Board of Trustees

Linda Davis Jones, MA

Board Chairperson

Linda Davis Jones chairs DSC's Board of Trustees. Her professional career spans 39 years in public schooling. She retired from the San Francisco Unified School District where she was interim superintendent, after serving for nineteen years as deputy superintendent in charge of instructional support and operations. She earned her Master's in education from California State University, Los Angeles.

Ken Doane, MS

Chair, Governance Committee

Ken Doane is Program Director at the S.H. Cowell Foundation in San Francisco. He previously worked at Partners in School Innovation, a Bay Area non-profit, and as a middle and high school teacher. He holds a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Christine Helwick, JD

Christine Helwick served for 17 years as General Counsel for the California State University system, and currently provides advice for higher education clients at Hirschfeld Kraemer in San Francisco. She was honored for distinguished service by the National Association of College and University attorneys, and also received a Fulbright award to participate with other educational leaders in Germany in a review and study of higher education in Europe. Christine is the former head of Litigation at the University of California and served as Berkeley campus counsel. She earned her B.A. in history from Stanford, an M.A. in Teaching from Northwestern, and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. She currently serves on the board of the African Library Project.

Roger King, MBA

Chair, Finance Committee

Roger King has been a consultant to nonprofits and philanthropic foundations for the past ten years, focusing on strategy and organizational development. Before working with nonprofits, he was a consultant with Bain & Company for nearly a decade. He holds a MBA from Harvard University.

Milbrey McLaughlin, EdD

Milbrey McLaughlin is the David Jacks Professor of Education in Stanford University's School of Education, and director of the Center for Research on the Context of Teaching at Stanford. Previously she spent ten years as a senior social scientist with the Rand Corporation. She earned her EdD in education and social policy from Harvard University.

Frank Snyder, PhD

Frank Snyder is President of Developmental Studies Center. He previously spent thirty years in management positions at leading education publishers, including Vice President and General Manager for New Ventures at Scholastic Publishing, Vice President at Simon and Schuster, and Executive Vice President for Operations at McGraw-Hill. He received his Ph.D. in psychometrics from the University of Illinois.

Elizabeth Stage, EdD

Elizabeth Stage is director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. After teaching middle school science and mathematics and doing graduate work, she has been at the University of California ever since, mostly at the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Office of the President. She has been involved in research, evaluation, curriculum development, and professional development; along the way, she has worked on state, national, and international standards and assessments in mathematics and science. She earned an Ed.D. in science education at Harvard University.

Michael Traynor, JD

Chair, Audit Committee

Michael Traynor is the Chair of the Council and President Emeritus of the American Law Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is the recipient of the John P. Frank Outstanding Lawyer Award from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of South Carolina. He received his JD from Harvard Law School.

Susan Wally, MA

Susan Wally is president and CEO of PREP-KC (Partnership for Regional Educational Preparation), an organization that supports the improvement of public education in the Kansas City metropolitan area. She was formerly a high school teacher and principal, and served for ten years as Vice President for Education at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where she led a grant portfolio focused on the development and achievement of school-aged children. Ms. Wally holds a Masters in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University and an Education Specialist credential in administration and policy from the University of Missouri.

Esther Wojcicki, MA

Esther Wojcicki has been a teacher of English and Journalism at Palo Alto High School for the past 27 years, where she has led the development of what is now the largest high school journalism-media program in the country. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and recently received the Columbia University Scholastic Press Gold Key Award for excellence in scholastic journalism. She also helped to lead the creation of the Google Educators website. Ms. Wojcicki received her Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley and an MA in education computer technology from San Jose State University.

Victor C. Young, EdM

Victor Young is the President of Cornerstone Literacy, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of schooling and school reform. He is a founding board member and past chairman of California’s Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and also vice chairman of the Institute for Research and Reform in Education. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, an EdM in educational planning and policy from Harvard University, and completed his doctoral coursework in Management at Harvard University.