Governance - San Diego French American School
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.
Mr. Otterson joined the San Diego French-American School Board of Trustees in 2006. Currently the V.P. of Business Development at the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP, Mr. Otterson previously served 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 Taco Del Mar, and as an advisor to Moses Graphite. He has two children currently attending the San Diego French-American School.
Gustavo F. LANATTA, MBA
Mr. Lanatta has been involved with the school for 8 years. His son Jordi, 11 and his daughter Chantal, 10 have been at SDFAS since pre-school. Originally from Argentina, he immigrated to the United States in 1990, and worked in real estate and finance for 17 years. He earned his MBA in 1997. He is currently the General Manager at LiquidTribe, LLC, an investment and consulting company in La Jolla. He supervises and oversees investment holdings in the United States and Latin-America. He is also financial advisor to the International Surfing Association (ISA) located in La Jolla, and serves CFO on the Board of the ISA Foundation, both non-profit non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2011, he was the treasurer for the SDFAS Parent's Association for three years.
Eric DE GOLDSMITH
Mr. de Goldsmith joined the board in 2010. Originally from Los Angeles, where he graduated from UCLA in 1992, Eric works at UBS International as a Senior Vice President-Investments, managing a clientele based primarily in Europe. Prior to joining UBS, Eric began his career in Paris, where he worked at Rothschild et Cie Banque and subsequently as a financial advisor for Prudential Securities (France). Eric and his family have also lived in New York and Miami, before relocating to San Diego in 2006. Eric has also served on the Board of the American Club of Paris, as well as other organizations devoted to the US expatriate community residing in Paris. He and his wife Muriel have two children (6 and 9) at the French-American School.
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.
Kathryn Manzella graduated from Smith College with a degree in East Asian Studies and a minor in Japanese. She has worked in Tokyo at a public relations agency and in a similar capacity at the Boston headquarters of a global financial services company's Asia/Pacific division. Kathryn presently works part-time for a small non-profit organization. Recently, she and two close friends successfully raised over $100,000 for Japanese relief efforts in response to Japan's earthquake and tsunami through an online, grassroots effort called Handmade For Japan. Kathryn and her husband, Vic, both New England natives, moved to San Diego in 2002 and are the parents of a son who has attended SDFAS since 2005.
Robyn Schuster joined the SDFAS Board in 2012, when her daughter entered the pre-elementary program. She is an attorney, admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and Indiana, and practiced law for several years with the global law firm Arnold & Porter LLP. She also has held senior-level positions in academic administration and taught as an adjunct instructor at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana). Since arriving in San Diego in 2011, she has taken an active role in non-profit outreach and governance, particularly focusing on early childhood education.
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.
A trustee since 2008, Ms. Black earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Austin, Texas. She began her career as a process engineer for Advanced Micro Devices, and is now an executive engagement manager at Cisco Systems where she executes Tier I industry shows and press conferences.
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.
Mr. Garin has served on the Board of San Diego French-American School since 1998, and was the Chairman for 2 years. As a Senior Executive, he was involved in major infrastructure projects in several countries including France, Chile, South Korea, Morocco and, in the past 15 years, the United States. His experience abroad and five children made him sensitive to the importance of multicultural education. He is an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique in France and UC Berkeley.
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.
Judy's family has been a part of SDFAS since 2005, and she joined the board in 2011. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years in Berkeley, New York, Katmandu, Brussels and San Diego. Currently, Judy handles community outreach at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. She has 3 children, including one in the middle school, one in the elementary school, and one set to enter kindergarten next year.
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.
Mr. Vincent joined the Board in 2008. Mr. Vincent and his wife, Liliane, have been supporters of the school since they moved from France to San Diego in 1995. After attending SDFAS from Kindergarten to 8th grade, their two sons transitioned well prepared to an American public high school in Carlsbad and currently study in competitive U.S. colleges. After earning a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Vincent taught at the University of Lyon, France and then became research engineer for the CNRS. He is currently executive V.P. R&D of the multi-brands and multinational sporting good company, TaylorMade-Adidas golf.