Trustee Information

Michelle Randall | Board Chair

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Michelle is an educational researcher and consultant. In this role, she designs and implements research and evaluation studies on the development and impact of programs designed to enhance teaching or learning. Previously, she spent several years as a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento and as a lecturer at San Francisco State University. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michelle has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, chairing the Trustees Committee before being elected to board chair. At PHS, she also served as chair of the PGA’s Admissions Committee and on a Technology Task Force that reviewed the school’s technology program and ultimately recommended iPads for the Middle School’s one-to-one technology program. Michelle and her husband, Doug, have a daughter in fourth grade and a son in third grade at PHS.

Mary Inman | Vice Chair

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Mary is a partner in the San Francisco office of Phillips & Cohen LLP, a law firm that specializes exclusively in representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits brought against companies that defraud the government (including suits involving defense-industry fraud and Medicare/Medicaid fraud) and in submissions under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs. During her 14 years at the firm, Mary has represented whistleblowers in a wide range of cases, from government contract fraud to fraud involving product defects in construction and public works projects. At PHS, Mary has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012, serving on the Trustees and Development Committees and chairing the Capital Campaign for Maple Street sub-committee since 2013. She has also been a room parent, co-chair of Mayfest and Fall Gathering, an auction angel/astronaut and an admissions office volunteer. Mary and her husband, David Fogler, have two sons at PHS, one in eighth grade and one in third grade. 

Ian Edmundson | Treasurer & Secretary

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Ian has worked as chief financial officer for a number of venture-backed technology companies since moving to the Bay Area in 2002. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011, initially as a member of the Long Range Planning Task Force and as co-chair of the Development Committee. In addition to serving as treasurer and secretary, he is currently a member of the board’s Finance Committee. Ian received a B.A. from Bates College and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He and his wife, Victoria Monfried, have three daughters at PHS: one in sixth grade, one in fourth grade, and one in kindergarten.

Tyler Abbott | Trustee

Tyler is CEO of Santini Foods in the East Bay. Prior to that, he worked as a tax manager in a legal/accounting office, taught for 20 years in the computer information systems and mathematics departments at Golden Gate University, and worked as a computer programmer and consultant. Tyler has a B.S. in Physics from Reed College and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He has served on the boards of six organizations, from music to running to education. Tyler, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, has been a member of its Finance Committee since 2011. At PHS, he’s also been active in the Parent and Guardian Association, serving as a room parent and as chair of the School Store, Fall Gathering and the Parent Education Committee. He has also been a regular member of the Annual Auction’s Wine Raffle Committee and has volunteered for numerous classroom events and field trips throughout the years. Tyler and his wife, Kelly Murphy, have one son who in the sixth grade at PHS.

Jonathan Alexander | Trustee

Jonathan Alexander.jpgJonathan works as a physician in the Intensive Care Unit at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013 and on the PHS Development committee since 2012; he is currently chair of the Development Committee. Jonathan has a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, as well as an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco. Jonathan and his wife, Shawn Halbert, have two daughters, one in the fourth grade at PHS and the other in preschool. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys walking on Baker Beach with Shawn and their dog, Jack Jones.

Tamara Arboit | Faculty Representative

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Tamara was hired to teach at PHS as a long-term substitute in first grade and is currently a Learning Specialist supporting teachers and students in the lower grades. This is her first year serving on the Board of Trustees. Before joining the PHS community, Tamara taught first grade at a parochial school, and then at a Jewish day school, in San Francisco. Tamara holds a B.A. in Psychobiology from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic diversity, from San Francisco State University. At PHS, Tamara serves as a member of the Diversity, Scope and Sequence and Language Arts Committees. She also coordinates the Volunteer Tutoring Program.

 

April Asai | Trustee

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April has a diverse background in marketing and communications. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was an account director at MarchFirst, one of San Francisco’s first integrated marketing/advertising agencies, where she was responsible for accounts such as Apple, NetFlix and Visa. Prior to MarchFirst, April worked at NBC in New York as a marketing research analyst for clients including Elizabeth Arden, American Express and Anheuser Busch. Before her time in New York, April lived in Tokyo working for Gekidan Himawari, the leading contemporary theatrical company and talent agency—a position she enjoyed because of her years spent as a ballet dancer. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Boston University and her graduate degree in cross-cultural communications from New York University. April joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently chairs its Communications Committee. Her involvement at PHS has included co-chairing the annual auction, serving on the Development Committee and helping with the Maple Street Capital Campaign. April and her husband, Hiroki, have three boys: two at PHS (in fifth and second grade) and one in preschool. 

Regina Balistreri | Trustee

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Xochi is an entrepreneur with experience in finance, human resources, legal, customer service, strategic planning and product development. She began her career in London as a trainee software developer for insurance companies, and later began working with her husband, Michael Birch, developing consumer-facing websites. In 2002 she and her family returned to California where she and Michael continued to build a number of internet community sites. During that time, Xochi moved from development to overseeing the operations of their companies. Xochi, who has a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012, serving on the Development Committee and its Capital Campaign sub-committee. She and Michael have three children: a junior at Drew High School, a freshman at International High School, and one in the second grade at PHS.

Xochi Birch | Trustee

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Xochi is an entrepreneur with experience in finance, human resources, legal, customer service, strategic planning and product development. She began her career in London as a trainee software developer for insurance companies, and later began working with her husband, Michael Birch, developing consumer-facing websites. In 2002 she and her family returned to California where she and Michael continued to build a number of internet community sites. During that time, Xochi moved from development to overseeing the operations of their companies. Xochi, who has a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012, serving on the Development Committee and its Capital Campaign sub-committee. She and Michael have three children: a junior at Drew High School, a freshman at International High School, and one in the second grade at PHS.

Scott Duyan | Head of School

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Scott has served as head of school since July 2009. As such, he is an ex-officio member of all board committees. Before coming to PHS, Scott was the founding head of Blue Oak School in Napa. Prior to that he served as the Lower School head at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, and the Middle School principal at the American School in Japan. He also taught in international schools in Norway and Switzerland. Scott has served on the board of the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative, the advisory board of CalWest Educators, the Marin Horizon School board, the Assessment Task Force of the California Association of Independent Schools, and the planning team for the Progressive Education Network. He has a Master’s in Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. He has also done graduate work at University of California, Irvine and at Lewis and Clark College. He is married to Brenda Duyan and has two sons and a grandson living in San Francisco.

Michelle Fix | Faculty Representative

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Michelle has taught fifth grade at PHS for the past four years. This is her second year serving on the Board of Trustees, where she is a member of the Development Committee. Before joining the PHS community, Michelle taught third grade at The Pike School in Andover, Mass., and Brookwood School in Manchester, Mass. Michelle holds a B.S. in business from Fairfield University and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She also attended the Klingenstein Institute at Columbia University Teachers College. At PHS, Michelle serves as a member of the Diversity and Language Arts Committees and coaches the fifth-through-eighth-grade cross-country team.

A. Amar Inalsingh | Trustee

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Amar is an entrepreneur with an extensive background in finance and accounting. He is the founder of the AIS Group, an information technology consulting firm that provides ERP implementation, consulting and support to midsize companies. Amar has a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in finance from Golden Gate University and an inactive C.P.A. from Washington State University. This is his first year on the Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Development Committee. Amar and his wife, Julie have three sons: one in the seventh grade at PHS, as well as a senior at Bay School and a sophomore at Bard College. 

Jeni Izuel | Trustee

<="" img="" src="/data/files/gallery/ContentGallery/thumb/sm-Jeni_Izuel.jpeg" alt="Jeni Izuel.jpeg" id="CEInsert7761" /> Jeni is chief financial and operating officer at Net Impact, a nonprofit empowering a new generation to create social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. During her 13-year tenure as a nonprofit executive she has focused on creating and leading finance, operations and talent growth strategies. Prior to Net Impact, Jeni was CFO at VolunteerMatch and a consultant with KPMG’s Global Grants Program. A dedicated volunteer, she received the 2011 Bay Area CFO of The Year award for community service, has served on the Board of Directors of the KIPP SF Bay Academy, and is currently treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit HandsOn Bay Area. She has led volunteer engagements with international NGOs, including the NESsT social venture fund, Amy Biehl Foundation and Grameen Bank. This is her first year on the Board of Trustees, where she is serving on the Finance Committee. Jeni received a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Derek, have a son in first grade at PHS and a daughter who will be eligible for kindergarten in 2017. 

Noel Kaufman | Community Member

Noel Kaufman.jpg Noel has a background in journalism and education, having worked as a newspaper reporter in Fresno and Gilroy, Calif., and as a writer and editor of K–8 curriculum materials in reading, language arts, social studies and mathematics. He has served since 2004 on the Board of Trustees, where his committee work has included trustee recruitment and development, board and school communications, strategic planning and alumni relations. Noel was one of the founding members of the current Parent and Guardian Association. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Stanford University and a M.J. from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Noel and his wife, Nicole Grindle, have two children who graduated from PHS in 2009 and 2012. 

 

Linda LeBlanc | Community Member

Linda LeBlanc.jpg Linda has a diverse background in marketing that spans advertising, market development and residential real estate sales. Born and raised in New Jersey, Linda started her professional journey as an advertising account executive at Lowe and Partners in New York before migrating west to live in Silicon Valley, where she worked as a director of corporate marketing at Intel Corporation. Thereafter, she set her sights on the San Francisco real estate market and is now a top-producing realtor at Paragon Real Estate Group. Linda, who has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014, where she is a member of the Building & Grounds Committee. She previously served on the Board for Family Builders, a foster adoption non-profit organization, and has volunteered for a variety of community programs—from dog walking for the sick and elderly to after-school programs at the Boys and Girls Club.

 

Julie Lépinard | Trustee

Julie Lepinard.jpgJulie has diverse experience in marketing, advertising and general business management and currently runs a family foundation. She has a B.A. in Economics from La Sorbonne Paris and a master’s degree from King’s College London. Julie has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010 and is currently a member of the Development Committee and the Maple Street Capital Campaign sub-committee. She has also been a room parent, a curbside attendant, an Admissions tour guide, and a volunteer for Walkathon and the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch. In addition, Julie serves on the Board of Trustees at The Urban School of San Francisco and on the Board of Trustees at The EROL Foundation. She and her husband, Sébastien, have four children: two PHS graduates, and two others in the seventh and fifth grade at PHS.

 

Maryann LoRusso | Trustee

Maryann LoRusso.jpg Maryann has an extensive background in journalism and communications, with experience in both the print and online media worlds. She began her career in New York, first as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor for several global business and consumer publications at Condé Nast and Time Inc. As an editor-in-chief at fashion media group Fairchild Publications, she was at the helm of two internationally distributed magazines. Since moving to San Francisco with her family, Maryann has maintained a freelance editorial career that has included projects for numerous local and national publications, and she currently edits her own online magazine. Maryann, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2013, chairs the Trustees Committee and is a member of the Communications Committee. At PHS, she was also co-chair of the Parents and Guardians Association for four years, co-chair of Fall Gathering, a room parent, and a volunteer for the annual auction and other school events. Maryann has B.S. degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She and her husband, Steven Jo, have two children at PHS, a daughter in seventh grade and a son in fourth grade.

 

Christina Maluenda Marchiel | Trustee

Christina Marchiel.jpg Christina is a founding director of Mission Kids, a cooperative progressive education preschool that focuses on serving underprivileged families. She previously worked as a therapist and director at a non-public agency and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Christina earned her B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Duke University and her M.S. in Child Development from the University of California, Davis. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014, serving on the Trustees Committee and working on the Center for Progressive Education. Since becoming part of the PHS community, Christina has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including organizing school camping trips, introducing weekly gardening experiences, serving as a room parent and as a parent ambassador for the Maple Street project. She and her husband, Brian, have two children at PHS, a daughter in fourth grade and a son in second grade. 

Trevor McNeil | Community Member

Trevor McNeil.jpg Trevor is an alumnus of PHS who graduated in 1996. Since then, he has worked in PHS’s after-school program, taught three graduating classes as the eighth grade humanities teacher, and after he left PHS he worked on the mission statement writing committee. A third-generation teacher, Trevor teaches seventh grade social studies and English/language arts at Abbott Middle School in the San Mateo-Foster City school district. He is also a former teacher at several SFUSD schools and a firm believer in the possibility of private schools with a public purpose. Trevor, who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014 as a member of the Development Committee, also sits on several political boards, and in 2006 was elected to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, where he currently serves as a vice chair. Trevor earned a B.A. from Carleton College, a certificate in theological studies at the Pacific School of Religion, a teaching credential from San Francisco State University and an M.A. at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He and his family live in the Inner Sunset.

Gary Saydah | Trustee

Gary_Saydah.jpgOriginally from Tenafly, N.J., Gary was involved in his family’s real estate business for as a broker and manager assisting agents before moving to San Francisco 15 years ago. For the last seven years, he has been a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker, representing buyers and sellers of residential real estate. Gary, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, has also been an active volunteer and board member of the non-profit Food Runners, which provides food to shelters and other local groups in need. In his role as a board member, Gary has helped the organization increase its number of donor restaurants, managed staffing issues, collaborated on strategic planning and worked with the larger volunteer community. Gary has been on the PHS Board of Trustees since 2012 and currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee. His involvement with the school has also included co-chairing Walkathon, working curbside duty, setting up Friday Coffee, making soup for the teachers, chaperoning class field trips and volunteering for the Annual Auction. Gary and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Camryn, in the fifth grade at PHS.

Michael Scharff | Trustee

Michael Scharff.jpgMichael has more than two decades of leadership experience at some of the world’s most well-known retailers. He has built and managed highly successful omni-channel and global eCommerce businesses and led teams in merchandising, digital marketing, innovation and other functional areas. Most recently, Michael worked at Toys R Us, where he served as senior vice president/general manager of Global eCommerce, and also as senior vice president of New Ventures. Prior to Toys R Us, Michael held senior leadership positions with Staples and Best Buy. Michael currently serves as a consultant to retail and technology companies ranging from early-stage companies to global brands. Michael is also an advisor to many B2B and B2C technology companies and a member of the Pley.com’s board of directors. Michael joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2013, and has served as chair of the Finance Committee; he currently serves as a community member trustee and a member of the Finance Committee. At PHS, Michael has also chaired PHS’s annual wine auction and volunteered for numerous other school activities. He and his wife, Andrea, have a son who attended PHS for four years.


Stephanie Sigue | Alumna

Stephanie Sigue.jpg A graduate of PHS, Stephanie has a diverse background in educational publishing. She most recently worked as a senior editor at Harcourt Brace School Publishers. Although now retired, she continues to write and edit textbooks as a freelancer. Stephanie has a long history with PHS. She is an alumna who attended the school in the late 1940s and early 1950s, during which time her mother served as a trustee. Stephanie has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2012 and currently serves on the Development Committee.

 

Ethan Weiss | Trustee

Ethan Weiss.jpg Ethan is a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a core member of UCSF’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, where he sees patients and has a lab devoted to understanding metabolism. He is also a professional member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Society for the Advancement of Liver Disease. Ethan received a B.A. from Vassar and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University; he completed his residency in internal medicine at John Hopkins and his cardiology fellowship at UCSF. Ethan joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and served on the Development Committee before being elected vice chair and then chair. Ethan loves music and the outdoors and is an obsessed fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Ravens. He and his wife, Palmer, have two daughters at PHS, one in the sixth grade and one in third grade.