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Board of Trustees Chair Velveth Schmitz

Velveth Schmitz is Chair of the Board. She and her husband Charles are the proud parents of a Chadwick School eighth-grader and fifth-grader. Schmitz is an innovative entrepreneur and a Rolling Hills Estates City Councilwoman. Her versatile experience as a creative business owner, fundraiser and C-suite manager has been inspired by a deep desire to find answers to difficult questions. She also has been an active volunteer with the City of Rolling Hills Estates and with her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Schmitz can be reached at



Board of Trustees Vice Chair Christine Bucklin

Board Vice Chair Christine Bucklin has a long track record of driving institutional performance as a board member, executive and consultant. She currently works part time with Gryphon Investors, a private equity firm. She previously held C-level positions with Sun Microsystems and Internet Brands and was a partner with McKinsey & Co.

She is married to Randy Bucklin, a professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.  They are the parents of three children, including a current Chadwick student and a Chadwick alumna.

Christine holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in mathematics from Dartmouth. She served on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees and currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.


Board of Trustees Treasurer Jared Felt

Jared Felt is Chadwick’s Board Treasurer. He and his wife Lisa Toy M.D. are the proud parents of a Chadwick sophomore. His 20 years of investment banking experience includes serving as a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and working at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Houlihan Lokey. He served as a member of the board of Reichhold Acquisitions Holdings and as the Strategic Planner and Head of International Business for Taiko Refractories in Japan. Felt is currently the President of Taiko USA. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in economics, Summa Cum Laude, from Weber State University.


Board of Trustees Secretary Jennie Nash Robertson

Currently Secretary of the Board, Jennie Nash Robertson is an author, book coach and the founder of, a virtual book coaching program. She also teaches in the Writer's Program at UCLA Extension. Robertson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. She and her husband, Rob, are the parents of Chadwick alumni Carlyn ’10 and Emily ’14.


Board of Trustees member Ty Childress

Ty Childress and his wife, Kristin, are the proud parents of a Chadwick sophomore and a Chadwick alumna Monique (Chadwick ‘17 and Georgetown ‘21). Childress is a partner at Jones Day, an international law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers and 40 offices worldwide. As chair of the firm’s insurance recovery practice, he advises corporations facing high profile, significant liability exposures and has recovered billions in litigation against insurers relating to those losses. Childress earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown and his juris doctor from the University of Virginia. 


Board of Trustees member Armand Dawkins

Armand Dawkins ('96) and his wife, Dr. Manju Dawkins, are the proud parents of a Chadwick second-grader and a three-year-old daughter. Dawkins is the CEO of Palatum Group, a strategic advisory firm for food and beverage businesses, food-related social enterprises and urban agricultural projects. He is also the co-founder and COO of Achelon, an early stage health and wellness company based in Los Angeles. Dawkins has formerly held several executive roles at J.P. Morgan’s investment banking and asset management divisions. Dawkins attended Chadwick from kindergarten through 12th grade. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia and his Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell. 


Board of Trustees Member Linda McLoughlin Figel

Linda McLoughlin Figel is a founder and co-owner of {pages} a bookstore located in Manhattan Beach. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, McLoughlin Figel was a member of the structured finance team at  Banker’s Trust (Deutsche Bank) and was a general partner at The Yucaipa Companies, a private equity firm. She has served as a director on boards of Dominick's Fine Foods and Smith Food & Drug – NYSE. McLoughlin Figel has been an active volunteer at Chadwick, the Windward School and the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She and husband, Matt, are proud parents of Chadwick alumni, Sara '10, Erin '12 and David '16.


Board of Trustees member Pam Freer

Pam Freer and her husband Randy are the parents of twin juniors at Chadwick. Freer is the founder of Swiftwater Consultants, a Rolling Hills Estates marketing consulting firm. After graduating from Dartmouth College with an AB in Government and Policy Studies, Freer began her career in advertising as an account manager, working on major global accounts like General Mills, Kellogg’s, Maybelline, Gillette and Motorola Cellular Products before being tapped to run the International Ad Sales Marketing Team for Time Warner/Turner (TWT). She eventually traded corporate life to privately consult in education, luxury, athletic apparel and television program development. During her time at Chadwick School, Freer served as a board member and president of the Friends of the Library, as well as a long-time member of the Chadwick Parents Association Board. She also assisted with the launch of the Delphinus Fund for Financial Aid.


Board of Trustees member John Fukunaga

John Fukunaga and his wife Cheryl Shojinaga are the proud parents of a Chadwick junior and Chadwick alumna Jennifer '13. After working for several years as a corporate associate at a major law firm in Los Angeles, Fukunaga has spent nearly the last 25 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he has served both as an attorney and international television executive. He currently serves as Deputy General Counsel and head of the Corporate Legal Department, overseeing worldwide legal matters for M&A and joint venture transactions, network operations and distribution in all media. Fukunaga earned his law degree from UCLA, where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Business.


Board of Trustees Bernard Heller

Barry Heller, M.D., and his wife, Jill Lerner, are the proud parents of Eli (Chadwick ‘08; Colgate ‘12; Virginia ‘17) and Molly (Chadwick ’11; Columbia ‘15). Dr. Heller is an emergency physician, assistant director of the Long Beach Emergency Medicine Group Emergency Department and principal investigator at Long Beach Clinical Trials.

He graduated from Brown University and earned his medical degree from Indiana University. Dr. Heller is a current fellow at the American College of Emergency Physicians, assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine, teaching head of emergency medicine at St. Mary Medical Center, medical advisor to the Chadwick School Outdoor Education Program and has served as the former president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also the CEO of Hospitality Hygiene Products, where he invented, developed, patented and marketed a product called the Toothbrush Valet.


Board of Trustees member Ted Hill

Frederick T. "Ted" Hill is currently President of the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation Group, which operates both Chadwick School in Palos Verdes and Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea. Previously, he served for 18 years as headmaster at Chadwick School. Hill oversaw the founding and growth of Chadwick International School (CI) in South Korea. Established in 2010, CI educates 1,200 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students and boasts a 500,000-square-foot campus covering 17 acres. Hill led this expansion of Chadwick into East Asia and was instrumental in fulfilling founder Margaret Chadwick's vision to bring the successful Chadwick education model to another country.

Hill has more than 30 years of educational and administration experience in K-12 and higher education at esteemed institutions such as Williston-Northampton School, Graham-Eckes Palm Beach Academy, St. Margaret’s School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisville Collegiate School. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Hill holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, a master’s degree in French language and literature from Middlebury College, and a bachelor’s degree in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hill and his wife, marine biology teacher and lacrosse coach Amy Hill, are the parents of two Chadwick School alumnae Katharine '11 and Emma '15.  


Board of Trustees member Ruth MacFarland

Ruth MacFarlane has been a longtime member of the Chadwick Board of Trustees. MacFarlane and her husband, Roger, established the MacFarlane Leadership Scholarship Fund at Chadwick School in 2007, which provides tuition assistance during the ninth- through twelfth-grade years to new students who demonstrate high academic achievement, exemplary character, leadership skills and financial need. MacFarlane taught English at the University of the Witwatersrand and Damelin College in Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned her bachelor’s and honors degrees from Rhodes University in South Africa and continued her graduate studies at the University of Kansas. The MacFarlanes are the parents of four Chadwick alumni: Taryn ’94, Alex ’95, Katherine ’05, and Jessica ’07. 


Board of Trustees member Glen Payne

Glen Payne and his wife, Caroline, are the proud parents of a Chadwick seventh-grader and third-grader. As a senior high-yield debt trader at Capital Group Companies, Payne is responsible for overseeing the trading, portfolio construction and risk management for $35 billion in dedicated and discretionary investments. Payne has served with the environmental nonprofit Tree People and on Chadwick’s Development Committee and Golf Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Economics and Asian Studies from Trinity University. 


Board of Trustees member Nick Richardson

Nick Richardson is the president and chief executive officer of Solartis, LLC, a software and outsourcing company in the U.S. and India. Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of London and an MBA from Harvard University. Richardson and his wife, Pamela, are the parents of Chadwick alumni Katherine ’13, Emily '15 and Rebecca ’15. 


Renita and her husband Garfield are proud parents of Caroline (Chadwick '17 and Dartmouth '21) and Caleb (Dartmouth '19) who also attended Chadwick from 2002-2013. Smith founded and manages a strategic marketing consultancy that specializes in healthcare and life science technology. She formerly marketed consumer brands at General Mills and financed leverage buyouts at Citicorp in New York. Smith earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and her Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. She serves as a Trustee of the Miller Foundation (supporter of organizations serving the Long Beach community, including the Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's Hospital) and SCS Noonan Scholars, a nonprofit organization enabling high-achieving underrepresented students to excel in college and career. She is also a former vice president of the Los Angeles Urban League.


Board of Trustee Member Wayne Song

Wayne Song and his wife, Grace, are the parents of a Chadwick junior and freshman. As a partner in the Corporate and Business Group at international law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Song is the co-leader of the firm’s Energy Initiative and practices law with a focus on project finance, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the renewable energy sector. Prior to practicing law, Song served in multiple leadership and staff positions as an officer in the U.S. Army.  He earned his juris doctor from USC Law School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


Board of Trustees member Saskia Subramanian

Saskia Subramanian and her husband Marc Linden are the proud parents of a Chadwick senior and seventh-grader. Subramanian earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her AB and MA degrees from Bryn Mawr College, where she is currently a trustee and the President of the College’s Alumnae Association.  She has been a research Sociologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA since 1996 and served as a lecturer in the UCLA Gender Studies Department for over a decade. The body of her work has been on women and children with chronic medical conditions, and her findings on the post-treatment symptoms of breast-cancer survivors — sponsored largely through grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation — have been featured in academic journals, a NYU Press book, and her widely screened documentary film.  She has served Chadwick previously in many roles, including as the President of the Chadwick Parents Association, head of the Friends of the Library, and the Director of Ways and Means for the CPA.


Board of Trustees member Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney and his wife Eva are the proud parents of a fifth-, sixth-, and eighth-grader at Chadwick. In addition to leading a private real estate development and investment company, Sweeney has purchased thousands of acres of local California coastal land, including the La Purisima Conservation Bank in Santa Barbara County. He graduated from Western University, Canada, with an Honors Business Administration Degree. Sweeney and his wife founded and constructed ESMoA, a nonprofit art laboratory in El Segundo whose free-to-the-public mission is to spark creativity through the exhibition of visual arts. Sweeney is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wende Museum, chair of the Getty Research Institute Council and is a member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Paintings Council and the J. Paul Getty Museum Disegno Group (Friends of Drawings). He also participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics in yachting and placed ninth in the Tornado Class. 


Board of Trustees member Charles Toups

Charles Toups and his wife Leanna are the parents of Connor (‘18), Jason ('10) and Ryan ('10). Toups is an innovative engineering executive and results-driven leader with more than 30 years of high-level aerospace engineering and management experience at Boeing. Toups has extensive experience turning around troubled businesses, implementing major change initiatives, developing high-performance teams, and managing complex product development programs in both governmental and global commercial markets. As Boeing’s Vice President and General Manager of Research and Technology, he's currently leading a corporate-wide organization of 4,000 scientists and engineers developing the most advanced technology for the company. Toups received his Master of Business Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow, his Master of Science degree with a focus in engineering from M.I.T. and his Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in engineering from the University of California at Irvine. 


Board of Trustees member Matt Wilson

Matthew Wilson and his wife Sharla are the parents of a Chadwick kindergartener, third-grader and sixth-grader. Wilson is a Managing Director of Oaktree Capital Management and serves as Co-Head and Co-Portfolio Manager of Oaktree's Special Situations Group, where he is responsible for management of the strategy and all of its investing activities. Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and investment management, including senior roles at H.I.G. Capital, LLC, where he was a founding member of Bayside Capital, Inc., at J.H. Whitney & Co. in its middle market leveraged buyout group, and in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co. 

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Agro Merchants Group, LLC and Boardriders, Inc., and as Lead Independent Director on the board of GlamSquad, Inc. He previously served on the boards of three publicly traded companies: AdvancePierre Foods (NYSE: APFH), Billabong International Ltd. (ASX: BBG), and Diamond Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMND), in addition to serving on the boards of over a dozen private companies. Wilson is the previous Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles and currently serves on its Board of Directors where he leads the Finance and Investment Committee.

Wilson earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees with Distinction in Economics and History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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