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Head-Royce School Board of Trustees - 2013-2014

Ms. Betsy Crabtree, Chair

Betsy Crabtree has been part of the Head-Royce community for 14 years; she has two sons, Jack, a 10th grader, and Brady ’12. Since joining the HRS Board of Trustees in 2003, Betsy has served three years as chair of the Development Committee and three years as chair of the Trustee Committee. She has also served on the Ed Policies, Finance and Heads Up committees, the Marketing and Sustainability task forces and co-chaired the fundraising campaign in honor of retiring head Paul Chapman. Betsy is president of SF/Arts Media LLC, publisher of San Francisco Arts Monthly and SF/Arts.org, components of the City of San Francisco’s Arts & Tourism program. She has served on the board of World Arts West; Oakland Fund for the Arts, a nonprofit that funds arts programs in underserved Oakland public schools, which she chaired for three years; and currently serves on the Executive Committee of Vincent Academy, a charter school in West Oakland, where she is Board secretary. Betsy received her B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida. She and her husband, Bill Hirsch, live in Oakland.


Ms. Laura Baxter-Simons, Co-Vice Chair

Laura has two children at Head-Royce: Alison ’16 and Evan ‘17. She is married to Nat Simons. She has a J.D. from Stanford University (1992), an M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in German Literature (1994), and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in both Economics and German (1989). Laura is General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer at Meritage Group LP and Monterey Management Group LP, which investment managers operate a series of internal hedge funds and fund-of-funds.  She was employed as Associate Counsel by Renaissance Technologies LLC, a hedge fund manager, from June 1996 until January 2011 and worked on a variety of legal issues, including hedge fund due diligence, legal compliance, securities and commodities law and general legal work.  Prior to Renaissance, Laura worked as an Associate in the San Francisco office of Baker & McKenzie, an international law firm, in both the litigation and international transactions groups.


Mr. William “Bill” Newell, Co-Vice Chair 

Bill and his wife Carla have three children: Robbie, Daniel ‘12, and Andrew, who is in 8th grade. Bill joined the HRS Board of Trustees in 2011, and currently serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. 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.

Mr. Richard Arney ’88, Treasurer

Rick graduated from Head-Royce in 1988 and currently has two children in the lower school: Buck who is in the 3rd grade and Wallace who will be entering kindergarten. Rick is married to Lucy Arney, who is an active participant of the Parents Association. Rick is Managing Director and Head of the Alternative Investments Strategy group at BlackRock. He manages a global team of investment professionals responsible for advising institutions on alternative investment strategies (hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure).  Rick's service with the firm dates back to 2001, including his years with Barclays Global Investors, which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to assuming his current role, Rick was responsible for developing global markets, commodities and active currency capabilities as head of Investment Strategy for the Global Markets Strategy group, which runs 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 has also published business and economics research in the Wall Street Journal, Stanford Journal of Economics, and Institutional Investor, and is a frequent currency commentator on Bloomberg TV. Rick earned a B.A. degree in economics, with honors, from Stanford University in 1992 and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1997, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.


Mr. Tim (Jack) 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, 2022, Catherine, 2023 and Caroline, 2025) 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. 


Ms. Erica Bachman, Parents Association President

Erica Bachman is the new Parents Association President for the 2013-14 school year. Currently Erica is the Human Resources administrator for the Oakland based, non-profit, Fair Trade USA. She previously worked in the credit card industry for Wells Fargo Bank and other small banks, and received her B.S. at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Erica enjoys being involved in her community through the East Bay Agency for Children and serves as Treasurer on their Auxilary Board, and through the National Charity League doing service work with both of her daughters.  She has three children, Rachel ’13, Miriam '16 and Daniel '19.


Mrs. Courtney Read Carroll ’91

Courtney Read Carroll ’91 is a HRS alum, class of 1991 and has been a current parent since 2009. She lives in Lafayette with her husband Sean Carroll and their four children Cole Bamberger ’17, MacLaine Bamberger ’19, Charlie who is 10 and Sienna, aged 8. Courtney attended Duke University and is the owner and designer of her jewelry line/store, MacLaine & Mary. Courtney sits on the Board of the MCM Foundation, which is dedicated to causes centering around children and education. She also served on the HRS Alumni Council 1999-2000.

Mr. Jim Cavalieri

Jim Cavalieri joined salesforce.com 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. In 2011, Jim was asked to create and move into a new staff position in the office of salesforce.com’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Marc Benioff, assisting with the management of executive priorities, alignment and strategy. Prior to salesforce.com, 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 the Montclair Clippers U12 Girls soccer team which features seven Head-Royce Middle School players. 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.

Ms. Jessica Dodson

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. Most 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.  Jessica actively volunteers on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Oakland and is part of the Steering Committee responsible for Notes & Words, one of the hospital’s major fundraisers.  Jessica sits on the Advisory Board of Level, a new financial services company set out to redefine and reinvent the way Generation Y navigates and manages personal finance. Previously, Jessica has served on 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 Oakland with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Lucas (’20) and Sadie (’22).


Mr. Marc Furstein

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

Dr. Lisa Hardy ’84

Lisa Hardy ’84 a Bay Area native and Head-Royce “lifer,” has worked in private practice in San Ramon since 2007. She specializes in issues affecting adults, adolescents and children. She travels throughout the state and across the country giving lectures on issues in adolescent psychiatry and has been published on multiple occasions. Lisa is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, went on to earn her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency at the Stanford University Medical Center. She then completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry also at Stanford. She and her husband, Eric, live in Castro Valley with their two children, Aaron and Taya.


Ms. Rachelle Hebrard

Rachelle Hebrard 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 served in various leadership capacities and has extensive treasury management, sales, fundraising and event planning experience. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley. She 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 young sons and youth within her community. She also volunteers to support non-profit youth organizations.

Dr. Daniel Kammen

Dan Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Dan is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and co-director of the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Dan received his undergraduate (Cornell A. B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training in physics. After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, he was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.  Dan is a coordinating, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He hosted the Discovery Channel series Ecopolis, and has appeared on NOVA and on 60 Minutes twice. Dan and his wife Bamidele have two children, Sadé ’15 and Lara ’21, who is at Head Royce.


Mr. Robert A. Lake

Head of School Robert A. Lake joined Head-Royce after serving for five years as the Head of the Upper School at the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware, a pre-K through grade 12 campus of 850 students. Prior to Wilmington Friends, Rob served for five years as Dean of Students at Millbrook School in New York, where he also taught English and ethics. A 1987 graduate of Milton Academy, Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Williams College. At Williams, he was captain of the varsity soccer team and earned All-American honors. In 2008, he received an interdisciplinary master’s degree in English and history from Dartmouth College. His master’s thesis was titled “Evolution & Transformation: From the Archetypal Headmaster to the Modern Day Head of School.” Rob has held a variety of roles in independent school administration, including Director of Financial Aid at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire and Assistant Director of Admissions at Middlesex School in Massachusetts. In 2005, he completed the year-long NAIS/E.E. Ford Aspiring School Heads training program. Rob’s wife, Heather Lake, also an independent school educator, has served in a variety of roles over 20 years including Academic Dean, Associate Director of Admissions, and teacher of French and art history. Rob and Heather have two boys who attend Head-Royce, Casey ’17 and Tucker ’20.


Mr. Michael O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Ross Stores; Ross is the largest off-price retail chain in the United States with about 1100 stores, 55,000 employees, and $10B in sales. 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 (HRS ’16).   


Ms. 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 live in the Montclair hills in Oakland.


Ms. Martha Sellers

Martha Sellers has worked on the School’s Heart & Soul Fund Council and has been a member of the Development Committee. Martha is a principal at the risk advisory firm CreditThoughts. She was formerly the Managing Director of Credit Strategies at Moody's KMV, helping banks and insurance companies in 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 two children at Head-Royce, Francesca Paris ’14, and Lucia Paris ’20.

Ms. Susan Sherrerd                                                           

Susan Sherrerd is originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Affairs.  Following an early career in venture capital at Hambrecht & Quist in San Francisco and marketing at PepsiCo in Tokyo, Japan, Susan turned to raising her children and volunteering her time to Princeton, her son and daughter’s schools, and various charitable interests.  Susan’s children, Justin and Ellie Vogel, both attended Head-Royce.

Ms. Terry Tao

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.


Mr. Scott Verges   

Scott Verges is currently a Director of Ferrous Resources, Ltd. a Brazilian iron ore company, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TMG Partners, a San Francisco-based real estate development company. From 1999 - 2005, Scott was President and CEO of Burnham Pacific Properties, a New York Stock Exchange company controlling 104 shopping centers in the Western U.S. For the past three years, he served as Chairman of the Board of JSM Indochina, a London-based real estate investment company focused on Vietnam and Cambodia development. In 2002, Scott became an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Mills College, where he teaches real estate investment and business law. Scott has also co-produced two award-winning documentaries, “The Waiting Room” and “We Are Wisconsin,” and is a producer of the narrative feature “Beyond Redemption,” which is scheduled for completion in late 2012. Scott earned his B.A. 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. 

Mr. Frank Williams

Frank Williams serves as the CEO of Evolent Health, a Population and Healthplan Management Services provider to the nation's leading Health Systems. Prior to joining Evolent, Frank served as the Chairman and CEO of The Advisory Board Company, a best practices research, software and consulting firm for the Healthcare Industry. During Frank's tenure, The Advisory Board Company completed an initial public offering and has grown to over $45MM in annual revenues with over 2,300 employees worldwide.  Earlier in his career, Frank served as President of MedAmerica OnCall, President of Vivra Orthopedics and as a Management Consultant for Bain & Co. A native Californian, Frank received a BA in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Frank is married to Melissa Williams and they have four children at Head-Royce, Olivia ’18, Grace ’20, Hollis ’22 and Johnny ’24.

Mr. John Woolard

John Woolard has more than two decades of experience in the energy technology sector as an executive, entrepreneur and investor. Currently, he is President and CEO of BrightSource Energy. John is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Energy Institute and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Board of the Oakland Zoo Foundation. John holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a masters in environmental planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia. John’s greatest passions are his family, white water kayaking and anything outdoors.


Mr. Frank Yeary

Frank D. Yeary is Principal of Darwin Capital Advisors LLC, a private investment and advisory firm. He is director of Intel Corp., a major technology company; executive chairman of CamberView Partners, LLC, a boutique advisory firm; chairman and co-founder of Level Financial, Inc., a financial organization dedicated to empowering young adults; and a trustee of New York Public Radio. From 2008 to 2012 Mr. Yeary served as Vice Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, where he led and implemented a series of major strategic and financial initiatives and where, from 2010 to 2011, he also acted as Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2008, Mr. Yeary spent nearly twenty-five years in the financial services industry, most recently as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and a member of the Investment Banking Management Committee at Citigroup, a financial services company. Mr. Yeary received a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley in history and economics. He and his wife Lesley have six children: Pierce ’19, Henry ’17, Malcolm ’16, Mitchell ’14, Harrison, a 2012 graduate and Lauren, a 2011 graduate.


Dr. Edie Zusman

Edie Zusman is a neurosurgeon in Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group and Medical Director Sutter East Bay Neuroscience Institute at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. 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. Earlier this year Edie completed her MBA at George Washington University.  She has authored over 20 patients on socioeconomic aspects of healthcare and was named to the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery. Edie is married to her college sweetheart, Steve Pratt, CEO of Infosys Consulting, and they have two lifers at Head-Royce, Adam ’14 and Abby ’17.


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