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Park Day’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and stewardship of the school. Board members are fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Park Day has adequate resources to advance its mission.
The Board strives to reflect our diversity community consistent with the stated mission of the school, and is made up of between 17 to 23 trustees. Requests for nominees are solicited from the community and comprise parents, staff, and community members who bring particular expertise and perspective. The Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees selects candidates based on a set of specific criteria and presents a slate to the full Board for election in the spring. Officers of the Board are elected by the full Board each year.
Monthly board meetings are open to the school community. Contact Board Chair, Andrea Franchett, with any comments or questions at: email@example.com.
Andrea is a family physician with a small practice in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. She received a B.A. in History and Sociology from Columbia University and attended the University of California San Diego for medical school. Her two sons and daughter attended Park Day School. Andrea was a parent Trustee from 2010-2014 while her children were enrolled at Park Day. She rejoined the Board of Trustees in 2017 as a community Trustee, later serving as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Governance Committee, and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Michael.
Ariel is a Park Day School alumnus (’89), and is the parent of boys in 3rd grade and Kindergarten. He works at Facebook as a data science research manager specializing in product research. Before Facebook, he worked as a quant researcher at a hedge fund.
After receiving his BA in Economics & Politics at Oberlin College, Ariel obtained an MA in Statistics at UC Berkeley.
Kaela is an alumna of Park Day School and an Oakland native. She is a therapist, consultant, researcher, and speaker on issues related to the mental health of kids and teens, impacts of trauma on development, and support for families of color. Kaela holds a B.A. from Stanford University in urban studies with a focus on urban education, and African and African American studies, and an M.A. in clinical psychology with specializations in applied community psychology and psychological trauma studies.
In her previous roles she worked as Assistant Director of a non-profit developing programming to support students of color in independent schools, as a therapist in a domestic violence emergency shelter, and as a behavioral therapist for children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Kaela recently completed a year-long fellowship in child and adolescent mental health at Kaiser Permanente Northern California and currently works in mental health research at Stanford.
Prior to joining Park Day School in 2018, Jen taught middle school English at a progressive, independent school in San Francisco. She also taught upper elementary grades for many years at a private school on the Peninsula. Jen comes to us with a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. in Education & Teaching with a C.L.A.D. Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, both from USF. Jen is committed to helping students become successful, lifelong learners who are eager to identify as writers, read for pleasure, and contribute to their community. She especially enjoys supporting students as they travel, change, and explore these adolescent years. Her classes place an emphasis on critical thinking, skill building, and conversation. By pushing in these directions, Jen’s students leave the classroom with a greater appreciation and respect for all forms of text, themselves, each other, and our global communities. In her free time, Jen enjoys practicing yoga, traveling with her partner, reading, gardening, and discovering new eateries in the East Bay. She recently moved to Alameda and loves taking her pup on long walks around the island.
Kate is a grant writer and development consultant with a second grader at Park Day School. Kate’s clients include education and child welfare organizations such as Dolores Huerta Foundation, Child Care Law Center, the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators, and the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. Kate holds a masters in journalism from UC Berkeley where she studied with writer Michael Pollan, and BA in English from Barnard College. Kate is also a food writer and chef who trained at Chez Panisse and in New York and France. She enjoys cooking and hosting in her North Berkeley home with her daughter Clarice and husband Igor.
Lauren Kerr, a long-time Oakland resident, is a community trustee, and parent to a 2012 Park Day graduate. She’s a creative director at Apple, and an Apple University Associate. Lauren has worked as a creative and writer in advertising for more than 30 years, including Publicis, McCann, Target Corporation, Gap, Inc., Banana Republic, Walmart, and more. She earned a B.A. in History at UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Creative Writing at San Francisco State. Lauren mentors diverse young advertising talent through the Marcus Gordon Project, and also serves on the board of Chapter 510, a made-in-Oakland youth writing and publishing center.
Chris is an attorney practicing in the areas of health care, litigation, and general business matters. He was born and raised in southern California, where he attended both college and law school. He is a proud parent of two Park Day students. An avid sports fan, he can usually be found on weekends roaming the sidelines and dugouts at his kids’ soccer and baseball games.
Karlton McMeans is a Park Day parent to a 3rd Grader. Karlton holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master’s of Business Administration with a strategic leadership concentration. He is currently a program manager in the National Facilities Services division of Kaiser Permanente that oversees the management of plant maintenance (construction) for a large capital investment portfolio in Northern California. As a Six Sigma Black Belt, Karlton also analyzes and develops processes to improve or exceed established organizational goals. Karlton is in the final stages of completing a Doctorate in Business Administration conducting research on how to develop better Healthcare Capital Investment Strategies while providing a high standard of care. He also serves as the Equity Inclusion and Diversity Co-chair for the enterprise division. When he is not working or studying, you can find him exercising and spending time with family and friends.
Tiffany is a Park Day parent to Callum, a rising 7th grader. Her consulting business, Oaktown Strategy, focuses on using the tools of consumer insights and human-centered design to inform strategic decision making. She primarily works with mission-driven consumer brands such as Impossible Foods, Good Eggs, Burton Snowboards, and Cora Feminine Care. Prior to starting Oaktown, Tiffany ran innovation, insights, and mission for Plum Organics, an organic baby food company most famous for pioneering baby food in spouted “squeezy” pouches.
Tiffany is an erstwhile musician, intermittent runner, enthusiastic if mediocre baker and a lover of trees and sunshine. She and her family live less than a mile from Park Day and are very grateful to be able to ride bikes to and from campus.
Kevin Prindiville is Justice in Aging’s Executive Director. He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefits. Since becoming Executive Director in 2013, Kevin has helped to double the size of the organization’s revenue and staff.
Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He also is quoted often in national and California media. Kevin is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging. Kevin was selected as a Next Avenue’s “Influencer in Aging” in 2017. In 2019, Kevin was named to California’s Master Plan for Aging Staeholder Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Justice in Aging, Prindiville worked as a staff attorney at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project in Philadelphia where he represented low-income individuals having trouble obtaining health care. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of California, San Diego. Kevin is admitted to the California Bar.
Geoff and his wife, JoAnne, are the parents of three children who have attended Park Day, including Benjamin, Jake and most recently Kaila (’22). They have lived in Oakland since 1996. Geoff was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received his BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut (’82), and, after living and working in Taiwan and China, received his JD from UC Hastings (’87). Geoff has specialized in the practice of maritime and transportation law since 1987. He started his own firm (Gibson Robb and Lindh LLP) in San Francisco in 1996, which recently moved Emeryville. Geoff’s interests outside a demanding work and rich family life include cycling, open water swimming, science reads, barbequing, and walking about in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Noah is the parent of a Park Day School second grader and two little ones who have not yet reached school age. He is also a graduate of Park Day School (1990!). Professionally, Noah is a Risk Management Attorney at the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP, where he represents the firm on a wide variety of risk management, legal ethics and conflicts-of-interest matters. Previously, Noah worked in private practice representing lawyers and law firms on matters of risk management, legal ethics, and legal malpractice. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Born and raised in Oakland, Kate is a Park Day Alum and parent to two current Park Day Students. She credits her experience at Park Day for cultivating her love of teaching and learning, and inspiring her to pursue a career in education. Kate was a teacher in Brooklyn and Oakland for many years before becoming a principal at an Oakland charter school she helped to establish. She currently works in Oakland Unified School District coaching principals and leaders on school improvement. Kate holds a BA from Columbia University, and Masters degrees in both teaching and educational leadership.
Chanda Williams is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and the proud parent of a fourth grader at Park Day School. Chanda has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in Integrative Health and Depth Somatic Psychology. She is the Northern California Program Director for the Prison Yoga Project. Since 2015, she has facilitated yoga classes inside San Quentin State Prison. Chanda is a Ph.D. candidate currently completing research that will describe the effects of mindfulness-based, trauma-informed yoga for incarcerated people. She also is a research specialist for a clinical research study sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, evaluating the effects of mindfulness-based movement for veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). In her free time, Chanda loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying delicious food or out in nature.
Dina Wolkoff has been a Park Day Parent since 2013 after moving to the East Bay from Vermont and Minnesota. She is the parent of a rising 7th-grader. Professionally, Dina‘s expertise is in Development (fundraising) for political, human rights, and educational non-profits in both higher-education and independent schools. Dina holds Masters Degrees in Chinese and International Management and has previously worked in the music and hospitality industries. Dina loves tennis, Broadway Musicals, and helicopter skiing in British Columbia. She is also an owner of Laurel Glen Vineyard in Sonoma. At Park Day, she has held many volunteer roles including Room Parent (1st, 3rd, 6th Grades) and member of the Fundraising Committee. She is thrilled to extend her volunteer work further as a Board Trustee.
Erwin Wong is currently the K-12 Director of Admissions, Enrollment, and Financial Aid at Convent & Stuart Hall in San Francisco. His work includes a 30,000-foot view of the institution when it comes to long-term sustainability thru the broad contextual lens of enrollment management without compromise to inclusive initiatives. For over 25 years, Erwin has devoted his professional life to some facet of education from early childhood programs, primary and secondary education to higher education. His academic background includes a dual undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology from UC Irvine, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UC Berkeley in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Administration from USC. In July, he along with his wife and two girls will relocate to Southern California in order for him to begin his tenure at The Buckley School as their Director of Enrollment Management. In his spare time, he enjoys good conversations over a good cup of coffee.