faculty & staffADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Tom Little, Head of School
Flo Hodes, Assistant Head of School & Admissions Director
For over a dozen years, Flo has participated in the East Bay Independent Schools Association Admissions Directors group, shaping the course for common practices and policies for admissions, and building collegiality among more than 40 independent schools of the East Bay.
When not at work, Flo's time is filled with travel, friends, Cuban dance & music, knitting, and her growing brood that have the great fortune of living together on the "family compound."
Karen Colaric, Lower School Director
Karen is the mother of two Park alums, Celeste ('99) and Spenser ('02).
Lizette Dolan, Middle School Director
Lizette has over 15 years of experience in independent education. Prior to joining Park Day School, she served as Dean of Equity and Inclusion at the Athenian school, as the Co-Chair of People of Color in Independent Schools of Northern California, and as Co-Director of the Youth Leadership Conference of the White Privilege Conference. She began her teaching career as a Multicultural Alliance teaching fellow at the Potomac School in McLean, VA., traveled to Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund fellow, and writes and choreographs performance pieces focusing on violence against women around the Bay Area. She is the daughter of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan immigrants, and is a native San Franciscan. She began school as an English Language Learner, and graduated from Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in 1994. She earned her B.A. in History and Dance with Minors in Education and Drama from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998. She graduated with honors for her thesis entitled Living and Dying for Red and Blue: This history and evolution of Latino youth gangs. In 2002, Lizette earned her Ed. M from Harvard Graduate School of Education with an emphasis on female adolescent identity formation and urban education. She is currently pursuing her Ed. D in Educational Leadership at St. Mary’s College of California. Her qualitative study explores the experiences of underrepresented students of color in Bay Area independent schools.
Lizette lives in Pleasant Hill with her partner, Matthew, and two children, Lucas and Lilliana.
Nora ChaiRae Himpler, Director of Finance
Nora joined the staff of Park Day in October 2012 as the Director of Finance. After a number of months enjoying some down time with her family, she was looking for an amazing organization whose mission was to provide lasting value for a community that could utilize her experience. Prior to Park Day, she spent the last 20 years in various management roles in both the for profit and not-for-profit sector. Nora also spent 4 years teaching Business Organization, Business Communication and all the Microsoft applications at Laney College in Oakland.
In addition to her professional roles, Nora has volunteered on two neighborhood school boards, enjoys making sweets with her two daughters and treasures spending time with her family.
John Orbon, Director of Development and Communications
John joined the staff at Park Day in 2012. Prior to Park, John was a partner for 13 years at a San Francisco branding and graphic design firm. In this role, John led the firm's relationships with some of the area's largest and best known organizations, and was integral to the firm's business development, marketing and strategy efforts. John has been a member of the Park community since 2005 when his oldest child entered the Kindergarten. He now has three children–Alex, Isa and Rose–at Park Day.
Events & Volunteer Coordinator
Cassandra McCraw, Main Office Coordinator
Suzann Grody, Office Assistant
Siobhan Cassidy, Assistant to the Director