Board of Directors 2016-11-12T19:40:52+00:00

Board of Directors

A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Beacon Day School is governed by a Board of Directors.

These individuals – parents, alumni parents, and community members – bring a wealth of skills and experience. Working together, they provide strategic direction, policy development, fundraising, and oversight for the school. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the long-term health and financial strength of the school. Yet beyond its legal accountability, the Board has a greater duty: to hold the school, its mission, and its future in trust. The Board works in partnership with the executive director to ensure the ongoing integrity of the school and to perpetuate the institution.

  • Katherine Land
    Vice-President of the Board, Development Committee Retired Independent School Educator, Admissions Director and Development Director
    Katherine Land
    Vice-President of the Board, Development Committee Retired Independent School Educator, Admissions Director and Development Director

    Kit Land has worked and volunteered in the field of education for over 30 years. During that time she taught first grade, worked as the Director of Admissions and later the Director of Development during a major building purchase and build-out of a K-8th grade playground at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Oakland. She has been a new teacher mentor and supervisor for OUSD-BITSA program, SF State Credentialing program, and currently the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute in collaboration with University of the Pacific. Kit's Board service includes Children's Day School, SF, as Chair of the Development Committee, the Alameda Library Foundation Board, and currently, the Board of the Alameda Dragon Flyers. Kit is thrilled to be joining the Beacon Day School Board.

  • Paul Chopra
    Finance Committee
    Paul Chopra
    Finance Committee

    Paul is a Certified Public Accountant and a seasoned finance executive. Over the last 20 years, he has held corporate finance leadership role in various companies in the technology, services and biotech sectors. He was instrumental in the growth and successful exits for number of startups, ranging from creating and implementing scalable and public company level infrastructure to leading initial public offerings and acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. Paul and his wife Harneet grew up in India and now live in Oakland with their two children, both Beacon students.

  • Jennifer Brooks
    Development Committee Chief Program Officer, Children's Council of San Francisco
    Jennifer Brooks
    Development Committee Chief Program Officer, Children's Council of San Francisco

    Jennifer is Chief Program Officer for the Children's Council of San Francisco, which connects families to child care that meets their needs and works with parents, providers and community partners to make quality child care and early education a reality for all children in San Francisco. Before joining the Children's Council she worked for the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national nonprofit that makes it possible for millions of people to achieve financial security and contribute to an opportunity economy, for more than a decade, most recently as Vice President for Field Engagement. Earlier in her career, Jennifer worked in the U.S. Senate and for domestic and international organizations that work to build the economic independence of women and girls. Jennifer holds a Master's degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She and her husband, Jose, live in Oakland with their two children, both Beacon students.

  • Ann Blessing
    Secretary of the Board, Develop Committee Chair
    Ann Blessing
    Secretary of the Board, Develop Committee Chair

    Ann is an attorney with Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, a law firm in San Francisco. For the last 14 years she has specialized in environmental law, representing both entities and individuals in federal and state court, and before regulatory agencies. Earlier in her career, Ann litigated employment discrimination cases in federal and state court. Ann has a bachelor's degree in English from Mount Holyoke College and earned her law degree at Golden Gate University School of Law. Ann and her husband, Eric, live in Oakland with their daughter, a current Beacon student.

  • Maggie Essman
    Marketing Committee Chair
    Maggie Essman
    Marketing Committee Chair

    Maggie has held senior leadership roles in Marketing within McKesson Corporation's U.S. Pharmaceutical and RelayHealth Clinical Connectivity businesses, ran her own marketing consultancy, helped launch innovative startups as an agency-based account manager during the dot com bubble, and led sales and marketing for an international medical assistance company in Beijing, China in the mid-1990s. Maggie has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Dartmouth College, where she was a four-year starter on the nationally ranked, Division I women's soccer team. Her playing days behind her, Maggie has coached her daughter, Fiona's (a current Beacon student) Alameda Soccer Club teams for the past three years. Maggie, her husband, Julian and Fiona live in Alameda.

  • Christie Fanton
    Finance Committee Chair Director of Research; Nodality
    Christie Fanton
    Finance Committee Chair Director of Research; Nodality

    Christie Fanton is a Director of Research for Nodality, a small biotechnology company in South San Francisco that collaborates with academic and corporate partners to better understand the mechanism of therapeutics being developed to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases. Before Nodality, Christie worked for 13 years at Chiron Corporation and then Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in various roles supporting oncology drug development. Christie has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. Christie and her husband, Matt, live in Oakland with their daughter, a current Beacon student.