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Board of Trustees

Gulf Stream School is a nonprofit institution governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Our Board of Trustees Directors

Pat Donovan


Patrick Donovan has been a Board of Trustee member since 2018, and currently chairs the Special Events Committee and serves on the Finance Committee, Development Committee and Committee on Trustees.

Patrick is the managing partner of Lokahi Capital, a boutique investment firm in Delray Beach, and has worked in the financial industry in the U.S. and Europe over the past 23 years.

Patrick also serves on the Board of the Delray Beach Boys and Girls Club and the Baptist Health Foundation.

Patrick and his wife, Abi, have three children: Leilani (Class of 2021), Nathaniel (Class of 2024), and Parker (Class of 2026).

TJ Glanfield

Vice President

TJ Glanfield has been on the Board of Trustees since 2020. He serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Committee on Trustees and Building and Grounds Committee.

TJ is a founding partner and portfolio manager at Quantix Commodities, an asset management firm.  Previously, TJ was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in both New York and London.

For the past six years, TJ has also served on the board for Lwala Community Alliance, an NGO in Western Kenya, and was previously the Board Chair.

TJ and his wife, Seran, live in Delray Beach and have three young children enrolled at Gulf Stream School.

John Backer


John Backer graduated from Gulf Stream School in 2000, and has been a Board of Trustees member since 2021.

John is an owner of Gracey-Backer, Inc., an independent insurance agency founded in 1925 in Delray Beach. He is also a current Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach.

John graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a double-major in Finance and Accounting. He earned his Masters in Accountancy from Auburn University, and is a licensed CPA in Florida.

John and his wife, Tracy, have three children: Jack (Class of 2030), William (Class of 2034), and Henry.

Carly Bellis


Carly Bellis, a Gulf Stream School alumna (’93), joined the Board of Trustees in 2021. She currently chairs the Development Committee and sits on the Finance Committee, Legal Committee and Committee on Trustees.

Carly is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude.

A former lawyer, Carly spent the last 15 years growing businesses in the digital and e-commerce space, and is currently a co-founder of Swinton pickleball.

Carly and her husband, Javier, have two daughters: Caroline (Class of 2029) and Penny (Class of 2031).

Dr. Gray Smith

Head of School

Growing up outside of Baltimore, Maryland, I first learned about Gulf Stream School because my cousins were among its students. Once, during a family visit to Delray Beach, we drove by the campus and my mom said, “If we lived here, that’s where you’d go to school.”

St. Paul’s in Baltimore was great, but going to school across the street from the beach made me wish for a family relocation.

I later moved to Florida and worked at Pine Crest School as an English teacher and varsity lacrosse coach. I visited Gulf Stream School and got to know it better during those years and, at the time, began thinking, “This is where I want to be.”

I am very grateful and feel extremely fortunate and honored for the opportunity to fulfill that dream as both Gulf Stream School’s eighth Head of School, and also as a parent of two GSS students.

Our Board of Trustees Members

  • Charles Hagy, Jr.

    Charles Hagy, Jr. has been a Board of Trustees member since 2016, and chairs the DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) Committee and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.

    A teacher for nearly three decades, Charles is currently in his 27th year at The Benjamin School, where he serves as Head of Middle School, a role he assumed in 2003. Along with his administrative duties, Charles continues to teach U.S. History, coach basketball, and lead an advisory group.

    Charles also serves as Education Committee Co-Chair for the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and is a member of the Vestry at Bethesda by the Sea.

    Charles and his wife, Deborah, have three children.

  • Dr. Sami Dagher

    Dr. Sami Dagher has been on the Board since 2015, and serves on the Committee of Trustees and Finance Committee.

    Sami is an interventional pain management physician and has been practicing in Palm Beach County since 1996. He is married to Norma Dagher, who served as President of the Gulf Stream School Auxiliary Board.

    Sami and Norma have three children: Alex (Class of 2017), Andrew (Class of 2019), and Ella (Class of 2025).

  • Tom Stanley

    Tom Stanley has been a Board of Trustees member since 2019, and he serves on the Legal/Risk Management Committee.

    Tom has practiced law for 17 years and is an attorney at MacMillan & Stanley, PLLC in Delray Beach. Tom is also a Town Commissioner for the town of Gulf Stream, and a current Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach.

    Tom and his wife, Kristen, enjoy horseback riding and playing tennis.

  • Karen Sweetapple

    Karen Sweetapple returned to the board in 2021, bringing with her the experience of being a GSS parent of four over a span of 19 years (Berkley, Class of 2003; Langley, Class of 2006; David, Class of 2009; Kendall, Class of 2012).

    Karen was a member of the GSS Board of Trustees for nine of those years, serving as Vice President, Secretary, Chair of the Development Committee, Co-chair of the Annual Fund (with her husband, Bob), and other committees.

    She is active in the community — a Past President of Impact 100 Palm Beach County (current Advisory Council chair), Treasurer of the Antique Club of Boca Raton, and Vice President of the Women’s Club of Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.

  • Rashmi Kar

    Rashmi Kar joined the Board of Trustees in 2022.

    Rashmi graduated from the top of her medical school class at MGM Medical College in India, and is a board certified OB-GYN with a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. She has been a practicing gynecologist for 17 years, with an area of focus on women’s health in the underserved population through FQHC’s. Rashmi is starting a new position at Broward Health to help improve access to preventative-care services and solve health challenges that exist for women in local communities.

    Rashmi and her husband, Pinaki, have three girls — Anya, Arya and Anu (the latter both Class of 2026), and have been GSS parents since 2016.

  • Mitch Sinberg

    Mitch Sinberg joined the Gulf Stream School Board of Trustees during the 2022-2023 school year.

    He has a background in finance and serves as Senior Managing Director – Florida Leader for Berkadia.

    Mitch graduated cum laude from University of Florida in 2021, while dual-majoring in Finance and International Economics. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of Florida in 2026.

    Mitch and his wife, Gina, and their two children (Dylan, Class of 2025, and Chase, Class of 2027) reside in Gulf Stream.

    Mitch is an avid golfer and boater, and enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team.

  • Marc Julien

    Marc Julien joined the Board in August 2023.

    For 15 years, Marc has been developing residential real estate and building custom homes for clients in Palm Beach County.

    After surviving cancer in 2018, Marc became actively involved in raising money for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

    Marc and his wife, Cortney, have a daughter, Ella, in Kindergarten and a second one set to start PreK-3 next year. His brother’s three sons all attended GSS, and he and his wife have been actively involved with the school. The family are great believers in the school and the education it provides its students.

  • Kathy Fong

    Kathy Fong is an executive at Goldman Sachs, where she has worked for more than 20 years across Controllers and Human Capital management.

    Kathy and her family relocated to Florida in 2022 after living in Asia for 22 years. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Kathy was a controller at Brown Brothers Harriman and an auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in New York.

    Kathy served on the Board at the American Club of Hong Kong for five years, and is also on the Board of the Michael Manzella Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to activities in education, children’s causes, cancer research and the arts.

    Kathy has an EMBA from Kellogg-HKUST and a BBA in Finance from the University of
    Notre Dame. Kathy; her husband, Brandon; and their twin boys live in Boca Raton.

  • Kathy Fazio

    Since 2007, Kathy Fazio has been the Executive Director of Paul’s Place After School, a local nonprofit focused on the needs of underserved children in the Delray Beach community. She is also a former Board member of Roots and Wings, and a current Board member of the Beach Property Owners Association.

    Kathy and her husband, John, have lived in Delray Beach for 35 years, raising two GSS alumni, Annie Hardy (Class of 2001) and Jay Fazio (Class of 2003). Kathy’s eldest grandchild is a current student in Pre-K-4.

  • Alexis Rudisill

    Alexis Rudisill and her family joined the Gulf Stream School community in January 2021.

    A graduate of Princeton University, Alexis spent her career working in the art industry at Sotheby’s and later in real estate development.

    Alexis, along with her husband, McAndrew; and children, Georgia, Breier and Mac; moved to Florida from Denver, Colorado in order to be closer to family. Georgia and Breier, twin girls, are in Grade 6, and their son Mac is in Grade 2.

    The Rudisills are thrilled to be living near the water, as they are all avid anglers and watersports enthusiasts. In addition, they love to play tennis and ski.