Our Board 

Les Petits Francophones' Board of Trustees comprises of current parents, alumni parents, and individuals drawn for the community at large. The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing broad policies and overseeing decisions to ensure the overall programmatic success and financial stability of the school. The Board can be reached at president@lespetitsfrancophones.org

Roxanna Ahlbach, President
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Bio to come

Mary Kate Fischer, Treasurer
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Mary Kate brings over 15 years of experience in finance and operations, most recently as CFO/COO of a design firm in San Francisco. Her role as Treasurer of the Board is to oversee and ensure the ongoing financial health of the school. Mary Kate’s deep operational experience also lends expertise to HR and facilities considerations. Mary Kate holds a Bachelors in Accounting and Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is a Certified Public Accountant

 

While Mary Kate does not have a French background, she began learning Spanish as a foreign language in elementary school, and studied abroad in Barcelona during college. She understands the value of preparing our children to think and communicate with people from different backgrounds and cultures to create a shared global community.

Marina Harper, Secretary

Marina Harper joined the Board in August 2021. More details to come.

Gordon Surface, Member / Education Lead
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Gordon Surface joined the Board in September 2016. Over his 25 year career, Gordon Surface have been a classroom instructor with learners from kindergarten through graduate school, a district K-12 curriculum coordinator, director for a consortium providing beginning teacher support and a regional director for new teacher support in California, which is part of the state credentialing process.

This experience has strengthened his belief that providing a rich educational experience for children at the pre-school level is absolutely essential if we expect our children to learn, grow and thrive as members of the learning community, a community that includes parents, teachers, administrators and students. It ultimately leads to our children becoming thoughtful, active members of our participatory democracy.

He is holds a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and a MA in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's College.