The NCS Board of Directors is comprised of Five members who form the exclusive governing body of the Charter School. They are dedicated to our mission, vision, core principles, and to ensuring ongoing educational success and fiscal responsibility of the school. They form the exclusive governing body of the Charter School. The Board of Trustees gives final approval to all personnel, budget, and policy decisions and ensures that the school’s practices are consistent with the vision and mission of the school. Board members are voted in by the community and serve a term of three years. Elections are held in the spring when vacancies occur. The Board delegates operating of the school to the NCS Administration.
Alexandria (“Ali”) Quam grew up in San Anselmo and has lived in Novato for the past fifteen years. She has two boys attending NCS. Ali is an attorney, mediator, and temporary judge, employed by the Marin County Superior Court. She is a member of the Court’s Executive and Leadership Teams and oversees the Legal Self Help and Family Court Services Divisions. Ali loves to work and volunteer in the community in which she and her children reside. She considers serving on the NCS Board a privilege and honor.
Erik Berkowitz and wife Amy Baxt have two children at NCS and their youngest daughter will begin in the Dandelion classroom in the fall of 2019. Erik holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Learning and Change in Human Systems, and currently works as a high school theater teacher at Redwood High School.
Craig Allender and his wife, CJ Hudlow, have lived in Novato for ten years and are the parents of an NCS first grader and future NCS Sunflower. Craig has an engineering degree from Penn State and moved to the Bay Area in 2002, working as a roofing and waterproofing consultant and is a partner at the firm where he’s been employed since his arrival. Craig is also the head of the NCS Tiger Team where he coordinates parent volunteer projects and maintenance around campus. Craig enjoys sailing, college football, hikes and smiling.
Lia Heath and her husband, Tad, live in Novato and have two children at NCS. Lia holds a BS degree in Communications from UCLA and an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. She works as an apparel designer for activewear and outdoor brands such as The North Face, Athleta, Marmot, and others.
The Board of Directors holds its regular meeting monthly. The meeting agendas are posted on the Homepage and on the school’s bulletin board 72 hours before each meeting. Unless otherwise stated, meetings begin at 6 PM in the Community Room. Public participation is welcome and governed by the Board’s Public Communications Policy.
Board Schedule for the 2019-20 school year:
- August 14th
- September 11th (12:00 – 4:00 pm)
- October 16th
- November 13th
- December 11th
- February 12th
- March 11th
- April 22nd
- May 27th
- June 10th