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Executive Members

Steve Walske, Board Chair

Steve was born in New Mexico, and then spent the next 15 years trailing his family around the world. He settled down for high school in Alexandria, Virginia and then graduated from Princeton University, and from Harvard Business School. Most recently, he has been Managing Director of Myriad Investments, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in close advisory engagements with private software companies. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Parametric Technology Corporation from its beginnings in 1986 until 2000. In the non-profit world, he has served as finance chair on the board of trustees at The Park School (Brookline, MA) and at Boston’s Commonwealth School. In addition, he was President of the Board of Trustees of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from 1992 to 2000.

Steve and his wife live in Pacific Heights with their daughter. As a family, they enjoy getting outdoors on weekends, and heading up to Squaw Valley during the ski season.

Shannon Cadile '89, Vice Chair

Shannon Cadile '89 was born and raised in the Bay Area and and attended The Hamlin School from 1985 to 1989. She graduated from San Francisco University High School and then Cornell University, where she earned degrees in history and psychology.
Shannon is currently the senior director of prospect development in Stanford University's Office of Development, where she leads the organization's research, prospect management, and analytics efforts. Prior to joining Stanford in 2006, she worked in a variety of roles for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, the fundraising arm for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
She was a member of Hamlin's Alumnae Board for nine years and was its president from 2009 to 2012.  Shannon and her husband Stephan live near the beach in the Outer Sunset, where it's not as foggy as people think. In her free time, she can be found traveling, spending time outdoors, or with her nose in a book.

Boris Putanec, Treasurer

Boris Putanec was born in Zagreb, Croatia but lived in such fun places as Iran, Jordan, Italy and Greece before going to college at Brown University, where he received BA and MS degrees in computer science. He entered the startup world right out of college with stints at Kaleida Labs and Internet Shopping Network, before co-founding Ariba in 1996. As a member of the executive team, he was responsible for commerce technology and corporate strategy, helping Ariba become one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies with an IPO in 1999. With another co-founder of Ariba, he formed Hillsven in 2005 to focus on early stage venture investments in technology companies in the Bay Area, where he continu​es to enjoy building companies during the first years of their life.

Boris lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children where they enjoy the outdoors and traveling globally.

Brandi Morandi, Secretary

Brandi was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went on to earn undergraduate degrees in International Relations and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  

Brandi currently serves as Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Equinix, the leading global interconnection and data center company. She leads an international legal team and guides the company with respect to its global expansion strategy, debt, and equity financing and real estate development. Brandi is an active speaker on the topics of corporate governance and global mergers and acquisitions. Brandi also serves on the U.C. Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees.

Before joining Equinix in 2003, she practiced law in the corporate securities group at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP in Menlo Park, California. At Gunderson Dettmer, she represented public and private companies in a variety of debt and equity offerings, mergers, and acquisitions, as well as providing general public company representation. Prior to her legal career, she held various positions in the field of public relations.  

Brandi lives in San Francisco with her husband, David, and daughter, Ava (Hamlin ’20). She is an active volunteer at Hamlin and she and David have co-chaired the Hamlin Annual Fund. She enjoys collecting art, travel, and cheering on Ava and the USC Trojans throughout the year.


Ann Akichika

Ann grew up in a small farming community in Idaho. She earned degrees in Economics from Harvard College and The London School of Economics and her MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Ann started her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and Hambrecht & Quist before transitioning to operating roles within growth companies. Ann has served as the COO of Investment Banking for Thomas Weisel Partners and the COO of the Global Equity Team at Artisan Partners.

Ann is an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations and currently serves as a Vice Chairman for the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee and a member of the investment committee for Grace Cathedral’s Episcopal Impact Fund, which is focused on alleviating poverty in the Bay Area. She was previously Board President for Lone Mountain Children’s Center and a member of the Tuck School’s MBA Advisory Board and the Junior Committee of the San Francisco Symphony.

Ann and her husband, Ali Tabibian, have lived in San Francisco for 20 years and are the proud parents of Alexa (‘18), Sophia (‘22) and Ryan (University High School ‘21). Beyond her children’s athletic and musical endeavors, Ann enjoys traveling (most recently to Cuba and Iran) and watching NCAA and Warriors basketball.

Monica Brown Andrews '84

Monica Brown Andrews graduated from Hamlin in 1984. She then attended secondary school at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts where she spent her junior year abroad in Rennes, France. After graduating from Andover, she studied Political Science and Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law. She became a member of the State Bar of California in 1996.

Upon completing her legal studies, Monica worked at a law firm in Brussels, Belgium for two years. While she was in Brussels, she obtained a Master's degree in International Politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Upon returning to the United States, Monica worked for IBM, and in 2000 she accepted a position as in-house counsel at Equinix, Inc., where she works currently.

Monica’s career reflects her journey as a continuous learner and evolving leader. Although the foundation of her career has been the practice of law, primarily in the area of commercial transactions, her intellectual and professional curiosity has led her to gain a broad range of operational experience by leading teams in areas such as Finance, Business Operations, Customer Care and Post-Acquisition Business Integration. In addition, she has had the opportunity to travel extensively, live in other countries and learn other languages. Her current assignment has provided her with the opportunity to live part-time in Brazil during the past few years, which has been personally and professionally enriching. While her career has been unexpectedly non-traditional in many respects, it has allowed her to develop relationships with fascinating people all over the world, explore new places and enjoy developmental pursuits.

While Monica looks back fondly on her entire experience at Hamlin, she is specifically appreciative of the French curriculum. Hamlin laid the foundation for her work and studies abroad, which have been significant milestones in her life.

Monica served on the Hamlin Alumnae Board from 2003 – 2009, during which time she served on the Events Committee and the Governance Committee. She has enjoyed remaining close to the School. For fun, Monica enjoys travel, learning languages and singing.

Julie Parker Benello

Julie was born in France, grew up in England and Bermuda before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT and Barnard College in New York City. Her first job out of college was working for the venerable CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite as an archival researcher on a six part documentary series for the Discovery Channel. She served as a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films before producing a film for PBS on Prostate Cancer, followed by the 2002 Sundance, HBO documentary Blue Vinyl.

In 2005, Julie co-founded Chicken & Egg Pictures, with the belief that diverse non fiction women filmmakers have the power to catalyze change at home and around the globe. This hybrid non-profit film company matches strategically timed grants with dynamic mentorship and creative production support. At Chicken & Egg, the team has supported over 240 women filmmakers including Academy Award winners Saving Face and Freeheld. More recently, Julie co-founded and is Managing Director of Gamechanger Films, an equity fund investing in a slate of independent fiction films by women

Julie is a member of the Board of Directors of The Global Fund for Women and The San Francisco Film Society. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters, in the Hamlin classes of 2017 and 2019. She enjoys traveling, hiking, playing Mahjong, and watching movies with her family.

Allison Bhusri

Allison grew up in Seattle, where she attended Seattle Country Day School and Lakeside School. She earned a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Allison is an active early-stage investor with Broadway Angels, investing in a broad range of technology companies. Her primary areas of interest include mobile, health, and emerging technologies.  She has 20 years of business experience across both investing and operations. She began her career in 1995 as a corporate finance analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. in the telecom group. She then gained private equity experience first at Ripplewood Holdings and later J.P. Morgan Partners, where she focused on venture investments in enterprise technology companies. On the operating side, Allison most recently led product teams in launching new ventures for eBay's Business Incubation Group. Prior to eBay, Allison ran the baking chocolate business at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. 

Allison serves as a Trustee for Gateway Public Schools and an Advisor to Reach Capital. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys skiing, working on her budding golf game, and spending time with family.

Michael "Mick" Bobroff

Mick was raised in Saratoga, California and earned his undergraduate degree in business from the University of California, Berkeley. Mick is a partner at Ernst & Young and provides audit services to public companies and venture capital backed private companies in the technology and digital media industries. He has assisted many private companies prepare for initial public offerings. Earlier in his career with Ernst & Young, he spent six years in the 1990s living in Moscow, Russia and Singapore where he served U.S. multinational companies with operations in the former Soviet Union and in Southeast Asia. He has lived in San Francisco since 1998 with his wife Celeste and their two children.

Mick served on the board of trustees of SLS (formerly St. Lukes Pre-School) from 2008 to 2014. He is an avid skier and spends most weekends and holidays during the winter and spring skiing at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. He also enjoys running, mountain biking and hiking.

Shelby Bonnie

Shelby was born and grew up in Prospect, Kentucky. He attended boarding school at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. He earned a BS degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University.

Shelby is currently a Managing Director at Allen & Company involved both on the banking and investment sides of their business. Before it was sold, he was a co-founder and Managing Partner at Whiskey Media.For 13 years he worked at CNET Networks where he was a co-founder and served as CEO seven years. Earlier in his career, Shelby worked at Morgan Stanley and Tiger Management in New York City. He was on the Board of Warner Music Group and is currently on the Board of RPX Corporation.

Shelby has been on the Board of Environmental Defense Fund for over 13 years and serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and co-Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He served on the Town School for Boys Board for six years and served as the Chair for three years. He is also on the Executive Committee of Technology for America, a bipartisan group building relationships between politicians and the technology community.

Shelby and his wife live in San Francisco with two sons and one daughter. Shelby is an avid photographer and can be seen videotaping or taking pictures at his kids’ sports events. He also likes horseback riding, hunting and fishing.

Sapna Boze

Sapna Boze was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her B.S. in Managerial Economics from U.C. Davis and her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, where she recently served on the Alumni Board.

Sapna is the Board Co-chair of Gateway Public Schools. She is fulfilling her passion to help provide exceptional education and nurturing environments to all kids. Among many focus areas, Sapna has dedicated her time to various projects in the areas of teacher compensation and affordability at both Gateway and the broader community. Sapna is also on the Board of Directors of Lone Mountain Children’s Center, and has been involved in various capacities with the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, KIPP Bay Area and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Prior to focusing full time on the nonprofit sector, Sapna was in corporate finance at Autodesk, and prior to that at Cisco Systems. Sapna and her husband, Brandon, live in San Francisco with their three daughters. She enjoys hiking, skiing, dancing and spending time with friends and family.

Heidi Castelein

Heidi was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Aspen, Colorado and graduated from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. She attended Smith College and The University of Colorado, Boulder and earned her B.A. in Art History. Heidi moved to San Francisco after graduating and worked in casting for commercials, film, industrials and print. She went on to receive her M.F.A. in Graphic Design and designed the label and branding system for her family’s wine business in the Napa Valley. Heidi applied her graphics background to starting a line of women’s sleepwear, where she redesigned vintage textile patterns for her fabrics.

Heidi has been a trustee of Children of Shelters for 14 years. She also serves on the board of the SF Film Society and works on their Development Committee, co-chairing the annual film gala. Heidi is a member of the Director’s Circle Committee at SFMOMA and is actively involved with events at the museum. She co-chaired the Hamlin Annual Fund for 2 years and is now chair of the Hamlin Capital Campaign.

Heidi has joined the development team of a new, multi-family housing project in the Dogpatch. She enjoys running, hiking, skiing, travel, and entertaining. She lives in San Francisco where she raises her daughter Keelan.

Robert Devens, Jr.

Robert was born and raised in New York City. He attended St. Bernard’s School and Trinity School in New York and earned an M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Robert is currently a Managing Director in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs & Co. Previously, Robert worked as a corporate and securities lawyer at Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati and prior to that he was a middling tennis player on the ATP Professional Tennis Tour. Robert currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of St. Francis Memorial and chairs their Investment Committee. Robert lives in San Francisco with his fabulous wife and three children. Robert loves to spend time with his family enjoying the bay area and keeping up with the children’s activities.

Jane Ibrahim Gaito

Jane Ibrahim Gaito was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey. She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Romance Languages and Literatures and later attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her M.B.A from the Wharton School and M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute. Jane has eagerly sought out international work experience. As a consultant with Andersen Consulting (later Accenture), she covered large financial services institutions and government clients, spending several years on assignment in Puerto Rico. She later worked for Seagram France on marketing campaigns in their core business. Most recently, Jane worked for the Estee Lauder Companies in New York, first in corporate new business development and strategic planning, and later in sales and marketing for the Clinique and Stila Cosmetics brands.

Jane is a trustee of the Africa Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds education, healthcare and clean water projects to empower communities surrounding wildlife conservation areas in southern and eastern Africa.

Jane has been active in the Hamlin Parents Association for several years, most recently serving as the President of the Parents Association from July 2013 to July 2015.  Jane and her husband, Mike, live in San Francisco with their daughters Delancey '18 and Nicki '20.  She enjoys skiing, golf, travel and cooking.

Bianca Gates

Bianca Gates grew up in Southern California, the oldest of four kids, her mother from Bolivia and father from Argentina. After graduating with a BS in International Relations from the University of California at Irvine, Bianca moved to New York where she began a career in media sales at Univision, followed by six years at MTV Networks and five and a half years leading retail partnerships at Facebook.

Currently, Bianca is the CEO and co-Founder of Birdies, creating a new category in women's fashion - comfortable, fashionable slippers for the home. Her company has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, and ElleDecor, and is growing rapidly.

In addition to entrepreneurship and fashion, Bianca is passionate about women helping women and the Lean-In movement. Four years ago she worked with Sheryl Sandberg and LeanIn.org to launch the first dozen LeanIn circles that have now scaled to over 32,000 Circles worldwide. Bianca lives in the Marina with her husband Jackson, daughter Sofia (Hamlin '24), and son Joaquin, all of whom are huge Oakland A's fans.

Scott Gilbertson

Scott Gilbertson is a native Minnesotan. He spent his elementary and middle school years studying and playing hockey in Fargo, ND before attending high school at Phillips Academy Andover. He earned his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and his MBA from Northwestern.

Scott is a Partner at TPG. He spends his time focused on business building, talent development, and shareholder value creation within the portfolio of investments made by TPG’s middle market private equity platform TPG Growth. Over the course of his career he has had the honor of serving in a number of leadership positions including CEO of J.Crew, President of Bally of Switzerland, CEO of Fender Musical Instruments, and Chief Merchant of Under Armour. Prior to TPG, Scott spent a number of years living and working in Mexico and Venezuela while at The Boston Consulting Group. He is grateful for the experience and for the opportunity to learn a second language.

In his professional capacity, Scott has sat on dozens of corporate Boards. He, however, is most proud of his former engagement on the Development Committee of KIPP: Bay Area and his current Board role with the 1st Tee of San Francisco. Scott lives in San Francisco. He and his wife have a daughter in the Hamlin class of 2023, a son in the Town class of 2026, and a preschool daughter at The Little School. The Gilbertsons love to laugh, travel, and play in the great outdoors.

Catherine Goulet

Catherine Goulet grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts and has called San Francisco home for the past 25 years. She attended Emmanuel College, an all-women’s Catholic school in Boston, and graduated with honors with a degree in political science. Catherine passed on law school to work in indigent criminal defense with the Federal Public Defender’s Office as a staff investigator. She thoroughly enjoys her work and is dedicated to the cause of indigent defense. Over the years, she has helped defend cases of street crime, immigration offenses, complex white-collar fraud, and capital murder. Catherine is a field hockey player at heart who abandoned her stick for the joy and simplicity of running – marathons, half marathons, and everything in between. For fun, she also enjoys entertaining at home and exploring the great outdoors with her family. Catherine lives in the Western Addition – with its great proximity to Golden Gate Park – along with her longtime partner, Pam, and their two daughters.

Hope Jarvis '85

Hope Jarvis was raised in San Francisco and attended Hamlin from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She graduated from University High School and received her B.A. from Brown University. She received her M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.  

Currently, Hope is the Global Claim Center Manager for Chubb & Son, a $13.9 billion in revenue Property and Casualty insurer. She leads a staff of 500 in Chubb’s Claim Centers which adjust Property, Auto, General Liability, and Professional and Management Liability claims. Prior to her current role, Hope led Claim Strategic Planning & Operations in which she was responsible for setting and executing the strategies for operations in the U.S. Hope also managed Chubb’s Corporate Development organization, the internal strategy department which partners with management to develop corporate and business strategies. Earlier in her career, Hope worked in strategy consulting at Accenture in San Francisco and Mercer Management in Boston.

Hope has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter for over seven years. She also served on the Hamlin Alumnae Board. Hope enjoys spending time with her daughter, travel, skiing, and cheering for the SF Giants and 49ers.

Richard Linder

Richard is the Founder of Physicians Care Alliance, LLC, (PCA) a company that educates healthcare professionals on chemical peel procedures and skin biology while supporting their medical practices with healthcare products. PCA educates 7,000 students a year in live classrooms, and their products are carried in 10,000 medical offices in the United States and sold in 60 countries. Prior to founding PCA, Richard worked as an executive in not for profit as a V.P of Economic Development focused on supporting economic development in under privileged areas. Richard's passion for health and wellness began while attending Harvard Business School where he received a grant to study the purchasing habits of families solving pain issues and overcoming disabilities. Richard serves on the boards of Fun Brands (creating fun engaging play spaces for children), Meteor Learning (offering professional online degree programs from leading universities), Vertical Harvest, PCA & Linder Healthcare. The Linder family office has a vision for improving people's lives through supporting women's causes and funding activities and education that unlocks human potential.

Susan E. Lowenberg '74

Susan E. Lowenberg is President of the Lowenberg Corporation, where she served as Vice President for 28 years prior to becoming the president. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Finance and Real Estate, Susan is an active member of the Real Estate industry in San Francisco.

Currently Susan serves as an appointee of President Obama to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and as Board Chair of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She also served as a member of and President of the City and County of San Francisco Planning Commission under both Mayors Jordan and Brown.

Her past affiliations include board member of the Bank of San Francisco, American Jewish World Service, Executive Committee member for the United Jewish Appeal National Women's Young Leadership Cabinet, Vice President of the Menorah Park Senior Housing Development, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of San Francisco and Alameda, President of the Alumni Association San Francisco University High School, and board member of the San Francisco University High School, Mount Zion Health Fund, Team-Up for Youth Foundation, Jewish Community Federation, and Glide Memorial Foundation.

A recipient of the 1991 Jewish Community Federation Lloyd W. Dinklespiel Young Leadership Award and the 1993 Jewish Agency for Israel-Harry S. Rosen Young Leadership Awad, and has completed a Fellowship with the Wexner Heritage Foundation.

Susan lives in San Francisco with her spouse Joyce Newstat, and together they have a daughter who lives in New York.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson is the Managing Director of the Doris & Donald Fisher Fund, the San Francisco-based foundation of Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of Gap, Inc. The Fisher Fund seeks to ignite the transformation of American K-12 public education by investing in entrepreneurs and organizations that raise student achievement, increase the number of quality publicly-funded school options particularly for low-income students and families, and otherwise disrupt the educational status quo. The Fisher Fund’s grantees include groundbreaking organizations such as KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) and Teach For America, among many others. Chris directs the Fisher Fund’s strategy and manages its portfolio of philanthropic investments.

Prior to joining the Fisher Fund, Chris spent six years as a litigator at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco where he specialized in complex business litigation, intellectual property matters, state and federal government investigations, and white collar criminal defense. Prior to that, Chris practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the California Charter Schools Association, and the Newark Charter School Fund, and is an advisor to numerous other education reform organizations. Chris is a fellow in the fourth class of the Aspen Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship. Chris received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Chris lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy Rees, and their daughter, Simone (Hamlin `18).

Sanjay Shamdasani

Sanjay Shamdasani was raised in London (UK). He attended the City of London Boys School, earned a BSc (Economics) degree from the London School of Economics, and a Diploma in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art.

A pioneer in the digital design industry, Sanjay created some of the first commercial websites in the UK including the online presence for the Times Newspapers and HarperCollins Publishers. In 1997, he moved to San Francisco where he founded his first design agency, i-Socket Web Creative, which was acquired by a Canadian public company. He subsequently started Spring Studio, an experience design consultancy, which was acquired by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) in 2015. As a business leader, he has been responsible for designing world-class digital solutions for dozens of Fortune 500 companies including: American Express, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, FedEx, Gap Inc., Microsoft, Starbucks, BlackRock, Wells Fargo, Walmart, HP, Intuit, and Facebook.

As BBVA’s Spring Studio co-founder, Sanjay plays an integral role in the digital transformation of the bank. His experience innovation team is focused on creating exceptional customer banking experiences, conceiving disruptive FinTech product offerings, and introducing emerging technologies like AI (artificial intelligence) and VR/AR (virtual reality/augmented reality). Sanjay is a leader in design thinking who speaks regularly at industry and internal bank events, including TEDx talks.

Sanjay resides in Nob Hill with his wife and two children. While living in San Francisco, he has served as a director on the board of two luxury residential co-op buildings. He is actively involved in the school community of his children, chairing annual fund campaigns and serving on gala committees and senior staff search committees. He is a passionate soccer fan, supporting Liverpool and remains traumatized by the fact that his son and daughter support competing teams - Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur respectively! Sanjay has a keen interest in architecture and fine art, and when not playing with his children, he enjoys painting.

Jessica Chase Spaly

Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where she attended the Mirman School and Harvard-Westlake School.   She earned an AB in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Jessica invests in US retail and consumer companies at Capital Research Global Investors (one of the Capital Group companies), where she is a Partner. Jessica previously worked at Morgan Stanley and Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts.  Outside of work, Jessica serves on the Council of the Jamestown Community Center and is an active volunteer for Harvard fundraising in support of its ambitious financial aid programs.  Jessica lives in San Francisco with her husband, Eric, and three daughters, Audrey (Hamlin ’21), Lila (Hamlin ’24) and Eva (Hamlin '26.) 

Nina Stanford

Nina Zinterhofer Stanford was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Rumson, NJ. She graduated from Phillips Academy, received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nina began her career in finance in New York City at JP Morgan in their M&A Advisory group. After graduating HBS, she became a Director in Corporate Development and Special Advisor to the CEO of BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. Subsequently, she joined Allen & Company, a boutique financial advisory firm, focusing on investing the Firm’s capital as well as advisory mandates. A year after Nina and her husband had their first daughter, they relocated from New York to San Francisco, where they have lived ever since. After taking time off to focus on raising her children, Nina now advises early stage internet companies on strategic growth and development.

Nina and her husband live in San Francisco with their two daughters who both attend Hamlin. She enjoys sports (skiing, tennis, paddleboarding), art, traveling, and spending time with her family on both coasts.

Catherine Steiner-Adair

Catherine was born in New York City, and raised and educated in Scarsdale, New York. She graduated from Scarsdale High School, and earned her BA from Bowdoin College, also spending a year as an exchange student at Williams College. From Bowdoin, she went on to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning her doctorate in Clinical and Consulting Psychology. While at HGSE, she was one of the first doctoral students, working with Carol Gilligan, to study girls’ psychological development and education. Her award-winning doctoral dissertation was the foundation of her development of a curriculum loved by Hamlin girls called Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power Health and Leadership. Her most recent book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age was chosen as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2013 by The Wall St. Journal.

It was during her years as a graduate student that she began her lifelong career in Independent Schools, as a teacher and school psychologist initially at The Dana Hall School, and subsequently at Phillips Academy Andover. More recently she has served as a consulting school psychologist to Nightingale Bamford School (NYC), Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools (NYC,), and Holton Arms School (Baltimore, MD). In addition to these ongoing engagements, Catherine has consulted to over 600 schools during her career on a range of developmental, educational, and cultural issues, and is a frequent presenter at conferences for educators around the world. She serves as a resource to the media on issues of child development and parenting, education, and the impact of technology on how we live and learn. She served previously on the Board of The Winsor School in Boston MA.

Catherine is currently a Research Associate in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She is married to Fred Adair, a leadership consultant and angel investor, and they live outside Boston in Chestnut Hill. They have two grown children, both recently engaged and living in California. Catherine is a devoted student of classical drawing and painting, and loves to travel, study art, and paint the landscape. She also enjoys working in her garden and spending time with friends and family on the coast of Maine.

Derek Thompson

Derek was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts and went on to receive a B.S. from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. After a short stint helping to run his father’s firm, Derek moved to San Francisco in 1996 and ultimately became the General Manager of a mid-size construction firm with a focus in custom residential building. In 2004 he launched Thompson Suskind, LP, which has since become one of San Francisco’s most respected residential construction companies employing a staff of 40. Thompson Suskind, LP has built four projects awarded the LEED Platinum Certification, the USGBC’s highest rating for sustainable construction. Derek is passionate about the science of building and enjoys developing projects that set the standard for efficiency, durability, and performance.

Derek has been active in the Hamlin community over the past several years, chairing the Hamlin Golf Tournament from 2011 - 2012, and most recently as a member of the Buildings & Grounds Committee.

Derek and his best friend/wife are raising their two girls here in San Francisco. The family spends much of their time at swim meets and enjoying time away in Truckee, California. He plans to get very fit really soon, but in the meantime enjoys cycling, skiing, and golfing, whenever the opportunity is available.

Molly Wadhwani

Molly Wadhwani was born in the United States and raised in Hong Kong where she graduated from the Hong Kong International School. She received her B.S. from Santa Clara University in political science.
Molly spent four years working in Washington, D.C., first for Representative Norman Mineta and then later for Representative Anna Eshoo, both Members of Congress from northern California. She focused primarily on immigration and environmental issues affecting California and the United States. Molly left politics to pursue work in the technology sector and moved to San Francisco in 1995 where she joined the marketing teams at Scientific Learning and then Moai Technologies. Working primarily with start up organizations, she helped them establish their marketing practices in both communications and product marketing. In 2000, she took her technical experience and background in marketing to a small securities firm based in San Francisco, Stone & Youngberg, and became their Director of Marketing. She updated marketing systems and practices which had been in place for over 70 years.
Molly has been an active volunteer at her children’s schools. She co-chaired the gala and served on the Board of Directors at their preschool. Her daughters are now at Hamlin where Molly spent two years as co-chair of Lend-a-Hand and recently as co-chair of Winterfest. She has also devoted her time to other community efforts in San Francisco as a member of the Executive Committee and volunteer at the San Francisco Education Fund and, recently, as a fundraising volunteer at the Hamilton Family Center.  
You can find Molly on weekends with her family and dog hiking in the Presidio, riding horses in Sonoma and cooking many, many meals at home in San Francisco. She and her family love to travel throughout the United States and around the world.

Brooks Walker

Growing up in San Francisco, Brooks was exposed to interesting architecture from a young age. He distinctly remembers spending quality time in relatives’ homes commissioned by William Wurster, Joseph Esherick​,​ and Frank Lloyd Wright. By the time Brooks was 12, he knew architecture was his passion and calling. He followed his dream and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon in 1983. Upon graduation, Brooks worked with his uncle Sandy Walker for five years where he enhanced his landscape and architecture skills. Brooks also spent several years as a sole practitioner, expanding his architectural experience to include construction and real estate development, before opening Walker Warner Architects with Greg Warner in 1989.

Brooks draws inspiration from many styles and architects, but he is most influenced by William Wurster for the simplicity and precision of his works. He spent many holidays in one of Wurster’s ranch-style homes, which was evocative of those found in a John Steinbeck countryside. During this time, Brooks developed a strong appreciation for architecture that is well integrated into the landscape.

Brooks is very involved in community service and currently serves on the boards and/or committees of the Wild Salmon Center, S​hasta Forest Timberlands LLC, Sugar Bowl Ski Corporation​,​ and Ploughshares Fund Investment Committee. He has previously served on the boards and/or committees of SPUR, Aim High, Walker Art Center and SFMOMA Department of Architecture and Design Accessions Committee. Outside of architecture, Brooks leads an active lifestyle that includes fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, tennis, squash, biking and hunting. He is also a certified private pilot and is passionate about and supportive of the arts. Brooks lives with his wife and three children in San Francisco.

Nick Werner

Nick was born and raised in the Bay Area. Nick graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar (top 5% of class). He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Nick joined the Berkeley Endowment Management Company (BEMCO) in 2010 as its first Director of Investments where he helps manage the investment of approximately $2.0 billion in endowment gifts that have been given to the University of California, Berkeley Foundation. In his role as Director of Investments, Nick is responsible for the identification, screening, assessment, and monitoring of external investment managers across a wide variety of asset classes including global equities, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, natural resources, and real estate. For the eight years prior to joining BEMCO, Nick worked at Ironwood Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar fund of hedge funds, where he most recently served as a managing director, head of the research department, and as a member of the Investment and Management Committees. Nick began his career as an analyst in the real estate investment banking group at Banc of America Securities.

Nick lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters. In their free time, the Werner family loves being outdoors, particularly skiing in Lake Tahoe and playing golf.

Phoebe White

Phoebe was born and raised in Cambridge, England. She graduated from Hertford College, Oxford with an MA in Physics and Philosophy, and obtained her PhD in Developmental Genetics from the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Phoebe relocated to San Francisco in 1997 to join Bain and Company where she was a consultant focused on technology and biotech clients before moving into the biotech industry taking on a variety of operational and leadership roles with Life Technologies (formerly Applied Biosystems). Phoebe started as a volunteer with The Exploratorium in 2011 and now serves as Chief of Staff, developing and implementing strategic, operational, and organizational priorities. Phoebe also serves on the Board of Directors of Community Resources for Science, a Bay Area nonprofit supporting science education in public K–8 schools.

Phoebe lives in Pacific Heights with her husband Burke Norton, daughter Esme (Hamlin ‘25), and son Elliot. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well running with the dog, yoga, and swimming.

Ex-Officio Members

Cristina Casacuberta, Director of Finance and Operations

Cristina Casacuberta comes from the Corporate world where she held various roles in Finance and Operations in the headquarter offices of companies such as Electronics for Imaging, Starbucks, Yahoo! and Treasury Wine Estates. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, she received a BA degree in Applied Linguistics with an equivalent minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). She moved to the Bay Area in 1990 and got an MBA from the California State University. She spent 6 years in Seattle but decided to come back to beautiful San Francisco in 2007. She currently serves on the Board of the California Independent Schools Business Officer Association (Cal-ISBOA) and Alliance Française de San Francisco. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, Cristina enjoys traveling, reading, music, fine dining, and yoga.

Wanda M. Holland Greene, Head of School

Wanda M. Holland Greene is currently in her tenth year as Head of School at The Hamlin School. Prior to her tenure at Hamlin, she worked as an administrator at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Wanda spent the early years of her career as a teacher and administrator at The Chapin School in New York City, which is also her alma mater. She is a proud New Yorker and a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University, receiving her B.A. in English and Psychology. She earned her M.A. in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Wanda complements her work as an educator by serving independent schools and non-profit organizations as a trustee. She has completed terms on the Boards of Concord Academy and The Chapin School, and the Columbia University Board of Visitors, and she currently serves on the Boards of Head-Royce School and Columbia University. Wanda and her husband have two young sons. She is a vocal performer (jazz, gospel, and soul) and former co-director of several community choirs. Wanda is an avid reader, poet, and writer.

Mary "Mimi" Rowe

Mimi was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up moving around (like other military families) before attending high school in Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, she held a variety of marketing and management roles for well-known consumer brands such as Domino’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins, & Togo’s Sandwiches.

Serving the Hamlin community as PA President for the 2017-18 school year, Mimi will draw on her past experiences with the Hamlin Golf Tournament, Winterfest, and a variety of community-focused and class-specific leadership roles.

Mimi lives in Marin with her husband, Chris, and three kids (Blair, Clyde, and Troy).

Lauren Thornhill, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

Ms. Thornhill comes to Hamlin with extensive experience in advancement, formerly serving as Leadership Gifts Officer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and having previously worked as the Associate Director of Development at the Exploratorium and Director of the Annual Fund at Scripps College.  

She is an alumna of Scripps College, the prestigious all-women's college which is a member of The Claremont Colleges. Thus, Hamlin's longstanding mission to educate girls to meet the challenges of their time deeply resonates with her. Hailing from Annapolis, MD, Ms. Thornhill moved to San Francisco in 2008 with her husband, Chase. Their daughter, Lily, was born in 2012.

Candace Chin Yu '96

Candace J. Chin Yu ‘96 is a Principal with YouTube for Good, which harnesses the platform’s scale, technology, and talent for social change. She leads programs for crisis response, crisis prevention, and social impact storytelling.

Candace credits Hamlin for helping instill a commitment to community engagement. She vividly remembers how studying women in leadership as a 4th grade Hamlin girl fed her curiosity about the difference a single person can make in the lives of others. This curiosity led Candace from a high school internship working with constituents in a U.S. Senator’s local office to a college internship that turned into a post-college role creating national elections administration policy on Capitol Hill. After completing her graduate degree studies, Candace worked for the 2008 Obama for America campaign and the Obama Presidential Transition Team. She then served in the Obama Administration at the White House as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Presidential Personnel and the Department of Defense as Special Assistant for Cyber Policy.

When Candace returned to San Francisco, she joined Impermium, a cybersecurity start-up, which was subsequently acquired by Google. At Google, Candace continued to work with entrepreneurs as a member of the mergers and acquisitions finance integration group until joining YouTube. In addition to volunteering with Hamlin, Candace is Co-Director of the Truman National Security Project’s San Francisco Chapter.

Candace earned a Masters in Public Policy degree in International Security from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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