The Girls’ School of Austin is governed by a Board of Trustees that has long-term vision, strong fiscal acumen and is well-grounded in “best” practices for outstanding private schools. The board actively supports and maintains the School’s mission, values and vision and accepts ultimate responsibility for the School’s legal well-being and financial and administrative strength and advancement.
Three standing committees oversee the affairs of the School:
- The Committee on Trustees plays a vital role by ensuring that there are enough qualified board members on the team, nurturing relationships with potential board members, and providing orientation and training to board members.
- Chair: Bri Tristan
- The Finance Committee drives financial excellence through budgeting, development of financial controls, record-keeping, bookkeeping, and finance.
- Chair: Leanna Layton
- The primary role of the development committee is to advise the Board and staff of the school on all matters pertaining to fund development and to oversee and coordinate the ongoing fund development efforts of the school.
- Chair: Robyn Burchfiel
Melissa A. Martinez
Dr. Bri Tristan
Judy O'Brien Chavis
Head of School
Robyn Burchfiel (she/her) is an executive-level professional with 20+ years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, relationship building, and revenue generation. She currently serves as the Chief Development Officer at Creative Action, an arts education organization committed to social and racial justice. Robyn is passionate about equity, inclusion, and belonging; education; women’s empowerment; and families and healthy communities.
Earlier in her career, Robyn spent five years in Institutional Advancement with her alma mater, Southwestern University, a private, liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Texas. During her tenure, Robyn served as the Director of Leadership Gifts and Director of Gift and Estate Planning, where she worked with the University’s President and executive leadership team to prepare and execute a $150 million fundraising campaign.
Robyn also spent 10 years with Dell, Inc. in sales roles of increasing responsibility. As a sales manager, she created and piloted a unique customer engagement model that amplified the efficiency of the inside sales organization and changed the way Dell executed business. Her achievements led to numerous awards, including “Sales Manager of the Year” and “Circle of Excellence.”
In her free time, Robyn enjoys hiking Austin’s expansive trails with her husband, Steve, and their two rambunctious dogs. She is most inspired by her daughter, Addie, a current GSA 8th grader, whose 9 years at the Girls’ School has helped her grow into a confident leader, a courageous ally, and a compassionate and critical thinker.
Freddy Marichal is a Principal at IronClad Consulting Services, LLC where he provides strategic growth and finance advisory services to early and expansion stage clients in the technology and professional service sectors. He is also a Managing Partner of Crosberry Capital, a commercial real estate investment firm specializing in healthcare properties. Prior to IronClad and Crosberry Capital, Freddy performed management roles in strategy and finance at Dell, PwC and Schwab. He also served on the Board of Directors of Foundation Communities from 2010-2018.
Freddy holds a BBA and MBA degree in finance and accounting from The McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Crosby, who attends The Girls’ School of Austin.