Board of Trustees

Board Photo-2016The Grauer School is a 501c(3) public charity overseen by our dedicated Board of Trustees. Our board includes current and alumni parents, community members, and educational experts who are role models of dedication, giving, and service. If you have experience in independent school governance or are interested in this area, we hope you’ll inquire about board membership.

Our board is ably served by 7 committees that ensure oversight, high performance, fiscal responsibility, philanthropy, and community advocacy.


Meet the Board

~ Stuart Grauer, Ed., Head of School

Encinitas, CA
President since 1996
Founder of School, 1991
Other Affiliations:  Dr. Grauer accredits and consults for schools around the world.

Education:     B.A., Masters, Doctorate, University of San Diego
Occupation:   School Founder & Headmaster, Educator, Author (click here for Stuart’s new book, Fearless Teaching)


~ Craig Gertz,  Chairperson
Encinitas, CA
Trustee since 2015
Committees:  Finance, Audit, Advancement, Governance
Other Affiliations:  Past experience includes The Board of Trustees of The Village of Grayslake, Illinois, The Village’s Environmental and Open Space Commission, Village of Long Grove, Illinois Planning Commission

Education:      BA cum laude, Princeton University, JD Northwestern University Law School
Occupation:    Daspin & Aument, LLP, Attorney


~ Robert Gottlieb, Finance Chair
Cardiff, CA
Trustee since 2009
Committees:  Finance
Other Affiliations:    Community Housing Works, Board Member

Education:      BA, Business, UCLA, MA Business, San Diego State University
Credentials:    CPA
Occupation:    CFO, H.G. Fenton Company


~ Sheila Wirick, Board Secretary
Olivenhain, CA
Trustee since 2009
Committees:  Governance Chair, Advancement, Audit, Parent Association
Other Affiliations:      Board of Management, Ecke Family YMCA
Volunteer, Scripps Hospice

Education:   BA, University of Oklahoma
Occupation:  Administrator, Community Volunteer


~ Anthony R. Carr
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Trustee since 2007

Other Affiliations:    La Jolla Institute of Immunology, Board Member
UCSD Athletic Advisory Board, Member
USD Burnham Moores Executive Board, Member
International Relief Teams, Board Member
Managing Partner, San DIego Self Storage
Chairperson, Self Storage Management Company
Education:      BA History, UCLA, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business
Occupation:    President, Carlo, Inc., a Real Estate Company


~ David Cumming
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Trustee since Fall, 2016
Committees:      Finance, Advancement
Other Affiliations:  Board Member Rowland-Hall St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City, Utah Board Chair, Another Way School Park City, Utah

Education:  BA Art History, University of Utah, MBA, University of Utah
Occupation:  Entrepreneur, business owner


~ Carol Higgins
Encinitas, CA
Trustee since 2011
Committees:      Advancement & Development, Audit
Other Affiliations:    Volunteer, Rady’s Children’s Hospital

Education:      BS Business & Minor in Marketing, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Occupation:    Community Volunteer & Fundraiser


~ Doug Katz
Encinitas, CA
Trustee since 2010
Other Affiliations:     Trustee, Pretrial Justice Institute
Trustee, Red Shark Technology
Author, The Invisible Spotlight, 2011
Guest Lecturer, University of Maryland Honors Program
Founder/Partner, Wasserman/Katz, Organizational Consulting Firm

Education:  BA, MA, Clinical Psychology, American University, Washington, DC
Occupation:  Founder, JamArtz, Creative Services Firm


~ David Meyer
Encinitas, CA
Trustee since 1996
Committees:      Finance, Building & Architecture

Education:  Tulane University
Occupation:  President, DCM Properties


~ Jason Pang
San Marcos, CA
Trustee since 2014
Committees:  Advancement
Other Affiliations:    StockTwits, Inc.
SPARK Finance, CEO
The Founder Institute, Mentor & Advisor
DivX Inc., Sr. Director, Business & Marketing
Accenture, Technical Architecture Manager

Education:      Texas A&M University, BS & MS Engineering
Occupation:    Technology Entrepreneur


~ Cliff Pia
Carlsbad, CA
Trustee since 2013

Occupation:   Chief Creative Officer, Pia Communications
Education:   Fairfield University, Disney Institute Executive Program


~ Anthony Smith, Ph.D.
Trustee since 2009
Other Affiliations:    The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Board Member

Education:      BA and MA in Behavioral Sciences, University of San Diego, PhD., University of San
Diego School of Leadership and Education Science
Occupation:   Co-Founder/Managing Director, Leadership Research Institute
        Owner, Dolce Pane e Vino Restaurant, Author


~ Mike Weir
Trustee since Spring, 2016
Committees:  Advancement

Education: BA, UCSD, MBA, The Wharton School
Occupation: General Manager & Global Head, Managed Prints Services at Hewlett-Packard


~ Patti Worthen
Del Mar, CA
Trustee since 2006
Committees:  College Placement

Education:  BS Biology, Washington University, St, Louis, MO
Occupation:  Retired, College Counseling Volunteer


Observers of the Board:

  • Lorin Port, Controller