Board of Trustees
2020 – 2021 

Officers

Chair of the Board
Kathryn Walker Francis ’94    

Vice Chair of the Board
Shannon Saalfield Thompson ’89

Executive Committee Chair
Rick O’Brien

Treasurer
Kathy Crow

Secretary
Neelesh Mehendale

Immediate Past Chair
Barbara Glazer Rosenblatt ’75

Chair Elect
Nicole Ginsburg Small ’91

Trustees

Wasan Alfalahi
Mary Anne Alhadeff
Samantha Ackerman Asch ’91
Keith Benedict
Elizabeth Bennett
Carla Bolden
Shonn Brown
David A. Campbell
Taj Clayton
John Donovan
Landy Elliott Fox ’92
Helen Harris-Allen
Ellen Haynes ’81
Heather Hays
Ariana Viroslav Held ’87
Elizabeth Cullum Helfrich ’98
Isabek Novakov Higginbotham ’98
Andrew Hill

Arnold Holtberg
Rajani Kapu ’90
Jun Il Kwun
Angelica Marin-Hill ’93
Monty Montgomery
Guadalupe Mora-Duarte
David A. Roosevelt
Jennifer Sampson
Betty Schultz
Michael Sorrell
Candace Campbell Swango ’84
Dawne Tribolet
Jenna Brasch Woodberry ’82

Life Trustees

Linda Custard
Lyda Hill ’60
James M. Hoak, Jr.
Natalie “Schatzie” Henderson Lee ’55
Janie Strauss McGarr ’72
Margot Perot
Ellen Higginbotham Rogers ’59
Richard S. Rogoff
Barney T. Young

Officers

Chair of the Board
Kathryn Walker Francis ’94    

Vice Chair of the Board
Shannon Saalfield Thompson ’89

Executive Committee Chair
Rick O’Brien

Treasurer
Kathy Crow

Secretary
Neelesh Mehendale

Immediate Past Chair
Barbara Glazer Rosenblatt ’75

Chair Elect
Nicole Ginsburg Small ’91

Trustees

Wasan Alfalahi
Mary Anne Alhadeff
Samantha Ackerman Asch ’91
Keith Benedict
Elizabeth Bennett
Carla Bolden
Shonn Brown
David A. Campbell
Taj Clayton
John Donovan
Landy Elliott Fox ’92
Helen Harris-Allen
Ellen Haynes ’81
Heather Hays
Ariana Viroslav Held ’87
Elizabeth Cullum Helfrich ’98
Isabek Novakov Higginbotham ’98
Andrew Hill
Arnold Holtberg
Rajani Kapu ’90
Jun Il Kwun
Angelica Marin-Hill ’93
Monty Montgomery
Guadalupe Mora-Duarte
David A. Roosevelt
Jennifer Sampson
Betty Schultz
Michael Sorrell
Candace Campbell Swango ’84
Dawne Tribolet
Jenna Brasch Woodberry ’82

Life Trustees

Linda Custard
Lyda Hill ’60
James M. Hoak, Jr.
Natalie “Schatzie” Henderson Lee ’55
Janie Strauss McGarr ’72
Margot Perot
Ellen Higginbotham Rogers ’59
Richard S. Rogoff
Barney T. Young

Hockaday Welcomes New Trustees

The Hockaday Board of Trustees elected four new Trustees and three Ex-Officio Trustees who joined the Board on July 1, 2020. The Trustees are Wasan Alfalhi, Taj Clayton, Andrew Hill, and Dawne Tribolet. The Ex-Officio Trustees are Carla Bolden, Landy Elliott Fox ’92 and Dr. Elizabeth Bennett. These newly-elected Trustees are dedicated to the mission of the School and will serve Hockaday well during their tenure on the Board.

General Trustees

Wasan Alfalahi

Wasan Alfalahi and her family moved to Dallas from Stockholm, Sweden in 2012. She spent over a decade working in Investment Banking for Dresdner Bank in their London, Stockholm and Tokyo offices. She later joined SEB, a Swedish bank, as a financial controller in their Stockholm office. Wasan is passionate about children’s education and serves on the board of Educational First Steps (EFS) and on the North Texas and Regional board of UNICEF. Also, she volunteers for the Young Men’s Service League, a non-profit mother and son organization serving the community. She has served on the Executive Board of the Parents’ Association of St. Mark’s School of Texas and has volunteered at Literacy Achieves teaching ESL. She grew up in London, England and received a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Manchester University. She earned her qualification from Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA) while working for Dresdner Bank in London. Wasan and her husband, Kasim, enjoy traveling with their five children – Sam, St. Mark’s Class of 2022, Adam, St. Mark’s Class of 2023, Noah, St. Mark’s Class of 2027, David, St. Mark’s Class of 2028, and Sophia, Hockaday Class of 2032.

Taj Clayton

Taj Clayton is a founding partner of the Dallas office of Winston & Strawn, LLP, a leading global law firm. Taj is a corporate litigator who chairs the firm’s national Dispute Resolution Practice. He serves on the board of the International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the national board of Girls, Inc. Before becoming a lawyer, Taj worked at the National Football League. In 2012, he ran for Congress, and he served on President Obama’s Texas Finance Committee. Taj is recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers, and a top Minority Business Leader by the Dallas Business Journal. Taj is also recognized as “Who’s Who in Black Dallas.” Taj graduated from Harvard College with honors. He matriculated at Harvard Law School where he earned a Juris Doctorate. Taj and his wife, Tonika, are parents to Raiya, Class of 2026, Daisha, who attends DISD TAG, and Nico, who is in the Class of 2031 at St. Mark’s.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill joined Ranger Investments, as an investment manager specializing in U.S. small and micro cap equities in 2003 and currently serves as a Partner and Portfolio Manager. Previously, Andrew worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Wasserstein Perella & Co. His experience includes purchase and sale assignments, hostile takeover defense advisory work, restructurings and special committee assignments in a variety of industries. From 1996 – 1998, Andrew served as Corporate Finance analyst for Dain Rauscher Wessels. He earned a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Also, he serves as a Director and was previously President and Treasurer of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Foundation, which serves abused children in Dallas County. Andrew and his wife, Heidi, have one daughter, Libby, Hockaday Class of 2022, and a son, Charlie, Class of 2024, at St. Mark’s.

Dawne Tribolet

Dawne Tribolet is a civic leader with a passion for education. After living in Europe for six years with her family, Dawne moved back to Dallas in 2012. Since then, she has held numerous volunteer positions within the Hockaday Parents’ Association, serving on the Executive Committee, Centennial Day of Service Committee, and the HPA Nominating Committee. Dawne has co-chaired the Benefit Live Auction and has served as a Grade Representative. Previously Dawne held numerous Parents’ Association positions at the American School in London and the Marymount International School in Paris. Dawne is committed to ensuring that every child in Dallas receives a quality education and has spent countless hours volunteering in the public education space with organizations such as United to Learn, Teach for America, Reading Partners, Readers to Leaders, Commit!, Leadership ISD, and SMU’s The School Zone. Dawne received a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Dawne and her husband, Patrick, have three Hockaday daughters, Julia, Class of 2018, Celia, Class of 2021, and Ava, Class of 2023.

Ex-Officio Trustees

Carla Bolden

Carla Bolden is currently serving as President-Elect of the Hockaday Parents’ Association. Carla has also served as Vice-President of the HPA, Communications Liaison, Lower School Volunteer Coordinator, Chair of the Daisy Breakfast, and Grade Representative, and she has supported Hockaday as an Annual Fund volunteer. Carla earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University. After completing her CPA certification, Carla enjoyed various financial positions at Shell Oil Company, JP Morgan, American Express, and Pizza Hut. In 2009, she left her career to support her family full time. Carla and her husband, Dylan, have two daughters who attend Hockaday, Anna, Class of 2025, and Claire, Class of 2027, and a son, Jack, who attends Greenhill, Class of 2023.

Landy Elliott Fox ’92

Landy Elliott Fox ’92 is currently serving as President-Elect of the Hockaday Alumnae Association after having served on the Alumnae Association Board of Directors for nine years. Landy has previously served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and has served as Hockaday Medal Chair, Honorary Alum Chair, Alumnae Day Co-Chair, Reunion Chair, Senior Class Liaison, Special Projects Chair, and Director at Large. Also, she served as a Class Agent for the Class of 1992 for many years. After attending Hockaday for eight years, Landy earned a BBA in Marketing and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. After working in corporate marketing and brand consulting for 10 years, she transitioned into the independent school world, joining The Lamplighter School in 2013. She currently works in communications as part of the Office of Advancement at Lamplighter. Landy and her husband Alex (St. Mark’s, Class of 1993) are the proud parents of two Hockadaisies, Evie, Class of 2024, and Callan, Class of 2026.

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett has been at Hockaday since 2014 as a member of the Upper School History Department. She is currently teaching World History and U.S. History. Dr. Bennett received a BA in History from Randolph-Macon Women’s College, an MA in European History from Southern Methodist University, and a PhD in Modern European History from University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Hockaday, Dr. Bennett worked as an independent scholar focused on eighteenth-century British History. Her work has been published in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (Gale Cengage, 2017) and in the Huntington Library Quarterly (2018). In addition to teaching, Dr. Bennett serves as president of the Cum Laude Committee and on the Hospitality Committee as an Upper School representative. She has also served on the Upper School Admissions Committee. Dr. Bennett loves the rich, supportive academic environment at Hockaday and is always excited to share her love of history with students. She is married and has one daughter, Caroline, who is currently a sophomore at Louisiana State University.