Administration

To contact administrators, email


Head of School

Ann Goewert, Ph. D.

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.Sc., Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, Iowa State University; B.Sc., Biology, Saint Louis University; Certificate of School Management and Leadership, in process, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2020

Ann Goewert video screenshot
In Ann’s words – A highlight video
“I am committed to safeguarding the legacy of excellence with which Mount Madonna was founded. I am committed to developing new opportunities to strengthen its academic program, enhance the student experience, and increase enrollment, diversity and equity on campus.

“I am drawn to MMS because it instills an unquenchable passion for learning. The school fosters curiosity in students, challenges them to dig deep and question ideas, and encourages intellectual risk-taking. The mission of great schools demand more than academic excellence; great schools are committed to developing compassionate individuals who strive to improve their communities and the world.”


Division Directors


Shannon Kelly (’92), B.A.

Director of Upper School, High School Faculty
B.A., Politics, Minor in History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2008


Kami Pacheco, B.A.

Director of Lower School
B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2018


Administrative Directors


Benná Dimig

Director of Admissions

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2000


Bob Caplan, B.S.

Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, Student Guidance, Middle/High Faculty
Teacher Certification, Metropolitan State College, Denver CO, B.S., Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA, B.A., Liberal Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia PA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2006


Eric Forbes

Business Manager, Finance Committee Member

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004


Leigh Ann Clifton, B.A.

Director of Marketing and Communications
B.A., Journalism, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 1998


Nicole Tervalon, Ph.D.

Director of Technology, High School Faculty
Ph.D., MIT, Cambridge, M.A. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Woods Hole; M.A. (Joint Program), M.S., Oceanographic Engineering, MIT; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2004


PK McDonald (’04), B.S.

High School Athletic Director, High School Faculty and Coach
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2009

Mount Madonna School Graduate, Class of 2004


Stevan Manzur

Middle School Athletic Director, Elementary and Middle School Physical Education Teacher, 5th Grade Teaching Assistant, Wrestling Coach

Joined Mount Madonna School in 2018