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.


Irene Marquez- Biggs, M.D., Chair
Tesseract Parent

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

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

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 in Phoenix

Craig Ganz
Tesseract Parent
Attorney, Ballard Spahr in Phoenix

Michael Grossman
Tesseract Parent
President, Fifty Plus One

Brandon Hoag
Tesseract Parent
Vice President of Asset Management with Red Development, LLC

Ketan Patel
Tesseract Parent
Founder CEO, Eccretive

Mark Bistricky, Ex-Officio Member
Tesseract Head of School

Access Fronter Secure Trustee Documents here.

Recent News

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