Mike Barbee is the president of Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, a Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Planning firm that he founded in 1989. The firm specializes in land development engineering, including boundary and top surveys, planning and feasibility studies, design of grading and improvements, mapping, construction staking, and related services. Mike attended the University of Utah and U.C. Berkeley. In the past, he was on the Board of Redwood Day School. His daughter Alison graduated from JMSG in 2007.
JoAnn Deak, PhD, has spent more than 30 years as an educator and psychologist, helping children develop into confident and competent adults. The latter half of that period has also focused on working with adults, parents and teachers in their roles as guides or ‘neurosculptors’ of children. On her website is a quote that best describes her perspective on her work: “every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become.”
Parents and educators at schools from New York to Hawaii, as well as such organizations as the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of International Schools, the American Montessori Society and the International Baccalaureate Association, have heralded Dr. Deak’s ability to demystify complex issues of child development, learning, identify formation and brain research.
Ilana DeBare is Director of Communications at Golden Gate Audubon, after two decades as a journalist at newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee. She is author of Where Girls Come First: The Rise, Fall and Surprising Revival of Girls' Schools (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004). She was founding board chair of JMSG and her daughter graduated in the JMSG Class of 2008.
Jody Brunk Knowlton is Principal and Co-founder of Artsource Consulting of San Francisco, a firm specializing in the development of fine art collections for private, corporate, and institutional collectors world-wide. Prior to co-founding Artsource Consulting in 1994, Jody worked with Roselyne C. Swig Artsource, where she managed multiple corporate and private fine art collections, and developed ArtReach, a rotating exhibition program that partnered non-profit arts institutions with businesses. She has helped found nonprofits working on domestic violence and arts in education. She served on the parent board of Thornhill Elementary School for five years and on the board of Julia Morgan School for Girls for six years. She currently serves on the Advisory Council at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Her daughter Sarah and Olivia graduated from JMSG in 2008 and 2010.
Simone Marean is an educator, Executive Director, and co-founder of Girls Leadership Institute. Simone currently lives in Berkeley, CA, where she teaches GLI programs year-round. She has a Masters Degree in Educational Theatre from NYU. Simone taught theatre at The Young Women's Leadership School, The Brearley School, The McCarter Theatre, Henry Street Settlement, American Place Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, The School of the Future, and the Neighborhood School. Simone grew up on the north shore of Boston and graduated from Bryn Mawr College Magna Cum Laude.
Daphne Muse spent the last six decades speaking truth to power, beginning as a social activist at William McKinley High School in Washington, D.C. Broadly well-educated in public schools in Washington, she graduated with a B.A. in American and English Literature from Fisk University. Muse put her life-long learning skills to use as a social activist and educator, where she served on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley and Mills. At Berkeley, she was the Research Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program. That mission includes getting first generation students to secure their Ph.D.’s and become future academics, researchers, and scholars. Muse served on the faculty at Mills from 1975-1983 and 1991-1993 and from 2004-2009 and served as the director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Mills. There she worked with two cohorts of WLI Fellows, selected from a range of undergraduate and graduate disciplines, teaching them to envision the roles they would play and developing the skills to become future leaders of communities, companies and countries.
She is sought after for her capacity to envision and create new projects, refocus existing ones, and work with writers and filmmakers turning their concepts into manuscripts and screenplays. Her clients include the Office of Education at the Commission on Major League Baseball, Scholastic, Inc., and Alice Walker. Muse’s social commentaries air on public radio and her articles, Op-Ed pieces and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Congressional Record, SF Chronicle and have aired on NPR. She blogs at www.daphnemuse.blogspot.com and inventingourfuture.com.