Monica Ros School Board of Trustees


Monica Ros School is governed by a conscientious, cooperative, clever, caring, considerate, Board of Trustees (The Board). The Board may have up to 13 trustees. Each trustee serves for a minimum of one three-year term and a maximum of two three-year terms. Any vacancies on the Board of Trustees are filled by The Board. Current members include current and former parents, alumni and interested members of the community.

While daily operations of the school are the purview of the director, The Board is charged with the duty of overseeing the general operation of The School. The Board is responsible for selecting the director, protecting the mission and reputation of The School, and safeguarding The School’s financial health.

The current members of The Board of Trustees are:

Sandra Moore, President

Sandra has been a strong force at Monica Ros, first through parent group activities from rummage sales to auctions, and then as a member of the Board. She is currently serving her second term. Sandra and her husband Lee have two children, Maddy and Max, who both went to Monica Ros and now attend The Thacher School in Ojai and Crane Country Day School in Montecito, respectively. 

Kristen Finch, Vice President

Kristen Finch, DVM, is the in-house vet at The Thacher School where she oversees the care of over 100 horses, teaches Vet Med, and is part of the freshmen riding experience. Both her children, Michael and Sarah, graduated from Monica Ros and are now students at Thacher. The Finches are great friends of the school. Husband Jim served previously on the Board. Kris cherishes the broad experiences in fine arts and academics that her children received at Monica Ros.

Tony Ayala, Tresurer/Secretary

Tony has recently retired from a long and successful career with the US Forest Service. His ties with Monica Ros are long; his father-in-law attended while Mrs. Monica Ros was still teaching, his wife is also an alumni, and now his two children are enjoying the gradeschool experience.

Maria Barrell

Maria Barrell is a Family Physician who now lives around the corner from Monica Ros School and has three children that attend the school. Maria splits her professional time between Primary Medical in Ventura, and The Thacher School in Ojai as a school physician. 

John Collins

John is the Vice President of Global Sales for local company Patagonia Inc. He brings years of experience to the marketing committee of Monica Ros School. John has two students in the Monica Ros preschool currently and experiences firsthand the magic of the school.

George Gaines

George began his career as an attorney specializing in U.S. securities, and today has over 28 years experience in global institutional marketing and fundraising. He is former Board President of Baker Demonstration School, an independent preK-8th grade school in Wilmette, Illinois, and of Wolcott School in Chicago. 

Kara Hooper

Kara is a former Monica Ros parent, her sons Hayden and Hiram have both graduated from Monica Ros in 2014 and 2016 respectively, Kara serves as The Thacher School’s director of college counseling and coaches lacrosse. 

Allison Reed

Allison was born and raised in Ojai and is a proud Monica Ros alumna. Her mother was a second grade teacher at Monica Ros and her father has served on the board of trustees for many years himself. Allison and her husband Stephen love calling Ojai home and Allison is excited to be part of teh Monica ros community again. 

Roger Wachtell

Roger and his wife Kathy moved to Ojai 19 years ago. Their three children all attended Monica Ros School, and graduated to attend The Thacher School for high school and on to various universities. Roger owns and runs a business, bringing his financial management skills to the Monica Ros Board.

Lisa Wallmark

Lisa believes that at Monica Ros School, kids learn to love themselves and to tap into their full potential as smart, loving, creative, responsible friends and human beings. The school is like a big family, who honestly care for and support each other. Their passion for teaching and life seems to rub off on the kids. As a current parent, Lisa sees how her daughters thrive at school and enjoy every day of learning. I wish more kids would have the good fortune to go to Monica Ros School.

Susan Hardenbergh, School Director, ex officio

Susan Hardenbergh has been part of Monica Ros for 25 years; both her children graduated from the school, and before serving as the Director she was president of the Parent’s Association. Earlier in life she worked as an attorney in San Francisco, and lived in Kenya with her husband while he taught English. Their family then settled in Ojai and begcame immersed in  life at The Thacher School. Susan teaches regularly at The Thacher School in their horse department, and has served Monica Ros for more than a decade as the school’s Director. 

Monica Ros School is a non-profit 501(3)(c) California Corporation (Tax I.D. #9502555709)