Board of Trustees Profiles
Steve is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. He works with entrepreneurs and private companies to manage issues surrounding initial public offerings and merger transactions. He has worked with over 75 IPO companies during his tenure. Steve helps formulate pre-liquidity strategies that may encompass tax and estate planning, as well as diversification strategies through 10b5-1 plans and hedging transactions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked for First Winthrop, a Boston-based real estate investment bank.
Steve grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. Steve and his wife Julie continue to own and operate the ranch having added organic lavender and are currently developing alternative energy. He is a graduate of Oregon State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. Steve is a former Trustee of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Olympic Club Foundation. He served as a co-chair for Town School for Boys Annual Giving and Building for Boys Capital Campaigns, as well as a member of the Katherine Delmar Burke’s investment committee.
Steve and his wife, Julie, live in San Francisco with their four children, Henry (Branson ‘18), Andrew (Branson ‘20), Isabelle (Branson ‘23) and William (Branson’ 23).
SARABJIT ‘Savi’ BAVEJA
Savi Baveja is a Director and Senior Partner with Bain & Company, one of the world's leading management consulting companies. He started at the firm in 1989 and is a leader in the firm's Strategy, Telecommunications, Media and Technology(TMT) and Advanced Analytics practices. He has also served on Bain's board of directors. Further, Savi is the founder and former CEO of Trooly, a predictive analytics startup, which was purchased by online hospitality service Airbnb in 2017.
Savi and his wife Chetna Baveja live in San Francisco with their two children Amrit (Branson '21), and Simran (Branson '23).
Savi holds an MBA with high distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He also holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with distinction from Stanford University, where he was also a Terman Scholar. He has served on the board of the Cathedral School for Boys, and both he and his wife are passionate supporters of the Sikh Coalition, Innovations for Poverty Action, Autism Speaks, and SFMoMa.
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 from 2012-2015. Ben is the COO of 2 Tall Guys Marketing, a digital marketing and advertising agency he co-founded. Ben is also involved with the Marin Juniors Volleyball Club. Ben attended San Diego State University and was a member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team for three seasons and followed that up with a professional career in Finland. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and USA Volleyball. Ben also serves on the board for BAARC (Bay Area Advertisers Relief Committee). Ben lives in San Rafael.
Julie has held executive marketing positions for Fortune 100 consumer-package goods companies after graduating from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She specializes in new product development in both domestic and international markets and has worked in venture-funded, as well as, non-profit startups. Since moving from Chicago in 2008, Julie has served on the board of the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, Kiddo! focused on raising funds to supplement limited California state education budgets.
Most recently, she has supported various leadership positions in the Branson Parents Association, including her current role as Parents Association President.
A SoCal native, she graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and received her M.B.A. from Northwestern University. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband Doug and their two daughters, Bella (’19) and Serafina (’21).
Jack is a Partner at TPG Capital based in San Francisco, where he leads the platform’s investments in Industrials and Services. Prior to joining TPG in 2016, Jack served as a Partner at Goldman Sachs & Co. as the Head of Industrials Private Equity in the Americas. Prior to his seventeen years at Goldman Sachs, Jack spent six years on the faculty of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Jack has served on a number of private and public company Boards of Directors and currently serves on the Boards of Transplace, CLEAResult and Newlight Technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Navy SEAL Foundation. Jack received BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from CWRU and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jack and his wife Metka live in San Francisco with their three boys, Joseph (Branson ’20), James (Branson ‘22) and Luke (Branson ‘24).
Josh Fisher is a Portfolio Manager for Asher Capital, a Citadel company, managing a $3 billion investment fund focused in healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Citadel in 2018, Josh was a Managing Director at Redmile Capital, a healthcare-focused fund. Before that, he was a Portfolio Manager at PresPoint Capital, a fund he started in 2008, and built out the fund’s Healthcare and Technology sectors. He also served as a Healthcare Analyst at Pequot Capital Management from 2002-2006.
Josh has served on the Stiles Hall Board, a Berkeley not-for-profit organization, for more than 20 years and founded "Touchdown for Kids" in 1995, a program that supports under-represented, low income children. In addition, he has been on the Ross School Board for the past 7 years and is currently on UC Berkeley's CNR Advisory Board.
Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Ross with his wife Kara and three kids, Gia (Branson ’22), BJ (Branson ’24) and Elena who is a rising 8th grader.
STEVE FLETCHER ’85
Steve is the CEO of Explorer, a firm which sponsors technology focused Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). Before Explorer, Steve was a Managing Director and a member of the Management Committee at GCA Advisors, a boutique investment bank that he helped start. Prior to GCA, Steve worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs for nine years, mostly in New York. He is on the Board of Directors of Lee Enterprises, one of the largest local news publishers in the U.S., and venture-backed AtVenu. Before joining Branson’s Board, Steve served as President of Branson’s Alumni Council for two years, including acting as the alumni representative on the Board.
He graduated from Branson in 1985, earned a BA in Economics from UCLA in 1989 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Steve lives in Kent Woodlands with his wife Debra, daughter Charlotte (Branson ’20), and son Will (Branson ’22).
Lupe Gallegos-Diaz teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of California, Berkeley and at San Francisco State University in Chicano/Latino Studies and the School of Social Work. Her areas of teaching include Chicano and Latino identities, mental health, Latinas and globalization, leadership empowerment, and fundraising. Throughout her academic pursuits, she has been committed to advising and advocating for issues that address educational and economic social justice, needs for Chicano Latino students, and communities of color.
Lupe has served in various leadership advisory roles for a number of national and local organizations, including: National Advisor of the Mexican Government Education, Consejera Consultiva del Institute de los Mexicanos en Exterior (CCIME), Chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, and the Administrative Coordinator for the National Mujeres Activas en Letra Y Cambio Social (MALCS).
In the Bay Area, Lupe has been a Commissioner of the Status of Women in San Mateo County, Treasurer of the Chicana Latina Foundation, Executive Director for the Chicano Latino Alumni Association, and the strategic director for the Center for Latino Policy Research. She was a commissioner for the Commission of Children, Youth and Recreation in the City of Berkeley and is currently the board chair to the Bay Area Hispanic Institute for Advancement, a child development center.
Lupe has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Santa Clara University, a Master’s in Social Work from UC Berkeley, a certificate in Philosophy from the Ethnic Studies Ph.D Department at Berkeley, and a certificate of fundraising from the University of San Francisco. She and her husband Jose live in Berkeley and are the parents of Nashielli (Branson ’18).
COREEN RUIZ HESTER
Coreen Ruiz Hester is currently a member of Resource Group 175, a national and international recruitment group that specializes in head of school searches as well as governance and leadership training. She has also served on the Branson Board as well as other local boards in the past and currently sits on the board at French American International School and the Academy of International School Heads.
A life-long educator, Coreen began her career at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Michigan as a teacher of High School English. She served at Branson, 1977-1988, where she taught English and was subsequently appointed as Dean of Girls, Director of Studies, Associate Head, and finally Interim Head for the 1987-88 school year. Post-Branson, Coreen established the west-coast office of a national recruitment firm, Independent Educational Services, from 1991-1995. She then served as the High School Principal at The American School in London from 1995-97. Coreen was the Head of School at the Hamlin School in San Francisco from 1997-2007, and she just completed ten years as Head of School at The American School in London, 2007-2017.A native Californian, Coreen earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University with additional graduate work at Bread Loaf Graduate School of English and UC Berkeley. She has two children, both graduates of Branson, Tyler (Branson ‘02) and Molly (Branson ‘04).
Nancy Kami is the executive director of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, a private philanthropic foundation. Prior to joining the Fund in 1997, she served as assistant head and development director for The Hamlin School, an independent girls school in San Francisco. Nancy began her fundraising career at Brown University and later served as capital campaign director for KQED Public Broadcasting. She has also worked as a development consultant to Gateway High School in San Francisco and the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles.
Nancy currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Foundation Center, San Francisco and recently completed her tenure as Vice President of the Board of The Bentley School. She is a former trustee of the Foundation Center (national); Community Initiatives; Saint Luke's School; Gateway High School; Drew College Preparatory School; and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. She also served as Development Committee Chair for the National Association of Independent Schools.
Nancy holds an A.B. degree from Brown University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She and her husband William live in San Francisco and are the parents of Emma (Branson ’18).
Kristin Keeffe hails from the East Coast. She grew up primarily outside of Washington, DC and attended Princeton University where she studied public policy with a focus on education. Between college and graduate school, Kristin spent a year in San Francisco and fell in love with the Bay Area. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997 and completing a federal clerkship, Kristin returned to the Bay Area and has called the West Coast home ever since.
Kristin practiced corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for several years in both their Palo Alto and Seattle offices before landing in Marin where she transitioned to working directly with founders and start-ups. She served on the Mark Day School Board of Trustees for eight years and during that time she chaired the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Committee. She also served as the Branson Parents’ Association Chair for the 2019-2020 Branson school year.
Kristin and her husband Brian live in Novato with their three children, Miles (Branson ‘21), Ellis (Branson ‘22) and Finley (Branson ‘24).
Sloan Klein is a career and executive coach working with senior level professionals in investment management. In addition to her private coaching business she also works with the Stanford Graduate School of Business coaching alumni in financial services. Prior to coaching, Sloan was an executive recruiter in investment management for ten years and co-founded a search firm. She began her career in financial services in institutional sales at Lehman Brothers. When she graduated college, Sloan taught middle school in an inner-city school in Washington, D.C.
Sloan is an Honorary Director and former Board Chair of Compass Family Services, a nonprofit devoted to breaking the cycle of family homelessness in San Francisco. In this role she helped Compass partner with Twitter to build the NeighborhoodNest, a computer learning lab in the Tenderloin. Sloan also served as a Trustee for Marin Primary & Middle School for nine years.
Sloan holds a BA in English, Cum Laude, from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia University. Sloan and her husband Rob live in Mill Valley and are the parents of Sophie (Branson ’19) and Jamie (Branson ’22)
Claudia Lewis has been a member of the board since 2015 and co-chaired the GGBTS Task Force, which explored the move to Strawberry. She has great depth of experience in board leadership. After a distinguished career as a litigator and a pro bono lawyer for social justice causes--principally as a partner at the San Francisco firm of Farella Braun and Martell--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. She also founded and is President of the Board for San Francisco Village, a nonprofit membership organization supporting older San Franciscans as they age. She has served as President of the Board of the Community Learning Center at St. James, and of the San Francisco Women Lawyers' Alliance, and is currently a Trustee of Ring Mountain Day School. She previously served as Trustee of Groton School, where she was the first alumna of the school elected to that board. She was on the Executive Committee of Yale Law School, and served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Claudia earned her BA from Yale University and her JD from Yale Law School. Claudia and her husband Woody Scal live in San Francisco and are the parents of Isabel (Branson ’18) and Dmitri.
Johnathan Logan, Jr. is Vice President for Community Engagement at the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). He joined MCF in early 2016 as Special Assistant to the President and moved into his current role soon thereafter. As Vice President for Community Engagement, Johnathan leads and manages a dynamic team responsible for Buck Family Fund grant distribution and the Foundation's social impact investing portfolio.
Before joining MCF, Johnathan worked in local government for 12 years both in Marin and Seattle, Washington. From 2005 to 2016, he was the General Manager of the Marin City Community Services District, Marin City's local government. As General Manager, Johnathan managed a variety of community services, was the district's representative in interagency affairs, and provided community leadership on a variety of public policy issues.
In Marin City, he successfully redeveloped the George "Rocky" Graham Park and played an integral role in founding the Marin City Health and Wellness Clinic. Before leaving, he oversaw the development of the proposed Marin City Community Center master plan for a multi-purpose community hub of learning, enrichment, and recreation and organized the Center's $24 million capital fundraising campaign to support that plan.
A Branson graduate, Johnathan has a Master of Public Administration from City University of New York, Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He is also a proud National Urban Fellow, a national network of public administrators working in urban communities across the country.
Ken McNeely is President of AT&T West located in San Francisco, California. Ken leads AT&T Corp activities in the states of California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota—and a workforce of more than 50,000 employees.
Prior to this position, Ken held the position of President – AT&T California from 2005-2018. He held the position of Vice President of Law and Government Affairs AT&T from 2000-2005 and joined AT&T in 1991 as a Senior Attorney specializing in Corporate Litigation. In 2013, Ken received the Black Business Association’s Top 100 African Americans in Technology Award; in 2014, the Vanguard Award from Equality California; and in 2017, the Luminary Award from Our Family Coalition.
Ken serves as a board member for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Sutter Health. He is a past board member of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, California Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Council where he was Chair of the Education Committee. Ken also served as a trustee at The San Francisco Day School from 2011-2018 where he also was Advancement Committee Chair and Endowment Campaign Chair.
Ken earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law. He is married to Dr. Inder Dhillon, and they have two children Kabir (Branson ’23) and Meera who is in 7th grade.
Hadley Mullin is a proud alumna of the Branson School, Class of ’92. She began her career at Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where she worked in the Boston, San Francisco, and Sydney offices. Following Bain, Hadley joined the private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners, where she is Senior Managing Director and Partner. She originates new investment opportunities, structures transactions, oversees existing firm investments, and helps set the overall strategy of the firm. TSG Consumer has approximately $9 billion in equity capital under management. Hadley is active in the Stanford community as a regular guest lecturer and as Vice Chairman of the Stanford Business School Trust. She also serves on the CPMC Women’s Auxiliary Board and several for-profit boards.
Hadley received a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Hadley and her husband Dan Kalafatas live in Ross and are the proud parents of Avery, Drew, and Ellie.
Eric has worked as the CEO of Sports Basement since 1996. Prior to Sports Basement he worked at Bain and Company as a consultant.
Eric is a past board member of the Hamlin School, JCC and is a current board member of the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
Eric earned his B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1988 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. He is a runner, swimmer, snowboarder and soccer player. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Courtney and their three children, Paulina (Branson ’18), Eliana (Branson ’20) and Alexa (Branson ’24).
Nancy is an East Coast transplant who moved to San Francisco from New York City in 1996. She began her fundraising and communications career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and continued after moving West: first at The Asian Art Museum, where she served as Director of the $80 million campaign for the New Asian; and then at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Exploratorium, where she had a pivotal role in raising $300 million to build a new facility at Piers 15 and 17. She is currently Director of Development and Marketing for The Marine Mammal Center.
Nancy has volunteered for numerous Bay Area animal welfare organizations including PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support), the Milo Foundation, and Pets Unlimited.
A native of Ohio, she graduated with a BA in Humanities/Classics and Art History from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1985 and received an MA in Art History/Museum Studies from Case Western Reserve University in 1987. She lives in San Rafael with her husband Howard, her daughter Margaret Clare (Branson ’17), and their three rescue dogs.
MAYA LANGER SEGAL ‘92
Maya is a third generation San Franciscan, a Branson alum (Class of ‘92), and an active volunteer in education, family services, and public interest. She holds a Bachelor of Science from UCLA and a Law Degree from University of San Francisco, where she discovered her passion for public advocacy. After law school, Maya led the Public Interest Law Program, working with Bay Area law students from Stanford to UC Davis’ King Hall, partnering them with legal service organizations throughout California.
Maya has served in numerous governance, fundraising and program development capacities for local non-profit organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for SMART, a comprehensive eight-year program that provides low-income students access to excellent educational opportunities as well as academic, social-emotional, and financial support, and the Advisory Council for the Bay Area chapter of Common Sense Media. She is a previous director of Compass Family Services, has raised funding for the California chapter of NARAL, aided in the founding of Princess Project, and has held numerous volunteer and leadership roles at Town School for Boys.
Maya lives in San Francisco with her husband Ned and their three children, Lucas (Branson ’22), Laney and Ellis.
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. (Branson ’20).
A marketing and communications specialist, Ally has served the educational and arts communities for many years. Her early career in advertising included positions at multinational agencies in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Ally studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has offered independent strategic and creative marketing services to a wide range of clients. A former Parents’ Association President and Board of Trustees member at Marin Country Day School, Ally has served in various leadership roles in the Branson Parents’ Association. She is a founding member of the Bridge the Gap College Prep Advisory Council and has been an active supporter of Worldwide Orphans Foundation. She is currently a member of the San Francisco Ballet Women’s Auxiliary and serves as a School Guide for SFMoMA.
Ally graduated from The Spence School in New York City, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, Magna cum laude. Ally and her husband Drew are proud parents of Evan (Branson ’17) and Alec (Branson ’19).
Quoc Tran received his B.A. degree with high honors in Rhetoric from Bates College and his MBA in Finance and Competitive Strategy at the University of Chicago where he was also a Business Fellow, Quoc has been the Chief Investment Officer, Domestic Equity and Managing Partner with Lateef since 2005 and led a management buyout of the firm in 2017. Quoc has over 20 years of investment management experience. Prior to Lateef, he worked at Wallace R. Weitz & Co. and held various positions in portfolio management and research. Quoc spent five years at Goldman Sachs and Co. and left the company as Vice President and Director in the Equities Division. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bates College and serves on various committees, including the Bates College Investment Committee. In addition, Quoc serves on the Investment Committee Board of the Marin Community Foundation.
Quoc lives in Kentfield with his wife Denise, and daughters Ciara (Branson ‘21 and Fiona (Branson ‘23).
CONNIE TREADWELL ‘79
Constance Treadwell grew up in Ross and is a second-generation graduate of Branson and also a second-generation Trustee.
Connie founded her practice C A Treadwell Architecture in 1994 focusing primarily on residential projects. Prior to starting her practice, she worked in critically acclaimed offices in New York and San Francisco with stints in Paris and Zurich. She taught at CCAC (now California College of the Arts) for six years becoming an adjunct professor, and was a lecturer at UC Berkeley teaching and critiquing undergraduate architectural design studios. Her work has been published in various national and regional publications.
She received a BA in Architecture from Yale University and a MA from Columbia University, where she was awarded a William Kinne Fellows Traveling Fellowship.
An active member of the local community, Connie has served on boards and committees such as the Ross Valley Nursery School Board; Marin Country Day School Master Planning Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, and Arts Advisory Council; and Lagunitas Club Board.
Connie and her husband Eliot Lippman live in San Rafael with their daughters Lillie Lippman (Branson ’20) and Julia Lippman (Branson ‘22).
GREG TUSHER '89
Gregory Tusher is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greenstone Partners, a private investment partnership that takes a business-owner mentality to public market investing. Prior to Greenstone Partners, he worked as a Principal at JGE Capital and in the private equity and investment banking divisions at Morgan Stanley. A Branson graduate, he holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He previously served on the Stanford University Athletic Board and the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources Advisory Council.
Gregory and his wife Virginia live in Belvedere and are the parents of Luke (Branson ’22), Logan (Branson ‘24) and Lucy.
Lisa Wendt is a member of the Board of Directors of Elmer’s Restaurants (Eugene, OR), a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston University (Boston, MA), and a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (Colorado Springs, CO). She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Schools of the Sacred Heart (San Francisco, CA) from 2010-2018, and served a term as Vice-Chairman of the board.
Lisa was a Managing Director in Capital Markets at WR Hambrecht + Co, and was a founding member of that firm. Prior to this, she was an equity research analyst at Fidelity Investments, covering technology and retail stocks.
Lisa has a BSBA from Boston University’s School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She was born and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin, and loves skiing and running. Lisa lives in San Francisco with her husband Greg and two children, Natalie (Branson ’22) and Wilson (Branson ‘24).
2020-21 Representatives to the Board
SVEN BEER ‘11 – Alumni Council President
Sven is a finance and investment professional currently leading finance operations at Modern Fertility, a reproductive health company providing direct to consumer fertility hormone testing. Previously, Sven worked on the FP&A team at Brandless, a consumer packaged goods startup. Prior to returning to the Bay Area, Sven worked on Wall Street across banking and investing roles. He started his career in the healthcare investment banking group at Stifel (formerly Thomas Weisel Partners), focusing on mergers and equity offerings from biotechnology companies. He then worked as an investment analyst at a long-short fund, managing the firm's positions in the transportation, machinery, and automotive spaces.
Sven grew up in Fairfax and now resides in San Francisco. After graduating from Branson in 2011, he attended Georgetown University, graduating magna cum laude with a BSBA in Finance and Operations & Information Management in 2015. Outside of work, Sven can be found riding his bike in Marin on the weekends, reliving his days on the Branson Mountain Bike team. He is also passionate about the wine industry and started an online wine retailing business with a fellow Branson grad, where they source offerings for collectors and events.
SABRINA WILSON – Faculty Representative
Sabrina has taught Spanish at Branson for the last 15 years and has been a class dean for 3 years. It brings her joy to engage in cross-cultural dialogue and exploration with the avid teenage mind, to foster curiosity about different cultures and perspectives, and to encourage ongoing self-reflection about our own culture’s strengths and blindspots. Sabrina is a native bilingual Portuguese and English speaker who grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and who has been on her own cross-cultural journey and exploration in the United States since the 1980s. It is an ongoing and never-ending process.
Sabrina obtained her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard and went on to teach and do research at Indiana University Bloomington, where she focused on Brazilian literature. After exploring the academic path for a number of years, she realized her true passion lay in full-time teaching, a realization that fortunately led her straight to Branson.
Sabrina lives in Novato with her partner, Mike, and her two children, Rafael-Rowan (Branson ‘19) and Simon.
MICHELE DILLARD – Parents’ Association President
Michele began her career as a corporate litigation attorney, practicing in both Baltimore and San Francisco before turning her focus to real estate development, as well as pro bono legal and non-profit work. Currently she is the Director of the Clean Slate Program for the Access Project, Inc, a non-profit using technology and an innovative program design to address the justice gap in California. In addition to representing clients, she trains and manages a large network of pro bono attorneys in criminal records clearance, allowing partner legal service organizations to serve more people in need. She is also is a volunteer attorney for Marin Community Court at St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Michele has served on corporate and non-profit boards, including as Vice-Chair of the National Council for the Humane Society of the United States. As a former Trustee for Marin Montessori School, she held leadership roles on the Strategic Planning, Development, and Governance Committees, and currently serves on the Mission Enhancement Committee for San Domenico School. Michele is the incoming President of the Branson Parent’s Association for the 2020-21 school year.
A Baltimore native, Michele graduated from Yale University with a degree in Psychology and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. She lives in Marin with her husband Doug and three children, Manelle (Branson Class of ’22), Rustin and George.