Board of Directors

The Aurora School Board of Directors is a supportive and forward-thinking group comprised of Aurora parents and friends who care deeply about the school. This group of leaders volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that Aurora stays fiscally strong and that the Aurora mission continues to thrive for years to come.
John Brown, President

John Brown, President

John has been a marketing professional for more than 20 years. He currently heads the marketing department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Silicon Valley law firm focused on technology and growth enterprises. His previous work experience includes positions with Robertson Stephens, Montgomery Securities, The Washington Opera, and The Kennedy Center. John received a graduate degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C. and undergraduate degrees in communication and theater from U.C. Santa Barbara. He and his wife Jenny are the proud parents of Sophie (Aurora alumna) and Alex (Aurora 3rd-grader).

Byron Kennedy, Treasurer

Byron Kennedy, Treasurer

Byron is a seasoned information technology and business leader with over twenty years’ experience leading cross-functional teams through a variety of projects, programs, and operations, including large-scale technology transformation, finance, and customer service.  Byron currently owns and leads an education-focused technology services business. Previously, as a technology and business consultant, he worked with small businesses, rapid-growth startups, non-profits, and large organizations including work with the Associated Press, the City of Fremont, and the US Navy. He received his BS from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his MBA from the University of San Francisco where he graduated top of his cohort, receiving the dean’s scholarship award. Byron and his wife, Sung, are the proud parents of three children who have all had the joy of an Aurora education.

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Brian Gleeson, Vice President

Since 2006, Brian has worked as a consultant for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan where he currently leads a regulatory affairs team addressing clinical and legal matters. He conducts ethnographic and historical research with California Indians and serves as Editor in Chief and Co-founder of the digital journal, California Cultures: a Monograph Series. Since 2015, Brian has taught Cultural Anthropology courses at CSU East Bay with an emphasis on the Indigenous Peoples of North America and California. Brian currently serves as President of the East Bay Council where he leads seven schools in the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. Brian has lived in Oakland since 2001, enjoys coffee, Futures studies, playing drums and guitar, and is the proud parent of Theo (Aurora 2nd grader) and Camila (a preschooler at Peter Pan). 

Emily Geagan, Secretary

Emily grew up in Los Angeles where she spent over a decade working in television production. In 2008 she moved to Oakland to earn a degree in landscape architecture at UC Berkeley. Upon graduation she began a path as a landscape designer and quickly migrated to commercial construction. While working as an assistant project manager she facilitated projects ranging from $10 to $40 million. Currently Emily uses her experience to help revitalize Oakland’s parks and gardens. Most recently, she designed the front entry garden at Oakland’s Gardens at Lake Merritt, where she continues to assist and advise with construction projects.

Emily enjoys exploring many of the Bay Area’s natural landscapes with her partner and two children, Liam and Neila.

Heather Zadig

Heather Zadig is a writer of literary fiction and a former educator with experience teaching at both the elementary and university levels. In addition to earning a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from CSU Fresno, Heather received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from UC Davis, where she had the good fortune to meet her husband, Sean. She is the mother of two current Aurora students, Fiona and Séamus, as well as their baby sister, Maisy, who just can’t wait to dance her heart out again at an Aurora Assembly. Heather is a lifelong Californian who enjoys hiking, classic arcade games, Sci-fi (Star Trek > Star Wars), Trivial Pursuit, and really good pubs.

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Joyce Kim

Joyce has been in the investment management industry for more than 20 years. She is currently a Senior Regulatory Specialist at Matthews Asia, a boutique investment management firm, where Joyce handles the legal and regulatory filings for their U.S. and offshore investment products. Previously, Joyce worked at The Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Honolulu, Joyce moved to California and received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys hiking, weekend cooking, jewelry design, and spending time with her husband David, daughter Noemi (a rising 1st grader at Aurora), and family dog, Keila.

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Lily Huang

Since 2002, Lily has worked as a primary care physician and medical director at the San Francisco Free Clinic, a nonprofit clinic for uninsured patients in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco. She earned her medical degree from UC San Francisco and her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Yale College. Lily lives in Berkeley with her husband Peter and daughters Amelia (Aurora alumna) and Tabitha, an Aurora 3rd grader.

Sabrina Thong

Sabrina has worked in the finance industry for over 13 years—at both start-ups and large Fortune 500 companies. She currently works for Unity Technologies where she leads a team responsible for budgeting and reporting, operational performance, key investment decisions, and long-range strategic planning. Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, she came to the U.S. in 2006 to earn her MBA from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. She currently lives in Oakland with her husband (Eddy), two daughters (Madison & Cassidy), and two cats (Murphy & Conner). In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and feeling like a kid again with her children.