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.

Meaghan Thomas-Kennedy, Board President

Meaghan is an Aurora parent, East Coast transplant, and attorney by day (and sometimes night too). She is Senior Legal Counsel – Antitrust Litigation at Apple..  Before law school, Meaghan handled the marketing function for several New England boarding schools.  She is a graduate of Smith College and University of Virginia School of Law.  In her rare spare time, Meaghan enjoys spending time with her partner, Jackie, and their two kids. 


Arjun Saroya, Vice President

Arjun is an LA native, a New Yorker at heart, and an East Bay resident since 2013. He’s a proud father to Kailash and aspiring partner to his better half (Deepali), who both seem to have an eye rolling condition.
With a degree in mechanical engineering and a lifelong dedication to the environment, he co-founded an energy efficiency company in 2009. Its helped hundreds of thousands of small businesses reduce their carbon emissions while improving their buildings.
Today, he is an advisor to startups, a consultant on product and corporate development, and an investor focused on India. His latest professional interests are at the intersection of blockchains and global public goods.
In his down time he likes tinkering on DIY projects, trying to kite board, and playing tennis and pickle ball with friends.
Photo coming soon

Brian Gleeson, Secretary

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). 

Josh Stern, Treasurer

With over 20 years in educational administration, Josh Stern draws on a combined understanding of school finance, management, and process improvement in his work at WestED.  His specific projects include assisting districts in applying continuous improvement methodologies to leadership development, district-wide strategy, and school-based resource allocation processes. His current focus is assisting schools and districts in Southern California. Before joining WestEd, Josh was Head of School at St. Paul Episcopal School in Oakland, CA. Josh has a master degree in Educational Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Stanford University. 

David Hinton

A native of Cleveland, OH, David arrived in the Bay Area in 2007, by way of Boston, and has lived in Oakland since 2010. He has over 20 years of institutional money management experience at Boston Partners Global Investors, Inc., and currently serves as a member of the 3-person team responsible for managing the firm’s Small Cap Value strategy, which has $5B of assets under management. He is the proud parent of Daniel and Nora (an Aurora 4th grader), and lucky to call Chinwe his wife and better half.

In his spare time, he enjoys staying physically active, spending time with family, traveling, cooking and learning new things.

David Lemberger

David Lemberger is a Certified Public Accountant and IRS-registered tax preparer with 35 years’ experience emphasizing control and tax compliance for start up companies, venture capital, individuals and businesses from his office in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood.

Mark Schirmer

Mark is an Aurora parent to Ayla (‘25).  He was sold on the Aurora mission observing the amazing teaching team in action as he chaperoned the overnight class trip to Walker Creek.

As an architect, his focus has primarily been multi-family housing, with design experience including a wide variety of projects from colleges, theaters, and dance studios, to wastewater treatment plants and community gardens.  He is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of architects daily in the office and outside, writing educational study material for the Architectural Registration Exam and coaching licensure candidates. Mark enjoys building, whether on his own or a friend’s house or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.  Early in the morning you can find him running the trails in the East Bay hills. He has a BA in architecture from Syracuse University.

Suzanne Roosevelt

An east coast transplant, Suzanne lives in the East Bay with her husband, Jonathan and their two sons. She is the parent of a current Aurora Middle School student (Jackson ‘24). Aurora’s integrated academic curriculum, emphasis on experiential learning, and supportive, nurturing environment drew the Roosevelt family to Aurora.

Suzanne spent her career Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford Medical Center working to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care in big and small ways. She brings almost two decades of experience with team building, problem (re)framing, brainstorming, rapid design iteration, and cross-departmental implementation to solve intractable problems and bring innovative ideas to life.

Rolling admissions are open for the 2023-24 school year!
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