Personal Statement: "We are thankful to be a part of the Redwood Day community, and for all the wonderful opportunities it has offered our family. I feel it is important to be engaged in the schools our children attend, and volunteering on the PGA board allows me to contribute in a meaningful way. It also provides an opportunity to make connections and work with other families at Redwood Day."
Elizabeth Van Benschoten | Co-President
Parent of Aden Pemberton (6th grade)
Redwood Day Involvement: Art Committee Co-Chair, Book Fair volunteer
Professional Experience: Elizabeth has 20 years of experience financing multifamily affordable housing and other community development needs. She currently serves as a Managing Director with MUFG Union Bank overseeing lending and low-income housing tax credit investing in Northern CA. Before that, she worked with Bank of America and leading Bay Area real estate developer BRIDGE Housing.
Personal Statement: "As a newer member of the Redwood Day School community, it is important for me to contribute to supporting the faculty, programming, and experience of all students. By being a part of the PGA and Board, I can contribute time and talent, better understand the backbone of the school, and lend my voice to the vision of RD."
Ayanna Brown | Co-Vice President
Parent of Michaela (6th grade), Jasmine (Class of 2018), and Briahn (Class of 2011)
Redwood Day Involvement: Communications Secretary, Room Parent, Classroom Volunteer, Generations Day, Book Fair, Library Volunteer, Families of Color/African-American Families Reception Volunteer
Professional Experience: Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Professional/Electronic Medical Record Trainer
Personal Statement: "It has been exciting watching the different iterations of Redwood Day over the last 18 years. One thing that has not changed is the sense of community, and being part of the PGA is one of the many ways I can give back. It is important to me to volunteer time and effort to a school that has brought so much joy to our family."
Professional Experience: Advertising Executive, Record Label Owner
Personal Statement: "I joined the PGA because contributing to the community that supports our son is important and a way to give back to the school that does so much for our family. The teachers and staff are a pleasure to know, giving so much of themselves to ensure our children have an incredible learning experience. I’m forever grateful to be part of such a loving community."
Karine Sully | Middle School Coordinator
Parent of Olivia (Class of 2022) and Eliza (6th grade)
Redwood Day Involvement: Chaperone and driver for field trips
Professional Experience: Marketer turned Educator, DEI Enthusiast
Personal Statement: "Watching our child thrive at Redwood Day has brought our family immense joy. I see the amount of work that goes into creating such a unique community, and I am honored to be able to give back to Redwood Day by contributing my time and energy to being part of the PGA board."
Teresa Surichamorn | 3-5 Representative
Parent of Owen (5th grade) and Cara (2nd grade)
Redwood Day Involvement: 3-5 Representative, Classroom Volunteer, Fall Festival, Generations Day, Book Fair
Professional Experience: Marketing and Data Analytics at The Clorox Company
Personal Statement: "The strong sense of community and inclusion is what brought our family to Redwood Day and that is also the greatest gift we receive from this community season after season. Our kids are challenged, supported, seen, and thriving as a result of the Redwood Day community and that is what motivates me to give back and engage in whatever way is possible."
Zach Larson | Middle School Representative
Parent of Ramsey (7th grade)
Redwood Day Involvement: Lower School Coordinator, Room parent, Fall Festival
Professional Experience: Investment Officer for the University of California
Personal Statement: "My daughter really enjoyed her first year at Redwood Day, and I'm excited to use my professional experience to support her, the other students, staff, and faculty of the RD community."
Hena Borneo | Co-President Emeritus
Parent of Teia Swartzberg (7th grade) and Maya Swartzberg (Class of 2021)
Redwood Day Involvement: Co-President, Co-Vice President, Library and classroom volunteer, Health Advisory Council, Generations Day Committee
Professional Experience: Internal medicine physician, Highland Hospital, graduate and undergraduate medical education, public health
Personal Statement: "The Redwood Day community has been such a welcoming one for our family. Watching our children thrive academically and emotionally, and forming their intellectual and world views in this supportive environment has been a joy. Being a part of the PGA is an important way for me to offer something in return for all that we’ve received from the amazing Redwood Day community."
Dalbir Singh | Co-President Emeritus
Parent of Jeevan (5th grade) and Sevak (3rd grade)
Redwood Day Involvement: Co-President, Co-Vice President, Auction, Fall Festival Committee