Francisco's first startup charter high school. Once open, Mary was Director of Admissions and Fundraising. Mary received her education at Hamilton College (B.A.) and The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA (M.B.A.). In 2012, she was certified to teach the Enneagram, which is a personality typing system that provides profound insight into relationships, both personal and professional. Mary also served on the Board of Trustees of The Carey School in San Mateo from 2012-2015. She has three children who attended middle and high school in the San Francisco Bay area.
Assistant Director for five years. In her role as an advisor and Assistant Director, she mentored many seniors during the college admissions process and offered summer writing workshops for seniors who want to get a jump-start on their college applications, counseling many students on their application essays. Most recently, Dana served as the High School Counselor and Public Speaking teacher at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco.
Mary has always been passionate about kids and education. During her eleven year career in corporate marketing, she was an active volunteer and program director with organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club, Family Connections and The Bay Area Women's & Children's Center. In 1996, Mary changed her career and helped to create, open and run Leadership High School, San
Dana has been an independent school administrator and educator for the past twenty-five years. After attaining her B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley, M.F.A. in Writing and her single subject teaching credential at the University of San Francisco, Dana moved to Seattle and taught middle school and high school English at Forest Ridge School for three years. From 1998 to 2015, she taught English at The Bush School and served as Upper School
Mary Folsom (left) and Dana Perkins (right) have been lifelong friends and on/off residents of the Bay Area since 1971.