Leadership and Governance
Seacrest is led by a passionate group of administrators, dedicated to the school's mission and its students. As an independent school, Seacrest is governed by a Board of Trustees who are committed to the School's legacy and its vision for the future. Members of the Board of Trustees are entrusted with carrying out long-range strategic planning, ensuring financial success, and developing policy consistent with the mission of Seacrest Country Day School. The Board is comprised of parents, friends of Seacrest, alumni parents and alumni.
Head of School
Associate Head of
Head of Upper School
Director of Development
Director of Operations and
Director of Enrollment Management
Dr. Deb Merwin
Dean of Students,
Dean of Students,
Middle School and Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
- Susan Murray, Chair
- Soofia Khan
- Debra Huber
- Juliana Meek '95
- Nancy O'Hara
- Tom Murray
- John Schmieding
- Chris Celano '10
- Nicole Soderlund
- John Worthington
- Kris Worthington
- Daniel Menelly
Susan Murray is originally from Michigan, where she worked for General Motors Corporation in Organizational Development and Human Resources. Her experience also includes HR support for engineering at Hydromatic Transmission Division. Susan holds a bachelor's degree in Social Science from Michigan State University. She is currently a member of the Planning Council of Grace Lutheran Church in Naples. She and her husband Tom are the parents of Seacrest graduates Annalisa '11 and Michael '13 and Marissa '17. Susan has been an instrumental member of Seacrest's Board of Trustees since the 2010-2011 school year.
Soofia Khan is a mother of two children at Seacrest (Aydin, Class of 2023, and Casper, Class of 2025), and is an active member of the Stingray community. She has been a Room Parent, volunteered in the classroom, and served on various projects. Most recently, she has been a member of the Mission and Program Committee.
A life-long love of education was fostered during her years as a student at an independent school in Tampa. Her interest in television, movies and all things creative led her to New York City after graduating from Emory University with a BA in English. She started her career in Business Development & Publishing at Nickelodeon. She added to her experience in media working for Gulfshore Life Magazine in Naples. After nearly a decade in the business world, she decided to pursue her passion for English and Education with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she taught while her children were young.
Debra Larsen Huber grew up in Boise, Idaho, the third of ten children. She graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Debra and her husband, David, have five children and nine grandchildren. Their youngest child, Jamison, was graduated in 2016 from Seacrest where he served as student body president. He started Seacrest in third grade and had a remarkable educational experience.
Debra is co-chair of the David and Debra Larsen Huber Family Foundation that focuses on education. David received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He founded two telecommunications companies, Ciena Corporation and Corvis Corporation.
Debra currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and on the Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University.
Juliana, a Naples native and Seacrest alumna, is director of Harmon-Meek|modern and owner of Harmon-Meek Gallery, now in its fifty-fourth year in Naples. As director, Juliana is continuing the gallery’s long history of bringing fine art to Naples, loaning art exhibitions to museums across the country and growing the gallery’s commitment to engaging at-risk youth in the visual arts. Since 2013, Juliana has co-chaired the Visionaries of the Visual Arts Award and Benefit Dinner raising significant funds for children’s art programs while honoring individuals for their contributions to the visual arts. As a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, Juliana has given several talks on the history of visual arts in Naples. Juliana, along with her sister Kristine, was co-named Emerging Art Leader for 2016 by the readers of Gulfshore Life magazine.
Juliana is dedicated to civic involvement. She serves on the Boards of Grace Place for Children and Families, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and the Board of Trustees for Seacrest Country Day School. She was selected to serve on the Emerging Leadership Council with the Naples Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Juliana is also a leader in National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, a civic organization promoting patriotism, education and historic preservation.
Nancy has worked in manufacturing for 25 years. She became the Director of Business Systems at Shaw Development in 2006 after holding leadership positions in Sales and Customer Service, Production Planning, Purchasing, and Manufacturing. Nancy holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification. She has a B.A. in Modern Languages from Villanova University. Nancy is an active member of committees including the Fisher School of Technology Advisory Committee at Hodges University, and the local National Center for Women and Technology scholarship program. On our Board, she is the Mission and Program Committee Chair. She has also served as the Family Life and Education Board Chair at Faith Lutheran Church as well as the secretary of the church council. Nancy's two children, Sam '14 and Abigail '16, are graduates of Seacrest.
Tom graduated from Barry University (Miami) in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree. During his sophomore year at college, he started Norbert’s Coney Dog, a restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Mich. He is currently owner of Retail Development, Inc., established in 1989. His most recent development projects include freestanding Walgreen stores in the Midwestern United States. Tom is very active in his church community, serving as an elder for the past 11 years at Grace Lutheran Church in Naples. Tom enjoys traveling and sailing. He has been a part of racing teams in the Fastnet Swan World Cup Race in Sardina, Italy (1984), British Virgin Islands (2002 and 2011) and the Chicago to Mackinac Race (2001). Tom serves as the Finance Committee Chair for Seacret's Board of Trustees. Tom and his wife, Susan (Chair of the Board), have three children, all of whom are graduates of Seacrest.
John Schmieding is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Arthrex, Inc., a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of medical devices for orthopaedic surgery. Since 2002, John has been responsible for all global legal concerns of the corporation.
In the past 25 years in private practice, John has worked extensively in matters involving complex civil and patent litigation, insurance defense, mergers and acquisitions, employment law and health law. He also has written and lectured on topics relating to the validation and enforceability of E-Contracts, corporate governance, risk assessment and asset protection. At Arthrex, John’s responsibilities have ranged from overseeing all litigation, managing Arthrex’s intellectual property portfolio, and strategic counseling on global growth. Also, John has participated in product development by being a named inventor on several patented surgical innovations. In addition, John currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Leadership Florida Class of 35.
John earned his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law II. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in both English and Criminal Justice-Pre-Law.
A mother to three Seacrest children, Nicole has been a parent at Seacrest since 2010 when she and her family moved from Boston, Mass. She has been involved on campus volunteering her time as Room Parent, a co-chair for three years on the Seacrest Parent Association, a member of the Board marketing committee and, most recently, as a Board member. In 2016, Nicole began chairing the Advancement Committee of the Board. Nicole has 20 years experience working in product development and various marketing roles working with consumer brands. Some of the highlights include developing and launching the premiere Venus Williams' signature apparel line with Reebok International, creating the grass roots and public relations-driven promotional launch of the new Beetle for Volkswagen, that included a mobile tour to more than 20 college campuses across the country.
John Worthington is the President and Chief Operating Officer of New York & Company. Mr. Worthington has more than 25 years of retail industry experience and has responsibility for the Company’s store operations, real estate, finance, information systems and technology, sourcing, logistics, product development, corporate planning and allocation, loss prevention, procurement, and legal.
Previously, Mr. Worthington worked for Kohl’s Department Stores for 20 years, where he held titles including Chief Administrative Officer and Principle and Senior Executive Vice President.
Mr. Worthington currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Joyce Theater in New York City. He also served on the Retail Advisory Board – Institute of Marketing, Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. Worthington and his wife, Kris, who is also a fellow Board of Trustees member, are the proud parents of four children, Spencer, Luke, Kelly, and Abby. Kelly and Abby were graduated from Seacrest.
Kris Worthington believes one can always find a quick sense of community by volunteering within local schools. She has served on countless PTO boards, activities committees, and chaired events, including serving as the Co-Chair and Chair of the Seacrest Annual Auction from 2015-2017.
Kris attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She and her husband, John, have four children, Spencer, Luke, Kelly, (Seacrest Class of 2016) and Abby (Seacrest Class of 2018).
Kris currently serves as President of the Southwest Florida Young Women Organization for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoys spending time with her family here in Naples, and in Bethany Beach, Delaware and Lake Tahoe, California.
A former science teacher for 20 years in public, independent, and international schools in the U.S. and in France, Dan Menelly is presently Chief Executive Officer of The DoSeum, a museum of hands-on and experiential learning in San Antonio, Texas. Formerly, Mr. Menelly led the strategic direction of program and exhibition content as President and Chief Science Officer at The Rochester Museum & Science Center, The Strasenburgh Planetarium and the 900-acre Cumming Nature Center and preserve in Western New York from 2015 to 2018. Between 2012 and 2015, Mr. Menelly served as Vice President for STEM education at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he oversaw education program content for all audiences onsite, offsite, and online. Mr. Menelly served as an Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation in 2010, where he specialized in technology and learning and coproduced an early STEM mobile application for learning that was downloaded by more than one million end-users in over 100 countries. Mr. Menelly is currently an expert adviser for science and learning to the European Commission Research Executive Agency, and has advised STEM media content produced for PBS, Nickelodeon Television, The Sundance Channel and several other outlets. He lives in San Antonio, Texas and in New York City. A member of Seacrest Country Day School’s science faculty in 2004 during a professional service leave from The UN School in New York, Mr. Menelly has tracked the progression of Seacrest since his time in Naples, and he is excited to re-affiliate with the school through Board participation.