84) and Princeton University (’88), she holds masters’ degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and Harvard Divinity School.

A native of Carpinteria, she now resides in the Chicago area with her family.

Vice President of the Board of Trustees

Henry (Hal) Burroughs grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and came to Cate for his junior and senior years, after his family had moved to Los Angeles. He subsequently attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a B.A. in history. Between 1972 and 1998 he held various positions with the First Gray Line Corporation, a private Los Angeles-based company engaged in diversified ground transportation services in the eastern and southwestern United States, of which he became chairman and CEO in 1975. In 1997 he formed Fortress Capital and Fortress Holdings LLC, a private investment firm based in Beverly Hills, of which he is now principal and managing partner.

Hal previously served on the Cate Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2002, chairing the Admission Committee and later the Compensation Committee. He also served as a trustee and as vice president, treasurer of the board of the John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles between 1995 and 2005, and as a trustee of the Windward School in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2014. Other community involvements have been with youth education initiatives and in the fields of wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.

Hal resides in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife and the youngest of their three children.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

While at Cate, Greg Kubicek was student body president, prefect, and captain of the track and field team. He received the Biddle Cup and graduated as a member of the Cum Laude Society. Following his time at the School, he earned a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and made his mark in the manufacturing industry and in commercial and residential real estate, frequently partnering with other Cate alumni. He became president of Santa Fe Partners, Inc., a private investment firm. He also served as chairman of the Cascade Corporation and as a director of Cadet Manufacturing Company.

Currently, Greg serves as president and CEO of The Holt Group, a developer and manager of commercial and residential real estate properties. He is also a director of Redwood Trust, a New York stock exchange real estate investment trust, and of the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington, an organization dedicated to using private philanthropy to build stronger communities.

Greg joined the Cate Board of Trustees in 1985, and has since chaired numerous committees and played a critical role in many campaigns. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010.

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

During his years at Cate, Wyatt was a varsity water-polo player, a teaching assistant in the Human Development program, co-business manager of the yearbook, and treasurer for the Student-Faculty Senate. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in economics and completed an M.B.A. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He was a partner at Arience Capital Management in New York for five years before moving to San Francisco in 2009 to launch the hedge fund Ross Creek Capital Management, of which he currently serves as president.

Wyatt lives with his wife and three children. He serves as chair of the leadership council of Tipping Point Community, a Bay Area-based non-profit focused on eradicating poverty in the Bay Area through education, housing, healthcare, and employment.

His mother Linda Gruber was a member of the Cate Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2002.

Life Trustee

After graduating from Cate, Rick majored in history at Stanford and then served as a social worker in New York City. He joined the National Teacher Corps and taught middle school in upstate New York while earning a Master of Education. Later he earned a law degree from George Washington University, graduating magna cum laude.

Rick became a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and, several years later, senior vice president of administration for Amfac, Inc., a Hawaii-based corporation with businesses ranging from agriculture to real estate. He returned to public service in 1991 when he was appointed chief deputy insurance commissioner for the state of California, a post in which he served as the Insurance Department’s chief operating officer. He later served as CEO of Care West Insurance Company, until he was re-appointed chief deputy insurance commissioner in 2003. Currently he serves as chairman of the board of directors of Redwood Trust, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

Rick has been Cate’s Alumni Council president, president of the Board (1999-2004), and chairman of the Board (2010-2012). In 2005, Cate honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Life Trustee

Jim Crafts studied at Harvard before receiving a law degree from Stanford in 1953, and for many years he worked at the law firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe in San Francisco. He has been director of the Lilli Anne Corporation, the Fritzi of California Manufacturing Corporation, the San Francisco Opera Association, and the League to Save Lake Tahoe. For a time he was on the board of visitors at Stanford Law School.

Jim lives in California and has three children, one of whom graduated from Cate.

Life Trustee

Dan Emmett was born in Los Angeles, California and received his B.A. from Stanford and J.D. from Harvard. He served as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco from 1964-1965 before becoming a Local Courts Commissioner for the Republic of Malawi, Central Africa for two years. Upon returning to the States he joined the law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker and worked there until 1970, when he co-founded Mochtar, Karuwin and Komar in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1971 he co-founded Douglas, Emmett and Company and Jon Douglas Company, and currently he is chairman of Douglas Emmett, Inc., based in Santa Monica, California.

Dan is a real estate broker and a member of the California State Bar, and he is active in a variety of environmental programs. He has been on the board of numerous California environmental organizations, including Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Environment Now Foundation, and Sustainable Conservation.

Dan and his wife Rae have four children, all of whom attended Cate.

Life Trustee

George James received a B.A. from Harvard and an M.B.A. from Stanford. He is former CFO and senior vice president of Levi Strauss and Company, and he used to be the director of the Levi Strauss Foundation and several other privately-held corporations on the West Coast. He has a long history of service at the director and trustee level for a variety of institutions including Stanford University Hospital, the Towle Trust Fund, Community Economic Development, National Corporation Fund Dance, the Stern Grove Festival Association, and the San Francisco Ballet Association. He is a member of the San Francisco Commission for Foreign Relations, the Select Congressional Committee on World Hunger, and the California State Employees Pension Fund.

George served as a Cate trustee from 1981 to 1987 and established the James Family Fund for faculty salaries in the arts in 1989. He rejoined the Board in 1995, concurrently serving as chair of two of Cate’s most successful fundraising efforts, the Campaign for the 90s and the 2010 Centennial Campaign. For a time he also served as chairman of the Board.

George and his wife Beverly have four sons, two of whom have graduated from Cate.

Life Trustee

Nelson Jones’ devotion to Cate began during his time as a student, when he supervised and planned a maintenance program for the School’s buildings and grounds. His interest in architecture and construction led him to his current position as executive vice president of John S. Griffith & Company, where he designs and constructs many landmark buildings throughout Southern California. He continues to support the architectural integrity of Cate’s campus today.

Nelson has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1969, and for many years he served as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, during which time he oversaw construction and helped develop a master plan for the School. He has also served as a class agent and a member of the Alumni Committee. He was elected vice president of the Board in 1972, president in 1975, and chairman from 1977 until 1980. He was honored the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1983.

CPO President

Jessica was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and spent her childhood summers in Norway with her mother’s family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scandinavian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the University of Oslo where she continued her education in Norwegian studies.

Her working career began in London for Robert Walters & Associates, a recruitment consulting firm. After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, she was employed with Atlantic Richfield Company in their marketing department before she married later that year. Soon after having children, Jessica thrust herself into volunteerism at St. Matthew’s Parish School, her children’s’ school in Pacific Palisades. She co-chaired the Auction Dinner, their biggest fundraiser, for two consecutive years and served in various volunteer capacities over the fifteen years her children attended school there.

Her philanthropic work began in 2000 with the Doheny Eye Institute, where she chaired their annual benefit supporting research and education in the field of ophthalmology in Los Angeles. Jessica is currently a member of Las Madrinas and an associate member of the Westside Guild of Children’s Hospital, both of which support research endowments for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Jessica and her husband John reside in Pacific Palisades and have three children. Hannah ’16, a recent graduate of Cate School, attends Southern Methodist University, and their boys, Will ’18, and Parker ’20, both attend Cate School.

After graduating from Cate in 1992, Mimi studied French translation for a year at the University of Grenoble before returning to the U.S. to study music and comparative religion at Harvard. She headed to Rome for two years before coming back to California to work in L.A. and then to complete her MBA at Stanford Business School, after which she spent two years working in music in New York.

Since 2005, Mimi has lived in Hong Kong, where she founded Spring Workshop, a non-profit artist-residency program that supports the people and institutions in the city’s cultural landscape. She is a board member of Asia Art Archive and is involved with Para Site Art Space and Performa. She also teaches yoga at Asia’s biggest yoga studio.

Mimi and her husband have two children.

Kate Firestone received her B.A. from Colorado College and her teaching credential from UCLA. She taught in the Santa Monica School District and at Windward Prep in Hawaii before working in multiple capacities for Firestone and Curtis Wineries. Together with Adam Firestone ’79, she now owns and operates Firestone Walker Brewing Company, coordinating events, managing media relations, and overseeing special projects. She has served on the board of Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association, Santa Barbara Vintner’s Foundation, Arts Outreach, and Ballard School, as well as on the vestry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Kate and Adam have four children; three are Cate alumni and one is currently a student.

After graduating from Cate in 1980, Steve attended UCSD before completing his studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Orfalea School of Business. Steve started his professional career at Deloitte & Touche and was admitted to its partnership in 1996. During his time at Deloitte, he co-founded Resources Connection, which was subsequently spun out of Deloitte and taken public. Steve was Resources’ EVP and CFO and a member of its board of directors. He currently is President, Chairman, and CEO of Purposely, Inc., an education technology company focused on the connections between college and careers. Steve has also previously been EVP and CFO of Korn Ferry, president of Apollo Education Services, and a member of the board of directors of Apollo Education Group and the American Cancer Society in Orange County. Steve lives in Laguna Beach with his wife Susan, and has three daughters.

Upon graduating from Pomona College, David Horowitz took over the small, family-run ready-mix concrete business, Standard Concrete, then grew the business for seventeen years before selling it in 1990. He is now CEO of the Horowitz Group, a self-funded private equity firm in Laguna Niguel, California. Active in Southern California real estate, the Horowitz Group is currently investing in the growing regional food and food-service sectors.

David devotes much of his time to philanthropy, having led the American Cancer Society in Orange County during the 1990s and participated with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as a contributor, advisor, and volunteer through the 2000s, helping support orphans and foster children. Over the last ten years, he has been active with Mind Research Institute, Great Park Conservancy, UCI’s Genetics and Epidemiology Research Institute, and as a Cate trustee. Most recently he has co-chaired the Discovery Science Center’s new expansion campaign at their campus in Santa Ana.

David and his wife Michelle live in Shady Canyon. Their three grown children all attended Cate.

After Frank graduated from Cate, he studied physics at Harvard and received an M.B.A. from Stanford. An avid squash player, he served as co-captain of Harvard’s team and even coached Cate students for one season in the winter of 1990.

Currently Frank is CEO and co-founder of TransLattice, Inc., the geographically-distributed database company for enterprise, cloud, and hybrid environments. He began his career in engineering and product development and then served in product management roles, later becoming director of business development for Exodus Communications, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions. In 1999 he co-founded Recourse Technologies, and as CEO he grew the company until it was purchased by Symantec Corporation in 2002; he then served as a vice president of Symantec for over a year. In 2005, he co-founded Cartilix, Inc., a medical device company devoted to developing new biomaterials for the treatment of cartilage knee injuries, serving as CEO before selling the technology to Biomet in 2009.

Frank and his wife Daniele have two sons. His sister Anamarie Huerta Franc graduated from Cate in 1991, and his mother Diane served as director of the School’s Annual Fund in the 1990s.

Alumni Council President

After graduating from Cate in 1995, Jack Jackson attended USC and received a BS in accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting. While still a student, he worked for three years as an intern with Colliers Seeley International, then followed that with a position at Ernst & Young LLC’s Leventhal Real Estate Group, based in Century City. He eventually returned to commercial real-estate brokerage with Colliers Tingey International in Fresno before establishing his own brokerage firm, Tailwind Commercial, in 2009. He currently focuses on tenant representation brokerage work and small development projects around Northern California.

Jack volunteers with the St. Agnes Men’s Club, a fundraising and community-service arm of St. Agnes Hospital. He has also been a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since 2001. He lives in Fresno with his wife, Julie, and has three children.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Palmer Jackson attended Cate and went on to receive a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley. Palmer has spent most of his business career leading marketing teams in high technology companies. He is equally passionate about community service and has served as chairman of the board of the Lobero Theater and of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He currently serves as a trustee of the Ann Jackson Family Foundation, the Granada Theater, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, where he chairs the Museum’s recently announced Centennial Campaign. As a lifelong musician, Palmer is passionate about the performing arts and can be found playing around town with fellow Cate alum John Simpson ’80 and their band, The Doublewide Kings.

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Jenny attended Stanford University and worked in the state attorney general’s office upon graduating. She then moved to Republic Corporation and, as a treasury assistant, aided in the maintenance of the company’s multimillion-dollar insurance program. She then moved to Max Factor & Company as a risk manager. After relocating to Los Angeles, she worked for Lincoln National Life Insurance Company before joining the George Elkins Company’s insurance division as manager. In 1996 she purchased that company and formed the Elkins Jones Insurance Agency, located in West Los Angeles, of which she is currently president and owner.

Jenny has a long history of service on numerous boards. She has been on the board of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the Colleagues (of the Children’s Institute), Diadames of the Child Care League, the Children’s Bureau, and Blue Ribbon, a support organization of the Music Center. She is also vice president of the board of Children of the Night.

Jenny’s son graduated from Cate in 2000.

Chris Maloney serves as Chairman of the Board of Tritech Software Systems, an emergency dispatching software and systems company. As founder and past President/CEO of TriTech Software Systems, Chris’ move to Chairman allows him to spend more time focusing on TriTech’s future direction and growth versus day-to-day operations. Under his leadership, TriTech grew to provide solutions to more than 3,000 agencies spanning 14 countries.

Chris is no stranger to the Cate Board of Trustees; he served for two terms, from July 2006 to June 2012. During Cate 2000, Chris was a lead volunteer helping to create the Class of 1980 gift to name two dormitory rooms in Cook House East. As Class Agent, Chris helped the Class of 1980 raise the largest class reunion total to date with a combination of Cate Fund and endowment gifts. Chris served as a member of the Alumni Council from 1992-1994. He has supported the Cate Fund for more than 30 years and recently established an endowment to fund sabbaticals for long-serving faculty members.

While at Cate, Chris received the Marion Wolsey Cate Acting Prize. He graduated from UC San Diego in 1985. Chris and his wife Laura live in San Diego. They have two children, Jack and Kelsey. He also serves on the board at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. Chris is an active and accomplished polo player who enjoys quality social time with his fellow alumni from the Mesa.

Sebastian Man was born and raised in Hong Kong. He received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. Since 1990 he has been chairman and CEO of Chung Mei International Holdings Limited, a company that manufactures electric kitchen appliances and air treatment products.

Sebastian is part of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is a council member of the Better Hong Kong Foundation. He is a director of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong and of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), and an executive committee member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Hong Kong/China Business Council (ICC). He is a committee member of the Agency for Volunteer Service (AVS) and Hong Kong/China Committee of United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

Among other awards, Sebastian has received a fellowship from the Asian Knowledge Management Association and an honorary doctorate of management from Lincoln University. He was named Man of the Year 2008 by the American Biographical Institute and was included in Asia/Pacific Who’s Who (Vol. IX).

Sebastian and his wife Christina have two children. This is his third term as a Cate trustee; he first served in 2001-2007.

After graduating from Cate in 1990, Sheila Marmon received a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. As founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company, she helps Fortune 500 brands tap into the multicultural market, working with clients that include General Motors, Sony Pictures, Verizon, Marriott, and Macy’s. She has assisted with the launch and operation of many new businesses in the digital media industry, and she has occupied leadership positions in operations, new ventures, and finance at Time Warner and Morgan Stanley.

Sheila is a founding member of the National Advisory Council of A Better Chance and serves as an advisor for MOUSE, a group that empowers underserved youth to learn, lead, and create with technology.

Sheila has lived abroad and traveled extensively, and she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

J.C. Massar is a recently-retired senior associate of The Capital Group Companies, where he worked for twenty years. There he assumed several management responsibilities—principally in mutual funds and variable annuities—and implemented financial service strategies at the global scale. Previously he was chief marketing officer for Transamerica Life and Annuity Co. and for Robert C. Brown, Pacific Securities, Inc. He received his B.S. in economics from the University of Oregon and he later attended the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

J.C. and his wife Pam—who has been a member of the Cate Parents Organization and was vice president for a term—live in Pasadena and the Santa Barbara area. Their three children have all graduated from Cate.

Casey McCann worked in the financial services industry for ten years—first as an analyst for Beacon Hill Financial in Boston and then for the Private Bank at Wells Fargo in San Francisco—before becoming vice president of Hazelwood Allied Van Lines and McCann Mini Storage. After graduating from Cate, he attended Middlebury College and later Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School Bridge Program. Casey lives in Santa Barbara.

Rosalind (Roz) received her BA from Dartmouth and M.Ed. from Columbia University. She is currently a strategic advisor for Kid Basix, a manufacturer of eco-functional kids products.

Roz is a stalwart Cate School donor and volunteer and has attended dozens of Cate alumni events since graduating in 1989. She has volunteered for several years for the Cate Fund phonathon, was a panelist at the 2000 Entrepreneurship and Technology Event in Silicon Valley, served as a Class Agent from 2004-2009, participated as a member of the Technology committee, and chaired her reunion committee in 2009 and 2014. Roz is a founding member of the Cate Alumnae Network (CAN) and hosted events for the group at her home. She participated in the naming of the Early Learning Center on the Mesa. Her involvement at Cate represents a broad and deep commitment to the School.

Roz has three siblings who attended Cate: Dan ’87, Morgan ’99, and Tyler ’01. Her father, Dan Emmett, is a Life Trustee, and mother, Rae, is an involved alumni parent. Roz lives in the Pacific Palisades with her husband Tom and four children – Frankie, Wade, Mack, and Ruby.

Ted Simpson ’86 received his undergraduate degree in politics and economics from Princeton and his M.B.A. in marketing and strategy from the Kellogg School at Northwestern. For the last dozen years, he has been working in institutional sales and client services for Dimensional Fund Advisors, a $300B investment management firm.

Ted’s older brothers, Irv ’79 and Ken ’81, are also Cate alumni. Ted has been a class agent for twenty years and has served as reunion chair a number of times. He is also an elder and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, where he ran the mission team and currently serves on the investment team.

Ted lives in West Los Angeles with his wife Kandus and their three children.

Marianne Sprague received her BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Teaching Credential from California State University at Los Angeles in 1974. She and her late husband, Norm, have seen six children through Cate School. She served as CPO president in ‘97-‘98 and again in ’08 as well as serving concurrently on the board. She takes her seat on the Cate Board of Trustees with experience serving on numerous school boards. She chaired the boards of Crane School in Santa Barbara and Park Century School in Los Angeles. Marianne currently serves on the board of The College of Wooster, Garden Club of Santa Barbara and volunteers as a vice-chair of the Garden History and Design national committee for the Garden Club of America. She has also served on the boards of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Lotusland, and St. Matthews School in Los Angeles. Marianne continues to be one of the School’s most committed supporters and volunteers. She co-chaired the Centennial Committee of 100 Celebration Team; she has been a Mesa Association and Parent Fund volunteer as well as a Cate 2000 Capital Campaign volunteer. In 2009, she and her husband received The Servons Award for distinguished service.

Lisa graduated from Cate in 1992, and three of her six siblings also attended Cate. After graduating, she went on to Colgate University, where she majored in international relations and interned at numerous international-policy think tanks.

Lisa began her professional career in San Francisco, working at Young and Rubicam and the boutique investment bank Montgomery Securities. As community relations director and marketing manager at Montgomery, she was part of a branding team that carried the firm through multiple transformations, including mergers with NationsBank and Bank of America. Lisa is currently an advisor at GreenWater Holdings, a brand owner/operator and investment firm focused on the action and outdoor sports industry.

Along with co-chairing the Education and Student Life Committee, Lisa was co-chair of the Cate Centennial Committee of 100 Celebration Team. She has been a Mesa Association Member and has served as a class agent and reunion chair.

Lisa and her husband Jason spend most of their free time traveling the world in search of “the perfect wave,” meeting up with Cate friends along the way.

Born in Sacramento, California, Eric Taylor grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Cate in 1980. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and afterward took a year off to serve as a Spanish translator in the 1984 Olympic games and to work as a law extern. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1988.

After working as an associate with the law firms of Pettit and Martin and then Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, Eric became a deputy for the Los Angeles County Counsel. While in that post, he served as an advisor to the Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Public Works, also serving as a civil litigator. Governor Pete Wilson appointed him to the Inglewood Municipal Court in 1998, where he served as presiding judge. He was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2000. In 2003, he became the District Supervising Judge of the Southwest District, which encompasses the Inglewood, Torrance, and Redondo Beach Courthouses. He left that position in 2004 when he was elected president of the California Judges Association, a professional group that represents California’s active and retired state judges and commissioners. In 2009, he was elected to the Court’s Executive Committee. He now presides over a felony trial calendar in the Torrance Courthouse.

Eric has been a member of the California Judges Association since 1998 and served on its board from 2001 to 2004 before becoming president. He has served as a liaison to its Compensation and Benefits Oversight Committee and Discipline Committee, and has been chair of the Public Information and Education Committee. He served on the statewide Judicial Council from 2004 to 2005, and on its Access and Fairness Committee from 2000 to 2003. He was named the Langston Bar Association’s Justice of the Year in 2004. He has served as a Cate trustee since 2007.

Faculty Advisory Trustees:

Ceramics and Foundation Arts Teacher

No stranger to the world of residential education, John grew up at Midland, a California boarding school, where his father was the headmaster and his mother was the business manager. After graduating from Pomona College, where he majored in art and played soccer, lacrosse, track and football, John returned to boarding school to teach and coach at Dunn School in Los Olivos, California. After a brief hiatus in the East, where he taught at Rutgers Preparatory School in New Jersey and earned an advanced degree at Columbia University, he returned to his native California. Since his arrival at Cate, John has served as athletic director, dean of students, assistant headmaster, and he currently leads Cate’s ceramics program.

John spends his free time reading, making furniture, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He lives on the Mesa with his wife, Linda, and their two children.

English Teacher

Stephanie Yeung received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, and recently earned her Ph.D. in critical media studies from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before her graduate work, Stephanie served in the United States Air Force as an F-15E “Strike Eagle” navigator. Stephanie’s teaching emphasizes the study of literature alongside other forms of media. She has taught at Woodbury University and served as a teaching assistant for film, television and new media courses at USC. Her other interests include cooking, traveling, and seeing live music. Stephanie lives on the Mesa with her wife and son.


Director of Strategic Initiatives

After three years in the Development Office at Cate School, Hallie left to pursue an MBA and a Master’s in Public Policy at UCLA. While she was a graduate student, she worked as a teaching associate with the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Management Fellows program, which teaches strategic planning to Head Start directors, health care executives, and aids service organization directors. She also interned with The Walt Disney Company, where she was a member of the New Media & Technology strategic sourcing team. Hallie was a founding board member of Valiente College Preparatory, a grade 4-8 charter school in Los Angeles.

Before Cate, Hallie worked as an Associate for education recruitment and placement firm, Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Hallie received a BS in Environmental Science from Bates College, where she was also captain of the NCAA ranked Bates rowing team. She lives with her husband and son in Carpinteria.

Director of Studies

Lisa Holmes arrived at Cate in 2001 after fifteen years of living and working in the Northeast. She brings to Cate a deep interest in the Humanities, teaching in both the history and English departments, and a love of the game of soccer, coaching the girls varsity team.

As an undergraduate at Colby College, Lisa majored in History and American Studies and was captain of the women’s soccer team in her senior year. After college, Lisa taught for ten years at Cheshire Academy, a small boarding and day school in Cheshire, Connecticut. In addition to teaching, Lisa chaired the history department for five years, coached girls soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and served as a dorm parent. While at Cheshire, she worked part-time on a Master’s degree at nearby Wesleyan University. She left Cheshire in 1999 to pursue a second Master’s in educational administration at Columbia. She spent her time in New York City as a full-time student and part-time teacher at the Calhoun School.

Lisa has traveled in more than twenty foreign countries and has completed three marathons. Though all of her working life before Cate was spent in the Northeast, she grew up in Colorado and feels a strong connection to the West. She lives on the Mesa with her husband Will, and their sons, Scott and Matthew.

Director of Residential Life

A graduate of boarding school himself, Pete has spent his entire professional life living and teaching at boarding schools. He began his teaching career at Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, where he taught English, worked in admissions, served as the athletic director, and was the head coach for boys basketball and both boys and girls soccer. At Cate, Pete has been the director of admission and financial aid, as well as the head boys basketball coach. He is currently Cate’s director of residential life, an English teacher, and head boys soccer coach. As a college athlete, he played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, and rugby, earning Academic All-America recognition as goalkeeper and captain of the nationally ranked College of Wooster Fighting Scots, where he still holds the season (13) and career shutout records (31). He holds his National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma in coaching.

Pete’s interests include lots of outdoor activities and sports, wood-working and carpentry, reading, spending time with his family, and becoming too emotionally involved in supporting his hometown Detroit sports teams. After 18 years of dormitory living, he and his wife Renee (Chair of the Human Development Department) now live in a house on the Mesa with their sons Theo and Emmett, their daughter Reagan, and their dog Zetterberg.

Director of Advancement

Lindsay joined the community in 2016 as director of advancement. She oversees development, alumni relations, and fundraising for Cate School, including capital and endowment campaigns, major, annual, and planned giving, stewardship, volunteerism, and special events. Her non-profit educational experience includes positions at The Buckley School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA Alumni Association, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance. A native of Los Angeles, Lindsay received her BA in Cultural Anthropology at UMass Amherst and MA in Social Science and Comparative Education at UCLA.

Lindsay is an active member of CASE and CAIS professional organizations and has served on an independent school accreditation committee. She enjoys travel, group exercise, and exploring new places. She, her husband Eric, and their son and daughter live on “the shelf” on the Mesa where they enjoy waking up in the morning to the sounds of birds chirping.

Associate Director of Admission/Director of Diversity

A graduate of Northeastern University, Jose joined Cate School in 2012 after serving 6 years in the Phillips Academy (Andover) Office of Admission. Before returning to Andover, his alma mater, he designed and implemented a service-learning program at Mission Hill School, a Boston Charter middle school. In addition, he has worked in college admissions and as an MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) facilitator, conducting workshops on college campuses throughout the United States.

Jose lives on the Mesa with his wife, Mari, and their children.

Dean of Students

Although Bryan’s background is in financial management, his first interest is in working with young people. While majoring in business during college, he served as counselor at a camp for terminally ill children; moving to California in 2000, he became Coordinator for Students of Color at Cate.

A four-year member of Gettysburg’s basketball team, Bryan coaches boys’ varsity basketball at Cate. He lives in Cook House East with his wife.