Introduction

The Pegasus School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of 15-20 volunteers. Trustees are generally parents or alumni parents and each volunteers tremendous time, talent and treasure to help make Pegasus a better place. Trustees generally serve three-year terms with a maximum of two terms. The Head of School also sits on the Board as a non-voting member.

The purview of the Board, as is the case with other independent schools, is to hire, manage and support the Head of School, to protect the mission of the School, to ensure the School’s financial stability today and in the future, and to focus on long-term, strategic planning. The Head of School is responsible for all other employees and the school’s operation. As a result, Trustees do not get involved in day-to-day school affairs, disciplinary or personnel issues, or admissions decisions. The Pegasus Board follows the Principles of Good Practice published by the National Association of Independent Schools.

2019-20 Board of Trustees

List of 20 items.

  • Maajed Abahusayn

    Maajed Abahusayn is president and owner of Turtle Rock Preschool, one of Orange County’s premier early childhood schools. Maajed attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of California at Irvine. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a background in business management and technology. His passion for education and children’s issues is demonstrated by his work to benefit numerous local and national organizations such as the Professional Association for Childhood Education and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

    Maajed enjoys playing golf and tennis, and when he is willing to tempt fate, mountain biking. He lives in Irvine with his wife, Tahaane, and two children who attend Pegasus, Carolina (’22) and Raif (’24).

    Committee Participation:
    Education Committee, Chair
  • Darin Anderson

    Darin is the chairman and CEO of Salas O’Brien, a national consulting engineering firm focused on energy infrastructure and mission critical facilities for universities, government, healthcare, telecommunications and Fortune 500 clients. Darin is Regent Emeritus for the University of California and past Chair for the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees.

    Darin earned a B.A. in Business Administration from UC Riverside and was awarded the Commencement Award for most outstanding male graduate. He earned an M.B.A. at the Anderson Graduate School of Management. In 2002, Darin was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus award by the UCR Alumni Association in recognition of his professional achievements. He has also won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Orange County/Inland Empire region and the OCBJ Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He began his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse.

    Darin and his wife, Lori, live in Newport Beach with their two children. They have been actively involved with the Pegasus community since 2007.

    Darin has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Governance Committee
    Finance Committee (Former)
    Facilities Committee (Former)
  • Reynolds Bish

    Reynolds has served as CEO and director of Kofax Limited, an intelligent automation software provider located in Irvine, California since 2017, and previously served in that capacity from 2007-2015. He is also a director of Diebold Nixdorf, Inc., a publicly held technology company, and was formerly a director of three publicly held enterprise software companies. Based upon his prior positions as CEO and CFO, Reynolds brings substantial relevant experience to the Board.

    In 2003, Reynolds was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and in 2008, he was named Director of the Year by Corporate Directors Forum. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and has been a CPA in the State of California.

    Reynolds lives in Irvine with his wife, In Soon Nam, and their two daughters, Mackenzie (’26) and Devon (’28).

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
  • Wendy Bush

    Wendy works part-time assisting her husband, JB, with the operational side of his sales consulting business, ValueSelling Associates. She also is involved in the day-to-day operations of Spring Canyon Development Co., her family’s real estate business. Wendy has also been involved with several charitable organizations and currently sits on the board of National Charity League, Juniors of Newport Beach.

    Wendy earned a BA in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Stanford University. After graduating, she worked for two years for Marshall Lee Architects, a firm focused on educational institutions. She then spent a year and a half working towards a master’s degree in architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley. She chose a career in commercial interiors for 10 years, in which she held leadership roles in customer service, sales and project management.  

    Wendy participated in several PTO positions at Pegasus. She also co-chaired the On Golden Wings campaign with JB. She and JB have two children, John (’15), who attends Sage Hill School, and Ellie (’18).

    Wendy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee
  • George Cheng

    George is vice president of an electronics manufacturing company. He originally hails from New Jersey, where he attended Princeton University. George gained valuable business experience working as a management consultant for AT Kearney in New York City before returning to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Wharton M.B.A. degree.

    George and his wife, Christine, reside in Newport Coast with their three children who attend Pegasus (Grade 7, Grade 5, Grade 2).

    George has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee, Former Chair
  • Brian Cullen

    Brian is the president & CEO of VICO Infrastructure Company, an infrastructure development, investment and management firm. Prior to VICO, Brian was the president of PERC Water Corporation, a water infrastructure company. Brian’s positions prior to PERC Water include: vice president and CFO of TRC Alton Geoscience, Inc., an environmental consulting and services firm; and, project analyst for the Haymills Group of Companies, a construction and residential developer in London.

    Brian was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland then moved to the United States in 1990. He was educated at Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland and Thames Valley University, London, England. Brian earned the equivalent of a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in economics, statistics and accounting. He is a certified technical accountant through the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland, and is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) through the Institute of Management Accountants in the US.

    He and his wife, Teri, live in Newport Beach and have two daughters, Linda (’15) and Jenny (’18).

    Brian has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Board Chair
    Former Vice Chair
    Governance Committee, Former Chair
    Facilities Committee, Former Chair


  • Diem-Trang Dang

    Diem-Trang is a former senior director for global specialty pharmaceutical companies, including Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Elan Corporation, plc. She held various management positions, in which she was responsible for the following: completing product and company acquisitions and prescription drug licensing in U.S. and ex-U.S. territories; developing U.S. commercial plans; launching F.D.A. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved medicines; and, strategic partnering on co-marketing joint ventures. Additionally,

    Diem-Trang consults privately for U.S. specialty pharmaceutical start-up companies.

    Diem-Trang holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, Riverside and an MBA from San Diego State University.

    Diem-Trang was born in Saigon, Vietnam. She is the mother of two children at Pegasus, Baominh (’21) and Minhkha (’24), and has been a member of the Pegasus community since 2010. Diem-Trang and her family currently reside in Irvine.

    Committee Participation:
    Board Vice-Chair and Governance Committee Chair
    Education Committee, Former
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee, Former Chair
  • Zachary Fischer

    Zach is the managing partner of Crosse/Partners, a middle market private investment group. He maintains an active role in managing each holding as well as being primarily responsible for the financial and strategic evolution of each brand. Zach has an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego and a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Southern California Chapter of YPO, the Financial Analyst Society of San Diego, and the CFA Institute. Zach was also a member of the Syracuse University Lacrosse team winning two NCAA National Championships.

    Zach and his wife, Ashley, co-chaired the successful 2012-13 On Golden Wings annual fund campaign. They have two Pegasus alumni, Skylar (’15) and August ('17); and two current Pegasus students, Rocket, (’23) and Fender ('28).

    Zach has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
    Finance Committee (Former)
  • Becky Janda

    Becky is the 2019-2020 PTO President and has volunteered in many other capacities at The Pegasus School. She served on the PTO Executive Committee as Vice President and Vice President of Events. Other roles and committee responsibilities have included: Room Parent, Parent Ambassador, RUN.GIVE.SERVE. lead, Spring Benefit Committee and co-chair of the Spring Benefit.

    Becky grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she received a BA in Humanities and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Becky taught in public schools at the elementary school level, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade, in various locations, including San Antonio, Houston, New York City and Los Angeles.

    Becky and her husband, Pete, have two daughters: Elizabeth (‘20) and Katherine (‘23).
  • Eric Little

    Eric is the managing partner of Little & Karzai, LLP, a law firm representing businesses with insurance coverage and insurance liability disputes. He has extensive arbitration, state and federal experience resulting in a published California Supreme Court decision and numerous published appellate decisions throughout the nation. He has been practicing law for over 25 years.

    Eric is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, and currently serving as Group Leader Associate of the South Orange County chapter of ProVisors.

    Eric holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in English from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

    Eric and his wife, Patty Seyburn, live in Newport Beach with their two children, both of whom attended Pegasus. One child currently attends Corona del Mar High School and the other attends Rice University in Houston Texas.

    Eric has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Governance Committee
    Legal Advisory Committee, 2014 to present.
    Former Board Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair
  • Jason Lopez

    Jason arrived at Pegasus following five years as the associate head of school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois. Before joining Lab, Jason worked for 20 years in high achieving public schools in California and Pennsylvania, where he served as an economics teacher, middle school principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent.

    Jason received a BA in Economics and Sociology from California State University, Fullerton; his California Teaching Credential from Chapman University; MA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and, completed all coursework toward a Doctorate of Education at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Jason also completed an executive leadership program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He served as a trustee for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). He currently serves as a trustee for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

    Jason’s wife of 30 years, Pernille, enjoyed a successful career in business and currently sits on three corporate boards, as well as both the national and the international board of Save the Children. She is an author who released her first book in her native country of Denmark, and then in 2015, Design Your Life, was released in the U.S. Her book has also been printed in Chinese and Arabic, and has been published in both China, in 2018, and Saudi Arabia in 2019. Jason and Pernille have two children, Sine and Sebastian, who both reside in Los Angeles. Sine graduated from Loyola Marymount University and is working as an event designer. Sebastian has recently returned to school at Long Beach State University, to pursue his Teaching Credential.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
    Education Committee
    Facilities Committee
    Finance Committee
  • Michael Mulroy

    Michael advises companies in various industries as a board member and as a consultant. Until its sale in March 2019, Michael served as the CEO of Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to developing cell-based therapeutics to treat neurological conditions associated with demyelination and cellular immunotherapies to treat cancer. Prior to working in the biotechnology industry, Michael was a partner at the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.

    Michael earned a J.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.A. (Economics) from the University of Chicago.

    Michael and his wife, Nancy, live in Newport Beach with their two children. They have been actively involved with the Pegasus community since 2007.

    Michael previously served on the Board of Trustees from 2012 – 2017, and
    re-joined the Board in 2019

    Committee Participation:
    Education Committee, Chair
    Governance Committee (Former)
    Finance Committee (Former)
  • Matt Parlow

    Matt Parlow is the Dean of the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Prior to this role, he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Marquette University Law School. Matt teaching and scholarship focus on Property, Land Use, and Sports Law (he previously co-taught Professional Sports Law with Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig). Prior to entering legal academia, Matt clerked for the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips LLP. Matt earned his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

    Matt and his family live in Costa Mesa and have been at Pegasus since 2016.

    He and his wife have two daughters at Pegasus (Grade 5 and Grade 3).

    Committee participation:
    Education Committee
  • Susan Perkins

    Susan is the Chief Financial Officer of a group of manufacturing companies specializing in component parts for the medical device, aerospace and industrial sectors. Previous roles include investment banking and structured finance groups at JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch. She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte & Touche. After almost a decade in New York, she relocated her family to Southern California and she and her children currently reside in Huntington Beach.

    Susan earned a B.A. in Business-Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School where she graduated with honors and was selected to be the Merrill Lynch Fellow.

    Susan and her children have been at the Pegasus School since 2008. She has twin boys (’21) and a daughter (’18).

    Susan has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
  • Derrek Ransford

    Derrek is a managing director and partner at Pathway Capital Management, an institutional investment management firm focused on private equity.

    He and his wife, Amy, have been Pegasus parents since 2013. They have three boys: Jonas (‘22), Asher (‘24), and Myles (‘28).

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
    Budget and Investment Subcommittees
  • David Rhoads

    David Rhoads is founder and CEO of Blue Street Capital, LLC, a technology financing company which he established in 2004. Prior to Blue Street Capital, David was vice president of sales at a prominent national equipment leasing company. Originally from Connecticut, he moved to California by way of the University of Arizona, from which he holds a B.A. in Communications.

    David resides in Huntington Beach with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, who attend Pegasus (Grade 8, Grade 6, Grade 3). David and Lisa have been involved with Pegasus for nine years. The couple co­-chaired the Annual Fund, On Golden Wings, in 2015-16. David also participated as a Wing Captain for On Golden Wings (2010­–2015), served on the Development Committee (2012–2015), and co­-chaired the Swing & Soirée Committee (formerly ‘the Pegasus Golf Tournament’, 2011­–2015).

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
  • Atoshi Shorey

    Atoshi is a strategic partner lead at Google, where she has worked for over 10 years in various sales and marketing roles, driving growth for Fortune 500 companies such as, Fox Corporation, Sony and Salesforce. Prior to joining Google, Atoshi worked in various marketing positions for global telecom and CPG organizations such as Nortel Networks, Marconi plc. and ConAgra Foods. She holds a B.A. (Honors) degree from Queen's University in Canada, and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School in the U.K.

    Atoshi served as the co-chair of the 2017-2018 Pegasus Annual Fund with her husband Suneel, and is the Chair of the Development Committee. Every year, she donates “A Day at Google” experience to the Spring Benefit — it is always one of the hottest items!

    Atoshi is originally from Canada, and currently resides in Newport Beach, CA. She and Suneel have two daughters, Anika (’23) and Siara (‘29). The Shorey family has been at Pegasus since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee, Chair
  • Edi Thimons

    Edi has served on the PTO Executive Committee as PTO President 2018-19 and PTO President-Elect 2017-18, VP of Volunteers and as Secretary. She has volunteered in many capacities at The Pegasus School since moving to Orange County in 2010. Her many roles and committee responsibilities have included: Parent Ambassador, Spring Benefit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Room Parent, End of Year Celebration Chair, Staff Appreciation Chair, and RUN.GIVE.SERVE. lead. Outside of The Pegasus School, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre.

    Edi grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Logistics. Prior to moving to Orange County, Edi worked and lived in Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago. She served as a Technology Consultant in business process design and demand planning for Manugistics, Inc. and as an independent consultant at a publishing company in New York City. Edi has previously held volunteer positions with The Junior League of Chicago and the Auxiliary Board of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

    Edi and her husband, Josh, have three daughters: Pegasus alumna, Ella (’19), and current students, Olivia (’22) and Maeve (’26).

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2018-2019)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee
  • Christina Welford

    Christina served as the PTO president for the 2017-18 school year. Her background as a project manager and team leader has contributed to her numerous volunteer roles at Pegasus including: Jog-a-Thon co-chair, room parent coordinator, PTO Vice President, Spring Benefit underwriting committee member, Golf Social committee member, and SPRING.SERVE creator.

    Christina grew up in Southern California and earned a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University before joining Christie’s auction house in Beverly Hills. She held many roles at Christie's for over ten years, serving as vice president and international business director for the classic car department for the last seven of those years. She founded Welford & Ball tutoring in Orange County, matching students with tutors while providing personalized support and the tools necessary to achieve independent academic success.Christina also served six years on the gala committee for HomeAid Orange County, helping to raise funds to end homelessness.

    Christina and her husband, Malcolm, have been parents at the Pegasus School since 2010 and have two sons, Max (’19) and Ben (’21).

    Christina has served on the Board of Trustees since 2017.

    Committee Participation:
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2017-18)
    Education Committee
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee
  • Elena Zaretsky

    Elena is an investment banker specializing in municipal finance and debt issuance by local cities, school districts and 501(c)3 organizations for their long-term capital improvement programs. She also serves in a part-time capacity managing Zaretsky Engineering Solutions, a niche engineering firm providing energy management, building systems controls and commissioning for critical environments. Elena served as the past government affairs chair for the Anti-Defamation League for Orange County and Long Beach, and as an executive board member.

    Elena earned a B.A. in History and World Politics from UCLA and a J.D. from Union College in Albany, NY, where she served as an associate editor of the Albany Law Review.

    Elena and her husband, Marc Schneider, have been at Pegasus for six years. They have two daughters, Sabina (’20) and Mila (’24). Elena served two years on the Pegasus Finance Committee. Elena and Marc served as co-chairs of the annual campaign, For Pegasus—On Golden Wings (2014-2015).

    Elena has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee

Meet the Board Chairs

List of 2 members.

The Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, nonsectarian day school in Huntington Beach, California, that serves students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8. A Pegasus education equips bright, motivated students to achieve future academic success and make a positive impact on society.