Dr. Kevin Louie, Board Chair
and his wife Carol live in Tiburon and are the parents of Rachel (Branson 2012)
and Ryan (Branson 2014). Kevin received
a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University and an M.D. from the University of
Michigan. He moved to San Francisco to
complete his internship and training in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. After his residency, he completed a fellowship
in Orthopaedic Traumatology at San Francisco General Hospital before entering
private practice. Kevin is currently on
staff at California Pacific Medical Center and previously was affiliated with
The Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children when it was located in San
Francisco. He is an Associate Clinical
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF and has served in executive positions
for various professional organizations, including the Western Orthopaedic
Association and the Limb lengthening and Reconstructive Surgery Society of
North America. Kevin and Carol co-chaired
the 2010-2011 Annual
Fund and look forward to continuing to support Branson.
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.
James Burnes '91
Jaime and his wife Dayle live in Belvedere with
their three children: Jack, Brad and Tayte. Jaime received his Bachelor of
Science from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California,
Berkeley with a major in Finance. After graduating from Berkeley, Jaime
moved to New York to pursue his career as an investment banker in Healthcare.
Jaime has 18 years of banking experience and helped build out the Life
Sciences franchise at Lehman Brothers where he worked for six years.
Jaime has also worked at Credit Suisse, UBS, and Oppenheimer.Over the years, Mr. Burnes has been
instrumental in raising capital and executing M&A transactions for several
high profile Life Sciences companies. After living in New York for 12
years, Jaime and his wife decided to return to Marin to raise their
children. Jaime is currently the Co-Head of the Healthcare Group at Cowen
and Company, a pre-eminent growth focused investment bank.Jaime enjoys spending his free time with his
family skiing, wakeboarding and running.
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,
the San Francisco Ballet and the Town School for Boys. She is the Chief
Executive Officer of Walnut Management Company, and a Director of ABC2
(Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), a non-profit foundation.
Stacey lives in San Francisco and has two children, JD
age 19 and Charlotte age 14, a freshman at Branson.
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
Kate Duhamel is an independent filmmaker working
in San Francisco. She is currently making a series of dance
films through her production company, Fountain 3 Films. Kate has also
written and directed a feature film and four short films that have shown in
film festivals around the country, and she has produced three short documentary
films for two humanitarian organizations. Kate is also currently building a website for
independent filmmakers. Kate serves on
several boards including SFJAZZ, San Francisco Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES
Ballet. Previous board positions include
Chair of Right To Play US, Chair of the Far West Freestyle Ski Division, and
she served on the California State Film Commission. Kate attended Stanford University, and the
Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives in Marin with her husband and
has three sons.
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
Seth Ferguson '81
Seth and his wife
Alison met at Branson and graduated together in 1981. They both grew up
in Mill Valley and now live there with their two sets of twins, Bryce and Elise
(Branson Class of 2014) and Claire and Renee (entering 8th grade at
Marin Country Day School). Seth is a Managing Director and Co-Head of
Mergers and Acquisitions at Stifel, a full service, mid-market focused
investment bank. He has 27 years of banking experience and was previously
employed by Morgan Stanley, General Atlantic, Robertson Stephens and UBS.
Seth graduated from Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a
major in Government. He enjoys bicycling, running, skiing, hiking, traveling
and collecting wine.
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.
Dr. Kim Fullerton-Nelson
Kim joined the Board of Trustees in September of 2014. Born in Ohio and raised in New Jersey, Kim moved to Marin County in high school. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, where she studied physiology and dance. Before attending UC San Francisco School of Medicine, Kim worked as a health care advocate in San Rafael and as a Spanish-English translator in Ecuador for Interplast. After graduating from UCSF, Kim trained in emergency medicine at Stanford. She decided to leave clinical practice to raise her four children and pursue her interests in education, public health and violence prevention. Kim worked with the founders of QuestBridge to select and mentor students for the Quest Scholars Program, based at Stanford University. She then developed a nationally-recognized violence prevention curriculum in her work for Physicians for a Violence-free Society. For many years, Kim served on the board of The World Family: Ethiopian Orphans and Medical Care. In April of 2014, she joined the board of Beyond Differences. A life-long dancer, Kim performs with Alan Scofield’s performance dance troupe. Kim and her husband live in Ross with her four children (two of whom currently attend Branson). During her free time, Kim enjoys traveling, hiking and skiing with her family.
P. Joseph Grasso (Joe)
Joe began his career
in finance at Wertheim & Company, in New York.He then moved to Sutro & Company in San
Francisco as a Senior Managing Director of Trading, and Member of The New York
Stock Exchange.In 1984, he became a
General Partner at Montgomery Securities.In 2003, he left Banc of America Securities and founded Visor Associates
Joe has served as
Board President of The Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes
Foundation, and Board President of Marin Special Olympics.He started a long distance running team 30
years ago, and continues to train athletes every Saturday at the College of
Marin.He has served on the major donor
committee for the Reed School Foundation.His newest charitable endeavor is working to raise funds and increase
the public profile of RotaPlast International.RotaPlast is an organization dedicated to reconstruction surgery in
third world countries, and Joe has volunteered on missions to Nepal and India.
This is Joe's sixth
year on the Board.He is currently a
member of the Committee on Trustees, the Development Committee, the GGBTS Task
Force and the Head Assessment Committee, and previously served on the Annual
Fund Committee.Joe resides in Tiburon
with his wife, Victoria.Their son,
Philip ’06, is a graduate of Occidental College.
David is a Managing Partner at Revolution Ventures, an early-stage venture capital affiliate of Revolution LLC, a private investment company organized by AOL co-founder Steve Case. Revolution invests in technology-enabled disruptive businesses across a variety of industries; and its investments include Zipcar, Revolution Money, Extend Health, and LivingSocial. Previously, David spent 18 years, including five years as Vice Chairman, with J.P. Morgan Securities (and its predecessor company Hambrecht & Quist). He was the director of J.P. Morgan's global investment banking practice for technology, media and telecommunications clients and was a member of the investment bank's management committee. He also served as Executive Chairman at Code Advisors, a private merchant bank in San Francisco focused on early-stage technology companies, from its founding in 2010 through 2012.
He received an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
David and his wife Susan live in San Francisco and have a daughter, Amanda, who graduated from Branson in 2011. They have another daughter, Jenny, who is in the 12th grade at Branson. David was a trustee of Burke's for six years, and he served on the search, finance and communications committees. David currently serves on the board of directors of Barnes & Noble, Blackbaud, Everyday Health and Vinfolio.
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
David H. Liu
grew up in Cambodia. As a teenager,
David lived in Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines as a refugee.In Thailand, he worked for the UN Refugee
Agency, UNHCR, as an interpreter.In the
Philippines, he assisted the US Embassy in the processing of Indochinese
refugees.David resettled in the U.S. in
1980.He received a B.S. in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in Electrical
Engineering from Purdue University.David began his career at AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey, designing
industry’s first optical fiber-to-the-home product, where he received a
patent.He moved to the Bay Area in 1990
and worked for telecom companies designing and managing successful products in
the Digital Loop Carrier, DSL and VDSL areas. David was an engineering executive at Cerent
in Petaluma, developing highly successful products in the optical networking
arena; he worked for Cisco after Cisco acquired Cerent in 1999.Currently, David is CEO of Belwes LLC. David
was a Trustee of Saint Mark’s Board for six years.He is also an active volunteer at a Cambodian
orphanage.David lives in Tiburon with
his wife, Yujing, and two sons, Jeffrey (Branson Class of 2012) and Victor
(Branson Class of 2014).
Avid Modjtabai is Senior Executive Vice
President, Consumer Lending for Wells Fargo & Company. A 21-year
veteran of Wells Fargo, Avid has served in a number of leadership roles,
including head of Technology and Operations, Chief Information Officer,
Director of Human Resources and head of Internet Services Group. She was
named as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” and one of the “Top 25
Women to Watch” by U.S. Banker, one of the “100 Most Influential Women
in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times, and one of
“The Innovators”by Bank Technology News. Additionally, she
received the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” awarded for her outstanding
personal and professional achievements, coupled with preserving the richness of
As an active member of the community, Avid is an
advisory member of the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Program and
Stanford Center on Longevity.
She received a B.S. in industrial engineering
from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia
University. Avid lives with her husband, Hossein Namdar, in
Kentfield. Their son Cyrus (Branson Class of 2013) is a sophomore at
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).
A native of Finland, Semi and his wife,
Andrea, reside in San Rafael, CA and are parents of Ava (18, Branson senior),
Otto (18, Branson senior), and Isabella (19, Branson class of 2013). Semi
is a principal of SCS Advisors, Inc., a hotel investment firm that he
co-founded in 1997. SCS, in partnership with private equity firms, has
acquired 26 hotels and developed 3 hotels. In addition to its investment
and development activities, SCS serves as an asset manager and currently
oversees 18 hotels on behalf of various ownership groups. Prior to SCS,
Semi was a vice president of JMB Realty Corporation, a graduate of the School
of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, and attended high school at the
American International School in Vienna, Austria.
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
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 who is in the 8th grade at MCDS.
Kareem Weaver '90
Kareem has worked to uplift youth through
education. He has served as an urban
educator who excelled at moving underserved and under-skilled students into
academic proficiency. After completing
undergraduate work at Morehouse College and his graduate work at the University
of South Carolina, Kareem joined Teach for America and received Oakland’s
Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001.
He trained to be a principal through New Leaders
for New Schools and accepted the challenge of leading one of the worst schools
in California and turning it into a successful STEM school. Within three years, student proficiency in
science went from 14% to 81% and Kareem was given the 2011 OUSD Educational Leadership
Award for his work as a principal. He
now serves as New Leaders for New Schools’ Executive Director in the Bay Area
where he is expanding educational opportunities for students living in poverty
by recruiting and training transformational school leaders for high-needs
His community organizing has helped to bridge the
cultural, ideological, and political divides between traditional civil rights
groups and education reform efforts. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.
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