School Leadership


Woodside Priory School, a California non-profit corporation and organization described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, was incorporated in 1957. The Benedictine Monks of Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire own and operate The Priory. The corporate title for the school is Benedictine Fathers of the Priory, Inc. DBA Woodside Priory School.

The school is governed by two Boards—a Board of Directors consisting of five Benedictine Monks (appointed and elected from Saint Anselm and Priory communities) and a Board of Trustees which has limited jurisdiction and consists of parents, non-parents, alumni and friends of the school. Trustee members are approved by the Directors and both Boards meet together each January to approve salary and tuition increases.

Board of Directors

List of 5 items.

  • Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B.

  • Father John Fortin. O.S.B.

  • Father Martin Mager, O.S.B.

  • Father Maurus Nemeth, O.S.B.

  • Father Iain Maclellan, O.S.B.

2020-2021 Board of Trustees

List of 25 items.

  • Dominique Filloux, Chair

  • Norma Alvarez

  • Mike Calbert

  • Mike Carusi

  • Kathryn Fitzgerald

  • Cathy Gawne

  • Phil Golden '76

  • Karen Gregory

  • David Karnstedt

  • Tim McAdam

  • Emma Morton-Bours

  • Stephen Nachtsheim

  • Pam Martinson

  • Jennifer Nash

  • Nancy Newman

  • Cassie Perret '02

  • Carolyn Putney

  • Beckie Robertson

  • Dave Schinski

  • Sally Screven

  • Edward Sun '87

  • Anne Senti-Willis

  • Jennifer Warner

  • Phil Young

  • Jennifer Youstra

2020-2021 Head's Council

List of 13 items.

  • Patrick Ruff, Head of School

  • Caitha Ambler, Middle School Head

  • Josie Castaneda, Director of Finance and Operations

  • Suzanne Couch, Director of Development

  • Lauren Donovan, Director of Technology

  • Kate Johansen, Dean of Students

  • David Lazo, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

  • Father Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., Monastic Community

  • Ana Hernandez-Cortez, Head School of Upper School

  • Adam Siler, Director of Residential Life

  • Mark Stogner, Athletic Director

  • Shannon Vanderpol, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Crystal Yang Matsuoka, Academic Dean

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