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The Pine School's Board of Trustees is uniquely positioned to assure that students have access to opportunities that will challenge and inspire them and that parents have the opportunity to participate fully in their children's academic growth and development. Trustees serve as volunteers without compensation, except for the satisfaction of knowing they have played a critical role in the achievements of our students and the school as a whole.

The Board of Trustees has set an aggressive agenda for its members: to recruit and retain a superb faculty and administration; to encourage a curriculum that meets the 21st century needs of our students; to maintain excellence as the hallmark of the school; and to assure the financial stability of the school into the future.

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THE PINE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Liza Hutchinson, Chair
Russell Katz, Vice Chair
Nadine Macon, Secretary
Cris Branden, Treasurer

Board Members
Scott Berry, Wendell Cave, Kimberly Crook, Teresa Krastel, Don Mader, Justin McLane, Sandra Price,
Michael Rhys, Chris Saia, Bill Sarcia, Tami Skelly, Kathleen Slater, John Tranter, Eric Wesel

Ex-Officio Members
Binney Caffrey, Head of School

Head of School Emerita
Phyllis Parker

Trustees Emeriti
Casey Cummings, Alita Reed, Dale Hudson, S. Robert Rimer, Stuart Tenney, Debbie Textor, Lynda Carroll Whitfield

Trustees Emeritus in Memoriam
Michael Baum


BOARD BIOS

 

Scott Berry 
P' 24, P' 30
Joined Board 2020

Scott did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Scott is the Executive Director of the Hobe Sound Community Chest.  Scott also served as the Executive Director of the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and, prior to that, Director of Planning and Evaluation for the Children’s Services Council of Martin County. Scott and his wife, Janice, have lived in Martin County since 2005.  They have two children and live in Sewall’s Point.

Cris Branden
Board Treasurer
P’ 27
Joined Board 2012

Cris is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Huizenga Holdings, Inc., the personal investment and management vehicle for H. Wayne Huizenga, and has been with the firm since 1996. Cris previously practiced public accounting for 14 years with Arthur Andersen from 1982 to 1984 and with Machen, Powers & Disque, certified public accountants, from 1984 to 1996. He chairs both the South Florida Advisory Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the investment committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. Cris is a Certified Public Accountant and received his BA from Auburn University in 1982. Cris and his wife, Amy, reside in Stuart with their son.

Wendell Cave
Joined Board 2016
Wendell was born in Beach Grove, Indiana, and lived there till 1967, when he moved with his family to Gainesville, Florida. After high school, he attended Harding University and received his BA in 1980. At that time, Wendell began his 36-year career in the golf course industry. His experience includes golf course managing, consulting, turf management and sales. He currently has his own business, which includes consulting and sales within the golf course community. He has been involved with the Gertrude Walden Childcare Center for the last 8 years and currently serves as their Board President. Wendell and his wife, Kerry, reside in Jensen Beach with their daughter. Wendell has built numerous butterfly gardens for The Pine School campus.

Kimberly Crook
P' 22, P' 25, P' 29, P' 29
Joined Board 2019

Kimberly Crook was born in Vero Beach, Florida and raised in Fort Pierce. She attended St. Anastasia School and graduated from John Carroll High School. She went on to attend The University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Education and a Masters in Special Education. After graduating, she worked in both Charleston, South Carolina and Miami, Florida teaching special education in elementary schools. Kimberly later went on to start Waterbugs Swim School, teaching ages birth to 6+ years of age to swim. Kimberly has four children - all of who attend The Pine School - and enjoys fitness, spending time with her family, and watching her children on the sports’ fields.

Liza Hutchinson
Board Chair 
P’ 21
Joined Board 2019

Liza holds a BA in math from Vanderbilt University and an MA in architecture from Oklahoma University. She has worked in sales for IBM in Memphis, Phoenix and Oklahoma City as well as for an architectural firm in Dallas. Presently a resident of Hobe Sound, she is married to Kevin Hutchinson, with whom she has two daughters. While residing in Alexandria, VA, she facilitated afterschool programs for children. Her passions are primarily faith, family and mental health awareness.

Russell Katz
Board Vice Chair
P' 22, P' 27, P' 27, P' 30
Joined Board 2019

Russell is General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer for DSM Capital Partners LLC.  Before moving to Florida, Russell served as an elected official on the Board of Education of the Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut for two terms. He and his wife Marie have four children and live in Palm Beach Gardens.
 
Teresa Krastel
P' 24, P' 25
Joined Board in 2019

Teresa is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and has lived in Jupiter, Florida for nine years. She holds a BA in Linguistics from Northwestern University, and an MA and PhD in Hispanic Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Teresa has spent her entire career in education, most of it as a Spanish teacher and professor of Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics. She is currently the Spanish Solution Lead at NWEA, a not-for-profit educational assessment company based in Portland, Oregon. Her husband Matthias is from Germany, and they have two daughters. They also have a little dog named Louie. The Krastel family spends as much time as they can in Germany and Spain, and love to travel! Teresa’s hobbies include cooking, photography, languages, and tennis.
 
Nadine Macon
Board Secretary
P ‘30
Joined Board in 2019

Since graduating cum laude from Florida State University College of Law, Nadine C. Macon established the law firm Macon Law, P.A. and has concentrated her practice in the areas of commercial real estate and business transactions. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex legal transactions and serves as General Counsel for Index Investment Group. Nadine is an experienced trial attorney who has represented clients in commercial litigation matters pending before State and Federal Courts, as well as the American Arbitration Association. She has worked with a number of corporate clients ranging from middle market to Fortune 500 companies, as well as individual clients. Nadine lives in Palm City with her husband, Matt, and daughter.
 
Don Mader
P'19, P'22
Joined Board in 2012

Don’s first business venture included fine-art silk screening, and from there he formed Blue Water Graphics, a pre-press house that serviced both screen and lithographic printers. Don became President of Southeastern Printing in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has expanded their commercial printing facility headquartered in Miami, FL. Don has been a Vistage (TEC) member since 2004, the President of The Wild Dolphin Project, a founding board member of the Dolphin Ecology Project, and is a board member of the Martin County Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Buffalo, NY, he is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Hilbert College. He has two daughters and enjoys boating, reading, business, skiing and mountain climbing.
 
Justin McLane
Joined Board in 2018
Justin graduated from Middlesex High School in Concord Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is the owner of the Solar Stone, LLC Solar Design and Installation Company and works as a remote project manager for Catalyst Systems, a San Diego based network engineering firm. Justin and his wife, Angeline, have three children and Justin’s passions are wrangling kids, fishing, travel, cooking and family.
 
Sandra Price
Joined the Board in 2015
Sandra is a former Director of Music (EL-6) at The Pine School, where she also led the Music Together (EL-PK) and Early Childhood Music programs. She also previously served on the Parents’ Association Board of St. Michael’s Independent School (The Pine School). She currently is a private music teacher and certified yoga instructor. She has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Voice from Bennington College. Sandra attended The American School in Lugano, Switzerland, and graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, CT. Sandra and her husband are residents of Hobe Sound, FL. Their two children are 8th Grade graduates of St. Michael’s Independent School (The Pine School). 
 
Michael Rhys
Pine School Graduate, Class of 2012
Joined the Board in 2019

Michael Rhys is a proud middle and high school alumnus of The Pine School, graduating in 2012. At PINE, Michael was active on the Varsity Cross-Country and Soccer teams, student government, and more. He was also a member of the Gold team. Michael then attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in economics (and minored in art history), graduating with high honors. After graduation, he moved to New York City and worked as a management consultant for Accenture Strategy. He now works in New York at Axel Johnson, a private investment firm. Michael is earning his master's degree in economics at the University of Cambridge.
 
Chris Saia
P '20, P '26
Joined the Board in 2018

Chris graduated from University of Pennsylvania with two degrees; one from the Wharton Business School (Accounting and Finance) and the other as a Chemical Engineer. He worked at a small CPA firm (Fenzel & Co.) in Morristown, NJ for a number of years. He was subsequently hired by a client of Fenzel called Far West Federal Bank (Portland) to turn around a resort that they had lent money to in the Poconos called Tamiment Resort before entering the Law School at the University of Miami. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was on the Law Review. After Law School, Chris worked for Bilizen Sumberg in Miami and then later began private practice. He generally retired from the practice of law in 2014. Chris resides in Jupiter with his wife and three children. He enjoys running, racketball, swimming, traveling, and listening to music from the 1970s and 1980s and is fluent in
Spanish.
 
Tami Skelly
P '13, P '14, P '23
Joined the Board in 2020

Tami Skelly has been a part of The Pine School family for over 13 years. She has volunteered in myriad capacities, such as being one of the early members of the Booster Club. Her involvement led her to chair events such as the Golf Tournament, Athletic Banquet and Evening of Academic Excellence. For the past two years, Tami has chaired PINE’s Evening of Celebration, Bollywood Knights and The Golden Knights 50th Anniversary celebration. Tami has also been involved with the Parent's Association serving as Vice President, chairing the Picture Day Committee for several years, and participating as an Ambassador on the Parent Admission Committee. Professionally, Tami was a small business owner of a store called Simply Stated for 6 years and is currently a designer of homes and developer for Old Cypress Pointe in Tequesta, Florida. Tami is the mother of three children and fell in love with the South Florida area over 20 years ago and is still currently a Jupiter, Florida resident. 
 
Kathleen Slater
GP '15, GP '21, GP'22, GP '25
Joined the Board in 2017

Kathleen is a native Floridian from Miami, who moved to Stuart in 2001 to be near her Grandchildren. She attended University of Florida and the University of Miami earning a BA in English/Psychology from University of Miami. During the 1980’s, Kathleen worked as a stockbroker (Account Executive) with Paine Webber in Miami. She is now semi-retired from the brokerage business and currently assists in the family business. She and her husband, Bob, have five children and nine grandchildren (7 boys and 2 girls). Since 2001, six grandchildren have attended The Pine School.
 
John E. Tranter
Joined the Board in 2020
John holds a BSBA in banking and finance from the University of Florida, and he is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, the Graduate School of Commercial Lending at the University of Oklahoma, and the National School of Real Estate Finance at Ohio State University. John Tranter has over 40 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry and has served as a passionate advocate for the industry through his role as Chairman of the Florida Bankers Association, one of the largest state banking associations in the country.  His leadership roles with the Florida Bankers Association included serving on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, Government Relations Committee, and eventually Chairman-Elect (2013) and Chairman (2014-15).  Additionally, John served on the Board and as Chairman of BancServ, the FBA for profit corporation (2010-2014). John also served on the Board, Executive Committee and eventually its Chairman(2011-2013); Independent Bankers Bank of Florida: 2005-2014. John has three grown children. 
 
Eric Wesel
P'12, P'15
Joined the Board in 2016

Born in Stoneham, MA, Eric moved with his family to Singer Island, FL, as an infant. They then moved to Jupiter, FL, where he graduated from Jupiter High School in 1984. He began college at Palm Beach State College, then started a swimming pool service and repair business at the age of 20. He married his wife Laura, in 1992, and they have lived in Hobe Sound for 24 years. They have two daughters who are both graduates of The Pine School and are presently attending college. He and Laura continue to run their business, Jupiter Island Pools, Inc. With 25 employees and over 900 clients it keeps them quite busy. His passions are world travel, running his business and community service. Eric has been a Hobe Sound Chamber member for 25 years and has served 2 terms on their Board. He’s also been on the Board of the Hobe Sound Community Chest for 15 years and is currently a very active member.