Board of Directors

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Peninsula School is a 501c3 nonprofit entity governed by a Board of Directors. The School is graced with a dedicated group of seventeen members of the Board of Directors who take their responsibilities seriously.

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

Karin Heck, President, comes to Peninsula with a career primarily spent in arts and education. She has an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College at Columbia and the equivalent of an MBA from Stockholm University.  She has worked in management, marketing, strategy and operations in a number of high-profile international cultural and educational organizations. She is currently consulting in these areas. In her role as President of the Board, Karin also oversees the Executive Committee and the Support and Evaluation Committee. She also works closely with the Head of school, to ensure the Board aligns with, and supports, the Head of School.

Ulysses Hui, Vice President, serves as the Chair of the Board’s Committee on Trustees (“COT”). He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is the General Counsel, Chief Risk Management Officer, and Assistant Secretary of Japan Display Inc.’s American operations. Ulysses first started working with the Board as a non-board member advisor on a Governance Task Force and the Development Committee, before joining the Board and chairing the Development Committee. As the current COT chair and a member of the Executive Committee, his main responsibilities include cultivating, promoting, and maintaining a strategically effective Board, through training, nominations, and governance oversight.

Alethea Van Hiller, Treasurer, is a Bay Area native and Peninsula parent along with her husband, Jesse. She received a degree in Ancient History from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. A lover of numbers, she has spent the last 20 years working in various finance and accounting positions at high tech companies, big and small.

Matthew Girard, Secretary, joined the Peninsula school community as a parent in 2013 and currently serves as the Board’s Secretary and on the Committee on Trustees. He received a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and spent the next 3 years as a systems administrator, teacher, and assistant hockey coach at The Derryfield School in Manchester, NH. Since then, Matthew has spent the last 15 years as a software engineer (and off-and-on engineering manager) specializing in reliability of complex distributed systems at scale. Most recently having left Google he is currently an engineering manager at Slack. Matthew brings a passion for technology and environmentalism and how the two have become inseparably linked in the modern age.

Meg Shields Formato is a lecturer at Stanford University in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the coordinator for Stanford’s Notation in Science Communication. She holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard and a BA in English from Amherst College. Meg brings a long-term commitment to understanding how independent schools can do a better job of listening to and meeting the needs of underrepresented students and families. As a Peninsula parent, Meg’s contributions include co-chairing the Community Celebration & Auction in 2016 and 2017, serving as a member of the Community Diversity Committee, and co-founding Peninsula’s Families of Color Affinity Group.

Jacqueline Garcia grew up in Los Angeles.  Before moving to the Bay Area, she worked for Estée Lauder and Ralph Lauren in New York. In 2010, she co-founded The Luna Park Arts Foundation in San Jose and has been involved in fundraising and philanthropy for a number of years. Most recently she consults for The Human Rights Campaign in D.C. and is an advocate for the homeless population in Santa Clara County. Jacqueline sits on numerous non-profit boards and is passionate about creating environments that value inclusivity and equity, especially as they pertain to education.

Jesse Gillispie is a current 7th grade Head Teacher at Peninsula School. Jesse received her B.A. in Linguistics from Scripps College, her MA from Stanford and a PhD from UCSB, both in Education. Jesse is a parent of three Peninsula students (Sydney, Stellan, and Freya) and has been particularly active in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the board level. Before coming to Peninsula she taught undergraduate and teacher education courses at UCSC in language and culture and in social justice. Her personal and professional interests show a commitment to Social Justice both locally and globally.

Jinnah Dylan Hosein and his wife, Megana, have been parents at Peninsula school since 2009. Born in Kingston, Jamaica to Trinidadian and American parents, he was raised in New York. The Hoseins moved to California in 2004 when Jinnah began working at Google. Since 2014 he had worked at SpaceX as the Vice President of Software Engineering. He recently moved to Aurora Innovations, a self driving car startup in Palo Alto.

Julia Rubin (alum ‘96), is a new board member and serves on the Committee on Trustees. She earned a B.A. in South Asian Religions and a B.A. in Literature from UCSB, before completing an M.F.A in Fiction writing from Mills College. She then spent ten years in the classroom, teaching courses in English, French, and Creative Writing at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. Most recently, she earned her M.A. in Education from the Learning, Design and Technology program at Stanford University. As an alum of Peninsula, and someone who is passionate about writing development, both analytical and creative, she is proud to serve as a board member at Peninsula School, where self-reflection, expression and exploration are so highly valued.

Oli Petry and his wife May are parents at Peninsula school since 2010. Oli was born and raised in Germany and moved to the US in early 1998 working for a startup while still officially being enrolled in college. He is currently an engineering manager at Netflix with passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion both at work and in the community. Oli is a member of the Finance committee as well as Investment & budget working groups.

David Quinn works as a facilities and operations professional in the biotech industry. David is an eleven-year board member, serving the school community as an involved and active participant in a number of committees including Finance, Building & Grounds, and Strategic Planning. David’s two children are Peninsula alumni.

Allison Templeton is a member of the Committee on Trustees and the Development Committee, and is an active volunteer in the Peninsula community. She served as Secretary of POP, Class Representative, and Class Representative Coordinator. Allison has a law degree from American University and has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors, most recently as a partner in a San Francisco litigation firm. Allison’s community service reflects her passion for gender equity and leadership opportunities for girls. She has been a leader in Girl Scouts for ten years and she supports fundraising for iSing Silicon Valley, a girls choir in Palo Alto, and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.  

Anu Sanghvi and her husband Pulin are proud parents of Sarina and Rohan, both at Peninsula.  Anu currently serves as a Trustee at Nassau Nursery School, Rohan's preschool in Princeton, NJ, where she previously also served as the Marketing Chair in the Parents Association.  Professionally, Anu has 20+ years of experience leading product teams to bring new ideas to flight, and creating magical experiences that transform lives.  In her spare time, Anu can be found writing poetry, Whatsapping with her friends all over the world, and planning her family's next travel adventure.

Ellen Wilkinson was an active member of the Peninsula community from 1997-2012 while her two children attended the school. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Studies from SJSU, a B.S. in Mass Communications and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and currently works in the environmental field as a consultant with Down2Earth Consulting. She serves on the Evaluation & Support, Development, and Strategic Plan committees and formerly served on the Identity & Culture taskforce in 2006 and Communications taskforces in 2015 and 2018.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees focusing on environmental literacy, city trees and community choice aggregation. Ellen married her passion for the environment and community-building by piloting a successful home energy program with the Peninsula community in 2006-2007 that was adopted by a local environmental non-profit and ultimately motivated over 1000 bay area households to reduce their energy use.  

Denise Adger has many years in finance and administrative roles at EPACenter Arts and Stanford University. Most recently, Denise worked at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities where she oversaw grants, gifts, and operating funds. She brings expertise in preparing budgets, managing grant and contract proposals, and ensuring compliance with state, federal, and operational policies. Denise holds a BS degree in Information Systems Management from the University of San Francisco and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology with an emphasis on Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Denise, a lifelong East Palo Alto resident, has instilled in her five children the importance of family and community. In her role as Youth Director at her church, she thrives in giving underrepresented youth experiences and opportunities ranging from camping excursions to college preparation.

Rasha Glenn joined Peninsula in September 2017 as the Head Kindergarten Teacher. Before coming to teach at Peninsula, Rasha spent two years in a teaching residency at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos in the 4th grade. She attended Stanford University, earning her B.A. with a major in Italian Literature, Language and Culture. She is fluent in Italian and taught K-5th English in Pontasieve, Italy. Prior and while in college, Rasha worked in childcare for 6 years in her church in Fort Worth, TX where she also developed curriculum and taught classes. Rasha now serves as a Kids’ Leader at Vive church both in Palo Alto and San Francisco where she develops curriculum, plans events, and teaches weekly lessons. Additionally, she is a Big Sister and a youth mentor. 

Terra Miller has served many roles since joining the Peninsula community decades ago: mother of four in school here from 1988 to 2006, classroom assistant, upper school swing teacher, seventh grade teacher, summer program director, and currently, art teacher. While a teacher and administrator here, she also served on Peninsula's Board of Directors as a parent and later as a staff-elected trustee. Terra loves the opportunities Peninsula offers her for contributing to this community. They range from helping a five year old with scissor skills, to teaching middle schoolers to recognize and develop their visual vocabularies as artists, to helping draft the coming years' budgets, to the committee work that created our beautiful Mission Statement.

Jahvita Rastafari is a Bay Area Native, Peninsula Alumni (class of ’02) and current parent. She received her Bachelors in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Miami, FL. Jahvita is a marketer with over 10 years of experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, specializing in digital marketing, strategy, marketing operations, brand management. Jahvita currently is Associate Marketing Director at Code for America, overseeing program marketing and marketing operations. In addition, she also serves as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee chair where she focuses on on building equitable and inclusive policies and practices for Code for America, and tech ecosystem at large.  As a Peninsula parent, Jahvita co-founded Peninsula’s Families of Color Affinity Group, sits on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce, and co-chaired the 2016 & 2017 Community Auction. 

Erik Carlson currently serves as the Interim Head of School at Park Day School, a K - 8 progressive school in Oakland.  For over 15 years he has been an administrator at Priory, Hamlin, Phillips Brooks, and Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in a range of roles from Dean of Students to Head of School.  Erik earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree from New York University, and completed an executive program in Non-profit Leadership from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Erik brings experience as a school administrator and commitment to progressive education and social justice to support the Head of School and the Board.

Shu Rosenthal is a current assistant teacher in Rasha’s. Born and raised in Yokohama, Japan. Shu has spent summer in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan when growing up. She came to the U.S. after graduating high school in Japan. Studied sculpting in Italy, Czech Republic and in the U.S. and earned a B.A. in Studio Art from San Jose State University. She has been an active volunteer at San Jose Museum of Art for the past 15 years, and worked as a translator for numerous organizations in the Bay Area. She is passionate about art and education. Shu and her husband, Todd, has three children at Peninsula School.

The current bylaws of the Peninsula Board as amended in 2013 and 2018 may be found here.