Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 2021-2022

​​The CAIS Board of Trustees is responsible for formulating the long term policy and direction of the school and communicating that to the head of school and his administrative team. The Board comprises current and former parents as well as community members. Each member of the Board has demonstrated a commitment to the school’s long term success. Every effort is made to ensure that the Board represents a broad cross section of our school community and includes individuals who bring particular talents to the school.

The Board meets eight times a year. However, individual committees of the Board meet more frequently on issues such as finance, facilities and development. An executive committee of the Board includes the Board chair, vice chairs, treasurer and secretary, and meets regularly with the head of school.

The Board gives the head of school and his team broad discretion in the day-to-day running of the school, personnel decisions, curriculum and discipline issues. The Board reviews the head of school’s performance each year to insure that he has clear goals as well as the resources and support to achieve those goals.

Christopher Tom
Chair, Board of Trustees


Christopher Tom, Board Chair

Christopher Tom, Board ChairChris, a San Francisco native, muddled his way through Cantonese and Mandarin before embracing and studying Chinese, Chinese history and philosophy, and Asian-American studies as an undergraduate at Brown University. After college, Chris grappled with the opportunities and challenges of urban redevelopment, civic engagement, and municipal governance as a legislative aide to members of the Oakland City Council before obtaining a Master in Public Affairs degree (Princeton University) and a Juris Doctor (Columbia Law School). After law school, Chris practiced land use and environmental law at an international law firm, where he specialized in mixed-use development projects and became acquainted with the CAIS community while providing legal counsel on the 888 Campus project. Impressed by CAIS’ vision and community, Chris and Joyce were grateful for the opportunity to join the CAIS family when their first child entered Pre-K at CAIS. Joyce is a former room parent and Chris served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force before joining the Board. As a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Chris drafts legislation, litigates on the City’s behalf, and advises a myriad of City departments. Chris and Joyce are the joyful parents of two CAIS Lower School students.

Chris serves on the following Board committees: Executive, Committee on Trustees, NCIS, Facilities, and 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee. He also serves on the Pandemic Response Advisory Team.

Sherilyn Adams, First Vice Chair

Sherilyn Adams, First Vice ChairFor nearly 30 years, Board First Vice Chair Sherilyn Adams has dedicated her career to the non-profit sector, focusing on issues of child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Sherilyn received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at California State University in Sacramento where she lived most of her life before moving the Bay Area in 1997. Before joining Larkin Street Youth Services in 2003, she worked on another non-profit focused mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults. At Larkin Street, she has led the agency through tremendous growth, nearly tripling the number of housing beds for youth over the past ten years, and putting Larkin Street at the vanguard of the field for its innovative multi-service model to resolve youth homelessness. 

Sherilyn and her partner, Elaine, are the proud parents of Ella, Class of 2024. Since joining CAIS, Sherilyn has been a room parent and participated on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Elaine and Sherilyn continue to believe that CAIS is the perfect school for Ella and love being part of such a caring, vibrant school community. 

Sherilyn serves on the Executive Committee and on the Advancement Committee.

Ben Lui, Second Vice Chair

Dr. Ben Lui, Second Vice ChairAn immigrant from Hong Kong at the age of twelve, Dr. Ben Lui and his family received health care from the very same health care safety net to which he has devoted his entire career since graduating from Yale Medical School and the SFGH Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. He is currently the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for On Lok Lifeways, an organization dedicated to serving and caring for frail seniors in its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). During his stint at the San Francisco Department of Public Health as Chief of Community Primary Care and Director of Community Integrated Health Care, Dr. Lui led system transformation work to enhance the health network’s capabilities to address patients’ social needs. As Director of Chinatown Public Health Center, he served and advocated for a primarily immigrant population, most of whom were socioeconomically disadvantaged and culturally isolated.  He believes health care is a right and not a privilege, and feels honored to work in the safety net to help those patients most in need.  

Dr. Lui is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital.  His board experience includes serving as President of the Board of Directors of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, and as a board member of On Lok Senior Health Services.

At CAIS, Ben is a member of the Pandemic Response Advisory Team and has been serving as an Admission Docent since 2016. In addition, he was a member of the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A Harvard University graduate with a concentration in East Asian Studies, Dr. Lui appreciates the beauty, balance, and power of an education infused with the best of the East and West. He has happily found this beauty and balance in CAIS for his children, Georgiana (Class of 2024) and Declan (Class of 2028).

Ben serves on the Executive Committee, the Audit and Risk Management Committee, and the Finance Committee.

John Wang, Treasurer

John Wang, TreasurerBoard Treasurer John Wang has two children, a son in the Class of 2026 and a younger daughter. His wife Jennifer is a very active member of the CAIS community. John grew up on the East Coast and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where he received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. He continued his education in Los Angeles, attending Southwestern Law School for his J.D. John is currently a partner at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he chairs the higher education financing group and is a member of the public finance department. He also enjoys working on financings with cultural institutions, solid waste disposal companies and developers, energy developers and public utilities. While John is a resident in the San Francisco office, he also works with clients in Hawaii, Guam, Nevada and Texas. John enjoys spending time mentoring more junior attorneys at the firm. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family and rooting for the UCLA Bruins, the New York Yankees and the Oakland Raiders.

John serves on the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees, and he chairs the Finance Committee.

Alda Leu Dennis, Secretary

Alda Leu Dennis, SecretaryBoard Secretary Alda Leu Dennis is a venture capital investor at Initialized Capital. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas and moved to the Bay Area in high school.  

Alda began her career as a financial analyst at The Walt Disney Company. Then, she practiced as an attorney as a litigator at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and in-house counsel at Clarium Capital and Founders Fund. After that, Alda moved on to be COO of a start-up called Airtime. Thereafter, she served as managing director of 137 Ventures, a later-stage venture firm. She graduated from Stanford with degrees in economics and political science, and a JD from UCLA.

Alda and her husband, Hilary, are happy CAIS parents. They have a son and daughter who are Class of 2025 and a daughter who is Class of 2028.

Alda serves on the Executive Committee, Advancement Committee, Facilities Committee, and the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee.

Daniel Chang

Daniel ChangDaniel Chang has two children ages 5 and 7. Hugo, his oldest son attends CAIS and is in the Class of 2026. His younger son Julian attends Alamo Elementary School. His wife Deb spends a lot of her time volunteering for CAIS and is a board member of Julian’s Awareness Movement (JAM). He was born in Taipei, Taiwan and spent his entire youth there. Daniel attended Taipei American School (TAS) and graduated in 1994. That fall he moved to Portland, Oregon and attended Lewis and Clark College. He graduated with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Chinese while studying abroad in Beijing for one semester. After graduation, Daniel moved to the East Coast and worked for Air Products and Chemicals in their Career Development Program. He ended up moving back to the West Coast as a Marketing position opened up in Santa Clara. He is currently the President of Fang Da Properties, a real estate investment company. He is also a board member of JAM, which he founded with his wife Deb.

Family is the most important part of Daniel’s life. You will either see him on the golf links or trying to keep up with the rest of his extremely active family. He have been involved with CAIS as the Preschool soccer coach for his son’s soccer team. He believes in the school’s mission and wants all CAIS kids to succeed.

Daniel serves on the Advancement Comittee, the Committee on Trustees, and the Facilities Committee.

Chris Foley

Chris FoleyChris Foley grew up in Indiana, and joined the Navy to run nuclear power plants. The NAS Alameda was his last duty station. Following his discharge in 1987, Chris moved to San Francisco, where he owned and operated the Start to Finish bicycle stores until he sold the company in 1997. He is currently a partner at the real estate brokerage Polaris Pacific, where he specializes in land sales and entitlement. Chris is also the founder and CEO of the Market on Market, a food hall in the Twitter building. When his daughter,now an alumna of the Class of 2021, started at CAIS, Chris told the school he was always available to help. Eventually he was approached to join the board to advise on real estate and development matters. Chris’ hobbies include traveling the world, especially to Asia, eating great food, bicycling, hiking and spending as much time as possible with his daughter.

Chris serves as Vice Chair of the National Center for International Schools (NCIS) Committee, and serves on the Facilities Committee and the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee.

Domingo Guerra

Domingo GuerraBorn in Monterrey, Mexico, Domingo Guerra moved to the US at 18 to pursue his passion for technology. After years working as an engineer at Applied Materials and a program manager at Brocade, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of starting a company. In 2011, he co-founded Appthority, a mobile cybersecurity startup which became the market leader in-app security. Domingo served as President until 2018 when Appthority was acquired by Symantec. Today Domingo leads the go to market and messaging strategy for Symantec’s Endpoint Security division. 

Domingo holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He’s been granted 15 patents across the semiconductor, robotics, and cybersecurity industries. 

Domingo lives in San Francisco with his wonderful wife Yvonne (an endodontist, originally from Hong Kong) and two amazing daughters, Lucía (Class of ’29) and Maya (Class of ’32). On weekends, they can be found exploring nature in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

Domingo chairs the Advancement Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.

Emily He

Emily HeEmily He is a Silicon Valley technology executive with experiences leading go-to-market functions in both private and public companies, including Microsoft, Oracle, Siebel Systems (now Oracle), and Saba Software (now Cornerstone OnDemand). She is known as a thought leader on topics such as the future of work, digital transformation, and inclusive leadership, and passionate about using technology innovations to solving real-world problems and transforming industries.

Emily has over 20 years of experience in technology companies that span Human Capital Management (HCM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Experience (CX), and Supply Chain. She has product development, marketing, and sales expertise, having served customers across the financial services, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, public sector, and media and entertainment industries.
Emily holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and attended colleges in both China and the U.S. She has native fluency in both English and Mandarin Chinese, having lived and worked in both Asia and the U.S. and had extensive experiences supporting businesses and customers around the globe.
Bryant Jenkins

Bryant JenkinsBryant Jenkins is the father of Sydney (Class of 2024; 6th Grade) and Madison (Class of 2030; Kindergarten). Bryant attended high school in the New Orleans metropolitan area and moved to the SF Bay Area with his wife Liyun Li in 2011. Bryant is a Principal at Sperry Capital, an infrastructure financial advisory firm. Prior to that he was a project finance consultant and public finance banker for KPMG, UBS and Stone & Youngberg. Bryant has a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

He previously served as Treasurer for Foundation for a College Education, an East Palo Alto nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of students of color who graduate from four-year colleges. He is a committed member of the CAIS community and an adherent to the school’s mission. Bryant and Liyun strongly believe in the invaluable intrinsic benefits that accrue from bilingual education.

Bryant chairs the Committee on Trustees and is co-chair of the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee.

Paul Kocher

Paul KocherPaul Kocher grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and received a B.S. in biology from Stanford University. Excitement about the technology industry sidetracked his plan of becoming a veterinarian, and he became a cryptographer instead. Paul’s technical work includes co-authoring the SSL 3.0 protocol (which encrypts web connections when the “lock” icon is shown) and many other projects related to Internet and device security. He founded the company Cryptography Research, Inc. in 1995, which became a division of Rambus when it was acquired in 2011. He also co-founded ValiCert, has advised multiple technology start-ups, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. Paul is honored and excited to serve on the CAIS board for many reasons, including the school’s unique role in fostering bridges between the U.S. and China, which he hopes will be a foundation for global friendships, business relationships, and diplomatic relations in the years ahead.

Paul chairs the Facilities Committee, co-chairs the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee, and is treasurer for the National Center for Independent Schools (NCIS) Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee and the Pandemic Response Advisory Team.

Kathleen Liu

Kathleen LiuKathleen is the mother of Catherine (Class of 2025) and Ellie (Class of 2021). She grew up in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She attended Harvard University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemical Sciences. Kathleen first moved to San Francisco to attend UCSF, where she was in the combined MD/PhD program. She did her residency training in Boston, and then returned to UCSF for her fellowship training in nephrology and critical care medicine. Kathleen remains on the faculty at UCSF, where she is a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesia and is the Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Apheresis/Hemodialysis Unit.

Kathleen has volunteered in a number of capacities at CAIS, including as a Parent Ambassador for Admissions, as a Room Parent, and as an Annual Fund fundraiser. Pre-COVID, Kathleen enjoyed travelling with her family, and she looks forward to travelling more soon. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family supporting and participating in their pursuits—Ellie and Catherine are avid skiers and swimmers! 

Jon Mayeda

Jon MayedaJon’s daughter Aly is a student in the Class of 2025. A Bay Area native, Jon has enjoyed the challenging ride through the many cycles of commercial real estate in the region for more than 20 years with ground-up development, building rehabilitation, and asset repositioning. As the CEO of his firm Urban Land Development (ULD), he has been the visionary force behind the conception, design, and realization of the company’s portfolio of real estate projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Investment Committee for Urban Land Capital, a fund providing investors with a diversified portfolio of select assets which would typically only be reserved for institutional investors.

Never satisfied with simply participating in the industry and strongly believing that communities are best served when developments include cultural arts and related enhancement projects, Jon leads the effort at ULD to develop community relationships and provide a base for retail entrepreneurship, enabling future opportunities for local and regional populations. Included in the many organizations he supports are Jacob’s Heart, Children’s Cancer Support Services, Community Arts Stabilization Trust, APACC, United Playaz, and the ABADA-Capoeira Arts Center. And, of course, CAIS

Jon’s degree is a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis, which underscores his commitment to protecting the natural environment and ensuring a safe and sustainable project.

Jon serves on the Facilities Committee and the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee.

Dina Morell

Dina MorellBorn and raised in Ohio, Dina moved to California after graduating from college and then later to San Francisco with her husband Michael. Dina has a lifelong passion for education. She holds a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in educational technology. She taught 1st and 3rd grade for many years prior to becoming a mom to Cesare, CAIS Class of 2022.  For the past three years, she has volunteered in the pediatric department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Since Cesare began attending CAIS Pre-K in 2012, Dina has been an active and enthusiastic member of the CAIS community, volunteering in numerous capacities from room parent to ShowCAIS chair. As co-chair of ShowCAIS for two consecutive years in 2015 and 2016, Dina helped set new fundraising records. Additionally, she plays the role of team mom for Cesare’s baseball and rugby teams. When not volunteering, you can find Dina traveling, reading, cooking, and rooting on the San Francisco Giants with her family.

Dina serves on the Advancement Committee and the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Richard Mueller

Richard MuellerMr. Mueller served as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State for 32 years specializing in U.S. relations with China and Asia.  The culmination of his career was as American Consul General to Hong Kong from 1993 to 1996, leading the 400-person Consulate General. These were the formative years leading up to Hong Kong’s reversion to China in 1997.

Following his career with the State Department, Mr. Mueller began a second career in education. In 1998 Mr. Mueller became Head of School of Northfield Mount Hermon School, a college preparatory boarding high school in Massachusetts. During his seven-year tenure he deepened the school’s historic commitment to global education, particularly to China and Asia, and led the strategic planning and decision-making to become a smaller school of 650 students on one campus rather than two. He then served from 2005 to 2010 as Head of School of Hong Kong International School, a pre-K through grade 12 school with a diverse, global student body of over 2500 students. Most recently he served as Head of School of Shanghai American School, a 3,000-student international Pre-K through 12 school on two campuses.

Mr. Mueller’s diplomatic career included assignments to Asia and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. At the Department he worked at a senior level for Secretary of State George Shultz coordinating the worldwide work of the State Department and subsequently for Secretary James Baker carrying out the President’s national security agenda with Congress. Earlier in his career Mr. Mueller worked for and traveled with Secretary Henry Kissinger. The highlight of that assignment was meeting his future wife, Claire, who was also a career diplomat.

In the early years of his career, after two years of Chinese language training, he and Claire were assigned to the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing from 1976 to 1978. They were there to witness the events surrounding Chairman Mao Zedong’s passing, the end of the Cultural Revolution, and the subsequent launching of economic reform under Deng Xiaoping. Previously he had studied Vietnamese for a year and then served two assignments to the American Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam. 

Mr. Mueller also served at the American Consulate General in Hong Kong in the 1980’s as Chief of the Economic Section and earlier on the team which negotiated the first US-PRC trade agreement. He was also Director of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center from 1996 to 1998, an educational non-profit organization building understanding among the peoples of Asia and the U.S.  He has traveled widely throughout Asia and seen firsthand the transformation of China and other Asian countries. 

Mr. Mueller has served on several non-profit education boards of trustees, including a previous term on the CAIS board and Hong Kong International School. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mueller have two sons.  Jonathan and family live in Colorado, and Eric and family live in San Francisco. The Muellers are proud grandparents of five young grandchildren, Jackson, Katherine, Clara, Allison, and Gillian.

Mary Powell

Mary PowellA native of Portland, Oregon, Mary Powell obtained a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, a J.D. from Golden Gate University and an LLM in taxation from Georgetown Law. She is a partner at Trucker Huss, an employee benefits law firm located in San Francisco. Mary is also the mother of two alumnae in the Classes of 2019 and 2021. In her spare time, she loves to hike, swim, attend the theatre and read autobiographies. Mary and her husband fell in love with CAIS even before they had children and they were excited about the idea of their children learning to speak Mandarin. They truly treasure the CAIS community.

Mary serves on the Pandemic Response Advisory Team and is the immediate past Board Chair.

Sara Roberts

Sara RobertsSara Roberts is currently an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP with a focus in Strategy, Organizational Culture, and Purpose-Led Transformation. Prior to EY, she was Founder and CEO of Roberts Golden, a boutique consultancy, where her team and she advised on organizational strategy and culture transformation efforts for nearly a quarter of the Fortune 100 as well as many other large brands and NGOs. Her deep area of expertise is helping organizations get clear on their purpose and how to align and activate it to drive their most pressing strategic imperatives. She has been known as a “go-to” person when companies are looking to become more customer-centric, innovative, and agile in the way they operate.

Sara is an accomplished author and her latest book, Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures that Win in the New Era and How to Create Them, was published in August of last year. This book outlines her perspective that in the most successful “new era” companies a customer-centric purpose is what focuses their organization in order to drive results. She is also the co-author of the best-selling book, Light Their Fire: Using Internal Marketing to Ignite Employee Performance and Wow Your Customers. She is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at top events including Gartner, The Conference Board, and the Association for Corporate Growth on the topics of transformation, purpose, and culture and has been quoted and featured in numerous publications including BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Forbes.

Sara has extensive board experience having previously been the board chair for Drawbridge, an arts program for homeless children, and Family Builders by Adoption which places hard-to-adopt children in loving homes.

She is mom to Vinn Schumann, Class of 2024, who began at CAIS in his first year of Pre-K.

Sara serves on the Advancement Committee.

Monique Schaulis

Dr. Monique SchaulisOriginally from the Chicago area, Dr. Monique Schaulis moved to Oakland in 1998 for her Emergency Medicine training at Alameda County Medical Center. She now practices both of her medical specialities, Emergency and Palliative Medicine, at Kaiser San Francisco and South San Francisco. She serves as faculty for Vital Talk, a non-profit dedicated to improving physician patient communication. In 2021, she will be President of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society, which unites dedicated physicians to champion quality health care and innovation for our patients and community. 

Dr. Schaulis received her M.D. from the University of Chicago and she received a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in Latin American Studies. Mid-career, she also obtained a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her husband Matt and she have two children, Henry H. an alumnus of the Class of 2021 and Sena H. a current student in the Class of 2023. They love watching how CAIS helps them grow into global citizens. For fun, they love to travel and swap houses worldwide. During non-work time, she can be found at Fort Funston with their dogs, riding her Peloton bike in the wee hours, and stealing a few minutes to read.

Monique serves on the Commitee on Trustees and is a member of the Pandemic Response Advisory Team.

Darren Schulte

Darren SchulteDarren is the father of Claire (Class of 2024) and Willy (Class of 2026).  He grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where he received a B.S. in environmental economics. He obtained a M.P.P. degree from Harvard, an M.D. from Stanford, and he did residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. While at UCSF, he met his wife, Stefani Wedl, who is now a Hospitalist physician at CPMC. Darren is currently the CEO of Apixio, a healthcare technology start-up that uses artificial intelligence to mine medical records to improve care quality. During his career, he has held executive roles in managed care and healthcare technology companies.  In his free time, Darren continues to pursue his rock star dreams as a drummer in a local band.  He is honored to serve on the Board and support CAIS and its parent community.

Darren serves on the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Finance Committee.

Peter Shiau

Peter ShiauBorn in Taiwan, Peter Shiau moved to the US when his father was transferred while working for the Taiwan Foreign Service. After growing up in Los Angeles amid the glitz of Hollywood, he fled to Princeton University to pursue a degree in politics and economics. He moved back to LA regretfully working in the film business for two years before moving back to the East Coast to earn an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.

Peter took a summer internship at America Online which started a life-long love for technology. Over a 25-year career, he developed into an enterprise technology executive with expertise in product management and business development. Working at both startups and enterprises, Peter drove innovation across diverse sectors including financial services, utilities, video streaming, online advertising and more. Peter recently co-founded two startups: to provide blockchain infrastructure for financial services and was acquired by Digital Asset Holdings; and which provides energy analytics to enterprises. He currently is on leave from to manage his family’s real estate business. 

At CAIS, Peter served as the FSA’s vice-chair for two years and a class liaison for many years. He has volunteered for various school activities, most memorably as a line monitor at the bouncy house during Holiday Faire.

Peter lives in San Francisco with his wife Sharon (also from Taiwan), daughters Kate ’19 who is a high school junior at The Bay School and Kelly ’23, and Mochi the poochon.

Peter serves on the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the National Center for Independent Schools (NCIS) Committee, NCIS Audit Committee, Facilities Committee, and the 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee.

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