Board of Trustees

Dear Members of the TJ Family,

Dear TJ Community,
My family became part of the TJ community sixteen years ago when my son enrolled as a seventh grader.  We chose TJ for its academic excellence and commitment to a classical education.  We chose it for the faculty who knew each student and were committed to helping each student master not just the subject matter, but the art of learning and critical thinking.  We chose it for the purposeful size and diversity of the community.  As a former parent, I look back with gratitude.
As Trustees we look forward.  Our focus is on upholding the school’s mission, supporting those charged with carrying out the mission on a day-to-day basis and ensuring TJ’s financial sustainability.
In the 2020/2021 school year, this means we support the amazing faculty and staff as they respond to the challenges of the pandemic and continue to provide an educational experience true to the TJ mission to students present on campus and those learning remotely from around the world.  We also look to the opportunities for the future that result from rising to the challenges of the present. We support the efforts to use what we learn during the current crisis to enhance the TJ educational experience and to build TJ’s reputation as a leader in the field.
We also work to secure the future of the school through the TJ Resilience campaign, strengthening connections with the community and reinforcing the financial stability that will ensure TJ continues to offer its special form of a classical education and to send students into the world to lift it up with beauty and intellect for many years to come.  The world would certainly be a poorer place without it!
Trish Winchell
President, Board of Trustees


List of 8 items.

  • Erica Briscoe

  • Joanna Eagan

  • Joseph Han '11

  • Jimmy Holloran ‘03

  • Chino Kim '86

  • Laurie Shornick, Ph.D.

  • Trish Winchell

    Trish Winchell has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2013 and is currently Vice-President and chair of the Head Support and Evaluation Committee and the Board Membership Committee. She is a partner with the law firm Thompson Coburn LLP, where she advises public and privately-owned businesses and state and local governments in all aspects of employee benefits. Trish has been named one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers by Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers. She holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University, and a J.D., Order of the Coif, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Her civic involvement includes the Miriam Foundation, Board of Directors and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, council president.  She is married to Michael Dwyer, an assistant federal public defender. She is the mother of TJ graduate Kevin Dwyer (’10), now living in Windsor, England and working as an application engineering supervisor, and Tom Dwyer, a law student at Notre Dame University.
  • Greg Oldham ‘70

    Greg Oldham is a native of Nashville,Tennessee and a 1970 graduate of TJ. He earned his BA at Rhodes College; thereafter, he taught English, Math and Greek II at TJ from 1977 to 1979, and he served as a trustee from 1978 to 1979. He obtained his law degree from Oregon’s Northwestern School of Law in 1986, and was a sole practitioner (specializing in litigation) in Portland until his retirement in 2015. His son Sam attended TJ from 2006 to 2008. While he is thinking about how to make TJ an even greater school Greg lives on a little farm in western Oregon. He also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in his local courts and in the local Indian tribe; and he works with the University of Richmond, Virginia to support the Oldham Scholarships (established in 1983 by his dad) at that school.

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