The Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-term health and viability of MCDS.  We are the guardians of the future of the school.  We assess the school’s mission regularly, hire the Head of School and provide the Head, the administration, and faculty the resources and support to manage the day-to-day operations of MCDS. We also develop and approve institutional policies, plan a strategic future for MCDS, and monitor and evaluate the school’s success. One of our foremost roles is as financial steward–in personal giving, oversight, and encouragement of gifts. Our collective expertise offers a rich and varied set of perspectives as we deliberate as a board.  We can separate decisions that are good for the school from our own children’s interests. We speak with one voice regarding board decisions and add significant value to the life of MCDS. We are consummate supporters of all facets of Madison Country Day School.

Prestigious community members bring their wisdom and talents to bear as volunteer members of the MCDS Board of Trustees. We are fortunate and grateful to have their guidance and support as they serve as the stewards of the Madison Country Day mission. Such strong backing benefits the school and each and every MCDS student.

2017-2018 Trustees

Jim Gallegos, JD, Chair*
Vice President and General Counsel at Wisconsin Power & Light Co.,Interstate Power & Light Company, and Alliant Energy Corporation

Erick Hallick, BS, Immediate Past Chair
Board member at Healthgrades

Guy Comer, BA, Secretary*
President, Comer Science and Education Foundation

Lynn Kaminski, CPA, BBA, Treasurer*
Manager of External Reporting, Alliant Energy Corporation

Bruce Bosben, BBA, Trustee*
Chairman, Apex Real Estate Holdings LLC

Hollie Kemmer, BS, Trustee
Senior Manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Mark Louden, PhD, Trustee*
Professor of German, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sumit Rana, BSE, Trustee
Senior Vice President at Epic Systems

Robert Rusch, CFA, CPA, Trustee*
Vice President Finance and Accounting, American Transmission Company (ATC)

John Schaffer, PhD, Trustee
Professor of Music Theory, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Telisa Yancy, BS, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer at American Family Insurance

Sheila Young, BA, Trustee*
Retired Media Marketing Executive



Honorary Trustees

Erica Christman, MHA

Terry Haller, MA

Eric McLeod, JD

Bassam Shakahshiri, PhD

Beverly Simone, EdD

*Madison Country Day School Parent


Advising Trustee

Emily Henry ’10, BA, MCDS Alumni President


Trustee Bios

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