Beth Espinoza and Shane Hihara are leaving Friends after several years. It is a little sad to see these folks move on to new adventures, but we are happy for them as they get ready for another chapter.
Shane was with SFFS for five years. He managed the client systems and helpdesk with a focus on customer service that will be greatly missed! After much deliberation, Shane took a corporate job as an account manager, where we are sure he will thrive. The new hire will have big shoes to fill. We are interviewing for the position now, but are lucky enough to have the very capable Erick Reyna filling in at the helpdesk.
After six years at SFFS, Beth is leaving for what sounds like a pretty amazing adventure! She is traveling for a year with her husband. If international travel is off the table, Beth plans on camping and exploring the outdoors closer to home. Taking in nature has always been a passion of hers. Each and every parent has benefited from the intense workload Beth performed last year to get our distance learning program up and running online. It was an immense task and we are all incredibly grateful for her effort and for her unflappable caring and kind manner.
Bora Shin is taking over Beth’s role as a technology integrator and STEAM room facilitator. She is coming to us with a strong educational technology and arts background. Her impressive resume includes working with International Baccalaureate schools in Singapore, South Korea and-- more recently-- at the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, CA. In addition to moving to San Francisco and taking a new position with SFFS, Bora is getting married this summer! Please join us in welcoming and congratulating her in the fall.
After 13 years, Director of Advancement Marlene Sloger will be leaving Friends at the end of June. When Mike announced in March that this would be Marlene's last year, he shared the following about her tenure:
"It is essential that the relationship between a head of school and director of advancement be functional; it is often the case that such a relationship can be collegial, if not genuinely friendly. Less frequently, the relationship takes the form of a thought partnership that places the school community, its past, present, and future, at the center. I have been the beneficiary of just such a partnership with Marlene. I am deeply grateful, and I hope that you will join me in thanking Marlene for her leadership of efforts that will positively impact generations of SFFS students, colleagues, and families to come.
As many of you know, Marlene has worked closely with me; our founding HOS Cathy Hunter; members of our development and communications teams; our Board’s development committee; our senior admin team; countless Parent Association volunteers; and, most recently, the COVID Response Team, among others. Along the way, Marlene has facilitated the successful completion of three capital campaigns, the evolution of a “minimum-fanfare-maximum-impact” Annual Fund, strategic thinking processes (“Futures Work”) with trustees and colleagues, our admin review process, and community-building with colleagues, fellow parents, and volunteers always the focus of her efforts. Marlene’s commitment to our Quaker values (not always easy when it comes to fundraising!) and to our mission to serve a purpose larger than ourselves is palpable, and I count myself among those buoyed by her deep aversion to letting others down, by her devotion to a cause worthy of commitment and teammates devoted to that cause. Colleagues describe her as “a rock on whose strength we lean” and “a beacon by whose light we are guided, if not inspired.” What a privilege to work with her, and what a gift she has been to SFFS."