SDFAS is a California 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization administered by a Board of Trustees. The Board formulates the mission of the school, develops the strategic plan and ensures the annual budget allows the school to fulfill its mission.

The Board recruits and oversees the Head of School. The Head of School is the educational leader of the school with the mission to direct the school in the best interest of the students and the aim to reach excellence in education.

Jennifer SILVER Jennifer SILVER

Jennifer Silver joined the San Diego French-American School Board in 2014. Originally from Portland, Maine, Jennifer moved to California in 2002 and currently has one child attending preschool at SDFAS. Jennifer is an attorney and business consultant. Her practice is primarily focused on debt-related matters, including bankruptcy and other means of financial restructuring for businesses and individuals. Jennifer earned her BA in Political Science from University of Miami and her JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Kyndra LEACH Kyndra LEACH

Kyndra Leach joined the board in 2013. She has two children currently attending SDFAS. In recent years, Kyndra has been working as a consultant at Dexcom, Inc. She has been primarily involved in event marketing in the medical device field. Additionally she has family real estate development and management business. Kyndra has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Mr. Serge Brachet joined the San Diego Fench-American School Board of Trustees in 2012. He has two children currently attending SDFAS. Serge is a founding partner and CEO of Aklara, a firm specializing in the design and execution of electronic reverse auctions. He was an economic analyst at SAI Consultores, a Mexican consulting firm specializing in trade, antitrust and financial restructuring. He earned his BA in economics from Universidad Iberoamericana and his MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.


Ian Hayden joined the SDFAS Board of Trustees in 2013. He has two children currently attending SDFAS. Mr. Hayden is a teacher of Latin and Spanish in the Foreign Language Department of The Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Prior to joining the faculty at Bishop's, Mr. Hayden owned and operated Core Learning Company, a small business specializing in providing test preparation services for academic entrance exams such as the ISEE, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. He holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies from San Diego State University.

Past Chair

Mr. Otterson joined the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2006 and (Chairman 2010 – Current). He is Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank and is highly active in San Diego’s entrepreneurial technology community. Previously, he was VP of BD at Cooley LLP, Mr. Otterson previously served senior roles in several high tech companies specialized in the delivery of technology services and enterprise applications. He received his MBA in High Tech Marketing from the Anderson School at UCLA in 1997. He also serves on the Board of Directors of EvoNexus, San Diego Venture Group, and CONNECT. He has three children currently attending the San Diego French-American School.

Francesca TORRIANI, MD Francesca TORRIANI, MD

Dr. Torriani is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California San Diego and the Medical Director of UC San Diego Health System's Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology (IPCE) Unit. Dr. Torriani received her medical degree from the Medical School of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and has been a Faculty member of UC San Diego Medical School since 1995. At UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Torriani serves as an Attending Physician in Internal Medicine and as an Infectious Diseases and HIV Specialist. As the Medical Director of the IPCE Unit, she serves as the Infection Control Officer and represents UC San Diego Health System at the County, State and National level in situations similar to the H1N1 2009 pandemic. Her research has focused on understanding and treating complications of HIV infection and the treatment of hepatitis C in HIV infection. She teaches Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and HIV at UC San Diego.In 2006, her son enrolled in PK1 and is currently in 4th grade at San Diego French-American School. Dr. Torriani joined the Board in 2010.


Natalia Bertran joined the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2015. She has two boys currently attending SDFAS. Natalia has over 20 years of experience in the recruitment and enrollment of students in the international higher education field. She started as the Director of Marketing and Enrollment for the opening of Les Roches, a University in Spain. In 1996 she moved to Mexico where she started her own educational consulting company representing different universities around the world. Natalia moved with her family to San Diego in 2002 where she opened a branch office of her educational agency. She has also been Director of Marketing and Enrollment for Laureate Hospitality Education in Latin America and South West USA, in charge of brand development and recruitment for 4 prestigious universities. Natalia has studied and worked all over the world and is a strong believer and promoter of international education. Originally from Mexico, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the International University of Monaco.


Etienne Chaponniere joined the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2017 and his two children have been attending SDFAS since pre-K. He attended several French schools in foreign countries (including Singapore, Thailand and Austria) and graduated with an MS in Telecommunication from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. Etienne has 17 years of engineering experience in the areas of telecommunication ASIC design, R&D and Standards. He is currently working as a Senior Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm Incorporated and holds dozens of US and worldwide patents.


Mr. Guckian is new to the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2011. Currently V.P. of Engineering at QUALCOMM Incorporated he is responsible for corporate engineering services including company-wide responsibility for regulatory engineering and compliance. Prior to joining QUALCOMM in 1996, Mr. Guckian held positions with a number of European based companies where he was responsible for design and compliance with regulatory requirements. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where he graduated in electrical and electronic engineering from Napier College of Technology.


Nanouchka Guilhemfouert joined the Board in 2011. Her son has been attending SDFAS since 2002 where she has been a key participant in organizing annual school events. A native of Pau, France, she graduated with an MBA in Marketing from San Francisco State University. Since, Nanouchka has owned and co-founded a number of small to medium-size California based companies in the power-sport industry (Braking, Tag Metals, etc). In addition, she was recently the CFO for One Industries, an Action Sport leader, for 10 years. She is currently working on new business ventures and consults primarily in Marketing. She is looking forward to serving on the board.


Artun Kutchuk joined the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2015. He has two children currently attending SDFAS since Pre-K. He is VP of Business Development and Strategy at W2BI-Advantest specializing in the telecommunications field. Earlier in his career, he was VP of Bus Dev and Strategy at AetherPal, Sr Director of Product Management & Marketing at Carrier IQ, and also held various business development, product management and R&D management positions at Ericsson. Artun also co-founded Interfacing Technologies. Artun has M. Eng. from McGill University, Canada and BSc. (Hons) from University of Sussex, England.

Chrysa MINEO Chrysa MINEO

Chrysa Mineo joined the San Diego French-American School Board in 2017, and has twin boys who have attended SDFAS since preschool. Ms. Mineo holds a B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Davis and received her M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is currently a biotech investor and mentor, and volunteers for EvoNexus, a start-up incubator dedicated to the support of Southern California high-tech ventures. With 30 years of experience in the field of Biotechnology, Ms. Mineo served most recently on the executive team of Receptos, founded out of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and now a wholly owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation. Prior to Receptos, Ms. Mineo spent 12 years with San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences, founded out of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and Stanford University. Prior to Neurocrine, Ms. Mineo served in various capacities in research, marketing and business development for such companies as Amgen, DNAX Research Institute, and Schering Plough.


Teresa Sekiguchi joined the SDFAS Board in 2012. Her two children have been attending SDFAS since preschool. She has a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and a MBA in General Management from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and The Copenhagen School of Business. During her days as a business consultant in companies like AT Kearney and Deloitte & Touche, she was involved in strategic development projects in Mexico and other Latin America countries. She has been a professor at the MBA at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and at Universidad Anáhuac in México, teaching New Business and Franchising classes. She is involved in the food and franchising industry in Mexico, as well as in non-profit organizations that promote Mexican-Japanese relations.

Peter Westlake Peter Westlake

Peter Westlake joined the SDFAS Board of Trustees in 2018. Peter, a British Citizen, and his French wife Ingrid have two children at the school. Peter is Chief Financial Officer of Prometheus Laboratories Inc, a pharmaceutical and diagnostic company owned by Nestlé. Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London, and then as a Chartered Financial Analyst whilst managing equity portfolios for Deutsche Asset Management. Peter has served on the UK Accounting Standards Board and holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University.

Erica Murphy Erica Murphy

Erica Murphy joined the Board of Trustees in 2018, and has two children currently attending SDFAS. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and her J.D. from Saint Louis University. After law school, Erica joined the law firm of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth in their securities litigation practice group. There, her practice focused on securities and complex business litigation in state and federal court, including the defense of public and private companies and their officers and directors in connection with shareholder class actions, derivative suits, and direct cases; merger & acquisition litigation; SEC inquiries and investigations; as well as general business and contract disputes. In recent years, she has worked as a contract attorney and consultant.