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.

2020-21 Board of Trustees

List of 22 items.

  • Maajed Abahusayn

    Maajed 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:
    Facilities Committee, Chair
    Education Committee, Chair (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 the 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:
    Audit Committee, Chair
    Development Committee
    Finance Committee (Former)
  • Wendy Bush

    Wendy works part time assisting her husband, JB, with the operational side of his sales consulting business, ValueSelling Associates. From 2014 – 2019 she was involved in the day to day operations of Spring Canyon Development Co., her family’s real estate business. Wendy has also been a part of several charitable organizations with her most recent involvement being a member of National Charity League.

    Wendy earned a B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in architecture from Stanford University. After graduation she worked for an architectural firm, Marshall Lee Architects, focused on education institutions for two years. She then spent a year and a half pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Berkeley but ultimately decided to pursue 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 Parent Teacher Organization positions at Pegasus. She also co-chaired the On Golden Wings campaign with her husband, JB. She and JB have two children, John (’15) and Ellie (’18).

    Wendy has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Governance Committee
    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 8, Grade 6, Grade 3). 
     
    George has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.
     
    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee, Chair (Former)
  • 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 Chair
    Board Vice Chair (Former)
    Governance Committee, Chair (Former)
    Education Committee (Former)
  • Darin Glasser

    Originally from Michigan, Darin earned a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he met his wife, Lisa.  Following law school, Darin spent 10 years as a litigator in the Newport Beach office of O’Melveny & Myers, focusing on patent litigation representing multinational corporations in gaming, electronic devices, and biomedical technologies.

    Darin’s volunteer activities at Pegasus include: Teacher Wish List, RUN.GIVE.SERVE., Golf Social, and First Day Social. Darin is also active in the local youth baseball league, serving as a Board Member and Treasurer for the Newport Beach Baseball Association since 2017. 

    Darin and his wife reside in Newport Coast with their two children, Justin (’22) and Taylor (’25), both of whom started Pegasus in pre-K. In his free time, Darin enjoys playing softball, coaching baseball, and struggling at golf.  

    Committee Participation:
    Audit Committee
    Development Committee (former)
  • Aaron Gurewitz

    Aaron Gurewitz is a managing director and the head of equity capital markets department at Roth Capital Partners, an investment bank focused on small-cap companies. He brings over 25 years of investment banking experience with growth companies and has managed over 1,000 public offerings. Aaron serves as co-president of Roth CH Acquisition I, a publicly traded company formed for the purpose of acquiring an existing company. 

    Aaron graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Finance.

    Aaron participated as an Annual Fund Ambassador from 2015-2020 and served on the Development Committee since 2017.

    Aaron and his wife, Jaci, live in Newport Coast with their two children. They have been actively involved in the Pegasus community since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
  • Becky Janda

    Becky has served on the PTO Executive Committee as the 2019-2020 PTO President, the 2018-2019 Vice President and the 2017-2018 Vice President of Events. Her many 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).

    Committee Participation:
    Mission Committee
    Education Committee (Former)
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2019-2020)
  • 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:
    Board Vice Chair
    Governance Committee, Chair
    Legal Advisory Committee, 2014 to present
  • 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 B.A. in Economics and Sociology from California State University, Fullerton; his California Teaching Credential from Chapman University; M.A. 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 (Former)
    Facilities Committee
    Finance Committee
    Mission Committee
  • Michael Mulroy

    Michael is an officer and director of Magtrol Inc., a leading manufacturer of motor test equipment and hysteresis brakes and clutches. Until its merger with BioTime, Inc. in March 2019, Michael served as CEO and director 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. He currently serves on the board of directors of Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. Prior to working in the biotechnology industry, Michael was a partner at the law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, and an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.

    Mr. Mulroy earned a J.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in 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:
    Audit Committee
    Education Committee, Chair (Former)
    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's teaching and scholarship focus is 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 6 and grade 4).

    Committee participation: 
    Governance Committee
    Development Committee (Former)
    Education Committee (Former)
  • Susan Perkins

    Susan is the Chief Financial Officer of a group of manufacturing companies specializing in component parts for the medical device, aerospace/defense and industrial sectors. She is also a fractional CFO for a VC backed tech company in San Francisco and runs a financial consulting practice.  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, her husband Elmer and their six kids 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) and outside of Pegasus enjoys serving her community through her work with National Charity League, gardening and trying not to fall off of her paddle board.
     
    Susan has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.
     
    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
  • Kristen Perlmutter

    Kristen is co-founder, executive director and podcast co-host of Mainspring Family Wellness in Newport Beach, a collective dedicated to empowering families pursuing optimal wellness through education, collaboration, and programs specific to Orange County. Her background is in education and non profit work, chairing large fundraisers specific to the betterment of children. She also worked at local private schools in both the classroom setting as well as for an educational psychologist, and as a private educational tutor. Kristen previously served as Vice President of Community Service and Vice President of Governance for the Pegasus PTO Executive Committee. 

    Kristen has a B.A. in Art History and Communications from the University of Arizona. She lives in Corona del Mar with her husband, Mark, and their three children, who all attend Pegasus: Leah (’23), Maya (’23) and Bennet (’26). She loves traveling, reading, hiking, and yoga.

    Committee Participation:
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2020-2021)
  • Rob Pettis

    Rob Pettis is Executive Creative Director of Skiver, a full-service advertising agency that builds brands through integrated, strategic and creative campaigns. Starting his career as a copywriter at Foote, Cone & Belding, Rob quickly rose through the ranks of agencies including Y&R and O’Leary & Partners. Along the way, he has had the pleasure to take the lead on a variety of brands including UCI, Mattel, In-N-Out Burger, Del Taco, Kawasaki and Live Nation.

    Born and raised in Newport Beach, CA, Rob graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in Journalism and honed his craft at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Laguna Beach, CA with their two daughters, one a Pegasus student (’23) and the other a Pegasus grad (’19). Outside of work and family, Rob enjoys golf, playing cards and watching the Lakers. He also serves as a Community Emergency Response Team leader in his neighborhood, which comes with a walkie-talkie. Kind of a big deal.

    Committee Participation:
    Mission Committee
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • Derrek Ransford

    Derrek is a managing director and partner at Pathway Capital Management, an institutional investment management firm focused on private equity. Derrek is co-head of Pathway’s co-investment team and is a member of the firm’s Co-investment Subcommittee. He also serves on the advisory boards of several private market partnerships. 

    Prior to joining Pathway, Derrek worked at Deloitte & Touche as an auditor and at Arthur Andersen as a financial analyst in the Financial Valuations Group. Derrek is a CFA charterholder and a certified public accountant (inactive).

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

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee, Chair
    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:
    Mission Committee, Chair
    Development Committee (Former)
    Finance Committee (Former)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • 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
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • Maureen Barnes Singh

    Maureen Barnes Singh is a landscape designer specializing in residential estates. As principal of her own firm since 1998, she has designed for an exclusive list of clients primarily in the Los Angeles area. Before establishing her independent practice, she spent three years with the firm of Deborah Nevins & Associates, based in New York City. Her projects there included prominent and unrivaled estates throughout the country. Maureen earned an M.L.A. from the University of Virginia in 1996. She graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in Art History in 1993.

    Maureen lives with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Mimi (’25), in Newport Beach. She has been an active member of the Pegasus Community since Mimi’s pre-K enrollment in 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee
  • 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 BS 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 (Former)
  • 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, PTO 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:
    Governance Committee
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2017-2018)
    Education Committee (Former)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • 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, Chair (Former)

Meet the Board Chairs

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Diem-Trang Dang

    Diem-Trang Dang 

    Board Chair
  • Photo of Eric Little

    Eric Little 

    Board Vice Chair

The Pegasus School

19692 Lexington Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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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.