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.

2019-2020 Trustees

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

Lynn Cichocki, BA, MBA, Vice Chair*
Rare Disease Regional Director
Sanofi Genzyme


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

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

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

Mike Kersels, MIM, MBA, BSBA, Trustee*
Founder and CEO Enterprise Services Management, Inc.


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

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

Rick Salin, CFA, MBA, Trustee

Richard Shepley, CFA, MA, Trustee*
Senior Director of Investments,
University of Wisconsin Foundation

Laura Stephenson, PhD, Trustee*
Educator, mother, and parent advocate

Michelle Umberger, JD, Trustee
Managing Partner, Perkins Coie LLP, Madison

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


Devon Davis, MA, ex-officio*
Interim Head of School


Honorary Trustees

Terry Haller, MA

Eric McLeod, JD

Bassam Shakahshiri, PhD

*Madison Country Day School Parent


Advising Trustee

Emily Henry ’10, BA, Alum Advising Trustee*