The Winston School is a private non-profit institution governed by an independent board of trustees. Its dedicated trustees include entrepreneurs, physicians and educators as well as Head Emeritus Mark Kimball. The current president of the board was the second headmaster of The Winston School.
Physician / Global Activist
Lance Hendricks is an anesthesiologist in practice with Anesthesia Service Medical Group (ASMG) at Scripps Hospitals. Dr. Hendricks is a graduate of UCLA and of the University of Southern California Medical School. He joined the US Navy as a medical officer completing internship, submarine medicine and deep sea diving school and was stationed at the Submarine Base, San Diego, before his anesthesia training at UCSD. Dr. Hendricks and his wife Linda are the adoptive parents of eight children, four with significant learning differences. Dr. Hendricks joined the Winston School board of directors in 1991 after his son Brent enrolled at the school. He is also a director of the Scripps Health-Fiji Alliance Project and travels to the islands three times a year to provide hands-on clinical care and to organize visiting consultants to supplement the training program at the Fiji Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
Mark Kimball was the second headmaster of The Winston School and served from 1991-2005. At the time of his successful recruitment to Winston, Kimball was Associate Headmaster at the Gow School in South Wales, New York, the oldest and premier boarding institution for learning different students in the United States. Gow was widely acclaimed for the excellence of its curriculum and Kimball was given much of the credit for its reputation. After a 40-year career as teacher and administrator in which he built three schools and was well known as a speaker at regional and national conferences, Kimball is retired. An avid golfer, he lives with his wife Georgann, a former teacher at The Winston School, and their lively Jack Russell terrier, and enjoys the regular invasions of two even more active grandchildren.
Winston Parent Group Past President and Parent
Randi Pisapia will always be a Winston Mom in her heart, her son Tom who has had one of the longest stints at Winston of any student—9 years, is a true Winston success story. Along with being an outstanding advocate for her son, Randi was a founding member of the Winston Parent Group and served as it’s President. Her accomplishments at Winston included co-chairing the Winston Festival of the Arts, inaugurating the Winston Community’s participation in the Del Mar Holiday Wonderland. Served as a panelist for Winston’s Conversation Series. She is currently serving on the 25th Anniversary Committee and Community Relations Committee. Randi is also an advocate for the fight against breast cancer with the Susan G Komen Foundation raising money, awareness and walking 60 miles each year for the last eight years. She feels lucky that she has been able to give back to the community while raising her children.
Executive Director of Cell Society International
Shawn Poole is the Executive Director of Cell Society International, a non profit dedicated to advancing the clinical applications of adult stem cell therapies. Before working for Cell Society, Shawn spent 9 years as a Founding Trustee of Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. Pacific Ridge School is a 7th – 12th grade college prep, independent school serving approximately 430 students. She served as the Chair of Development as well as Chair of Committee of Trustees. Before her 9 year Pacific Ridge endeavor, Shawn had a career working in the hedge fund industry in a variety of capacities. She earned her BA in Economics from Mills College, a MSc in Sea-Use Economics from the London School of Economics, and a second MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University. Shawn lives with her husband, three sons and three dogs in Rancho Santa Fe.
Geert Schmid-Schöenbein is professor and director of the Microcirculation Laboratory, department of bioengineering, at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Schmid-Schöenbein received his undergraduate degree at Liebig University in his native Germany and his graduate education at UCSD where he joined the faculty in 1979 and has remained ever since. A recipient of national and international recognition for his research, Dr. Schmid-Schöenbein has also been honored as Teacher of the Year at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. He and his wife Renate live in Del Mar and are parents of Peter, a 2004 graduate of The Winston School who now attends UCSD.
Ria Scoma is an award-winning real estate broker with Coldwell Banker, Del Mar. After many years as marketing director for a local real estate firm, Scoma owned and operated her own marketing consulting business in La Jolla for 10 years. She then elected to enter sales, handling residential real estate in the Palm Spring-Palm Desert area where she quickly became a top producer. Since returning to San Diego several years ago, Scoma has maintained her status as a consistent top agent and also has a history of dedicated community service. A resident of Cardiff, Scoma takes pride in her four married children and three grandchildren, all of whom reside in San Diego County.
Psychologist / Professor
Ron Stolberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Del Mar, as well as professor of psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Stolberg first came to The Winston School in 1994 as a young counselor interested in children with learning differences; later, as a post-doctoral fellow, he became director of the counseling staff. Since his retirement from The Winston School to found a practice specializing in adolescent therapy and assessment, Dr. Stolberg has continued to assist our counselors and teachers with specialized training pertinent to Winston students. Ron and his wife Darlene, also a former Winston School counselor, live with their children in Carmel Valley.
Businesswoman / Educational Visionary
Louise Ukleja is the founder of Opportunity Schools, an educational non-profit committed to unlocking the potential of students with learning challenges. Opportunity Schools, which began in 1990 in a private school in Cypress, California, is now dedicated to delivering programming, training and support to other private schools around the country to equip them to reach this student population. Ukleja’s personal mission statement is to “ignite potential” and she has incorporated that into her leadership role in a variety of venues in the non-profit world. As a family member, she serves on the board of the Bonita Bay Group, the largest developer of master-planned communities in Southwest Florida. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in business administration.
Former Telecom Executive, Educational Volunteer, Winston Parent
Katherine D. White is an avid educational volunteer committed to supporting learning at all levels. Ms. White attended high school at Helix High School in La Mesa and received her BS in Mathematics and BA in American Studies from UCDavis, with her MSEE from University of Santa Clara. She worked for many years in the high tech arena in Silicon Valley and at QUALCOMM and Leap Wireless in positions from engineer to senior vice president. Ms. White currently serves on the Del Mar Union School District board, as the PTSA president at Earl Warren Middle School and on the Winston Parent Group Board and has served recently on the Board at Girl Scouts. Ms White also serves as long time treasurer for AAUW’s Tech Trek Science Camp at UCSD as well as parent volunteer at Del Mar Heights Elementary. Ms White is a resident of Del Mar and the parent of three boys; her oldest Benjamin attended Winston and graduated in 2011.