Greg Swart, Board
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 ’19.
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
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
Assistant Coaches Committee.Ben lives in San Rafael.
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, San Francisco Ballet and Town
School for Boys. She is Chief Executive Officer of Walnut Management Company,
President of The Dan and Stacey Case Family Foundation, and a Director of
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a non-profit foundation.
Stacey lives in San Francisco and has two children, JD age 20 and Charlotte age
15, a sophomore at Branson.
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 2018, and Natalia, an eighth grader at
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
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.
Lauren and her husband Bill live in San
Francisco. They are the proud parents of Madeleine, a senior at Branson;
a freshman at Branson, and Christopher, who attends Marin Country Day
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
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
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
to champion the school's strategic plan, diverse and
Claudia received her B. A. in American Studies from Yale College and her J. D.
from Yale Law School. She practiced litigation for over 15 years, first at
Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, and then as a partner at Farella
Braun & Martell LLP in San Francisco, specializing in securities
litigation and white-collar criminal defense. She also devoted herself to pro
bono work in the areas of reproductive rights, prisoner civil rights and death
penalty appeals. After leaving law practice, 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. In 2009, she founded San Francisco Village,
a nonprofit membership organization helping older adults age in their own homes
with expert guidance, volunteer support, and wellness programs. She is
currently President of its Board. She also served as President of the Board of
the Community Learning Center at St. James and of the San Francisco Women
Lawyers' Alliance. She is currently a Trustee of Ring Mountain Day School. She
previously served as Trustee of Groton School, was on the Executive Committee
of Yale Law School and served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Claudia and her husband Woody Scal live in San Francisco and are the parents of
Isabel, Branson class of 2018, and Dmitri, Ring Mountain Day School class of
2017. Claudia enjoys travel, skiing, literature and dance.
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
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
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
Harrison and his wife Clare McCamy live in Mill Valley with their four
Grace (Branson ’15), Audrey (Branson ’17), Tess, and
Leighton (both students at
Marin Country Day).
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 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.
Hadley Mullin is an alumna of the Branson School, class of ’92.
She 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.
She continues to be active in the Stanford community, serving as a regular
guest lecturer and as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust. Hadley
also serves on the CPMC Women’s Auxiliary Board, in addition to
several for-profit boards. Hadley 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 TSG Consumer Partners, a
private equity firm focused on providing equity capital to consumer and retail
businesses. In her capacity as Senior Managing Director, 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 and her husband, Dan Kalafatas, live in Ross and are the parents
of three children: Avery (5th grader at the Mark Day School), Drew (1st Grader
at the Mark Day School) and Ellie (preschooler).
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
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).
Nancy is an east coast transplant who moved to San Francisco from New York City
in 1996. 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
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. She lives in San Rafael
with her husband Howard, her daughter Margaret Clare (Branson class of 2017)
and their three rescue dogs.
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
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
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
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 and his wife Julie Ruskin have three children, Max (Branson
’11), Claire (Marin Academy ’13) and Caroline (Branson
’19).James received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from
Stanford University, and his J.D. 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.
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.
A marketing and communications specialist for over three decades, Ally Sievers
has been dedicated to serving the educational and arts communities for many
years. Her early career as an advertising agency Account Director included
positions at multinational agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
Subsequently, she studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena and since then 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 been an active member of the Branson Parents’ Association,
serving in a wide range of leadership capacities during the past three years.
Prior to this she was a founding member of the Bridge the Gap College Prep
Advisory Council and has been an active supporter of Worldwide Orphans
Foundation. She is also 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, where she currently
serves as an Alumnae Association Class Representative. She earned a
Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University, Magna cum Laude with
Honors in American Studies.
Ally lives in Tiburon with her husband, Drew, and is the proud parent of two
current Branson students (classes of 2017 and 2019).
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
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
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
Rep: Steve Fletcher '85
Steve Fletcher is a Managing Director and a member of the
Management Committee at GCA Savvian, a boutique investment bank which he helped
start. Prior to GCA Savvian, Steve worked in the Investment Banking Division at
Goldman Sachs for 9 years, mostly in New York.Steve is also the co-founder,
executive and Representative Director of
Amplia, a subsidiary of GCA Savvian.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
Prior to entering investment banking, Steve worked for three
years at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA. He graduated from Branson in 1985,
earned a B.A. in Economics from University of California Los Angeles in 1989
and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in
Steve lives in Kent Woodlands with his wife, Debra, 13 year
old daughter, Charlotte, and 11 year old son, Will.When he isn’t with
his kids, working or
focused on Branson, he enjoys jogging, mountain biking and back yard
Faculty Rep: Rich
Parsons, Math Dept. Chair
Rich Parsons has been teaching Mathematics at Branson since
1994 and has served as Chair of the Math Department since 2010. Over the years
Rich has taught almost all of the courses offered by the Math Department,
including statistics and computer programming. During his time at Branson Rich
has also advised a wide variety of extra-curricular activities ranging from the
school newspaper and yearbook to the Math Club. He has also worked on projects
ranging from revising the daily schedule to the development of
faculty evaluation program. More recently, Rich has been active in taking
students on service learning trips, mainly to Latin America. For six years Rich
also served as a trustee for Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI), a
Spanish immersion school in the East Bay. For five of those years Rich also
served as Secretary.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Rich graduated from Brown
University with BA degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Prior to coming
to Branson Rich taught Computer Science and Mathematics at the Collegiate
School in New York City, and he spent several years as a software engineer at
Cemax-Icon, a medical imaging subsidiary of Kodak, and PeopleSoft.Fluent in
Spanish, Rich has traveled
extensively throughout Latin America as well as parts of Europe, Asia and
Rich currently lives in San Francisco.
Association Rep: Marita Daly '76
Daly is an alumnus of Branson (’76).She
received a B.S. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from U.C Hastings College of the
Law.She practiced environmental law for
ten years before retiring to raise her children.Marita and her husband, Kevin,
Kentfield with their son Matt (Branson 2014) and daughter Elena (Branson
2017).Marita is currently the Parent
Association President.She served as a
Branson Trustee from 2006-2012 and has previously served on the boards of Sunny
Hills Services in San Anselmo and the Kentfield Schools Foundation.