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Board Bios

Nancy Connery, Parent and Alumni Parent
Nancy and her husband Chris have a seventh grader and a recent graduate. As the Development Chair, Nancy has been involved in all fundraising efforts on behalf of the school, including our current middle school expansion project. Nancy is the Founder and Principal at Connery Consulting, a boutique HR consulting firm that focuses on scaling technology companies, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Twitter, and Zendesk.

Lorin Costolo, Alumni Parent
Lorin and her husband Dick are parents of two MP&MS graduates from the classes of 2012 and 2016. Lorin holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English literature from the University of Michigan, and worked during the late 80’s and 90’s for Morgan Stanley Fixed Income Sales and Trading. She reinvented herself in the late 90’s, becoming a parent, school volunteer, studio potter, and ceramics instructor at Lill Street Art Gallery until 2009.

Samantha Cross, Chair, Parent and Alumni Parent
Samantha (Sam) and her husband Shawn have two children at MP&MS in fourth and eighth grades and a 2015 graduate. Sam has served seven years on the board as Parents Association President, Vice Chair, and Chair. After college Sam worked for Gap Inc. in field operations in numerous retailing centers including Los Angeles, New York City, and London. After 15 years with Gap Inc., she retired to become a full-time mom.

Anna Davis, Secretary, Parent
Anna is a senior urban planner at AECOM where she specializes in emergency management planning. She has a BA from Colgate University and a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Anna and her husband, Lewis Kaufman, have a daughter in third grade. 

Laura Bradley Davis, Parent
Laura is an independent consultant with expertise in museums, philanthropy, and the arts, and she partners with nonprofits of all sizes in the areas of strategic planning, communications and audience engagement. A native of Los Angeles and cum laude graduate of UCLA, Laura lived for a time in New York City before moving to the Bay Area. She and her husband Jason joined the MP&MS community in 2017 and their daughter is now in fourth grade.

Danny Dias, Parent
Danny and his wife Liz have three children at MP&MS in the preschool as well as first and second grades. Danny is a graduate of Harvard University and is the co-founder and CEO of Lightkeeper, LLC, a leading provider of portfolio analytics tools for the alternative investment community.  

Maria Forney, Parent
Maria and her husband, Mark, have two daughters at MP&MS in fifth and seventh grades. Maria has over 25 years experience in enterprise software and is currently leading North America business development for midsize organizations at Oracle.

Kirsten Goff, PA President, Ex-Officio, Parent
Kirsten has a BA from Connecticut College in English, MSW from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. She currently serves as the MP&MS Parents Association President. Kirsten and her husband Jon have two children at MP&MS, one in Kindergarten and one in fifth grade. 

Joseph Keene, Treasurer, Alumni Parent
Joe and his wife Susan Andrus are the parents of two MP&MS graduates from the classes of 2011 and 2014. Joe is an entrepreneur and investor in mobile and interactive media, a founder of ngmoco LLC, and is currently CEO of Pelayo Inc.

Hilary King, Parent
Hilary graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Accounting. She worked in public accounting as well as the hedge fund industry. At MP&MS, Hilary has served in a wide range of volunteer roles, most recently as President of the Parents Association. Hilary’s son is currently in eighth grade.

Bill Martin, Parent
Bill and his wife Krista have two daughters at MP&MS, in third and eighth grades. Bill is a Vice President of Clay County Port/Reynolds Industrial Park, a real estate investor, and a musician.  As a member of The Wronglers, he toured nationally with Texas singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore and recently released an album of original material.

Brendan Moorcroft, Parent
Brendan is co-founder and principal of \UNBOUND\, an independent strategic advisory firm that helps brand marketers and media companies harness the power of data-driven marketing to transform their businesses. Brendan is considered to be one of the industry leaders in the digital media community, having spent the majority of his career managing digital marketing services. Brendan and his wife Cara have been a part of the MP&MS community since 2010 and currently have a son in fifth grade and a daughter in fourth.

Amy Noblin, Parent
Amy and her husband, Jeremy, have children in fifth and eighth grades at MP&MS. She served three years on the Parents Association Board and has been actively involved in the Development committee and auction. Amy is a Principal at TSG Consumer, a consumer-dedicated private equity firm based in San Francisco. Previously, she spent 18 years on Wall Street as an equity analyst in the consumer sector and another five years as a buyer for Neiman Marcus and Saks.

Don Pillsbury, Parent 
Don is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Don is Head of Retention at Rothy’s, an ecommerce company. Don and his wife Skye have one child at MP&MS in the sixth grade.

Jeff Powell, Parent and Alumni Parent
Jeff and his wife, Kristen, have a child in sixth grade at MP&MS and a 2016 graduate. Jeff is the co-founder and managing partner of Polaris Greystone Financial Group, LLC, a wealth management company. He holds a BS in finance and economics from the University of Oregon.

Jeff Rabkin, Vice Chair, Alumni Parent
Jeff and his wife Adriana are parents of MP&MS graduates from the classes of 2015 and 2018. Jeff is in private practice as a Partner at the law firm of Jones Day, where he focuses on cyber security privacy issues.

Geoff Scheumann, Parent
Geoff and his wife Brenda have two children at MP&MS, a son in third grade and a daughter in Kindergarten. Geoff is originally from Seattle and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Geoff started his career in film production then pivoted into tech/retail, working for Gymboree and Gap, Inc. supporting company-wide POS systems. He currently works independently on outside projects, allowing him to spend more time with his family and be involved in the MP&MS community.

Andrew Slater, Head of School, Ex-Officio
Andrew Slater joined MP&MS as Head of School in July 2017. Andrew began his teaching career at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City and has held the role of Head of School at the Logan School in Denver and the Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Andrew was Founding Associate Head of GEMS World Academy in Chicago. Andrew holds a Master of Educational Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Elementary Education from Bank Street College, and a B.A. in History from Lewis and Clark College. 

Brian Taylor, Parent
Brian received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He founded Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning and is currently focusing on the build and launch of Thinkspan, a digital archiving platform. He and his wife Katie have children in second and fourth grades at MP&MS.

Karen Whitaker
After working in both public and independent schools in the Bay Area, Karen recently joined Carney, Sandoe and Associates as a search consultant specializing in helping independent schools hire heads of school and key administrators. Prior to joining Carney, Sandoe, Karen was Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs at Branson. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her master’s degree in private school leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University. Three of Karen’s nephews and one niece attend or have graduated from MP&MS.

 

 

 

 
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