Board of Trustees
Manzano Day School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Comprised of no more than 25 members, the Board is charged with “holding the school in trust.” According to the by-laws of the institution, at least 50% of the trustees must be current parents. One trustee is nominated by the Parents’ Association and serves one two-year term as its liaison.
Board officers include: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Standing committees include: Finance, Building and Grounds, Trustee, Development, Admission and Marketing, Executive, and Long-Range Planning. Primary responsibilities of the Board are to insure the financial viability of the school, set overall policies of the school, and hire the Head of School who makes day-to-day decisions on the running of the school. The Board does not involve itself in the day-to-day decisions of the school.
PAIGE LESLIE BAIRD
Paige is an alumna of Manzano Day School. She and her husband, David, are parents of two alumni. Paige received her BA in economics and political science, cum laude, from University of New Mexico and her JD, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University. She is the Vice President and General Counsel for Leslie Investment Properties, Inc., a family property management and real estate development firm. Paige is currently vice president of the Board.
"Manzano Day School was a wonderful educational environment for me as a child and has provided the same environment and true joy in learning for my children as well."
Chris is the parent of both a current student and an alumna of Manzano Day School, and is currently president of the Board of Trustees. He is a filmmaker and screenwriter involved in film and television production and business. He has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Boston University School of Management. Chris and his wife, Jennifer, are active volunteers at Manzano Day School.
"Both of my kids genuinely love to go to school. I think that simple fact speaks volumes about how Manzano Day School has encouraged my children to become lifelong learners."
Jessica Carothers is thrilled to be joining the Board of Manzano Day School. Jessica grew up at Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky, where her mother was the Lower School Director. After attending Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Jessica embarked on an independent school career herself, in Admissions and Financial Aid. Jessica worked in Admissions at The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Saint Mary's School in Raleigh and was Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. Jessica is the mother of two boys at Manzano Day School, Abbott and Coley. Jessica is now the owner of a brand new business in Old Town called Waxing the City. Jessica is married to Josh, who is an orthopedic surgeon at New Mexico Orthopedics. Jessica and Josh are thrilled to call New Mexico home and feel very fortunate that Abbott and Coley are able to attend Manzano Day School.
"We feel that Manzano Day School is providing our children with both the academic challenge and nurturing that they need. We love Manzano's emphasis on educating the whole child, joyfully."
Chris is a Financial/Investment Advisor with RBC Wealth Management. He grew up in Albuquerque and is the parent of two current students at Manzano Day School. He received a BS in finance from Northern Arizona University and is a Certified Financial Planner. Chris and his wife, Lauren, are actively involved in the community.
"Manzano Day School provides a safe, comfortable, and fun atmosphere for children to learn in. I'm constantly amazed at the dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers and staff".
David and his wife, Emily, are parents of a current student and a Manzano Day School graduate. He is a New Mexico native and is also an alumnus. David works at the Fine Law Firm practicing personal injury law. He received his BA at Vassar College and his JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
"It has been a joy to return to the Manzano Day School community as a parent after gaining so many wonderful memories as a student. While the school has changed over the years, the combination of a nurturing environment and quality education remains the same."
MARGARET GARCIA de DURAN
Margaret is the mom to three Manzano Day School alumni. She received her BA in Education and her MA in Counseling and Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. Margaret considers herself a professional parent and is immersed in the Sandia Prep community where she volunteers her time. All three of her children attended or still attend Sandia Prep. Her daughter Tatianna graduated from The George Washington University and has an MA from The London School of Economics, her son Bronson is a Senior at Stanford University majoring in Computer Science and Sevilla, her youngest, is a 9th grader who's interest lies in robotics, science and Track and Field.
"Manzano Day School planted the seed for a high level of learning and is the base for a higher education. My children have thrived on the learning they received at Manzano Day School and continue to use those skills everyday."
Retired from the Second Judicial District Court in August 2009, Bill Lang was raised in Albuquerque, graduating from Albuquerque Academy, the University of New Mexico (B.A., 1979) and the University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 1982). After serving three years as a Metropolitan Court Judge (1991-1994), the last eighteen months as Chief Judge, Bill was appointed to the District Court in 1994 where he served three years in the Family Court Division and twelve years in the Civil Division. From June 2004 through June 2009, Bill also served as the court's Chief Judge. Prior to taking the bench, Bill was a Family Court Hearing Officer for three years, maintained a sole practice for six years, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Walters at the Court of Appeals of New Mexico.
When not engaged in matters of the law, which now include mediation, arbitration and special master designations, Bill performs in community theatre productions around Albuquerque, plays a little golf, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Margie, their children and their grandchildren.
As a graduate of Albuquerque Academy and the parent of a Sandia Prep alum I am familiar with the great value our city’s private schools, including Manzano, provide to the community. Hopefully, I can add to the positive development of MDS into an even greater local asset."
Sarah and her husband, Brook, are parents of two alumni. She is an active volunteer on campus. Sarah is a Donor Engagement Officer in Principal Gifts with The Nature Conservancy. She has a BA from the State University of New York at Cortland and an MBA from UNM's Robert O. Anderson School of Management.
I believe that when I look back on our years at Manzano Day School, what I will remember are two children who were inspired each day by educators that ignited a passion for learning. My children are fortunate."
Dawn Lorenz is a current Manzano Day School parent and an active volunteer. Prior to moving to Albuquerque in 2012, she was Director of Advancement for a K-12 independent school in Texas. She received her BS in psychology from Southwest Missouri State University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. Dawn is married to Peter Lorenz and they have two children.
I believe strongly in independent schools and the positive impact they have on kids and families. Manzano Day School provides an engaging, challenging, and supportive environment; it is a true asset to the Albuquerque community.”
Carla Martinez is a current Manzano Day School parent. Carla received her undergraduate degree in accounting from New Mexico State University and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Carla was appointed in January 2015 as the Chief of Staff for Operations for the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Prior to January, Carla was the Deputy State Auditor for two four-year terms for the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor. She was previously a Board Member and Board Chair for the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. Carla also worked for an insurance defense law firm as an associate attorney and for an international accounting firm in both audit and tax consulting. Carla is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She is also a Board Member and recent past Treasurer for the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners.
"Manzano Day School has been a great learning environment for my daughter in which she has flourished both educationally and personally. The amount of growth I have seen in her during her first year at Manzano Day School has been truly remarkable."
Gary is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, a veteran, and a retired IBM executive. He has previously served on the boards of Kalamazoo College and The Winston School in Dallas, Texas, and for the past 16 years he has served on the Board of Manzano Day School. He is also the founder and president of the Corrales Future Fund. Gary and his wife, Ellie, a retired ESL teacher, reside in Corrales.
"I believe Manzano Day School provides a liberal arts education for our elementary age students which prepares them for opportunities and challenges to come.”
Jason Mitchell, MD is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.. He is transforming the traditional role of a chief medical officer to better serve clinicians and patients during this time rapid healthcare change. Jason is a current parent of two students.
Katie is an alumna of Manzano Day School. After graduating from Albuquerque Academy, she left New Mexico to receive her BS in Biology from Trinity University. She quickly returned to her roots and is now attending medical school at the Univeristy of New Mexico. While most of her life has been spent as a student, her passion for service has consistently led her outside the classroom.
"Manzano Day School gave me the skills and foundation to be where I am today. At Manzano Day School, I was supported by dedicated teachers, a compassionate community, and countless resources. I am committed to ensure that this foundation that propelled me forward continues to launch children for generations to come."
Olivia and her husband, Travis, are parents of a current student and a Manzano Day School alumna. She is currently treasurer of the Board. Olivia is the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Albuquerque and helps to manage and oversee the city’s financial and administrative services. Previous experience includes work as a Trader/Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Director of the New Mexico State Board of Finance. Olivia has a BS in business administration from the University of New Mexico and an MA in public policy from the University of Michigan. She is also a board member for both the New Mexico Retiree Healthcare Association and the UNM Alumni Association.
"I am thrilled that my children are a part of the Manzano Day School community. The school has provided my children access to wonderful teachers and educational experiences and has instilled in them self confidence and a sense of community.”
Lee and her husband, Shay, are parents of a current student and two Manzano Day School alumni. She is past president of the Board and is the Human Resource Director for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Lee is the past State Director for the Society for Human Resource Management and currently volunteers with several community organizations including United Way, the Family Advocacy Center, and Roadrunner Food Bank. She graduated with an MBA from the University of New Mexico.
"Manzano Day School does a wonderful job of developing the entire child and preparing our children to be good community citizens. My child comes home everyday with joy in learning created by the caring and creative staff, faculty, and the parent involvement at our school.”
Cindy, and her husband, Tom, are parents of two Manzano Day School alumni. She is a senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Cindy received her BA in applied mathematics from Harvard University and her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her math/science educational outreach activities include serving as a science advisor at Zia Elementary School, coaching high school supercomputing teams, exhibit planning for the Explora forest exhibits, and writing/coordinating the Go Figure Mathematics Competition.
"I love the way Manzano Day School expects, enables, and receives excellence from its students. This excellence is both absolute and relative (personal best)."
Michael is a parent of a Manzano Day School alumna. He also serves on the board of directors for Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation and volunteers with the United Way. Michael graduated with a degree in business administration from Minnesota State University at Moorhead and is currently a Business Banking Manager and Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank. He is married to Estela.
"The Manzano Day School family helps to provide my daughter with the best possible learning environment that will start her down the path to success."
Wendy York’s son attended Manzano Day School and graduated from Sandia Prep in 2010. Wendy graduated University of New Mexico Law School and spent many years as a trial lawyer before becoming a district court judge until 2005. For the last 11 years she has worked as a mediator, special master and arbitrator. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of New Mexico Department of Economics, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of New Mexico Law School and the Power and Caring award from the Women’s Bar Association. She is most proud of her son, Alex, and founding an annual Christmas drive for homeless children attending Albuquerque Public Schools.
"Manzano Day School was a lifelong gift to my son. Not only did Manzano Day School nurture his passion for music, but it provided him with the academic and social skills to be successful in whatever he chooses to do at a time when he was malleable enough to listen!"