2019-2020 Board Members
Lisa Acree has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, in the areas of community and economic development, and corporate responsibility. She was an executive at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she focused on leadership and organizational development. She has worked and lived in Senegal (Peace Corps) Japan and Mexico. Currently she is a full-time mom to three kids, all of whom attend SFFS, where she is a passionate library volunteer. Lisa volunteers for several organizations focused on girls and women’s rights, and serves on the board of Shadhika, which supports women-led NGOs in India. She manages the grant committee for One Sky Giving Circle, which funds domestic and international NGOs dedicated to human rights and gender equality. Lisa received her MBA from Boston University with a focus on nonprofit management.
Marc Babsin has lived in and around the Mission for nearly 20 years. Marc is a principal and partner at the Emerald Fund, one of the most respected and prolific housing developers in San Francisco history. Emerald Fund is known for smart, urban-infill, transit-oriented development. Under Marc's leadership, Emerald has recently developed 1,000 apartments in three projects near the Civic Center, including the conversion of the former AAA office tower at 100 Van Ness into 418 apartments. Emerald's three Civic Center projects are widely credited with sparking the ongoing transformation of the former back office, government district into a 24/7 urban neighborhood.
Marc has long been active in organizations concerned with city living. For the past 15 years, Marc has been on the board of Livable City (the creator of Sunday Streets among many other programs and policies directed toward making San Francisco a more sustainable and livable place). Marc has also been involved for many years with the efforts of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and SPUR, a leading civic and urban planning organization.
Marc is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (B.S. Accountancy, University of Illinois), a licensed attorney (J.D., Harvard Law School) and a city planner by training (Master of City Planning, UC Berkeley).
Marc, the proud father of 2-year-old twin daughters, is inspired by the work and the impact of Horizons.
Will Connor is an Associate Marketing Manager at The Clorox Company where he is responsible for the Clorox brand. He previously worked for branding agency 160over90 where he developed brand strategy and oversaw creative development for Under Armour, Mercedes-Benz, the New York Jets, and UCLA. He began his career as a strategy and organizational development consultant at the Center for Applied Research (CFAR). Will earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University. A strong believer in the power of education, he has also worked to level the academic playing field for youth from low-income backgrounds through his work with groups like High Jump Chicago and Students Run Philly Style. Will lives in San Francisco and in his free time enjoys rowing, cooking, and supporting his favorite basketball teams.
Kristen Daniel joined SFFS in 2007 as a founding member of the sixth grade team. She attended Brown University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in History. She earned an MAT in History from Rutgers University while teaching in Summit, NJ and eventually joined the faculty at Intermediate School 413/School of the Future in Manhattan. During her years there, she trained at the Columbia University Teachers College Writing Workshop, developed a portfolio assessment program, and supervised both student teachers and first-year teachers. She is now delighted to work with both students and parents at SFFS, supporting them in their transition from middle to high school. Kristen also serves as the liaison between SFFS and our community partners, Breakthrough, SMART, and A Better Chance, ensuring that the high potential, low income students at SFFS receive the support they need to be successful. In addition to being a guest reader for Horizons, she's taught healthy cooking to kindergartners. Kristen enjoys the beach, reading, pilates, and cooking for her partner, Jeff, and daughters, Lily (SFFS class of 2015) and Clementine (SFFS class of 2017).
Michele Dilworth has over 20 years of experience raising brand profiles, building teams and contributing to the success of both private and nonprofit organizations. Michele began her career in high tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has worked in the arts, social services, global affairs and philanthropy. She currently serves as the Director of the Foundation Center’s West Coast regional office. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Michele is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ed and their three children – Patrick (Stuart Hall High School Class of 2017), Edmond (SFFS Class of 2015) and Lacey (SFFS Class of 2019).
Katie Eller has worked as an elementary school educator in San Francisco Unified School District for over 20 years. Over those years, she has been a teacher, a site-based literacy coach, and is now a program administrator leading all of the site-based literacy coaches in SFUSD. In her role, she provides professional development and one-on-one support in both literacy and coaching content for the network of literacy coaches. She also provides guidance on literacy curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th grades and leads District professional development for teachers and Principals on curriculum and instruction. The majority of her work is focused on schools in the Mission and Bayview, and she has worked closely with both BVHM and Marshall for the past 5 years. To further her own professional development, she spends two weeks each year attending the Reading and Writing Coaching Institutes through Teachers College at Columbia University. Prior to working in education, Katie worked for 10 years in merchandise planning with Esprit and the Gap and was on the founding management team for Old Navy.
Katie is originally from Yakima, Washington and received her B.S in Finance from Santa Clara University and her teaching credential from the intensive MATE program through SF State. She received her Literacy Specialist Certificate through California Early Literacy Learning (CELL/ExLL). She lives in San Francisco with her husband John who is a community organizer and their two children Lilli (15) and Miles (13).
Melissa Forgan has 20 years of experience in high-tech sales working for Palo Alto Networks, NetApp Inc., Aruba Networks and Mentor Graphics. Her career has allowed her to work closely with some of the world’s most innovative technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Intel, and Microsoft.
Melissa has served as the chairwoman of WIN; a women’s networking group at NetApp, Inc., that helps to advance the careers of women in technology and inspire young girls to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
She is an English instructor for Refugee Transitions, a non-profit agency that serves high-need, low-income refugees, asylees, and immigrants. As the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, Melissa is passionate about helping immigrants to be successful in their communities. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Melissa resides in San Francisco with her husband, Strachan.
Sangita Forth is a seasoned marketer and entrepreneur at heart whose passion is building mission-driven, lifestyle brands. Her brand experience spans from managing world-class brands at Kraft Foods & General Mills to growing early-stage challenger brands, Method Products, Plum Organics and most recently Revolution Foods. Sangita has also advised for high growth food brands including Somersault Snacks, Dang Foods, A2 Milk Company and Pique Tea. Sangita is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Whole Biome, leading the marketing, commercialization and consumer launch of microbiome-focused medical foods. She is a faculty member of the Food Business School and an active member of National Charity League, and she recently served on non-profit boards, Lava Mae and Pacific Primary School. Sangita received her BS from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she loves exploring the Bay Area with her husband and three children (Ashna SFFS '21, Kiran '23 & Anjali '27).
Kurt Gantert has spent his entire career working in the outdoor education and adventure travel industry as an educator, guide, naturalist, program director and, as a business founder & owner. In 2009 he founded the local outdoor education-focused summer camp, Wanderers. One of Kurt's inspirations for founding Wanderers was Richard Louv’s powerful book “Last Child in the Woods”. The book showcased personal stories and research portraying that, for numerous reasons, children today are spending much less time in nature than previous generations and that this has had very detrimental effects on their physical and mental health. The primary goal at Wanderers is to take kids to spectacular state and national parks in California and provide experiential learning opportunities that can create a passion for learning and being in nature. Kurt has served on the board of directors of the Randall Museum Friends and has volunteered for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), as part of their bay area leadership team. Kurt currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and 2 children.
Katharine Gin is the executive director and co-founder of Immigrants Rising, formerly Educators for Fair Consideration. For more than 20 years, Katharine has worked to enhance arts and education opportunities for low-income and minority youth. She has developed innovative programs in schools, housing projects, and detention facilities. Her artistic and educational work with youth has been highlighted in college textbooks, literary anthologies, magazines, and national newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Educational Review, Pod Save America, and Fast Company.
Outside of her work with Immigrants Rising, Katharine serves as Board President of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), on UC President Janet Napolitano's Advisory Group on Undocumented Students, on the National Advisory Board of TheDream.US, and on the Underground Scholars Initiative at UC Berkeley. She has also served as an advisor to the Nelson Fund at The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she oversaw the fund's philanthropic investments in arts and education from 2001 to 2014.
Katharine was born and raised in San Francisco and received her BA from Yale University and MFA from the University of Oregon. She is the proud descendant of Chinese immigrants, who first came to the U.S. in the 1860s to work in the gold mines of California and later during the restrictive Chinese Exclusion Acts. She is also mother to Anna Dido Nordeson and partner to Kjell Nordeson.
Mike Hanas is SFFS’s Head of School. A teacher, visionary school leader, and Quaker educator, Mike has worked in schools for three decades, most recently served as the Principal of Carolina Friends School (CFS), a pre-K–12 Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina, and is a Trustee of the Friends Council on Education.
Mike grew up on Chicago’s Southside, where he was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and his Master’s degree in Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Mike has taught humanities, served as a college counselor and assistant director of admissions, and coached basketball, football, and lacrosse at Tabor Academy, St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH), and Durham Academy in addition to CFS and SFFS. Mike and his wife Sue are enjoying new adventures in San Francisco, as well as return trips to NC to visit their two children: their daughter, Kyle, is a Smith College grad and teacher, advisor, and coach at the Friends School of Wilmington (NC), and their son, Matt, is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, where he captains Darkside, UNC’s ultimate frisbee team.
Jim Hansen was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His father's family settled in the Mission District in the 1870's. He received a BA in Economics from Santa Clara University and has spent most of his career in the financial markets building and running proprietary market-making firms. Jim currently serves on the board of the Urban School of San Francisco and is a past member of the board at the SF Friends School. In his free time, Jim enjoys tutoring K-8 students at the Tenderloin Afterschool Program. Jim and his wife Katie live in San Francisco with their children, Jack (SFFS class of 2016) and Delia (SFFS class of 2019).
Christine Hoang is an immigration attorney with the Tahirih Justice Center, where she provides pro bono representation to domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors. Previously, Christine worked at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (API Legal Outreach) where she led the agency’s immigration practice. Christine was awarded the California State Bar President’s Pro Bono Award in 2013.
Christine is licensed to practice in the State of California and is a graduate of the Berkeley Law School and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has served on the Boards of Trustees for API Legal Outreach and the San Francisco Friends School and currently serves on the Board of Lick-Wilmerding High School.
Rocky Koplik currently serves as Vice President, Client Retention & Sales Strategy for the San Francisco Giants. He is in his 19th season with the organization and is responsible for season ticket retention and ticket sales strategy, with influence over product development, customer service, inventory management, pricing and strategic planning. During his two decades plus within the sports industry he has served in numerous service and sales roles, while managing both programs and staff.
Koplik is a member of the 2016 class of Leadership San Francisco, where he focused his efforts on examining the educational landscape in the city. He strongly believes that educational opportunity and achievement should not be unduly influenced by socio-economic factors and hopes that his specific experience in business analytics and budget management will be of assistance to Horizons in its efforts to achieve its core objectives.
A New York native and a 1996 graduate from Cornell University with a B.S. in Economics, he lives in San Francisco with his wife Helen and their daughter Noa.
Vanessa Loy works at Gap, Inc. where she leads the Kids & Baby Center of Excellence, overseeing product and experience initiatives across multiple brands. She previously worked in the company’s Corporate Strategy department where she focused on Customer & Digital Strategy, Pricing and Ecommerce Fulfillment. Prior to this, she worked at Apollo Lightspeed, an innovation unit within Apollo Education Group focused on helping consumers take advantage of low-cost, skills-based online learning opportunities. She began her career at The Parthenon Group, a strategy consulting firm, where she focused on K-12 Education and Private Equity projects. She graduated from Stanford in 2003 with a BA in Economics and English and from Harvard Business School in 2008 with an MBA.
Vanessa has a long history of tutoring and mentoring underserved youth through a variety of programs. These include East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program (EPATT) while at Stanford, I Have A Dream (SF) and serving as the Co-President of the Volunteer Consulting Organization at HBS. Most recently, she served as a co-chair for one of the Junior League of SF’s community programs, SMART (Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team) where she oversaw the college-focused mentorship program. Vanessa lives with her husband, Spike, as well as her 3 sons – Winston (7), Westley (6) and Wyatt (4) - in San Francisco.
Flora Mugambi-Mutunga was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and immigrated to the United States after completing secondary school to pursue a college education. During her undergraduate studies in psychology and business management, at South Western Oklahoma State University, Flora served as President of the International Students Association a leadership role, which cultivated her interest in diversity, cultural competency and global education. In her last semester of undergraduate studies, Flora enrolled in a Masters of Education program at the same institution and completed her studies while working full time. The early years of her career found her working with underserved children in schools and in clinical milieus. She went on to become a successful Preschool Director in San Francisco for the largest provider of employer-sponsored child care in the United States. As her responsibilities grew, she was promoted to one of seven Regional Managers in Northern California. The company expanded to include elementary schools which provided Flora with the opportunity to become a founding senior administrator of a Spanish-infusion Jr. K-8th private school in San Francisco and later, its Interim Head of School for one year before relocating to Los Angeles with her husband for his job.
In her 7th year at Town School for Boys, as the Director of Community Building and Inclusion, and a member of the senior leadership, Flora is passionate about the ongoing collaboration with several stake holders that leverages diversity in all its forms, inclusion, global education and service learning. She is married to her husband David and they have one boundlessly energetic and curious preschooler who keeps them laughing and young at heart. Flora and her husband look forward to visiting family members who reside in the States and in different parts of the world. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hosting guests (drinking chai tea is a staple during visits) and participating in a Zumba class indoors or outdoors.
Erick Reyna-Gillmor is an alumnus of Marshall Elementary School, Children’s Day School and Urban High School and a founding staff member of the SFFS Horizons program. Erick also joined the faculty of SFFS's middle school as a teacher assistant from Fall 2015 until summer 2017, and he remains active in the Friends School community working with Horizons and coaching futsal after school. Erick emigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was in 3rd grade. He considers San Francisco his home, for he grew up in the Mission District and has spent most of his community work defending the city from injustice towards undocumented immigrants and the homeless community. Erick is currently employed at June Jordan School for Equity, running an internship to support social activism and most importantly leading the creation of a city wide high school network to support undocumented students. Erick is looking forward to enjoying yet another year at Horizons and the arrival of the FIFA World Cup.
Alejandra Rincón serves as Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Chief of Staff for the Office of Diversity and Outreach at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). In that capacity, she manages the overall operations of the Office of Diversity and Outreach, is the lead strategist for this unit and assists in carrying out the vision and goals for the overall campus. She also serves as a Curriculum lead for the new Latinx Center of Excellence. At UCSF, she has also served as Dean’s Diversity Leader for the School of Medicine. In that role, she advanced the integration of topics of race and health disparities into the medical curriculum. She is an educator and professional with over 20 years' experience on issues affecting students of color, English Language Learners, immigrant and Latino students. Her experience includes efforts at bilingual and multilingual programs within large urban school districts, work at a university setting and eight years at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where she managed various programs as well as all aspects of the organization's $30 million annual scholarship giving and served as the organization's spokesperson on educational issues affecting Latinos.
In addition, Dr. Alejandra Rincón is the author of “Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: ¡Sí se puede!” With over 1600 copies sold, this is the first book on the topic to chronicle the historic struggle of undocumented students and their supporters to gain equal access to higher education through in-state tuition laws. In 2009, her advocacy was recognized in a feature article in People en español, one of the most widely distributed Spanish language magazines in the world. She is also the 2006 recipient of the Human Relations Award of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. The award honors persons who have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students. Through her current service for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), she continues to advocate for increased educational opportunities for Latino students.
Guybe Slangen comes from an international family of educators—his dad (from Belgium) was a professor for nearly three decades and his mom (from the Philippines) taught in public schools for many years. He joined SFFS in 2009 from the Head-Royce School where he was the Dean of Students. Prior to that he worked at independent schools in both Colorado and New York. Whether it is leading students on backpacking trips in the Sierras or taking them to serve meals at homeless shelters, Guybe believes strongly that learning has the greatest impact through experience. At Friends, his work centers around building and sustaining strong relationships between the school and the greater community, be it in the Mission or across the country. He also manages all grade-level trips and co-clerks the school’s Quaker Life Committee. Guybe is a graduate of Dickinson College and completed his Master’s in Educational Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College. He is on the Advisory Board for the National Network for Schools in Partnership (NNSP), and has presented workshops nationally on the topics of leadership, diversity, and community engagement. An avid surfer, biker, and skier, Guybe lives in Oakland with his partner Susan and their daughter Livi.
Lynda Sullivan has spent more than 20 years in the financial services industry. Most recently, Sullivan served as investment director at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where she had responsibility for investing the foundation’s endowment in the public equity and fixed income sectors. Sullivan began her career in the Corporate Finance department at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and prior to joining the Moore Foundation held senior positions at Gap, Inc., and Montgomery Securities in San Francisco. Sullivan earned bachelor’s degrees in both business and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Sullivan serves on the Board of Directors for Save The Bay in addition to being a long-time Food Bank volunteer and donor.