Alumni Council

Alumni Council : An Overview

Earliest records of the Branson Alumni Council begin in the 1970s. The Council varies in size from year to year depending on interest but the average size is 15-22 members. 

Council members support alumni events and fundraising efforts of the school, encourage engagement from other alumni and collaborate with the alumni office to further advance the mission of the school. 

The activities of the Council are overseen by the Director of Alumni Affairs and are done in coordination with the school.

The President of the Alumni Council is a representative to the Branson Board of Trustees.

The Council meets four times a year: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Year-End. We try and host the meetings on campus or in San Francisco.

If you are interested in joining the Council or learning more about the Council, please contact the Alumni Office.

 

Message From Your Alumni Council President

As Alumni Council President and Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees, I make volunteering a priority because I consider my time at Branson to have been one of the formative experiences of my life. My fellow council members and I have worked together to plan events, from BransonTalks, to alumni Giants game outings, to holiday parties and reunions. We have interviewed, nominated and elected ‘Distinguished Alumni’ recipients. We have fundraised for teachers and financial aid. We have encouraged fellow alums to reengage with the school in meaningful ways. But, for me, the best part is being back on campus and in regular contact with some of Branson’s biggest stars, such as Nathalio Gray, Kate Moore, Rich Parsons, Jeff Symonds, and Head of School, Chris Mazzola.  

Alums in all places and across all fields have the ability to add value. I hope that you will join us and consider becoming more involved as a volunteer. Next year, Branson celebrates its 100th birthday. Together, we can lead the school into a wildly successful second century. 

Sylvia Harris Cahill ‘05
Alumni Council President

2019-2020 Alumni Council

Stephanie Breitbard ‘88

 

Giving back has always been a core value for my family.  And in the case of Branson, I can think of no more critical a turning point in my life to which I can attribute my development and career success.

Stephanie Breitbard ‘88

 

Josh Burns '98

I continue to support Branson in an effort to provide future generations of students and alums with the same foundational experience I had during my time at the school, a time full of memories and experiences that have been key to shaping who I am to this day. 

Josh Burns ‘98

   

Grace Caulfield '87

 

The culture of Branson thrives on bringing out people's best, and I find that the memories made on campus are some of my favorites.  From sitting with John Hall on the brick bench, working to improve what I already thought was a good essay, to enjoying lunch with Erika Lagrain when I was Alumni Director - it is a community like no other. I was blessed to attend this amazing school and count myself fortunate to serve today on Branson's Alumni Council.

Grace Caulfield ‘87

Crys Bronte Gray '03

 

Branson gave me the academic skills to succeed in college and beyond, while also fostering a love of learning and intellectual inquiry. Coming back to work at Branson has been an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. I love watching the new core values - honor, purpose, kindness, and courage - take shape in our community. The focus on the whole student, not just on academics, is so exciting and encouraging to see; I love being part of this work.  

Crys Bronte Gray '03

Charles Hoeveler ‘94

 

I choose to support Branson because I believe whole-heartedly in the school's mission of helping students develop a lifelong love of learning.

Charles Hoeveler ‘94

 

Lainey Hollis ‘86

 

From the first time I walked down the hill as a freshman at Branson, I knew that I was in a truly special place. It was in New House that I developed my strong love of art and was inspired by my teachers to be creative everyday. I am grateful for the friendships I formed and the wisdom I gained from so many teachers which shaped who I am today.

Lainey Hollis ‘86

 

Trevor Hubbard ‘98

 

Branson set the tone of my life. My best friends to this day were made on the first day of school. The soft skills of empathy, thoughtfulness, ambition, and a positive mindset were all nurtured at Branson. My time on the basketball court with Jonas Honick and my teammates gave me the confidence to be a part of any team and bring value in all that I do. To this day, those four years still continue to shape me.

Trevor Hubbard ‘98

Katherine Mindel Jones ‘00

 

Branson provides its students with an excellent education, encourages an appreciation for the outdoors, and inspires students to be citizens - to participate in a meaningful and positive way in society. I give to Branson so that it can continue to create thoughtful, engaged citizens.

Katherine Mindel Jones ‘00

 

Olivia Jovais Kevin ‘06

My Branson experience gave me my best friends, a love of learning and a confidence and inquisitiveness that would guide my life. I give to the school so that more students have those same opportunities.

Olivia Jovais ‘06

   

Alex Kaplan ‘10

 

My experience at Branson was invaluable - its curriculum, community and campus were vital to my person growth and development. I look forward to continuing to support Branson in the years to come.

Alex Kaplan ‘10

 

Alexis Lynch ‘95

 

I support Branson because of the strong sense of community I experienced there and have carried through my life. It has meant creating a community of friends to support me through hard times, building a community of clients to grow my own business, and giving back to my community through volunteerism, board membership, and philanthropic giving. Our world needs more community-minded people right now.

Alexis Lynch ‘95

 

Roya Malekian '93

 

My Branson teachers were the best teachers I've ever had. They were equally passionate about their respective subjects and about educating the entire student. My conversations with teachers like Steve Mahoney, Ms. Fischer and Ms. Ayres - both in and out of the classroom - gave me confidence in my ability to think critically that I have taken through the rest of my education and into my professional life. I give so that Branson can continue to provide the same opportunities to an increasingly diverse group of students.

Roya Malekian '93

Tom Mayes ‘79

 

 

My teenage years at KBS / MTS were a pivotal time for personal growth. Learning went beyond the classroom as lifelong relationships were built among extraordinary teachers like Evelyn Bookle and Marty Tallant. The most important aspect though of my high school experience was the bond of friendship that was forged during those foundational years. My best friends then are still my best friends today.

Tom Mayes ‘79



 

Brian Mott ‘82

 

Branson gave me an extraordinary high school education. The teachers were some of the best I’ve ever had - teachers like Mr. Hall for English, Mr. Honick for history and Mr. Chapel for Physics. I give back so that all current and future students can enjoy the same access to an incredible education that I was fortunate to have.

Brian Mott ‘82

 

Evelyn Sayers ‘88

 

I support Branson to give back to a school that has given me and my family so much ... to honor the past, enrich the present, and invest in the future!

Evelyn Sayers ‘88

 

Wendy Shaevitz ‘64

 

The Branson experience was very formative for me and has been a terrific growth experience for all four of our children. It is gratifying to help the school provide the same experience for other children.

Wendy Shaevitz ‘64