Western Leadership Appointments

  • Archdiocese of San Francisco (San Francsico, CA)

    Pamela Lyons Superintendent, Appointed for 2017

    Pam has served as the Associate Superintendent at the Archdiocese for the past three years. Previously, she taught and led in California Catholic schools such as St. Bernard's in Eureka, Assumption in Los Angeles, and Assumption in San Leandro. She also spent time as a Training Manager for a law firm in San Francisco and a communications firm in New York. Pam holds a BA in English from St. Mary's College of California, and an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco serves 91 parishes and 10 missions, and represents three of the most diverse diocese in the entire United States. Its Department of Catholic Schools administers an exceptional Catholic education program to more than 70 schools.

  • Cedarwood Waldorf School (Portland, OR)

    Susan Levine Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Cedarwood will welcome Sue after four years as the School Administrator at Waldorf School of the Peninsula. Prior to this engagement she served a four-year tenure as School Director at Shining Mountain Waldorf School. She began her career as a Violin Teacher and continues to work as a Registered Violin Teacher Trainer to this day. Sue went on to become the Executive Director of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years starting in 2003. Sue holds a BA in Violin Performance from Eastman School of Music, an MA in Violin Performance from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, an MA in Accountancy from Bentley College and is currently completing an Ed.D in Transformational Leadership at Concordia University in Portland.

    Cedarwood Waldorf School is a pre-k through grade 8 independent school located 5 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon, in the historic Lair Hill neighborhood. We use a uniquely contemporary expression of Waldorf education as the framework for our curriculum. Our school culture is rooted in strong parent volunteerism and maintains a commitment to fundraising; we believe in supporting the community beyond one’s own child. Cedarwood School brings Waldorf education to life and strives to instill a love for learning. Our curriculum weaves together the arts, academics and movement, with a reverence for the developing child.

  • Center for Early Education, Upper Primary Principal (West Hollywood, CA)

    Eileen Wasserman Upper Primary Principal, Appointed for 2017

    Eileen will join the Center for Early Education from Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, where she has served since 1989. She came to the school as Math Department Chair and has since been appointed a grade dean, Associate Head and Dean of Students, Middle School Head, and Assistant Head. She has also taught at Mountain View Academy and in California's public schools, and has consulted with Walt Disney Educational Media. Eileen holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Boston University.

    The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children PK-6, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners.

  • Diocese of Oakland (Oakland, CA )

    Rodney Pierre-Antoine Executive Director, Appointed for 2018

    Rodney will join the Diocese of Oakland this summer, two years after founding and serving as Head of Ripple Academy in Oakland, CA. Prior to this appointment he served a five-year tenure as Principal of St. Jariath Catholic School in Oakland, CA. Rodney began his career as a Marketing Coordinator for the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco in August 2000. He went on to hold roles as 5th Grade Teacher for Hoover Elementary School in Oakland, Middle School Dean of Students at St. Martin de Porres in Oakland, Principal of St. Felicitas Catholic School in San Leandro, CA and Family Director for Notre Dame ACE Academies. Rodney holds a BA in Communications from University of Maryland at College Park and an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

    The Lumen Christi Academies, which will launch in the fall of 2018, are expected to attract families and major foundations interested in a robust academic setting permeated with Catholic values. The schools were selected through a rigorous review of their strengths and resources; demographic data shows these schools are needed to make Catholic education accessible to families who desire it. Lumen Christi Academies will be led by a board approved by Bishop Barber, consisting of community leaders committed to Catholic education with diverse professional backgrounds. It will have its own dedicated management to guide its mission, collaborating with the existing Department of Catholic Schools.

  • Drew School, Advancement Director (San Francisco, CA)

    Lyla Max Advancement Director, Appointed for 2017

    Lyla will join Drew School following a six-year tenure as Institutional Advancement Director at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley. Previously, she served as Development Director at Marin Montessori School in Corte Madeira. She has also worked in development at a museum as well as at Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. Lyla holds a BA in Art History from New York University.

    Drew believes in teenagers – their ideas, their dreams, their opinions, and their potential. It has created a high school community that challenges the traditional definition of success and celebrates achievement one student at a time.

  • Escuela Bilingue Internacional (Oakland, CA)

    Paola Clark Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Escuela Bilingue Internacional will welcome Dr. Paola Clark in the summer of 2019 as its next Head of School. Paola leaves Notre Dame de Sion School, Kansas City, MO where she served as the Principal since 2017. Paola began her career in private schools 18 years ago in in Lima, Peru, working as the Director of Student Life at San Silvestre School before moving stateside. Since then she has served as Middle School Division Head, Director of Auxiliary Programs, Curriculum Coordinator, Science Chairperson, higher education consultant, instructor for pre- and in-service teachers, and science faculty. Paola holds a Doctor of Education in Education from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Biotechnology from the Universidad Nacional Agraria (Lima, Peru).

    Escuela Bilingue Internacional is an independent PreK-8 school offering a multilingual, international education with two campuses located in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland and in Emeryville.

  • French American International School (Portland, OR)

    Scott Hardister Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    FAIS will welcome Scott next summer as their next Head of School. Scott has served as Assistant Head of School for Strategic Implementation at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA since 2015. Prior to MCDS, he served a 13-year tenure at Oregon Episcopal School. There he held roles respectively from 2008-2015 as 8th Grade Science Teacher, Science Department Chair, Administrator for Experiential Education, Administrator for Counseling & Academic Support, Administrator for the Athletic Department and most recently Head of Middle School. Scott has also served as Science Teacher and Head Varsity Soccer Coach at Athens Academy in Georgia from 1994-2002. He holds a BA in Science and Zoology as well as an MA in Education both from the University of Georgia.

    Founded in 1979, The French American International School (FAIS) is a preschool through grade eight independent school with an internationally-focused curriculum. With an enrollment of over 550 students FAIS is committed to academic excellence and to its position as the premier provider of international foreign language immersion education. Surrounded by Portland’s woods and wetlands, FAIS’ 15-acre campus boasts a Center for the Arts, a well-equipped library and multicultural center, cutting-edge science and computer labs, two gymnasiums, a music center, two art studios, a large commons area, a nature trail and outdoor classrooms.

  • Friends School (Boulder, CO)

    Honor Taft Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Honor Taft will join Friends School in Boulder following three years as the Director of the Lower School at Gill St. Bernard's School in New Jersey.  She first began teaching in 1998 at the Cademon School in New York. From there, she went on to teach middle school grades for ten years at The Allen-Stevenson School, North Branch School and finally returning to Cademon where she transitioned to Assistant Head of School until 2015. She holds a BA from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, an MEd from Bank Street College of Education and an MEd in Educational Leadership from The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.

    Friends’ School is a supportive, dynamic community committed to educating the whole child—head, hand, and heart. Our students acquire a strong academic foundation while developing creative expression, social responsibility, and respect for diversity and the individual. We challenge students and teachers to reach their full potential as engaged, lifelong learners. This school is a special place, a place where children are known and honored, where they are encouraged to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, creatively and physically, a place where integrated learning is at the forefront of our philosophy of education.

  • Gifft Hill School (Virgin Isl, U.S.)

    Kenneth Mills Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Ken will be Gifft Hill's next Head of School beginning summer 2019.  He leaves behind Ransom Everglades School where he has served as Head of the Upper School since 2015, and Science Department Chair from 2012-2016. Previously, Ken served ten years at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey as Science Department Chair, Circle Level Director, and Head Football Coach. An NAIS Fellow for Aspiring School Heads, Ken holds BA in Biology and Psychology from Williams College, and an MS in Teaching from Rutgers University.

    Founded as Pine Peace School in 1978, Gifft Hill School is St. John’s only high school and only Preschool-12th grade program. Gifft Hill enrolls 168 students and more than 60 %  receive tuition assistance. Our students engage in a challenging college-preparatory curriculum while benefiting from an economically and racially diverse population, beautiful scenery, and eco-friendly community that is our island home.

  • Harker School (San Jose, CA)

    Kimberly Lobe Advancement Director, Appointed for 2018

    After serving as Director of Institutional Advancement at Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, OH for the past four years, Harker School will welcome Kimberly this summer as their new Advancement Director. Kim began her career in 2005 at St. Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland, OH as Associate Director of Development. In 2006 she transitioned to Laurel School for Girls in Shaker Heights, OH where she served an eight year tenure as Director of Leadership Giving. Kim holds a BA from Cleveland State University.

    The Harker School is a private, coeducational school in Silicon Valley that has earned international recognition for its top academics, quality teachers and student achievements. Founded in 1893 and educating 2,000 students,  kindergarten through grade 12, Harker is the largest independent school of its kind in California, serving families of preschool, elementary, middle and high school-aged children on its four San Jose campuses. Harker provides a challenging, balanced education and comprises the following cornerstones: students and families, teachers, curriculum and the learning environment, which includes inspiring facilities.

  • Jefferson Academy Charter School (Broomfield, CO)

    Timothy Matlick Executive Director, Appointed for 2018

    Jefferson Academy will welcome Timothy this summer after he concludes a four-year tenure as Achievement Director and Area Superintendent of Jeffco, CO district's 19 charter schools. Prior to this appointment he served nine years as Principal of Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster, CO. Timothy began his career at Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, OK where he served as Classroom Teacher & Coach, Athletic Director and Dean respectively.  He went on to become Account Manager, District Manager and General Manager at several staffing agencies in the Midwest, eventually becoming CEO of Stafzone in Thornton, CO from 1997 to 2005. Timothy has also held roles as Instructor, Mentor and Presenter all for different Leadership Programs withing the Colorado Department of Education. He holds a BS from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR and an M.Ed from North Eastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.

    Jefferson Academy Charter School is a K-12 charter school located in Broomfield, Jefferson County, Colorado. The mission of Jefferson Academy is to help students attain their highest academic and character potential through an academically rigorous, content-rich educational program. Jefferson Academy envisions a community of parents, teachers, students and educational and business leaders working together to create a learning environment that engenders growth in character, academic achievement, and the love of learning, resulting in responsible, productive citizens.


  • John Thomas Dye School (Los Angeles, CA)

    Carla Cretaro Lower School Head, Appointed for 2019

    John Thomas Dye School will welcome Carla Cretaro in the summer of 2019 as its next Lower School Head. Cretaro leaves the Community Magnet Charter Elementary School of the Los Angeles Unified School District where she has served as the Principal since 2012. Cretaro began her career in education at the Los Angeles Unified School District back in 1998 where she worked as an Elementary School Teacher before serving as the Magnet Program Coordinator at the Community Magnet Charter Elementary School in 2012. Cretaro has completed coursework towards an Education Doctorate in Education Leadership at California State University (Northridge, CA), holds a Master of Art in Education Administration from California State University (Northridge, CA), and a Bachelors of Art in African-American Studies from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH).

    The John Thomas Dye School is located in Los Angeles, California, on an 11-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, serving students in kindergarten through sixth grade. . JTD offers students a traditional, yet dynamic academic experience with an integrated curriculum, that incorporates technology and the arts.

  • Northwest Association of Independent Schools (Seattle, WA)

    Mark Crotty Executive Director, Appointed for 2019

    NWAIS will welcome Mark Crotty as its next Executive Director in the summer of 2019. Mark will leave St. John's Episcopal School in Dallas when he is completing his 9th year as Head of School. Previously, he served a 20 year tenure at The Greenhill School in Dallas where he held various positions including Faculty Chair, Coach, Director of Writing Center, Teacher and Director of Curricular Programs. Mark Began his career at The Episcopal School of Acadiana in Louisiana where he served roles including  Department Chair, Summer Program Director, College Counselor, Dean of Students, Coach, Teacher and Assistant to Headmaster. An E.E.Ford Fellow, Mark holds a BA from Allegheny College and an MA from Southern Methodist University.

    The Northwest Association of Independent Schools is a nonprofit membership association that provides accreditation, professional development and support services to over 110 schools in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. NWAIS shapes the future of education by fostering transformative school leadership and advancing, energizing and sustaining regional independent schools.

  • Oxbow School (Napa, CA)

    Michael Williamson Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Michael Williamson will join Oxbow after 28 years at the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. There he severed in many different roles including Art History Teacher, Art Department Chair, Dean of Faculty, College Advisor, Student Advisor, Director of Student Activities, and Interim Head of Upper School. He began his career in education as a teacher of Art History and Studio Art at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. From there he went on to teach Art at the George School in Newtown, PA. Michael holds a B.A., cum laude, from Yale University and an MFA in painting from New York University.

    Oxbow is a one-semester coeducational boarding school located in Napa, California. High school juniors and seniors can choose to attend in either the fall or spring semester. Visual arts and academic focus. Founded 1997. Opened in 1999. Setting: suburban. Nearest major city: San Francisco. Students reside in single-sex suites in two dormitories. The campus includes 15 buildings–studios, classrooms, residential and dining– located at the “oxbow” in the Napa River. Two campus gardens. Total enrollment is limited to 48 students per semester.

  • Presidio Knolls School, Head of School (San Francisco, CA)

    Christopher Livaccari Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Chris will join Presidio Knolls School following a five-year tenure as Elementary School Principal and Chinese Program Director at International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto. Previously, he served as Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society in New York. He still serves as a Senior Advisor for China Learning Initiatives. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in Tokyo and Shanghai. Chris holds a BA in East Asian Languages & Literature from Columbia University, an MA in the same from University of Chicago, and an MA in Chinese and Japanese Language Education from New York University.

    The guiding principle behind Presidio Knolls School is to nurture the infinite capabilities of young children. This approach allows children to investigate and create meaning through play, understand that all learning is connected, and experience every event as an opportunity to gain a new and exciting understanding of the world.

  • Presidio Knolls School, Interim Head (San Francsico, CA)

    Judith Fox Interim Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Judy will join Presidio Knolls School following a two-year tenure as Upper School Head at Avenues: The World School in New York City. Previously, she served as Interim Head of La Jolla Country Day School in CA. She taught and led in New York public schools for almost four decades before becoming Head of Princeton Day School in New Jersey and joining the independent school community. Judy holds a BS in Science Education and Biochemistry from Cornell University, an MS in Science Education from CUNY at Queens College, and an EdD in Educational Administration from Columbia University.

    The guiding principle behind Presidio Knolls School is to nurture the infinite capabilities of young children. This approach allows children to investigate and create meaning through play, understand that all learning is connected, and experience every event as an opportunity to gain a new and exciting understanding of the world.

  • Presidio Knolls School, Middle School Head (San Francsico, CA)

    Michael Levy Middle School Head, Appointed for 2017

    Mike will join Presidio Knolls School following a five-year tenure at Avenues: The World School in New York City, where he has served as a member of the faculty as well as Associate Division Head for grades 6-8. He began his teaching career at Moorestown Friends School, then taught in China at Guizhou University as a US Peace Corps Volunteer. He taught at Saint Ann's School in New York prior to his appointment at Avenues. Mike holds a BA from Cornell University and an MAT in Social Studies from Columbia University's Teachers College.

    The guiding principle behind Presidio Knolls School is to nurture the infinite capabilities of young children. This approach allows children to investigate and create meaning through play, understand that all learning is connected, and experience every event as an opportunity to gain a new and exciting understanding of the world.

  • Sage Ridge School (Reno, NV)

    Tobin Bechtel Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Tobin Bechtel will join Sage Ridge School after a four-year tenure as Head of School at International School of Switzerland. Prior to that appointment he served as Deputy Director and Secondary School Principal of International School of Berne, Switzerland since 2014. He has also served as a Curriculum Development Coordinator from 2002-2009 at Atlanta International School and IBMYP Coordinator and Teacher from 1995-2002 at International School of Amsterdam. Tobin holds a BA from The American University in Washington, DC and an MA in Teaching from The College of New Jersey.

    Sage Ridge School is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory private day school in Reno, Nevada.  Not only does Sage Ridge provide a diverse student body with world-class educational opportunities, it does so while living by the value pillars of respect, integrity, community, courage, and scholarship. The maximum class size is 18 with an average class size of 14. The student to teacher ratio is 1:9 and 20% of student body receive financial aid and scholarships.


  • San Domenico School (San Anselmo, CA)

    Anna Heidinger Director of Advancement, Appointed for 2017

    Anna previously served as Development Director or Advancement Director at a variety of independent schools in California, including Gateway High School, Head-Royce School, and Bay School of San Francisco. She began her career in higher education, serving as an Admissions Officer at Mills College, then Associate Admissions Director at Emerson College, before joining the independent school community. She was appointed Admissions Director and then External Affairs Director at Marin Academy. Anna holds a BA from Mills College, where she began her career as an Admissions Officer.

    San Domenico School is a K-12 day school with an international boarding program option for students in grades 9-12. Its 166-year history as California’s first independent school gives it strength in character that lasts through time. The school values a tradition of inquiry, respectful discourse, a striving toward peace and social justice, and an inspired sense of purpose and service.

  • San Francisco Waldorf School (San Francsico, CA)

    Craig Appel Administrative Director, Appointed for 2017

    Craig will join San Francisco Waldorf School following a two-year tenure as the Executive Director of the not-for profit Hand in Hand Parenting. Prior to that appointment, he served as Director of Partner Relations for The Energy Foundation, where he began as a Senior Program Associate. He has also been a Regional Manager for Green mountain Energy as well as a Consultant for Shakti Sustainable Energy India. He was the President of San Francisco Waldorf School's Board of Trustees from 2010-2014. Craig holds a BA from Michigan State University and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

    At San Francisco Waldorf School, students discover a dynamic and challenging program grounded in the classics and engaged in the modern world. Students are energized by learning and become creative thinkers who can take on the complex questions of today’s interconnected world.

  • Seven Peaks School (Bend, OR)

    Paul Harrell Interim Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Seven Peaks School will welcome Paul Harrell as Interim Head for the 2018-19 school year. Formerly, Paul served as Head of Vacaville Christian School in California from 2007 until 2017. Prior to that tenure he served as Advancement Director for Grosse Point Academy in Michigan. Paul began his career in education as a teacher at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois. He has also served as Department Chair at both Stevenson School in California and Providence Day School in North Carolina, Advancement Director at Kentucky Country Day School and Human Resources Director at Shell Oil Company in Texas. He holds an M.Ed. from University of Louisville and a BA from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    Seven Peaks School is a learning community of 240 students, PK-8, where academic excellence, healthy social development and artistic expression are nurtured by exceptional staff and engaged families. We graduate well-educated, compassionate students who feel valued for who they are, prepared to excel in their personal pursuits and committed to being socially responsible world citizens. Our teachers and staff know your children personally. We find a build on your child’s unique gifts and we work closely with families to maintain a partnership with open communication and mutual support. Every child, every day.

  • St. John’s Episcopal School (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)

    Patrick McHonett Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Patrick will transition to St. John's Episcopal School as their new Head in 2019 after a 12-year tenure at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, AZ where he held roles respectively as Teacher and Coach, Dean of Students & College Counselor, Director of Admissions & Marketing, and most recently Associate Head since 2016. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean of Admission at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA from 2005-2007. An NAIS fellow for Aspiring School Heads in 2016, Patrick holds a BA in Literature & Legal Studies from Claremont McKenna College and an MA in Education, Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State University.

    St. John’s Episcopal School is an independent, church-affiliated elementary school enrolling boys and girls in toddler two Preschool through Grade 8 located in Orange County about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Grounded in the rich history of diversity and excellence in Episcopal education, St. John’s fosters every child’s full intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. A nurturing learning environment and programs built on an ideal balance of tradition and innovation encourage our students to pursue lives of service and purpose.

  • Stevenson School, College Counseling Director (Pebble Beach, CA)

    Martha Allen College Counseling Director, Appointed for 2017

    Martha currently serves as Director of International Recruitment and Associate Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College, a role in which she has served since 2014, and also from 2004-2009. Between these tenures, she served as Director of College Counseling at Baldwin School. She began her career at the University of Georgia, Athens, and has worked in the admissions offices of several colleges including Hamilton, Oberlin, and Bryn Mawr. She has also served as Director of College Counseling at Shady Side Academy. Martha holds a BA in Government from Smith College.

    Stevenson School is a PK-12 boarding and day school on two campuses (PK-8 and 9-12). Its aims are to prepare students for success at all ages, to foster a lifelong passion for learning, and to help them shape joyful lives.

  • Stevenson School, Director of Advancement (Pebble Beach, CA)

    Kevin Wasbauer Director of Advancement, Appointed for 2017

    Kevin will join Stevenson School following a six-year tenure as Executive Director of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Previously, he served as Associate Development Director at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. He began his career at Stanford University, where he served as Associate Philanthropy Director and then Development Director. Kevin holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MA from California State University in Sacramento.

    Stevenson School is a PK-12 boarding and day school on two campuses (PK-8 and 9-12). Its aims are to prepare students for success at all ages, to foster a lifelong passion for learning, and to help them shape joyful lives.

  • Synapse School (Menlo Park, CA)

    Mishel Gantz Admissions Director, Appointed for 2019

    Synapse School will welcome Mishel Gantz in the summer of 2019 as its next Admissions Director. Mishel leaves the Watershed School (Boulder, CO) where she served as the Director of Enrollment Management for four years before taking on the role of Chief Experience Officer in 2016. Prior to her roles in administration, Mishel began her career in education as a teacher at Children’s House Preschool and Wyatt-Edison Charter School. Mishel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Leadership Studies from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

    Synapse School combines social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation to develop gifted learners into the change makers of tomorrow. An independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, Synapse offers an advanced academic curriculum fully integrated with social emotional learning and innovation.

  • Temecula Preparatory School (Temecula, CA)

    Michael Agostini Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Michael will join Temecula Preparatory School following an eight-year tenure as Operations Director of Charter Schools Development Center in Sacramento. Prior to that appointment, he was named President and Head of School at the Sierra Music Academy. Michael began his career as a teacher in Japanese public schools, before teaching at the Embassy Center for English Studies in Boston. He holds a BA from Yale University, an MEd in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and an EdD in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University.

    Temecula Preparatory School is a California, public, non-profit, charter school which offers classes for K-12th grade. Its curriculum is “Virtue Centric” and based upon the four classical virtues articulated by Plato: Justice, Prudence, Temperance, and Fortitude. TPS utilizes the classical model of education which inspires students “how to think” versus “what to think.”

  • University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)

    Marcus Mason Senior Associate Director of Admission for Access and Inclusion, Appointed for 2017

    Marcus will join the University of San Francisco following a year and a half as Assistant Director of Recruitment at Loyola University of Chicago. Previously, he served for three years as a recruiter for North Park University, also in Chicago. He began his career serving as a Team Leader at the Chicago not-for-profit By the Hand Club for Kids. Marcus holds a BS in Communications from Northwestern University.

    The University of San Francisco — a premier Jesuit university — is a reflection of the inclusive, inspirational, innovative city that surrounds it. It provide students from all backgrounds an education that is intensely personal and intellectually demanding.

  • University Preparatory Academy (Seattle, WA)

    Susie Wu Middle School Head, Appointed for 2018

    Susie will join University Prep Academy after fifteen years as Director of Leadership Development at Rainier Scholars in Seattle, WA.  She started at Rainier as Curriculum Developer in 2002. Susie has also served as an Integrated Science Teacher at New Mission High School in Roxbury, MA and Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. Currently, she serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for University Prep Academy and for 21 Progress. Susie holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed in Secondary School Education, both from Stanford University.

    Founded forty years ago by seven teachers who shared a passion for collaboration, University Preparatory Academy has grown to become a campus with over 500 students (grades 6-12) and more than 100 faculty and staff. Located in North Seattle, U Prep fosters an educational experience filled with opportunities to engage with the city as well as enjoy the peaceful setting of the Picardo P-Patch. Additionally, having Dahl Field adjoining the campus allows for classes, games, and practices right at your feet.

  • University Preparatory Academy (Seattle, WA)

    E-Chieh Lin Director of Diversity and Community/ Director of Hiring, Appointed for 2018

    E-Chieh Lin has spent the past three years serving as a Fine Arts Faculty Member at University Prep. In 2016 she assumed the role of Assistant Director of Diversity & Community and this summer she will transition to the Director role.  She began her career at Cornell University where she began as an Administrative Assistant for New Student Programs and for the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. She continued at Cornell as a Consultant, Co-Instructor, and Program Coordinator for Academic Diversity Initiatives respectively. E-Chieh holds a BA in Ceramics from University of Washington and an MA in Teaching from Seattle University.

    Founded forty years ago by seven teachers who shared a passion for collaboration, University Preparatory Academy has grown to become a campus with over 500 students (grades 6-12) and more than 100 faculty and staff. Located in North Seattle, U Prep fosters an educational experience filled with opportunities to engage with the city as well as enjoy the peaceful setting of the Picardo P-Patch. Additionally, having Dahl Field adjoining the campus allows for classes, games, and practices right at your feet.

  • Westland School (Los Angeles, CA)

    Melinda Tsapatsaris Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Melinda will join Westland School following a seven-year tenure as Assistant Head of Wildwood School, also in Los Angeles. Previously, she served as the school's Director of Upper School for four years, and prior to that, was a Division Coordinator and teacher. Prior to her work in independent schools, she taught in public schools in Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. Melinda holds a BA in Education from Ohio University, and an MAT in English from Brown University.

    Among elementary schools in Los Angeles, Westland School is widely known and respected as a pioneer in the teaching philosophy known as progressive education. The school serves students grade K-6 and provides an engaging and experiential curriculum.

  • Woodland School (Portola Valley, CA)

    Kristen Gamb Enrollment Management Director, Appointed for 2018

    Woodland School will welcome Kristen as their new Enrollment Management Director after a 6-year tenure at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she served respectively as Admission Counselor, Assistant Director of Admission & Financial Aid and Interim Director of Admission & Financial Aid. Prior to this appointment she served a seven-year tenure as Registrar at the San Francisco Ballet. Kristen began her career as a Studio Director for the Cunningham Dance Foundation in New York City. She went on to become the School Manager and eventual Director of Education and Outreach at The Washington Ballet. Kristen holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts and an MA in Dance from the American University.

    Woodland School is an independent day school located just west of Stanford that offers a balanced approach to learning in a diverse and inclusive environment for approximately 275 students in early childhood through eighth grade. Woodland School is committed to bringing out the best in each child through a nurturing of both intellect and character. With rich content and an emphasis on student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners.

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