Leaders behind the scenes.

A Board of Trustees provides oversight for Mustard Seed School. Composed of 10-15 members, it includes the Head of School. Each member of the Board has been nominated, interviewed, and approved by the Board. The term of office for each is three years and each member may serve for up to five consecutive terms. The board includes people from a variety of professional backgrounds, including finance, real estate, education, fundraising, spiritual
direction and business management. All share a deep commitment to Mustard Seed’s mission.

The daily operations of the educational program are under the purview of the Head of School. The primary responsibilities of The Board include:

  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
  • Setting the budget and overseeing the school’s financial well-being.
  • Fundraising, networking, and guiding the school to fulfill its mission.

2013-2014 Board of Trustees

Erin Bellissimo (2009)
Secretary
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Director, Financial Consultant. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Donna Kuiper Dykstra (2012)
Glen Rock, New Jersey. Occupation: Educator. Church Affiliation: Christian Reformed.

James Halliday (2012)
Brooklyn, New York. Occupation: Financial Services-Information Technology. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Jessica Lambert (2011)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Pastor. Church Affiliation: Lutheran.

Young Lee (2013)
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.

Deirdre Mingey (2011)
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Educator. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

Todd Parker (2011)
Queens, New York. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.

Raúl Pérez (2013)
Hoboken, NJ. Occupation: Business Development (Healthcare). Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Clint Plummer (2013)
New York, NY. Occupation: Renewable Energy Developer. Church Affiliation: Presbyterian.

Thomas Postema (2011)
Ex-Officio
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Head of School, Mustard Seed School. Church Affiliation: Christian Reformed.

Scott Rostan (2010)
Treasurer
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Corporate Trainer. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

Lynn G. Schundler (2009)
President
Jersey City, New Jersey. Occupation: Attorney. Church Affiliation: Episcopal.

Antonio Silva (2007)
Hoboken, New Jersey. Occupation: Investment Analyst. Church Affiliation: Roman Catholic.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is the Mustard Seed School “Think Tank.” Advisors come together once a year to offer fresh perspective and ideas to the board and staff.

2013-2014 Advisors

Joan Allman Bates
Terry Battaglia
Steve DeGeorge
Peter Dykstra
Mary Feury
Jennifer Gross
Steve Kaufmann
Ruth Kuder
Joan Isaacs Litman
Daniel Meeter
Scott Minerd
Bret Schundler
Birgit Solano Richante
Yunho Song