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The Long Ridge School’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-term well-being
of our school, and board members serve as guardians of our mission.

Trustees oversee Long Ridge’s financial operations, and through strategic planning,
they set the course for our future development. Trustees are not involved in the day-to-
day running of school operations, nor are they involved in the admissions process. Each
trustee gives a tremendous amount of their time on behalf of the school and each
considers it an honor to do so. Other than the gratitude of our school community, there
is no form of compensation or tuition reimbursement.

The board is comprised of members chosen from current parents, alumni and alumni
parents, and community members whose expertise is of value to the school. The head
of school serves as a member of the board. Each elected trustee typically serves up to
two three-year terms. Each trustee generally serves on at least two committees (which
meet anywhere from two to five times per year). In addition, there are eight full board
meetings.

2021-2022 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Officers

Christopher Ferraro - President (3rd Term)

Chris was at Long Ridge for 4 years with his son Leonardo (class of 2020) and his daughter Annabella (class of 2022).

Guy Bailey - Vice President (1st Term)

Guy Bailey joined the Long Ridge faculty in 1971. He served as a teacher, Assistant Head, Business Manager, and Head of School, departing in 1989. He then worked at the Mead School as the Administrative Manager from 1989-1996. Guy returned to St. Luke’s School where he had begun his career in 1968, and served there until 2014, retiring as Assistant Head of School. Guy’s son, Andrew, is an Long Ridge alumnus, and his wife, Kathy, taught at Long Ridge for 20 years in the 80s and 90s. Guy joined the Long Ridge Board of Trustees in 2015. He served as Secretary for 3 years and currently serves as Vice President. He is also the Director of Accreditation Services for the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.

Shanti Hageman - Secretary (1st Term)

Shanti Hageman is a mother to three Long Ridge boys, joining the school in 2013. She spent nine years as a federal litigation attorney in Washington DC prior to her second child’s birth. She is a past Chair of the Long Ridge Parents Group and is an enthusiastic volunteer at Long Ridge and elsewhere. Shanti is a graduate of Hamilton College and Brooklyn Law School.

Anne Mengden - Treasurer (3rd Term)

Anne began her association with The Long Ridge School in 2001 as a parent of Christian ’05. After a career in the investment management field, she rediscovered her love of teaching and obtained an MS Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. Anne joined the Long Ridge faculty in 2002 as a Science specialist until 2014. She became a Trustee in 2015 and now serves as the Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Anne has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business.

Trustees

Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is mother to three daughters (Alexandra, Reagan, and Olivia) and has been a Long Ridge parent since 2014. She has coordinated Mom’s Night Out, served on the Auction Committee, organized the Long Ridge baby club, and partnered as a class parent. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, an MS from TWU, and a Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. Her professional experience includes working in a variety of healthcare settings, as well as serving as Director of Rehabilitation for an in-out patient facility and professor at the University of Rhode Island. She joined the Board in 2020 and serves on both the Finance and Advancement Committees.

Marc Campbell

Bio to Come

Sebastien Katch

Sebastien Katch is an Operating Partner at L Catterton. Sebastien has a broad range of consulting and operating experience with a deep background in Operations Excellence and Transformations. Prior to joining L Catterton, Sebastien served clients at McKinsey & Company for six years, where he focused on Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Procurement, and Service Operations Excellence in consumer, aerospace, mining, and public sectors. Prior to business school, Sebastien held a number of operating and design positions in the commercial and military aerospace industry.

Sebastian earned an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, a master in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master in Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, Canada.

Sopong Kim

Bio to Come

William Knauer

Bill Knauer is currently in his sixth year as the Head of School at The Harvey School in Katonah, NY. Bill has spent more than 30 years in independent and international schools as a teacher, technology specialist, department head, and senior administrator.

He began his career in education at the Munich International School as an English teacher before returning to the U.S., first as a teacher at the Riverdale Country School and then at the Packer Collegiate Institute as Director of Technology and later Assistant Head of School. Bill and his family left Brooklyn and spent four years in Barcelona, where he was Head of the Benjamin Franklin International School.

Bill and his wife, Eileen, also an educator, are the proud parents of Emiliana, who is currently a 11th grader at Harvey.

Kisha Mitchell Richards

Bio to Come

John Ora

John Ora was Long Ridge’s Interim Head of School from 2018-2020 and now serves on the School’s Board of Trustees. He is a seasoned school leader with experience as a teacher, administrator, and Head in preschool-grade 12 independent schools. From 2007-2016 he served as the Head of School at the Woodland School in Portola Valley, CA.

John has completed doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University; holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Policy and Analysis from Stanford University; teaching credential from the University of Washington; and a BS in Biology from Seattle University.

He has engaged in numerous professional development opportunities and has received a number of awards and achievements, notably a Klingenstein Fellowship from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Ex-Officio

Marietta Morelli (Faculty Trustee)

Marietta Morelli is the faculty representative for the Board of Trustees and joined the faculty at The Long Ridge School in 2001. She earned her B.S. from the University of CT and her M.Ed from Wheelock College. Prior to teaching, Marietta worked for seven years in the Child Life Play and Preparation Program at Yale New Haven Hospital with pediatric patients. She is the proud mother of 3 Long Ridge graduates, Alex’02, Nick ’05, and Annie ’09. After many years of teaching, in September of 2017, Marietta became the new librarian at  Long Ridge. Marietta is the recipient of the 2010 Stepping Stones Playful Practices in Teaching Award. She serves on the Boards of The Friends of the Ferguson Library. In 2018 Marietta became a certified school librarian through the Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification for Library Media Specialists.

Carissa Lewis—Head of School

Carissa Lewis is the Head of School and joined The Long Ridge School in 2009 as a 2-3 classroom teacher. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from State University of New York at Oswego and a M.S. Ed. from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2014 she became the Science Specialist and in 2016 started the robotics program for the school. Prior to Long Ridge she was the lead nursery teacher for the Early Childhood Center at Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, NY.  Carissa is the very proud mom of Jake and Zoe ‘12.

Staff

  • Kelly Falco—Assistant Head
  • Adriana Sbardelotto—Director of Financial Operations
  • Sarah Kwan—Director of Advancement
  • Julian Shettler—Director of Admissions & Marketing

Honorary Trustees

Ronald Japha
Ronald Japha is the father of Adam ’98 and Alex ‘02. He serves as liaison to the Long Ridge School Camp and has also served on the Personnel and Facilities Committees. Ron graduated from the University of Virginia and Dickinson School of Law. He is an attorney with an office in Stamford. He has been a Trustee since 1996 and an Honorary Trustee since 2004.

Mark Davis
Mark Davis was appointed Head of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan in 2002. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. Mark serves on the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). He joined the Long Ridge Board in 2012, serves on the Trusteeship Committee, and was very involved in the strategic planning process.

Parents Group Co-Chairs (non-voting)

  • Lisa Mitchell (Cameron ’24)
  • Elizabeth Keane (Angler ’25)

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