Beth Berliner is the Co-Chair of Gateway’s Board of Trustees. Beth is a graduate of Lehigh University and holds a MSEd in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in New York City. Beth worked for the N.Y.C. Board of Education in a multi-sited alternative high school where she developed and implemented a counseling program for students who were unable to function in larger school settings. After relocating to San Francisco, Beth became the Program Coordinator for The College Bound Foundation, a nonprofit that connected students who live in San Francisco Public Housing with mentors. Beth served on its board for six years following her employment there. She was also a board member at the San Francisco Day School where she served on numerous committees and was an officer on the board’s executive committee. In 2008, she created Revamp, a local wardrobe consulting business for women in transition. Beth and her husband have two sons who attend high school in San Francisco.
Sapna Boze is the Board Co-Chair of Gateway. She is fulfilling her passion to help provide exceptional education and nurturing environments to all kids. Sapna also helps with event planning and fundraising for the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, and in the past served on the Advisory Board for KIPP Bay Area and the Council for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Prior to focusing full time on the nonprofit sector, Sapna was in corporate finance at Autodesk, and prior to that at Cisco Systems. Sapna earned her B.S. in Managerial Economics from U.C. Davis and her MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, where she is currently serving on the Alumni Board. Sapna and her husband, Brandon, live in San Francisco with their three young daughters.
Michael Fuller is the Principal of Gateway High School. Prior to teaching, Michael worked in Biotechnology after earning his degree in genetics from UC Davis. Michael's experience in the field of biotechnology was a major influence on his teaching practice in both the biology and biotechnology courses he taught at Gateway. During his 13 years at Gateway he has worn the hat of Teacher, Assistant Principal and this fall begins his fifth year as Principal. Away from school he chases around his young children, follows the world champion Giants and is a tireless fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
Anna Heidinger is Director of Development and Outreach at Gateway Public Schools. She has spent more than 20 years in educational administration, marketing, development and non-profit management. Working with the Gateway Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Anna works to deepen the schools’ philanthropic strength and community impact. She thrives on creating, championing, and sustaining relationships to advance understanding of Gateway and its educational mission. A graduate of Mills College and a 5th generation Californian, Anna lives in Marin County with her husband, son and daughter.
Chris Hero is the Chief Financial Officer at Gateway Public Schools. He has over 10 years of senior management experience for corporations and non-profit organizations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Previously Chris served as Chief Operating Officer for Stanford Schools Corporation. Chris received a BA in History from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management. When not working, Chris travels as much as possible, preferably to places on paths less traveled. Having played for his college team, Chris is also an avid tennis player.
Sharon Olken is the Executive Director of Gateway Public Schools. In 2000, Sharon joined Gateway’s faculty as a Humanities Teacher. Since then, Sharon has been a Lead Teacher, Dean of Faculty, and served as the Principal of Gateway High School for seven years. During her tenure as Principal, Gateway was recognized as a California Distinguished School and as a top-performing charter high school by the US Department of Education. In 2011, Sharon helped launch Gateway’s second school, Gateway Middle School. Sharon is inspired by the potential of young people and by Gateway’s amazing teachers and staff who help students get on the road to college. Sharon earned her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was captain of the varsity soccer team, and earned her M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Sharon taught a course in the Stanford Teacher Education Program called “Educating for Equity and Democracy,” and worked for Senator Feinstein for two years before beginning her career in education. Sharon is proud of her Bay Area roots, her San Francisco Giants, and her very well behaved dog, Cody Ross.
Aaron Watson is the Principal of Gateway Middle School. With fifteen years of experience as an educator, Aaron is proud to be working with teachers, families, and students to found Gateway Middle School. Prior to becoming principal, Aaron led the advisory program and taught humanities at Gateway High School for seven years, and developed a social services program for children and families involved in foster care in Alameda County. He earned a BA from Brown University and an MA in Education from UC Berkeley. Aaron also earned an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute. Outside of Gateway, Aaron enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family.