Board of Trustees

Mulberry Chair of the Board

Chairperson of the Board

Lynn Hillebrecht
Lynn's Bio

Lynn Hillebrecht joined the Mulberry School Board in June, 2014. She is an alumni parent who spent ten years at Mulberry with her son who graduated in 2001.  Although it has been many years since her family attended Mulberry, it still holds a special place in their heart.

Lynn began her Board involvement focused on creating an Alumni Association for the school, two years later she moved on to Governance work and is currently Board Chair.  Because of the positive impact Mulberry had on her family and others, Lynn would like to see Mulberry’s legacy continue for many generations to come. She hopes that her work on the board will help to make that a reality.  Knowing that other families have the opportunity to experience what is known as the “Magic” of Mulberry is very gratifying for her.

Originally from New Jersey, Lynn received her BA in Spanish/Education from Rutgers University and an additional credential in English from Montclair State University.  She taught Spanish in High School and Adult School and facilitated Corporate training classes.  She also worked in the corporate world for 18 years as a Communications Services Consultant.

Mulberry School is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. Our Board of Trustees provides strategic planning and makes school policy in accordance with Mulberry School’s Mission Statement. The Board also hires and conducts performance reviews for the Head of School. It is the Head of School’s responsibility to hire and supervise staff, implement curriculum, oversee the facility, and implement Board policy.

The Board consists of voting Trustees, who are nominated and elected by the Board, as well as four non-voting Trustees: the Head of School and three representatives from Preschool, Elementary and Middle School chosen by the parents. Committees of the Board may be permanent standing committees or ad-hoc committees created and dissolved as necessary. Committees report to the Board and make recommendations to the Board.  There are four standing Board committees: the Governance Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, the Leadership Committee, and the Development Committee.  Members of the Mulberry community may be invited to serve on ad-hoc committees, the Finance and Audit Committee, or the Development Committee.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year. Every Mulberry parent is invited to attend the open portion of each meeting. The agenda and meeting minutes are posted for parent review.

2017-2018 Mulberry Board of Trustees

Kirsten King, Vice Chair
Kirsten's Bio
Kirsten joined the Mulberry Board after her two children graduated from the Mulberry preschool and JK programs. She is passionate about early childhood education and believes strongly in Mulberry’s approach to inquiry-based teaching and positive discipline. Kirsten has over 20 years of finance, marketing and product development experience. She has built her expertise through working in marketing and product development roles at American Express in New York, Visa in the SF Bay Area, and as a management consultant with LEK Consulting (Boston, Sydney, Singapore). Kirsten received her B.A. in Economics from University of Michigan and her International M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Tanja Evans, Finance Chair
Tanja's Bio
  • Works for Ernst & Young, LLP (2001 – current)
  • Graduated from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Accounting concentration)
  • Current parent of a 1st grader and two Middle Schoolers at Mulberry School
Timothy Wood, Governance Chair
Timothy's Bio
  • Timothy Dylan Wood received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University.
  • He works in the Sensor Software & Prototyping user studies group at Apple, Inc.
  • Timothy supports youth education, particularly in the realm of agriculture, through volunteer work at Deer Hollow Farm, involvement in 4-H, and serving on the board of the Clover Foundation.
  • His family joined the Mulberry community in 2009, and Timothy has been a trustee since 2013.
Lynn Golbetz, Secretary
Lynn's Bio
Lynn Golbetz is an editor, writer, and former attorney who has been volunteering with Mulberry since 2008. Her daughter, now 14, attended junior kindergarten here, and both generations can still see the effects of that magical year in her relationship skills and ethics. Lynn is thrilled to be able to make a contribution to the governance of this special place. She also serves on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos. Lynn received her B.A. in political science from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale.
Sanem (Sam) Alkan, Trustee
Sanem's Bio
Sanem (“Sam”) Alkan is a relationship and venture development expert with two decades of experience in finance, risk management and technology sectors.  Her work in the investment space with Goldman Sachs and private equity firm JH Whitney resulted in the launch and growth of a dozen multi-million dollar revenue-generating businesses over a decade. For several years, Sam led a tech startup she co-founded.  At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she is focused on securing select resources to improve global pediatric cancer survival tenfold to 30% in seven years, leveraging the medical team’s results in the U.S. over the past 55 years.

Originally from Istanbul, Sam resides in Los Gatos.  Her BBA degree is in Finance and Risk Management from Univ. of Texas at Austin and MBA in Finance from Stern at New York University.  Sam maintains her corporate benefit and insurance brokerage licenses in partnership with a local expert network.

Lisa Daniels, Trustee
Lisa's Bio

My connection with Mulberry school began more than two decades ago, when my then 5 –year-old entered Kindergarten in 1993. I had researched several school options (private school, parochial schools, public options, etc.) and even considered homeschooling. When I visited Mulberry for the first time, I knew I had found my answer; it was a perfect choice all around for our family!  Following on, my two younger children joined their older sister. Our family consisted of three active “Mulberry Kids” spanning 12 years at the school.  Each of my kids had an amazing, adventuresome and joyful learning experience at Mulberry… frequent field trips into the community, hands-on experiential learning, engaging school community events, adults serving as child advocates, and in my opinion some of the best teachers in the field of education.

As college students and beyond, my adult children look back on their time at Mulberry with wonderful memories of amazing hands-on learning adventures, and they express gratitude that the school made such a wonderful and lasting imprint on who they are, how they think and what they seek to engage in the world. Their foundational educational experience at Mulberry has led them to embrace lifelong learning, resulting in their seeking global adventures, travel and rewarding career choices tapping into their true passions and skillsets.

As an “empty nester” I rejoined the Mulberry Board again in 2014, looking to support the school in its growth and it’s continuing to provide wonderful progressive education to the community. My professional background includes more than 20 years experience with leading tech companies in the areas of corporate communications, community relations, marketing, brand development and event management. I have a B.A. Degree from San Jose State in Psychology and Communications.

One of my key roles on the Mulberry Board involves focusing on communications outreach, as well as relationship-building and engagement with the Mulberry Alumni community, with efforts to re-generate and strengthen those connections. My role also extends to a marketing focus, as Mulberry continues to raise visibility within the local and extended community.

Cheri Goodman, Trustee
Cheri's Bio

Cheri Goodman has been a friend of Mulberry School since her son started junior kindergarten 20 years ago. She is the proud parent of two Mulberry alumni, and a strong believer in a learning approach rooted in curiosity, discovery, and community. She has led communications and creative teams for leading Silicon Valley companies and is currently a freelance writer and editor.

Jill Maggi, Trustee
Jill's Bio

Jill brings over twenty years of experience in leading retail creative brand and marketing from her time with Coach, Anthroppologie, Gap and Levi’s.

She is passionate about education and the wholistic learning experience being available to all children. Jill is focused on bringing to life Mulberry’s values and rich history with its fifty-plus year legacy of learning. Jill is a Mulberry parent who has co-chaired the auction fundraiser and been an impactful advocate for the school through her eight years of parent participation.

Jill received her B.A. from California State University at Long Beach and joined the board in 2017.

Bill Pfahnl, Trustee
Bill's Bio

Bill Pfahnl recently rejoined the Mulberry School Board after having previously been a member from 2003 to 2005 when his two boys attended the school. Bill and his wife Kim were active members of the school from 1995 through 2007 having participated in almost every aspect of the Mulberry experience. Growing up and living in the Bay Area and seeing changes in the valley first-hand, he looks forward to helping shape our schools’ future.