Lisa Acree has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, in the areas of community and economic development and corporate responsibility. Most recently she was Chief Operating Officer at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), where she focused on leadership and organizational development. She served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, for three years, and has lived and worked in Japan and Mexico.
Currently she is a full-time mom to three children, all of whom attend the San Francisco Friends School, where she is a passionate library volunteer. Lisa volunteers for several organizations focused on girls and women’s rights. For the past five years she has served on the program committee of Shadhika, focusing on leadership development, advocacy, and institutional capacity building for 6 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 graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in International Relations and received her MBA from Boston University.
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). The proud father of 2-year-old twin daughters, he 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 brought nine years of teaching experience to the Friends School's founding sixth grade team when she joined SFFS in 2007. She attended Brown University and jumped immediately into the classroom at Summit Middle School to fulfill her New Jersey Governor’s Teaching Scholarship. She taught language arts and social studies in a mixed seventh/eighth grade, and attended Rutgers to complete her master’s degree. After six years at Summit, Kristen moved into New York City, and joined the faculty at Intermediate School 413/School of the Future. During her two 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, supporting them in their transition into middle school and with the high school application process. Kristen serves as the liaison between SFFS and its community partners, Breakthrough and The SMART Program, ensuring that these high potential, low income students receive the support they need to be successful. In addition to being a guest reader for Horizons, she's taught healthy cooking to kindergarteners. Kristen enjoys the beach, reading, 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 sons – Patrick (Stuart Hall High School Class of 2017), Edmond (SFFS Class of 2015) and Lucas (SFFS Class of 2019).
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.
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 Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC). 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 E4FC, 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.
Jenna Goldman grew up in Philadelphia, PA and is a graduate (and lifer) from Germantown Friends School. She received her B.S. from Bowdoin College and her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Jenna has spent her career in start-ups both in New York and San Francisco. Currently, she heads up Media Platform Partnerships for Oracle, a big data marketing solutions company. In addition, Jenna continues to remain connected to her East Coast alma maters by leading annual giving campaigns for her GFS class, and by serving as a Bowdoin Alumni interviewer for the Bay Area. Jenna lives in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband Justin Manus and their son, Graham.
Mike Hanas is San Francisco Friends School’s new 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.
Dan Hirsch grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School. He has a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Dan was a Managing Member at Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. through 2016. In addition, Dan serves on the board of The Mission Preparatory School, a public charter K-8 school located in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood, as well as on the SFFS board of trustees. Dan lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Claire (SFFS Class of 2022).
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.
Kelly McKane grew up in Denver, Colorado and received her B.S. from Northwestern University. For ten years, Kelly worked as a development professional in Chicago and Washington, DC, raising institutional support for a variety of nonprofit organizations including a contemporary dance company, a public television station, and an organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Before moving to San Francisco, Kelly was responsible for designing and implementing strategy for securing annual and multi-year support for NPR’s national news and cultural programming. Over the years, she also volunteered as an ESL tutor, reading tutor, and student mentor, and has planned fundraising events and managed volunteers for a variety of arts, cultural, community and educational organizations. She currently serves on the board of trustees for the San Francisco Friends School. Kelly and her husband Mark live in San Francisco with their three sons Michael (SFFS class of 2017), Luke (SFFS class of 2019) and Matthew (SFFS class of 2021).
Andrew M. McNaught is a partner in the San Francisco office of the global law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on defending employers against single and multi-plaintiff claims for discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, as well as against high exposure wage and hour class action claims arising under the California Labor Code and the FLSA. He also routinely handles wrongful termination, breach of contract, and other employment-related tort and contract claims. Andrew has handled litigation for and provided counseling to clients in a variety of industries, including education, health care, construction, hospitality, the arts, airline transportation, financial and professional services, defense contractors, retail, and high technology. In addition to his labor and employment practice, Andrew has significant experience litigating copyright, contract, and personal injury cases. He received his J.D. from the University of California - Hastings College of the Law in 2000, and his B.A. from Brown University in 1992. Andrew has a special passion for the Horizons Program, and unique insight into it. For eight summers, he taught first through third graders at the original Horizons Summer Program at the New Canaan Country School. Andrew’s mother, Lyn McNaught, was the Executive Director for that program for 27 years, and during that time oversaw the founding of Horizons National and the expansion of Horizons to numerous affiliates throughout the country. She currently sits on the Board of Horizons National. The Horizons mission is one deeply personal to Andrew and his family, and Andrew is extremely excited to work with the Board to help launch, foster, and develop Horizons at the San Francisco Friends School.
Katherine Nielsen is Co-Director of the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). Trained as an educator and a scientist, she has taught science at the middle through undergraduate level; conducted research in developmental neurobiology; and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education. Ms. Nielsen has nearly 20 years experience in the scientist-teacher partnership field, including launching the International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference in 2013. She is a co-founder of the Bay Area Science Festival, an annual 10-day celebration of science that reaches over 60,000 people. Under her leadership, UCSF SEP's High School Intern Program was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2011. She is co-author of Girls in Science: A Framework for Action. She currently oversees awards from federal sources (National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health), state sources (California Science Project and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine), corporations such as Chevron, Bayer, and Genentech, and foundations such as S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Ms. Nielsen has a Masters of Arts in Education from Stanford University and a Masters of Science in Biology from Montana State University. She has two sons; one is in the 6th grade at Children's Day School and the other is a 9th grader at the Urban School of SF.
Erick Reyna 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 (ODO). This office has campus wide impact as it interacts with central campus administration, the various schools and the Medical Center. The Assistant Vice-Chancellor for the ODO is the lead strategist for this unit and assists in carrying out the vision and goals for the overall campus. Alejandra 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, Alejandra 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.
Gwen Rino is an educator whose career has included teaching in public, private, and parochial schools around the Bay Area. She was the Academic Dean at San Francisco Friends School through 2016, where she oversaw the K-8 curriculum and supported teachers in their professional growth and development. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a mentor and regular volunteer with the East Bay College Fund, which provides financial and practical support to low-income Oakland public high school graduates who are the first in their families to go to college. Gwen lives in Oakland with her partner Jess.
Abby Rovner served as the Friends School's Middle and High School Transition Coordinator from 2011-2014. In this role, she led the high school transition process, welcomed and oriented students and families new to the middle school, spearheaded the launch of the new Friends Community Scholars program, and strengthened partnerships with a range of Mission based education and youth development agencies. Prior to coming to Friends, Abby started up and ran "I Have a Dream" - San Francisco (IHAD-SF), a nonprofit college and career preparedness program that served 65 youth from San Francisco's Mission and Bayview/Hunter's Point neighborhoods. During her 12 years as Executive Director of IHAD, Abby and her team provided unwavering support to the “Dreamers” and their families as they developed the non-cognitive and academic skills necessary to grow up healthy, educated and college bound.
Abby earned a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and an M.A. in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation, both from Stanford University. Bilingual in Spanish and English, she has taught Language Arts, Literature, and English as a Second Language to recently immigrated middle school students, worked in the administration of a community charter school, and served as mentor and guide for Waking the Village, a nonprofit that brought eighteen at-risk and homeless youth on a cross-country bicycle trip across the country. Abby strongly believes in the mission of Horizons National and in the approach the program takes to strengthening elementary education, leveraging resources, and providing summer enrichment opportunities for underserved children. She is looking forward to building the first west coast Horizons program with the collaboration of the Mission community, the guidance of the Friends School's vision and values and the support of its talented and committed faculty and leadership.
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.