Gulf Stream School is a nonprofit institution governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
J.D. Dickenson graduated from Gulf Stream School in 1987, and has been a Board of Trustees member since 2015. J.D. chairs the Legal/Risk Management Committee, and the Development Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Committee on Trustees.
J.D. is an attorney and shareholder at Cozen O’Connor, and has practiced law in South Florida for nearly 20 years. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, J.D. was State Chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association Florida, founder of its South Palm Beach Chapter, and a founder of its Statewide Habitat Restoration Committee.
J.D. and his wife, Maggie, have two children: Sophia (Gulf Stream School class of 2018) and Henry (class of 2022).
Patrick Donovan has been a Board of Trustee member since 2018 and currently chairs the Finance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, DEIB Committee, and Committee on Trustees.
Patrick is the founder and managing partner of Lokahi Capital, a private equity firm out of Delray Beach, FL. Patrick has in the financial industry in the US and Europe over the past 22 years. He also serves on the Board of the Delray Beach Boys and Girls Club and the Board of the Delray Beach Youth Tennis Foundation.
Patrick and his wife, Abi, have three children: Leilani (Gulf Stream School class of 2021), Nathaniel (class of 2024), and Parker (class of 2026).
Anna Shannon has been a Board member since 2017. Anna has served on the Executive Committee, Marketing Committee, Committee on Trustees, and the Strategic Planning Committee.
Anna worked for an entertainment company as Vice President of Communications & Product Development that developed and produced entertainment products for the mass retail market. She currently volunteers at her local hospital.
Anna and her late husband Bill have five children: William (Gulf Stream School class of 2010), Chris (class of 2013), Nick (class of 2015), Charlie (class of 2017), and Finn (class of 2025).
TJ Glanfield has been on the Board of Trustees since 2020. He serves on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Development 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 6 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.
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. He is currently 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. Sami serves on the Committee on 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 (Gulf Stream School class of 2017), Andrew (class of 2019), and Ella (class of 2025).
Paul Zarcadoolas has been on the Board of Trustees since 2017 and serves on the Development, Marketing and Building & Grounds Committees.
Paul is the founder and President of Z Management Services Inc., a software-company consulting firm that he started 25 years ago. Paul is very active in philanthropy, both here in the United States and in Costa Rica. He also serves on the Board of the James Jr. Fund, a Broward County nonprofit organization that helps children with cancer and special needs.
Paul and his wife, Nancy, have three children: Dorothea (Gulf Stream School class of 2019), Athena (class of 2022) and Paulina (class of 2025).
Tom Stanley has been a Board of Trustees member since 2019, and he serves on the Legal/Risk Management Committee.
Tom is an attorney at MacMillan & Stanley, PLLC in Delray Beach and has practiced law for 17 years. Tom is 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.
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 and his wife, Tracy, have two children: Jack (Gulf Stream School class of 2030), and William.
Carly Bellis joined the board in 2021 and is a Gulf Stream School alumna (’93). A former lawyer, Carly spent the last 15 years growing businesses in the digital and e-commerce spaces in the US and Latin America. Currently, she owns and manages Not My Mama’s and Swinton Pickleball.
Carly and her husband Javier have two daughters, Caroline (class of 2029) and Penny (class of 2031).
Karen Sweetapple joins the Gulf Stream School Board of Trustees this year bringing the experience of being a GSS parent of four, over a span of 19 years. (Berkley “03, Langley “06, David “09, Kendall “12)
She was a member of the GSS Board of Trustees for 9 of those years serving as Vice President, Secretary, chair of the Development Committee, Co-chair of Annual Fund (with 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 Antique Club of Boca Raton and VP of Women’s Club of Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.