Board of Trustees

Front of the school building at the top of the circle drive

Whitfield School is a nonprofit corporation overseen by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees employs the Head of School, sets the annual budget for operations, and promotes the mission of the School.


Ron Fox '74
Board Chair
Parent of Nathan '24, Joanna '07, Elizabeth '03, Jeffrey '01
Fox Smith LLC
Andy Bryan
Parent of Whitney '25, Andrew '27, Catherine '28
Dynaquip Corporation
Brian Chao '08

Starkloff Disability Institute

John Corn

Parent of Spencer '25
Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Dave Cooperstein

Parent of Grace '25
PGAV Destinations

Tamara Estrill-Lett

Parent of Noah '28
Skin Specialty Solutions

Corey Jones

Parent of Taryn '24, Fallon '27

Derik King

Vice Chair
Parent of Sam '24

Paul Minorini

Parent of Anthony '12, Hannah '15, Kate '16
Boys Hope Girls Hope, Retired

Karen Myers

Board Secretary
Parent of Katherine '13, Sarah '16, Julia '16 
US Bank

Melissa Howe O'Connor '08

Webster University

Asim Raza

Parent of Riyaz '24
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

David Ressner

Board Treasurer
Parent of Abby '23

Scott Rhodes '98

Parent of J.R. '24, Tate '26, Hale, Anderson
Handi-Craft Co

Geneen Von Kloha

Parent of Gylian '25
Moneta Group

Philip B. Cady Jr. ’70

Parent of Elissa '97, Chris '00, Laura '02
Retired, Ford Steel

Bruno B. Schmitter

Parent of Tanya '99, Nadya '02, Dylan '06
Hydromat, Inc.

Wayne L. Smith II

Parent of Chip '97, Colin '00, Austin '08 
Eagle Private Capital LLC

Chris Cunningham

Head of School


Members of the Board of Trustees serve on three committees: Committee on Trustees, Finance & Asset Oversight, Advancement.  Members of the Whitfield community may also be invited to join a Board Committee. In addition to ongoing governance, the Board of Trustees shepherds Whitfield’s strategic plan. The icons below represent the strategic priorities of the current Board of Trustees.

International Programming
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Facility Planning


Ron Fox '74


Ron Fox '74

Ron Fox '74

Parent of Nathan '24, Joanna '07, Elizabeth '03, Jeffrey '01

"Serving as a Trustee is about Whitfield’s future and, in turn, the future of our children by supporting our talented faculty, staff, and administration as they foster and inspire our students. It is also about connecting with alumni and sharing their success stories.  As an alumni, alumni parent, and current parent, I am honored by the opportunity to help ensure Whitfield’s bright future. Go Warriors!"

Phil Levy

Vice Chair

Trustee Phil Levy

Phil Levy

Parent of Morgan '15, Michael '17

“Whitfield School is first and foremost about a team of passionate and progressive educators building trusted relationships with our students.  Here, every student is welcomed, encouraged to take on new challenges and learns as much from peers as she does from teachers in the classroom or coaches on the athletic field.  Whitfield is a truly special community and a leader among St. Louis independent schools.” 


Dave Ressner


Board Trustee Dave Ressner

Dave Ressner

Parent of Abby '23

"Whitfield School has earned its adoring parents and alumni by genuinely caring for students and families. I am honored to serve Whitfield with many of those devoted parents and alumni. Our work together is always meaningful, but it is especially gratifying when I’ve been able to sit in on classes led by creative, energetic teachers and when my daughter tells me stories that demonstrate her strong academic, extracurricular and social engagement with the school."

Karen Myers


Trustee Karen Myers

Karen Myers

Parent of Katherine '13, Sarah '16, Julia '16

"Whitfield School is an amazing place where every student is known and valued. Classrooms are engaging and dynamic spaces and the school’s student-centered academic program encourages critical thinking and leadership development. Whitfield’s talented educators deliver the school’s mission every day in the classrooms, on the athletic fields and courts, and in the hallways. They surround the students with passion and care and inspire them to be ethical, confident, and successful. "