Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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: andrea.franchett@parkdayboard.org.

Andrea Franchett

Board President

Andrea Franchett

Board President

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.

Katy Ailes

Katy Ailes

Katy has been teaching at Park Day School since 2015. Previously, Katy taught at a small private school in Sacramento, California for two years and, before that, she was an early childhood teacher for six years in progressive public schools in New York City. She received her training at Bank Street College of Education in New York City while assistant teaching at Trevor Day School in Manhattan. Katy also taught for GO Project in New York City- an academic outreach program for at-risk youth.

During her time at Park Day, Katy has been a member of the Agency by Design fellowship along with second grade teacher, Susan Lee and Design Make Engage program director Ilya Pratt. This program brings together teachers from diverse schools around Oakland to collaborate and to consider ways of integrating maker-centered learning practices and routines into the classroom. Katy has enjoyed bringing this work into her own classroom as well as leading staff in professional development opportunities related to maker centered learning.

Katy is a trained ballet dancer and she received her BFA in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. She continues to enjoy taking class and going to watch the ballet. She also enjoys teaching ballet to children of all ages. In her free time, Katy likes to spend time with her child, her husband, and their four cats. She is also preparing to welcome her second child in September.

Jennifer Cooper

Ariel Evnine

Ariel Evnine

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 Farrise

Kaela Farrise

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.

Paul Freedman

Lauren Kerr

Lauren Kerr

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 Lai

Chris Lai

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.

Kelly Martinez

Tiffany McNeil

Tiffany McNeil

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.

Manisha Patel

David Petta

David Petta

David Petta is a former principal at ELS Architecture, Berkeley for nearly 40 years. His career sought opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of concentration were in the design of public realm spaces related to recreation, community, education, and
retail complexes in downtown and campus settings. His projects have been honored with one National AIA Design Award and six California Council AIA Design Awards, including three for the design of recreation projects and three for design of schools. David is the parent of two Park alumni: Seph (1985-1992), and Sylvie (1988-1995);
For Park Day, David assisted with master planning to support the purchase of Lady’s Home Society building, and the planning, design and construction of the modular now known as the Annex.

Kevin Prindiville

Kevin Prindiville

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.

Hasain Rasheed

Geoffrey Robb

Geoffrey Robb

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 Rosenthal

Noah Rosenthal

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.

Bianca Salaverry

Bianca Salaverry

Bianca Salaverry is a parent Trustee with two boys in 4th and 5th grade. She knew Park Day was the right place for her family from their first visit. What drew her to the school initially was its commitment to progressive education and centering of social justice, but the warmth and diversity of the community have proven to be equally meaningful. From Day 1 Bianca has taken advantage of the many opportunities to get involved at Park Day, including volunteering in the classroom, driving for field trips, and running a booth at the Halloween Carnival. She has taken on more extensive leadership roles in the past two years as Room Parent and co-chair of the Parent Stewardship Group. She’s excited to learn and support the school even more as a Board Trustee.
Bianca is a Bay Area native who graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has worn several hats since then, but has focused primarily on parenting for the past ten years. She and her husband were living in New York when their sons were born, but the family moved back to the Bay Area in 2014 and have enjoyed living in Oakland since then. Bianca loves rock climbing, reading literary fiction, and reliving her youth at concerts by 90’s bands.

Kate Sugarman

Kate Sugarman

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.

Akeel Williams

Chanda Williams

Dina Wolkoff

Dina Wolkoff

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

Erwin Wong

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.