Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Leaders, Ambassadors, Visionaries and Partners

As an NAIS member and CAIS-accredited independent school, Seven Hills is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Trustees determine the Seven Hills mission and strategic goals, and also act as fiduciaries for future generations of Seven Hills students—exercising oversight of the school’s financial health, approving the school’s annual budget, and overseeing the school’s physical assets and fundraising efforts. Importantly, the Board selects, evaluates and supports the Head of School. The Board does not get involved in the day-to-day affairs of the school, disciplinary or personnel issues, or admissions decisions—which are the responsibility of the Head of School. In short, the trustees act as stewards of the school, while serving as ambassadors of the Seven Hills mission. Please click here to read more about the work of the Board of Trustees.

List of 21 items.

  • Sameer Advani

    Sameer and his wife Stella joined the Seven Hills community in 2015 with two daughters in the Lower and Middle School. Sameer has a background in engineering and entrepreneurship and has been in leadership and strategy roles in the recycling and solar industries. Sameer studied engineering at Humboldt State and UC Berkeley, and business at the University of Chicago. He is currently advocating for local sustainability initiatives as the founder of the Walnut Creek Climate Action Network.
  • Jamil Akoni

    Jamil works as a project manager for Kaiser Permanente and has experience in consulting, economic development, entrepreneurship, vendor management, and customer support. He has spent time serving as a volunteer through the Rotary Club of Oakland and as a Board member of various non-profits covering services such as music, dance, education, homeless children, visual arts, and leadership education. When not working, Jamil plays soccer and referees his kids' soccer games. He has one Seven Hills alumna and one current student—and is an active parent in classroom activities and field trips.
  • Heather Alumbaugh

    Dr. Alumbaugh is the vice president for academic life at De La Salle High School, where she is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership, vision, and direction for the design and implementation of the school’s academic programs. She is the first female chief academic officer in the school’s history. Prior to De La Salle, she was an associate professor of English at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, where she was also the director of the honors program and the co-founder of the women’s studies program. She returned to the East Bay with her husband, son, and 15-year old rescue dog in 2016. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and B.A. in English with a concentration in Spanish literature from UCLA.
  • Pat Blake

    Currently serving as treasurer of the Board and chair of the finance committee, Pat’s career spans more than 30 years in healthcare services and health information technology, having held leadership roles at both McKesson Corporation and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Most recently with McKesson, he was executive vice president and group president, responsible for the company’s Technology Solutions segment. Additionally, he held senior operating roles in the company’s pharmaceutical distribution and specialty businesses. Blake serves on the boards of Mayne Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company, and Sutter Health. Pat earned a B.A. in economics from Denison University and an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. Pat and his wife Ali, have two children in Lower School, and Pat’s three older children are alumni of Seven Hills.
  • Annette O’Donnell-Butner

    Currently serving on the marketing committee, Annette is a director and chief compliance officer at KKR Credit Advisors (US) LLC (KCA), a global investment management and advisory firm, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co L.P. (KKR). With KKR since 2009, she is responsible for the administration of the KCA compliance and ethics program, and regulatory obligations. Previously, Annette was a senior vice president and deputy director of compliance for the private investment management division of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc./Barclays PLC. In 2012, she joined the board of visitors for the political science department at Pennsylvania State University. Annette holds a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law. She and her husband, Chris, live in Orinda with their two sons—one current Seven Hills student and one recent graduate.
  • Paul Deeringer

    Paul is senior vice president of strategy & emerging business at John Muir Health. Paul has overall responsibility for the development and execution of John Muir Health’s ambulatory physician strategy, as well as operational accountability for John Muir Health’s physician-facing business functions, including physician services, provider talent, and physician contracting. Prior to his role with John Muir Health, Paul practiced as a healthcare regulatory and transactional attorney, including as both outside counsel and as in-house counsel at John Muir Health. Before practicing law, Paul worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as a research project manager with Dr. Molly Coye’s Health Technology Center. Paul received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University and his law degree from Georgetown University with an emphasis in healthcare economics. Paul and his wife, Christa, have a set of delightfully spirited twin girls in 2nd grade. Paul enjoys spending time with his family, running and cross-training, and finding new problems to solve.
  • Candace Fleming

    Candace is the chief operating officer at Monti Kids, a Montessori-inspired educational toy program for infants and toddlers. She manages all business operations including international manufacturing, e-commerce, finance, customer service, and HR. Previously, Candace was co-founder and president of H2ORS, a medical-grade electrolyte drink used primarily by athletes and cancer patients for dehydration. In 2007, she co-founded Crimson Hexagon with Harvard professor Gary King, and as CEO successfully launched one of the world's leading social media analytics software platforms. Prior to her entrepreneurial efforts, she focused on supply chain and operations optimization at large and small companies, including HP, Agilent, and Mercer Management Consulting. Candace holds bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and English from Stanford and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Lee, live in Orinda with their daughter who is a Seven Hills alumna, and son who is a current student.
  • Joel Grossman

    Joel is a technology entrepreneur and current President and co-founder of NumberAI, an AI-powered phone answering and texting solution for main street businesses backed by DFJ, Google’s Gradient Ventures, and Costanoa Ventures. Before that, Joel was COO of Location Labs, a mobile location-based family safety company that was acquired in 2014 where he oversaw product, sales, business development, and people operations. Joel holds an ScB from Brown University in Computer Science and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Joel and his wife Holly have three children at Seven Hills.
  • Matt Janopaul

    Member since 2013, currently serving as chair of the Board. Matt's diverse career has ranged from an investment professional in the public and private equity markets to advisory and senior operating roles within the branded consumer products, business services, financial services, manufacturing, and retail sectors. He is currently the managing director of Servco Pacific Capital, which is the direct investment arm of Servco Pacific, Inc. Established in 1919, Servco is the largest private business in the state of Hawaii and the holding company has diversified interests in the United States, Australia, and Asia. In his role, Matt leads Servco’s venture capital and private equity investments as well as the corporate strategy and development activities of the holding company. Servco’s current investments include joint ownership of Fender Musical Instruments, the world's largest electric guitar and amplifier company. Since 2001, he has held various roles with Fender, from investor and board member to president and COO. Previously, he was a general partner with Weston Presidio, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. Matt earned his B.A. in economics from Duke University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Marissa, are the parents of two Seven Hills students in the Middle School.
  • Alexandra Lee

    Alex is a senior client partner at Google focusing on large technology companies driving collaborative digital partnerships, leveraging the best of Google's offerings including AI, ML, and cloud-based marketing. Prior to Google, Alex spent 14 years with AOL leading media sales across key CPG, finance, and retail clients in New York and San Francisco. Alex attended both Cal and UC Irvine where she ultimately earned her B.A. in biology and economics. She also serves on the advisory board of Party In-Kindness, a local charity whose mission is to turn any celebration into a reason to give back to the East Bay community. Alex and her husband, Cornel, live in Diablo with their two boys, both in the Seven Hills Lower School.
  • Mackenzie Lesher

    Member since 2012, currently serving as Secretary of the Board and chair of the Governance committee. Mackenzie owns and operates The Spotted Cow, a pop-up vintage home market in downtown Martinez. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade and served as a curriculum specialist in the Walnut Creek School District. Mackenzie has held a number of volunteer leadership positions in the community, including co-chair of Walnut Creek's year-long Centennial Celebration, president and board member of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, and chair of the annual fundraising gala for the Diablo Regional Arts Association. Mackenzie earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a multiple subjects teaching credential from St. Mary's College. Mackenzie and her husband Steve are parents to two boys, both Seven Hills students.
  • Eric Littell

    Eric is a Senior Engagement Manager at Looker, a data and analytics business recently acquired by Google. Joining Looker in 2018, Eric’s responsibilities include working with medium and large enterprise clients to help craft and deliver solutions meeting their Business Intelligence needs. Prior to Looker, Eric owned revenue and delivery management responsibilities as an Engagement Manager at IBM, within their Legal and eGovernance division. Eric graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Quantitative Economics with a concentration in Computer Science. Eric and his wife, Kari, have two boys at Seven Hills—one in Lower School and one in Middle School.
  • Matt Macomber

    Matt is a managing director and the global head of web technology for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with nearly $5 trillion in assets under management. He is responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining the firm’s web properties that serve clients in 37 countries. Prior to joining BlackRock, Matt held senior fintech roles at a number of large financial institutions. Matt earned a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Orfalea School of Business at Cal Poly. Matt and his wife, Kamin, live in Walnut Creek and have three daughters⁠—two Seven Hills alumni and one current student.
  • Julie Meissner

    Julie is the founder and CEO of Garrison Point Advisors, an independent financial advisory collective with a focus on empowering women to invest their time and assets meaningfully. Additionally, Julie is the COO and CCO Garrison Point Capital, a fixed income asset management firm. Julie received her CRCP designation through The FINRA Institute at Wharton and received her B.S. in finance from Golden Gate University. While in college, Julie co-founded a juice and smoothie business, which developed into a franchise chain. Julie and her husband live in Lafayette and have two daughters, one in the Seven Hills Lower School and one in preschool. On an ideal weekend, she can be found reading, doing yoga, riding horses, or hiking with her family and two dogs in the hills of Northern California.
  • Ronke Olatunji

    Ronke is a small business owner of a management consulting firm, named ADOLAtunji Consulting Services. She has over 20 years of internal auditing and accounting experience that spans across the healthcare, manufacturing, education, and financial services industries. Ronke currently helps small businesses and large organizations with any accounting, operational, and process implementation/improvement needs. Most recently, Ronke was the director of business services and campus chief business officer at Los Medanos College, part of the Contra Costa Community College District, where she was responsible for oversight of the finance and administrative functions of the college. Prior to that, she was the District’s director of internal audit. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and earned her B.Sc. in business administration and accounting from Cal State East Bay and MBA in organizational leadership from Chapman/Brandman University. When Ronke is not working on her consulting business, she enjoys blogging, crafting, making jewelry, and hanging out with family. Ronke and her husband, Ernie are parents of one Seven Hills alumna, a daughter in Middle School, and a four-year-old in Red Barn.
  • Bryce Pinkos ’99

    A photo editor at Lucasfilm, Bryce edits and distributes still photography from all Star Wars films in production to curate the films’ look and feel. He has over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry wearing many hats—including working at major studios, media networks, and talent agencies. He graduated from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in fine art photography. Bryce is an avid runner, photographer, and outdoorsman. He lives in San Francisco and loves to travel with his fiancé, newborn son, and dog Juno.
  • Marcela Robledo

    Marcela is a technology transactions partner in the San Francisco office of Baker McKenzie, a global law firm with multiple practices and offices. Marcela’s practice focuses on the intellectual property and technology aspects of a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and licensing. Prior to Baker McKenzie, Marcela worked for over thirteen years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a corporate and litigation law firm. Marcela is originally from Colombia and is a graduate of Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia, JD), Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia, LLM), and New York University School of Law (LLM). Marcela lives with her husband Juan and her son in the Lower School.
  • Del Stafford

    Del is a managing director and Head of the Americas Portfolio Consulting team within the iShares division at BlackRock. His team consults directly with institutions across the Americas to develop tailored, portfolio solutions covering various asset classes and product structures. Before this role, he was the Head of the Model Portfolio and Solutions business, which included serving on the investment research approval board and as a portfolio manager on select BlackRock iShares Variable Insurance Funds. Before joining BlackRock (Barclays Global Investors) in 2008, Del began his career with The Vanguard Group in Pennsylvania. He holds an MBA from LaSalle University, a bachelor of science in finance from Bloomsburg University, and is a CFA Charterholder. Del and his wife Kim have a daughter in the Lower School.
  • Seiyonne Suriyakumar '02

    Seiyonne leads product marketing at Dropbox. He joined HelloSign in 2018 prior to the Dropbox acquisition and leads product messaging, sales enablement, positioning, and launch efforts. Prior to HelloSign, Seiyonne was Chief Operating Officer at Mobitor, a retail and healthcare SaaS company, and before then, a consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice. While at Deloitte, he helped Fortune 500 companies map out their M&A, growth, and expansion plans. Seiyonne graduated from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with a concentration in strategy and entrepreneurship. He and his wife Anika live in Oakland and enjoy wine, cooking, and spending time with family.  
  • Lisa Barnett Sween

    Lisa is principal and office litigation manager of Jackson Lewis PC’s San Francisco office, a law firm that provides premier workplace law representation to management, and includes leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare, and sports law. In addition to her litigation practice, Lisa regularly provides strategic advice and counsel to employers to help them navigate through California and federal employment laws in the hopes of avoiding litigation. Lisa has spent time serving on the Board of Las Trampas, Inc., a residential school and adult day program for individuals with moderate to profound developmental disabilities located in Lafayette. She and her daughter also devote substantial time volunteering through National Charity League. She earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Lisa and her husband John live in Lafayette, with their daughter (Seven Hills Class of 2017), son, and puppy.
  • Kirsten Young

    Kirsten has been in the commercial real estate industry via property management for 20 years with experience in construction, accounting, financial analysis, marketing, promotions, team management, training, technology, engineering, legal, and customer service. She is known for solving challenges creatively, managing change effectively, and communicating in a way that resonates with the audience. Kirsten has also served on two professional association boards and a community committee supporting an early child development center. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S. in operations and production management. Kirsten and her husband have three children – two Seven Hills alumni and a student in Middle School.