Manzano Day School

Joy in Learning® Since 1938

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.



Debbie and her husband, J.R., are the parents of three Manzano Day School alumni and grandparents of a current student. Debbie grew up in Albuquerque and graduated with a BS degree in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico. Debbie works part-time as a relief pharmacist. She and her husband love to travel and spend time with their family.

"My children truly experience Joy in Learning at Manzano Day School. One of my earliest memories was when my son hugged a tree and said, “I love my school!” Now I’m thrilled to watch our next generation experience that same joy. ."


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 two alumni. Jessica owns two businesses, Waxing the City and Blo Dry Bar. 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 provided our children with both the academic challenge and nurturing that they need. We love Manzano's emphasis on educating the whole child, joyfully."


Gerald is the parent of an alumni and a current Manzano Day School student. He is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and the President of the NM Estate Planning Council. He was born in Bernalillo, NM, and graduated with a BS in Eonomics from Duke University.

"As a product of the NM public school system, I was hesitant to send my kids to private school. After some debate, we decided that Manzano Day School was the best choice for our kids. I couldn't be happier with our choice. I am continually impressed by the diversity of the community, the resources available to students and the passion of the teaches. Our children love Manzano Day School and really have found the Joy in Learning"








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.”


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 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.