Meet The Team
Sheri Mowbray, Chair
Sheri Mowbray is a retired business owner who has lived in Marin all her life. She served on the Larkspur-Corte Madera School Board for six years, including two years as president. She also served on the Tamalpais Union School Board. Sheri currently serves on the board of the Larkspur Community Foundation. She is passionate about education and the community and believes we can do better for our kids with fewer school districts.
Sloan Bailey, Co-Chair
Sloan Bailey is an attorney. He served on the Corte Madera Planning Commission and on the Corte Madera Town Council, including time as Mayor. Sloan believes in efficient and effective government.
Laura Anderson, Secretary
Since moving from Boston to Larkspur in 2003, Laura has held several leadership positions in Marin County, including a five year stint on the Tamalpais Union High School District Board of Trustees. She is passionate about high quality public education for all students.
Catherine Way, Committee Member
Catherine and her family moved to Marin in 2005 for the same reasons that a lot of families do: the quality of life, charming neighborhoods, abundant outdoor activities, and outstanding public schools. Both of her daughters graduated from Redwood High School. Catherine’s belief that a strong community is built through active citizenship and service led her to run for the Larkspur City Council in 2013 where she continues to serve.
Mark Burton, Committee Member
Mark Burton is Of Counsel to Audet & Partners and has been honored as a Super Lawyer every year since 2008. His community efforts include serving on as a trustee for the Nicasio School District and Golden Gate University and on the boards of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers, San Francisco Lawyers Club, Nicasio Land Preserve, Nicasio Land Owner’s and the Nicasio School Foundation. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Nicasio Fire Department.
Ruth Dell, Committee Member
Ruth is very committed to public education and served for 12 years on the board of the Tamalpais Union High School District. She also served for several years as president of the Marin County School Board Association.
Ruth and her family have lived in Marin since 1990 and her three children graduated from Redwood High School. She has also served on the boards of the Spahr Center and 10,000 Degrees.
Chuck Ford, Committee Member
Chuck Ford is a 48-year Marin resident. He served on the Lagunitas School District board from 1979 to 1983, directed Tamiscal High School’s Team Program from 1992 to 2013, and served on the Tamalpais High School District board from 2013 to 2018. He is a strong advocate for local control of schools.
Michael Futterman, Committee Member
Michael Futterman has served on the Board of Trustees of the Tamalpais Union High School District and the Larskpur-Corte Madera School District, including terms as Board Chair of both districts. He and his family have lived in Marin County for over thirty years, and his three children attended public schools here. Professionally, Michael practices law in a firm in San Francisco. He is an avid cyclist.
Shelley Hamilton, Committee Member
Shelley is the Director of Research and Communication for Marin Promise Partnership, and was formerly the CEO of a collective impact nonprofit consulting firm for 13 years. She currently serves as Board President of the Ross Valley School District Board of Trustees and was on the Fairfax Planning Commission for 9 years. Shelley's two children attended public school in Marin where her extended family has lived for over fifty years.
Valorie Pitts, Ed.D., Committee Member
Valerie is a 40 year veteran educator who retired as superintendent after 13 years with Larkspur-Corte Madera School district during which time she also provided superintendent services to Sausalito Marin City and Ross School District. Dr. Pitts has worked in several Bay Area school districts. She currently serves as adjunct professor in Educational Leadership for SFSU and consults on superintendent searches across the country.
Michele Crncich Hodge, Ed. D.
Michele has been an educator for 27-years with a focus on communities of diversity, as a teacher, President of the Mill Creek Educators Association (MCTA), legislative advocate, principal, assistant dir. of Accountability and Special Projects, and now Trustee of the Mill Valley School District (2021-2025.). She has an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, an M.A. in Reading, and is a proud Cal Bear. Her extended family has lived in Marin for over 55 years attending Mill Valley and TUHSD public schools.