Mr. Steven Brazelton



Steve Brazelton moved to Reno in 1995 to serve as assistant general counsel to Super Shops, a national manufacturer and retailer. Steve has owned and operated his own law firm in Reno since 1999, serving business, personal injury and immigration clients.  Over the years he has found creative solutions for business owners, he has helped many immigration clients legalize their status, including many pro bono clients, and he has recovered compensation for severely injured clients in complex tort cases. His innovative approach to difficult immigration cases has been featured in national publications. Steve is fluent in Spanish and he regularly appears on local Spanish language television stations to answer immigration policy questions.  Steve graduated with numerous honors from Loyola Marymount University in 1990 (B.A. Humanities/Philosophy) and Southwestern University Law School in 1994 (J.D.). Steve met his wife Nathalie Huynh in law school and they have two daughters, Jasmine and Jade, who have attended Sage Ridge.  Steve has volunteered in Reno as a coach, physical education teacher, Bar Association committee member, homeowners association committee member, government agency liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Chamber of Commerce advisor. Steve enjoys the outdoors, surfing and beekeeping, and he takes an annual backpack trip into the Sierras with his daughters.


Mr. Ranson W. Webster


Vice President

Appointed: 1998, Founding Member Currently, CEO Chargerback, leader in lost and found solutions for the hospitality and travel industry Founder, Ex-Chairman & CEO Computing Resources, Inc. Managing Member, Evergreen Capital LLC Mr. Webster founded Computing Resources, Inc. (CRI) on April 1, 1978 as a general purpose data processing service bureau specializing in automating accounting functions, with a primary focus on payroll processing for small businesses. Forming strategic marketing alliances with financial institutions in Nevada, California and the mid-west, CRI gained momentum in the 1980s by providing unparalleled customer service and investing in cutting-edge technology. CRI developed several innovations during the 1980’s including: phone-in payroll, automatic payroll, and around the clock 24/7 customer support. Mr. Webster’s continued vision allowed CRI to gain national recognition as the nation’s fourth largest quality payroll services provider, servicing over 100,000 businesses nationwide. During CRI’s 21 years as a privately held company it enjoyed record revenue and net income growth compounded annually of 22.9% and 30.5% respectively. CRI established itself as an industry leader in generating the highest profit margin per payroll transaction processed. In 1997, CRI embarked on an exciting new payroll services venture with Intuit—the makers of QuickBooks and Quicken financial software. CRI successfully integrated its proprietary tax and electronic direct deposit processing systems with QuickBooks and QuickBooks Pro. In March of 1999, CRI announced it had agreed to a merger with Intuit. Mr. Webster served as Chairman and CEO of Intuit’s payroll division (CRI) until March 2000. Mr. Webster has extensive experience developing; implementing and marketing technology based transaction-processing systems. Areas of expertise include: accounting, credit authorization, ACH payments, payroll and payroll tax systems. Mr. Webster formed Evergreen Capital LLC during 1998. Evergreen Capital is an early stage investment company that focuses and invests in start-up Internet, service oriented and biotech companies. Mr. Webster currently serves as board Chairman of Inzap Inc and Capital Resources, Inc. Mr. Webster is also a founder, Vice Chairman and director of Heritage Bank of Commerce (HTBK) located in San Jose, California. A resident of Reno, Nevada since 1972, Mr. Webster is currently Chairman of the Board for the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, and Chairman of the Board for the Nevada Policy Research Institute and past Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board for the City of Reno. Other civic affiliations include Vice Chairman, Sage Ridge School board, the Rotary Club of Reno, and Executive Board member of the Nevada Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America.




Mrs. Sallie Armstrong



Sallie Armstrong is a partner in the law firm of Downey Brand LLP, which has offices in Northern California, San Francisco, and Nevada. Sallie manages Downey Brand’s Reno office, where her practice includes commercial litigation and the representation of a wide range of stakeholders in insolvency related matters, including debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases and receivers. Sallie is recognized as one of Nevada’s leading bankruptcy lawyers. She has had an AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell for many years, and, in 2013, she was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy by American Lawyer Media and Martindale–Hubbell™. Sallie has been elected by her peers to U. S. News - Best Lawyers every year since 1989, and, in 2012, she was chosen as Best Lawyers’ Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year. Under her supervision, Downey Brand’s Nevada office has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for Bankruptcy. Sallie received her B.A., magna cum laude with distinction, from Sweet Briar College, her J.D. from University of Arkansas School of Law, where she was member of and citations editor for the Arkansas Law Review, and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Sallie has served on the Sage Ridge Board since 2009, and she currently serves as Secretary to and Vice-President of the Board. She and her husband Bob have 2 daughters. Their daughter Elizabeth (“E.B.”) is a graduate of the Class of 2013 and attends Vanderbilt University. Sallie believes in giving back to her community and recognizes the importance of community involvement. Since 2003, Sallie has worked with the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, most recently serving as Chair of its Investment Committee. Sallie also serves on the Finance Council for her church parish, Our Lady of the Snows. Sallie appreciates the education she received, and she credits being able to leave the public school system in Arkansas to obtain her high school education at an independent, college preparatory school in Memphis, Tennessee, not only for her educational achievements but also for the success she now enjoys in the practice of law. Sallie thus believes it is important for a community to offer its residents different educational choices. For this reason, Sallie is passionate about Sage Ridge and the educational opportunities it affords residents of Northern Nevada.


Dr. Ruth Adams



Ruth Adams, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of skin cancer. She is an owner/partner of Carson Dermatology Skin Cancer Treatment Center in Carson City Nevada where she has practiced for the last 16 yrs. Ruth is a veteran of the United States Air Force Medical Corps where she performed duty as a flight surgeon and in the emergency room before she received her dermatology training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. She separated from the Air Force after 9 years of active duty, achieving the rank of Major. Ruth has been very active in the community at Sage Ridge, having served several years as a grade level representative for the Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) and most recently as Chairman of the PAC. She has also served on multiple other school committees and programs. She is a new member to the Board of Trustees and is serving as the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, setting goals to ensure the continued academic excellence of Sage Ridge School. She and her husband (Jay S. Adams, M.D.) have two daughters who have attended Sage Ridge for several years. Emily 18, a graduate of the Class of 2014, is enrolled at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Claire, 15, will be a Sophomore at Sage Ridge where she has attended since the 5th grade.


Dr. Kristi MacLeod



Dr. MacLeod is a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician and General Pediatrician. She moved to the Reno area in 2005 with her husband, Dr. Peter Althausen, and their three children. She served as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis Medical Center since 2002 where she worked in both the General Pediatrics Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Abuse Referral and Evaluation Center until January of 2009 when the center closed. She has been the Medical Director of the Washoe County child sexual assault program (currently called the Washoe County Child Advocacy Center) since 2011. She also serves as the Medical Director of the Elko County Child Sexual Assault Telemedicine Program and the Medical Child Abuse Consultant for the Division of Child and Family Services Northern Nevada Rural Regions. She is an active member of the Washoe County Child Protection Enforcement Team, the Children's Justice Act Task Force and an appointed member of the Nevada State Special Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. The multi-disciplinary nature of her child abuse work requires me to testify often in the Criminal and Family Court systems throughout Northern Nevada and Northern California. In order to keep in contact with her General Pediatric roots, Dr. MacLeod works part time for Dr. Robin White in her private practice in Reno, as well as mentoring in the UC Davis resident clinic. Dr. MacLeod and her husband, Dr.Althausen, have three enthusiastic children at Sage Ridge School in grades 6 and 8. In Dr. MacLeod’s first year at the school, she was an active member of the Parent Advisory Committee, delivered an educational talk on the adolescent brain and committed many hours to fundraising for the Sage Ridge Theater Program and its trip to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a new board member, she looks forward to increased participation in all areas of the school.


Dr. Richard Welcome



Richard Welcome (Rick) has been a Sage Ridge parent since the 2005-2006 school year. He and his wife Mary Ann have seen both of their sons attend from lower school through graduation at Sage Ridge. Their older son, Andrew, class of 2012, is a Junior at Duke University with double major in Political Science and Global Health with a minor in Entrepreneurship. The younger son Brandon, recent graduate of class of 2014, will begin his Freshman year this fall at the University of San Diego. Rick has been a practicing radiologist physician for 25 years, earned subspecialty board certification in Interventional Radiology in 1997, and is a 25-year member of the Society of Interventional Radiology. He has been a partner in Radiology Consultants at Saint Mary’s Hospital for 14 years. Rick has been active in the last 10 years in the growth of Women’s Imaging including breast mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and interventions at Saint Mary’s. Prior to moving to Reno in 2000, he was a member of the Radiology faculty and staff at UCLA Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the large Medical Professionals Malpractice Insurance Company. He was active as a Den Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster with his sons in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and proudly saw both of his sons become third generation Eagle Scouts. Over the past four years his family and other families from Sage Ridge helped raise funds and then traveled to Central America and Africa to build schools in Nicaragua and Malawi. He has served on the Annual Fund Committee for the past three years and has served as a board member since 2012.


Mrs. Vivian Leal



Vivian Leal has two decades of history volunteering at independent schools throughout the education of five children. Most recently she co-chaired the Menlo School Parent Education Conference on technology and the brain, which featured world class researchers and a Pulitzer Prize winner. The conference examined how being wired 24/7 affects the learning, thinking and lives of our young adults, and was attended by nearly 500 parents and professionals. Vivian was also Director of Programming at Kepler’s Books, overseeing not-for-profit Community Partnerships, Youth and Parenting Programs, and over 250 author events per year. In 2008 her team won the prestigious Pannell Award given nationally to “booksellers who stimulate, promote and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books." Vivian holds a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University and both an MFA in Creative Writing and a Masters in Literature and Composition from UMass, Amherst. Her family joined the Sage Ridge community in fall of 2003 when they moved to Reno, and she was named to the board in March 2004. Vivian's youngest daughter is currently a student at Sage Ridge School. 


Ms. Cathy Maurer

Cathy received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991. She passed the CPA exam in May of 1991 and spent 12 years in public accounting working for Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte and Touche with a focus in insurance, healthcare and not for profit industries. During her tenure with Ernst & Young she spent 3 years on an international assignment in Moscow, Russia. Having worked in finance before and after college as Controller and Chief Financial Officer for various businesses she has over 25 years of experience in Accounting.

Cathy has had many years of experience volunteering and serving on Parent Associations Boards in schools her children have attended. Serving as Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Chair and Class Parent. She is currently serving as Treasurer of the Sage Ridge Parent Association having been a board member for 3 years.

Cathy and her husband Mark have a son Jackson a student at Sage Ridge since 5th grade that is currently in the 10th grade. His older brother attends college in San Francisco at the Arts Academy University, majoring in sound design for visual media.

Ms. Erin Mulvaney

Erin Mulvaney has been working professionally with children since 1994. She began her career as a behavioral therapist at the Children’s Health Council, a behavioral pediatrics clinic and non-public school in Palo Alto, CA. She co-founded and directed the Therapeutic After-School Program at the CHC in 1999, providing structure and support outside the classroom setting for severely emotionally disturbed children. She moved to Brussels with her husband in 2000 and while there founded a catering company that served the ex-pat community. After coming home to the US, she earned her LCSW and returned to the CHC as an individual and family therapist. She later earned a certificate in Loss and Grief, ran a small private practice, and volunteered at Kara, a Palo Alto-based grief-support organization. Since moving to Reno in 2007 with her family, Erin has served as PTA president and in fundraising and community-building positions at various Reno schools. Erin attended the University of Oregon and earned a masters degree in social work from Simmons College. In the fall of 2016, she will have three children at Sage Ridge.

Mr. Ted Mulvaney

Ted Mulvaney is a portfolio manager at Braeburn Capital, a local Apple Inc. subsidiary. He has worked in various technical, sales, and finance capacities for startups and large corporations in the US and abroad.  Originally from North Carolina, Ted graduated from Duke University, holds masters degrees from Vanderbilt and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and is a CFA Charter holder. He has tutored elementary school students, coached middle-school basketball, and served as chairman of the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.  Ted and his family moved to Reno in 2007, and in the fall of 2016, he will have three children attending Sage Ridge.

Mr. Steve Welch

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Mr. John Faggi

jfaggiA native New Englander, John Faggi graduated from Andover and Princeton and received an MAT in English from Harvard. He taught for 40 years: two as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Korea University in Seoul, one as a Teaching Fellow at Andover, seven at The Athenian School in Danville, California, four at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and 26 at The College Preparatory School in Oakland.

He retired in 2010 and moved to the high desert with his wife, Joanne Parrilli, a retired Appellate Court Judge. He has a daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters here in Reno and a son, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters in Carlsbad, CA. He tutors at the Carmelite Monastery of Reno and at Sage Ridge School and enjoys walking, reading, keeping a journal (which he’s done since 1979), visiting friends in the Bay Area, rooting for the Raiders, Warriors, and A’s, and following rugby worldwide.

Mr. Thomas Burnham


Thomas Burnham moved to Reno in 2006 after receiving an investment from a local company to help grow the company he co-founded that manufactured solar-powered, wirelessly-activated crosswalk warning light systems. After his company was sold, Thomas joined the Marketing Department faculty at UNR in 2014. Prior to joining UNR, Thomas taught at Santa Clara University, worked in executive performance reporting for MCI Telecommunications and consulted with the management of an agricultural cooperative in rural Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer. He speaks fluent Spanish and a smattering of Guarani.

Thomas is actively engaged in the Reno entrepreneurship community, having worked for two local technology startups, served as the Metro Director for the CleanTech Open accelerator program and been a board member for the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET). He coaches students developing business plans and enjoys helping judge business plan competitions including the Pack Pitch, the Sontag Competition, and Nevada Future Business Leaders of America competitions. 

Thomas graduated with honors from Rice University in 1988 (B.A. Managerial Studies) and received his Ph.D. in Marketing Strategy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. He and his wife, Lori, who is a veterinarian at Mt. Rose Veterinary Clinic, have two children; Lucy, who attends Reno High School, and Daniel, who attends Caughlin Ranch Elementary.


The Emeritus Trustees form a group of individuals with close connections to, and a passion for, the type of college prep education and environment supported by the School and its mission. Many, but not all are, past Trustees. Both as individuals and as a group, they offer advice, serve on committees, provide input on policy initiatives, and promote the private School in the broader community.

Emeritus Trustees

Charlotte Carpenter, Past President
Paula Smith-Dermody, Past President
Alan Hoffman, Past President
Patrick Johnston, Past President
Rob Cashell, Past President
David Geddes
Dalynne Moore
Bill Silver
Gary Silverman
Peter Stremmel
Richard Trachok, II, Past President
Norma Webster
John Hester
Anthony King
Bruce Shipman
Chris Benna