Branson

Pursue Your Passions

Admission photo  
 
From Left: Ellie Evers, Nathalio Gray, and Skyler Hicks
Nathalio Gray
Director of Admission
 Nathalio Gray  
 
I grew up in the desert, in the hot San Bernardino/Rialto area, located an hour east of Los Angeles.  After graduation from high school I moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Morehouse College, an all-male historically black liberal arts college.  Upon completing my BA in African American Studies I intended to return to Southern California to work at my high school alma mater.  However, intrigued by Branson's Gallard Fellowship and commitment to diversity and community service, I planned to take a one-year detour -- that has suddenly turned into fourteen.  Depending on the time of year, I can be found working on admission, inclusion/diversity initiatives, community service, or on our Summer Program. When I'm not at Branson, I'm spending time with my family and doing ministry in West Oakland.  At night I remove my administrator hat and assume the role of a hard-working graduate student who is close to completing a Masters of Divinity.  While I strive to be an all-around nice guy, I apologize in advance for the trash-talking alter ego that takes over from April to June (aka NBA Playoffs time).  GO LAKERS!

 

 
 
 
Ellie Evers
Assistant Director of Admission
 
Ellie Evers
 

I am a true Northern California girl- my roots stem back six generations in San Francisco!  Although my entire family lives in the city, I was raised with my brother in Sonoma County.  

If it's sunny outside, you can catch me canoeing, backpacking, or just playing around in the outdoors.  Despite my active lifestyle, I do have a passion for California cuisine - especially when it comes to figs, risotto, and chocolate mousse...yum!  

As a member of the first graduating class at Sonoma Academy, I hold a special place in my heart for private education and independent schools.  After graduating, I continued to give back to SA by teaching a performance class and chaperoning class retreats, while also pursuing my B.A. in Theatre at Colorado College with a minor in Urban Art.  

Once I graduated college and entered the real world (yikes!), I worked for 4 years as a recruiter for a summer camp company and directed one of their summer camps in Marin.  In my fourth year at Branson, I could not be more thrilled to be a part of this community and work with the students.  I look forward to getting to know the new families and supporting you through this exciting process!

 
 

Skyler Hicks
Admission Counselor

 Skyler Hicks
 
I was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Stuart Hall High School before moving back east to enroll at Harvard College. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Government in 2014, I moved to Manhattan and spent the past year working at an executive-education consulting firm. With five east coast winters now behind me, I’m excited to find myself back in Northern California. Besides rediscovering what good Mexican food tastes like, I spend much of my free time writing fiction and I recently attended the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. On top of that, I love discovering new music and hanging out in the park with my labrador. I’m beyond excited to be joining the Admission team at Branson. This community has welcomed me with open arms and I look forward to sharing the school’s unique spirit with students as they face the daunting task of figuring out which high school experience is right for them.
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