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.
"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 two alumni of Manzano Day School, and is currently Past 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 on 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 an alumni and a current student at Manzano Day School. 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 their children 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 two alumni. David 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."
Trevor is a parent of a current student and an alumni. Trevor is married to alumna Erica Hatchell who owns Gertrude Zachary Jewelry. Trevor is a First Vice President of CBRE, an international brokerage firm where he started his career 25 years ago as a partner of Land Services Group. While he does enjoy the business world, his passion is family and taking every opportunity to spend time volunteering for school outings. Trevor also enjoys taking long road trips with their two kids during the summer.
"we are very blessed to have our family be part of Manzano Day School. It is truly a great institution that has prepared our kids for a lifetime of learning.”
Victor is a graduate of Albuquerque Academy and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently is Director of Operations at Talin Market World Food Fare, and parent to two children at Manzano Day School.
"My children love Manzano Day School and look forward to school every day.”
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.”
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 resides 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 OGAWA DOUGLAS
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 for medical school at the Univeristy of New Mexico and graduated in 2018. She now is a Family Medicine resident at the University of New Mexico. Immersed in a profession of life long learning, she credits Manzano Day School (and her parents) for instilling in her a Joy in Learning that has allowed her to follow her dreams. She is humbled to be able to serve on the board and to be able to continue to cultivate a Joy in Learning.
"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."
CLAUDETTE OTHART MICHAEL
Claudette is the parent of three daughters that are all students at Manzano Day School. She is employed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services and has held many operational leadership roles within the Hospitals, Clinics and Health Plan. She is a Native New Mexican and holds a BS from NMSU and MBA from College of Santa Fe. Claudette and her husband, Rod enjoy traveling with their daughters and introducing them to new experiences.
“Manzano Day School provides my daughters’ with an excellent education and is developing them into future leaders. The school’s focus on community service, environmental responsibility, innovation, creativity and kindness are just a few of the lessons that will have a positive impact throughout their lives!”
Olivia and her husband, Travis, are parents of two Manzano Day School alumni. Olivia s currently President 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 and strategic planning and performance. 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 the Sandia Foundation and the Hispano Philanthropic Society Council.
"I am thrilled that my children were 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.”
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)."
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!"