The Carey School Board of Trustees welcomed seven talented new board members this year. Each new board member began a three-year term on July 1, 2014, and brings a host of diverse skill sets and life experiences to the boardroom. This new group of trustees is composed of individuals who have experience in teaching, high tech, and the law, as well as finance, fundraising, educational administration, and adolescent counseling. The vast experience these seven trustees bring to our school will certainly help Carey as we implement the bold initiatives and goals set forth in our Strategic Plan.

Jean AdamsKim BottomsRobert DykesSunita ParbhuKim PepperNkia RichardsonKelly Sortino

Jean is the parent of a first grade student at The Carey School. She received her B.A. from Reed College and her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Jean has had a 15-year career in education, teaching high school at several independent schools in Belmont, Hillsborough, Palo Alto, and San Mateo. She served as Mathematics Department Head at Notre Dame High School for four years and most recently as Department Head at Castilleja School in Palo Alto. Jean has volunteered on Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation visiting committees, and has developed new courses and curriculum to meet the changing needs of students in the 21st century.


Kim is the mother of a fourth grader, first grader, and pre-kindergarten student. Kim holds a B.A. in English literature from Wittenberg University and has a background in education and corporate recruiting. Kim worked as a Director for a summer academic enrichment program, which took American middle and high school students to live and study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. After relocating to the Bay Area, Kim worked in high-tech recruiting and human resources. Kim has served in a variety of capacities at The Carey School, including CSPA Secretary; co-chair of the Community Events and Faculty/Staff Appreciation committees; Events co-chair for the current capital campaign; Room Parent; and lead for the Walkfest, Annual Fund Ambassador, and New Family Mentor committees. In addition, Kim was actively involved in the Parca Auxiliary, where she served on the board for several years.


Robert, the parent of three children at Carey, received his B.A. from Princeton University in economics with a concentration in math. He is the CEO of Tora Holdings, a leading provider of software and financial services to hedge funds. Robert has spent over 15 years in the software industry, holding executive positions in several start-up and early-stage companies in Europe, North America, and Asia. He began his career at Deloitte, working in various positions in audit, consulting, and mergers and acquisitions groups. Robert is also on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, which promotes and develops the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competition, and academic excellence through amateur football.


Sunita has had a long career in the high-tech industry, having worked in senior marketing and product management positions at Siebel Systems. She currently serves as Vice President of Client Strategy for MCG Consulting, a Bay Area high-tech consulting firm. Sunita graduated from the Harvard Business School with an MBA with honors, and she holds a B.A. in economics and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). She is also a Fulbright Scholar. At Carey, Sunita has held roles as Room Parent, auction committee member, and chairperson of spaghetti dinner. She has two daughters at Carey, in the first and third grades, and a son currently attending Bright Horizons preschool.


Kim is the mother of three Carey students in pre-kindergarten, first, and third grade. Kim received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.A. from University of San Francisco in counseling psychology. After several years in marketing and advertising, Kim switched gears to education. She taught fourth and fifth grade and social emotional learning at the Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, CA. Kim also worked at Jordan Middle School with Adolescent Counseling Services. Kim founded and coached the Varsity Girls Lacrosse program at Gunn High School and Burlingame High School. Kim has served on the board of Dartmouth College Athletics and Burlingame Mothers’ Club. While at Carey, she has volunteered with the capital campaign and as an Annual Fund Ambassador, Teacher Appreciation committee co-chair, New Family Mentor, and Room Parent.


Nkia is the proud mother of one current Carey student and one Carey graduate. She has contributed to the Carey community as a committee co-chair for Walkfest, an Annual Fund Ambassador, committee co-chair for the Carey Auction, and an Admissions volunteer. Nkia received her B.A. in international relations and English from Tufts University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She currently works as a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Jose, where she handles various civil litigation matters including civil rights and employment cases. Previously, she represented children in child abuse and neglect matters in Los Angeles. Nkia also serves on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Mateo County, a non-profit organization that provides volunteer mentors and advocates for youth in foster care.


Kelly is the Head of Upper School at Crystal Springs Uplands School, a role she has held since 2012. She joined CSUS in 2009 as the Director of College Counseling and has worked in education as an Admission Officer at Princeton University, a public school English teacher, and a curriculum specialist. She has also worked in the private sector as a strategist for Google and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. Kelly holds an MBA and M.A.Ed. from Stanford University, and an A.B. in art history and certificate in teacher preparation from Princeton University.