Gulf Stream School is a nonprofit institution governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Tandy Robinson is the President of the Gulf Stream School Board of Trustees and has been on the Board since 2014. Tandy currently serves on all standing committees and previously chaired the Finance Committee. Tandy is Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC., and has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is active in the community as Co-Founder of Impact 100 Palm Beach County and a Board member of Boca Helping Hands.
Tandy and her husband, Joe, have a daughter, Gracie (Gulf Stream School class of 2022), and Yasmine, currently working in CA.
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).
Alissa Rabin has been a Board of Trustees member since 2018. Alissa chairs the Marketing Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees and Strategic Planning Committee and DEIB Committee. She has also been very involved in the Blue & White Fund, serving as Chair of the committee for three years.
Alissa is managing partner and owner of her own healthcare agency, CSG Health Group. She is on the board on the unLIMBited Foundation and works very closely with the Jed Foundation.
Alissa and her husband, Michael, have a daughter Blake (Gulf Stream School class of 2025).
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).
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
Debra Ghostine has been a Board of Trustees member since 2016. She chairs the Special Events Committee and serves on the Marketing and Development Committees. Debra has been very involved with the Gulf Stream School Parents Auxiliary and is a past President.
Prior to retiring, Debra was the Vice President for Business Development and Marketing for Emergent Online and Provision Networks. She is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors at the Literacy Coalition of the Palm Beaches and as Co-Chair of the Love of Literacy Luncheon for the Literacy Coalition.
Debra and her husband, Paul, have two children: Joseph (Gulf Stream School class of 2019) and Sarah.
Dr. Joanne Julien
Dr. Joanne Julien has previously served as the Vice President of the Board of Trustees and has been on the Board since 2014 . Joanne chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, Committee on Trustees, and the Development Committee.
Joanne is a pulmonary physician and was Division Director at Good Samaritan Medical Center. She serves on the Board of Perry Biomedical, and the Scholarship Advisory Committee for the Community Foundation. She has also served on the Board of the Achievement Center for Children and Families and volunteered at the Caring Kitchen.
Joanne and her husband Bobby, have three children: Jake (Gulf Stream Class of 2020), Miles (class of 2023), and Charlie (class of 2025).
Joe Collard has been on the Board of Trustees since 2015 and serves on the Building & Grounds Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.
Joe is a technology and biotechnology entrepreneur/investor. He founded and served as CEO of several successful companies and currently serves on the Board of an Alzheimer’s company and a medicinal chemistry company.
Joe and his wife, Lotta, have four children: Marcus (Gulf Stream School class of 2015), Sofia (class of 2016), Niclas (class of 2019), and Lucas (class of 2023).
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).
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).
Beata Galloway has been a Board member since 2018. Beata serves on the Building & Grounds Committee, the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees.
Beata is the Managing Director of Ocean Ridge Rentals (ORR), a real estate investment firm. Prior to joining ORR, Beata was a Senior Vice President at DRB Capital. She also volunteers at the Caring Kitchen and the Delray Beach Public Library.
Beata and her husband, Scott, have two children: Alec (Gulf Stream School class of 2022) and Nolan (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 BellisCarly 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).
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.
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.