The Presentation School is a very special place and has been since its inception. Fifteen years ago, the School was merely an idea and every day forward the responsibilities of stewardship and guidance have not been taken lightly by this Board. As Trustees of The Presentation School, we strive to maintain fiscal balance and manage the business interests of the school so that our faculty and staff can focus on what they do best; Educating tomorrow’s leaders.
Through the rigors of the Presentation curriculum, we expect that our graduates will confidently navigate the academic world that lies in front of them. Over the course of the last fifteen years the School has fostered, nurtured and prepared young men and women for the challenges of the world ahead. The foundation of learning we set for our students has helped to perpetuate an ethos of lifelong, self-driven learning that extends well beyond the high school years and even through secondary education.
The challenges that meet our students are not simply overcome through the guidance of faculty and staff, but also through our larger community. The Presentation School prides itself on the collaboration of every member of that community, young and old alike. On behalf of the Trustees, I’d like to thank everyone who spends their time to better our young men and women: Parents, tutors, counselors, volunteers, coaches, and all members of our school and faith community.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Robert and his wife Janelle moved to Sonoma in 2011 from San Francisco. Robert is a Bay Area native, but has also lived overseas, graduating high school from the International School of Geneva, Switzerland as well as living and working in Singapore for 8 years. Robert attended Bowdoin College in Maine, graduating with a Biochemistry degree with an Economics minor. He subsequently went to work for an investment bank in Singapore for five years before returning to San Francisco in 1998, working in the securities brokerage and investment management industries before moving to Sonoma.
He is a member of The Guardsmen, a San Francisco based service organization committed to supporting at-risk youth through education scholarships and summer camps. He also served on the Board of Directors for The Guardsmen from 2007 through 2009. Robert has also volunteered as a Little League and CYO basketball coach and as a cub scout leader. He currently chairs the Dad's Club at The Presentation School.
Andre was born in Canada, grew up in California, Colorado and Australia, and as a young adult, lived overseas in Switzerland, France and the Philippines. He received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
Early in his career, he worked in business valuations, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies. He then moved onto a more entrepreneurial path in sports e-commerce. He created and operated the first online store for FIFA (World Cup Soccer), followed by numerous e-commerce properties for the soccer market (partnerships with Univision and Yahoo), as well as NBA teams (Lakers, Warriors, others), and the collegiate market (Cal, Oregon State, Rose Bowl). He recently sold the majority of the business and is looking forward to a break, as well as his next entrepreneurial venture.
Andre met his wife Heather in San Francisco and they moved to Sonoma in October 2008 with their son Oliver attends Presentation. Andre enjoys road-riding, backcountry camping, skiing and is still trying to decide if he’s officially retired from his passion, Ultimate Frisbee.
Jay King grew up nearby in Petaluma. In the mid-1990s, Jay joined an educational technology start-up called EDVantage Software, and led the development of several award-winning language-arts CD-ROM products. After selling the company to Boston-based Riverdeep, Jay moved to Boston to lead the web-development team and shortly thereafter directed his attention to helping his family with the Josie King Foundation and creating The Patient Safety Group. While living in Boston he met his wife, Barbara, and stayed for 10 years during which he began working on a new ed-tech start-up, StudySync. StudySync is a reading & writing solution that advances critical thinking across the curriculum with media and technology, and was built to support the new Common Core Standards.
Jay returned to the area in the fall of 2012 to be closer to his parents, the StudySync epi-center, the CA lifestyle, western ski resorts, and to escape the cold New England winters. He now lives in Sonoma with his wife, and two daughters, Charlotte (6) and Audrey (9), who both attend The Presentation School.
Don Douglas was born in Yakima, Washington and is the oldest of five siblings. Don attended Princeton University where he was a member of the football team and majored in English Literature. After college Don worked as a bond trader in San Francisco. It was during his time in San Francisco that he met his wife Alyson.
Alyson and Don left San Francisco to attend the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University. Upon graduation Don and Alyson moved to Kansas City where Don worked for the Sprint Corporation. After having their first son, Blake, they moved back to California and Don purchased a business in Woodland, CA called Woodside Electronics Corporation. Shortly after moving to Woodland they had another son named William.
After living in Woodland for six years the Douglas family moved to Sonoma and joined The Presentation School. His sons Blake and Will both attend the Presentation School.
Born and raised in Montana, B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Montana in hand, Therese moved to San Francisco for a career in political campaign consulting where she developed a knack for fundraising. A professional fund developer for over twenty-five years, Therese has helped raise funds for numerous non-profit organizations including education, healthcare, and the arts.
In addition to non-profit fund development, Therese holds advanced certifications in fitness and nutrition, and is a certified culinary professional. A fitness consultant, cooking instructor, and trainer for over twenty years, Therese is a featured food writer, published author and contributor to area publications.
Therese has devoted many volunteer hours serving on numerous non-profit boards throughout the North Bay. At The Presentation School, she has fulfilled a variety of roles including serving as a Trustee for six years, Capital Campaign committee member to build the campus, chair of numerous fundraisers, and instrumental in implementing the Annual Fund.
Married to Mike, their son Jack and two daughters, Maggie and Madigan, all graduated The Presentation School and currently attend Justin-Siena High School.
Aug Sebastiani was born and raised in Sonoma. In 2002, Aug joined his father and brother, Don Sr. and Don Jr., in the family business – Don Sebastiani & Sons International Wine Negociant. – as managing director of The Other Guys (TOG).
Active in community issues, Aug was elected to a four-year term on the Sonoma City Council in 2006 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2010. Aug and his wife, Allison, live in Sonoma with their 4 children, Gabriella, Sofia, Gus, and Paul. Gabriella, Sofia and Gus are all currently attending The Presentation School.
Nana Howell and her husband Daniel, moved to Sonoma in 2007 and were blessed with the birth of their daughter the following year. Nana grew up in Hawaii, attended Punahou school and then ventured to Los Angeles for college. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Loyola Marymount University and worked in the television industry before going to law school. Nana earned her juris doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law.
Nana practiced as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles law firms, in the fields of environmental law, business and corporate law. In 2004, she joined the general counsel’s office of the California State University where she served as University Counsel and board counsel to the California State University Risk Management Authority.
Nana and Daniel’s daughter, Sophia, is a Presentation School student.
Dave Pier is the Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation. Located in beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Foundation serves to raise the funding necessary to have the Sonoma Valley Hospital grow and thrive as it strives to anticipate and meet the healthcare needs of this community. Hired in March of 2015, Dave is responsible for all aspects of the successful operation of the Foundation with a primary focus on fundraising, marketing and public relations, board development, strategic planning, and financial oversight.
With a work history in the nonprofit arena, Dave spent the first 20 years of his career in the youth development field. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is a nonprofit, after school youth development organization serving children ages 6-18 years. The Club provides services to more than 40% of Sonoma Valley’s youth. Dave served as the CEO in his 8 years with the Club. During his 12 years at Hanna Boys Center, Dave worked in operations, with his final six years serving as the Residence Manager. Hanna is a privately funded residential facility that serves 100 troubled boys with residential, counseling and educational services.
Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA and also earned at Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Sonoma State University.
A native of Sonoma county, Dave lives in Sonoma with his family. Dave is active in his local Rotary Club and served on the board for four years. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Presentation School. He served on the board of the Sonoma Valley Fund, a subsidiary of the Sonoma County Community Foundation, and is a current member of the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable. He enjoys the outdoors, running, cycling, diving, gardening, traveling, playing guitar, and family time.
Born and raised in Sonoma, Jon entered the family wine business, eventually becoming President of Viansa Winery and later managing Director of wine.com. Jon’s next venture was the creation of Krave Jerky, which was acquired by the Hershey Company.
Still passionate about the food and beverage industry, Jon now oversees the healthful snack products venture, Sonoma Brands. An avid marathon runner, and graduate of Columbia Business School, Jon lives with his wife, Carol and their daughter Alexandra.
Teri Hansen is a native Californian. She was born in Santa Monica and lived in Southern California until a job transfer took her family to the NW suburbs of Chicago. After the family relocated back to California, she stayed to attend the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana.
After returning to California she began her career in financial services with a regional savings & loan in Long Beach in 1987. She moved to San Francisco in 1991 for a job with a boutique investment banking firm, and has spent the last eighteen years with a large wealth management firm where she is an Executive Director in Institutional Fixed Income.
She is a past president and current member of the San Francisco Municipal Bond Club. After getting married in 2003, she relocated to Sonoma to join her husband Bart, who had long worked in the Sonoma Valley wine industry. Together they have a small wine label named after their son Dane who is currently a Presentation School student.
When she is not making her long daily commute to San Francisco, Teri can be found racing to a Pure Barre class or at the pool cheering on the Sonoma Sea Dragons.
Brett Pinkin was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey. Brett received his Bachelors Degree in Economics from Pomona College in California and Masters in Professional Accounting from University of Texas at Austin. Immediately thereafter,
his passion for wine and financial accounting converged in the San Francisco area as a Certified Public Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Moss Adams LLP, focusing on providing assurance and business advisory services to wine industry clients.
Brett Pinkin and his wife Sarah have been residents of Sonoma since early 2008. Their daughter Olivia and son Sawyer attend Presentation School. Brett is a Senior Finance Manager at Treasury Wine Estates in Napa. In addition to wine, Brett has been a life-long musician and enjoys long-distance running, snowboarding, and family time.
John and his wife Lauren grew up in the South and attended Rhodes College in Memphis where John was a member of the football team and majored in history.
While in Memphis, John taught in an inner-city charter school, earned two master’s degrees from Christian Brothers University, and served as admission director, assistant principal, and vice president at Christian Brothers High School. The family also spent time in New York as John completed a M.Ed. from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Columbia University.
In 2015, the Bordelons relocated to California following John’s appointment as principal of Justin-Siena High School. John and Lauren live in Napa with their children, Vivian and Benjamin, who both attend The Presentation School.