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.
D. John Watson
Head of School
Associate Head of School
Head of Middle School
Head of Upper School
Director of Institutional Advancement
Director of Operations and
Director of Enrollment Management
Director of Technology
Director of Alumni Relations
Dr. Deb Merwin
Dean of Students,
Dean of Students,
- Susan Murray, Co-Chair
- Charley Zimmer, Co-Chair
- Jeff Davis
- Trish Erickson
- Nancy O'Hara
- Julianna Meek '95
- Jeff Novatt
- Tom Murray
- Dan Schmitt
- Paul Sladick
- Nicole Soderlund
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 current student Marissa '17. Susan has been an instrumental member of Seacrest's Board of Trustees since the 2010-2011 school year.
Charley Zimmer is Episcopal School of Jacksonville’s longest sitting Head of School, serving as headmaster from 1997-2006 before coming out of retirement to hold the position again in 2012. In 2016, he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education by the Jacksonville Business Journal before he retired for the second time in June 2016, after working in education for 50 years. Charley previously served as headmaster of Virginia Episcopal School for 16 years, and held development positions at St. Andrew’s School and Westminster School. In addition to his trustee position at Seacrest, Charley has served on the Boards at Grace Episcopal Day School and The Guardian Catholic Schools. He is a member of The Headmaster’s Association and The Cum Laude Society. Charley served as President of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (1993-1996) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of Independent Schools. He has contributed his expertise and his experience to numerous other boards and organizations throughout Florida and Virginia during his impressive career in education.
Trish came to Naples from Minneapolis where she enjoyed a 17-year career at General Mills. During her tenure there, Trish was the Marketing Research Director for BigG Cereals, Yoplait, Snacks, Gold Medal and Cereal Partners Worldwide (Europe). She also served as the General Manager of InsightTools, an early player in the online consumer market research business. Trish holds an MBA in Marketing with a concentration in Marketing Research and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently does consulting work in marketing research survey design and analysis. Trish co-chaired Seacrest's Board of Trustees with Carol Hastings for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years. She serves currently as the Trustee Committee Chair. Trish and her husband Jeff are the parents of Seacrest graduates Elise '10 and Dane '14.
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, the local National Center for Women and Technology scholarship program, the Seacrest Parent Association Board, and the Seacrest Academic Advisory Committee. 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.
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.
Jeff moved to Naples from Los Angeles in 1999. He is a business lawyer practicing in the areas of business transactions, corporate, partnership and tax law. After working at law firms for his entire career, Jeff opened his own law office in 2013. Jeff graduated from Duke University, cum laude, with a degree in accounting. He obtained his law degree with honors from the University of Florida, and received a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University. In addition to serving on the Seacrest Board of Trustees, Jeff is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Aircast Foundation. He also holds a position on the Board of Visitors Mentor Program for Ave Maria School of Law and is a member of the Leadership Collier Class of 2012. Jeff is married and has a son who lives in Knoxville, Tenn.
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 (Co-Chair of the Board), have three children, two graduates of Seacrest and a current senior.
Paul moved to Naples in 1989 from his home in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. He and his wife, Abbie, own Abbie Joan Enterprises, LLC, a remodeling/interior design company in Naples. Paul has served on Seacrest’s Board of Directors since 2008 and looks forward to many more years of service to the school. He and Abbie are the parents of Seacrest graduates Hana '12 and Jack '15.
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 mom, 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.