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.

2018-19 Board of Trustees

List of 18 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 LLC, a national facilities engineering firm focusing on energy infrastructure and mission critical facilities for universities, government, healthcare and Fortune 500 clients. Darin is currently an active board member for four private companies: Convoy Technologies, Gutierrez & Anderson, Bridge Equity Partners and Lotus Innovations. He is also Chairman for the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees.

    Darin earned a BA in Business Administration from UC Riverside and was awarded the Commencement Award for most outstanding male graduate. He earned an MBA at the A. Gary 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 recently won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Orange County/Inland Empire region. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Price Waterhouse.

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

    Darin has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
    Previously on Facilities Committee
  • Terry Burnham

    Terry is an associate professor of finance at Chapman University. Previously, he was the director of economics and director of portfolio management for an institutional money manager, Acadian Asset Management, LLC. Before Acadian, Terry was a professor at the Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He was the CFO for Progenics Pharmaceuticals, a start­-up biotech company.

    Terry received a BS in Biophysics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Computer Science from San Diego State University, an MA in Management from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

    Terry resides in Huntington Beach with his wife, Barbara, and their three daughters, Charlotte (’18), Violet ('20), and Ivy ('23). The family has been at Pegasus since 2011. Terry and Barbara served as co-chairs of the 2016-17 annual campaign, Give to Great.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee
    Previously on Development 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, Chair
  • George Cheng

    George is vice president of sales for an electronics manufacturing company in Irvine. He originally hails from New Jersey where he attended Princeton University. George worked 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 MBA degree.
     
    George and his wife, Christine, reside in Newport Coast with their three children who all attend Pegasus (Grade 5, Grade 3, Kindergarten).

    George enjoys playing golf and basketball with other Pegasus School parents.
     

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee, Chair
  • Brian Cullen

    Since 2001, Brian has been the president of PERC Water Corporation, a water infrastructure developer. 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 BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in economics, statistics and accountancy. 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:
    Chair
    Facilities Committee, Former Chair

    Governance 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 BS 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:
    Education Committee
  • 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 MBA from the University of San Diego and a BS 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 campaign. They have one Pegasus alumna, Skylar (’15); two current Pegasus students, August (’17), Rocket, (’23); and hopefully, one future student (Fender, Pegasus Class of 2028).

    Zach has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

    Committee Participation:

    Development Committee
    Previously on Finance Committee
  • Eric Little

    Eric is the managing partner of Little Reid & 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 20 years.

    Eric is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Bar Association, and William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court. Eric is currently serving as an Executive Committee member of the South Orange County chapter of ProVisors.

    Eric earned a BS in Economics and a BA in English from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and he holds a JD from the University of San Francisco.

    Eric and his wife, Patty Seyburn, live in Newport Beach with their two children, one of whom attends Pegasus and the other is a Pegasus graduate attending Corona del Mar High School.

    Eric has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Vice Chair
    Governance Committee, Chair
    Legal Committee
  • 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).

    Jason’s wife of 25 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 last November,Design Your Life, was released in the U.S. Jason and Pernille have two children, Sine and Sebastian, who are roommates in Los Angeles. Sine graduated from Loyola Marymount University and is working as an event coordinator. Sebastian manages a retail clothing store in La Brea.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee
    Education Committee
    Facilities Committee
    Finance 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 BA 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
  • Mark Perlmutter

    Mark is president of DMP Properties, an Orange County based commercial real estate investment and management company with holdings throughout California, which he joined in 2003. Prior to joining DMP, Mark was a corporate attorney with the Newport Beach based law firm of Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Mark holds a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and BS in Business from Tulane University. He is a member of the California State Bar.

    Mark resides in Corona del Mar with his wife, Kristen, and their three children, all Pegasus students: twin daughters Leah and Maya (’23) and Bennet (’26). He also served as a wing captain in 2015-2016 for the annual fund campaign, On Golden Wings.

    Mark joined the Board of Trustees in 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Facilities Committee
  • David Rhoads

    David 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 BA 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 (2010­2015), served on the Development Committee (20122015), and co­-chaired the Swing & Soirée Committee (formerly ‘the Pegasus Golf Tournament’, 2011­2015).

    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, 21st Century Fox, 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 BA (Honors) degree from Queen's University in Canada, and an MBA from Manchester Business School in the U.K.

    Atoshi currently serves as the co-chair of the 2017-2018 Pegasus Annual Fund with her husband Suneel, and is a member 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 (age 2). The Shorey family has been at Pegasus since 2014.

    Committee Participation:
    Development Committee, Annual Fund Chair
  • Edi Thimons

    Edi is the Pegasus Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President-Elect for the 2017-18 school year and will be PTO President for the 2018-19 school year. 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, End of Year Celebration Chair, Staff Appreciation Chair, and RUN.GIVE.SERVE. lead. As a member of the PTO Executive Committee, Edi has served as Secretary, Vice President of Volunteers, and Vice President. Outside of The Pegasus School, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre. She is excited to serve as PTO President.

    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. 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 at The Pegasus School: Ella (’19), Olivia (’22), and Maeve (’26).

    Committee Participation:
    Parent Teacher Organization, President-Elect (2017-18), President (2018-19)
  • Christina Welford

    Christina serves as the PTO president. 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, and Spring Benefit underwriting.

    Christina grew up in Southern California and earned a BA in Art History from Stanford University before joining Christie’s auction house in Beverly Hills. She held many roles at Christie’s  over ten years, of which the last seven she served as vice president and international business director for the classic car department. She founded Welford & Ball tutoring in Orange County, which matched 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 two sons at Pegasus, Max (’19) and Ben (’21).

    Christina has served on the Board of Trustees since 2017.

    Committee Participation:
    Parent Teacher Organization, President
  • Michael Wong

    Michael is president, CEO and board member of Genea, which provides cloud-based software and services to the commercial real estate industry. During his tenure at Genea, Michael has been responsible for the strategic expansion of Genea’s customer base from 9 million square feet to over 120 million square feet of commercial office properties. Before joining Genea, he was Managing Partner of the investment firm, First Beverage Capital. Earlier in his career, Michael spent over ten years as a private equity investor at Leonard Green & Partners. Prior to Leonard Green, he was a member of The Blackstone Group’s private equity investment team.

    Michael earned a BA in Business Economics from UCLA, where he graduated with honors.

    Michael generously allocates his time to various organizations. He is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and UC Irvine’s CEO Roundtable. Michael serves on numerous boards, including the board of directors for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), the board of advisors for UC Irvine’s Beall’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the board of advisors for CG Commercial Finance.

    Michael resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Lauren, and their three children, Tyler (16), Brandon (13) and Ella (9). Tyler attends Sage Hill High School and Brandon and Ella are both at Pegasus.

    Michael has served on the Board of Trustees since 2016.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance 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 BA in History and World Politics from UCLA and a JD 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 (Grade 4) and Mila (Kindergarten). Elena served two years on the Pegasus Finance Committee.  For the 2014-2015 school year, Elena and  Marc served as co-chairs of the annual campaign, For Pegasus —On Golden Wings.

    Elena has served on the Board of Trustees since 2015.

    Committee Participation:
    Finance Committee, Chair

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.