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Head-Royce School Board of Trustees 2015-16

Mr. William Newell, Chair

Bill and his wife Carla have three children: Robbie, Daniel ‘12, and Andrew ‘18. 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

Rick graduated from Head-Royce in 1988 and currently has two children in the lower school: Buck who is in the 4rd grade and Wallace who will be entering1st grade.  Rick is married to Lucy Arney, who is an active participant of the Parents Association. Rick is Managing Director and Senior Investment Strategist of the Multi-Asset Strategies Group of BlackRock.  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 managed a global team of investment professionals responsible for advising institutions on alternative investment strategies (hedge funds, private equity, real estate and infrastructure).  He also 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 MBA degree from Harvard University in 1997, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Mr. Charlie Baxter

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 for good 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).


Mrs. Courtney Read Carroll ’91

Courtney Read Carroll 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. Julia Chin, PA President

Julia Chin spent her professional career in investment banking. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.S./B.A. in International Marketing and Finance from Georgetown University.
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 fullfilled by her volunteer work as and English as a Second Language teacher to Chinese senior citizens in Oakland's Chinatown.

Mr. Murray Cohen

In 2011, Dr. Murray Cohen retired from his twelve-year tenure as Head of School at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. He joined the school in 1977 as an English teacher and became Assistant Head in 1992. He earned Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and taught English as an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley from 1968-1976. He has served on the board of Redwood Day, Ecole Bilingue, St. Paul's Episcopal School, Julia Morgan School for Girls and the Oakland Academic Stars Scholarship Program. Dr Murray also served on the CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) Board where he chaired the Board of Standards for Secondary Schools.


Ms. Jessica Dodson, Co-Vice Chair

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.  Currently, Jessica is co-authoring 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 also sits on the Advisory Board of Level Money, 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 recently moved to Piedmont with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Lucas (’20) and Sadie (’22).

Mr. Marc Furstein, Assistant Treasurer

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, Treasurer

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 is a board director for the East Bay Community Foundation, a trustee for the Head Royce School in Oakland and a new director (effective October 1, 2014) for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

Ms. Rachelle Hebrard

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 (Class of 2018), and Nicholas (Class of 2021).

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 and Lara (HRS ’21).


Mr. Michael O’Sullivan

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 (HRS ’16).  


Ms. Tejal Patel

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.


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. 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. Sonya Schroeder

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).



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, Co-Vice Chair

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. 

Ms. Katherine Welch

Katherine Welch is on the board of Educate Our State, a statewide organization committed to educating and mobilizing parents to advocate for public education. Katherine has a business background with experience in corporate finance, venture capital, non-profit education and general business management and operations and served on the board of Gateway Public Schools in San Francisco from 2008 - 2014. She has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Her son, Luke, is Class of 2019, and her daughter, Caroline, is class of 2020.

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.

Dr. Edie Zusman, Assistant Secretary

Edie Zusman is a neurosurgeon with Pacific Brain and Spine Medical Group and a Medical Director for Sutter Health 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. Last year Edie completed her MBA at George Washington University.  She has authored over 20 papers on socioeconomic aspects of healthcare and was named to the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery. Dr. Zusman chairs the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California. Edie is married to her college sweetheart, Steve Pratt, CEO of Infosys Consulting, and they have two lifers at Head-Royce, Adam ’14, now attending Colgate University, and Abby ’17, an equestrian who loves physics.

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