The Winston School is a private non-profit institution governed by an independent board of directors. Its dedicated members include entrepreneurs, physicians and educators as well as Head Emeritus Mark Kimball. The current president of the board is a parent of a 2015 graduate.
Dyslexic, Winston School Volunteer, Realtor
Jennifer Anderson is an adult with dyslexia. Supportive parents and tutors helped her from being over two years behind in school to graduating Summa Cum Laude and the top 20 of her class from DePaul University in Chicago. Believing in the concept of “failing forward”, Jennifer is committed to sharing her story and empowering the next generation by volunteering weekly at the Winston School.
Professionally, Jennifer was named to Realtor Magazine’s 2014 National “30 under 30” and in the previous two years she participated in over 50 residential real estate transactions. While her tech savviness and negotiation skills keep her business innovative, she has continued in her family’s 30-year tradition of real estate service: committed to offering the same unparalleled customer service and professionalism to the Del Mar, CA and surrounding San Diego residential market.
Mary Balo has 20 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices areas. She has held positions in sales, outsourcing and budgeting of clinical trials and working for the regulatory agency, FDA, which oversees these industries. Mary has worked for the largest CRO, Contract Research Organization, as well as pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, the FDA and currently has her own business as a sales consultant.
Mary is from Massachusetts and has a MPH in Epidemiology from UMASS Worcester. She has been a resident of Carmel Valley for 16 years and lives with her husband and two teenage sons.
Laura Cunitz has a background in both business and accounting. As a CPA in New York City she specialized in non-profit organizations including hospitals, long-term healthcare facilities and charitable organizations. She spent six years in the public accounting field as an audit manager and financial consultant to large hospitals interpreting new Federal laws. Laura was hired by IBM as a healthcare consultant before she moved over to IBM Credit Corporation focusing on financial sales. She finished up her 20-year IBM career in a marketing role as the Worldwide Brand Manager for PC Leasing. She recently founded her own internet-based design company. Laura was recently on the Parents Association Board at Pacific Ridge School and is the only Board member with a student currently enrolled at Winston. She will act as treasurer on the Winston Board.
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.
Mr. Neeley has 13 years’ experience at Maintenance Warehouse, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Home Depot, where he served as Vice President Sales until 1999. He has diverse background in Multi-Family & Hospitality Maintenance Repair and Operational supplies distribution.
Following the sale to Home Depot, Mr. Neeley focused primarily on investments into Multi-Family Housing and Hospitality markets. Mr. Neeley raced off-shore powerboats professionally in the APBA, SBI, and OSS for nearly 16 years. Mr. Neeley obtained two national championships in 1997 and 1998. Subsequent to racing boats, in 2005 Mr. Neeley co-developed a boat manufacturing company and is now producing boat models for Mercury Marine in addition to their own line of boats.
His daughter struggled throughout school despite having an IEP. Once they found the Winston School that understood her learning, she started to really grow.
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.
Tasha Taylor is both a General Pediatrician and a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician providing care to various underserved communities throughout San Diego. She also works in private practice in Carmel Valley, serving patients with a variety of conditions including learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism. She grew up in Olde Del Mar and recalls spending many sunny weekends playing on the now Winston fields! From Del Mar, she migrated to the East Coast for her education, attending Yale University for undergraduate and the University of Rochester, New York for Medical School. After attending pediatric residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, she returned to San Diego to practice and later to complete her Developmental-Behavioral Fellowship here at University of California, San Diego. Tasha also enjoys international travel, both for work and pleasure. While working for Doctors of the World in Chiapas Mexico in 2002, she met her husband, a native of Puebla, Mexico. They now live in Del Mar together with their 9-year old son.
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.