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Board of Trustees

Christina Maluenda Marchiel | Board Co-Chair

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 seventh grade and a son in fifth grade.

Matthew N. Nathan | Board Co-Chair

Matthew has more than 20 years of experience in the education sector as an educator, entrepreneur and strategic leader in mission-driven nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Matthew currently serves as senior director of development for WestEd, a national education research, development and services agency dedicated to building and disseminating knowledge about what works in education to improve outcomes for all students. In his role, Matthew focuses on growing agency revenue, diversifying funding sources, and increasing scale and impact. Matthew, who has a bachelor’s degree in Government and Philosophy from Bowdoin College, served the school in various capacities, including co-chairing the Annual Auction’s wine raffle committee and working on the steering committee of the Center for Progressive Education, before joining the Board of Trustees in 2017. This past year, he spearheaded the committee responsible for honing PHS’s mission statement. Matthew and his wife, Gillian, have a daughter in the sixth grade at PHS.

Stephanie Assang

Stephanie is a former finance executive with in-depth experience working in Japan and assisting Japanese clients doing business in the U.S. Prior to becoming a full-time mother, Stephanie was finance director of Global Consumer Finance Japan, GE Capital’s then largest and most profitable business unit worldwide. There, she supported financial analysis reporting, tax optimization, and business development activities under the group CFO. Before joining GE, Stephanie was a senior manager at KPMG in New York. Her experience also includes licensee management at a Japanese pharma company in Tokyo. Stephanie holds an undergraduate Business degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School. On the volunteer front, Stephanie served for seven years on the board of a 100-unit New York co-op, including two years as treasurer. As a PHS volunteer, she has served as communications chair of the Parents and Guardians Association, co-chair of the Parent Education Committee, the PHS liaison to Common Sense Media, and a room representative. She joined the Board in 2018 and currently serves on its Development Committee. Stephanie and her husband, Milton, have two daughters: Nina, a third grader at PHS, and Erica, a former PHS student.

 

 

 

Regina Balistreri

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, who earned her B.A. from Lehigh University and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2014. She has served on the Finance Committee and is currently a member of both the Trustees Committee and the Building & Grounds Committee. She has also 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 a son in eighth grade at PHS, as well as a daughter who graduated from PHS and currently attends San Francisco Waldorf High School.

Noah Berland

Noah, who joined the Board in 2018 and serves on its Building and Grounds task force, is an attorney specializing in business and commercial real estate matters. Earlier in his career, he worked as group program manager in charge of the Interactive Media Department for the Washington, D.C., office of Powell Tate, a public affairs, corporate communications and crisis management firm. Noah directed Powell Tate’s award-winning department and provided strategic digital media services for American Express, Delta Airlines, Federal Express, Master Card, NCAA, Nike, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Visa. In addition, he was the youngest member of Powell Tate’s business development committee and handpicked to be part of a select group charged with shaping the company’s vision and core business values. At PHS, Noah has served as Admissions Committee co-chair, an admissions tour guide, and a speaker on the parent panel for admissions open houses; he has also volunteered in the classroom. Noah grew up in an “education everything” household with a mother who co-founded Prospect Sierra in the East Bay. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. Noah and his wife, Jennifer, have two children at PHS: a son in fourth grade and a daughter in first grade.

 

Brandon Cherry

Brandon serves as director of compensation at Credit Karma, Inc., a fin-tech start-up in San Francisco. Until recently, he was the West Coast leader for Korn Ferry Hay Group, where he was responsible for helping organizations define and align their strategic priorities to key internal operating processes, and earlier in his career he was a co-founder of a boutique consulting firm. Brandon, who has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, has also served on the advisory boards of EASi and NASDAQ Private Market. At PHS, Brandon was an active member of the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee prior to joining the Board in 2018. He and his wife, Kacie, have two sons: Cole, who is in third grade at PHS, and Reed, who is in preschool at Phoebe Hearst.

 

 

Todd Darling

Todd is chief operating officer at investment firm Acacia Capital Corp., with management responsibilities in the company’s Income Property Division. Todd has been involved in real estate investment for more than 16 years. He is a member of Acacia’s internal investment committee and has extensive experience in the acquisition, financing and disposition of income property throughout the western U.S. Prior to joining Acacia, Todd was responsible for the western region acquisition activity of Lend Lease, a large pension fund advisor. He also oversaw dispositions and financing activity for AEW Capital Management, and was a bank analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Todd, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, currently chairs the Board’s Finance Committee. He holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Princeton University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children at PHS: a daughter in eighth grade, a daughter in seventh, and a son in third.

Martin Encinas Leon

Martin, a real estate professional and a graduate of Presidio Hill School, joined the Board in 2018 and serves on both its Equity and Inclusion Committee and its Building and Grounds task force. Martin held positions at Google and Apple before becoming an investment and luxury specialist for Coldwell Banker Global Luxury in San Francisco, where he is currently employed. He also volunteers his time as a board member for the nonprofit SMART program, which provides support for low-income students from grade four through college. In addition, he teaches a networking and professional skills class as a volunteer for Dev/Mission, an organization that prepares untapped young adults ages 16 to 24 for careers in technology. Martin attended PHS from grades six through eight and graduated in 2004. He has bachelor’s degrees in Music Industry and Business from the University of Southern California, and resides in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Heifferon

Jen, a learning specialist at Presidio Hill School who supports teachers, students and families in fourth through sixth grade, joined the Board in 2017 and currently resides on its Equity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining PHS, Jennifer was a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Charles Armstrong, a school in Belmont for children with language-based learning differences. In a previous life, Jennifer worked in the advertising industry as an Interactive Producer for Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners. She received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University along with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and M.A. in teaching from the University of San Francisco. In addition to her Learning Services work at PHS, Jennifer is a co-facilitator of the Multicultural Leadership Task Force and a member of the Media and Tech Team. Jennifer and her husband, Brian, have two sons: one in kindergarten at PHS and another in preschool.

 

 

 

 

Wendy Horng Brawer

Wendy is the co-founder and executive director of 14000hours, an educational nonprofit working to redefine the primary purpose of school. She is building a network of parents, educators and school leaders who help schools become thriving learning communities for students and teachers alike. She served as the director of advancement and partnerships for Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito, California, for 11 years and is the founding board chair of enGender, a national nonprofit serving gender creative youth and their families. She also serves on the Vision Council of Stepping Stones Project, a mentoring and nature-based rite-of-passage program that supports youth through adolescence, and was a founding member of the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI)’s Masters in Educational Leadership Program, from which she received her educational degree. Wendy, who has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, lives in the East Bay where she raised her three children, one now a graduate of the University of Michigan, another currently enrolled at Bowdoin College, and her youngest, in high school. Wendy joined the PHS Board in 2018 and currently serves on its Development Committee.

 

 

Jeni Izuel

Jeni is chief financial and operating officer at Net Impact, a nonprofit inspiring and equipping future leaders to build a more just and sustainable world. During her 16-year tenure as a nonprofit executive she has focused on creating and leading scalable growth strategies and systems. Prior to Net Impact, Jeni was CFO at VolunteerMatch and a consultant with KPMG’s Global Grants Practice. A dedicated local volunteer, she received the 2011 Bay Area CFO of The Year award for community service and has served on the Board of Directors of the KIPP SF Bay Academy and HandsOn Bay Area. She has also led volunteer engagements with international NGOs, including the NESsT social venture fund, Amy Biehl Foundation and Grameen Bank. Jeni, who joined the Board in 2015, previously served as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, and currently serves as the Board’s secretary. 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 two children at PHS: a son, Broderick, in fourth grade and a daughter, Mia, in first grade.

 

 

Lisa Jeli

Lisa has an impressive track record of more than 29 years of experience at PHS, including nearly a decade in her current position of Assistant Head of School and Middle School Director, five years as Lower School Director, and lead teacher experience in third, fourth and fifth grades. We are thrilled by Lisa’s decision to assume this important role, and value the stability and continuity she brings to school leadership.

 

 

Sean Joyce

Sean is a family law attorney and managing partner of Lurkis Joyce and Del Bove LLP in San Francisco. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Babson College and a law degree from the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. Sean, who joined the Board in 2018 and currently serves on its Development Committee, has also coached PHS soccer teams, volunteered in the classroom, and coached his son’s SF Youth Baseball League team. His wife, Bridget, taught TK at The Little School, a relationship-based preschool school in San Francisco, and later taught kindergarten at PHS before taking time off to raise their two children. Sean and Bridget have a son, Kingston, in second grade at PHS, and a daughter, Waverly, at The Little School.

 

 

Dallas Kashuba

Dallas is a creative problem solver, entrepreneur, musician and tinkerer. During his high school years in North Dakota, he discovered virtual reality and decided to pursue a career in computers. That decision led him to Harvey Mudd College in Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and started DreamHost, a pioneering web platform company, in 1997, in a dorm room with three college friends. Today, Dallas is again working on VR, while acting as a managing director of DreamHost. At PHS, Dallas has assisted on field trips and in the classroom. He joined the Board in 2018 and currently serves on its Development Committee. He and his wife, Vida, who has been an active volunteer at PHS, have two children at PHS: Maddox in fourth grade, and Lily in second grade.

 

 

Peter Klivans

Peter is an attorney who currently works for the State Bar of California. Previously, he spent a decade as a litigator at Quinn Emanuel, LLP, handling complex commercial litigations. Peter also has an extensive background in law and finance, with experience in the investor relations and disclosure division of Sony Corp.’s Tokyo headquarters. He has a B.A. from Williams College, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in applied economics and finance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Peter is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2017, Peter co-chaired PHS’s annual Book Fair with his wife, Kate Steinheimer. Peter and Kate have four children: a son in seventh grade at PHS, a son who graduated from PHS and is a sophomore at Lowell, a daughter who graduated from PHS and is a freshman at Drew, and another daughter who is a freshman at DePauw University. Peter currently serves on the Board’s Development Committee.

 

 

Maryann LoRusso

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. Maryann, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2013, is currently a member of the Trustees Committee, which she previously chaired for three years, and has also been a member of the Communications Task Force, Head of School Search Committee, and Head Transition Committee. Prior to joining the Board, she co-chaired the Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) for four years, and also served as Fall Gathering chair and room parent. Maryann has degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She and her husband, Steven Jo, have two children: a son in the seventh grade at PHS, as well as a daughter who graduated from PHS and is currently a sophomore at San Francisco University High School.

 

Ranesha Moreno

Ranesha, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2017, is currently studying psychology at City College with the hopes of focusing on cognitive neuroscience. She is currently chair of the Board’s newly created Equity and Inclusion Committee, and has also served on the Parent Education sub-committee of PHS’s Multicultural Leadership Team (MLT). Prior to joining the Board, Ranesha was an active parent volunteer, co-chairing both the Annual Talent Show and Books and Pajamas Day, and working for several years as a room representative. She has also supervised food-related classroom activities, volunteered for numerous school events, and driven on field trips any chance she could get. Ranesha and her husband, Jose, have two children at PHS: a daughter in fifth grade, and a son in fourth grade.

 

 

 

Katherine McCormack

Katie is the sixth grade humanities teacher at Presidio Hill School. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 and is a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee and Finance Committee. Outside of her work in the classroom and on the Board, Katie has served on the Multicultural Leadership Team since she joined the PHS community three years ago. Before moving to San Francisco, Katie taught fifth and eighth grade humanities at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College along with her Middle School Humanities Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Lesley University. 

 

 

 

 

Marie-Claire Rensch

Marie-Claire has a diverse background in digital communication and social media. Her family immigrated to San Francisco from Suriname in South America. She attended the French American International School and International High School in San Francisco from kindergarten through 12th grade. Marie-Claire also lived in Nicaragua for nearly a year before moving to France to pursue her bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from American University of Paris. After her stint in the City of Light, she returned to San Francisco to start her career, initially working for a home cleaning startup. Marie-Claire, whose niece, Z’Anna, is in seventh grade at PHS, currently works in the Mayor of San Francisco’s Communications Office, developing and implementing digital strategy. She joined the Board in 2018 and currently serves on its Equity and Inclusion Committee.

 

 

Jean Riney Niewiadomski

Jean is a faculty member in the Graduate Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University specializing in children’s mental health. Before that, she held a leadership position at the non-profit UPLIFT formally EMQ Children and Family Services, where she developed and implemented programs providing therapeutic services to thousands of Bay Area families. Jean has assisted both local and state agencies, including the California Mental Health Services Board of Commissioners, in designing needs-driven programs for children and families. Prior to moving to California, Jean lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was involved with mental health programs for children who otherwise would be removed from their homes and separated from their families. Jean joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves as chair of the Development Committee. At PHS, she has also served as a room parent, and as secretary and co-chair of the Parent and Guardians Association. Jean and her husband, Paul, have a daughter in eighth grade at PHS and a toddler at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Chung-Man Tam

Chung is technology entrepreneur with a passion for building and designing new product experiences. He currently serves as CEO for 2nd Address, building a new hospitality experience for business travelers. Previously, he held leadership roles at AdMob, Chartboost, Google, Yahoo!, and Sequoia Capital. Chung has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. At PHS, he has been an active contributor as a classroom volunteer and field trip chaperone. He joined the Board in 2018 and serves on the Trustees Committee. Chung-Man and his wife, Yuko Kamae, have two sons at PHS, one in second grade and one in kindergarten.

 

 

 

 

Susan Whitecotton

Susan, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently chairs the Trustees Committee, is a former litigator who happily retired to become a full-time parent. While in private practice, she defended clients including Borders Books, Chevron and Visa in antitrust and other corporate litigation. In 2006, Susan joined the legal department at Visa where she managed antitrust and intellectual property matters. Susan has undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. Prior to joining the Board, Susan supported PHS in various capacities, including serving as a classroom volunteer, soup maker and an Admissions tour guide. She and her husband, Craig Weissman, have a daughter in second grade at PHS, as well as a son in preschool.