Board of Directors
Trevor Getz, Chairman, Ph.D.
Trevor Getz, an Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University, is the author of several books and numerous articles on history, historiography, and education. He serves as a consultant for museums in South Africa and the United States, and as Vice-President for Teaching of H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. Trained at universities in Africa, Europe, and North America, he is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is an award-winning educator, and has co-authored several textbooks including the forthcoming Exchanges: A Global History Reader, as well as working with schools and curricular projects in Cape Town, New Orleans, and Oakland, CA.
Damon Kerby, M.A.
Damon Kerby was appointed Headmaster of Saint Mark's School in July of 1987. Mr. Kerby came to Saint Mark's from The Branson School in Ross, California, where he was Chair of the History Department and Dean of Sophomores. He received a B.A. in history from Kenyon College and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Independent Schools and former member of the NAIS Academic Services Committee. He recently represented California on the National Association of Independent Schools Commission on Accreditation and currently sits on the Board of Trustees at Marin Academy.
Renee Kuriyan, Ph.D.
Renee Kuriyan works for Intel Research as a Research Scientist. Her doctoral research, focused in Development Studies at U.C. Berkeley, looks at the political economy of information and communication technologies and economic development in India. She conducted her research as part of the Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions group at Berkeley. Renee holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Middlebury College and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs with a focus in international development and science and technology policy. She has extensive experience conducting research on a range of economic development topics in East Africa and South Asia. This includes working for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, Room to Read, and Microsoft Research India.
Tali Nates, Director, Johannesburg Holocaust Center, is an internationally renowned teacher, facilitator, and lecturer. She has developed curriculum materials for and trained educators in around the world in the areas of anti-discrimination and human rights. She has trained participants from Montreal, Ottowa, Halifax, and Toronto for the "March for the Living. She lead the South African/Canadian Youth Program to the WCAR (2001) where she served on the panel of the roundtable discussion on "Education for Human Rights and Peace - Sharing Skills, Strategies and Successes." Other international speaking engagements include the keynote address at the Tolerance, Respect and Human Rights Conference, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2001). More recent experiences include a role as closing speaker at the 'Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness, Reflections on Ten Years of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission', the University of Cape Town (2006), and the title of "Historian and Scholar of the Adult International Delegation" for "March of the Living" (2006-2008).
Cheryl started her career as a lawyer and last practiced trust and erisa law with Provident National Bank (PNC). Since that time, Cheryl has devoted her efforts to raising her children and to volunteer activities with a wide variety of organizations-both local and abroad. In addition to several volunteer stints working alongside her children and husband in Africa and Central America, Cheryl has been very active locally with education-related organizations, including eduWeavers and E-3, Education, Excellence and Equity. Cheryl received her BA from UC Berkeley and JD from UC Hastings College of Law.
David Schrag, MA
David is currently Principal at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, which serves 1150 students grades 6-8. Prior to that he was Assistant Middle School Principal at Belmont where he focused on better serving struggling students. There, he developed a "buddy program" that paired students with mentor teachers. He taught for eight years in a Title I elementary school in South Hayward with students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. As a teacher he focused on community outreach, and building intervention programs, such as the Learning and Education through Arts and Play (LEAP) program. The LEAP program gave more than 100 students an afterschool "safe haven" to learn and connect with teachers on campus through enrichment activities.
David received an MA in Education and Policy Analysis from Stanford University in 2001 and a BA in English in 1993 from U.C. Davis. He earned a teaching credential in 1995 from Sacramento State. Besides spending time with his two children and his wife Elizabeth, he teaches his weekly hip hop dance class to adults in the Mission District.
Milton is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves. Before joining Facing History he spent over ten years as a middle school teacher, a diversity/communications consultant and as a curriculum design specialist and has over 25 years of counseling experience. Dedicated to improving dialogue and implementing innovative solutions to address difficult social issues such as race relations and juvenile justice and delinquency concerns, Milton sustains a high level of engagement in his home community.
In addition to serving on the San Mateo Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission, he also is the former Governing Board Chair for LEJ (Literacy for Environmental Justice); a San Francisco based environmental justice/youth development non-profit, as well as serving on the advisory board of The Working Group, producers of the award winning Not In Our Town, PBS series and the board of eduWeavers, an educational non-profit organization dedicated to creating unique school based partnerships among disparate global communities.
Milton has a strong interest in understanding how the legacies of history manifest themselves in our present society and how the past informs decision making processes that influence institutions and institutional practices in present society. The American Eugenics Movement and its ideological legacies has become a subject of particular interest in Milton’s studies.
Milton’s background includes such varied and divergent experiences as being a youth counselor, middle school teacher, service-learning coordinator, tour guide, stand up comedian, and a research associate at U.C. Berkeley and more recently at Stanford University. Milton received his B.A. with distinction in Sociology from San Jose State with a minor in Communications.
Jennifer Getz, Founder
Stacey Kertsman, Executive Director
Advisory BoardWayne Getz, Ph.D.
Wayne Getz has been a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley since 1979, primarily as a Professor of Environmental Sciences and as a Chancellor's Professor for three years. His research interests include community based resource management, conservation biology, disease ecology, and human epidemiology. He has had research projects in several African countries including Cameroon, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia, and has collaborators in Britain, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. His many awards include an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists and a James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative Award. He is a Fellow of the America Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society of South Africa. He is a Founder and Trustee of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modeling and Analysis and regularly teaches at workshops and summer schools around the world, especially in countries in Africa.
Garth Saloner, Ph.D.
Garth Saloner is the Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Professor Saloner was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute and a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford in 1986-7, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Competition and Strategy at the Harvard Business School in 1989-90. He has been the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and of several research grants from the National Science Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a major study of the worldwide computer industry, funded by the Sloan Foundation, and a founder of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce. Until Sept. of 2009 he was the Jeffrey S. Skoll Professor of Electronic Commerce, Strategic Management and Economics, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Dhirubhai Ambani Faculty Fellow at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Professor Saloner was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute and a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford in 1986-7, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Competition and Strategy at the Harvard Business School in 1989-90. He has been the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship and of several research grants from the National Science Foundation. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Computer Industry Project, a major study of the worldwide computer industry, funded by the Sloan Foundation, and a founder of the Center for Electronic Business and Commerce. His research has focused on entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies, electronic commerce, strategic management, competitive strategy, industrial economics, and antitrust economics. He has served as a consultant to numerous companies and on the Boards of Directors of about a dozen private and public companies. His research has focused on entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies, electronic commerce, strategic management, competitive strategy, industrial economics, and antitrust economics. He has served as a consultant to numerous companies and on the Boards of Directors of about a dozen private and public companies.