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Board of Trustees

Michelle Randall | Board Chair

Michelle is an educational researcher and consultant. In this role, she designs and implements research and evaluation studies on the development and impact of programs designed to enhance teaching or learning. Previously, she spent several years as a faculty member at California State University, Sacramento and as a lecturer at San Francisco State University. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michelle has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, chairing the Trustees Committee before being elected to board chair. At PHS, she also served as chair of the PGA’s Admissions Committee and on a Technology Task Force that reviewed the school’s technology program and ultimately recommended iPads for the Middle School’s one-to-one technology program. Michelle and her husband, Doug, have a daughter in fifth grade and a son in fourth grade at PHS.


Mary Inman | Vice Chair

Mary is a partner in the San Francisco office of Constantine Cannon LLP, a law firm that specializes in representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits brought against companies that defraud the government (including suits involving defense-industry fraud and Medicare/Medicaid fraud) and in submissions under the IRS, SEC, CFTC and DOT whistleblower programs. For the past 18 years, Mary has represented whistleblowers in a wide range of cases, from government contract fraud to fraud involving product defects in construction and public works projects. At PHS, Mary has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012, serving on the Trustees, Development and Executive Committees and the Search Committee for PHS’s new Head of School, and chairing the Capital Campaign for PHS’s recent campus expansion project. She has also been a room parent, co-chair of Mayfest and Fall Gathering, an auction angel/astronaut and an admissions office volunteer. Mary and her husband, David Fogler, have two sons, one in the fourth grade at PHS and a high school freshman who attended PHS from kindergarten through eighth grade.



Tyler Abbott

Tyler is CEO of Santini Foods in the East Bay. Prior to that, he worked as a tax manager in a legal/accounting office, taught for 20 years in the computer information systems and mathematics departments at Golden Gate University, and worked as a computer programmer and consultant. Tyler has a B.S. in Physics from Reed College and an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He has served on the boards of six organizations. Tyler, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2015, has been a member of its Finance Committee since 2011. At PHS, he has also been active in the Parent and Guardian Association, serving as a room parent and as chair of the School Store, Fall Gathering and the Parent Education Committee. He has also been a regular member of the Annual Auction’s Wine Raffle Committee and has volunteered for numerous classroom events and field trips throughout the years. Tyler and his wife, Kelly Murphy, have one son who is in the seventh grade at PHS.


Tamara Arboit

Tamara was hired to teach at PHS as a long-term substitute in first grade and is currently a Learning Specialist supporting teachers and students in the lower grades. This is her final year serving on the Board of Trustees. Before joining the PHS community, Tamara taught first grade at a parochial school, and then at a Jewish day school in San Francisco. Tamara holds a B.A. in Psychobiology from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with an emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic diversity from San Francisco State University. At PHS, Tamara serves as a Co-Chair of the Multicultural Leadership Task Force, and is a member of the Scope and Sequence Committee, and the Language Arts Committee. She also coaches Cross Country and Basketball.



April Asai

April has a diverse background in marketing and communications. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was an account director at MarchFirst, one of San Francisco’s first integrated marketing/advertising agencies, where she was responsible for accounts such as Apple, Netflix and Visa. Prior to MarchFirst, April worked at NBC in New York as a marketing research analyst for clients including Elizabeth Arden, American Express and Anheuser Busch. Before her time in New York, April lived in Tokyo working for Gekidan Himawari, the leading contemporary theatrical company and talent agency—a position she enjoyed because of her years spent as a ballet dancer. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Boston University and her graduate degree in cross-cultural communications from New York University. April joined the Board of Trustees in 2014; she has chaired the Communications Committee and currently heads the 100 Year Celebration Committee. Her other involvement at PHS includes co-chairing the annual auction, serving on the Development Committee and helping with the Maple Street Capital Campaign. April and her husband, Hiroki, have three boys at PHS, in the sixth grade, third grade and TK.



Regina Balistreri

Regina has a vast background in business and finance. She worked as a senior financial analyst for Intel, where she maintained budgets for new manufacturing processes, and in sales for software company Advanced Digital Data Inc., where she continues to be an active member of the board of directors. Regina, who earned her B.A. from Lehigh University and her M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis, joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2014. She has served on the Finance Committee and is currently a member of both the Trustees Committee and the Building & Grounds Committee. She has also been involved at PHS in a variety of capacities, including room parent, secretary and co-chair of the Parents and Guardians Association, and various classroom volunteer roles. She has also served on the board of her children’s preschool, Glenridge Cooperative, and is past president of the San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools and past secretary for the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. Regina and her husband, Marc, have two children at PHS: a daughter in eighth grade and a son in sixth grade.

Xochi Birch

Xochi is an entrepreneur with experience in finance, human resources, legal, customer service, strategic planning and product development. She began her career in London as a trainee software developer for insurance companies, and later began working with her husband, Michael Birch, developing consumer-facing websites. In 2002, she and her family returned to California where she and Michael continued to build a number of internet community sites. During that time, Xochi moved from development to overseeing the operations of their companies. Xochi, who has a B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2012. She has served on the Development Committee and its Capital Campaign sub-committee, and is currently a member of the Trustees Committee. She and Michael have three children: a senior at Drew High School, a sophomore at International High School, and one in second grade at PHS.





Julia Collins

Julia is a food industry entrepreneur with a passion for building companies from the ground up. She was born and raised in San Francisco and attended PHS from kindergarten to sixth grade (1984-1991). After earning her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and MBA from Stanford, she worked for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in New York. In 2010 she co-founded restaurant chain Mexicue, and in 2012 became director of food service and restaurant development for Murray’s Cheese. Two years later, she joined Harlem Jazz Enterprises as vice president and COO, overseeing the operation of two Harlem restaurants, one of which received Esquire’s Best New Restaurant designation. In 2015, Julia returned to the Bay Area to co-found Zume Pizza, an artisan food delivery concept. Outside of work, Julia volunteers as a reading and math coach to students in the inner city. She has also worked in underserved communities in Boston, Harlem and East Palo Alto, teaching algebra and reading skills in after-school programs and helping to create employment opportunities for young people. Julia joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves on the Development Committee.



Eric Friedman

Eric is a San Francisco native who attended PHS from 1978 to 1983. Since then, he has worked in the construction and development business at San Francisco-based Ryan Associates, where he is currently director of business development, providing strategic oversight to the company’s California and New York operations. Previously, he held various jobs at prominent San Francisco organizations such as Industrial Light and Magic, Disney Films, ACT and the San Francisco Opera. Eric earned a degree in theater arts from the University of Oregon and a certificate in construction management from UC Berkeley Extension. Eric joined the PHS Board of Trustees in 2016 and currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee. He has also served as vice president of the board for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and is active in the non-profit sector, with a focus on Chinatown Community Development and the Big City Mountaineers youth mentoring program. Eric lives in the Haight-Ashbury with his wife, Amy, and their dogs, Bronson and Goblin.



Elizabeth Goode

Elizabeth Goode is entering her sixth year as the librarian for Presidio Hill School. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and has been helping students find their new favorite books for the past eight years. In partnership with the IT Director, Elizabeth has spearheaded PHS’s new maker program and hopes to use the new space to inspire our future movie makers and inventors in years to come. On her off time, Elizabeth likes to travel the world and write young adult books and travel blogs.







A. Amar Inalsingh

Amar is an entrepreneur with an extensive background in finance and accounting. He is the founder of the AIS Group, an information technology consulting firm that provides ERP implementation, consulting and support to midsize companies. Amar has a B.S.B.A. in accounting from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in finance from Golden Gate University and an inactive C.P.A. from Washington State University. This is his first year on the Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Development Committee. Amar and his wife, Julie, have three sons: two in college and the youngest in the eighth grade at PHS.







Jeni Izuel

Jeni is chief financial and operating officer at Net Impact, a nonprofit empowering a new generation to create social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. During her 13-year tenure as a nonprofit executive she has focused on creating and leading finance, operations and talent growth strategies. Prior to Net Impact, Jeni was CFO at VolunteerMatch and a consultant with KPMG’s Global Grants Program. A dedicated volunteer, she received the 2011 Bay Area CFO of The Year award for community service, has served on the Board of Directors of the KIPP SF Bay Academy, and is currently treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit HandsOn Bay Area. She has led volunteer engagements with international NGOs, including the NESsT social venture fund, Amy Biehl Foundation and Grameen Bank. This is her first year on the Board of Trustees, where she is serving on the Finance Committee. Jeni received a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Derek, have a son in second grade at PHS and a daughter who will be eligible for kindergarten in 2017.





Kevin Jacobson

Head of School Kevin Jacobson has been an educator for more than two decades. Before arriving at PHS in 2016, he served for five years as Middle School principal at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, one of the most progressive K-12 independent schools on the East Coast. Prior to his time at ECF, Kevin worked as assistant head at Windrush School, a small K-8 progressive school in El Cerrito, California, and graduated from the NAIS Aspiring School Heads fellowship program. Kevin, who was raised in the New York metropolitan area by a family of progressive educators, has also worked as director of Shire Village, a community-focused, nonprofit children’s camp in the Berkshire Mountains, and as an English teacher to bilingual students at the American International School in Quito, Ecuador. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where he majored in History and Spanish, and a master’s degree in African-American Studies from New York University. He and his wife, Aisha Bastiaans, have an elementary-school-aged son, Revel.


Noel Kaufman

Noel has a background in journalism and education, having worked as a newspaper reporter in Fresno and Gilroy, Calif., and as a writer and editor of K–8 curriculum materials in reading, language arts, social studies and mathematics. He has served since 2004 on the Board of Trustees, where his committee work has included trustee recruitment and development, board and school communications, strategic planning and alumni relations. Noel was one of the founding members of the current Parent and Guardian Association. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Stanford University and a M.J. from U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Noel and his wife, Nicole Grindle, have two children who graduated from PHS in 2009 and 2012.





Linda LeBlanc

Linda has a diverse background in marketing that spans advertising, market development and residential real estate sales. Born and raised in New Jersey, Linda started her professional journey as an advertising account executive at Lowe and Partners in New York before migrating west to live in Silicon Valley, where she worked as a director of corporate marketing at Intel Corporation. Thereafter, she set her sights on the San Francisco real estate market and is now a top-producing realtor at Paragon Real Estate Group. Linda, who has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014, where she is a member of the Building & Grounds Committee and has also served on the Communications Committee. She previously served on the Board for Family Builders, a foster adoption non-profit organization, and has volunteered for a variety of community programs—from dog walking for the sick and elderly to after-school programs at the Boys and Girls Club.


Julie Lépinard

Julie has diverse experience in marketing, advertising and general business management and currently runs a family foundation. She has a B.A. in Economics from La Sorbonne Paris and a master’s degree from King’s College London. Julie has served on the Board of Trustees since 2010 and is currently a member of the Development Committee and the Maple Street Capital Campaign sub-committee. She has also been a room parent, a curbside attendant, an Admissions tour guide, and a volunteer for Walkathon and the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Lunch. In addition, Julie serves on the Board of Trustees at The Urban School of San Francisco and on the Board of Trustees at The EROL Foundation. She and her husband, Sébastien, have four children: two PHS graduates, and two others in the eighth and sixth grade at PHS.




Maryann LoRusso

Maryann has an extensive background in journalism and communications, with experience in both the print and online media worlds. She began her career in New York, first as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor for several global business and consumer publications at Condé Nast and Time Inc. As an editor-in-chief at fashion media group Fairchild Publications, she was at the helm of two internationally distributed magazines. Since moving to San Francisco with her family, Maryann has maintained a freelance editorial career that has included projects for numerous local and national publications, and she currently edits her own online magazine. Maryann, who joined the Board of Trustees in 2013, chairs the Trustees Committee and has also been a member of the Communications Committee. At PHS, she was also co-chair of the Parents and Guardians Association for four years, co-chair of Fall Gathering, a room parent, and a volunteer for the annual auction and other school events. Maryann has B.S. degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She and her husband, Steven Jo, have two children at PHS, a daughter in eighth grade and a son in fifth grade.


Christina Maluenda Marchiel

Christina is a founding director of Mission Kids, a cooperative progressive education preschool that focuses on serving underprivileged families. She previously worked as a therapist and director at a non-public agency and has served as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Christina earned her B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Duke University and her M.S. in Child Development from the University of California, Davis. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014, serving on the Trustees Committee and working on the Center for Progressive Education. Since becoming part of the PHS community, Christina has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including organizing school camping trips, introducing weekly gardening experiences, and serving as a room parent and as a parent ambassador for the Maple Street project. She and her husband, Brian, have two children at PHS, a daughter in fifth grade and a son in third grade.




Jean Riney Niewiadomski

Jean is a faculty member in the Graduate Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University specializing in children’s mental health. Before that, she held a leadership position at the non-profit EMQ Children and Family Services, where she developed and implemented programs providing therapeutic services to thousands of Bay Area families. Jean has assisted both local and state agencies, including the California Mental Heath Services Board of Commissioners, in designing needs-driven programs for children and families. Prior to moving to California, Jean lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was involved with mental health programs for children who otherwise would be removed from their homes and separated from their families. Jean joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 and serves on the Development Committee. At PHS, she has also served as a room parent, and as secretary and co-chair of the Parent and Guardians Association. Jean and her husband, Paul, have a daughter in the sixth grade at PHS.




Gary Saydah

Originally from Tenafly, N.J., Gary was involved in his family’s real estate business for as a broker and manager assisting agents before moving to San Francisco 15 years ago. For the last seven years, he has been a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker, representing buyers and sellers of residential real estate. Gary, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, has also been an active volunteer and board member of the non-profit Food Runners, which provides food to shelters and other local groups in need. In his role as a board member, Gary has helped the organization increase its number of donor restaurants, managed staffing issues, collaborated on strategic planning and worked with the larger volunteer community. Gary has been on the PHS Board of Trustees since 2012 and currently serves on the Building & Grounds Committee. His involvement with the school has also included co-chairing Walkathon, working curbside duty, setting up Friday Coffee, making soup for the teachers, chaperoning class field trips and volunteering for the Annual Auction. Gary and his wife, Holly, have a daughter in the sixth grade at PHS.





Ethan J. Weiss

Ethan is a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a core member of UCSF’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, where he sees patients and has a lab devoted to understanding metabolism. He is also a professional member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Society for the Advancement of Liver Disease. Ethan received a B.A. from Vassar and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University; he completed his residency in internal medicine at John Hopkins and his cardiology fellowship at UCSF. Ethan joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and served on the Development Committee before being elected vice chair and then chair. He currently serves on the executive committee as secretary. Ethan loves music and the outdoors and is an obsessive fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Ravens. He and his wife, Palmer, have two daughters at PHS, one in the seventh grade and one in fourth grade.