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Cheryl Porro
Board Co-Chair
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Cheryl Porro

Board Co-Chair
Cheryl Porro, Co-Chair, is Senior Vice President of Technology and Products for the Salesforce.com Foundation. She and her team are responsible for driving product strategy and product delivery to meet the needs of nonprofits and higher education institutions who use salesforce.com products to achieve their missions. Prior to joining the Salesforce Foundation, Cheryl held numerous positions in the core Salesforce.com Technology & Products group, including leading a highly technical and talented team of engineers that focused on delivering Salesforce.com’s enterprise platform as a service, Force.com. She has also held numerous engineering and management roles at cloud-based companies such as Amazon.com, Alexa Internet, and DigitalThink. Cheryl holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Cheryl is parent to Naomi ('21), has co-chaired the Country Fair ('11, '12, '13) and has served on the Board of Trustees for the past three years.
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Carl Schneebeck
Board Co-Chair
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Carl Schneebeck

Board Co-Chair
Carl Schneebeck, Co-Chair, is a management consultant and coach who works with clients in the tech, food, and non-profit sectors. His primary focus is on helping leaders guide their teams with a management style that aligns with their organization’s mission and values. He is a professor of leadership and communication at Presidio Graduate School, where he also earned a master's degree in sustainable management. Carl has a bachelor's degree in environmental biology and management from the University of California, Davis and worked for ten years as a communications and campaign strategist for environmental advocacy organizations in Jackson Hole and San Francisco. At CDS, he has served on the PTTA and coordinated the Buddy Family program. Carl and his wife, Kate Nitze, are the parents of Leo (‘22) and Silas (‘25). Carl prefers getting places by bicycle.
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Tina Syer
Vice Chair
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Tina Syer

Vice Chair
Tina Syer serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit that was founded in the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998. In this role, she oversees marketing, programs, evaluation, and strategic planning. Tina has facilitated hundreds of workshops for coaches, sports parents, athletes, and leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI). Tina graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University, where she captained the field hockey team and was named an Academic All-American. Tina and her wife, Jennifer Babik, are the parents of Nathan (’22) and Zachary (’25).
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Ryan Kluft
Treasurer
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Ryan Kluft

Treasurer
Ryan Kluft, Treasurer, is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Head of Mobile and Search Advertising at Ooma. Prior to joining Ooma, Ryan held executive positions at Talkatone and Symphony Teleca. Earlier in his career, Ryan was a technology investor at General Atlantic and Symphony Technology Group. Previously, Ryan served as a founding Board Member and Treasurer of Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit provider of pro bono professional services for nonprofits and social change organizations. Ryan earned his B.S.F.S. in international politics from Georgetown University and his master's degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Ryan and his wife, Ana Andreescu, are the parents of Emma ('26). 
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Jeanette Perez
Secretary
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Jeanette Perez

Secretary
Jeanette Perez, Secretary, has volunteered at CDS as an admission tour guide, class liaison, Advancement Committee member, and auction Communications Committee Chair (2016 and 2017). Previously, she worked for over a decade in the book publishing industry as a Senior Editor at HarperCollins and freelance book editor focused on fiction, memoir, and lifestyle books, working with bestselling authors such as Ann Patchett, Jennifer McMahon, and Nia Vardalos. Jeanette earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies and English from Stanford University and a master's degree in English from Columbia University. She and her husband, James Kim, are parents to Luna (‘25) and Pax (Preschool Starfish). 
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Mylene Acosta-Mercado
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Mylene Acosta-Mercado

Mylene Acosta-Mercado immigrated to San Francisco from the Philippines with her parents and five sisters in 1975. She has a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in education, and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. Mylene has been an elementary school teacher at MP Brown School in the Jefferson School District in Daly City for the past 26 years. Mylene and her husband Nerius have been CDS parents for 14 years. Their oldest daughter Bianca, who is a senior in high school, graduated from CDS in 2015; Bella ('19) and Leo ('22) are current CDS students. She has volunteered in numerous activities at CDS, including in admissions and for the Country Fair.
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Ted Arleo
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Ted Arleo

Ted Arleo is an Architect and founding Principal of Arleo Architects Inc. Prior to starting his own design practice in 2013, Ted was a Senior Associate at Studio Bondy Architecture, where he focused on educational and institutional projects, specializing in urban infill sites. He has acted as Project Architect for campuses including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Stuart Hall School for Boys, University High School, and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Previously, Ted worked with Polshek & Partners and Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects on a broad range of institutional and commercial projects. Ted graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University. Ted and his wife, Michelle Kriebel, are parents to Sofia ('15) and Torin ('20). Ted was a leader on the CDS Facilities Committee overseeing the planning and construction of 601 Dolores.
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Chris Bunga
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Chris Bunga

Chris Bunga, 2018-2019 President of the PTTA, is a stay-at-home parent to Gabby ('26) and Sasha ('28). Chris has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Chris served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Prior to parenthood, in his professional life, Chris ran a mortgage brokerage in San Francisco and also worked for Bank of America. At CDS, he has served as a class liaison for the past two years, Bid & Bash (our annual community celebration and auction) Sponsorship & Underwriting Chair for three years, Country Fair Committee the past two years, Buddy Family Program Coordinator, and during the 2017-2018 school year as the Vice President of the PTTA. Chris enjoys cooking, running, and traveling with his wife, Lorna, and the girls.
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Lucy Farey-Jones
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Lucy Farey-Jones

Lucy Farey-Jones de Rijk is one of the four founders of the top-ten ad agency Venables Bell & Partners, taking it from a start-up in 2001 to the 225-person agency it is today. Lucy was instrumental in leading VB&P to victory in new business and shaping such brand positioning as Audi’s “Truth in Engineering,” Intel’s “Sponsors of Tomorrow,” and the Meth Project’s “Not Even Once," which was named the most effective anti-drug campaign in America and played on the floor of Congress. These campaigns have earned Lucy the title as one of Business Insider's 20 "Most Creative Women in Advertising Globally,” Marketing Communications News' “Women Who Rock the Marketing Industry Today,” and not only earned VB&P a reputation as a creative force, but also contributed to the agency’s thirteen Effies for marketing effectiveness and the TED Award for ads worth spreading. Lucy has global experience across 25+ categories and has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Boing Boing, Mashable, PSFK, Ad Age, and the TED Blog. After earning a degree in English literature from Oxford University, Lucy began her career in advertising with BMP DDB in London. Lucy is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom. After 25 years in advertising, Lucy sold her share in VB&P in November 2016 to start Register, a brand consultancy that helps ambitious companies scale. Register is focused on start ups and innovation divisions of Fortune 500 companies. Lucy has two children, Molly ('21) and Ana ('23).
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Eric Fastiff
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Eric Fastiff

Eric Fastiff is a partner in the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP. He specializes in representing plaintiffs in antitrust, intellectual property, and other complex litigation. Eric received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Tufts University, his master's degree in Soviet politics from the London School of Economics, and his J.D. from Cornell University. Eric is a former Board Chair, and he previously served on the CDS Bond Task Force and as the CDS Finance Committee chair. He served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Jewish Home for the Aged. Eric and his wife have a son, Eli (’18), and a daughter, Tessa (’20).
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Jen Hamilton
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Jen Hamilton

Jen Hamilton is the founder of the Room to Breathe Project, which is focused on empowering kids to achieve lifelong success through social-emotional learning. She gained experience in the non-profit sector when she served as Chief Financial Officer of Kiva, an organization that facilitates micro-lending around the world. She currently serves on the Board of Mission Graduates and previously served on the Board of Equal Access International. She was also the founder of On The Road Travel and co-founder of the Perth Bagel Company. At CDS, Jen has been a classroom liaison, admissions tour guide and member of the audit committee. Born and raised in Canada, Jen holds a master's degree in business administration from INSEAD (France & Singapore) and a bachelor's degree in commerce from Queen’s University (Canada). She and her husband, Seth, are the parents of Sloane (’23) and Ryan (’25).
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Stephanie Holland
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Stephanie Holland

Stephanie Holland is an attorney who has been actively involved in the school throughout her time as a CDS parent. During the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, she was a member of the school’s Advancement Committee. From 2013-2014, she served as the PTTA Faculty Appreciation Coordinator. Prior, she had a recurring role working on the committee procuring live auction items for our annual community celebration and auction, and she has been a classroom liaison multiple times as well as an admission tour guide. Originally from Southern California, Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and her J.D. from Cornell. She practiced labor and employment law at Littler Mendelson and spent twelve years as in-house counsel for AT&T, specializing in telecommunications regulatory law. She and her husband, Ron, are parents to Lily (’19) and Cole (’21).  
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Kami Kinkaid
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Kami Kinkaid

Kami Kinkaid is the Director of Education Design at Pfau Long Architecture. She has been with the firm since 2006. Kami has a passion for innovative learning environments with a focus on sustainable, progressive education. She has overseen and managed the design of campuses such as San Francisco Friends School, Urban High School and Willows Community School. Kami is an expert on designing progressive learning environments; she has presented at many California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Head of School/Trustees conferences on topics such as Master Planning, Learning Commons/Libraries, and Cross-Disciplinary Learning Environments. Kami has also authored numerous blog posts on education design and recently co-authored an article for Teacher Librarian: “Creating Ever-Evolving School-Specific Learning Commons.” Kami graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Kansas. She was selected as a recipient of the Gastinger Walker Harden Merit Award for Design. Kami and her husband Richard Kim are parents to Tatum (1st grade) and Nelson (PreK), who attend the French American International School in San Francisco.
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Tracy Kirkham
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Tracy Kirkham

Tracy Kirkham, Chair Emeritus, Chair of the Board 2002-2008, is a lawyer specializing in business litigation, with an emphasis on complex multiparty cases and class actions. She and her husband Josef Cooper are partners in the San Francisco firm Cooper & Kirkham, P.C. Her eldest daughter Gillian ('07) started preschool at CDS in 1994 at the age of two. Daughters Sydney and Greer Cooper (both '12) joined their sister at CDS in 2000. Along with her husband, Tracy was instrumental in converting CDS from a privately-owned preschool to a non-profit elementary school. In 2001, she negotiated and documented the purchase of the school site from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. In her free time, Tracy enjoys photography, skiing, and scuba diving.
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Kirk Lorie
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Kirk Lorie

Kirk Lorie is an education and technology specialist with over 16 years experience in academic and corporate environments. He served as the Director of Technology at Town School for Boys from 2006-2013 and is currently a Technology Project Manager and Training Coordinator at Genentech. Kirk serves as a technology resource for CDS administration and faculty and was a member of the CDS Innovation Lab focus group. Kirk received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Bucknell University. Currently he serves as co-chair of the Committee on Trustees. Kirk, along with his wife Erica, chaired the CDS Annual Fund and served as a Class Captain in 2012. Kirk and Erica are the parents of Cameron ('20) and Parker ('23).
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Liza Ramrayka
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Liza Ramrayka

Liza Ramrayka is a social justice journalist with 25 years of experience working for print and online media. A freelance features writer and commissioning editor for The Guardian, The Times, and News Deeply, her specialties include migration, equality, and diversity. She is also an editorial consultant and media skills trainer. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and French literature and language, as well as a post-graduate diploma in journalism. At CDS, Liza has been a classroom liaison, event volunteer, and admission tour guide, and she served as Annual Fund co-chair in 2015-2016 along with her partner, Simon Rogers. Liza, Simon, Ella (’18) and Jake (’22) joined the CDS community from the United Kingdom in 2013.
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Michelle Schoen
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Michelle Schoen

Michelle Schoen has been actively involved in CDS both inside and outside of the classroom. In 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 she co-chaired the annual CDS community celebration and auction, and her volunteer commitments over the last several years include serving as a classroom liaison and as a member of the PTTA and Advancement Committee. Michelle previously worked in leadership roles at a boutique communications strategy firm and a variety of technology companies in the Bay Area, including NetSuite, where she was responsible for marketing, communications and strategic partner programs. She and her husband, Kent, are the parents of Mia (’21) and Kira (’23).
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Ben Spero
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Ben Spero

Ben Spero is a managing director at Spectrum Equity, a growth equity firm based in San Francisco which he joined in 2001. At Spectrum, he leads investments and serves on the boards of a number of software and digital media businesses. Prior to joining Spectrum, he was a consultant at Bain & Company and co-founder of TouchPak. Ben also serves as board chair at Destination: Home, a public-private partnership to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and history from Duke University. Ben and his wife Leah are parents of Lexi (’22) and Eva (’22).
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David Strandberg
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David Strandberg

David Strandberg is a structural engineer in San Francisco and Founding Principal of Strandberg Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in architecture, and master’s in structural engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to owning his own business, David worked for Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill as a structural engineer and architect. David and his wife, Holly Coleman, are parents to Oskar (’23) and Gus (’26).
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Diane Walters
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Diane Walters

Diane Walters is the Chief Financial Officer for the Urban School of San Francisco. Prior to joining Urban in 2013, Diane was the Chief Financial Officer for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the interim Chief Financial Officer for the San Francisco Ballet. Before discovering her passion for the non-profit finance sector, Diane was a mechanical engineer in the automotive, avionic, and high tech sectors (she refers to this period of time as “the dark years”). Diane has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. She serves on the Advisory Board at St. Brendan School and is a weekly volunteer math tutor at James Lick Middle School. She lives in Noe Valley with her husband Mark and their daughter. In her free time, Diane enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading. 
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Shelly Luke Wille
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Shelly Luke Wille

Shelly Luke Wille joined CDS as Head of School in 2018. A Bay Area native, she possesses a deep knowledge of and commitment to progressive education. Shelly holds a master's degree in special education and a bachelor's degree in diversified liberal arts (with an emphasis on math and science) from St. Mary’s College, California, as well as credentials in Multiple Subject Teaching and Special Education. Before coming to CDS, Shelly served as the Head of School at Chadwick International in South Korea, a K-12 school with 1,200 students. She was previously the Assistant Head and Elementary School Head at Chadwick before ascending to the Head position. She also served as Assistant Head and Lower School Head at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California. Shelly and her husband, Michael, are passionate believers in our child-centered, constructivist approach, so they were thrilled to find a mission-aligned school for their own children. Their two younger sons, Séamus and Braden, are middle school students at CDS and their eldest, Kaffie, is a college student.
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Lindsay Woollerson
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Lindsay Woollerson

Lindsay Woollerson is a stay-at-home parent to Henry (’25). Lindsay has a bachelor's degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an master's degree in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School. Prior to parenthood, Lindsay ran Green Business Programs for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. At CDS, she served as President of the PTTA from 2016-2018 and was a Co-Chair of the recent Head of School search.
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Vivien Zraick
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Vivien Zraick

Vivien Zraick has worked in the medical device industry for fifteen years, running clinical operations in start-ups focused on newborn care, diabetes, asthma, and movement disorders. Vivien has been heavily involved with CDS during her time at the school, including service on the organizing committee for the school's annual community celebration and auction, as a PTTA liaison coordinator, and as a classroom liaison for the past six years. Originally from Brazil, Vivien moved to the United States when she was in high school and later earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University. She relocated to the Bay Area 18 years ago, where she rediscovered the sunshine and received her master’s degree in biomechanics from Stanford University. Vivien and her husband Ben are the parents of Sofia (’22) and Lilah (’24).