Ann Goewert, Ph. D.
Head of School, MMS Trustee, Executive Council
- Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- M.Sc., Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
- B.Sc., Biology, Saint Louis University
- Certificate of School Management and Leadership, in process, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
- Finance research and sales and one of the original employees for Gerson Lehrman Group
- Co-founder and CEO of Wise Devices
- Began a career in finance at Wall Street firms such as Merrill Lynch and UBS
- Singer/songwriter, producer
- Parent MMS student, Logan
Beth Brennan, M.D.
- M.D., UC Los Angeles
- B.A., UC San Diego, majors in Anthropology and Biology
- Board Certified Internal Medicine and Palliative Care
- Medical Director Palliative Care Service of Dominican Hospital
- Palliative Care Physician for PAMF
- Previous Vice President of the Board of Physicians Medical Group, Santa Cruz
- Parent MMS alumni, Noah ’19 and Kira ’21, and current student, Sam
Blythe Collier, B.A.
- B.A., Psychology, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
- Arts and Social Change, School for International Training, Study Abroad, Czech Republic
- Education Team Manager, Engineers Without Borders, Santa Clara University Chapter
- MMS Alum, ’12
Carson Kelly, B.A.
- B.A. Philosophy, University of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
- Chair of the Marketing Committee for the gym campaign
- Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Visual World, Inc.
- Former middle school soccer coach
- Major fundraiser for the local soccer clubs in Santa Cruz.
- Parent of MMS alumni, Zoe ’14 and Indigo ’18 and current student, Cecily
Christine Smith, J.D.
- J.D., Fordham University School of Law
- B.A., Smith College, majoring in History (Modern European Studies)
- Staff Attorney & Pro Bono Director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
- Freelance writer and editor
- Parent of MMS alum, Caroline ’17, current MMS student, Cavan and Connor (USMC)
Member at Large
- Committed member of the Marketing Committee and Major Gifts campaign for the gym
- Founder and Director of Monterey Bay Mortgage Company, Capitola
- Parent of MMS alum, Savannah ’21 and current MMS student, Bella
Brandon “Jai Raj” Houston
- Fire Captain, Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County
- Mt. Madonna/Pajaro Valley Fire Department volunteer, 2001-2011
- B.A. Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Santa Cruz County Paramedic
- Former member, of the Mount Madonna Center Board of Directors
- Mount Madonna Center resident 2000-2011
- Husband of MMS Alumna Yolanda Sangita Diaz-Houston (’99)
- Parent of MMS students Kailani and Koa
Kami Pacheco, B.A.
Secretary, Faculty Representative, Director of Lower School and Summer Program
- B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
- 30 Units in Early Childhood Education, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA
- California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: Site Supervisor Permit
- ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Crisis Prevention Certified
Kevict Yen, B.A.
- B.A. Physics, University of California, Berkeley
- Co-founder and Owner of Hyperthreads, Inc.
- Owner and Creative Director at ID Art, Inc.
- Fluent in Mandarin Chinese
- Avid cyclist, motorcyclist, guitarist
- Parent of current MMS students, Lucy and Marlowe
- Owner of 1 dog and 4 goats
- Served on MMS Major Gifts Committee for the capital campaign
- Vice President and Client Director of Gartner, Inc.
- Served on the committee that created and hosted the High School Career Forum
- Parent of MMS alumni, Mara ’10 and Jake ’13
Nicole Silva, M.A.
Faculty Representative, MMS Faculty and Coach, and Parent
- M.A., Education, University of California, Santa Cruz
- B.A. Biology and Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Biology Tulane University
- Credential-Single Subject Biology, Health (Supplemental), University of California, Santa Cruz
- Parent of current MMS students, Kenzie and Pierce
- Joined Mount Madonna School in 2015
Rajendra Ronald Bingham
Treasurer, MMS Finance Committee
- San Jose State Studies in Business & Finance, Computer Science, Industrial Arts, Literature, and Psychology
- Financial Analyst, IBM General Products Division
- Software Engineer, IBM Silicon Valley Laboratories, Software Division
- Creator of four patents
- Chief Financial Officer, Mount Madonna Center
- Member, Board of Directors, Mount Madonna Center, 1998‐present
- Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004
Sahana Lakka, B.Arch
Alumni Parent Representative
- B.Arch, U.V.C.E., Bangalore University, Bangalore, India
- Intern Architect, Venkatramanan and associates, Bangalore, India
- AutoCAD Trainer, AutoDesk training Institute, Santa Clara
- COO, SLN Technologies U.S.A, San Jose
- Director of Operations, Euclid Networks, San Jose
- Publicity and Promotion of Ramayana to benefit the PA program at MMS
- Parent of MMS alumni, Sanika ’13, Saniya ’16, and Samith ’19
Sarada Judith Diffenbaugh, Ph.D.
President, Trustee, MMS Executive Council, Former MMS Head of School
- Ph.D., Education with an emphasis in Design and Development of
- Education Programs, and dissertation on Moral Education, Minor in Psychology, Stanford University
- M.A., San Jose State University, Education
- State of California Lifetime Multiple Subject California Teaching Credential
- Reading Specialist Credential
- B.A., Religious Studies and Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
- Instructor, MMC Yoga Program
- Founding Member of MMC resident community
- Parent of MMS Alumni, Suresh ’92 and PK ’95
- Joined MMS in 1979
MMS Student Representative
- Class of 2022
New Board Member Appointments
The Nominating Committee will receive nominations for available board positions in April and the Trustees will approve all new members to begin terms in July.
Emeritus Board Members
Ralph A. Wolff, J.D.
Past President and Executive Director of WASC