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.

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  • Jamil Akoni

    Member in 2016. 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 two children at Seven Hills - in 3rd and 7th grade - and is an active parent in classroom activities and field trips. 
  • Pat Blake

    Member since 2015. Pat is Executive Vice President and Group President of McKesson Technology Solutions. He has overall responsibility for all of the businesses within McKesson Technology Solutions, including RelayHealth, Health Solutions, Medical Imaging, Enterprise Information Solutions and Business Performance Solutions. Prior to his current position, Blake served as president of McKesson Specialty Care Solutions, a business unit that delivers services to manufacturers and providers to ensure specialty pharmaceutical products, coordinated reimbursement and clinical services are available to patients with complex diseases. In 1999, he was named president of McKesson Health Systems, and in 2001 he was elevated to president of customer operations for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. Prior to joining McKesson, Blake held leadership roles at Baxter International, Inc., and American Hospital Supply Inc. He earned a B.A. in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and a Master of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. Pat and his wife, Ali, have one child in Preschool and another in Pre-K, and Pat’s three older children are graduates of Seven Hills.

  • Jodee Brydges

    Member since 2015. With over 23 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry, Jodee is a producing loan officer at RPM Mortgage in Alamo. Past professional positions have included: CEO of Meridian Financial, Vice President and Broker of Record of First Blackhawk Financial, a national speaker for the mortgage industry, a contributing writer for a national weekly mortgage publication and the creator of PointPro (a presentation software package for loan officers). Jodee is also a monthly contributing faculty member for Vantage Production, the nation’s largest customer relationship management and mortgage-backed securities market advisory service for mortgage professionals. She earned a B.A. in business management from St. Mary’s College and is licensed by the Department of Real Estate and the National Mortgage Licensing System. Jodee and her husband, Robert, live in Alamo and their daughter is a student in Seven Hills’ Lower School.
  • Annette O’Donnell-Butner

    Member since 2014, 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 of 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 who are both Seven Hills students.
  • Laura Furstenthal

    Member since 2013, currently serving on the Finance Committee. Laura is the Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office. She serves clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and insurance sectors across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Laura is a leader of McKinsey’s North America Women's Initiative, has authored articles in international journals including Nature, and speaks at healthcare and women’s leadership conferences. She earned her A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Stanford University School of Medicine. Laura and her husband, John, live in Lafayette and are parents to two Seven Hills students.
  • John Gingrich

    Member since 2013, currently serving on the Marketing and Development Committees. John is a Managing Director in Accenture's Communications, Media and Technology practice. He leads Accenture's Management Consulting group for the Pacific Region in addition to overseeing Accenture’s relationships with a number of Bay Area High Tech clients and also serves as the Northern California Location People Lead.  John has over 20 years of experience at Accenture, working with communications and high-tech clients across the United States and abroad. His specialty is helping clients move to new business models and managing complex transformation efforts. John graduated from Pomona College and stays engaged in campus activities in an advisory role for Career Development and Advancement. John and his wife, Cookie, have two sons -- their oldest graduated from Seven Hills in 2016 and their youngest attends Seven Hills Middle School.
  • Khira Griscavage

    Member since 2016. Khira joined UC Berkeley in June 2016 as Associate Chancellor and Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer.  In this role, she manages the risk portfolio for the University and provides strategic and operating guidance to the Chancellor and the leadership team. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she served as the Director of Operations and Professional Development for McKinsey and Company’s West Coast Office.  In this role, she had oversight of all of the administrative and operating functions for McKinsey’s San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California locations.  Khira also has experience in school administration (as the CFO for the Athenian School and Chief of Staff for Administration and Finance at UC Berkeley), public finance (as a Vice President, Public Finance with JPMorgan), and management consulting. Khira holds an MBA from Stanford University as well as an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.  Khira graduated from Harvard University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Khira, John, and their three children live in Lafayette with their two turtles, ten fish, and their pesky dog, Charlie.
  • Julie Gutzwiller

    Member since 2014, currently serving on the Finance and Development Committees. Julie is partner and CFO at Bridge Partners, a locally-headquartered real estate investment firm. With Bridge since 2001, she is responsible for the firm's tax strategy and compliance for its investment entities, across 18 states. Julie also manages the investment life cycle for the firm - from formation and capitalization through liquidation and dissolution. To her work, Julie brings expertise in meeting the needs and mobilizing the resources of its stakeholders: institutional and high-net worth investors, lenders and creditors, employees and tenants, and third party service providers. She was a legislative aide for House and Senate congressional leaders in her early career before becoming a real estate investment analyst and acquiring land for real estate development. Julie earned her B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley's Haas Business School. She and her husband Peter live in Lafayette with their two children, both Seven Hills students.
  • Sameer Hilal

    Member since 2011, currently serving as Chair of the Board. Sameer is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of vCom Solutions, a telecom management software and professional services firm. He has 20 years of telecommunication and technology consulting and management experience, supporting national enterprises across varied industries that include healthcare, legal, technology and financial services. Sameer earned his Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Biology from Boston University. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children thriving in the Lower and Middle Schools at Seven Hills.
  • Fred Hughes

    Member since 2011, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. Fred is a trading and portfolio management executive with a 20-year career in finance. Fred has many years of experience in financial markets, including implementing trading technology systems, proprietary trading, risk management, and business building on small and large platforms. In 2014, he founded Intrinsic Management LLC, the General Partner to the Intrinsic Advantage Fund. Prior to Intrinsic, Fred founded Systematic Financial in 2006 where he built and managed software-based trading models that focus on large cap companies listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq markets. Fred earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara and has served on the board of the San Francisco Security Traders Association. Fred lives in Alamo with his wife Noel, and their four boys - all of whom are currently enrolled at Seven Hills.
  • Matt Janopaul

    Member since 2013, currently serving as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. 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. (“Servco”).  Established in 1919, Servco is the fourth largest 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 private equity group as well as the corporate strategy and development activities of the holding company. Servco’s current investments include joint ownership of Fender Musical Instruments (“Fender”), 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 parents of two Seven Hills students in the Lower School.
  • Mackenzie Lesher

    Member since 2012, currently serving as Chair of the Marketing Committee and on the Committee on Trustees. Mackenzie taught 4th and 5th grade before serving as a curriculum specialist in the Walnut Creek School District. She recently co-chaired Walnut Creek's year-long Centennial Celebration and has chaired the Arts Access committee and the annual fundraising gala for the Diablo Regional Arts Association at the Lesher Center for the Arts. She served as President and Board member of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay. 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.
  • Patrick Lin

    Member since 2016. Patrick is Managing Partner of Primarius Capital, a family office that manages public and private investments. Patrick is also Chairman of Promet Therapeutics, a biotech company focusing on drugs for Krabbe Disease and concussion treatments(CTE). In addition to Primarius and Promet, Patrick guest lectures and coaches students from top universities and is active with Christian Layman Church in Oakland, where he met his wife, Darlet. Prior to forming Primarius Capital, Patrick spent 20 years on Wall Street including Goldman Sachs, E*Offering, and Robertson Stephens & Co. where he helped with Pre-IPO & IPOs of growth companies such as Pixar and E*Trade. Patrick holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He has been married to his wife and business partner, Darlet, since 1997, and they have two children, one at Seven Hills.
  • Matt Macomber

    Member since 2016. 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 at Seven Hills.
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Mahler

    Member since 2014, currently serves as Board Secretary. Beth is an internist-hospitalist and physician executive at Sutter Health where she is the health system’s VP for Patient Health Management and Chief Medical Officer for Sutter Care at Home. A Bay Area native since junior high school, Beth graduated UC Berkeley with her B.A., and earned her M.D. and residency training at UC San Francisco. Beth brings a deep commitment to education, training, development and enhancing community well-being throughout northern California. From 2005-2011, Beth also served as the CMO of Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and was a founding shareholder and Board member of the East Bay Physician's Medical Group, a large multi-specialty medical group serving the East Bay region. She maintains active medical staff privileges at the Berkeley hospital campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Beth also serves on the Board of the Sutter Physician's Insurance Coalition, Inc., and is the current chair of its risk management committee. Beth has lived in Walnut Creek since 2004 with her partner, Pam, and their two children, both of whom are enrolled at Seven Hills.

  • Gina Morris

    Member since 2015. Gina is the Director of School Partnerships for the Girard Education Foundation, where she supports public school districts and public charter schools in improving personalized instruction and learning for K-12 students. Prior to her work with Girard, Gina served as the Curriculum and Product Design Director for Challenge Success, a research-based organization begun at Stanford University. At Challenge Success, she oversaw curriculum and course development, facilitator training, and a lecture series that provided parents and educators with current research in the fields of mental health and best practices for teaching and learning. She has been working in the field of education for more than 15 years, and her professional experience includes environmental education, teacher professional development, and classroom teaching in grades 3 through 6. She is proud to say that five of her years in the classroom were happily spent as a 5th grade teacher at Seven Hills. Gina is a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where she earned a Master’s degree in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies. She currently lives in Berkeley with her husband, Jason, and their 2 year-old-daughter.
  • Seiyonne Suriyakumar '02

    Member since 2015. Seiyonne currently serves as Mobitor’s Vice President of Business Development, in charge of developing and executing strategies to grow revenue within established and emerging markets. He also leads Mobitor’s finance and marketing segments. Prior to working with Mobitor, Seiyonne was part of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice. While at Deloitte, he helped Fortune 500 companies map out their growth and expansion plans. His experience spans the automotive, medical device, retail, grocery and life sciences industries. Notable projects included a new vehicle launch, international expansion, health care digitization, and non-profit public school development. He also led undergraduate recruitment for both UCLA and USC. Seiyonne graduated from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with a degree in business administration and a joint concentration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He is a Seven Hills alumnus from the class of 2002.
  • Nancy Wallace

    Member since 2014, currently serving on the Development Committee. Nancy has more than fifteen years of experience working in the insurance industry. Before leaving her legal practice at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae to care for her children, Nancy practiced insurance regulatory and employee benefits law for eleven years. Nancy also served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Legislative Vice President for New York Life Insurance Company and, prior to her legal career, worked in the actuarial field for several years. Nancy is quite active in the Lafayette community, particularly with non-profits that support general education and special education. In 2012, Nancy was elected to the Lafayette School District Governing Board where she still serves. Nancy earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Colgate University. She lives in Lafayette with her husband Robert and their three children - their oldest graduated from Seven Hills in 2014 and their youngest attends Seven Hills Middle School. Nancy and Robert also have a son with special needs, who attends Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.
  • Julie Anne Springman Wickes '98

    Member since 2015. Julie Anne is the Investment Communications Manager of Dodge & Cox, an investment management firm in San Francisco with $270 billion in assets under management (as of December 2014). With Dodge & Cox since 2006, she was formerly an International Portfolio Manager Associate and an International Research Associate at the firm. Prior to joining Dodge & Cox, Julie Anne worked at Pacific Growth Equities as an Investment Banking Analyst. She earned a B.S. in Business Management (Corporate Finance emphasis) at Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Julie Anne is a CFA charterholder. She and her husband, Tanner, live in Danville with their new baby. Julie Anne is a Seven Hills alumna from the class of 1998.
  • Kirsten Young

    Member since 2015. 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 – one Seven Hills alumna and two current students.