JULIE CYPHERS, ESQ, Co-Chair, is an immigration attorney in private practice in Santa Rosa, California. She attended California State University, Chico, and University of Washington, Seattle where she studied Asian Studies with a primary focus on China. Ms. Cyphers was a research assistant at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings School of Law and then attended law school for a year at Durham University in England. She graduated from Empire College of Law in December 2007 with a Juris Doctorate. Ms. Cyphers has taught Immigration Law and been involved with the Immigration Law Clinic at Empire College of Law since 2009. She serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Sonoma County, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Sonoma County Bar Association. Ms. Cyphers has been named a ‘Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013-2016. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin.
PETER MORK, CFA, Co-Chair, is an analyst at Mork Capital Management, LLC located in Healdsburg, California. Peter moved to Healdsburg at the age of seven when his family relocated from Southern California. He attended both public and private schools, graduating from Healdsburg High School in 1994. After two years at Pacific Lutheran University where he was a member of the wrestling team, he transferred to The University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a degree in Business Economics. After working in Institutional Sales/Research for La Jolla Economics in San Diego from 1999-2005 Peter and his wife Emily moved back to Healdsburg in 2006 to start a family. Peter has experience sitting on the board of a private company and has chaired the investment committee for an endowment. He has also volunteered in the mentor program at the Preuss Charter School at UCSD. The Mork’s have two daughters attending The Healdsburg School is Third and Sixth Grade.
KEVIN MCGEE, Secretary, is the principal and founder of Tradecraft Strategic Advisors, a multi-disciplinary firm providing operating partner and strategic advisory services. Kevin moved to Healdsburg with his wife Katee in 2005 to serve as the personal business strategist and legal counsel to wine industry legend Jess Jackson until his passing in 2011. He is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, has been actively practicing law for over 20 years and has served as a Judge Pro Tem. Kevin is the former CEO of a wine and hospitality-focused private equity firm, has held a number of senior executive and board positions in both domestic and overseas firms and has built a variety of businesses – the most fun being The Healdsburg Beer Company (which has been fully licensed and operating out of his garage since 2007). Prior to moving to Healdsburg, Kevin was in civil practice as a litigation attorney in Santa Barbara but spent the first years of his legal career as a prosecutor in the Bay Area focusing on gang violence matters. Kevin has taken his turn at occasionally teaching others and has been returning to the Stanford GSB to teach a case in the entrepreneurship program for the past seven years, spent eight years teaching gang violence law and trial skills to other prosecutors for the California District Attorneys’ Association, and in his youth instructed others in skiing and martial arts. Kevin and Katee have a daughter attending THS in the sixth grade.
DAVID J ECKERT, Treasurer, grew up in Wisconsin and has lived all around the world in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, London, Netherlands and just relocated back to the west coast to Healdsburg and San Francisco from New York City. David’s wife, Sachiko comes from Japan, and their son, Enzo goes to school at the Cathedral school for boys and attends the SF Ballet School in San Francisco. David has a strong commitment to education excellence and grew up in a family of educators with two grandparents and his mother all teaching and working in education administration. David currently operates the winery Zo Wines, the Irish Rose Inn, his own estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, as well as works with FFL Partners in San Francisco in Private Equity. David earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
PAUL FORGUE, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees, currently lives in Singapore where he serves as a Managing Director with the global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal. Paul and his wife Laura Mattimore Forgue, a Sonoma County native, have had two daughters attend The Healdsburg School. Abigael graduated from THS in 2017. Paul grew up in a house where both his mother and father were teachers. Paul was formerly the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Truett Hurst, Inc. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas and his Masters in Business Administration from the Jesse H. Jones School of Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
CHRIS HANNA is the President of Hanna Winery, with tasting rooms and winery locations in the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Wine Studies Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. Chris is a veteran of non-profit boards and currently serves as a Trustee at Sonoma Academy, where she is Treasurer and Finance Chair. Additionally, she is a member of the Bond Oversight Committee for the Healdsburg Unified School District. She is a past President of the Board of Trustees of the Alexander Valley Unified School District, and two time past President of the Sonoma County Vintners, where she served as a board member for ten years. Passionate about cooking, Chris is the author of The Winemaker Cooks, published by Chronicle Books in 2010, and teaches cooking classes around the country. She earned a BA from New York University and University of the Pacific, and an MA from Manhattanville College. Chris is married to Jake Whiteley, founder of Flying Goat Coffee in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. Jake now develops luxury hospitality programs in Sonoma and Napa. Chris and Jake live with their son Brian Whiteley (Sonoma Academy, Class of 2020) on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg, and enjoy visits from grown daughter Abby.
BONNIE HEADLEY, is a mother to four children including two THS graduates. Bonnie has been an instrumental leader within the THS community since her two youngest boys started attending THS in 2010. She has chaired and co-chaired Bravissimo four times, lending her creative vision to each event, leading the community outreach efforts and providing event management oversight for the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Bonnie is an active community participant within Sonoma County where she and her husband Jim have lived for over 11 years. Some of her other volunteer work includes board member of the Healdsburg Sunrise Rotary Club, a past event co-chair for The Northern Sonoma County Healthcare Foundations “Wine Women and Shoes” for two years, and The Healdsburg Farm to Pantry “Summer Supper” for two years. Bonnie’s husband, Jim, worked in retail management for his family-owned company, Yardbirds, for over 30 years. When Bonnie and Jim are not spending time with their four children, Bonnie enjoys traveling, singing, tennis and spending time with friends.
LAURA KIRK LEE is a Marketing and Sales leader who has been working in the wine industry for 20 years. Originally from Oregon, Laura and her husband Brian moved to San Francisco for “an adventure” shortly after getting married in 2001. Inured to the sunshine, they stayed in Northern California, making their home in Cloverdale in 2005. Laura earned a B.A. in English Literature and Music Performance from the University of Oregon and her work experience spans the gamut from running the day-to-day operations of a small, family-owned, luxury winery to overseeing a broad portfolio of wine brands at several top-ten California producers. She has served on the board at the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association and held leadership roles with the Santa Barbara County Vintners, New Zealand Winegrowers and Wines of Chile. Additionally, Laura was a mezzo-soprano with the Portland Symphonic Choir (1997 – 2001) and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus (2001 – 2006). Brian and Laura are parents to Kennedy and Emerson who both attend The Healdsburg School. When not working or shuttling the kids to swim practice or music lessons, Laura enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and tending to a small homestead with an overgrown garden, motley orchard, scraggly vineyard, sweet old cat, two noisy parakeets, one tuneful cockatiel, assorted fish, six happy chickens and a very curious rabbit.
IAN MARQUIS, BSME, MBA, is a Senior Manager of Engineering for the Precision Systems Business Unit of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Healdsburg, CA. Ian was born in Sonoma County, in Annapolis, California and attended public school in Point Arena, California. Ian is a multi-disciplined engineer and project manager with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). He has over 19 years of experience in high-level tactical & space engineering programs. Projects range across the spectrum from business development to production, capital equipment to facility expansion, and concept phase to qualified flight hardware. He has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Sonoma State University and is also certified in True Lean™ (Toyota Production System) from the University of Kentucky. He is a graduate of the General Dynamics Decathlon Executive Leadership Program and holds an active membership in Mensa. Ian enjoys a myriad of pursuits outside of work. He has a passion for space and the cosmos, enjoys 3D printing projects for his children, working on cars and electronics, and playing the drums. Ian and his wife Samantha relocated from Los Angeles to Healdsburg in 2014, to put roots down and raise a family. The Marquis’ have one son in first grade attending The Healdsburg School and another son who will be in Kindergarten soon.
BLAIR MAUS, obtained her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She has served on the Boards of Directors at Northwestern University, the Millbrook School in New York, and the McCormick Family Foundation. Her board experience includes strategic planning and sitting on the education and student affairs committees. Blair has worked as a nonprofit consultant, helping with fundraising, strategic planning, and board development. She has also worked in commercial banking in helping clients obtain lines of credit and small business administration loans. Blair also worked for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco doing community development work. Blair and her husband Todd own Deering Wine and have two children attending The Healdsburg School.
SANDI PASSALACQUA, Founder, has served Sonoma County as a dedicated educator for more than fifty years. Mrs. Passalacqua’s roles have ranged from classroom teacher to consultant, principal, and founder of The Healdsburg School. She has designed and implemented ESL and Title I programs, as well as foreign language curriculums. She holds a Master of Education from Sonoma State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Northeastern University. Mrs. Passalacqua’s vision for The Healdsburg School was to create a unique independent school that prepared students to successfully navigate the global workplace and community through a program of rigorous academics, service-learning, and character development. Her goal of creating this positive, child-centered school where each student’s individual gifts are seen and nurtured has become a thriving reality. Now a mere decade since its inception, The Healdsburg School is recognized as a premier independent school in Sonoma County. Mrs. Passalacqua is also an accomplished painter and pianist and is an avid world traveler. She is married to Tom Passalacqua and has three children and eight grandchildren.
ALAIN-MARTIN PIERRET Upon graduating from Hotel Management in Europe, Alain spent 25 years in the upscale hotel, private club, and winery management industries. Throughout his career, a primary goal has been to provide consistent and exceptional service. Alain’s passion for real estate was promoted by his personal interest in buying and renovating homes in San Francisco, Sonoma County, Palm Springs, and Florida. Alain’s knowledge and experience of Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties’ real estate uniquely position him to assist in the sale and acquisition of homes, vineyard estates, wineries, and country property. Alain’s other interests are travel and country living on weekends in his Alexander Valley home where he maintains a large collection of birds. Alain is known to be a generous host to his extended family and friends from around the globe.
DAVID REED, is an innovator in HR Operations and Technology who has been working in the Silicon Valley for over 20 years. David is a native Northern Californian and joined the Healdsburg community in 1999 with his wife Ondine. His passions include innovation, leadership, and education. David holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and his work experience includes leadership roles in human resources, Six Sigma process improvement, customer service, and information technology for companies large and small including Silicon Graphics, Icarian, Enwisen, Intuit, and Acxiom. David and Ondine are the proud parents of three students at The Healdsburg School where David has coached Odyssey of the Mind and founded our after-school robotics program.
JENNIFER WEISS and her husband Jason and two children moved to Healdsburg after losing their home in the Tubbs fire. The Healdsburg School was so welcoming to daughter Juliette and the whole family, creating a huge blessing in their lives after such a loss. Juliette is in the 8th grade and son Jacob is a Junior at Cardinal Newman. Jennifer is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin and has 25 years of executive leadership experience with Boys & Girls Clubs in Sonoma County and San Francisco. Jennifer has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from the University of Florida. She is passionate about leading with high expectations of excellence and maximizing every opportunity to change the lives of community youth. Jennifer has been a marketing leader at Gap, Inc. and an executive in Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes. Jennifer serves on many groups focused on at-risk youth and on the board of TLC Child and Family Services.