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 up to 21 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 serves as an advisor and officer of the Board, but is a non-voting officer.

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.

2022-23 Board of Trustees

List of 21 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, tennis, and, when he is willing to tempt fate, mountain biking. He lives in Irvine with his wife, Tahaane, and two children, Pegasus alumna, Carolina ('22) and current student, Raif (’24).

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee, Chair
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee
    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)
  • Meredith Chandra

    Meredith Chandra served on the PTO Executive Committee for three years prior to becoming PTO President for the 2021-2022 school year. Her previous PTO positions include Vice President/President Elect, Vice President of Events, and Room Parent Coordinator. Before joining the PTO Executive Committee, Meredith volunteered in numerous capacities at Pegasus: serving as a room parent for several years, a Parent Ambassador, and has participated in almost every PTO event in one way or another throughout her time as a Pegasus parent. Additionally, Meredith has also been involved with the Spring Benefit for many years and was a friend of the Development Committee during her role as PTO Vice President. 

    Meredith grew up in Missouri and attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a BSBA in Marketing and International Business. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and
    worked for eight years at advertising giant Leo Burnett, managing the execution of email and direct marketing campaigns for clients such as Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, and Philip Morris. Prior to settling in Orange County, Meredith also spent three years in New York City.  

    Meredith and her husband, Mike, live in Corona del Mar with their two daughters Olivia (’26) and Claire (’29), both of whom are current Pegasus students.

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2021-2022)
    Development Committee
  • Erik Choy

    Erik is a director and partner at Keystone Capital Markets, an investment bank dedicated to providing high level investment banking and strategic advisory services to middle-market companies. Erik has over 20 years of experience in investment banking advising privately-held and publicly-traded companies on a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate divestitures, and financings.

    Erik holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.

    Erik is the father of two children and has been a member of the Pegasus community since 2017. Erik and his family currently reside in Irvine.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
    Budget Subcommittee
  • 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 has two children, Pegasus alumnus 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)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee, Chair (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, Pegasus alumnus, Justin ('22) and current student, 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
  • Burt Hong

    Burt Hong is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CoolSys, the private equity backed U.S. leader in Commercial Refrigeration and HVAC services covering design, installation, post-installation, and energy optimization serving primarily the grocery, drug/convenience, food retail, and restaurant end markets headquartered in Brea, CA. Prior to that, Burt was the General Counsel for Park Energy Group, which owns several companies that provide construction services and products for safe, reliable projects and facilities all around the United States.  In 2019, Burt was named the General Counsel of the Year in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal. Burt has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Rice University. He attended Rice on a tennis scholarship and was number one in the state of Texas in his age division. Burt lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Audrey Cheng, and their two kids, William (’28) and Vivienne (’31).

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities 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: Pegasus alumna Elizabeth (‘20) and current student, Katherine (‘23).

    Committee Participation:
    Mission Committee
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee
    Education Committee (Former)
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2019-2020)
  • 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 33 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. Sine graduated from Loyola Marymount University and is working in the travel industry for Wildterrains. Sebastian has recently returned to school at Long Beach State University, to pursue his Teaching Credential. He and his new bride, Amanda, currently live in Long Beach with their two dogs, Penny and Flip Flop.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
    Education Committee (Former)
    Facilities Committee
    Finance Committee
    Mission Committee
  • Tatjana Mitchell

    Tatjana Mitchell is currently the CFO of Experian Consumer Services, North America.  Tatjana partners with business unit presidents on driving growth for the direct to consumer and B2B2C businesses, with consumer empowerment and inclusion as the key strategic goals.  Prior to Experian, Tatjana was CFO at Zulily, an ecommerce retailer, and held various finance roles at Macy’s, Gap Inc., and Marriott Intl.

    Tatjana earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Towson University in Maryland, and her MBA from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Tatjana is originally from Croatia and currently resides in Orange County.  She and her husband, Brian, have one daughter, Lexie (‘26), and have been at Pegasus since 2019.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance 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 was 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)
  • 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 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
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory 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 ten 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
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee
    Development Committee (Former)
    Finance Committee (Former)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • Marc J. Schneider

    Marc J. Schneider is a Business and Securities Litigation Shareholder and Member of the Management Committee of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.  In addition to general business litigation, Marc regularly defends Orange County companies, directors and officers, and private equity firms in federal and state courts in securities class actions, derivative suits, merger and acquisition litigation, and government investigations.  He has numerous trial wins under his belt, including in multiple matters with more than $100 million at issue.  Marc has been selected by his peers repeatedly for “Best Lawyers” lists, including as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Orange County.  Marc brings to the Pegasus Board deep legal expertise, as well as experience in corporate governance, non-profit fundraising, and community building.

    Marc’s leadership in both the Orange County legal and philanthropic communities has been recognized with the Marcus J. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award.  Among other community commitments, Marc currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, on the Executive Committee of the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, and on the Sonenshine Pro Bono Reception Committee, and previously served as Chair of the Board of the Orange County Region of the Anti-Defamation League and on the boards of the OC Tech Alliance and Temple Bat Yahm.  For Pegasus, Marc currently serves as Chair of the Legal Committee, previously served as Captain of the Pacific Princess Crew and on the Development Committee, and, with his wife Elena, previously served as Co-Chair of the On Golden Wings Campaign and received the Founders Award. 

    Marc lives with his wife, Elena, in Newport Beach, and with his two daughters Sabina (A '20 Alumna) and Mila ('24).

    Committee Participation:
    Governance Committee
    Legal Advisory Committee, Chair
    Development 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. 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
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee
    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 and one son: Pegasus alumnus, Ella (’19) and Olivia (’22), and current student Maeve (’26) and baby Theodore at home.

    Committee Participation: 
    Facilities Committee
    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Advisory Committee, Chair
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2018-2019)
    Brand Analysis Advisory Committee (Former)
  • Sara Van Dusen

    Sara Van Dusen is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Parcon LLC, a full-service marketing agency. She has 20 years of marketing and communications experience. Sara has served on a variety of professional and non-profit boards and committees including Friends of CASA, Association for Corporate Growth OC, Legal Marketing Association, and the KidWorks Fund Development Committee. She is currently on the Pegasus Development Committee and was co-chair of the 2022 Annual Gala.

    Sara enjoys playing tennis and lives in Huntington Beach with her husband, Chris, and daughter Sawyer (’29) who has attended Pegasus since Pre-Kindergarten. She holds a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
  • Angela Whitten

    Angela Whitten has served on the PTO Executive Committee as the current 2022-2023 PTO President, the 2021-2022 Vice President, 2021-2020 VP of Communications, and 2020-2019 Secretary. She has held several other roles at Pegasus including: Room Parent, Parent Ambassador, lead for RUN.GIVE.SERVE, and Spring Benefit committee member.
     
    Angela lived in Huntington Beach until she was eight (across the street from Pegasus), then moved to Charleston, SC where she lived until after high school. She found her way back to California, attending San Diego State University and earning her BS in Business Management. Determined to stay in San Diego, Angela started her career at Jack in the Box, Inc. as an Auditor for their Internal Audit Department. While traveling the country for two years auditing restaurants, Angela earned her MBA. Shortly after, she moved into the Jack in the Box marketing department as one of their Senior Marketing Managers. A few years later, she moved to OC and worked as an Account Manager at Foote, Cone & Belding.
     
    Angela and her husband live in Corona del Mar with their daughter, Talia ('24) and have been a part of the Pegasus community since 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Parent Teacher Organization, President (2022-2023)
    Development Committee (former)

Meet the Board Chairs

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Diem-Trang Dang

    Diem-Trang Dang 

    Board Chair
  • Photo of Darin Glasser

    Darin Glasser 

    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.