Board of Trustees

Our Mission

To enable students to become enlightened, compassionate and contributing citizens of our global community, while preparing
graduates for their best opportunities in higher education.


  • We will ensure excellence in our academic, arts and athletic programs, aligning them with our core values and mission.
  • We will nurture a culture that attracts and retains the best people to work at Maumee Valley and that also encourages and supports professional growth.
  • Our facilities will provide a rich and meaningful learning environment, respecting and making use of the natural beauty of our campus.
  • We will assure our long-term financial viability by protecting and communicating the Maumee Valley difference, which will shape our admission and advancement policies and practices.
  • We will cultivate relationships with regional, national, and global partners that will enrich our students and serve our greater community.
Matt Buchanan

Trustee since 2011
A current parent of two Maumee Valley students, Matt is a registered patent attorney and founding partner at Buchanan Van Tuinen LLC, a global intellectual property law firm head- quartered in Toledo. Matt earned a B.S. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Microbiology and Immunology from the Medical College of Ohio. He earned his J.D. from the University of Toledo.

Amy Yustick
Vice President
Trustee since 2013
Amy and husband Robert are the parents of current MVCDS students, Bryce, Paige, and Blake. She currently serves as CFO for Champion Laboratories, a leading automotive filtration supplier and has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Champion, she held various roles in finance, IT, and strategy at Ford Motor Company, Bosch, Timken and Dana. She received her BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Michigan and her MBA in Finance from the Katz Graduate School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at her lake house in Michigan.
Diana Block ’91
Vice President
Trustee since 2016
Diana Block is executive vice president of Block Communications Inc. Before moving to Toledo to join the parent company last summer, Diana worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as president and co-publisher. In 2012 she began teaching business communications at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. Diana has a BA in English from Yale University, a MA in English from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rick Kaser

Trustee since 2012
Rick is a Senior Vice President for Morgan Stanley. He received his Bachelors degree from Miami University in Accounting and Finance. Rick is a current parent and serves on various committees of the board.

Laurie Julius Avery '88

Trustee since 2014
Laurie Avery is a 1988 graduate of MVCDS. She and her husband Rick are alumni parents of three MVCDS students. She is a partner in the Toledo Office of Reminger Co., LPA where she focuses her law practice on the defense employers in litigation-related matters and professions in the defense of malpractice claims. Laurie earned her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her BA from the University of Rochester.

Vallie Bowman English
Trustee since 2017
Vallie Bowman-English received her Law Degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1995. She is married to Common Pleas Court Judge Ian English and they have one son.
Vallie is a past president and current member of the Ohio Association of Municipal / County Court Clerks. Vallie was elected Clerk of the Toledo Municipal Court in November of 2003. As Clerk, she has used technology to make the office more efficient and better serve the public..She is also the Chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Vallie became the first minority President of the Toledo Bar Association in its 138 year history. She is the past Chair of the Susan G. Komen of NW Ohio Grants Peer Review Panel and a current member of the board. She is the Chair of the Lucas County Democratic Party’s Central committee, and has been appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court‘s Judicial Family Network Advisory Board.
Rita Jaessing Brauneck '68
Trustee since 2018
Rita graduated from MVCDS in 1968, attended Skidmore, then graduated, cum laude, from Lake Erie College. She started and, for five years, operated an early childhood/day care learning center. After earning an MBA from the University of Michigan, she served in various operational leadership roles with Avery Dennison for 17 years. Since then, Rita has led a career transition firm, was certified as an executive coach while a practice leader with Lee Hecht Harrison, then launched her own leadership and career consultancy in 2007. She is actively coaching executives and corporate board members across the US.

Rita lives in Cleveland where she is a member of the Board of Directors of NSL Analytical Services, Inc. and a Board Member of In Counsel with Women, an organization of senior women leaders. She also advises early stage companies.
Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
Trustee since 2015
Amanda is the mother of two MVCDS students, Klaus '20 and Cornelia '29. She is the Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Toledo/Medical Center. She is also the Director of International Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention. Amanda was a Winterim Independent Study advisor this year and was a member of the search committee for the Head of Middle School position.

Mary Fedderke
Trustee since 2012
Mary is an alumni parent of two children and serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement for The Toledo Zoological Society. She graduated Cum Laude from Wheaton College and is an active member of the Northwest Ohio Community, serving on many boards, including Toledo Area Planned Giving Council and the Black Swamp Conservancy.

Areka Foster, PC, ATR
Trustee since 2013
A current parent at Maumee Valley, Areka is a licensed clinical counselor and registered art therapist at The victory Center, Polly Fox Academy and in the private practice. She is the co-founder of Growing 2 Give Garden, a non-profit that grows and donates fresh produce to area food banks and soup kitchens. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Guidance and Counseling (BGSU), and the other in Art Therapy and Counseling (Ursuline College).

Paula Grieb, DNP, RN
Trustee since 2015
Paula spent her undergraduate years at Spring Arbor University and received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at The Ohio State University.  She currently works as the Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President Patient Care Services at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital and the Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President Patient Care Services at ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.  Paula is a member of the Toledo Area Organization of Nurse Executives and was an Excellence in Nursing Leadership Nominee in 2009 for The Toledo Hospital.
Mary Lynch Jarrell
Trustee since 2013
Mary spent her undergraduate years at Northwestern University and received her law degree at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She practiced corporate law at Arter & Hadden in Cleveland, and later as in-house counsel for Compass Group USA, Inc. Currently Mary devotes her time to familly and volunteer work. She and her husband Paul, are parents of Michael '17 and Colette '20.

Sarah Justen
MVPA President

Trustee since 2018
Sarah Justen is a Holistic Wellness Coach specializing in Colonhydrotherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Reiki, Relaxation Massage, and Women's Empowerment. Formerly of Serenity Health and Wellness, Sarah left her practice in 2013 to focus on growing her family and their gardens. She and her husband Tim reside in Monclova with their three children Lilah Rose, Violet Rae, and Henry Hobbes. Sarah has been an avid volunteer since her family joined Maumee Valley Country Day School in 2013. She has chaired the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon for several years, as well as having been a member of the auction committee, assisted with the school carnival, provided the rocks for the ongoing project in the ELC, and is a rep in both the Primary and LI. Sarah's passion for human connections and coffee runs deep. These days you can find Sarah making the coffee at the Starbucks on Airport and McCord, during the early morning hours. Sarah and her family are looking forward to the arrival of another child this fall.
Joss Kiely '01
Alumni Council President
Trustee since 2018
Joss is a visiting instructor in architecture at Louisiana State University School of Architecture where he teaches courses in architectural studio, history, and representation at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has recently completed a dissertation entitled, "Itinerant Architecture: Global Politics and World Building in the work of Minoru Yamasaki and Associates, 1951-86," at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor. In addition, Joss maintains a creative graphic and architectural design collective, Studio Jot, which among other endeavors, designs The Valley twice per fiscal year for Maumee Valley. Joss also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College in French Language and Literature, as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in architectural history and theory from Taubman College.

Hanqiu (Hangean) Luo
Trustee since 2018
Hangean Luo is the father of Conyu (Jeff) Luo '20. Hangean lives in Beijing, China. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and business development. He is now working for Amazon as the general manager of Amazon Brand Registry Asian Pacific, and managing the departments in Beijing and Tokyo. Before working for Amazon, he had worked for Motorola and Dell. Hangean earned his TMBA from the Arizona University, and MBA from Tsinghua University.

Dr. Maneesha Pandey
Trustee since 2015
Mother of Mihir Joshi '20 and Avi Joshi '23, Maneesha is a Deputy Coroner, Forensic Pathologist in the Lucas County Coroner's Office as well as the program director of Forensic Pathology Fellowship program. She is also an assistant professor in Pathology at the Health Sciences department at the University of Toledo. Recently she has been elected as a Vice President of the non profit organization Toledo Physicians of Indian Origin (TOPI). She serves actively in various committees and as a board of director for National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).
Brian Reddy
Trustee since 2013
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Brian emigrated to the United States in 1989. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Canisius College and his JD, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He is in private practice and concentrates in civil litigation. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of two alumni and one current student, and Lisa is a dedicated school volunteer. Brian’s family has hosted two international students.

Emily (Xin) Tian
Trustee since 2016
Emily (Xin) Tian is the mother of Jack '17 and Kimmi '23. She and her husband, Michael Zhao own a plastic products company, ICO Products/ICOMold, headquartered in Holland, Ohio. She has lived in Toledo since 1995 and has a Master of Science from Bowling Green State University.

Andy Weiner
Trustee since 2017
A current parent of three Maumee Valley students, Andy is an Associate Vice President with Morgan Stanley. Before moving to Toledo in 2008, he spent 32 years in New England where he met his wife Sarah, originally from Toledo. He graduated from St. Andrews School, Barrington, RI, and from Unity College in Maine. He subsequently provided consulting services to the commercial banking and lending industry before discovering his passion for working with individual people and families. Andy also serves as Chairman of the Board at Sunset Retirement Communities, a local non-profit, and is the Chair of the Investment Committee.
Judge Jeff Helmick
Trustee since 2009
Jeff is past president of the MV Board of Trustees and currently chairs the Committee on Trustees. He was an attorney in private practice for more than 23 years before his appointment by the President as a U.S. District Judge in 2012. Jeff received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. His former board service includes the Pemberville Boys Ranch, the Toledo Rowing Club, and David's House Compassion, Inc. Jeff and his wife Karen are parents to Joel '19.

Ann Stranahan
Trustee Emerita
Ann, a dedicated member of this community, served as President of the Board in the 1980s. She created and produced the documentary on Maumee Valley for Toledo Stories and wrote the school's 125 Year History. Ann is an author, poet and humanitarian. She is a past parent, current grandparent, and strong advocate for Maumee Valley.

Georgia Welles
Trustee Emerita
Georgia is a community leader and has provided support for a large variety of non-profit organizations across the country, including Maumee Valley Country Day School. She has worn many hats for the school, including parent, grandparent, trustee, and president of the board. She continues to mentor the administration of the school to ensure the longevity of Maumee Valley for generations to come.

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