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Board of Trustees

PHIL ABRAHAMSON

Phil is the proud parent of two children who have grown into wonderful adults. Phil received a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University.  After teaching for three years at the University of Massachusetts, Phil has enjoyed 34 years (and counting!) in consulting, market research, and AI companies. His most rewarding years were focused on coaching, training, and career development of new-hire college graduates. Education runs in his family: his father was a pioneer in the field of medical education, his mother taught middle school, and his brother is a professor. Phil and his wife are slowly but steadily improving their ability to play duplicate bridge.

Tim Biglow

Tim is the parent of a 2013 graduate. Tim graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in Music and a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences. He has worked the past thirty years in software management focusing on workflow and process automation. He has served as Vice President of Engineering and Founder of Quantum Mobile and Senior Vice President of Technology at Knowledge Networks. Tim is musically active as a singer/composer/arranger in a local chorus and is a co-founder of the Stanford Fleet Street Singers.

Steve Bowling

Steve is a retired Silicon Valley businessman.  He has served as CFO, COO and CEO for various start-ups and early public companies, primarily in the computer peripherals and telecommunications industries.  He also served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.  Steve does pro bono business consulting for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.  He is a graduate of Williams College and Stanford Business School and earned his CPA with Deloitte and Touche.

Erik Carlson

Erik is the Interim Middle School Director at Park Day School, a leading progressive K - 8 school in Oakland.  Previously, he was Head of School at Saint Andrew's Episcopal School, Associate Head at Phillips Brooks School, Head of Middle School at Hamlin School, and Dean of Students at Woodside Priory.  In the last 17 years, Erik has held various leadership positions at several Bay Area independent schools where he has developed strategic plans, raised funds, designed curricular and co-curricular programs, and supported students, faculty, and families.  He has noticed that the common thread among a wide range of schools is that excellence is founded upon the entire school community investing in the growth of the whole child. Erik lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two high-school aged daughters and is a fan of all the Bay Area sports teams.

Mike Foster

Mike is the parent of a 2005 graduate. Mike has worked as a financial officer and venture investor in Silicon Valley for 43 years. He grew up in Los Angeles and Atlanta, studied mainly economics and history at Stanford, served in the U.S. Army as an infantry and intelligence lieutenant, and returned to Stanford for his MBA. Between 1973 and 2003, Mike held senior financial management and planning roles in four successful Silicon Valley companies. Since 2003, he has been a partner in a small venture capital firm, investing principally in young technology and healthcare companies. In addition, on a part-time basis, Mike was the financial officer of the Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) from 1978 until this year, when the District finally hired its first fulltime CFO. He remains a part-time employee of the MROSD board of directors. Mike’s wife, Cathie, served as a MPHS trustee for six years.

Quin Garcia

Quin is a grateful Mid-Peninsula High School alumni from Class of 1999 who aims to help future students leverage Mid-Pen to improve their lives.  He is presently a Managing Director of transportation-focused venture capital firm Autotech Ventures. Previously, he was a board member, investor, and advisor to numerous transportation startups. Quin graduated from Stanford with a MS degree in Management Science and Automotive Engineering.  He started his career working as a management consultant after graduating magna cum laude from Cornell with a BS degree in Applied Economics and Management. He has lived in China, Japan, and Israel, and speaks both Mandarin and Spanish. Quin played on the Mid-Pen basketball and baseball teams, and continues to enjoy playing sports in his free time

Merrilee Harris

Merrilee is the proud parent of a 2015 Mid-Pen graduate and has been active in the school’s parent association, including co-chairing DragonFest twice and hosting many fundraising events. In addition to being active in her children’s schools, Merrilee has been a strong supporter of community organizations focused on children and underserved communities. She has served on the board of Children’s Health Council for the past six years, is a founding director of WANDA, and is a supporter of Eastside College Preparatory School. Merrilee graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California and worked in advertising, publishing, and marketing at Architectural Digest Magazine and Young & Rubicam Advertising.

Mary Hayes

Mary is the parent of two Mid-Peninsula alumni (2013 & 2015) and served as a Co-President of the Mid-Peninsula Parents Association. Commitment to education has been a hallmark of her career, having served as a teacher, a lifelong student, and an active school and community volunteer. She earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MS in special education from the University of Rochester, and a JD from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. When time permits, she loves traveling, running, and rowing.

John Northway

John founded Stoecker and Northway Architects in 1978, where he remains "of counsel." Stoecker and Northway have provided architectural services throughout the Bay Area with an emphasis on the Peninsula. John's architectural experience has included commercial, retail, educational, heath care, and institutional projects.  John was the primary architect for the design of Mid-Peninsula High School's Willow Road campus and considers this project one of the most interesting of his long career.

Gregorio Prieto

Gregorio is the parent of Greg '20.  A resident of California since 1997, Gregorio has worked in a variety of professions including restaurant work, painting foreman, cabinet maker, and, for the past ten years, as a journeyman/handyman.

Tim Reichert

Tim is a retired educator who spent thirty-eight years with the Fremont Unified School District as a teacher, department head, and administrator. From 1986-2003, he served as principal of Hopkins Junior High School where he earned four California Distinguished School awards and was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education. Raised in the Chicago area, Tim graduated from Williams College and subsequently received an MA in education from Stanford University. He has resided on the mid-peninsula since 1965.

Teri Spanner

Teri is a parent of a former Mid-Pen student who is now at Oregon State University, and another son who is currently a high school sophomore. She graduated from Mission College and The Academy of Health Sciences at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. She worked as a pediatric nurse, helped start a mobile medical clinic for homeless and underserved teens at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, served in the Army and National Guard, and has volunteered for numerous child, education and health based non-profits. Most recently, she was a former board member and head of Development for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. Teri has organized and hosted numerous fundraising and community events for multiple charities. A strong advocate in her kid’s schools and community, Teri has been an active supporter of the MPHS parents association, including DragonFest chair. A huge SF Giants fan, she lives in Los Altos with her husband, two dogs, and three cats.

Andrea Thurber

Andrea is the parent of two Mid-Peninsula alumni (2008 & 2014) and served as Co-President of the Mid-Peninsula Parents Association during both periods of her children’s enrollment.  Her home was the site of Mid-Pen’s first DragonFest community fundraiser in 2007, and she served on the steering committee that established the MAP (Mid-Pen Alumni Parent) Network in 2015.  An active school and community volunteer, in 1991 Andrea helped establish an off-leash dog park in Sunnyvale, and in 2000 helped found Starting Arts, a Santa Clara county based non-profit arts education provider currently providing CA educational standards-based instruction in Dance, Theatre, Music and/or Visual Arts to over 45,000 children in public schools located throughout the South Bay.  Andrea attended Syracuse University majoring in Chemistry and Art, and SUNY at Buffalo where she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Medical Technology.

Debbie Vielbaum

Debbie has been a 19 year member of the Charles Armstrong School community, a school for students with Language-based learning differences such as dyslexia, where individualized education is at the core of how they teach and what they teach. In her time at Armstrong she has had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a Classroom Small Group Instructor, President of the Parent Association as well as the Chair of the Development Committee on the Board of Directors. A few years later she resigned from the Board to take the position of Director of Development, and in 2009 became the Director of Admissions and Transitions and Community Relations. These experiences led her to serve as the Interim Head of School and now as the Assistant Head of School.

Anna Waring, Ph.D.

Anna served the Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education in East Palo Alto from 2007 to 2018. From 2002 to 2007 she was the President of Josephinum Academy, an all girls' multicultural college preparatory school for grades six through twelve located in Chicago. At DePaul University, Anna served as the Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a faculty member in the Public Services Graduate Program. Anna has been as a consultant and board member for a variety of non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. A native of Boston, Anna attended Williams College, where she received a degree in Psychology, and later earned her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.