Board of Trustees
Rick Arney ‘88
Rick graduated from Head-Royce in 1988 and currently has three children in the lower school: Buck ‘23, Wallace ‘26, and John Robert ‘29, who is a new member of the Kindergarten class. Rick currently serves as Chairman of the Governance Board of a large (>$1B) investment fund complex. He previously worked at BlackRock as Head of the Hedge Fund Group and Global Head of Alternatives Distribution. He was a long-standing voting member of BlackRock’s Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Committee. He also was Global Head of Investment Strategy for the Global Markets Strategy group, which ran one of the world's largest global macro hedge funds. Rick's work on economic clusters was published in Michael Porter's "On Competition" and The Harvard Business Review. He also published business and economics research in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford Journal of Economics, and Institutional Investor, and was a frequent currency commentator on Bloomberg TV. Rick earned a B.A. degree in economics, with honors, from Stanford University in 1992 and an MBA degree from Harvard University in 1997. He also was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunis, Tunisia.
Charlie Baxter is a private investor and is Chairman of Wineshipping, a leading wine industry logistics company, and Chairman of Reyn Spooner, a Honolulu based apparel company. Charlie was an early investor in and now serves on the Board of Rakuten, Inc., Japan’s largest eCommerce company. He is also Chairman of Rakuten USA, Inc., a holding company for Rakuten’s North American businesses. Charlie spent nearly 8 years working and living in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Japan before returning to the Bay Area in 2003. Charlie received a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Jinee Tao are the proud parents of twins Lauren (’23) and Will (’23).
Jim Cavalieri joined Salesforce in 1999 and has held a number of roles including VP of Systems Engineering, SVP of Service Delivery, Chief Information Officer, Chief Security and Risk Officer and Chief Trust Officer. Currently, Jim works in the office of Salesforce’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Marc Benioff, assisting with the management of executive priorities, alignment and strategy. Prior to Salesforce, Jim spent 4.5 years at Oracle where he worked in various technical and management roles spanning both Oracle Consulting and Development. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant and systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he worked in the high-tech, CAD/CAM/CAE, and automotive industries. Jim also coaches competitive soccer, serves on the board for the Lake Tahoe Park Association, and is an advisor for Cornell Silicon Valley. Jim and his wife, Susan, both received B.S. degrees from Cornell University and they reside in Oakland with their two children, Sophia '19 and Sean '21.
Parents Association President
Julia Chin spent her professional career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. She earned a B.S./B.A. in International Marketing and Finance from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Julia and her husband, Phil, are the lucky parents of two HRS students: Phillip ('20) and Jack ('22). Since joining the HRS community in 2007, Julia has actively volunteered to support the faculty, students and Parents’ Association. Julia is also fulfilled by her volunteer work as an English as a Second Language teacher to Chinese senior citizens in Oakland's Chinatown.
Jessica Dodson was born and raised in New York City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College, where she earned her B.A. in Creative Writing. Jessica went on to earn her MBA at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Upon graduating from UCLA, Jessica joined American Express in the Merchant Services group within the Travel Related Services Division. At American Express, Jessica led marketing and sales teams across the United States from offices in New York and San Francisco. From American Express, Jessica went on to work for Gap as the brand’s head of cross-channel, direct-to-consumer marketing, which included email, direct mail, credit card, and gap.com marketing. More recently, Jessica worked at OpenTable.com where, as Director of Strategic Partnerships, she launched the company’s third-party advertising and partnership platform supporting clients such as American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Sapphire, Domaine Chandon, and Kendall-Jackson Family of Wines. Most recently, Jessica co-authored cases for Stanford Graduate School of Business, focusing on how sports and fitness companies are using digital media to help tell their brand stories. Jessica currently sits on the Board of the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation. Her previous board experiences include Advisory Board Member of Level Money, Park Day School’s Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Playworks, a non-profit dedicated to bringing organized play and leadership skills to underserved communities and institutions. Jessica lives in Piedmont with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Lucas (’20) and Sadie (’22).
Marc Furstein serves as managing director of Fortress Investment Group's San Francisco office. He is the president and chief operating officer of the Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group LLC and is also a member of the firm's Management Committee. Fortress is a leading global investment manager with approximately $43.6 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2011. Previously, Marc co-founded and was the COO of American Commercial Capital (a specialty finance company) and Coronado Advisors (an SEC registered broker dealer). Both companies were sold to Wells Fargo in 2001. Marc and his wife, Samantha, have been HRS parents since 2011. They have two children: Jayden ‘24 and Jessica ‘21.
Gary Hall is Senior Managing Director and the National Head of Investment Banking at Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC, where he is responsible for managing all bankers and leading the firm’s execution strategy for business development with municipal bonds underwriting, origination and financial advisory services nationwide. Mr. Hall’s professional career spans over 20 years and includes positions in government, law and investment banking. Prior to joining Siebert Brandford, he was an Executive Director in the Public Finance – Investment Banking Group of JPMorgan Securities LLC. Earlier he was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Banc One Capital Markets Inc., and practiced law in the corporate finance department of Gardner, Carton and Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle and Reath). Mr. Hall was also White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton. Mr. Hall has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Hall serves on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (writes investor protection rules and other rules regulating broker-dealers and banks in the United States municipal securities market).
Vangeria Harvey has practiced law in the Bay Area for over twenty years. She is currently employed by the County of Alameda working at the Department of Child Support Services. Prior to joining the County, she advocated for the rights of children and seniors, and she focused on kinship care and guardianships as a legal tool to get children into a safe place. Vangeria earned her B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UC Davis King Hall School of Law. Since 2004, she has been actively involved in the Head Royce community and a dedicated parent volunteer. She currently serves on the Parents Association as the Co-Upper School Liaison, Co-Chair of the African American Family Network (AAFN), and devotes passion and energy into the Nia Speaker of Color Series and the Nia endowed scholarship. She and her husband, Haywood, are the proud parents of two lifers at Head Royce, Harrison ’17 and Madison ‘22.
Rachelle Hebrard is a dedicated parent volunteer at Head-Royce. Formerly a Senior Vice President of Bank of America, Rachelle accumulated 20 years of financial services experience during her tenure. She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has served in various leadership capacities. She has extensive treasury management, sales, fundraising and event planning experience. Rachelle has facilitated various change management initiatives to integrate product lines across the Bank of America to improve overall service delivery. In 2007, after a successful and rewarding career at Bank of America, Rachelle decided to commit more time to her two sons and youth within her community. Rachelle serves as Director of Enrollment and Treasurer for the Berkeley Jr. Bears Youth Football Association; founded in 2008 by her husband Michael E. Hebrard, M.D. Rachelle also volunteers extensively to support other non-profit organizations within her community. In February 2014, Rachelle assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer at Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehab Group, Inc. where she provides leadership and coaching to the practice administrator and department staff. She is responsible for developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives that secure and expand current revenue streams, and improve the client experience. Rachelle is also responsible for cultivating new and existing relationships, optimizing all workflow processes and procedures, and manages the operational aspects of the annual budget. She earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley and lives in Piedmont with her husband Michael and two sons Justin ‘18, and Nicholas ‘21.
Wanda M. Holland Greene
Wanda M. Holland Greene is the head of The Hamlin School in San Francisco, a mission-driven institution dedicated to best practices and innovation in the education of girls and young women. Prior to her leadership at Hamlin, Ms. Holland Greene served for eleven years as a senior administrator and ex-officio trustee at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She began her career in education at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she served as a teacher, advisor, and the school’s first Director of Student Life. She is a former trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools, Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Cornerstone Literacy, Inc., Hamilton Family Center, and Lick-Wilmerding High School, and a past member of Columbia University’s Board of Visitors. Currently, she serves as a trustee at Columbia University and is also an advisor to Common Sense Media and Carney Sandoe Associates.
An experienced leader in education with a powerful voice and presence, Ms. Holland Greene has focused careful attention on academic and ethical excellence, gender equity, performance evaluation, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and global citizenship. As a member of the faculty of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, she is a fierce advocate and sponsor for women and people of color who seek positions of leadership in education; she is well-known for infusing her leadership seminars, workshops, and presentations with poetry and song.
A proud Brooklyn native, Ms. Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in psychology. She holds a master of arts degree in curriculum design and instruction from Teachers College, a permanent teaching license in New York State, and has completed extensive coursework in private school leadership at The Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Center at Columbia.
Ms. Holland Greene has been named one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business and was recently awarded a Women Making History Award by the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women.
Head of School
Crystal M. Land is a passionate educator who believes that student-centered learning transforms lives. She has enjoyed over 25 years in academic leadership as an English teacher, educational consultant, senior administrator, and Assistant Head of School. Since joining Head-Royce in 1989, Crystal has focused her attention on creating learning environments where students and professionals can thrive personally and academically. Crystal holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and an M.A. in English from Middlebury College. She currently resides in Oakland with her husband, Will Miller, and their dog, Riley. They have two children, Zach ’09 and Haley ’14, both Head-Royce alumni.
Rosanna is Deputy Superintendent of Education Services for the San Leandro Unified School District and also is an Adjunct Professor for CSU East Bay in their Educational Leadership department. Previously, she was Director of State and District Initiatives for the Buck Institute of Education, and has previously served as an administrator in both the Hayward and San Jose Unified School Districts.
Rosanna is passionate about issues of educational equity and student performance and enjoys her work in strategizing and leading innovative reform efforts for the districts that she serves. She brings national expertise on how to implement and sustain effective teaching and learning in school settings. Rosanna lives in Oakland with her husband Orlando and her two children Sofia (UHS '19) and Maceo '24. Over the last ten years, Orlando and Rosanna have played a critical role in strengthening and expanding the Latino Family Network at the Head-Royce School.
Mr. William Newell
Bill and his wife Carla have three children: Robbie, Daniel ‘12, and Andrew ‘18. Bill joined the HRS Board of Trustees in 2011 he was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2014-2016 and now serves as Chair Emeritus.
Bill Newell has over 15 years of senior management experience in the biotechnology industry, in addition to his 15 years of law practice. Most recently, he joined Sutro Biopharma as CEO in January 2009. Previously, he served in a number of senior management positions with Aerovance, QLT and Axys Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Axys, Bill practiced law at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Bill has previously served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including The Jane Goodall Institute, Children’s Garden and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
Michael O’Sullivan is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Ross Stores. Michael joined Ross in 2003; prior to that, he was a partner at Bain & Company working with retail, consumer goods, and private equity clients. He has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School where he was a Kopf Fellow, and a B.A.(Hons) in Politics & Economics from Oxford University. Michael and his wife, Elyse, have two daughters Rachel (CPS ’13) and Julia ’16.
Tejal Patel ‘86
Alumni Council President
After graduating from Head Royce, Tejal Patel ‘86 spent four years attending Boston University majoring in economics with a minor in French. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area, working for six years at Williams Sonoma. She spent some time in the dot com world before making her way to business school at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. Upon graduation, she was recruited by PricewaterhouseCoopers in Advisory Services. She is currently a Director at the firm focusing in operations and business process improvement consulting. Tejal and her husband Laszlo Muhl and daughter Eva ‘26 live in the Montclair hills in Oakland.
The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Gwen Rino as a new Trustee. Gwen has more than 20 years' experience in independent schools, most recently as the Academic Dean at the San Francisco Friends School, and previously as Interim Middle School Head and faculty member at Prospect Sierra School. She is deeply committed to educational access and equity and serves on the board of Horizons at SFFS and as a mentor through the East Bay College Fund. Gwen holds a B.A. from Yale University, teaching credentials from SF State, and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University. Gwen resides in Oakland with her partner Jessica.
Tim Ripsteen ' 93
Tim has a long and strong association with HRS. He is an alumnus (Class of ’93); his wife, Vanessa, is an alumna (Class of ’93); he currently has three daughters in the Lower School (Margaret ‘22, Catherine ‘23 and Caroline ‘25) and Frances who was born in 2012. Since 2003, Tim has served on the School’s Alumni Council and was the Council’s president from 2007 through 2009. Tim also served on the Building on Excellence Campaign Council, helping to raise funds for the Master Plan. He is current chair of the Board Investment Committee as well as serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee. Tim graduated from UCLA and lives in Berkeley with his family. Tim is the Managing Partner of Potrero Capital Research, a small capitalization equity investment fund. Prior to founding Potrero Capital Research, he was a senior research analyst with JPMorgan and Hambrecht & Quist.
Sonya Schroeder is Cofounder and Head of Corporate Services at iiWisdom, a startup in the corporate governance space. In addition, she has over 15 years of experience developing strategic, marketing, and research plans for leading corporate brands. Sonya was a consultant at Bain & Company and held senior operating roles at American Express, Time, Inc and The Geppetto Group. She has been actively involved with Challenge Success, an organization devoted to redefining success for today's teens, and volunteers with several arts organizations. She graduated with a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard. Sonya and her husband Darren have three children: Nick, Zack (HRS ’20), and Natalie (HRS ’25).
Martha Sellers is in her 9th year on the Trustee Committee, having served as the Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of the Facilities Committee.
Martha is an Associate Professor of Practice in Finance at Mills College's Lokey School of Business and Public Policy. She was formerly the Managing Director of Credit Strategies at Moody's KMV, helping banks and insurance companies across the Americas implement credit risk management technology. At Moody's, Martha also served on the board of the Moody’s Foundation. Before joining KMV, she spent five years in investment management as a portfolio engineer overseeing quantitative strategies. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in Research and Bank Supervision. Martha grew up on a farm in Iowa and moved to the Bay Area to attend Mills College and then U.C. Berkeley, where she received an M.B.A. Martha and her husband Luigi Semenzato have had two children at Head-Royce, Francesca Paris who is now a Junior at Williams College, and Lucia Paris ’20.
Peter Smith ‘78
Peter graduated from Head-Royce in 1978 and is the father of a Head-Royce graduate, Andrew, class of 2010. Peter is a mediator and attorney with a small firm in downtown Oakland. Prior to his current position, Peter was an Alameda County prosecutor and an attorney in private practice. He has also served in a number of public positions, including as Chair of both the Oakland Planning Commission and the Oakland General Plan Congress. Peter earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard in 1982 and received his law degree from the University of San Francisco in 1986. Peter previously served on the Head-Royce board from 1988 to 1991, in his capacity as President of the Alumni Council, and from 2004 to 2013. He has assisted in the school in a variety of ways, primarily around facilities and long term planning. Peter and his wife, Patricia, live in Oakland.
Theresa Tao is the parent of two Head-Royce students, Audrey '18 and Charlie '21. She was previously an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions. While there, she represented a number of public and private companies in the information technology and life sciences industries. She also served on the boards of two organizations: The 1990 Institute, an organization devoted to the study of major economic and social issues relating to China; and Career Resources Development Center, an organization dedicated to providing education and job training to adults from a diverse, low income population of San Francisco. Currently, she is actively involved in volunteer projects at Berkeley Ballet Theater. Theresa received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her husband, Chad Jones, is a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scott Verges is currently Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TMG Partners, a San Francisco-based real estate development company. From 1999 - 2005, Scott was CEO of Burnham Pacific Properties, a New York Stock Exchange company controlling 104 shopping centers in the Western U.S. From 2009 – 2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of JSM Indochina, a London-based real estate investment company focused on Vietnam and Cambodia development and he was a Director of Ferrous Resources, Ltd. a Brazilian iron ore company. From 2002 - 2015 Scott was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Mills College where he taught real estate investment and business law. Scott has also co-produced several award-winning documentaries including, “The Waiting Room” and “We Are Wisconsin,” and is a producer of the narrative feature “Beyond Redemption.”. Scott earned his B.A. in Philosophy from New College and a J.D. from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. He lives with his partner, Britta Sjogren, and her daughter, Asta Sjogren-Uyehara, HRS Class of 2021. His daughter Sophie Verges was in the HRS Class of 2009.
Edie Zusman is Chief of Neurosurgery at NorthBay Medical Center and Medical Director of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience located in Fairfield CA and serving Solano County. Edie specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy, aneurysms, vascular malformations and disorders of the spine. She is specialty trained in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, brain mapping, endoscopy, and intra-operative computer guided neuro-navigation tools. She started Northwestern University Medical School at age 19, completed her Neurosurgical Residency at UC Davis, and received fellowships in Epilepsy, Brain Tumor Surgery and Molecular Medicine Research at UC San Francisco. She has been recognized by her peers nationally and locally, having been elected to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Board of Directors, and was named a top doctor by Sacramento Magazine. Edie completed her MBA at George Washington University in 2013 and has authored over 30 papers on socioeconomic aspects of healthcare. She serves on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, the Institute for Medical Quality and is Past Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Edie is married to her college sweetheart, Steve Pratt, CEO of Noodle.AI, and they have two Head-Royce lifers, Adam ’14, an EMG and Volunteer Firefighter studying computer science at Colgate University, and Abby ’17, an equestrian who loves physics.