Board of Trustees

The Board of Harbor Country Day School is a self-perpetuating entity charged with governance of the school, namely, the strategic, long-term protection and strengthening of the school’s financial, physical, and programmatic assets. Harbor’s Board is comprised of current and former parents, alumni, and friends from surrounding communities. Members of Harbor Country Day School’s Board of Trustees are unpaid volunteers dedicated to the school’s past, present and future. The Head of Harbor Country Day School is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, without vote.


Adrienne Owen, Chair Current Parent
Sue Ryan, Vice Chair P'08
Therese DeAngelis, CPA Treasurer P'08, P'11
Corinne Hammons, Secretary Current Parent
Seema Bhansali, Esq., Current Parent
Mitchell Birzon, Esq., Friend of Harbor
George Bubaris, P'05, P'08
Mónica Bugallo, Ph.D., Friend of Harbor
Vincent DellaPietra, Ph.D., P'15
Alex Doboli, Ph.D., P'17, Current Parent
Agnes Ferro, D.P.T., Current Parent
Leyi Gao, Ph.D., Current Parent
Nancy Langdon Hickerson, Ph.D., P'12, P'15
Cynthia Wong Lippe, Ph.D., Current Parent
Bob McCarroll, '78, Current Parent
Neal Mellert, Esq., Current Parent
Carrie Zuckerman, P'11
John Cissel, ex-officio Head of School

Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the guardian of the School's mission. It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves, to monitor the success of the School in fulfilling its mission, and to regularly review the School’s mission. The Board is responsible to review and approve the annual budget developed by administration. The Board of Harbor Country Day School is also focused on long-range planning and sets annual agendas derived from the planning process; sets and implements policy consistent with and pursuant to these plans; and employs and evaluates the Head of School, who functions on the Board’s behalf as the Chief Executive Officer of the operations-level implementation of the Board’s plans.

A Week in Pictures

Quote of the Day
"Harbor continues to demonstrate an incomparable environment for young minds to grow and flourish. The energy inside and outside of classrooms is simply inspiring."

-Linda Sjogren

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"I'm so excited to see my daughter grow and make friends for life."

-Preschool 3s Family

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"I just want to tell you we've had a great year. The teachers are so creative and he's learned so naturally. I've loved our preschool here. They've really cemented his love of learning. That's part of his personality but also, that's what they've fostered here."

—Current Parent

Quote of the Day

As I dropped my kids off this morning and proceeded to take a flight, I never had a moment's pause about leaving them in the care of the school while I was beyond their reach. That kind of trust is priceless.

—Current Parent

Quote of the Day

"Harbor Country Day is all about educating the whole child with teachers and staff who care, small classes that stimulate thought, and a community focused on children's character and leadership development."


Quote of the Day

"Students are nurtured as they move through our school, allowing them to feel safe and supported by our staff. As a result, they not only gain the mastery of the basic skills presented in our challenging core and co-curricular offerings, but are also enabled to think creatively and work collaboratively to effectively solve problems that come their way - skills essential for success in the 21st century."

—Mr. Joe Ferber, Former Interim Head of School

Quote of the Day

"The field trips, class sizes, curriculum and mentoring nature of the community forged for me a foundation that I rely on today and every day. Some of the best things in my life have come from my Harbor experience."

—Andrew, Alumnus