Board of Trustees

Kirby Board members Sandie Shoemaker and Alissa Klar

Officers of the Board of Trustees

Co-Chair Alissa Klar

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Ms. Klar currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. She was a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for many years and now works in Sales Operations for Seagate Technology. She has been a volunteer at Kirby since 2001 and held the position of Parent Association President for two of those years. Ms. Klar is an alumni parent of three daughters, class of 2005, 2008, and 2015.

Co-Chair Mike Gull

B.Sc., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Gull joined the Kirby Board of Trustees in 2017 and brings with him over 25 years of IT expertise, entrepreneurship and business leadership. He has founded three companies, served as Director of Technology and Software Engineer for a variety of Internet and web companies, including Magellan Navigation. He has also served on the Lakeside Elementary Joint School District School Board and co-chaired a local parcel tax committee which passed in 2009. Mr. Gull is a parent of Kirby students in the Classes of 2020 and 2023.

Treasurer Cheryl Ferguson

J.D., California Pacific School of Law; M.B.A., University of Phoenix; B.A. Chemistry, Pitzer College. Ms. Ferguson serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. She is an attorney-at-law and has a daughter attending high school at Kirby. She also has extensive experience as an environmental chemist and project manager, and is active in several non-profit environmental and philanthropic organizations.

Secretary Hollis DeLancey

M.F.A., Video, Photography and Printmaking, University of British Columbia. Ms. deLancey is a co-founder of Kirby School and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. She has been a volunteer at the School since 1994. Her daughter is a Kirby alumna, Class of 2004. Ms. deLancey is also Board President and member of Spring Mountain Zen Center and Alcatraz Editions.


Henry Chang

Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Brown University. Mr. Chang has enjoyed a long career in software architecture and design, integrated circuit verification, and consulting. Most recently he is the co-founder and Vice President of Designer’s Guide Consulting, Inc., which delivers consulting, software, training and services to semiconductor companies worldwide. Mr. Chang is a published author and patent-holder, and has spent 13 years in non-profit leadership positions including board chair of the Christa McAuliffe Parent Faculty Group and the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference. Mr. Chang is a parent of a Kirby student in the Class of 2020.

Matthew Costello

B.A., Economics and Government, Duquesne University; Fellowship: Lic. Management and Technology, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. Mr. Costello is a Vice-President of Hardware Engineering and Operations at Apple and Chief Operating Officer of Beats by Dr. Dre, an Apple subsidiary acquired in 2014. Prior to this, Matthew served as the Development Officer for the IKEA Group based in the Netherlands, Chief Operating Officer of HTC Corp based in Taiwan, and Corporate Vice-President of Operations and Strategy of SonyEricsson in Sweden. Prior to his operational management experiences, Matthew was a management consultant, having started his career in Andersen LLP (later Bearingpoint) both in the US and in Europe and later serving as a Partner in Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz & Co.) based in Stockholm. Matthew and his wife Liselott have three children, two of whom attend Kirby School (Kirby Class of 2021 and Kirby Class of 2023).

Jivko Koltchev

M.Sc., Engineering, Digital Image Processing, VMEI (Technical University), Sophia, Bulgaria;  Ph.D., Computer Science with a focus on Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, CNIKA (Automation Research Institute), Sofia, Bulgaria. Mr. Koltchev is a founder of IJS Solutions, a technology consulting company based in the Bay Area. He has spent over 25 years in the software industry, working for companies including McAfee Associates, Inc., Network Associates, Inc., and at his own company. Jivko has been a member of the Kirby community since 2009, both through his involvement in Kirby’s mountain biking team and through his two daughters at Kirby School: one having graduated in the Class of 2015 and the other currently in the Class of 2021.

Robin King

B.S. and M.F.A., Visual Arts, UC San Diego. Ms. King is a Writing Program faculty member at UC Santa Cruz.  She teaches critical thinking and writing courses, as well as courses about social justice, health and food politics, and mass media. She worked in the cable television industry as a channel coordinator and video producer at Southwestern Cable TV, and as a programming coordinator for Viacom Cable. Ms. King joined the Kirby Board in 2015 and is an alumni parent of two sons.

Carl Koppel

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Strathclyde University. Mr. Koppel has been a member of the Kirby Board since 1999. He is the CEO of Extraview Corporation, a Santa Cruz software company, and has been involved in the software industry for 30 years. He is the parent of Jennie, class of 2002, and Alex, class of 2008.

Erika Reid

M.B.A., International Business, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Certificate in Legal Practice, College of Law in London, England; LLB (Bachelor of Laws), British and German Law, London School of Economics, London, England; Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Ms. Reid joins the Kirby Board of Trustees in 2019 as a parent and an experienced school governor, having served as School Governor for 4 years at the Holtsmere End Junior School in England. Ms. Reid's professional experience spans over two decades of market research and brand strategy leadership at companies including Bayer Consumer Healthcare, Premier Foods and Britvic Soft Drinks. 

William L. Richter, Honorary Trustee for Life

J.D., NYU School of Law; M.A., Russian Studies, Harvard University; B.A., Russian, Yale College. Mr. Richter is Honorary Lifetime Trustee and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998, acting as Co-Chair from 2003-2010.  Mr. Richter is a corporate lawyer with a private practice in downtown Santa Cruz and parent of a Kirby alumna, Class of 2005.  His current involvement in the community, education and the arts includes serving as a Founding Director of Shakespeare Play On, a Director of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece and pro bono counsel to the Anna Mahler Foundation (USA) Inc. (Inactive)

Sandie Shoemaker, chair emeritus

B.S., Mathematics, University of Chicago. Owner/Manager of Salamandre Wine Cellars, Ms. Shoemaker is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees. She has been on the Board since 2001, served as co-chair from 2003-2010 and chair from 2010-2014. She is a parent of a Kirby alumna, class of 2005.

Don Stevens

B.A., Biology, UCSC.  Don has had a career as a professional touring musician, was the founder of an independent recording label, and been involved as an investor in commercial real estate.  He is an alumni parent of two sons, class of 2011 and class of 2015. He led the Kirby Jazz Band for three years and has previously served on the Board of KUSP FM.

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Harvard University; B.S., Iowa State University. Mr. Takahashi-Kelso currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is Program Director of the Marine Conservation Initiative at The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and has extensive experience in non-profit management, including Senior Counsel and Vice President at the Ocean Conservancy and Conservation and Science Program Officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has served as steward for a number of natural resource and environmental conservation and policy organizations and his honors include the Pew Marine Conservation Fellow and the University of California Santa Cruz Golden Apple Social Sciences Teaching Award.  Mr. Takahashi-Kelso is a parent of a Kirby student in the class of 2022.

Eric Voelkel

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Princeton University. Eric joins the Kirby School board in 2019 as a long-standing community member. He is the parent of two graduates and the uncle of a third, and has served on volunteer committees, participated as a guest lecturer for STIP program, and co-hosted fundraising events. A 30-year veteran of the high-tech sector, Mr. Voelkel is currently the Principal Design Engineer at NVIDIA Corp. He has also authored or co-authored over 20 issues patents.

"Our extraordinary school culture does not happen by accident. It is cultivated and has evolved by fiercely protecting our values. It is our role, as Board of Trustees, to ensure that Kirby programs and policies are true to our mission and to our values."

Alissa Klar, Co-Chair