The NCS Board of Directors is comprised of Five members who form the exclusive governing body of the Charter School. They are dedicated to our mission, vision, core principles, and to ensuring ongoing educational success and fiscal responsibility of the school. They form the exclusive governing body of the Charter School. The Board of Trustees gives final approval to all personnel, budget, and policy decisions and ensures that the school’s practices are consistent with the vision and mission of the school. Board members are voted in by the community and serve a term of three years. Elections are held in the spring when vacancies occur. The Board delegates the operating of the school to the NCS Administration.
Craig Allender and his wife, CJ Hudlow, have lived in Novato for ten years and are the parents of two NCS students. Craig has an engineering degree from Penn State and moved to the Bay Area in 2002, working as a roofing and waterproofing consultant and is a partner at the firm where he’s been employed since his arrival. Craig is also the head of the NCS Tiger Team where he coordinates parent volunteer projects and maintenance around campus. Craig enjoys sailing, college football, hikes and smiling.
Lia Heath and her husband, Tad, live in Novato and have two children at NCS. Lia holds a BS degree in Communications from UCLA and an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. She works as an apparel designer for activewear and outdoor brands such as The North Face, Athleta, Marmot, and others.
Robin Lee and her husband Kevin Strharsky have recently relocated back to Novato where Robin grew up. Their daughter is a student at NCS. After graduating from Novato High School, Robin went to UCLA for a bachelor’s degree and then UC Berkeley for a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Robin is a partner in a water resource engineering firm. Robin and her family are avid bikers and you will likely see them at the bike racks most mornings. Outside of parenting and engineering Robin loves sports of all kinds and volunteering for Safe Routes to School for the Marin County Bike Coalition.
Chris Shortall has lived in Novato for over nine years and is the father of four children at NCS. Chris was born and raised in Marin County, growing up in San Anselmo and having attended St. Rita School in Fairfax and Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield. Chris has a BS in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University. He currently works as a Director in Engineering Planning and Operations for Salesforce, based in San Francisco. When not chasing around his four kids or coaching their athletic teams, Chris enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, and cheering for our local San Francisco pro sports teams in his free time.
Michael Hale | Trustee
The Board of Directors holds its regular meeting monthly. The meeting agendas are posted on the Homepage and on the school’s bulletin board 72 hours before each meeting. Unless otherwise stated, meetings begin at 6 PM in the Community Room. Public participation is welcome and governed by the Board’s Public Communications Policy.