Jonathan 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 third 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.
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 as part of the Communications Committee, and her extensive involvement at PHS has included co-chairing the annual auction for three years, 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 fourth and first grade) and one in preschool.
Regina has a vast background in business and finance. She worked as a senior financial analyst for Intel, where she maintained budgets for new manufacturing processes, and in sales for software company Advanced Digital Data Inc., where she continues to be an active member of the board of directors. Regina earned her B.A. from Lehigh University and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis. Aside from joining the Board of Trustees in 2014 as a member of the Finance and Building & Grounds Committees, Regina has been involved at PHS in a variety of capacities, including room parent, secretary and co-chair of the Parents and Guardians Association, and various classroom volunteer roles. She has also served on the board of her children’s preschool, Glenridge Cooperative, and is past president of the San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools and past secretary for the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. Regina and her husband, Marc, have two children in sixth and fourth grade at PHS.
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 sophomore at Drew High School and two children in kindergarten and eighth grade at PHS.
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 has taught fifth grade at PHS for the past three years. This is her first 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.
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 sixth grade at PHS, a PHS graduate who is
now a junior at Bay School, and a freshman at Bard College.
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 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 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 Trustees and Development Committees 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 sixth and fourth grade at PHS.