Board of Trustees
Mr. Ted Pina Ted Pina is in his third year of his second term on the Board of Trustees for SJEDS, having previously served as President of the Board of Trustees. His is a member of San Jose Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as the chair of the Rector Search Committee. Mr. Pina is an attorney and serves as Chancellor for both the church and Day School. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Molly Pina, who has served as the school counselor at SJEDS and is the father of three boys, Matthew (SJEDS Class of ‘08), Joshua (SJEDS Class of ’12), and Kevin (5th grade) and a beautiful daughter, Allison (Pre-K3). Ted graduated from Episcopal High School in Jacksonville and received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee, The University of the South in Tennessee. He graduated from law school at the University of Florida and has practiced law in Jacksonville since 1996. He is currently a partner at the firm of Nichols & Pina. Mrs. Jackie Hayes This is Jackie’s first term on the board. She is from Norfolk, Virginia and has lived in numerous states and countries. Jackie graduated from FSU and has done post graduate work at JU and UNF. She is a member of San Jose Episcopal church and taught at SJEDS for 32 years. Her daughter graduated from SJEDS in 1983. Jackie and her husband, Norm, are both retired and enjoy traveling. Mrs. Pamela Wehde Pamela Wehde begins her third year of service on the Board of Trustees with the 2012-2013 school year. She is a native of Jacksonville. Pamela attended the University of Alabama Birmingham where she received a BS degree in Medical Technology. After college, she returned to Jacksonville to be closer to her family. Pamela and her husband Chuck have one son Bryce, a 2012 SJEDS graduate, and 7th grader at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. They joined the SJEDS family in 2005 when Bryce started as a Kindergartner. She has supported the Parent’s Association in a number of ways from decorating for the Sock Hop, checking eyes with Vision Screening, organizing chariot races for Art Day and flocking with Flamingos for the Party With A Purpose.. Mr. Tom Paul Tom is in his second term on the Board of Trustees, having previously served as Treasurer and Chair (President) during a term that ended in 2007. He is a member of San Jose Episcopal Church and has served as Treasurer on the Vestry. He also serves on the audit committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Tom and his wife Katherine have two children, Ashley, a 2010 SJEDS graduate, and Dylan, a 2012 SJEDS graduate. Both Tom and Katherine were born and raised in Miami and moved to Jacksonville after graduating from the University of Florida. Mrs. Dana Baldwin This is Dana’s second year as a member of the Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Scott, have 3 children, Brooke, in 5th grade, Blair, in 2nd grade and Hunter, a future SJEDS student. Dana was born and raised in St. Augustine and has lived in Jacksonville for 15 years. She studied Business Management at the University of North Florida and has served two years on the SJEDS PA Board as Historian and Secretary. Spending time with her family, volunteering and traveling are a few of her favorite things. Mr. Mike Pickering Mike Pickering started serving on the Board of Trustees in 2011. He is married to Terry Pickering, who has taught for eight years at SJEDS. Their two daughters have attended SJEDS since pre-K. Caroline is entering the fourth grade, and Julia graduated in 2011. Mike works locally as an analyst for Lender Processing Services. He has worked in the Information Technology (IT) field for 17 years, developing applications and defining application deployment architectures. Mike has a BM in Music Theory and Composition from Jacksonville University, and an MS in Computing and Information Sciences from the University of North Florida. He has served on the SJEDS technology committee since 2006. Mike attends San Jose Episcopal Church, where he is active in the choir. Mrs. Gwen Gallagher-Howard Gwen Gallagher-Howard is beginning her second year on the SJEDS Board of Trustees. She is originally from Savannah, Georgia, and moved to Jacksonville in 1988. Gwen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and worked as an analytical chemist, a flavor and fragrance chemist, and as the business manager for her family owned specialty chemical manufacturing company. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Southside United Methodist Church. She and her late husband, Scott, shared five children, four of whom are graduates of SJEDS. During her time as a parent at the school, Gwen served on many PA committees and as PA President. She continues to judge the school science fair. Mr. Will Haeberle Will Haeberle is a first time member of the Board of Trustees. He is a native of Kentucky and moved to Jacksonville in 2006. He is self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant after working several years in the corporate world. He is a member of San Jose Episcopal Church. Will and his wife are parents to daughter Grace Wells who turned one in August. In his spare time, Will enjoys watching Kentucky basketball, Bengals football, and Reds baseball despite the fact that none of the teams has won a championship in the last several years, however, he never gives up hope. Mrs. Erica Kirk This is Erica’s second year on the board. She grew up in Jacksonville and received her BA in Psychology from UNF. After college, Erica worked with two different non-profit charities providing housing for homeless, low-income elderly and disabled families as well as grant writing. After marrying her husband Kevin, they lived in Japan for 3 years where she was an Academic Advisor for the University of Maryland, Asian Division. They have three sons; Jackson who is in 5th grade, Colin who is in 2nd grade and Bennett who is in Pre-K4. In her free time, she enjoys tennis and traveling with her family. Mrs. Christine Wentzel Christine Wentzel, and husband Tim, have lived in Jacksonville since 1989. Their son Noah is a Freshman at Episcopal High School and Luke is a 6th grader at SJEDS. They have been a part of the SJEDS family since 2007 and have enjoyed helping with Art Day, Spring Fling, Vision Screening, Hospitality and any other activity that needs an extra set of hands. Professionally, Christine works with the St. Johns River Water Management District. She enjoys playing sports with the boys, watching soccer, being outside and spending time with her family. Mrs. Vanesa Bowden Vanesa was born in Starke, Florida and raised in Jacksonville. She attended Ribault Senior High School and graduated from the University of North Florida, where she majored in History and Psychology. She has two grown children, Sean Abbey and Darisse Bowden, who attended San Jose Episcopal Day School. Her grandchildren, Arlee and Jolee Abbey, attend SJEDS as well. She has another grandchild, Devin Smith. Mrs. Bowden is married to Judge Aaron K. Bowden. Mrs. Kimberly Garcia Kimberly, whose children Madelene and Nicholas attend San Jose, graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Accounting. She is married to Phil, a local physician, and enjoys spending time and traveling with her family, baking, cooking, going to the beach, yoga and volunteering at school.