A co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school serving grades PreK through 8th since 1982

Our Trustees

Richard Ravel, Board Chair

Richard Ravel attended UC Berkeley and went on to hold various engineering positions at Hewlett Packard and several startup companies in Silicon Valley. Richard spent 15 years at Xilinx Inc. and retired in 1999 from a senior management position, where he was responsible for customer training and electronic marketing. Richard joined the ACS Board of Trustees in 2000 and has been the ACS Board Chair since 2007. Richard and his wife Susan have lived in Almaden Valley since 1991. Their two children started at Almaden Country School in 1995 in the 4-year-old class and JK and graduated in 2005 and 2006. Richard has served on committees at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, and his passions include collecting muscle cars, driving race cars, and playing blues harmonica.

Brad Baron

Brad Baron is a Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant at RBC Wealth Management and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008. Brad is an active volunteer in the community and has served on many boards, including the Board of Trustees of the Health Trust, VIA Services, the SJSU College Business Alumni, RotaCare Bay Area, the Rotary Club of San Jose Endowment and the Rotary Club of San Jose. Brad was born and raised in San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife, Marget, and their three daughters; Samantha graduated from ACS in 2015, and Sabrina and Savannah are both ACS students. Brad has been on the Board of Trustees since 2009 and is the chair of the Development Committee.

Leann Cherkasky-Makhni

Leann Cherkasky-Makhni is Director of the SJSU International House and Interim Director of International Student and Scholar Services at San Jose State University. Leann facilitates cross-cultural communication, offers intercultural training, and coordinates international alumni outreach. She has extensive program development and facility experience, as well as budget management responsibilities. She serves on the Board of the San Jose-Dublin Sister City organization and joined the ACS Board in November 2014. Her hobbies include travel, reading, and gardening. Leann’s two children attended ACS from Begindergarten and JK through 8th grade. After graduating from ACS in 2011 and 2015, they now attend high school and college.

Gene Cook

Previously the General Manager for Emerging Verticals at eBay, Gene has been on the Board of Trustees since 2013. As the Chair of Strategic Planning, he has been working with our extended team to develop vision and approach to integrating advancements in curriculum, facilities and teaching support. He’s focused on fueling our students' curiosity, creativity, confidence and opportunities in a rapidly changing environment. Personal interests include old cars, the arts, architecture, science, space exploration, government and education. Gene has one son, Dylan, who is a student at ACS.

Jean Delwiche

Jean Delwiche was a founding teacher at Almaden Country School in 1982. She became the Principal in 1988 and the interim Head of School for one year in 2007. Following her retirement in 2008 she has remained affiliated with the school and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. Jean is the Chair for Board Development and serves on the Development Alumni sub-committee; she particularly enjoys reconnecting with past ACS students, parents and teachers. Jean resides in Almaden Valley with her husband, Dave. Her personal interests include exploring along the ocean, time with her dog and her grandchildren, reading, being active and following her favorite sports teams.

Rouviere De Waal, PhD

Rou De Waal has been with Almaden Country School since 2007 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015. She has served on the Parent Service Auxiliary Board for two years as Service Coordinator and has chaired several departments including Hospitality, Thanksgiving Feast and other service related areas. She is also the editor of the Apple Seed, a weekly bulletin for ACS families. Rou is from South Africa and has lived in the United States for 20 years. She has a PhD in Audiology from the University of Pretoria. In her free time she keeps bees and creates ceramic art. Both her daughters, Melissa (6th grade) and Maia (3rd grade) attend Almaden Country School.

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher is the Senior Vice President of the GeForce Business Unit at NVIDIA. Jeff has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002 and is currently the chair of the Trustee Committee. He and his wife Edie both grew up in Indiana and are graduates of Purdue University. They have three children, all Almaden Country School alumni.


Karen Greene

For many years, Karen worked with California Business Law Group, PC successfully litigating cases involving real estate, business, intellectual property, and trust and estate disputes. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2015, Karen served as a member of the PSA Board for three years as the Volunteer Coordinator. She has also served as a room parent, event chair, and auction committee member. Karen lives in San Jose with her husband, Dan, their three children, (Dylan, Rachel, and Jack) and their dog, Scout. Karen is a graduate of Loyola Law School.

Dave Matsumoto

Dave Matsumoto is a Software Engineer at BioNex Solutions, a small laboratory automation company. He has three children at ACS who each have had the privilege of growing up in a nurturing environment, starting from Begindergarten. Dave has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015. Dave enjoys taking time off from work to engage with the kids in the classroom and help out with extracurricular activities. If there were 36 hours in a day, he would transform into a true Maker and design 3D printables, PCBs, and write firmware and application software.

Sandy McMaster

Sandy is a parent to 4 alums (Anna'05, Keir'09, Scot'11 and Eryn'16). Sandy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011 and is on the Development, Executive and Alumni Committees. She has been working as a College Admissions Consultant with My College Hunt, LLC since 2010. Prior to that, Sandy has 20 years of high tech finance management experience. Her last position held was Director of Business Operations & Infrastructure at Xilinx.


Jennifer Miller

Jennifer is a parent of Katie and Trent. She has been active at the school since joining when her son entered in 2nd grade. Jennifer has been a contractor for Sales Operations high tech sales for Selectica for the past 5 years. Prior to that Jennifer worked in high tech sales for Rational Software and Interwoven. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys trail running and obstacle races. Jennifer is a graduate of University of Southern California with a business degree in Marketing and Real Estate Finance.

Theresa Remaker

Theresa Remaker has been part of the Almaden Country School community since 2001 and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2013. Theresa has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions, including president of the Parent Service Auxiliary and chair of the Marketing committee. She has a BA in psychology from Drew University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Theresa is on the Development Alumni sub-committee and has two alumni children, Matt '11 and Valerie '13, who attended ACS from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Zachary Roberts, EdD

Dr. Zaq Roberts is Head of School at Gateway School in Santa Cruz. Prior to this role, Zaq served as the Associate Head of School at The Berkeley School, following assignments there as a teacher, elementary head, and middle school head; he was at Berkeley for 13 years total. Zaq has also served as an assistant professor of education at Mills College, and has published and presented widely in the field, most recently in a session with Al Adams at the Trustee/Heads Conference in San Francisco earlier this year. Zaq completed his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and his doctorate in educational leadership at Mills College.

Harold Schapelhouman

Chief Harold Schapelhouman was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief with the Menlo Park Fire District in 2006. He has been with the Menlo Park Fire District since June of 1981 and has held the positions of Firefighter, Dispatcher, Engine Driver, Rescue Driver, Truck Driver, Station Captain, Truck Captain, Staff Captain, Acting Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Deputy Chief, and Fire Chief. Harold is also a veteran of various national incidents including the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center collapse, the recovery of the Columbia Space Shuttle astronauts and the PG&E pipeline explosion. Harold has been on the Board of Trustees since 2014 and is on the Campus and Finance committees. His daughter, Meaghan, is an ACS alum.

Arvind Srinivasan, PHD

Arvind is the Director of Engineering at YouTube/Google. He was previously the Director of Engineering at Google Maps, and has been with Google for the past eight years. Prior to Google, Arvind was VP of Engineering at Magma Design Automation, was the Co-founder of two startups in high tech and a researcher at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He earned a PhD in EECS from UC Berkeley. Personal interests include teaching his kids to be active (Maya and Adrian), playing the guitar, and weightlifting. Arvind has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.

Jay Walstrum

Jay is a Senior Systems Architect at Micron Technology and worked previously at Xilinx from 1999 to 2012. Jay has broad experience in technology marketing and product management. Jay has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012. He is the chair of the Campus Committee and is on the Executive Committee. Jay has three children, and his daughter Maddie is an ACS graduate.


Steve White

Steve is a veteran of several Silicon Valley start-ups with a broad range of experience, including raising capital, creating innovative business models, building effective teams, scaling companies and managing profitable exits for investors. He founded two successful venture-backed companies and was a very early employee at three others. Steve has made a number of angel investments and served as an entrepreneur-in-residence in a venture capital firm. Steve started his most recent term on the Board of Trustees in 2015, but has served previously as the Board Chair prior to 2007.

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