Board of Trustees 2012-2013
Therese is a math and science teacher at Gateway Middle School. She graduated from Simmons College with a degree in nursing and from Elmira College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education with masters' degrees in education. She is sponsoring a “Go Green Ambassador” program and is the adviser for the middle school’s science club. She also works as a docent at the California Academy of Sciences. Therese is a founding teacher at Gateway Middle School.
Beth is a graduate of Lehigh University and holds a MS in Education in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in New York City. Beth worked for the N.Y.C. Board of Education as head guidance counselor for a multi-sited school under the Alternative High School Superintendency for five years. She created and implemented a counseling program that was developed for students who were unable to function in larger school settings. After relocating to San Francisco, Beth became the Program Coordinator for The College Bound Foundation, a nonprofit that connected students who live in S.F. Public Housing with mentors. Beth served on its board for six years following her employment there. In 2008 she created Revamp, a local wardrobe consulting business for women in transition. She is in her sixth and final year as a board member at the San Francisco Day School. She has served on numerous committees and chaired the head evaluation committee for four years and the trustee committee for two years. She also serves on the board’s executive committee. Beth has a seventh grade son at the San Francisco Day School and an older son who graduated from the San Francisco Day School and is a sophomore at the Urban High School of San Francisco.
Allison graduated from Dartmouth College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has 15 years of business experience in corporate finance, private equity investing, marketing, and general business management. She is currently a consultant at eBay in the Business Incubation Group. Prior to eBay, she spent four years in brand management at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Allison and her husband, Aneel, have one small child.
Mark is a professor and chair of the Department of Secondary Education at San Jose State University. As a teacher educator and research psychologist, he has focused his work on bringing effective literacy practices to struggling adolescent readers and writers, particularly through the use of classroom debate and discourse. He has published articles in Cognitive Development, Discourse Processes, and The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He earned a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and a PhD in Cognitive Development from Columbia University.
Amanda is a member of the science department at Gateway. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in ecology and wildlife biology and UC Santa Cruz with a master’s degree in education. She also teaches yoga for teens and adults. Amanda is in her seventh year of teaching at Gateway.
Erika is a member of Gateway High School's first graduating class of 2002, and is the youngest trustee. While at Gateway, Erika became the student representative to the California Board of Education for the 2001-2002 term, representing the first charter school on the board. Immediately after graduating from Gateway, Erika attended the University of San Francisco on a full scholarship, earning her BA in both Politics and Latin American Studies with high honors. While at USF, Erika participated in service immersion programs abroad in El Salvador, India, and Peru. During her junior year, Erika studied at American University in Washington D.C. and interned at the Office of the Attorney General. Following college, Erika attended the U.C. Hastings College of the Law and earned her J.D. in 2006. During her law school career, Erika participated in the Hastings' Civil Justice Clinic representing low-income clients, worked for two large law firms in the summers, and was a voting member of the Hastings' Admissions Committee. Erika is now a practicing attorney at the Oakland law firm, Law Office of Robert Lewis. Outside of school, Erika is also very active helping her mother run their restaurant in San Francisco, Canto do Brazil, and often performs in the Bay Area and abroad with her salsa dance group, Rueda Vale Todo.
Greg teaches civics and humanities. In addition to teaching, he is the head boy's varsity basketball coach and is the yellow house mentor. He earned his BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Prior to coming to Gateway, Greg worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and practiced law at Morrison and Foerster LLP in San Francisco. When not focused on teaching and coaching, Greg can be found at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley watching the California Golden Bears football team try, yet again, to make the Rose Bowl.
Scott oversees a four-person investment team at UBS Private Wealth Management where he provides investment advice to private investors and their related entities. Scott is responsible for investing large pools of capital in various global investment strategies and asset classes including fixed income, equities, commodities, and alternative investments. Prior to joining UBS, Scott worked at Credit Suisse Securities from 2003 to 2008. Scott was an investment banker for 10 years prior to entering the wealth management field. From 1995 to 2001, Scott worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. in the Leveraged Finance Group. Scott has also worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. in its investment banking division and Bank of America in its mergers and acquisitions group. Scott earned a BA in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. In addition to serving on the board of trustees, Scott chairs the investment committee at Gateway Public Schools. He is an avid skier and golfer. Scott and his wife, Cristina, have two children and live in San Francisco, California.
Deundra Hundon has worked over 12 years in the field of education. She is the director of Summerbridge, an academic and tutoring program, at University High School. She serves as a resource for the program’s students, teachers, alumni, and families. She also advocates for its students during the high school admissions process as well as maintains relationships with other youth development organizations in the Bay Area. Deundra also serves on the University High School faculty as a teacher and as an academic advisor. She received her BA in Business Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans.
David is head of school for San Francisco Day School. Prior to this, he served for 12 years as head of school for the Park School of Baltimore, an independent K-12 school. Before moving to Baltimore, he was the superintendent of public school districts in New York and Massachusetts. He was also the principal of elementary schools in Chappaqua and Rochester, New York. Dr. Jackson’s educational credentials include a BA (cum laude) from Williams College and a Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers College. Dr. Jackson’s involvement and achievements in educational programs include a leadership role in B.E.S.T., the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, which helps talented, economically disadvantaged African American students gain access to independent schools in the Baltimore region; Park Connects, a communication program to support the healthy development of children and adolescents; and Middle Grade partnership, a program designed to pair middle school students with local independent schools.
Amy is an attorney in San Francisco who has specialized in immigration law for the past 25 years. Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in romance languages – emphasizing Spanish, French, and Italian – she then earned her J.D. from USF School of Law. Amy has always been a strong advocate for immigrants’ rights and legal reform, not just in private practice but also in the non-profit world of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has been a classroom volunteer at Gateway and has been active in numerous community projects. Amy is strongly committed to making Gateway an exemplary school, providing the best education and educational environment for its diverse student body. Amy and her husband, Herb, have a daughter Anna who graduated in the class of 2009 and a son, Ari, who graduated in the class of 2006 and now attends UC Davis.
Hut is executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA), a position he has held for 15 years. The NCIBA is a trade association representing the interests of nearly 200 independent bookstores in the region. As such, the NCIBA provides ongoing education programs and marketing materials for its members, serves as a spokesperson for independents, and advocates for fair industry practices, most notably with regard to online sales tax collection in the state. Hut also serves as executive director of SFLOMA, the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchant Alliance, which was created in 2006 by local merchants. Both SFLOMA and NCIBA work actively to promote locally owned independent businesses, and under Hut’s stewardship, they jointly commissioned the San Francisco Retail Diversity Study, which quantifies the economic value of local merchants in the city. Hut has worked in retail as well, as owner of an independent bookstore, Landon Books in Mill Valley, for 14 years. Prior to that, he was assistant publisher and managing editor of the award-winning Marin weekly newspaper, Pacific Sun, for 10 years. He graduated with a BA in Journalism from UC Berkeley and has lived in San Francisco for nearly 30 years. Hut's wife, Joy Zimmerman, is the associate director of communications at WestEd, a research and development education agency. Their son, Sam, is a junior at Gateway.
Susan was born and raised in Bay Shore, NY. Susan graduated from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY with a BA in English Literature. Following college, she worked in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York. After a move to Boston, Massachusetts in 1994, Susan worked in the development department of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum where she worked on the museum’s capital campaign and helped organize corporate constituent and membership events. Susan moved to San Francisco in 1995. From 1995 through 1999, she was the director of special events at Hambrecht & Quist, a small boutique investment bank. For several years, Susan has served on the parent board at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA and is a very active volunteer at the school. Susan lives in San Francisco with her husband, Chris, and has four elementary school-aged children.
Joyce is an elementary school teacher who has been tutoring children of all ages since 1982. Her community service has included several volunteer organizations and boards, including the Diversity Task Force of the Junior League of San Francisco and Youth Advocates. She is married with three children. Her daughter graduated from Gateway in June 2002. For several years Joyce and her husband chaired the Gateway parent's annual fund.
Erin brings a strong background in finance and a passion for academic excellence to the board. Erin earned her BA in International Affairs from Georgetown University and her MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business. She also has a graduate certificate in financial planning. Her previous professional experience was working as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager for investment firms and hedge funds in firms in New York, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco. Her experience includes high tech private equity and public company investing as well as marketing of funds. She is currently working with a start up men's clothing company, J. Hilburn. As the head of the finance committee, she is also the treasurer of Gateway Public Schools and is a member of the investment committee. She is a founding board member of the Serra Preschool where she remains actively involved. Erin lives in San Francisco with her husband, Matthew, and their four children.
Until June of 2012, Will was a teacher at Gateway High School. His most recent teaching responsibilities included teaching Environmental Science and sponsoring Team Green. Before beginning his teaching career in 2002, he held other positions. He was certified flight instructor, he was an attorney in a major San Francisco law firm, he developed alternative energy projects, he worked for an environmental organization as a pilot and later as Executive Director, and he taught solar powered battery recycling to middle school students. He currently serves on the board of Interfaith Power and Light. In May 2009, the State Board of Education appointed him to the Curriculum Commission. In August 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Education and the Environment Initiative Campaign Executive Committee. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1980 and a BA in Political Economy from Williams College in 1975.
Sharon is the executive director of Gateway Public Schools. Sharon earned a BA from Harvard University where she played varsity soccer and coordinated a community-service program at a local elementary school. Before coming to Gateway, Sharon spent two years working for Senator Feinstein and earned her MA in Education at Stanford University where she also taught a course titled "Educating for Equity and Democracy." Sharon taught humanities for five years at Homestead High School in Cupertino. She spent three years teaching in the Gateway humanities program and served as dean of faculty.
Pota is a Realtor specializing in San Francisco residential and investment properties with 21 years experience. She is a top producer at Keynote Properties, an independently owned company located in lower Pacific Heights. A first generation Greek-American, Pota is originally from Miami, Florida. She has lived in the NOPA district of San Francisco with her husband Mark for 27 years. Pota graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and International Relations. She has one son, currently at Gateway Middle School. Pota is an avid parent volunteer at Gateway Middle School. She is currently the chairperson of the Fundraising Committee and provides support to the school in whatever other capacities she can provide. When her son attended Lafayette elementary school she served on the PTA Board, chaired the Fundraising Committee, and gave in- classroom support. Pota initiated as well as coordinated the Art in Action program, which supplied a full year's worth of sequential art classes to each grade K-4. This involved teaching art classes and enlisting/training 55 parent volunteers. The program is still in place today. She speaks fluent Greek and conversational French.
Jackie is a Bay Area native and director of product management at Charles Schwab & Co. and Schwab Bank. Prior to Schwab, Jackie was a consultant with Cambridge Management Consulting where she created and implemented strategic and business process solutions in a variety of industries including financial services, interactive multimedia, oil and gas, apparel, and telecommunications. Her educational background includes a BS in Sociology from the University of California at Davis. Since 2008, Jackie has organized annual financial literacy workshops for Gateway students. She is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the National Charity League. Jackie and her husband, Phil Conley, live in San Francisco with their two children, one of whom attends Gateway.
Sue is a residential real estate agent with Paragon Real Estate Group and head of their luxury division. With a background in sales, teaching, and communication skills training, her career has included stretches at HBO, Turner Broadcasting, and San Francisco State University. Sue earned her BS in Economics from Villanova University and MBA from Fordham University. She also serves on the board of Little Brothers and Friend of the Elderly. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Patrick Skovran, and son.
Suzanne is one of Gateway’s founders and a past board chair. She is currently the associate director of college counseling at the Urban School and a member of the advisory board for UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Before returning to her native San Francisco, she worked as a lead teacher for special education programs at Evanston Township High School in Illinois and taught at Denby High School in Detroit. She has also served on the board of trustees at The Urban School and Marin Country Day School as well as the advisory boards of Aim High and the Parent Education Network. Suzanne and her husband, Will, have three children.
Laura received her MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Economics and East Asian studies from Wesleyan University. Laura has a diverse business background with experience in corporate finance, private equity investing, and general business management and operations. Laura previously ran operations for a division of health clubs for 24 Hour Fitness and did general business consulting to start-ups in the health and wellness industries. During Laura’s tenure on the Gateway board she has chaired the finance and faculty affairs committees, and participated in the investment, audit, and development committees. Laura is also a trustee and treasurer for San Francisco Day School. Laura and her husband, Greg, have four elementary and pre-school aged children.
Philip Susser is currently managing director and senior portfolio manager of the Sutter High Yield Fixed Income team at WellsCapital Management. Phil joined the Sutter High Yield Fixed Income team as a senior research analyst in 2001. Phil’s investment experience began in 1995 by spending three years as a securities lawyer at Cahill Gordon and Shearman & Sterling representing underwriters and issuers of high yield debt. Later, Phil evaluated venture investment opportunities for MediaOne Ventures before joining Deutsche Bank as a research analyst. He received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Gregory L. Toler is a native San Franciscan. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from UC Berkeley and MA in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco. He is the human resources manager for the San Francisco Federal Credit Union. Gregory is an avid sports fan and has officiated Division 1-AA, Division II, Division III, and Junior College football. Gregory and his wife, Delana, have one young child.
Jennifer is a licensed architect who attended graduate school at the University of Virginia and undergraduate at the University of Illinois. She lived in New York for 12 years and worked for Richard Meier & Partners and Helfand Architects before starting her own practice. Her work experience includes museums, churches, university and office buildings, as well as commercial interiors and residences. She and her husband, Douglas, moved to San Francisco in 2006 and have two children in elementary school and one in preschool.
Katherine received her MBA from Harvard University and a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. Katherine has a diverse business background with experience in corporate finance, venture capital, non-profit education, and general business management and operations. She has been actively involved as a volunteer in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. Most recently, Katherine became engaged with educateourstate.org, the statewide campaign in support of high quality K-12 public education.
Briana Zelaya is a Partner of ValueAct Capital, an investment management, primarily responsible for client services and development. Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in 2000 at its inception, Mrs. Zelaya was in Marketing at Blum Capital Partners (“Blum”). While at Blum, Mrs. Zelaya was responsible for the production of all client reports and correspondence, consultant and performance database management and reporting, maintenance of the firm’s client and prospect database, development and presentation of marketing material and general administrative support for client services and marketing. She has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mrs. Zelaya also serves on the board of North Beach Citizens, a non-profit organization that utilizes the talents of the North Beach community to innovatively address the needs of its homeless and low-income citizens in an atmosphere of trust, integrity, and respect.
Catherine Cockrum Dean
Cathy graduated from Brown University and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She has 15 years of experience in financial services, industrial manufacturing, and high technology businesses. In the past, she has taken leadership roles with the Brown Club of Northern California and the Junior League of San Francisco. Cathy served as the chair of Gateway’s Board of Trustees from 2005-2009. Currently, Cathy serves on the national board of directors for Reading Partners and the advisory board for the Breakthrough Collaborative site at San Francisco Day School. Cathy and her husband, Sandy, have three young children.
Lisille is one of Gateway's founders and the founding board chair. After seeing Gateway through its 10th anniversary year, Lisille moved to emeritus status. She has also served as a member of the board of trustees of the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Oxbow School, and the San Francisco Education Fund. She has served on advisory committees for the Schools of the Sacred Heart and the Charles Armstrong School. Lisille and her husband moved to California in 1982 as owner/operators of Mount Veeder Winery in Napa, CA, where they lived for 10 years. They have two grown children.
Gale, one of Gateway’s founders and a past board chair, is vice president at UpStart Bay Area, an incubator for new Jewish ideas. She is also board chair of Education Pioneers, a national education nonprofit that recruits, trains, and connects a new generation of educational leaders, and secretary of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Previously she practiced law for twenty years, eleven of them as the vice president for legal services at California Pacific Medical Center and more recently served as chief program officer at the Koret Foundation. She is a past president of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and has also served on the board of the Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Museum. Gale and her husband, a high school teacher, have four children.
Peter was the founding principal of Gateway and served as its executive director until 2007. Peter then became chief of staff and for six months, the interim chief executive officer of the California Charter Schools Association. He is now in Rwanda as the founding head of school at Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, a boarding school for 270 A-level students that opened in 2011. Prior to becoming Gateway's principal in 1998, Peter was the headmaster of Cate School in Santa Barbara, and he taught history for 18 years at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs. Peter graduated from Williams College with a degree in art history, has a M.Ed. from Boston State College, and has done advanced study at the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Peter is married to Donna Williamson, a public sector and school attorney. He has two daughters, Elyssa and Amy (who graduated in Gateway's first class), and a stepson Boone.