Board of Trustees

Similar to other well-regarded independent schools, Bentley is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) governed by a self selecting Board of Trustees whose duties include the long-term care and fiduciary health of the institution. As such, the Board of Trustees, working closely with the Head of School (the Board's only employee), sets policy and monitors the results of the implementation of those policies as carried out by the Head of School.
At the request of the Bentley Parent Association (BPA), the Board customarily meets with the BPA during the first trimester of the school year to discuss the state of the school including any strategic initiatives that will be undertaken. From time to time the Board of Trustees may decide to issue surveys to elicit information they deem important in their deliberations.
In keeping with the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools Principles of Good Practice, trustees do not respond to questions or concerns about school operations as those are in the clear purview of the Head of School and do not respond to anonymous communications. Parents, faculty, and other constituents may communicate any questions, concerns, and suggestions to the Head of School or to those administrators as she may delegate. 
2017-2018 Board of Trustees
Mike Hughes, President
CFO at Switchmate Homes, LLC

Helene Jepson, Vice President
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Chief Compliance Officer, First Republic Bank

S. Shankar SastryVice President
Dean, U.C. Berkeley College of Engineering
David Kaplan, Treasurer
Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Brandcast, Inc.
Scott Sillers, Secretary
Retired Finance Executive
Presiding Officer, Health Professions Education Foundation Board

Jay Bhalla
Founder, JB Consulting
Michael Brown
Industrial Designer
Milton Capsimalis
Head North American Operations, coolOrange Software
Rick Clarke
Former Head of School at Annie Wright School (Tacoma, WA) and Redwood Day School (Oakland), and Principal at Saint Mary's College High School

Dave Hummel
Retired President Lehigh Hanson, HeidelbergCement Group

Lucinda Igarashi


Gary Jung
HPC Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley

James Kadleck
Marketing Specialist, Investment Banking

Jordan Moncharmont '04
Co-Founder and CTO, Kuli Kuli, Inc. and Marker

Jodi Noack
Enterprise Solutions Architect, Micron Technology, Inc.

Nicole Pitts
Speech-Language Pathologist
Former President, Bentley Parent Association
Heidi Ridley
Global Chief Executive Officer, AXA Rosenberg Investment Management

Lisa Violet
Chief Risk Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Frank Witney
Former President and CEO of Affymetrix
Chas Cardall - Advisory Board
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Jeff Goodby - Advisory Board

Co-Chairman, Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Larry Thal - Advisory Board
Assistant Dean, School of Optometry, UC Berkeley

William Weber - Advisory Board
Chief Consultant, California State Assembly

The Bentley Story

Founded in 1920, Bentley School has fostered an environment that challenges the mind, striving to bring out the best in every one of its students. Bentley School is committed to academic excellence as well as the development of character and spirit in each of its students. (Read more in the Head of School's Message.)

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K-8 Campus
1 Hiller Drive
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 843-2512
9-12 Campus
1000 Upper Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-2101

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