2017-18 Board of Trustees
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. 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), 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.
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 ’18) and Natalia (Branson ’20).
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 Daily News, 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 The Daily Nexus. Maureen lives in Berkeley with her husband Steve, an investigative journalist and Redwood alum, and stepson Will.
STEVE FLETCHER ’85
Steve Fletcher is 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. Steve is also the Co-founder of Amplia, a subsidiary of GCA. 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 charitable organizations. For the past two years, Steve has served as President of Branson’s Alumni Council, 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.
Julie Flynn is a native of Washington, DC. She practiced commercial litigation in San Francisco for several years before moving into the area of family law. 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.
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 JD. 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 (Branson ’19).
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).
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).
Yaz Krehbiel (John H. Krehbiel III) is a painter whose work could be described as Metaphysical Landscape. He almost always works outside from direct observation. In addition to his in-depth study of the rich and varied landscape of Northern California, he has painted extensively in Ireland and Italy. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1991 with a BA and BE at the Thayer School of Engineering in 1992, he studied painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago, the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and the International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. Yaz began painting from the landscape in Italy. He received his MFA from Indiana University in May 2000, and taught Color Theory and Design there. After Indiana, Yaz returned to Montecastello to teach figure drawing and landscape painting. He also has taught landscape drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's summer Ox-Bow program in Saugatuk, Michigan.
For the last seven years, Yaz has served on the Board of Overseers of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College. The board successfully led a major campaign to significantly expand the gallery, classroom, and public spaces of the museum. That expansion project is currently under construction. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, California's oldest ski resort, and on the investment committee of his family office.
Yaz was born and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois, and lives in San Anselmo with his wife Kate, and three children, Henry, Lily, and Hadley.
Lauren 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.
Lauren received her B.A. in Political Science from Emory University and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She and her husband Bill live in San Francisco. They are the proud parents of Madeleine, Branson ’15, William ’18, and Christopher.
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 ’17). 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.
The public education background has left an indelible impression on her for the need of a good education and the value of great faculties.
Elsa is the Founder and CEO of Elsa L, a consumer product design and wholesale business that has supplied national retailers for over twenty years. Her business travels take her regularly to China, India, and Viet Nam, where her products are manufactured.
A passionate active member of the education community, Elsa served on the Mark Day Board for nine years. She was a Vistage member, a CEO organization, for seven years, and she served on the board of Bridge of Promise. While on the Mark Day Board, she was actively involved in spearheading the first endowment campaign, introduced Chinese into the school curriculum, and helped to create the Tuition Support Program.
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 ’98
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 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.
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.
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 began her teaching career, working in the San Francisco Unified School District as a graduate student at Stanford. 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 others. 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. Kate continues to facilitate workshops for teachers through the California Teacher Development Collaborative.
Kate received her BA in English from Wellesley College and her MA in Education from Stanford University. Kate and her husband Loren live in Mill Valley and are the parents of two Branson alums, Kevin, Class of '93 and Allison, Class of '97.
HADLEY MULLIN ’92
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 $5 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.
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.
Jani 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.
Jani has 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, IECA, 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.
Jani Ross earned a BA from the University of Michigan and continued her graduate work at Mills College. She and her husband, Terry, live in Mill Valley where they raised their two children Dana Ross Rogers (Branson ’95) and Daniel (Branson ’97). They have four grandchildren, Caroline and Fletcher Rogers, Emma Ross, and Hannah Ross.
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 Stanford.
Earlier 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 is a native of St. Louis, MO. She attended Washington University, where she earned a BFA. She later received an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from The Wharton School. Mary and Bob are the parents of two daughters: Annie, a junior 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 Caribbean seas.
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 the Law.
James received his BA and MA degrees in history from Stanford University and his JD 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. He and his wife Julie Ruskin have three children, Max (Branson ’11), Claire, and Caroline (Branson ’19).
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.
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 ’17 and Alec ’19.
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. He and his wife Ann live in Tiburon with their 4 children: Simon ’13, Jane ’14, David ‘17 and Kate ’19.
Ellyn is currently the Director of Development at Wildcare in San Rafael. She 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, the Board of Trustees of Holderness School in Plymouth, NH from 2010-2013 and the Board of Trustees at Common Sense Media from 2012-2015. She currently serves as Chair of the Holderness Fund.
A New Hampshire native, Ellyn and her husband Brett live in San Rafael with their three children: Ben (Branson ’17), Anna (Branson ’19), and Hailey. She received her B.A. from Colby College.
2017-18 Representatives to the Board
Parents’ Association President
Germana Fabbri is a native of Darien, CT. She has been a top-producing realtor with Coldwell Banker since 2003. Her career began in management consulting at Bain & Company in Boston until moving to San Francisco to work in news at KPIX Television. Germana calls it her “lucky break” that she became the Marketing Director to bring an NFL team back to Oakland, which resulted in the historic Los Angeles Raiders preseason game at the Coliseum. The event was the most profitable single event in Coliseum history. That experience led to managing and marketing promotional programs for Visa’s worldwide sponsorship of the Olympic Games, the U.S. Ski Team, and then forming and funding the first-ever U.S./Visa Decathlon Team. The next decade led to working in promotional and event merchandising for The Hyatt Group/Red Sail Merchandising as the national accounts marketing manager in charge of new accounts.
Germana is currently President of the Parents’ Association, after having served as chair of the Annual Fund, admissions docent, co-chair of Safe Grad Night, co-chair of Be the Influence, co-chair of Hospitality, Parent Rep and team parent for multiple sports teams at Branson.
She received her BA in Political Science with a concentration in Economics at the University of Vermont, and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from St. Mary’s College of California, and she now serves on the St. Mary’s Advisory Board.
Germana and her husband Mason live in Kentfield and are the proud parents of four daughters: Sayles (Branson ’14), Campbell (Branson ’16), Nye (Branson ’18), and Hodges (Branson ’21). Every day she feels grateful that her kids are getting a Branson education!
SYLVIA HARRIS ’05
Alumni Council President
Sylvia is a Marin County native and proud alumna of the Branson School, Class of ’05. A licensed real estate professional, Sylvia began her career with a boutique brokerage specializing in the management and marketing of bank-owned properties throughout the Bay Area. Cultivating her transactional skills in a demanding environment, she mastered the deal-making process and developed a keen eye for design. From valuation to supervising renovation to property presentation, Sylvia has demonstrated an enduring commitment to maximizing value for her clients. She and her business partners are one of the top-producing teams at Vanguard Properties.
She volunteers at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center, a recreation center dedicated to providing seniors with programs that help them to improve and maintain their physical, intellectual, and social well-being.
Sylvia graduated from UCLA with degrees in World Arts and Cultures, Global Studies and Italian Language and Literature. She resides in San Francisco and is engaged to Billy Cahill, Branson ’04.
JEFF SYMONDS, Faculty Representative
Jeff Symonds is this year's faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. He is finishing up his 26th year as a member of the English and Fine Arts departments, and will be the Tukman Distinguished Teacher through the 2021 school year. Jeff has an MA from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and a BA from Haverford College. He is also a member of several Bay Area rock bands with whom he regularly performs and records on bass, keyboards, and guitar. Jeff's partner Susee Witt taught at Branson for nine years, and they have two children, Will and Beatrice.