President and Head of School

Mariandl Hufford has spent her career serving independent schools in various capacities. A native speaker of Dutch with an affinity for learning new languages, Mariandl began her career as a Latin teacher. Later, she became a counselor at Woodlynde School in Strafford, PA, an independent, co-educational K-12 school serving students with diverse learning styles. During her tenure at Woodlynde, Mariandl also directed the Support Services department and the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Professional Development.

At The Agnes Irwin School, Mariandl was the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls, a development and research arm of the school. As Assistant Head of School, she assisted with the daily operations of the school, including supervising the directors of equity and inclusion, service learning, and special programs. She also led the Innovation Team and chaired the following committees: Program, Teaching, and Learning, Sabbatical, Speakers, and the Transgender Student Task Force.

As President and Head of School, Mariandl now leads a Country Day community that is grounded in its mission and firmly values every student, every day. It is this deeply held principle that resonates most with Mariandl, as she is committed to improving all student experiences.


The Board is the guardian of Miami Country Day School's mission.  It is the Board of Trustee's responsibility to work with the Head of School to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to our school community and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.

Officers of the Board

James W. Moore ’65, Chairman of the Board
Matthew Lazenby, President 
Christopher Bellows, Past President 
Claudia Brod, Vice President 
Sean Clancy, Secretary
GJ Bakker, Assistant Secretary
Sol Saad, Treasurer

Board Members

Vanessa Abramowitz
Matt Allen
Mike Allen
G.J. Bakker
Janice Barefoot
James Bergman
Claudia Brod
Barry Brodsky
Sean Clancy
Robert Finvarb
Karleen Halliwell
Gigi Jeffries
Angela Julien
Kevin King ‘95
Adam Malamed
Sebastian Malo
Bruce Matheson ‘61
Gerald Moore ‘68
Anne Paulk
Mark Piper
Howard Premer
Julie Pronesti
Sol Saad
Matthew Storm
Stephen Temes
Valerio Toyos
Crystal Wagar

Ex-Officio Members

Mariandl Hufford, President and Head of School 
Alex Dombrowsky '92, President Alumni Association 
Caryn Lubetsky, President Parents’ Association

Trustee Emeritus

Richard S. Banick 
Barbara North Burton 
Edwin B. Cole 
John F. "Bud" Farrey
Michael J. Franco
J. Michael Garner 
Elizabeth Hach
Javier Holtz
Osmond C. Howe, Jr.
Terry Jove
Lawrence M. Stanfill
Stanley F. Whitman

Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.

Every Student. Every Day.

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