Board of Trustees & Governance
St. Anne's Episcopal School is an independent, private not-for-profit school which is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. Board members are responsible for the financial integrity of the school and for hiring, evaluating and supporting the Head of School. The Head of School is responsible for implementing policies and for running the day-to-day operations of the school.
Trustee meetings are held bi-monthly during the school year. Board Committees which include trustees, administrators, and others who are invited to attend, typically meet on the alternate months. These committees include Enrollment Management, Finance, Major Gifts, Strategic Planning, and the Committee on Trustees. An Executive Committee is comprised of the Head of School, the President of the Board, Vice President, and at least two other representatives of the Trustees.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES DIRECTORY
Officers of the Board
Ms. Ana Ramirez, (P '22) - President - Ana was born in Costa Rica, but moved to the United States to attend college. Ana graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College, where she studied English Literature. She holds an MA from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies. Her passion for education led her to St. Andrew’s School, where she has been since 1997. Among many responsibilities at St. Andrew’s, Ana has served as Dorm Parent, Advisor, Director of Residential Life, Dean of Students and Assistant Head for Student Life. Currently, Ana is the Dean of Leadership, Chair of the Modern Language Department and Spanish Teacher. Ana and her husband David Miller have one child, Gabriel, who joined the St. Anne’s family in Kindergarten and is currently in the 5th grade.
Mr. William Robinson III, (P ' 22, '24, '28) - Vice-President - Will Robinson and his wife, Lindsay, have three children at St. Anne’s, Greta (Preschool), Luke (3rd grade) and Liam (5th grade). He graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University and joined Teach For America as a middle school Special Education teacher in a rural school in Louisiana along the banks of the Mississippi River. He went on to earn his J.D./M.B.A. as a Rubin Public Interest Scholar from Temple University and later worked for Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C. For the past nine years, Will has worked at St. Andrew’s School where he has served as Director of Communications, faculty advisor to the Honor Committee, and Dean of Students. Currently, Will teaches History, coaches soccer, and is the Dean of Student Life.
Mrs. Jeanette Davidson-Flowers - Treasurer -Jeanette has recently joined the Business Office at The George School in Newtown, PA. prior to that she was employed at PFM Financial Advisors (“PFM”) where she provided financial advisory services to state and local governments as well as 501(c)3s, which include independent schools, As a financial advisor, she assisted these entities in accessing and managing debt through both the private (i.e., bank loans) and capital markets (i.e., bonds). Before those responsibilities, she customized strategic forecasting models exclusively for independent schools to assist them in developing financial and budgetaryprojections. During this period, she worked exclusively with independent school CFOs and Business Managers to structure, prepare and present analytical results to various Board Members and staff. Outside of her professional experiences, she is a product of a private boarding school education and she has three children currently attending the Tatnall School.
Dr. Jamie Ahl (P '20, '25) - Jamie has been a part of the St. Anne’s community since 2009. She has two daughters, Brianna (12, 7th grade) and Elaina (7, 2nd grade) that attend St. Anne’s. She graduated from Ursinus College with a major in biology and minor in research in 1999 followed by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine with honors in 2003. She received her master of oral biology during her orthodontic residency at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. She has been practicing orthodontia for the past 13 years. Her practice has locations in Dover, Milford and Lewes. Jamie is a proud parent and advocate for St. Anne’s mission.
Mr. Harry Baetjer - Harry Baetjer retired from Tower Hill School in June of 2017 where he was a teacher and administrator at the school since 1970. During that time, he served as a Middle School then Upper School history teacher and coach. Harry also was the Dean of Students for the Upper School, Head of Upper School for over twenty years, and Assistant/Associate Head of School. He also served as Head of School from October 2013 until June of 2015, after which he returned to the role of Assistant Head until his retirement. Harry graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD and received his B.A. in European History from Trinity College in Connecticut and his M.A. from the University of Delaware. He and his wife, Caryl, have three grown children who graduated from Tower Hill and are also proud grandparents.
Mr. G. David Biddle - Dave founded Biddle Capital Management (BCM) in 1996 after several very successful years at a traditional sales based financial firm. BCM was started to focus on fee based investment and financial advice that was focused on the client. Dave was an advocate for the fiduciary concept that was budding in the late 1990’s. The early client focus was on retirees and pre-retirees to provide them with independent client focused advice for a secure future. After the 2006 ERISA law amendments that brought 403(b) plans into similar compliance with 401(k) plans, Dave began to educate and assist nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors in upgrading their plans. The culmination of the work with retirement plan was published in Dave’s book Managing Retirement Plans in 2016. Dave has been a featured speaker and author who is passionate about educating retirement plan sponsors on both their compliance requirements and best practices to better their 401(k) plan.
Mr. Forrest Gordon Brown, ('07) - A St. Anne’s alumnus of the Class of 2007, Forrest graduated from St. Andrew’s in 2011 and UVA in 2015. At Virginia he was a Jefferson Scholar and majored in English Literature and Cognitive Science, and also captained the men’s rowing team. After two years of a teaching internship at Greenwich Country Day School, he is now an English Teaching Fellow at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. He is pursuing an MS in Education from Penn and an MA in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury. Forrest is the oldest son of Louise Howlett (founding SAES Chaplain) and Lindsay Brown (former SAS faculty and SAES trustee) who now live in Dublin, NH.
Mr. William H. Brownlee (GP '05, '10) - Bill was born in London and grew up in New York City. He graduated from St. Andrew's School in 1944. He attended Cornell University, spent some time in the U S Army and graduated from Cornell in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was President of the St. Andrew's Alumni Corporation and joined the St. Andrew's Board of Trustees in 1974. He became a Trustee Emeritus in 1994 and was involved in the decision leading to the founding of St. Anne's. He served two terms as a Founding Trustee of St. Anne's. He had two grandchildren graduate from St. Anne's, Peter '05 and Colin '10.
Ms. Laura Cogar (P ‘22) - Laura Cogar is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience. Ms. Cogar has held teaching appointments at the Thomas Jefferson, Johns Hopkins, and Robert Wood Johnson programs for allied health sciences. She has extensive experience in development and training of healthcare professionals. Ms. Cogar holds a B.S. in Physics and Physical Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University and a MBA in Health Administration and Finance from Widener University.
Dr. Priya Dixit-Patel (P '18, 20) - Priya and her husband are the parents of Jiya (graduated from SAES 2018) and Ruhan (7th grade at SAES). She is a family physician and works for Christiana Care at their Smyrna location and has been practicing medicine for the last 18 years. Priya completed her undergraduate studies at Univ. of Pittsburgh, her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and her residency training at Somerset Medical Center. Her areas of interest include geriatrics, mental health issues and population health.
Mr. Raifu Durodoye Jr. - Raifu is presently a Strategic Data Project fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In his placement assignment in the Delaware Department of Education, his portfolio consists of implementing reporting components of the state’s ESSA plan, providing data and policy guidance, and convening stakeholders around issues of educational equity. His work necessitates that he develop partnerships with schools, districts, and other units within the state education agency. Moving forward, his fellowship will conclude, and he will lead the state's work around Title I – Part A, distributing federal funds to schools with high percentages of low-income students.
Mr. Jason Honsel (P '19) - Jason is the Director of College Counseling at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. He has worked in college admissions and college counseling for over twenty-five years. He started working in college admissions at NYU in 1992 and continued his admissions work at Lehigh University from 1996 until 2003. In 2010, he became the Director of College Counseling at Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. In addition to Admissions and College Counseling, Jason has been a teacher, coach and dorm parent. He lives on the St. Andrew’s campus with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter, Zoey, who is 12. Jason received his BA from Penn State University and his MA from New York University.
Mr. Anthony Johnson (P '06, '13) - Anthony is a licensed securities professional with more than 30 years of professional experience. He earned a bachelor's of science in business administration from Ashland University and joined Edward Jones in October 1997, where he currently has a branch office in Middletown, DE. Antony is an active volunteer in the Middletown community. He serves as a board member of the Middletown Historical Society and convened a committee to recognize an Underground Railroad site here in Middletown, DE. He is also a founding board member of St. Anne's Episcopal School. Anthony’s daughters graduated from St. Anne’s, Camille’ 06 and Caleigh ‘13.
Mrs. Nancy Leonard (GP '23) - Nancy grew up in New Castle, Delaware, graduated from William Penn High School and attended the University of Delaware. For the past 40 years, she has worked for Sam Beard, President and Founder of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service (presently the Jefferson Awards Foundation) as his assistant and program director. Over the years she helped to create and work on many programs from honoring unsung heroes in the United States Supreme Court Building to training high school students about the importance of volunteerism and community service. To date the Jefferson Scholars are working in 43 Delaware High Schools, and over the past eight years they have trained more than 2000 student leaders. Nancy has worked on every phase of the Jefferson Awards from program development, event planning, and fundraising. She is also the very proud grandmother of Hunter Skelton ('23), a fourth grader at St. Anne’s.
Mr. K. William Lowa III (GP '27) - President of The Lowa Group, Inc a Property & Casualty insurance firm based in Pottstown, PA, Bill is a Certified Insurance Counselor as well as a Certified Instructor for several insurance carriers. His past board affiliations are the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery County Community College, and The American Red Cross. During his tenure he served as the Board of Directors chair for both the Chamber and the College. Bill’s grandson Benjamin Roznowski ('26) is in the first grade at St. Anne’s. Additionally his daughter Lindsay is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School and is currently the Associate Director of Counseling at SAS.
Mrs. Avani Parikh - Avani has extensive experience with school finances as a Director and Lead Analyst for S&P Global Ratings in New York and Dover acting as the Director and Lead Analyst of Public Finance Ratings . In layman's terms, she does the credit ratings for independent schools and other non-profits. She has served on boards in NYC before moving to Delaware. Her husband Amol Parikh is a St. Andrew's alumnus of the class of 1997, which makes her the sister-in-law of Vicki and Anush Parikh, former SAES parents. She and Amol have two young daughters, Kira and Nikki .
Mrs. Louisa Zendt (P '05) - After graduating from St. Andrew’s School and the University of Pennsylvania, Louisa began her school career teaching K-8th grade art for 10 years at the Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA. After a move to Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon, Louisa became the Director of Admission and served for five years before returning to Middletown, Delaware. Recently Louisa retired from the role of Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at St. Andrew’s School. Louisa has over 35 years of experience in independent school admissions, teaching and advising in Episcopal schools and is passionate about dynamic school opportunities for all students. Louisa currently serves on the boards of ASSIST, an international exchange program for high school student, and St. Anne’s. Louisa and her husband Harvey Zendt (St. Anne’s founding head of school) live in Oxford, Maryland. Their children, Peter (SAES ‘05, SAS ‘09, Trinity ‘13), Becca (SAS ‘05, Occidental ‘09) and Christy (SAS-Sewanee ‘03, Tulane ‘07) all live in New England.
The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware (ex officio) - Bishop Kevin Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his master of business administration at the University of West Florida while in the U.S. Air Force, worked in finance and marketing at FedEx, and launched an investment firm, before gaining a master of divinity from the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Before his election as the Bishop of Delaware, he served as rector at Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he led the merger of separate English and Spanish preschools into a single groundbreaking school focused on bilingual education and dedicated to access for low-income and immigrant families. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tennessee. Bishop Brown and his wife, Caroline, an accomplished artist, relocated and now live in Wilmington. They have two college-age daughters. The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware encompasses the three counties of Delaware and includes 9,300 congregants and 34 worshipping communities. Bishop Brown was appointed Vice Chair to the Task Force on Theology of Money (General Convention Resolution 2018-A061) and also serves on the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary.
Mr. Daniel Roach Jr., Head of School at St. Andrew’s School (ex officio) -Tad attended The Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, graduated from Williams College in 1979, and joined the faculty at St. Andrew's as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach of soccer, basketball and tennis. He earned his MA from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Tad has coached state championship teams in both boys soccer and boys tennis. At St. Andrew's, Tad served as Dean of Students, Assistant Head for Student Life, and Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs. In July 1997, Tad began work as the School's fourth Head of School. During his twenty-one year tenure as Head of School, Tad has focused on cultivating the School’s distinctive ethos and culture that inspire members of the community to seek and embrace a public good. Tad also helped lead the formation of St. Anne’s Episcopal School starting at a trustee meeting in 1999. Tad and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children who have all graduated from St. Andrew’s—Matthew '04, Hadley '07, Zachary '13 and Annie ’18.
Mr. Peter Thayer, Head of School at St. Anne’s (ex officio) - Peter attended The Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA, graduated from Williams College in 1978, and earned an MA from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He began his career in 1978 as an English teacher and coach at University Liggett School outside Detroit, MI, and then served as Admissions Director at Kent Denver School in Colorado for eight years, and as Head of Middle School for 19 years at Lancaster Country Day School in Pennsylvania where he also started a girls soccer program and a boys and girls squash program. He currently is in his 11th year as Head of School at St. Anne’s. He and his wife Francie have three children who all work in the school world.