Board of trustees
Mary Schattenberg, Board Chair
Parent of Spencer, 2016 graduate and Hilary (7th grade) Johnston, Mary has been on the Greenwood Board since 2010, serving as Development chair and Secretary before assuming the role of Chair in 2012. Prior to Greenwood, Mary served on The Mountain School board for five years. Mary’s background is in health care management, working since 1995 for Kaiser Permanente and its affiliates in developing and managing physician practices, expansion into new markets, contracting, and new ventures. In 2009 she formed a start-up subsidiary, Permanente Advantage, LLC, where she continues as General Manager, reporting to both the Permanente Advantage and the Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company boards. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program.
Tim Watson, Board Vice-Chair
Tim is the parent of Ty (2nd grade) and Charlie (Kindergarten) and joined the Greenwood Board in the spring of 2014. He served as an executive at Bloomingdale’s, Siebel Systems, Walmart.com and Tea Collection Children’s Apparel before founding two start-ups in the logistics industry and an organic pest control company. His primary areas of expertise are in strategy, marketing, business development and general management. Tim holds a B.A. from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
James Nicholson, Board Secretary
Parent of Sophie (4th grade) and Lila (2nd Grade), James joined the Greenwood Board in fall 2015. He has a 20-year history of starting successful ventures in the Internet space and currently heads up Brightline Media, a leading web publishing company. He has served on several non-profit boards and has hands-on expertise in fundraising, business development, marketing, and general management. James holds a B.A. with Honors from Wesleyan University.
Brian Buchanan, Board Treasurer
Brian Buchanan, father of twins Payson and Piper in 3rd grade, brings more than 20 years of financial and operating experience serving as a CFO, COO and financial adviser to several companies across the healthcare and technology industries. He has held numerous CFO and COO positions at CBCA, Inc, Unlimited Fiber Optics, Solicient/HCIA, and Arthur Andersen consulting. Currently, he is Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group in San Francisco. Brian has a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Baltimore.
Danica has been at Greenwood since 2000 and is the parent of Dylan (class of 2004) and Drew (class of 2010). She previously served as Greenwood's board chair and secretary. She is currently COO for B612, a nonprofit aerospace organization dedicated to protecting the earth from asteroid strikes. Previously, she was managing director/officer at Tides, a $200M nonprofit that is committed to partnering with philanthropists, foundations, activists, and organizations to promote economic justice. Prior to Tides, she has held executive positions at Organic, Knowledge Universe, The WELL, and the Global Business Network. Danica attended San Francisco State and studied computer science and theater arts. She serves on numerous boards including Network for Good and Point Foundation, publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog and founder of The WELL. She follows in her mother’s footsteps of public service and helping start schools.
Parent of Abigail (2nd grade) and Camille (Meadowlark), David joined the Greenwood Board in November 2014. David is currently the Managing Partner of Throckmorton Partners, a San Francisco based advisor to family offices and institutions investing in California Multifamily properties. Previously, David was one of the leading multifamily brokers in Northern California, with over $1.6 Billion in transactions where he advised private investors, public REITs and government agencies in their real estate strategy. David’s is passionate about business, solving business problems and loves a great challenge. Outside of work, David is committed to spiritual learning through meditation, reading and silent retreats. David holds a BA from Lake Forest College.
Elissa Van Deursen
Elissa (parent of Ben, 7th grade) was most recently the Director of Alumni Relations at The College Preparatory School, an independent high school in Oakland, CA. Previously, she was the Alumni Director at Marin Academy and for many years, ran a fundraising firm that produced benefit auctions, dinners and concerts with artists like Bonnie Raitt and Bob Weir. Over the course of her career, she has raised millions of dollars for organizations such as Bioneers, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Rainforest Action Network. Elissa has a B.A. in Italian Studies from UC San Diego. Her older son Simon attends Branson.
Shaheer Faltas, Head of School, ex officio
Shaheer is committed to educational excellence and innovation while honoring the beautiful traditions that are hallmarks of Greenwood School. He was the Co-founder/Director of the Kona Pacific Public Charter School in Hawaii and also served as the Executive Director at Journey School in Orange County. Shaheer began his career as a teacher in South-Central Los Angeles, teaching history and language arts. Shaheer’s education includes an M.Ed. from California State University, a Teaching Credential in Social Studies/ESL from UCLA and an M.Ed. from Rudolph Steiner College. He loves Marin’s natural beauty and discovering the area with his wife Maria and daughter Newara.