Board of Directors

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

Austin Shaw

Parent Representative

  • 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.

Parent Representative

  • 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 alumnus, Noah ’19, and current students, Kira and Sam

Blythe Collier, B.A.

Alumni Member

  • 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 Alumna, ’12


Carson Kelly, B.A.

Parent Representative

  • 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.

Parent Representative

  • 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 alumni, Caroline ’17, current MMS student, Cavan and Connor (USMC)

Forrest Cambell

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 current MMS students, Savannah and Bella

Jen Astone, Ph.D.

Parent Representative

  • Ph.D. and M.A., Anthropology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
  • B.S., Political Science, Barnard College, New York City, New York
  • Principal, Integrated Capital Investing
  • Parent of current MMS student, Sandy


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

Kira Kaplan

Student Representative

  • MMS Class of 2021



Laurie Getz

Advisory Member

  • 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


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

 Sadanand “SN” Ward Mailliard, B.A.

Vice President, MMS Trustee, MMS Executive Council Member, High School Faculty

  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Founding member of Mount Madonna Center resident community
  • Member, Board of Directors, Mount Madonna Center
  • President, Hanuman Fellowship
  • Member of the Council of Elders (Panchayat), Hanuman Fellowship
  • MMS Faculty: “Values in World Thought” Class
  • Instructor in the Mount Madonna Center Yoga, Service, and Community program, 1994‐ present
  • Joined Mount Madonna School 1987

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

Sara Sobkoviak, B.S.

Faculty Representative, 8-12 Grades Spanish, High School Track and Field Coach

  • B.S. Mass Media Communications
  • Minor in Spanish, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma
  • Certificate of Spanish Language & Culture, Costa Rican Language Academy
  • Parent of MMS current students, Zoey, Izaak and Luiza

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

Savannah Cambell

Student Representative

  • MMS Class of 2021




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