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Elgin Academy Board of Trustees

The National Association of Independent Schools issues “best practices” guiding the role of trustees, which include:

  • serving as the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the Trustees’ responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of Elgin Academy in fulfilling that mission.
  • executing multi-faceted responsibilities.  The governing  Board of Trustees has a fiduciary responsibility to Elgin Academy for sound financial management. Trustees participate in the development of a strategic plan and are actively involved in providing financial support through annual and capital giving campaigns. Each Trustee has the responsibility to support the school and its head while advocating for EA within the community.
  • actively supporting and promoting Elgin Academy’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and policy positions, sharing Elgin Academy’s commitment to equity and justice and representing the school appropriately and accurately within the community. The Board’s role is to set policy and to focus on long-range, strategic issues. Individual Trustees do not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues. They take care to separate the interests of the school from the specific needs of a particular child or constituency.   
  • actively weighing a multitude of issues concerning the governance of the school, while accepting and supporting any final decisions and refraining from responding to any situation individually. With authority vested in the Board as a whole, once a decision is made, the Board speaks as one voice, keeping all deliberations confidential.


Alan Scimeca

Trustee, Alumni Parent, Board Chair

Michael Warren

Trustee & Alumni Parent, Vice Chair

Bill Padula

Trustee, Current Parent, Alumni Parent, Treasurer

Rhonda Dwyer

Trustee, Alumni Parent, Secretary

Laura Anderson

Trustee, Alumni Parent

Colette Givens Lanton

Trustee, Current Parent, Alumni Parent

David Huang

Trustee, Current Parent

Praveen Medikundam

Trustee, Current Parent

Dani Smiley

Trustee, Alumni Parent

Jay Wittmeyer

Trustee, Alumni Parent

Rachel Zonts

Trustee, Alumni Parent, Current Parent, EAPA President