The View from the Board

Dear Branson Family, 

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I want to thank all of you for your generosity and support over this past year which has been vital to Branson’s delivery of the best possible academic experience for its students during a global public health crisis. At this extraordinary time, we are so fortunate to have Chris Mazzola at the helm, leading Branson with courage and perseverance as we navigate the unprecedented health, safety and pedagogical challenges of operating a school in a pandemic. She has rallied to tackle each new issue, and at all times has kept the student experience front and center, continuing to focus on mission and values with every important decision. Of course, she could not do this alone. None of her efforts would be realized without the remarkable talent, passion and hard work of her administrators and faculty and staff. The new version of school they created together — whether distance learning last spring or in-person this fall — far surpasses other schools’ efforts and has continued to build Branson’s reputation for excellence even at this most daunting time.

Branson also could not have done this without the time, energy, and treasure that all of you contributed to our community. The gifts you made to the Annual Fund and the Branson Bash this past year were needed more than ever to finish out the 2019-2020 school year on strong financial footing. Collectively, you raised $2,229,651 for the Annual Fund and for financial aid. Thank you for your kindness. 

I also want to acknowledge the Parents' Association and last year’s President, Kristin Keeffe. The countless hours that parent volunteers put in enhance every aspect of school life. Your energy and enthusiasm elevate our community.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Board who bring their skills, experience, and wisdom to bear on the important and sometimes thorny decisions the school makes every year. In particular, I would like to thank three outstanding board members who completed their service this past year: Harrison Miller, James Schurz, and Jani Ross. Their combined time and talent made our institution stronger. Last, but not least, a special shout out to Harrison who led our strategic planning process with vision and discipline two years ago — without his considerable effort, Branson’s future would not look as bold and promising as it does today!

Thank you all for all that you do for Branson.


Claudia Lewis
Chair, Branson Board of Trustees




Branson Board Chair Claudia Lewis 

2020-21 Board of Trustees

Steve Ashley
Sarabjit ‘Savi’ Baveja
Ben Bodipo-Memba '87
Julie Carlucci
Jack Daly
Josh Fisher
Steve Fletcher ’85
Lupe Gallegos-Diaz
Coreen Hester
Nancy Kami
Kristin Keeffe
Sloan Klein
Claudia Lewis, Chair
Johnathan Logan, Jr. ’98
Ken McNeely
Hadley Mullin ’92
Eric Prosnitz
Nancy Sackson
Maya Langer Segal '92
David Shimmon 
Ally Sievers
Quoc Tran
Connie Treadwell ‘79
Greg Tusher ‘89
Lisa Wendt
Sven Beer ‘11
Alumni Council President
Sabrina Wilson 
Faculty Representative
Michele Dillard
Parents’ Association President

Read more about the Branson Board on our website.