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

Administrative Team

The Seven Hills staff collaborates to create a great learning environment for Seven Hills students, educators and families. We work with and for Seven Hills families from that first campus visit to the poignant moment when our graduates head off to the next adventure—fueled with confidence, optimism and an understanding of what it is to be a responsible citizen. Here are some brief profiles of the Seven Hills administrative staff who keep this place humming.

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  • Sammy Buono

    Director of Extended Day and Enrichment
    Sammy manages student programs outside of school hours and works with teachers to provide an engaging experience for children. She manages the staff, operations, safety, and security of the program and its relationship with the community. Sammy is always on the lookout for a great, new enrichment class idea, so be sure to get in touch if you have one in mind!
  • Rebecca Cushing

    Director of Middle School Admission and Outreach
    Rebecca focuses on Middle School Admissions throughout the admissions season—coordinating tours, parent interviews, student visits, teacher recommendations, application details, and database management. She also focuses on community outreach opportunities to help make Seven Hills more widely-known in Walnut Creek and beyond. Rebecca lives with her husband, Dan, and enjoys outdoor activities with her children.
  • Riki Gibson

    Events and Parent Relations Manager
    Riki oversees the event management and execution of all school-wide, development, and parent events. Working closely with the Director of Development and auction co-chairs, it is her goal to continue the tradition of making the auction and other special events successful, fun and memorable for all. Proceeds from the auction contribute to Seven Hills' general program and endowment. In addition to the auction, she oversees all parent volunteer-led programs and events. When not planning an event, Riki is busy raising her two sons and spending time with family and friends. She is a foodie, loves a good workout and enjoys her weekend getaways!
  • Susanne Goldman

    Director of Admission for ECE and Lower School
    Susanne is the first person ECE and Lower School parents talk to if they are interested in learning more about Seven Hills. She helps them navigate the admissions process—leading campus tours and parent interviews, assessing prospective students, and guiding parents through applications and related forms. Her job is to determine the fit between Seven Hills and those interested in joining our learning community. Susanne also works with families who are a great fit with the school and demonstrate financial need. Susanne spends her free time hanging out with her two children, and makes handmade whimsical art that should hang in galleries.
  • Patty Gonser

    Assistant to the Lower School Head and HR Coordinator
    Patty is the assistant to the Head of Lower School, helping to support all K-5th Grade teachers, students, and their families by keeping things running smoothly. She also handles HR, benefits, and payroll. When she isn’t at Seven Hills, Patty enjoys running, hiking, good food, traveling, and time with friends and family. She and her husband have a busy household, with three children and three dogs.
  • Corinne Hayhurst

    ​Communications Manager
    Corinne is responsible for maintaining the school’s standards of internal and external communications. She promotes Seven Hills’ unique educational program and strong school community with integrated content for the School’s website, social media platforms, email, and print communications. She is active in the UC Santa Barbara alumni association and is happiest when near an ocean or lake, volunteering at the animal shelter, enjoying good coffee, or hiking a trail with her husband and dog.
  • Jesús Hernandez

    Jesús is indispensable. We call him when we need something built, something moved, something fixed or something figured out. From sign frames to fence posts, from leaky pipes to banners, Jesús is the first person we call when we’re in over our heads.
  • Tony Hernandez

    Technology and Buildings & Grounds Support
    Tony's job to ensure that all of the school's technology works. There are thousands of technology components working together, from laptops, iPads, and desktops to servers, routers, and fiber runs. Tony is out and about, in offices and classrooms, to support end users, and also supports our facilities team as needed. As we like to say, "if it plugs in, call Tony."
  • Kim Hughes

    Manager, Schoolwide Data Systems
    Kim plays an integral role in creating and managing the integrated information systems that help the school run smoothly. She also maintains the databases that keep student and family information (registration, directories, conference schedules, report cards, emergency cards – you name it) in good order. When not in front of her dual-screen work computer, she’s busy with her son and daughter (both alumni of Seven Hills), loves going to the theater and concerts with her husband, Pat, and traveling whenever and wherever she can. She’s also an avid professional cycling and hockey fan. If she disappears, check Disneyland.
  • Barb Jaspar

    Development Associate
    Barb wears many hats in Development, focusing on strategic development and campaign initiatives including project management, donor relations, communications, foundation proposals, and special events. She has a son and daughter in the Seven Hills Lower School.
  • Dale Lindstrom

    Our new Facilities Director, Dale, has worked on the Seven Hills campus for more than 14 years, and we couldn’t run the place without him. Dale manages Seven Hills facilities and grounds, helps us schedule and set up for big events, and is the go-to guy for all the details that make our campus beautiful.
  • Veena Lohia

    Extended Day and Auxiliary Support
    Veena wears many hats within classrooms and the front office and wears them well. Helping accomplish projects big and small, you may see Veena providing extra support in ECE and Lower School, lending a hand in Extended Day, or covering the front desk. Veena has a daughter in the Seven Hills Middle School.
  • Lydia McLeod

    Lydia is responsible for the planning, directing, and coordinating of all accounting operational functions including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Accounting, and managing our Annual Audit. Lydia has many years of accounting experience at a variety of for-profit and nonprofits, including another independent school, the Urban School of San Francisco. When not on campus, she enjoys spending time with family and helping other nonprofits.
  • Dan Murphy

    Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Manager
    Dan plays a key role in the execution of annual giving, auction, and alumni relations. He is the main point of contact for all alumni events, programming, and communications working closely with the Alumni Council. Dan generates the information needed to create and send out a variety of mailings throughout the year while supporting schoolwide events that inspire philanthropy for Seven Hills. As an avid sports fan, Dan can be found at A’s games and any sporting event in which a Saint Mary’s Gael is competing. His big, extended family lives all over the Bay Area, and he enjoys nothing more than traveling to visit friends across the country.
  • Mike Murphy

    Mike is Seven Hills' on-campus health coordinator, trained as an EMT to deliver a wide range of medical care in illness, injury, and emergency response in addition to the other functions of a school nurse. He is a crucial piece of our COVID-19 prevention, monitoring, and management plan, and also oversees student medical needs, emergency preparations, and Magnus Health data.
  • Alex Kopelevich

    Chief Finance and Operations Officer
    In support of the school’s faculty and staff, Alex's responsibilities run the gamut of finance, insurance, human resources, safety, facilities management, technology, database management, and administrative policy. Alex leads the school’s efforts to use our resources of time and talent as effectively as possible, always with an eye toward creating a sound financial foundation and a sustainable future. When not on campus helping the school run smoothly, he is either on, or dreaming of being on, his motorcycle on a long-distance trip.
  • Katherine Stahl

    Assistant to the Head of School
    Katherine assists the Head of School by managing her calendar and handling special projects throughout the year. An important part of her responsibilities is making sure that Kathleen is engaged with students, teachers, parents, trustees, administrators, and staff as we all help realize the mission of the school. Katherine has two daughters who are Seven Hills alumni.
  • Amy Walters

    Director of Development
    Amy builds relationships that inspire support at Seven Hills. She helps raise private support to augment tuition and pay for long-range capital improvements, engages parents in the life of the school and strengthens relationships with our alumni families and grandparents. Amy spends her time off-campus shuttling her two boys, overseeing homework and connecting with friends. Family life revolves around athletic events—De La Salle football, Saint Mary’s College basketball and lots of baseball and soccer games. With family in New York and southern California, vacations are spent traveling to see family and friends outside the Bay Area.