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.
Click here to view the Bylaws of Tesseract School.


Susan Chicone
Tesseract Parent
Vice President and Managing Executive, FineMark National Bank and Trust

Norman Chutkan, MD
Tesseract Parent
Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Education, Core Institute

Craig Ganz, Chair
Tesseract Parent
Attorney, Ballard Spahr

John Hatfield
Tesseract Parent
Vice President, Arizona Public Service

Christine Marshall
Tesseract Parent

John D. Musil, Pharm.D., FACA
Tesseract Parent
Founder and Chairman, Avella Specialty Pharmacy

Iain Saunders
Tesseract ParentVice President, Corporate Controller, IO

Karen Williamson
Tesseract Parent
Vice President, Fairfield Canoa Ranch

Mark Bistricky, Ex-Officio Member
Tesseract Head of School

Access Fronter Secure Trustee Documents here.

Recent News

  • Update from the Board of Trustees
    Welcome parents and educators to the 2015-2016 school year!  We are excited to get this year started, so our students can resume the unique education Tesseract offers them.Over the summer significant progress was made to improve the long-term financial health of our beloved school.  First, we are pleased to announce that we have now signed […]
  • Trustee Norm Chutkan nominated as a Health Care Hero
    Congratulations to Tesseract Trustee Dr. Norm Chutkan for being nominated as a Phoenix Business Journal “Health Care Hero”!
  • Award Winning Music Teacher, Kimberly Jeter Hall, Joins Tesseract Faculty
    Ms. Kimberly Jeter Hall joins the Tesseract faculty after teaching for over 30 years in California. She has worked in all types of schools and with all levels of students. “Nurturing and developing creativity and curiosity is what I do best. I am committed to the growth of music programs in all schools, and especially […]
  • Parent Testimonial
    Tesseract is for the progressive, smart, special child that is destined to change the world – and can only do so through a thoughtful and individualized education that focuses on exploration of many broad subjects that include advanced academics – especially in technology and science – but also brings back the often lost skills to […]
  • Middle School Science Teacher Minna Leigh joins the faculty
    Ms. Leigh joins us after teaching Science for a total of 17 years at independent schools in Southern California. She comes to us from The Marlborough School, which was recognized in the 2015 Niche Rankings as one of the best all-girls schools in America. In 2014 Ms. Leigh was awarded the first annual Marlborough School […]

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