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.

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, parents of alumni, 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 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.

Michelle Gabriel, Chair

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).

Sonia Arrison

Sonia Arrison is a best-selling author, analyst, entrepreneur, and investor. She is founder of 100 Plus Capital, co-founder of Unsugarcoat Media, and associate founder and advisor to Singularity University in Mountain View, California. 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 gained national best-seller status and keeps Sonia busy speaking all over the world. Sonia is a Board Member at the Thiel Foundation, Foresight Institute, and Woodland School. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of two previous books (Western Visions and Digital Dialog). She was previously a Director and Senior Fellow in Tech Studies at the Pacific Research Institute and a weekly columnist at TechNewsWorld.

Sonia is the parent of two Woodland School students.

Tim Brady

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 who graduated from Woodland in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Both children entered Woodland as preschoolers.

Beth Carr

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.

Mac Harman

Mac Harman 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 Mukherjea

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.

Roel Peeters

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.

Keith Randall

Keith Randall received his PhD in computer science from MIT in 1998. He worked for Compaq's System Research Center on a variety of topics including Java virtual machines, compilers, and web graphs. He moved to Google in 2001 and became a tech lead for one of the largest advertising networks in the world, Google AdWords and AdSense. He took some time off to raise his kids and is now back at Google working on the programming language Go.

Keith has two children at Woodland, Alex in the class of 2020 and Mia in the class of 2022. 

Linda Rogers

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.

Zvi Weiss

Zvi Weiss has taught and administered educational programs in a wide variety of formal and informal educational settings. With a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, Zvi continued his education earning a graduate degree in Educational Psychology at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In Israel, Zvi worked as a school psychologist in elementary and preschools, directed educational programming at an institution for persons with developmental disabilities and served in the Israel Defense Force's Behavioral Sciences Division.

As an administrator, Zvi has served as the Associate Director of the Bureaus of Jewish Education in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Zvi was on the founding board of Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, twice co-chairing head of school search committees, was on the founding board and co-chaired the Jewish Family Preschool in San Francisco, served on the boards of two bay area synagogues as well as the board and executive committee of Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco. Most recently, he served as the Director of Early Childhood and Family Education at the OFJCC in Palo Alto. Zvi is currently the Head of School at Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos, a K-8 independent school.

Zvi and his wife Debra enjoy traveling and spent a year homeschooling their four children while exploring the seven continents. Zvi's career path continues to focus on his belief in learning that is relevant, creative, individualized and accessible to all, attributes that he sees as being core to the Woodland School's mission. 

Isabelle Young

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. 

2019-20 Officers and Trustees

Michelle Gabriel, Chair
Sonia Arrison
Tim Brady
Beth Carr
Mac Harman
Karuna Mukherjea
Roel Peeters
Keith Randall
Linda Rogers
Michelle Morcos Smith
Zvi Weiss
Isabelle Young
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.