Alegria Barclay

Equity & Inclusion Committee

Dean of Faculty, Lick-Wilmerding School

Bio and photo coming soon!

Allison Macbeth

Chair, Governance Committee

Allison, an attorney and Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings, is serving her second year as a TBS Board member. Allison’s 5th grader has been a student at TBS since preschool (Eugenia!).

What Matters in Education is:
support to encourage and inspire lifelong learning.

Current Parent

Andy Singer

Finance Committee

Bio and photo coming soon!

Current Parent

Brian Scott Ambrosch

Board Chair, Advancement Committee

What Matters in Education is:
wonder.

Brian is an East Coast transplant from Mystic, CT and has lived in the Bay Area for 17 years. Brian produces and performs magic shows throughout the Bay Area as Brian Scott and runs the Bay Area School of Magic, which can be found in numerous East Bay after-school programs. Through his production company, Brian Scott Productions, Brian has been involved with fundraising on many levels and brings that experience to the TBS advancement committee. Brian’s son is currently in the middle school.

Current Parent

Carol Starks

Governance Committee

Assistant Director at Kaiser Permanente

Bio and photo coming soon!

Catherine Hunter

Chair, Head Support & Evaluation Committee

What Matters in Education is:
continually stoking each child’s natural curiosity by asking provocative and challenging questions, and encouraging exploration through trial and error.

Cathy Hunter has been an educator for over forty years; in the Bay Area she served as Upper School Head at Head-Royce School and as the founding head of San Francisco Friends School. Cathy is currently serving as a leadership search consultant with RG175, where she is particularly interested in advancing women and people of color into senior leadership positions. As Board Chair, Cathy helped the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC) begin a branch in Southern California, expanding upon its impactful work in the Bay Area. CATDC programs now reach hundreds of educators each year.

Community Member

Deborah Volk

Board Secretary, Finance Committee

Deborah Volk is a first generation American, raised up and down on the east coast, before making her way west in 2000. She has worked for defense contractors, non-profits, and startups before starting her own consulting company in 2006. This coincided perfectly with becoming a parent, in 2007. Her company focuses on helping companies deliver secure, identity-focused solutions that enhance business processes. As a result, Deborah is a privacy-conscious (some would even say paranoid) person who loves technology. She is an avid reader, enjoys strolling through Berkeley, and is a Warriors fan (but loves Basketball in most forms). Deborah been an active member of TBS since 2011, when her son started at the ECC in the Cedar classroom. Through the last 9 years she has hosted various pick-a-parties, participated in the Winter Festival, Fall cook-offs, classroom activities, and the Wrap Party. Deborah is excited about being a voice of a parent of a TBS student, representing this school that has such lofty ideals and the passion to try to reach them.

What Matters in Education is:
fostering a life-long love of learning; for without that, individual, community and global growth gets stunted.

Current Parent

Kate Ai Le

Chair, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Bio and photo coming soon!

Current Parent

Leslie Cruz

1st/2nd Grade Teacher (Blackberry Creek Classroom)
TBS Faculty Member

Nancy Nagramada

Chair, Audit Committee

Nancy Nagramada is an East Bay native and has served as the Head of Upper School at The San Francisco School since 2017. She is pleased to be a new community representative on the TBS Board, bringing her 25 years of experience with grades 4-12 to the table. Nancy also currently serves as a Board member for BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute).

What Matters in Education is:
honing the skill of creative problem solving in our students. The world needs flexible, nimble thinkers who are unafraid to approach challenges with a what-if attitude.

Community Member

Samantha Snook

4th/5th Grade Teacher (Strawberry Creek Classroom)

TBS Faculty Member

Sarah O’Rourke King

Advancement Committee

Sarah is a marketing professional focused on leading brand strategy for the education industry at Autodesk. As an evangelist, she speaks about the importance of bringing making, design and creativity into the classroom. This is Sarah's third year of the TBS Board of Trustees and has previously served as the Family Association lead for two years. She currently has a 3rd grader and a TBS alum attending TBS since the Early Childhood Campus. She also serves in volunteer roles for Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA.

What Matters in Education is:
developing a natural curiosity to be a lifelong learner.

Current Parent

Taryn Grogan

Advancement Committee

A TBS Board Member since 2016, Taryn is the current Director of Admissions at The Nueva School in Hillsborough/San Mateo, California (PK-12). She has achieved enrollment goals during two major campaigns: a middle school expansion and launching the new upper school. A Board member of the Bay Area Directors of Admissions and a steering committee member of the Bay Area Admissions Directors, she is engaged in the changing enrollment trends throughout the bay area. Taryn is a previous board member of People of Color in Independent Schools and worked for A Better Chance. She’s dedicated to equity and inclusion work within independent schools and beyond.

What Matters in Education is:
the opportunity to question, learn, grow, and dig deep in a safe and nurturing community.

Community Member

Tim Nunes

Head Support & Evaluation Committee

Tim is currently working at the California Academy of Sciences as part of a team that designs and leads adult learning experiences to support educators who are interested in teaching Science more effectively and equitably. Prior to that, he worked as an educator serving students in urban settings at just about every level from K - graduate school. This work has included classroom teaching, teacher training, coaching, curriculum writing, administration, and professional development design.

What Matters in Education is:
the details. Good ideas are abundant. How they are brought to life can determine if, and for whom, they work.

Current Parent

The Berkeley School is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and the bylaws of the corporation are available upon request. The TBS Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-term growth and prosperity of the school. Its primary role is to set the strategic direction for the school, ensuring its economic stability and financial future. Trustees represent current families, current faculty, alumni families, as well as the broader community. Board members are elected through a formally defined, multi-step process that begins with the Governance Committee.

The Berkeley School welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender identity or expressionsexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at The Berkeley School. TBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. 

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Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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