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Peninsula School

Board of Directors

Peninsula School is a 501c3 nonprofit entity governed by a Board of Directors. The School is

graced with a dedicated group of eighteen members of the Board of Directors who take their

responsibilities seriously.


A full Board includes five appointed members, two members elected by staff, and thirteen

members elected by the school community. Elections are held yearly with terms lasting four

years.The Board oversees the Head of School and assures that the long-term strategic interests for the school are being served.

The Board has adopted committee charters and governance guidelines that, in conjunction with Peninsula’s bylaws, form the governance framework. The governance structure is designed to foster principled actions and effective, collaborative decision making.


Elisa Neipp, President

Elisa and her husband Rich have four children, ages kindergarten through high school. Elisa has worked in the nonprofit sector for many years and has served on several nonprofit boards. She is currently Human Resources Director at a legal services nonprofit organization in downtown San Jose.


Jerry Hearn, Vice President, has been involved at Peninsula School for decades, as a student in nursery school, a teacher in various capacities, a parent and a current

grandparent. In the early 1970s, he was instrumental in establishing and shaping the innovative and highly successful Upper School Program and was the first to fill the Swing Teacher role. Later, he taught in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades for many years. After retiring from teaching in 2012, he continues to volunteer at the school on the board, in the classrooms and with Buildings and Grounds. He is active in the local community and nonprofit organizations focused on environmental education and advocacy.


Isabelle Bibbler Parker, Treasurer, is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Office of Summit Public Schools. Her team's scope of work includes finance, operations, data, real estate, technology and talent.  Isabelle has been on the founding team for ten Summit Schools in California and Washington.  Prior to Summit, Isabelle worked for EdTec, a back office service provider to Califoria charter schools and the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, a youth mentoring organiztion.  Isabelle is in the American Vaulting Association's Hall of Fame for her international work as an equestrian vaulting coach.  Isabelle holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.


Sef Kloninger, Secretary and his wife, Maren, are parents to two Peninsula students. Sef splits his time between engineering management and pining about card and board games. Sef has a background in online education.



Kim Aitken-Young is a parent of three Peninsula alums - Bryn and Morgan (2005) and Clay (2008).  Kim served as a board member and board chair at Peninsula for a number of years.  Kim's mother-in-law, Elizabeth Aitken, was a long-time Director of Peninsula School and Katherine, Kim's partner, is herself an alum.  Professionally, Kim and Katherine run a small company Brynandmorgan Group, specializing in marketing, communications, and strategic management.  She has worked with many companies in Silicon Valley, including Adobe, Sun, Interwoven, and many others.


Michael Fredrickson has been a teacher at Peninsula School for the past decade. He currently teaches in the nurseries, moving between Nursery Green and Nursery Blue, and additionally works part-time in the upper school.


Jesse Gillispie has worked in education in a variety of capacities since 2003.  She has a Masters in Education from Stanford and a PhD in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prior to Stanford, she taught summer school in East Palo Alto.  At UCSB, she taught foundations of education courses and courses on language and diversity in education.  She worked as a teaching assistant in the department of Black Studies and spent three years in a local elementary school where she studied the relationship betwen student identity and everyday interaction in classrooms.  She has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors at the Menlo Atherton Cooperative Nursery School in Menlo Park and sat on the school's compensation committee and the hiring committee.  Currently, she chairs the Teaching English as Foreign Language program at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Silicon Valley.  When time allows she also teaches English at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford.  She is a mother of three and a current Peninsula School parent.


Marina Gorbis is on her second round on the Peninsula Board.  She served two terms while a parent and, along with Jerry Hearn and several other then Board members led the first visioning and strategic planning exercise at the School.  In addition to her deep connection to and understanding of Peninsula, Marina brings a wealth of experience in strategic thinking, nonprofit management, and research.  She is a futurist and social scientist who serves as Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a Silicon Valley nonprofit research and consulting organization. In her nearly 20 years with IFTF, Marina has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in education, government, philanthropy, and business to improve innovation capacity, develop strategies, and design new products and services. Marina joined the Peninsula Community when her son started Nursery Green in 1995, graduating from Peninsula in 2005.  Greg is a working musician who currently lives in Los Angeles.  He attributes his love of music to hours spent in the music room and all around Peninsula School.


Karin Heck comes to Peninsula with a career spent in arts and education.  She has a MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College at Columbia, and has worked in management, marketing and operations in a number of high-profile international cultural and educational organizations.  She has worked in some of San Francisco's leading cultural institutions, and is now working with Cantor, leading mission/vision/strategy/management work.  While living in New York, she taught at Columbia, ran an educational think tank, served as COO of AllLearn (the distance learning arm of Oxford, Stanford and Yale Universities), and served on the board of her older daughter's preschool.  In London she worked with strategy, interim management and process changes in cultural organizations such as the British Museum.


Ulysses Hui grew up in New York, Tokyo, London, and Hong Kong before coming to the U.S. to go to boarding school at Andover, Massachusetts, then majored in Philosophy at Vassar College and got a law degree from Stanford Law School.  He is General Counsel at a Japanese tech company and was an intellectual Property litigator representing various Silicon Valley tech companies for many years before that.  He has also been involved in pro bono legal work, leading initiatives and efforts on Housing and immigrants' rights.  Prior to private practice, he co-founded, directed, and managed a nonprofit youth entrepreneurship program in East Palo Alto, and, in past lives, was an investment banker in NYC and a chef in Jackson, Wyoming.  Personal interests include music, cooking, the outdoors, and family time!


Maureen Kirchner is both a current parent and Peninsula School alumnae.  She has worked in organizations of all sizes and types, including a group of four consultants, a 20-person business, a 50,000+ employee corporation, a state government, and a small nonprofit think tank.  The human side of every organization is what interests her most - how we can work together happily and effectively toward common goals.  While her career has largely focused on online media and communications, she has come to understand how key organizational health and well-being are to productive work of all kinds and in all settings.


Oli Petry, besides being a Peninsula parent, is an engineering manager at Netflix whose core values are amazingly similar to Peninsula School. He spends his days gathering feedback from partnering teams and analyzes data and provides context so that peers, direct reports and other colleagues can have all the pertinent information at hand to make the best decisions that have the biggest impact possible to the company.


David Quinn works as a facilities and operations professional in the biotech industry. David has been a Board member for the past eleven years, having served the school community as an involved and active participant and leader on not only the Board, but a number of committees as well, including Finance, Building & Grounds, and Strategic Planning. He served on the Executive Committee, as Vice President, Treasurer, and Board Secretary. David’s expertise and experience are essential for the Facilities Working Group. David’s two children are Peninsula alumni.


Livy Siegel is an alumna and current head teacher at Peninsula School. Livy previously worked as an assistant teacher in the upper school before attending UC Berkeley for her master’s degree in education. After a few years away, she is very excited to be back at Peninsula and to be starting her first term on the board.


Douglas Thompson, PhD is in his 15th year as Head of School of Mid-Peninsula High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCSB and his Master of Arts degree and his PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA.  Doug feels most strongly that education cannot just be a race to accumulate factual knowledge.  He believes a thoughtful and ethical approach to education must take into account the fact that students learn differently, and that society as a whole benefits when these differences are respected and when all students are given a genuine and legitimate opportunity to learn.  Doug was raised in Brazil.  He is bilingual in Portuguese and English, and tries very hard to keep up a connection with Brazilian language and culture.  To that end, he is an avid singer and player of Bossa Nova music.


Alisa Mallari Tu and her husband David are parents of four Peninsula students. Alisa has enthusiastically served Peninsula School in various vounteer capacities throughout the years.  Alisa and her extended family own and operate an assisted living and memory care community in Redwood City and has worked with the senior population for over 20 years.


Lauren Velasco is a current Peninsula School parent and professor of communication studies at Foothill College, where she has taught full-time since 2000.  Her current courses include Intercultural Communication, Honors Argumentation and Persuasion, Interpersonal Communication, Group Discussion, and Public Speaking.  She founded and spent nearly a decade coaching Foothill's intercollegiate speech and debate team, and also teaches K-12 / college faculty inservice workshops on multiple intelligence theory in the classroom.  Over the years, she has served on various college-wide committees and is currently helping with the launch of Umoia, a program focused on supporting an at-risk and historically underserved population within a diverse student body.


Leslie Walker is a current Peninsula parent.  She was a biologist and worked in research at Genentech for ten years, and was switching careers to be a Marriage and Family Therapist when she decided to pause school to focus on raising her family.  Her passion and experience around social justice issues took her to involvement in a program called the Diversity Leadership Training Project at De Anza College.  Through this project, she worked with a political science instructor to lead trainings for a diverse group of student activists.  Their goal was to educate the student activists about historical social movements and provide them with organizing tools to support their activism.  Professionally, her experience can be applied at Peninsula to the focus on accessibility and affordability and to the Board in general.  She has worked with various groups on many issues such as race, gender, and economic justice.


Ellen Wilkinson was an active member of the Peninsula community from 1997-2012 while her two children attended the school.  She managed the Spring Fair numerous times and loved the challenge of creating an engaging community experience and produced the Peninsula School Timeline display to teach the community about the rich history of the school.  Ellen piloted a successful home energy program with the Peninsula community in 2006/07 that ultimately motivated over 1000 bay area households to reduce their energy use.  She has a M.S., works in the enviromental field, has served on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and loves to plant trees.


Aidan Yeaw has 20+ years of experience in financial services and currently works for a financial technology start-up.  He was raised in Rhode Island and had a very different education than the kind that Peninsula has to offer.  He and his wife Emily are thrilled to be able to send their son to Peninsula School!



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