Board of Trustees

The board of trustees is the primary governing body of Tesseract School, and is comprised of community members and the head of school, who serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

The Board of Trustees exercises general oversight of the management of the business and property of the School.
According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), election to the board of trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, trustees are the custodians of the school: They hold “in trust” the mission and the school’s reputation. Current trustees accept the obligation to not only preserve, but to also add to the enterprise. In purview, trustees, even those who currently have children in the school, have responsibility to create “their children’s children’s school.” The work of trustees begins with fiduciary expectations of duty (due diligence on financials), care (executing decision by the standard of a “prudent” person), and obedience (to laws and bylaws). Beyond these duties, the work of trustees focuses exclusively on policies and strategies that are future-focused, and not on daily operations, which are delegated to the head of school. Trustees are called upon to contribute their time, thought, and energy, as well as financial resources, to support the viability and growth of the school.


Jack Padovano, Chair
Tesseract Parent
President, Direct Response Group

Randy McGrane, Vice Chair
Tesseract Parent
Managing Director, Ensemble Investments

Dyan Haugen Ph.D, Treasurer
Non-Profit Organization Management Professional

Robert Engelman, Secretary
Tesseract Former Parent
EIC, Inc. MRE, Inc.

Irene Marquez- Biggs, M.D.
Tesseract Parent

Scott Cleinman
Tesseract Parent
Senior Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services, LLC.

Michael Grossman
Tesseract Parent
President, Fifty Plus One

Lars Harrington
Tesseract Parent
President & Founder, Mercury Trading

Kim Hochschuler, Immediate Past Chair
Tesseract Parent

Mitzi Montoya, PhD
Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University

Ketan Patel
Tesseract Parent
Founder CEO, Eccretive

Mark Bistricky, Ex-Officio Member
Tesseract Head of School

Access Fronter Secure Trustee Documents here.

Recent News

  • Social Entrepreneurship class to be offered in 2015
    Tesseract is partnering with SEED SPOT, a local non-profit that incubates innovative approaches to social issues. Students will design and launch a business that addresses a social issue of their choosing. A goal of the course will be for at least one student-designed business to be launched as a profitable, sustainable enterprise. This class will […]
  • Tesseract welcomes new Trustee, Lars Harrington
    Tesseract took another step forward with the appointment of our newest Trustee, Lars Harrington. Lars brings many unique talents, expertise and perspectives to the School. We immediately were impressed with his incredible devotion to his family and the Tesseract community. Lars grew up in a small seaside town on the south coast of England, Bournemouth […]
  • AZ CAPE Awards: Tesseract wins “Teacher of the Year” and “Best in Show”!
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