Greg Swart, Board Chair
Greg Swart has served as
Chief Financial Officer of Farallon Capital Management, LLC since 2002. Prior to joining Farallon, Greg worked at
Goldman Sachs for twelve years, primarily based in the Cayman Islands where he
managed a business unit providing accounting and administration services to
hedge funds.Prior to joining Goldman
Sachs, Greg worked for six years at Ernst & Young in his native New
Zealand.Greg graduated with a diploma
in Business Studies from Waikato Institute of Technology, and has been a member
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand since 1989.
Greg & his wife Ann
live in Tiburon with their 4 children: Simon
’13, Jane ’14, David ’17, and Kate ’19.
Marlene Bates, who holds an MBA in
Finance and Marketing and a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) accreditation, is
entering her 10th year at the Charles Schwab Company as Chief of Staff and
Managing Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives for Schwab Client
Solutions, a division that combines fixed income solutions, trading platforms,
international retail, the Schwab Center for Financial Research, cash and margin
lending strategy and advice solutions. She assumed this role after
having completed six years in the Risk and Credit Management Group, where she
was tasked with managing the company’s Structured Products investment
portfolio. Prior to that position, her career spanned 11 years as a
Financial Analyst and Risk Manager at the CALyon Group (a French banking group)
with postings in Paris, New York, Hong Kong and London. Marlene was
Head of the Finance Committee of MoAD (the Museum of the African Diaspora).
More recently, Marlene became an advocate for "mainstreaming"
children with special needs after her own son, Alexander, was diagnosed with a
profound binaural hearing loss.
In her free time, Marlene, who
with her husband Ernest lives in San Rafael, likes to travel, read French and
Spanish literature, play the piano and train for marathons. She is
also the proud parent of a junior and a sophomore at Branson (Class of 2016 and
Class of 2017).
Ben Bodipo-Memba '87
A member of the class of
1987, Ben returned to
the Bay Area in February of 2012 as an assistant
volleyball coach at UC Berkeley, where he
will be entering his 3rd season.Ben attended San Diego State University and was a
member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team for 3 seasons, playing professionally at the highest competitive levels. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association
(AVCA), currently representing division one assistant coaches as a member of
the AVCA Education and Publication Committee. Ben also serves as a mentor in the AVCA Coaches Mentoring program and spent six years representing the ACC on the AVCA
Assistant Coaches Committee.Ben lives in San Rafael.
Stacey Case '77
Stacey Black Case is a proud alum of the Branson School, Class of 1977. She received her B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, her Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has served on various Boards, including the Exploratorium, San Francisco Ballet and Town School for Boys. She is Chief Executive Officer of Walnut Management Company, President of The Dan and Stacey Case Family Foundation, and a Director of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a non-profit foundation.
Stacey lives in San Francisco and has two children, JD age 20 and Charlotte age 15, a sophomore at Branson.
Victor Castillo is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UCLA School of Law. He practiced real estate and finance law at
O’Melveny & Myers and the City and County of San Francisco. After eight years of practicing law,
Victor joined Century Theatres, where he led the expansion effort for the
company until it was acquired. At the
time of the acquisition, he was the Chief Operating Officer. Since 2006, he has served as the President of
Syufy Enterprises, an entertainment, leisure and real estate company with
operations and holdings primarily in the western United States. Currently,
he is a Trustee Emeritus of Mark Day School and a board member of the
California Business Properties Association.
Victor and his wife, Helen, live in Corte Madera with their
two children – Marco, Branson 2018, and Natalia, an eighth grader at Mark Day
Michelle Douglas '83
Michelle Douglas comes from an old line Branson
family. She graduated from Branson in 1983, and has two brothers who are
also graduates of Branson: Kelly ('80) and Alex (92'). In addition,
Michelle’s father served on the Board of Trustees during the nineties.
Her nephew ('09) and niece ('11) graduated from Branson. This is
Michelle’s third term and eighth year on the board. This year she is
Chair of the Head Assessment Committee and she also serves on the Parent Survey
After graduating from Wesleyan University in
1987, Michelle attended Hastings College of the Law. She practiced
business law with a San Francisco law firm, Steinhart and Falconer, and then
went in-house with a cellular company. Currently, Michelle is
the CEO of the Douglas household, managing her four children: Jake (19) - a sophomore
in college and graduate of Branson, Alec (18) - a graduate of Branson, Amanda
(15) - a sophomore at Branson and Summer (9) – who attends San Domenico
School. Michelle and her husband, Kevin, have been wonderfully supportive
Maureen Fan '82
Maureen Fan, class of
‘82, is a freelance journalist and former foreign correspondent. Maureen was based in Beijing for the
Washington Post from 2005 to 2009, first as correspondent, then as bureau
chief. As New York Bureau Chief for the San Jose Mercury News, she
covered 9/11 and postwar Iraq for Knight Ridder Newspapers. She has
worked as staff writer at the New York DailyNews, Newsday,
the Los Angeles Times, and the South China Morning Post.
She has advised San Francisco-based Link TV and served on the Asia
Society’s Northern California program committee. As a former John S.
Knight fellow at Stanford University, she studied design thinking, strategic
philanthropy and entrepreneurship. She has also taught storytelling and
reporting to non-journalists. After
graduating from Branson, Maureen studied at the University of California, Santa
Barbara. She got her start as a journalist
there, writing for the independent student newspaper TheDaily Nexus.
Maureen lives in Berkeley with her husband Steve, an investigative
journalist and Redwood alum, and stepson Will, a student at Berkeley High
Flynn is a native of Washington, DC. She received her B.A. from Yale University and worked in public relations for
several years before attending Stanford Law School, where she received her J.D.She practiced commercial litigation in San
Francisco for several years before moving into the area of family law. Julie and her husband, Greg (Branson ’82)
live in San Francisco with their twin sons Jamie (Branson ’16) and Michael (Lick ’16) and daughter Sarah (Convent Elementary ‘15). Julie is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and is a member of the Smithsonian National Board. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco, and on the
Board of Directors of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families.
Lauren and her husband Bill live in San
Francisco. They are the proud parents of Madeleine, a senior at Branson; William,
a freshman at Branson, and Christopher, who attends Marin Country Day School.
Lauren received her B.A. in Political Science
from Emory University and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management,
Northwestern University. She has focused most of her career in Management
Consulting (Boston Consulting Group, CSC Index and ZS Associates), serving
clients in a variety of industries from finance, healthcare, and consumer
goods, to nuclear power and oil refining. Her area of particular
expertise is Change Management. She most recently ran the GST Change
Management Practice at ZS Associates, a global pharmaceutical and healthcare consulting
firm. Lauren currently works part-time as an independent consultant.
Lauren has served on several Boards in San
Francisco, including the National Charity League, SF Ballet Auxiliary, SF Zoo
Auxiliary, Lone Mountain Pre-School, and the Association of Presidio
Neighborhoods, and has served as a Deacon at Calvary Presbyterian Church. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking,
and relaxing with family and friends.
Elsa was born in Taipai, Taiwan and immigrated to
San Francisco when she was 7 years of age with her parents and seven siblings. She grew up in San Francisco, where she
enjoyed the culture and richness of a diverse melting pot. She and her husband, Kurt, moved to San Rafael
to raise their two children, Tyler (Berklee College of Music, 2019) and
Sophia (Branson, 2018) eighteen years ago. Elsa received her B.S. in Sociology from the
University of California, Berkeley where she was passionate about gender and
racial equality, especially regarding the rights of women and the people of the
Asian American community.
Elsa is the Founder and CEO of Elsa L, a consumer
product based business that has supplied national retailers for over
twenty years. She travels regularly to
China, India, and Viet Nam, where her products are manufactured.
An active member of the education community, Elsa
served on the Saint Mark's Board for nine years. Tyler and Sophia
both attended Saint Mark's from kindergarten through their eighth grade
graduation. Elsa was also a Vistage member, a CEO organization, for
seven years, and she served on the board of Bridge of Promise. While on the Saint Mark's Board, she was an
active member of committees that were instrumental in spearheading the first
endowment campaign, she helped to bring Chinese into the Saint Mark's
curriculum, and helped create the Tuition Support Program. She has and will continue
to champion the school's strategic plan, diverse and
Claudia received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale
College and her J.D. from Yale Law School.She practiced litigation for over 15 years, first at Debevoise &
Plimpton in New York, and then as a partner at Farella Braun & Martell LLP
in San Francisco, specializing in securities litigation and white collar
criminal defense.She also devoted
herself to pro bono work in the areas of reproductive rights, prisoner civil
rights and death penalty appeals.After
leaving law practice, Claudia became actively involved in nonprofit work.She founded and led Richmond Presidio
Neighbors, which successfully resolved a dispute over the redevelopment of the
Public Health Services Hospital in the Presidio,In 2009, she founded San Francisco Village, a
nonprofit membership organization helping older adults age in their own homes
with expert guidance, volunteer support, and wellness programs.She is currently President of its Board.She also served as President of the Board of
the Community Learning Center at St. James and of the San Francisco Women
Lawyers' Alliance.She is currently a
Trustee of Ring Mountain Day School.She
previously served as Trustee of Groton School, was on the Executive Committee
of Yale Law School and served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Claudia and her husband Woody Scal live in San Francisco and
are the parents of Isabel, Branson class of 2018,and Dmitri. Ring Mountain Day School class of
2017.Claudia enjoys travel, skiing,
literature and dance.
Harrison Miller is a Managing Director of Summit Partners, a growth equity
investor in leading technology and healthcare companies globally.Harrison co-heads Summit’s venture capital
activities and served for years as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Harrison began his career as a teacher of English and History at Collegiate
School in New York City, and a program officer at two nonprofits focused on
microenterprise development in Africa and Asia. He was later part of the founding
team at Lightspan, a curriculum and technology company that went public in
2000; and a member of the senior team at Amazon.com from 1998 to 2003, as that
business expanded from an online bookstore to a global ecommerce platform.
Harrison and his wife Clare McCamy live in Mill Valley with their four children:
Grace (Branson ’15), Audrey (Branson ’17), Tess, and Leighton (both students at
Marin Country Day).
Harrison holds an AB in religion, cum laude, from Princeton University and an
MBA from Stanford Business School. He serves numerous nonprofit organizations
in a board or advisory capacity, including Opportunity Fund, Worldreader.org,
and Mt. Tam United Methodist Church.
Kate and her husband Loren live in
Mill Valley and are the proud parents of two Branson alums, Kevin, Class of '93
and Allison, Class of '97. Kate received
her B.A. in English from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Education from
Stanford University. While at Stanford,
Kate began her teaching, working in the San Francisco Unified School District. On completion of her graduate work, she moved
to the central coast, again to teach in a large public school with an at-risk
student population of English-language learners. Marriage took her to the L.A. area, where she
began her independent school teaching at the then Harvard School for Boys. Thirteen years at Harvard offered Kate
opportunities to hone her teaching skills and do extensive curriculum
development in collaboration with Dr. Robert Archer and Philip Holmes. Returning to her Bay Area roots, she was
fortunate to discover Branson and began teaching there in the fall of 1984. At Branson Kate taught English, chaired her
department, facilitated WASC reports, and introduced the school's Lesson Study
program through PETL, the Project for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Bruce lives in Kent Woodlands with his wife Sara Wardell-Smith and his step-son Benjamin (5). His son Jordan (Class of 2007) graduated from the Dodge College of Film at Chapman University and is now a budding cinematographer in Los Angeles. His daughter Brooke (Class of 2014) now attends U. C. Davis.
Bruce is the President of Relevant Wealth Advisors. Bruce's tenure includes over twenty years of honing and developing a consultative wealth management process for Bay Area high net-worth families and private foundations. Bruce received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and his M.B.A. in Finance from Golden Gate University. Bruce is a member of the Council on Foundations Philanthropic Advisory Network, The Marin Estate Planning Council, The Financial Planning Association, and the CFA Institute. Bruce has also served on the boards and committees for several Bay Area non-profit organizations (Buck Institute Advisory Council, Buckelew Programs, Family Service Agency of Marin, the Marin Valentine’s Ball, Sunny Hills Services, USF Center for Global Justice, and HelpMarin.org). As an accomplished pilot, scuba diver, and cyclist, Bruce enjoys the adventures offered by the great outdoors.
earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and continued her graduate work
at Mills College. Jani has taught at the
middle school and high school levels in both public and independent schools in
the Bay Area.Her administrative
experience began at Mount Tamalpais School, Mill Valley, and continued for nine
years at the Branson School where she was Associate Head, Acting Head and
Director of Admission.
leads the College Counseling department of McClure, Mallory, Baron and
Ross.Her background in schools,
especially high schools, and her understanding of the developmental stages of
students help her demystify the college search process.
Jani conducts workshops for parents and counselors and participates in
professional development sessions for the Western Association of College
Admission Counseling (WACAC).She sets
time aside each year to visit college campuses. An important part of her
practice is advising families of college bound students who have learning
disabilities and/or ADHD.
volunteered as a WASC Visiting Committee Member and has done project work for
the Buck Institute for Education, a subsidiary of the Buck Foundation.She is a member of HECA, WACAC and NACAC.She has served on the Board of Marin
Montessori School, Saint Mark’s School and currently serves on the Board of
Bridge the Gap College Prep in Marin City, CA.
her husband, Terry, live in Mill Valley where they raised their two children
Dana Ross Rogers (Branson’95) and Daniel (Branson ’97). They have three grandchildren, Caroline (5)
and Fletcher Rogers (3), and Emma Ross (3).
Sauer, a native of St. Louis, MO, attended Washington University where she
earned a B.F.A.She later received an M.B.A.
in finance and marketing from The Wharton School.Mary and her husband Bob Doris founded and
ran Sonic Solutions, a public software company specializing in digital audio
and video applications. Sonic was acquired
in 2011, and Mary is now enrolled in a master’s degree program in humanities at
in her career, Mary worked as the director of marketing of the Pixar group at
Lucasfilm, and as a management consultant for Touche Ross and Arthur D.
Little. Mary has served on the board of
the Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley and as a trustee for the Buck
Institute in Novato.
Mary and Bob are the parents of two
daughters:Annie, a sophomore at
Branson, and Clare, who is deceased.The
Sauer-Doris family enjoys sailing and has sailed the eastern coast of the US
and Canada and more than a dozen countries in the Mediterranean, Baltic, and
James Schurz '80
James Schurz is partner at the law firm Morrison & Foerster.He graduated from Branson in 1980. James started his career as a history teacher
and soccer coach at San Francisco University High School.Since 1999, he has served as an adjunct
professor at the University of California San Francisco, Hastings College of
James and his wife Julie Ruskin have three children, Max
(Branson ’11), Claire (Marin Academy ’13) and Caroline (Branson ’19).James received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from
Stanford University, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal
Aid Society—Employment Law Center and Legal Services for Children.
David J. Shimmon is a recognized leader and brings over 20 years of experience to the manufacturing of semiconductors and LEDs. Mr. Shimmon first became involved in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley in 1990 when he led a small regional concern into a leading global provider of high purity products and services. Using design and technology, his companies have expanded into key markets in Asia and they have brought innovative products and solutions to meet the ever-changing global requirements to manufacture semiconductors and LEDs.
Mr. Shimmon maintains close contacts with leaders and innovators in technology as well as in government and education. In recent years he has increased his involvement in policy issues related to trade, globalization and standards of key technologies. He has also established an active presence in the community with a focus on arts and education. He has served on the boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, The Tech Museum of Innovation, and Junior Achievement, as well as Town School for Boys and the Fine Arts Museums both in San Francisco, among others. He resides in San Francisco with his wife Mary Beth and their children Alison (Branson ’18) and David, Jr.
Ellyn Weisel is a native of New
Hampshire. She received her B.A. from Colby College. Ellyn and her husband Brett live in San Rafael
with their three children Ben ’17 and 13-year olds girls Anna and Hailey.
Ellyn, a nonprofit consultant
currently working for the DripDrop Foundation, has extensive experience in
helping mission-driven organizations design and execute a
comprehensive and sustainable fundraising strategy.Ellyn was the
Chief Development Officer at 10,000 Degrees from May 2012-May 2014.Before working at 10,000 Degrees, Ellyn served as Vice President
of Development at Common Sense Media for five years. She began her
professional career at International Management Group (IMG), a worldwide leader
in sports and entertainment events marketing and management, talent
representation, and production. While at
IMG, she worked in corporate consulting and was Vice President of that group.
Ellyn is actively involved in non-profit work. From
1995-1999 she served on the Board of Sportsbridge, a mentoring program for underserved
middle-school girls in San Francisco. From
1998-2009, Ellyn served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of
San Francisco (BGCSF), one of the largest providers of services to at-risk
youth in the Bay Area. She was Chair of
the Marketing Committee from 2000-2003 and Chair of the Board from 2004-2006. Ellyn served on the Board of Trustees of Marin
Country Day School from 2006-2012 and Board of Trustees of Holderness School in
Plymouth, NH from 2010-2013. She currently
serves as Chair of the Holderness Fund and recently joined the board of Common
Alumni Council Rep: Steve Fletcher '85
Steve Fletcher is a Managing Director and a member of the
Management Committee at GCA Savvian, a boutique investment bank which he helped
start. Prior to GCA Savvian, Steve worked in the Investment Banking Division at
Goldman Sachs for 9 years, mostly in New York.Steve is also the co-founder, executive and Representative Director of
Amplia, a subsidiary of GCA Savvian.Amplia supports US media and technology companies’ entry into the Asian
market. In addition, he is on the Board
of Directors of venture-backed AtVenu and is involved with a number of
Prior to entering investment banking, Steve worked for three
years at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA. He graduated from Branson in 1985,
earned a B.A. in Economics from University of California Los Angeles in 1989
and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in
Steve lives in Kent Woodlands with his wife, Debra, 13 year
old daughter, Charlotte, and 11 year old son, Will.When he isn’t with his kids, working or
focused on Branson, he enjoys jogging, mountain biking and back yard BBQ’s.
Faculty Rep: Rich Parsons, Math Dept. Chair
Rich Parsons has been teaching Mathematics at Branson since
1994 and has served as Chair of the Math Department since 2010. Over the years
Rich has taught almost all of the courses offered by the Math Department,
including statistics and computer programming. During his time at Branson Rich
has also advised a wide variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from the
school newspaper and yearbook to the Math Club. He has also worked on projects
ranging from revising the daily schedule to the development of Branson’s
faculty evaluation program. More recently, Rich has been active in taking
students on service learning trips, mainly to Latin America. For six years Rich
also served as a trustee for Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI), a PK-8
Spanish immersion school in the East Bay. For five of those years Rich also
served as Secretary.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Rich graduated from Brown
University with BA degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Prior to coming
to Branson Rich taught Computer Science and Mathematics at the Collegiate
School in New York City, and he spent several years as a software engineer at
Cemax-Icon, a medical imaging subsidiary of Kodak, and PeopleSoft.Fluent in Spanish, Rich has traveled
extensively throughout Latin America as well as parts of Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Rich currently lives in San Francisco.
Parents' Association Rep: Marita Daly '76
Daly is an alumnus of Branson (’76).She
received a B.S. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from U.C Hastings College of the
Law.She practiced environmental law for
ten years before retiring to raise her children.Marita and her husband, Kevin, live in
Kentfield with their son Matt (Branson 2014) and daughter Elena (Branson
2017).Marita is currently the Parent
Association President.She served as a
Branson Trustee from 2006-2012 and has previously served on the boards of Sunny
Hills Services in San Anselmo and the Kentfield Schools Foundation.