Nearly a month after a contentious board meeting led to turnover and near nonrenewal of its head of school of 12 years, Canterbury School of Florida in St. Petersburg has announced its new board of trustees.
Mac Hall, the head of school whose contract is now being renegotiated, sent an email out to Canterbury families late Friday afternoon announcing the new board, complete short biographies and attached photos.
"They include current parents from each division of the school, alumni, and past parents," he wrote. "In addition, they collectively bring a wide diversity of work and life experiences as well as extensive service both on the Canterbury Board of Trustees and in other organizations."
Board members Jim Connors and Elizabeth Crist Hyden were among those who were on the board before the fallout regarding Hall's contract. Though previous emails obtained by the Times said all old board members have resigned, Connors and Crist have been named as part of the new board.
Hall said board officers will be selected at the board's first meeting on Nov. 30. Board committee assignments, which will include board members and others with ties to Canterbury, will also be made at the meeting.
Here are the new board members:
Mother of alumnus Lee Hanna ’10.
Retired CPA. Was employed by Ernst and Young for 9 years, and Roberts, Hanna and Arndt, CPA’s for over 20 years, serving as President for over 10 years and Treasurer for over 20 years.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2003-2006 and 2010-2013.
Sons in grades 4, 6, and 8.
Dermatologist/Mohs surgeon in private practice at Suncoast Medical Clinic. Associate Clinical Professor, USF Dept. of Dermatology – Volunteer Clinical Faculty. Owner/Medical Director of Lumen Laser and Aesthetics, LLC.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2014-2017.
Daughter in grade 10.
Regions Bank Market President – Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Founding Board Member of St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation.
CSF: The Donatellis have been an ambassador family to many new Crusaders.
Father of alumna Katherine ’16.
Vice President of Security at Port Tampa Bay. Former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Supervisor in the Domestic Security and Investigations Division. Chair of the State of Florida Seaport Security Advisory Committee.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2013-2016. Wife, Katy, was actively involved in the Muses of the Arts and the Parents Association.
Mother of Katharine Ballingrud (attended CSF from K-10) and alumni Gordon Ballingrud ’04 and Sam Ballingrud ’10.
Attorney. Partner at law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns LLP from 1986 – present.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 1997-2004.
Father of alumni Will ’06, Bonnie ’08, Mansie ’12, and Michael ’14. RBC Capital Markets, Director Municipal Products and Student Loan Securitization 2004-2008. Wm R Hough and Co, Pres, Chairman and CEO 1994-2004.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 1995-2002. Wife, Susan, was actively involved in Boosters and started the Spirit Store.
Elizabeth Crist Hyden
Daughter in grade 12. Retired radiation oncologist. Private practice 1993-2011. Assistant Professor in Residence, University of California, Irvine, 1989-1992.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2015-2018.
Daughter in grade 4. Managing member of Coleman & Klymenko, LLC, a local St. Petersburg law firm.
CSF: Wife, Jennifer, is a Lower School Coordinator and volunteer for many CSF events. C&K has been a proud Masters Sponsor of the Canterbury Tee It Up Golf Tournament for the past several years.
Father of alumni Nico ’10 and Simone ’12.
Attorney. Partner at Leeper & Leeper law firm (personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, etc.). Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2004-2010. Coach, Cross Country and Track, 2006-2014. Wife, Sylvia, founded the Muses of the Arts and served as the first president.
Father of alumni Emily ’14 and Ellen ’16. Partner at KPMG LLP, an international audit, tax and advisory firm. Serves on the board of the Pinellas Education Foundation and is Treasurer of the Florida Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce.
CSF: Board of Trustees, 2007-2013 and 2015-2018. Wife, Susan, was actively involved in the Parents Association and Gala for many years.
Daughter in PK3, son in K. Previously a board member of Hedge Fund Cares UK, a global non-profit. Coordinated events with 100 Women in Hedge Funds UK in London and New York.
CSF: Treasurer, Canterbury Parents' Association, 2017-present. Canterbury Gala Co-Chair, 2018. Room parent.
Marc Sawyer '03
Canterbury Class of 2003. A graduate of Yale University. Director of Brewery and Distributor Relations, World of Beer Franchising, 2011-present. Previously a Junior Research Associate and Marketing Coordinator at Eagle Asset Management, 2008-2010. Minor League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs, 2007-2008.
Son in grade 5. Partner at Martinez Denbo & Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
CSF: President, Canterbury Parents' Association 2017-2019. Co-Chair Canterbury Gala, 2017. Vice President, Canterbury Parents' Association 2015-2017.