School Leadership

Taylor B. Stockdale, Head of Schools was appointed the sixth head in 2010 by the Board of Trustees. Since that time, he has led the Webb community in the creation and adoption of The Centennial Strategic Plan 1922-2022 and its Edition 2.0. Together, these documents illustrate Webb’s enduring commitment to its mission and its core values of honor and moral courage, unbounded thinking, distinctive leadership and service to others. They also offer a clear blueprint of the school’s visionary plans into The Next 100.

He is assisted by Associate Head of Schools Dr. Theresa Smith and the Senior Administration.

School Leadership

Board of Trustees

Sanjay Dholakia ’87 has strong family ties to Webb. Both his brother, Sameer Dholakia ’91, and his wife, Melissa Barnes-Dholakia ’87, are also alumni and his daughter Maya ’21 is a VWS senior. Sanjay has “a keen sensitivity for what education can do.” He served on The Board of Trustees of Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, and he and his family endowed Webb’s Pravina Dholakia Scholarship Fund. Sanjay received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. From 2008 to 2010, he served as chief marketing officer for Lithium Technologies and was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer for Marketo. As a trustee, Sanjay hopes to use his marketing and strategic planning expertise to “help Webb become an institution that endures and thrives for centuries.”

Larry Ashton ’70 is an active and notable alumnus of the Class of 1970. An avid Peccary Man and great enthusiast of Ray Alf, Larry first met Ray when his summer peccary trip groups would shop at the Ashton store in Vernal, Utah. These meetings led the Ashtons to send their two boys, Larry ’70 and Michael ’67, to Webb. Larry joined the Alf Museum board in 1999 and was elected chairman in 2002. As chairman, there is never a moment when Larry is not promoting the Museum. He has shepherded the Alf Museum through national re-accreditation, major exhibit hall renovations, and capital campaigns. He is also a member of the Webb Board of Trustees.

After graduating from Webb, Larry received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Utah. He is currently Manager of Star Investment Company, LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah. He and his wife, Alicia, are stalwart supporters of the Museum and the Schools and work tirelessly on behalf of both.

Blake Brown graduated from Webb in 1968 and Pomona College in 1972. He is the president and owner of the John Tillman Company. Recognized for over 85 years as the top manufacturer of quality welding gloves and garments, the company’s product line encompasses more than 1,000 different items. Blake and his wife, Andrea, who has worked as an educator for many years, have been generous leadership supporters of The Webb Schools. They contributed a lead gift to the Hall of Life renovation, a gift to support the building and equipping of the new Alf Museum Research Lab, and are currently underwriting the renovation of the Malcolm C. McKenna Fossil Preparation Lab and new physics laboratory. The Browns, who live in Rolling Hills, Calif., share a passion for excellence in education, and they have three grown daughters who graduated from Colby, Middlebury, and Grinnell colleges.

While a student at Webb, Brown traveled on summer Peccary trips, which he fondly remembers, and he holds dear the memories of the great teachers he enjoyed including Ray Alf and Larry McMillin. He played soccer, basketball and baseball, and values Les Perry’s coaching and life lessons. “I am very pleased to serve on the Board. It will be a privilege to work with Taylor Stockdale, his staff, and a very dynamic and committed Board. I look forward to helping Webb achieve its educational and fundraising goals.”

Michael Chang ’92 lives in San Francisco with his family and is the CEO of YesVideo head-quartered in Santa Clara, CA. He became CEO and joined the board of YesVideo following the successful acquisition of Greystripe, the company he co-founded and grew into one of the world’s largest mobile advertising networks. Chang received his bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA from Duke University. In 2012, he established the Michael Chang ’92 Scholarship Fund at Webb.

YesVideo is the global leader in personal home video transfer and online video sharing. It digitizes video formats such VHS, Beta and 8mm film and stores its customer’s treasured memories in the cloud for access online, through mobile and connected TV. To date YesVideo has transferred over 10M videos.

A passionate advocate for education, Deval Dvivedi ’00 was elected to The Webb Schools Board of Trustees in March. Deval lives in New York City with his wife, Snigdha, and is currently Head of International for Eagle Proprietary Investments Ltd. At Eagle, he focuses on new investments, strategic partnerships, and also manages Eagle’s international investments portfolio. Deval is a Board Member or Board Observer in the following companies: Accordion Partners, Accordion International, China Rapid Finance, Ironwood Legal Solutions, Asset Vantage Systems and Shanghai Harvest Network Technology.

Deval came to Webb as a junior from Bahrain. While the adjustment was great it was also swift. He was a good student, excelled in economics, and was the number-one seed on the tennis team his senior year. “I credit Webb with giving me a strong foundation. Webb helped me be successful in college, my career, and in my life. I am honored to serve on the board and look forward to beginning the work this spring,” Deval said.

After Webb, Deval received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College. He spent a year at the London School of Economics studying finance in the General Course program.
“When Deval was a student in my economics course, I appreciated his sharp mind and enthusiasm and am so pleased now he has agreed to join the board. He will be a great partner in the important work ahead,” said Taylor Stockdale, Head of Schools.

Prior to his work at Eagle, Deval was at DLB Capital (private equity firm) where he was a Vice President and the firm’s leader in investments, portfolio company management, and investor relationships. While at DLB, he sat on the Board of Western United Life Assurance, serving on the Audit, Investment and Nominating Committees. Before DLB Capital, Deval was at FirstLight Financial (hedge fund) where he was a Senior Associate in the Bank Loans & Trading group responsible for underwriting and managing non-investment grade debt investments across the capital structure for US borrowers. Deval began his career in Investment Banking at Citigroup. He was a member of the Asset Finance Group, working on asset based and principal finance transactions.

Jenna Gambaro ’95 is one of Vivian Webb’s most committed and passionate alumnae. In 2010, she was elected to Webb’s Board of Trustees. She has been a class agent every year since graduation and served as reunion chair for her 10-, and 15-year reunions. Jenna earned her BS in business and marketing from Portland State University and her JD from Southwestern School of Law. Since 2004, she has been a business affairs executive in the Motion Picture Talent and Literary Department of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency.

Wendy Hornbuckle immigrated from Great Britain and is a 40-year resident of Las Vegas. She attended UNLV majoring in Athletic Training and ultimately pursued a two-decade career in the hospitality industry. Wendy served 10 years at Caesars Palace as Hotel Manager overseeing daily operations and then was on the Bellagio opening team in Sales Management. She has held a Nevada real estate license since 2005.

Over the past 15 years she has been an highly active philanthropist and community leader in Southern Nevada. Hornbuckle is a founding member of Nevada Women in Philanthropy Organization where she sits on the Executive Committee and has served as Chair of several operating committees, current Chair of Grant Monitoring. Wendy was also instrumental in passing Nevada’s most recent legislation on gun control impacting proper background checks for a safe Nevada.

She remains active in several other charities and organizations helping US Vets, Autism Awareness, Hunger, Hospice Care, JDRF, CIS, Hero’s United and the arts community in Park City Utah.

In November 2016, Wendy and her husband Bill made a leadership gift to Webb establishing the Wendy and William Hornbuckle Family Endowment Scholarship Fund, targeting students of the Las Vegas valley in hopes that they could attend Webb. Their son Kristopher is a graduate of the Class of 2019.

A four-decade veteran of the gaming industry, Bill Hornbuckle currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International. He also serves as the Company’s Chief Design and Construction Officer charged with the global expansion efforts of the Company through gaming development and MGM Hospitality divisions. These responsibilities focus on the positioning of MGM Resorts International portfolio of properties and the company’s overall growth strategy.

Mr. Hornbuckle currently serves as an Executive Committee Member and a Board of Director of MGM China Holdings with operations and resorts in Macau. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Growth Properties (MGM Resorts’ REIT IPO) and the CityCenter JV Board of Directors (a joint venture with Dubai World).

Mr. Hornbuckle is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Three Square Food Bank. He is also a Founder of the Bank of George, a local banking institution. Previously, Mr. Hornbuckle served on the boards for the United Way of Southern Nevada, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation, and the Andre Agassi Foundation. From 1999 to 2003, he also served as a Board Member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Bill and his wife Wendy live in Henderson, Nevada and Park City, Utah.

In November 2016, Bill and his wife Wendy made a leadership gift to establish the Wendy and William Hornbuckle Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at The Webb Schools. Their son, Kristopher, attends Webb School of California and is a member of the Class of 2019.

Jennifer Y. Ishiguro ’91 has fond memories of embracing her inner nerd at Vivian Webb by writing for the literary magazine, taking multiple foreign language classes and participating in bit (never lead) roles in every play and musical. She now (perhaps less creatively) serves as chief legal officer & secretary of StepStone Group LP, a global private markets firm that provides customized investment and advisory solutions to some of the most sophisticated investors in the world. Prior to joining StepStone, Jennifer served in legal leadership roles at AutoGravity Corp., a Daimler and Volkswagen-owned fintech; Gateway One Lending & Finance, LLC, the auto finance subsidiary of TCF Financial Corp. (NYSE: TCF); and Toyota Financial Services.

Before launching her in-house career, Jennifer practiced for eight years in the fields of securities law and capital markets at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, spending time in the firm’s New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. offices.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Yale College. Before attending law school, she served as speechwriter to United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and studied international trade law in Japan on a Fulbright fellowship.

She lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband and daughter. Among her favorite memories of Webb are the heated debates she had with her day student best friend, seated atop the machines in the laundry room past visiting hours, challenging religion, existential existence and the like.

Naveen Jeereddi ’92 is founder and CEO of Jeereddi Partners L.L.C., an event-oriented, value investment firm. He has over two decades of value-oriented experience financing, analyzing, and investing in public and private companies. Naveen has served in value investment roles at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), Onex Corporation, The Baupost Group L.L.C., and Tala Investments LP. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Chandler Global PTE. Ltd, iDream Media Inc., and XPRS Capital LLC. He earned an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan. His older sister, Dr. Praveena Jeereddi ’90, is a graduate of Vivian Webb School. Naveen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

David J. Loo ’79 is a founding principal and co-managing partner of New York’s Hudson Realty Capital, a real estate fund management firm that invests in real estate and mortgage debt. To date, Hudson has acquired and managed more than $3.5 billion of assets through its five private equity funds. Loo’s responsibilities at Hudson include raising capital, strategy, new loan originations, and administration.

Hudson was formed in 2003 from an alliance between SWH Funding Corporation and Newbridge Realty Capital, which Loo co-founded in 2001. Loo was previously with Credit Suisse First Boston, where he established the Portfolio Bids Group and served on the Real Estate Investment Committee. From 1994 to 1996, he was a member of the Praedium Group’s Recovery Fund.

Loo earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He and his wife Valerie live in New York City with their two children, where he serves on the President’s Council of Wesleyan University and the board of directors of Civic Builders, which funds and builds facilities for charter schools. He serves as chairman of the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees.

“When Taylor [Stockdale] suggested that I join the board at Webb, I was a little skeptical, as I am obviously not in any physical proximity to campus,” says Loo. “However, Taylor also mentioned that over 50 percent of Webb’s recent graduating classes are attending colleges in the Northeast. With more and more alumni in this part of the world, it was important to him that the board includes representation from the East Coast. Given that Webb was such a seminal experience for me, I am honored to be able to participate in the stewardship of the school and hopefully give something back to the Webb community.”

“I’m so very excited and privileged to be serving on this board, with such intelligent, caring, talented people who all come together with one goal in mind–to foster a secure yet invigorating environment for these spectacular students to grow and become future leaders in the world. Webb was truly such a wonderful environment for me to grow up in, and I hope I can give back all it has given me.” Sandra Lee Rebish ’88, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist practicing in Upland, California with her husband and fellow dermatologist, Jeffrey Rebish, M.D. Her sons attend WSC, Chance ’23 and Stratton ’24.

Along with raising two boys, and running a private practice, she has also more recently become a social media and television personality. With well over 10 million followers on social media platforms, and over 3 billion views on her YouTube channel, she now has a successful and growing skin care line SLMD Skin Care, a book, and a highly rated television series on TLC called Dr. Pimple Popper.

Christina Mercer McGinley ’84 is one of the original VWS Pioneers who helped to develop Vivian Webb’s school rules, government, and emblem. She was active in student government, on the Honor Cabinet, and in Blue and Gold, yearbook, varsity basketball, theater, glee club, and Chamber Singers. Christina has remained an active member of the Webb community, serving on the Alumni Council, Board of Trustees and in 2002 as the VWS commencement speaker. She earned her BA from Pomona College and her MA and PhD in English literature from UC Riverside. Her daughter, Corrine ’16, attends UC Berkeley; her son, Tim ’12, is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Julia Marciari-Alexander ’85 is a graduate of Vivian Webb School, sister of WSC alumnus John ’78, and the daughter of former Webb trustee and Pomona College president, David Alexander. With more than 20 years of experience as a curator and museum leader, Marciari-Alexander ’85 currently serves as the executive director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Walters, she was deputy director for curatorial affairs at the San Diego Museum of Art, interim co-director, and interim deputy director for education. Before moving to San Diego, she spent more than 10 years at the Yale Center for British Art, first as assistant/associate curator of paintings & sculpture, then as associate director of programmatic affairs and associate director of exhibitions and publications. During her tenure at the Yale Center for British Art, she also taught numerous courses for the university’s history of art department. Marciari-Alexander earned her BA in art history and French at Wellesley College; her MA in French at NYU; and her MA and PhD in the history of art at Yale University. She and her husband John Marciari have teenage twins, Beatrice “Bede” and Jack.

“It is a particular honor for me to join the Trustees of The Webb Schools as WSC and VWS in their many forms have been integral to my life for more than 40 years. As a Trustee, I am excited to join my fellow Board members and the incredible staff, faculty, and students in working tirelessly to ensure that every Webb student has access to extraordinary experiences that will shape not only their lives but our collective future.”

Rahmi Mowjood ‘90 most recently served as president of the Alumni Council of The Webb Schools. He currently lives in Alta Loma, California with his family and is a partner at Cucamonga Valley Medical Group with offices in Upland, North and Central Fontana, Eastvale and Pomona.

After attending Webb, Mowjood graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual degree in pre-medical sciences and theater. He went onto Western University Health Sciences and completed his medical training at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. In the wake of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, he traveled back to his native Sri Lanka to help treat those affected by the devastation.

David Myles, Ph.D. ’80 bridges the worlds of academia and business: After completing his Ph.D. at Yale and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he became an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He subsequently turned to private industry, first with Chiron Corporation, later as executive director of Kosan Biosciences and cofounder and chief operating officer of Epiphany Biosciences. Myles is now executive vice president of drug development for San Francisco-based Olema Pharmaceuticals, focusing on the treatment of breast cancer. Although he sees himself “more as an entrepreneur than as a pure scientist,” he has at least 80 peer-reviewed papers and 17 issued patents to his credit, with more in process. Myles, who lives in Berkeley with his three children, first learned about Webb during a field trip to the Alf Museum in the sixth grade. He says Webb’s emphasis on independent thinking and personal integrity has served him well throughout his career. This is Myles’ third term on the board and he is pleased to see some of the long-term plans that originated in his earlier terms come to fruition. “It’s an unbelievable honor to be asked to serve again,” he says.

As an undergraduate at UC Irvine, Mickey Novak ’70 considered several careers, including law and the Peace Corps. His professional future was shaped by a fortuitous meeting with a friend’s father, the owner of Croton Watches. While Novak was still a student at UC Irvine’s Graduate School of Management, Croton hired him to evaluate and help improve their business and then to oversee the company’s relationship with Hughes Aircraft, then the leading supplier of digital watches.
Novak’s work with Croton awakened his entrepreneurial spirit. After completing his M.S. in management, he decided to found his own digital watch company, Innovative Time Corporation. By the 1990s, the company was selling 3 to 5 million licensed children’s and sports watches a year to retail giants like Walmart and Target.

Novak sold the company in 1999, but in 2001, he and one of his former executives started a new business, NAFECS (North American Far East Commercial Services) Corporation, sourcing Chinese factories for manufacturers and developing electronics and seasonal goods for major retailers. NAFECS now has about 50 employees, with offices in Hong Kong and Shenzen, China.

Novak and his family live in Montezuma, Costa Rica, but he has remained an active part of the Webb community for over 35 years, organizing class reunions and later serving as a trustee. Novak credits Webb with giving him the tools to succeed in school and business. “At Webb,” he says, “You learn to develop all your skills. … It shaped me, brought out talents in me, and that’s essentially what led to my becoming an entrepreneur.”

Melvin L. Oliver, Ph.D. GP’23 has a long career in education and public policy. After completing his Ph.D. at Washington University, St. Louis he became an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Sociology and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Afro-American Studies. An award-winning teacher and researcher, in 1996, Oliver left the academy to more directly impact social policy and became the vice president of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation. Under Oliver’s direction, the program developed pioneering grant initiatives to address poverty and racial inequality. In 2004 he returned to academia serving as Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2016 he was named the sixth President of Pitzer College. This is Oliver’s first term on the board and he admits that this is “his first involvement with a private boarding school” and he is “keen to learn and contribute to this resource rich and challenging type of education.”

Janet holds a Master of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College and a Master of Business Administration from University of California, Davis with a dual emphasis in finance and accounting. Her directed study (i.e. thesis) was in strategic planning. Before coming to Webb in 1999, she served for 13 years at Sacramento Country Day School in a number of positions including business manager, director of finance and operations, and assistant head of finance. As director of finance, planning and operations, she directs the schools’ and museum’s financial planning, accounting and human resources practices, investment management, operations, technology, campus master planning and oversees the implementation of capital projects. Janet has also served for six years on the board of NBOA, as trustee, officer and chaired both the program and governance committees.

R.J. Romero P’12 P’15 P ’20 is the CEO of Ontario, California’s OREMOR Management & Investment Company, which owns a variety of automotive businesses, including a wholesale auto auction, a vehicle paint protection company, a financial services company, and the OREMOR Automotive Group, which operates 11 Southern and Central California automotive franchises. Romero serves on the boards of the California New Car Dealers Association, the Southern California Toyota Dealers Association, and the Toyota National Dealer Council.

As the CEO of Monrovia Nursery Company, a group of landscape shrubs and trees, Miles Rosedale enjoys a green world, perhaps somewhat more than most. Founded in 1926 by his father Harry, the nursery has grown from its original 10-acre plot in Monrovia, California, to an internationally respected company that introduces many improved plants and has nurseries in the four corners of North America. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Miles has described Webb as a “significant part of my life.” Miles has served in almost every capacity on campus: he was a member of the board of trustees for 30 years, from 1985 to 2005; and again, from 2007 to 2018, and has recently returned to Webb’s board. From 1993 to 2000, Miles was Chairman of the Board seeing the schools through the Building Character Campaign, which, at the time, raised the most money ever for Webb – $21 million, surpassing the schools’ original goal by $3 million. He was also a generous supporter of the most recent Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign. In addition, he has served as director of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Governors. His son, John Lovin, graduated from Webb in 1992.

Wendin Smith ’89 is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she received her PhD and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Wendin is a consultant and lecturer in combating WMD, national security, nonproliferation, environmental security, and related fields. “I look forward to giving back to the Webb community, with a focus on ensuring that the schools continue to develop a cadre of leaders with the skills to think boldly, mindfully, and creatively, and to set forth on paths of distinction. It is an honor to be asked to serve, and I am eager to work closely with the faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the years ahead.”

Taylor Stockdale became the sixth head of The Webb Schools in 2010. Since that time, he has led the Webb community in the creation and adoption of The Centennial Strategic Plan 1922-2022. This document more than any other illustrates Webb’s commitment over the next decade to its mission and its core values of honor and moral courage, unbounded thinking, distinctive leadership and service to others. It also offers a clear blueprint of the school’s visionary plans over the next decade.

Mr. Stockdale is currently working with his senior administrative team and high caliber faculty in reinvigorating Webb’s curriculum so as to ensure a relevant and dynamic experience for each Webb student. Included in these efforts have been the construction of a humanities program, addition of advanced computer science courses, expansion of the arts to include digital media, problem-based math and applied science courses utilizing the unparalleled resources of the Alf Museum, and a broader suite of co-curricular opportunities offering expanded athletic choice, robotics, debate, dance, and an improved residential experience. Finally, Mr. Stockdale has committed to taking full advantage of being the only boarding school in the Greater Los Angeles area, and as such, is working to establish formal partnerships with other top learning institutions such as Harvey Mudd College, Claremont McKenna College, UC Riverside and others. These affiliations are ongoing and will allow Webb’s upper division students unprecedented access to real-life, hands-on experiences to expand their learning and sharpen their entrepreneurial mindsets for leading in a global economy.

In addition to this current work, over his 29 year tenure at Webb, he led efforts to achieve the largest campaign in the school’s history. Fulfilling Our Promise achieved over $50 million in contributions for annual, capital and endowment purposes over an eight-year period. Planning for The Centennial Campaign and The Centennial Celebration 1922 – 2022 are currently underway.

Mr. Stockdale graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in history and political science. He received his M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware, and a Certificate of Leadership from The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. Representing an influential voice in the educational arena, he is an active member of both the California Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. He currently serves on the Educational Records Board, North American Boarding School Initiative, and is Of-Counsel with Marts and Lundy, Inc. He has served as a trustee for South Kent School and Saint Mark’s School.

Jordan Taylor is a partner at Taylor Ali Capital, an alternative asset class hedge fund, and shareholder at Kwontified, an eCommerce management firm. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Having served the Webb Community for well over a decade, Jordan is the vice president of the Alumni Council and has previously served as both a reunion chair and Sophomore Career Evening speaker. While a boarder, Jordan was a Rogers Scholar, co-captain of the track team and member of the football and basketball teams.

Lara Tiedens began her tenure as president of Scripps College on August 1, 2016, assuming the title of the W.M. Keck Presidential Chair. Tiedens was a senior associate dean of academic affairs and faculty member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Previously, Tiedens was the Morgan Stanley Director of Stanford’s Center for Leadership Development and Research, and she has served as an advisor for numerous Stanford leadership initiatives. At Scripps College, President Tiedens has implemented initiatives to promote innovative pedagogy, ensure a holistic student experience, cultivate a diverse and inclusive community, and forge strategic partnerships to amplify Scripps’ impact and influence the advancement of women in society at large. Her daughter, Elena, attends Vivian Webb School and is a member of the Class of 2021.

Lance Williams’ ’97 has over twenty years of strategic marketing, communications and philanthropic experience. After earning his degree from New York University, he was part of the team that launched the hit musical MAMMA MIA! in North America. From 2006 – 2014, Lance was the Executive Director of Brand Development at Condé Nast Traveler magazine, responsible for promoting the brand internationally through events, conferences and charity partnerships. Since 2002, Lance has served on the board of directors of the Fred B. Snite Foundation as a Vice President. In 2012, Lance co-founded The LanMar Fund, a charitable fund that supports awareness, research and action in the field of wildlife conservation, and he is the Senior Communications Advisor for The Lion Recovery Fund. Lance served on the Board of Trustees of the Raymond M. Alf Museum for nine years. As he transitions to The Webb Schools’ board, he reflects, “ It has been a great honor to serve on the board of the Alf Museum, and I look forward to joining the dynamic team that will help shape the future of Webb for the next 100 years. My personal goal will be to focus on how Webb will be leader in the areas of diversity and sustainability.” Lance and his husband live in New York City and Los Angeles.

Denis Yip, a resident of Hong Kong and father of two Webb graduates, Brandon ’18 and Eunice ’19, was elected to The Webb Schools Board of Trustees in March.

Denis was formerly the President of EMC Greater China (recently purchased by Dell) and spent most of his time at work in China. Prior to EMC, Denis held various leadership positions with IBM from 1993 – 2006.

Married to Iris Yip, Denis was educated at Diocesan Boys’ School, a private boys’ secondary school in Hong Kong prior to attending and graduating from Arcadia High School. From there, Denis attended UC Berkeley earning a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science followed by a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.

Over the past two years, Denis has led two technology fundraising initiatives as a leadership donor and volunteer—which together have raised nearly $1 million in total. In addition, he is the host of our alumni/parent reception in Hong Kong this April.

“It is my great honor to serve on the Board of Trustees and to represent Webb in Greater China. I look forward to doing all I can to contribute to Webb’s growing excellence and reputation in the United States and around the world,” Denis said.

Taylor Stockdale added, “Denis has been committed to Webb from day one. He’s worked tirelessly to help Webb advance its Technology Initiative in Asia and beyond. I’m thrilled he’ll continue this work and still more as a new member of the board.”

School Leadership

Senior Administration

John Choi

John joined Webb in 2018 as a member of the science faculty. He also dedicated himself to providing students with opportunities to engage with topics involving identity, equity and justice.

That commitment was recognized with his appointment in September 2020 to the role of Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and in spring 2021 to the post of Director of Equity.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Education from Northwestern University.

John is the parent of two Webb students.

As director of marketing and strategic communications, William guides communications with Webb students, families, staff, alumni and the public. He also teaches journalism skills and marketing strategies at the University of La Verne and UCLA Extension. He is a pioneer in digital marketing and communications, including visual storytelling, website construction and social media marketing.

Before joining Webb, he developed marketing and communications strategies for a host of Southern California school districts. He previously worked for more than two decades as an editor and reporter for news agencies across Southern California. He is the author of a book on his family history and the editor of Notorious OC, a chronicle of historical criminal activity in Orange County. William holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He lives in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife, Renee Hernandez, and is the proud parent of a Webb School of California alumnus, Julian ’17, and a Vivian Webb School alumna, Claire ’21.

Dr. Jamila Everett

Dr. Jamila Everett joined the Webb Admission Office after 17 years in admission leadership roles at Pitzer College, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and master’s degree in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. Jamila earned her doctorate in education at UCLA. Her program focused on research and leadership principles to improve practices throughout the K-16 educational continuum.

Jamila’s dissertation: “Recruiting Women to Engineering Programs: College Admission Leaders’ Perceptions of Promising Practices and Strategies,” has served as a model for best practices for STEM recruitment initiatives. She lives on campus and enjoys being part of an engaged community.

Andrew Farke holds a doctorate in anatomical sciences from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor of Science in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joined the Alf Museum in 2008 as Augustyn Family Curator, becoming director of research and collections in 2015 and museum director in 2021.

He is the museum’s fourth director.

His research interests focus on the evolution and paleobiology of the horned dinosaurs, dinosaurs of western North America, and the vertebrate paleontology of Madagascar.
Raised on a farm in the fossil-rich plains of South Dakota, Farke became intrigued with fossils in his youth and credits middle school and high school teachers for fanning the flame of his scientific curiosity.

His research interests focus on the evolution and paleobiology of ceratopsians – horned beasts such as Triceratops and Torosaurus. He also works on dinosaurs of western North America and the vertebrate paleontology of Madagascar.

In addition to leading the museum, Andy teaches introductory and advanced courses on paleontology, leads Peccary Trips and guides student research.

Bob Fass

Bob Fass, a lifelong resident of Claremont, holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts from Cal State Fullerton and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Alabama.

As Webb’s chief advancement officer, Bob oversees Webb’s advancement and fundraising programs, including Webb’s centennial campaign – The Next 100 – as well as The Webb Fund, Leadership and Planned Giving, and outreach programs, including Alumni Relations and Parent Programs. In addition, Webb’s Advancement Office works hand in hand with the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.

Bob worked previously as an executive director of Shakespeare festivals in Fort Worth, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia and was the founding director of a Master of Fine Arts training program in arts administration at Southern Utah University in conjunction with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Bob lives in Claremont with his wife, Kristen, and their two children, Riley ’23 and Ryan. In November 2020, he was elected to serve a four-year term as a governing board member of the Claremont Unified School District.

He previously served for three years as board president of the Claremont Educational Foundation and is a current board member of Claremont After-School Programs, Inc. He has also represented Webb as a member of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Los Angeles Council of Charitable Gift Planners.

Hector earned his master’s degree in education from the Claremont Graduate University and his bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College. This is his 23rd year at The Webb Schools, with 30 years of professional experience in the field of education and college admissions. Prior to his time at Webb he was the college counselor and taught at The Buckley School in Los Angeles.

He also served as a senior admissions officer for The Claremont Colleges for eight years. Hector is an active member of several national professional organizations, including recently serving as co-chairman of the National College Board Forum. He is also a founding member of the board of trustees for ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools) and has served as an executive member of the Guidance and Admissions Council for The College Board.

Considered one of America’s most respected and knowledgeable college counselors, Hector is frequently featured and quoted in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal where he was selected as one of the top 40 college counselors in the U.S.

Janet Peddy

Janet holds a Master of Arts in management from Saint Mary’s College and a Master of Business Administration from University of California, Davis with a dual emphasis in finance and accounting. Her directed study (i.e. thesis) was in strategic planning.

Before coming to Webb in 1999, she served for 13 years at Sacramento Country Day School in a number of positions including business manager, director of finance and operations, and assistant head of finance.

As director of finance, planning and operations, she directs the schools’ and museum’s financial planning, accounting and human resources practices, investment management, operations, technology, campus master planning and oversees the implementation of capital projects.

Janet has also served for six years on the board of NBOA, as trustee, officer and chair of both the program and governance committees.

Dr. Theresa Smith earned her doctorate in history from the University of California, San Diego and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. As the associate head of schools, she oversees the educational life of Webb students, ensuring the Schools’ academic, residential and co-curricular programs work together to achieve Webb’s mission. Theresa joined Webb in 2011 as the director of academic affairs.

In that role, she worked with faculty to reimagine our curriculum, including the development of an integrated humanities program, advanced studies offerings and partnerships with faculty at Los Angeles area colleges, and cultural and scientific institutions.

Theresa also remains in the classroom, having taught history, English, humanities and Spanish at Webb.

Previously, Theresa held faculty positions at Oakwood School in North Hollywood and Claremont McKenna College, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Clark Library at UCLA. Theresa is the author of The Emerging Female Citizen: Gender and Enlightenment in Spain (UC Press, 2006).

She resides on campus with her husband, John, her son, Joseph, and her elusive cat, Sherman.

School Leadership

Life & Honorary Trustees

Jim Drasdo ’63
Hugh H. Evans Jr. ’49, P ’79
Anne Gould P ’71
Earl (Bud) Hoover II ’52, GP ’04
Murray H. Hutchison P ’80, ’86, ’87, ’89
Pak Fu King P ’19 Honorary Trustee
Ming Chung Liu P ’10 Honorary Trustee
Ann Longley
Claire H. McCloud P ’95, ’96
Kimball (Kim) McCloud ’67, P ’95, ’96
Susan A. Nelson P ’95, ’97
Paul M. Reitler ’54, GP ’13
Yafei Yuan P ’16, ’20 Honorary Trustee
Peter Ziegler ’63

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