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PBS Board of Trustees welcomes its newest members

Mike Wyatt, Board Chair, and Hema Sareen Mohan, Governance Committee Chair

The Gazette is Phillips Brooks School’s weekly parent newsletter. Each week, the lead article from the Gazette is cross-posted here on the PBS Blog.

The PBS Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing broad policy goals that align the operation of the school with its mission, providing fiduciary oversight of the school's operations, and supporting long-range strategic planning to ensure PBS’s future. It is is typically comprised of between 12 to 20 members who include current parents, past parents, alumni, and individuals from the broader community who bring particular expertise and perspective.

The Board is excited to announce the addition of three new board members this year: Abby Durban, Michelle Vidano, and Gideon Yu.

Abby Durban

A native Texan, Abby Durban earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1996 and spent the first part of her marketing career in technology before shifting gears to lead the corporate marketing efforts at Zagat Survey in New York. Abby now applies that experience to her philanthropic work, focusing on education and children’s health. She serves on the board for Teach for America – Bay Area, is a past co-president of Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and is on the Silicon Valley Advisory Council for Common Sense Media. She and her husband Egon are the parents of three daughters: one PBS alumna and two current students.

Michelle Vidano

Michelle Vidano is the mother of two PBS students, a veteran PBS admission tour leader, an Annual Fund class captain, and an active volunteer in the classrooms. She has more than 20 years of general management and marketing experience with companies including Google, Excite@Home, and Intuit; she also serves on the board of an early-stage start-up. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and she obtained her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. In her spare time, Michelle loves hiking, running, travel, reading historical fictions, and trying to break out of being a novice piano player.

Gideon Yu

Gideon Yu is a graduate of Stanford University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is the chairman and C.E.O. of Bowers & Wilkins, which was acquired by the startup he founded in 2014. Gideon is a co-owner and former team president of the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the first ethic minority president in NFL history. Gideon has also been the C.F.O. of Facebook and YouTube, and S.V.P. & treasurer of Yahoo. He serves on the boards of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Tipping Point Community. Gideon and his wife Susie are the parents of two PBS students: a 4th-grader and a pre-Kindergartener.

A complete list of trustees and their biographies is available on the Board of Trustees page on the PBS website.

Mike Wyatt P’10 P’13 P’15 is the father of three PBS alumni and the Chair of the PBS Board of Trustees. Hema Sareen Mohan P’19 P’23 is the mother of two current students and serves as the Secretary of the PBS Board of Trustees, as well as the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Middle School Task Force.

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