"I appreciate Woodland’s focus on the whole child, both in and out of the classroom, as well as the special community of parents, faculty and staff that is committed to developing each student’s lifelong love of learning. " - Michelle Morcos Smith
Board of Trustees
About the Board of Trustees
Woodland’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-term well-being of our school, and board members serve as guardians of our mission.
"The development of our students, both academically and (most importantly) as human beings." - Bret DiMarco
"Woodland is a wonderful community that is focused on educating and developing my children." - Beth Carr
"Great academics married with clear focus on family values" - Roel Peters
"Woodland combines academic excellence with a focus on character and humility. This combination makes it a hidden oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley." - Dave Girouard
"I have enjoyed being part of the Woodland community for the last 10 years. The strong character development curriculum brought me to Woodland, and the smart, engaged yet unassuming community has kept me there."
Sonia supports independent education because she appreciates the flexibility offered and how independent schools provide a holistic education. "Social emotional learning is a key element of education, and I believe Woodland does a good job in that area as well as academically." She also believes Woodland is such a special place because it has "an international flair without any pretension." - Sonia Arrison
When asked what he appreciates most about Woodland, he said "my favorite thing about Woodland School is our effort to be an affordable great school so that we can attract families who truly care about education and who are willing to make other sacrifices if necessary to make education a priority. I believe this economic diversity is key to the success of Woodland and hope that we continue to be accessible to as many families as possible." - Mac Harman
Tim Brady, Chair
Tim Brady is a partner at Y Combinator, investing in and mentoring startup companies. He is also the co-founder of Imagine K12, a company dedicated to incubating education technology startups. Prior to Imagine K12, Brady was the CEO of QuestBridge, a non-profit that helps bright low-income high school students gain admissions and aid to many of the nation's best colleges. Before QuestBridge, Tim spent eight years at Yahoo! Inc. as the company's Chief Product Officer. After the two founders, Tim was Yahoo!'s first employee. From writing the business plan that attracted the first venture capital financing to helping scale the business, he helped lead the company through multiple stages, challenges and opportunities.
Tim also spent three years with Motorola in Tokyo. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He is married and has two children, ages 13 and 15. His oldest child graduated from Woodland last year and his youngest is currently in 8th grade. Both entered Woodland as preschoolers.
Dave Girouard, Treasurer
Dave is founder and CEO of Upstart, the first consumer lending platform to use machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. Upstart goes beyond the FICO score to finance people based on signals of their potential including employment and academic history.
Prior to founding Upstart, Dave was President of Google Enterprise and built Google's billion-dollar cloud apps business worldwide, including product development, sales, marketing, and customer support. He started in Silicon Valley as a Product Manager at Apple and was an associate in Booz Allen's Information Technology practice.
Dave graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Engineering Sciences and a BE in Computer Engineering. Dave also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan with High Distinction.
Sonia Arrison of Atherton is a best-selling author and analyst who has studied the impact of new technologies on society for the better part of two decades. She is co-founder of Unsugarcoat Media, as well as a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University in Mountain View. Her research focuses on exponentially growing technologies and their impact on society. Her most recent book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, addresses the social, economic, and cultural impacts of radical human longevity. It was a national bestseller and listed as one of the “Best Books of 2012″ by the Financial Times. She is also a Board Member at the Thiel Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog). She previously served as a Director and Senior Fellow in Tech Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, a columnist at TechNewsWorld, and hosted a radio show called “digital dialogue” on the Voice America network.
Sonia is a Woodland School parent with two children currently attending.
Beth has served on the Board since 2013. She is the co-chair of advancement and the chair of the audit committee.
Beth is a partner at EY LLP where she has worked in their San Jose office since 2001 and been a partner since 2004. Beth works primarily for technology companies and practices significantly in the areas of international mergers and acquisitions, separation transactions, and structuring transactions. Beth also has significant experience in international planning and compliance and accounting for income taxes as it relates to US international taxation. Beth received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has published several articles relating to international taxation in The Journal of International Taxation, Corporate Taxation and other professional publications. She also has taught both internal and external courses in the area of international taxation and accounting for income taxes
Beth lives in Menlo Park with her two sons Jack (Class of 2020) and Luke (Class of 2022), both of whom attend Woodland and have since Kindergarten
Bret DiMarco is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Coherent, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed multinational corporation based in Silicon Valley. Over the past eleven years he has negotiated contracts around the world with customers, suppliers and other counterparties as well as in acquisitions. Previously he was a member and associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, focusing on the representation of public and private companies and mergers and acquisitions. While at the firm, he was also the co-chair of the firm’s Education Committee and a member of the Hiring Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Nasdaq Listing and Hearings Council and Chair of the Nasdaq Bay Area Legal Policy Committee. He is also a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County and an adjunct professor at UC Hastings. He recently served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Leadership, a national non-profit corporation and has been on the Board of Trustees of Woodland School, a private school in Silicon Valley, for the past ten years.
Michelle Gabriel has been a part of the Woodland community since 2012, and joined the board in 2014. She has a background in nursing, having had a passion for healthcare since she was a child. In her role as the Director of Performance Improvement at El Camino Hospital, she is responsible for supporting El Camino’s performance on strategic and organizational priorities through improving processes and developing people. Prior to working at El Camino Hospital, she worked for 12 years at VA Palo Alto Health Care System in various roles, from an advance practice nurse in palliative care, to a program manager for palliative care in the region, to a process improvement coach and then the Director of Process Improvement. She first entered nursing as a staff nurse on Stanford’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Science from The University of California in San Francisco. She is the mother of two Woodland boys, Aiden (class of 2021) and Kyle (class of 2024).
Mac Harman of Portola Valley is CEO and Founder of Balsam Brands. In 2006, Harman founded Balsam Hill in his Palo Alto, CA apartment. Ten years later, Balsam Hill is a $100M+ direct-to-consumer retailer of holiday and home décor products in North America and Europe and in 2016 was named to Forbes’ inaugural list of “America’s Best Small Companies.” Harman has been featured on TV shows including TODAY and Fox News. Previously, Harman served as CEO of Progress Wire Products, in marketing for Clorox, in business development for the Cleveland Clinic, and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Harman has been named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist and honored on the Silicon Valley "40 under 40" list. He is an angel investor, mentor, and board advisor to various startups. Harman holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in geosciences and economics with a minor in environmental studies from Williams College.
Karuna is Senior Director, Product Marketing for Cloud Analytics Solutions, SAP. She has been with SAP since October 2008, first as Director, Solutions Marketing and then moved into her current position in April 2013. She also worked in Product Strategy at Oracle for 8 years. Karuna has a master’s degree in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Commerce, Accounting and Finance from Osmania University and a bachelor’s in Commerce and Accounting from St. Francis College. Karuna is the parent of two Woodland School students.
A seasoned entrepreneur and enterprise software visionary with over 20 years experience in both start-up and large companies. He was the Co-Founder and VP of Velosel Corporation (acquired by TIBCO, 2005), a pioneer of the Master Data Management (MDM) space. At Velosel, he drove the strategy and growth of the company, securing over $40 Million in venture capital financing, recruiting a senior management team, and serving on the Board of Directors. Prakash led the post-merger integration effort at TIBCO, then spent three years at SAP as the Head of Product and Technology Strategy within the Office of the CEO. At SAP, he was responsible for key strategic initiatives including the SAP Big Data (Hana) business strategy.
Roel Peeters is the CEO & Co-founder of Roost. Mr. Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors.
Before starting Roost in 2014, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi. Ozmo delivered the enabling technology for the world’s first WiFi mouse (marketed by HP) and the WiFi remote control shipping with the Roku 3 box. Mr. Peeters is a co-inventor of low-power Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (PAN) technology and successfully created a worldwide standard known as “Wi-Fi Direct”. Ozmo was acquired by Atmel in 2012.
Prior to Ozmo, Mr. Peeters was one of the first employees at InQuira, a venture-funded search and web self-service enterprise software provider. As a marketing and sales executive, he was responsible for the development and execution of its highly successful early adopter program, signing up several Fortune 500 customers. InQuira was successfully acquired by Oracle.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Peeters held various applications engineering, sales, and sales management positions in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. with ICOS Vision Systems (acquired by KLA-Tencor), a semiconductor equipment manufacturer.
Mr. Peeters received his MBA from The Wharton School and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
Linda Rogers currently serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, at Dolby where she leads all aspects of human resources worldwide, looking for new ways to empower and inspire Dolby's employees to advance the science of sight and sound.
With 20 years of industry experience, Linda previously managed her own consultancy, Work Reimagined, that helped many Silicon Valley technology organizations adapt to rapid changes in the global work and business environments. Earlier, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer at eSilicon Corporation and held a number of senior strategy and human resources leader roles at Sun Microsystems. She has also held several HR roles with Computer Sciences Corporation in the U.S. and Europe.
Linda received a Master of Science in Human Resources and Training from the University of Leicester and holds multiple strategy and human capital qualifications from the National College of Ireland, University of Southern California and Stanford University.
Michelle Morcos Smith
Michelle Morcos Smith is Vice President & Associate General Counsel at MetLife Investments specializing in commercial real estate investments. She is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University. She is the parent of two Woodland students.
Isabelle is Senior Litigation Counsel at Google. Prior to joining Google, Isabelle worked at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Palo Alto and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. She specializes in general commercial litigation. Isabelle has a bachelor's degree in Economics and French from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Isabelle is the parent of three Woodland School students.
2017-18 Officers and Trustees
Tim Brady, Chair
Woodland School is committed to developing diversity within our community and complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or handicapped status in the selection of the Board of Trustees, employment of personnel, admission of students, or in the administration of the school’s programming.
Trustees oversee Woodland’s financial operations, and through strategic planning, they set the course for our future development. Trustees are not involved in the day-to-day running of school operations, nor are they involved in the admissions process. Each trustee gives a tremendous amount of their time on behalf of the school and each considers it an honor to do so. Other than the gratitude of our school community, there is no form of compensation or tuition reimbursement.
The board is comprised of members chosen from current parents, alumni and alumni parents, and community members whose expertise is of value to the school. The head of school serves as an ex-officio member of the board. Each elected trustee typically serves up to two three-year terms. Each trustee serves on at least two committees (which meet anywhere from two to five times per year). In addition, there are seven full board meetings.