Board of Trustees
A Message from the Governing Board
Your Board of Education seeks to maintain a school system that is academically sound, intellectually stimulating and fiscally responsible. We realize that change is needed to meet new demands if today’s children are to be prepared to meet their future responsibilities as community leaders. This kind of preparation does not occur accidentally; education is not a haphazard process. It takes planning, follow-through and evaluation, steps in which we are constantly involved. But it also takes support, and we believe that an informed public is a supportive public. Children remain our most precious resource and if they are to meet successfully the challenges placed before them, they will need both knowledge and many skills. They will also need confidence, strong basic values, a realistic sense of individual worth and a belief in personal responsibility. As adults, our task is to prepare them, providing in the home, in the school, and in the community a strong foundation on which they can build. We can help by guiding them, listening to them, encouraging them, believing in them-and expecting much of them.
Meet the Rancho Santa Fe School Board of Trustees! We would love to hear from you and have provided our emails below.
The Board of Trustees is a group of five elected school district residents. They are volunteers who serve for a term of four years. School Board elections are held every two years with two seats open in the first, and three seats open in the subsequent election. Here are the current members:
Major General John Tree – President – Email John
Major General John Tree was elected to the Board in 2020 for a 4-year term. He and his wife have five children -- the youngest two currently attend Roger Rowe. General Tree has served our country for over 32 years as an Air Force officer and is still in the Air Force Reserves where he serves as the Senior Reservist to the Air Force Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. In his civilian capacity, he and his wife own and operate a local packaging company.
Dr. Rosemarie Rohatgi – Vice President – Email Rosemarie
Dr. Rosemarie Rohatgi was elected to the Board in 2020 for a 4-year term. Rohatgi and her family first moved to the Rancho Santa Fe School District in 2015, when her son was about to start kindergarten. She has two children attending Roger Rowe. She also serves as a Board of Director with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. She is a published expert in her field and has authored several research papers in sleep journals.
Annette Ross – Clerk– Email Annette
Annette Ross was elected to the Board in 2020 for a 4-year term. Annette, her husband, Bill, and their five daughters moved into the Ranch four years ago. She previously worked full time as a professional for Morgan Stanley at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. After that, she served as a Refco Currency Trader in Bermuda.
Jee Manghani – Member – Email Jee
Jee was first elected to the Board in November, 2018, and re-elected in 2022 for another 4-year term. He is a San Diego native and attended UCSD, attaining a degree in Computer Science. He currently runs a software consulting business and is the President of a Value Investment Partnership. He and his family moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2010, primarily so that their children could attend the best School District in San Diego County. He has two children, both attending R. Roger Rowe.
Paul Seitz - Member - Email Paul
Paul Seitz was elected to the Board in 2022 for a 4-year term. He and his wife, Sally, moved to Rancho Santa Fe over seven years ago, and their daughter started kindergarten at Roger Rowe in 2017. Paul served in the United States Marine Corps from 1996-2004 and was appointed to the rank of Sergeant, leading hundreds of young men around the world. He is now the proud owner of Osuna Valley Stock Farm in the Covenant, a home for all levels of horsemanship and preserver of Rancho Santa Fe’s equestrian traditions.