Board of Directors 2019-2020
Hillari Zighelboim - President
Hillari joined the Mariposa Montessori Board of Directors in 2017 and took on the role of President in 2018. She has a BS in Marketing and over 20 years of sales, sales training, and product development experience, mostly in the medical device industry. She is currently a full time mom to three boys, Bennett, Cameron, & Grant, and is in the process of starting a business in the health and wellness space. Hillari is a native Californian and has lived in Los Gatos for 4 years with her husband Andy and their boys.
Kirstin Dawson - President Elect
Kirstin and her family joined the Mariposa Montessori community in the fall of 2017 and she joined the Board of Directors in 2018. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Kirstin started her career in healthcare marketing over 17 years ago. While employed as the client services lead at various NYC advertising agencies, she was responsible for leading the strategic commercial planning and development for pre-launch and launch marketing efforts across multiple disease states, which resulted in award-winning, results producing work. Having relocated to the Bay Area in the summer of 2017 with her husband and their two young daughters, she is currently the Vice President, Managing Director of the San Francisco office at Addison Whitney, a global branding firm and Syneos Health company.
Heather Gibson - Treasurer
Before joining the Mariposa Montessori Board of Directors as Vice President, Healther enjoyed a 14-year career in the Life Sciences field focused on Quality Systems Management in areas regulated by the FDA, SEC, and GCP. She has a BA with dual majors in Environmental Studies and English Literature. Currently, Heather is initiating a horticultural program and further developing the outdoor learning area at Mariposa.
Heather has been a Los Gatos resident since 2003, when she met her husband Jim. In addition raising their daughter, Heather recently launched and runs a successful jewelry design business.
Leila Bahreinian - Secretary
Leila Bahreinian has joined the Mariposa Montessori Board of Directors in September 2018. Professionally, she has over 16 years of experience in medical device and digital health management. Most recently she worked on her own startup in Digital Health while independently advising and consulting with other digital health and medical device startups. She has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Toronto and is a Stanford Biodesign alumna.
Leila is mother of 3 children, the youngest of whom is currently a Mariposa student. Leila enjoys spending time outdoors with her kids, reading, and writing with occasional poetry translations. Leila is an American with roots in Iran and has been living in the Bay Area with her family since 2006.
Jocelyn Fary-Holzwarth - Fundraising Chair
Jocelyn joined the Board of Directors in 2019. With a B.A. from Ithaca College and an MSW from Boston University, Jocelyn spent most of her professional career managing fundraising events for highly regarded non-profit organizations in Boston, raising more than $1 million annually. She spent two years living in New Zealand and exploring the South Pacific before moving to San Jose in 2011 with her husband, Trey.
Since then, Jocelyn has taken professional time off to focus on raising her two boys - both of whom have benefited immensely from attending Mariposa Montessori and its community of supportive families. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys working out, cooking and fitting in plenty of mom’s nights out!
Kimberly Dallas - Event Planning
Kim joined the Mariposa Montessori Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 school year. She is mother to one daughter - a Mariposa student - and is the owner of Onyx Skin+Body, a health and wellness spa in Los Gatos. Kim holds a Masters Degree in Literature and enjoys putting her creative writing talents to use whenever possible. She loves the Mariposa Montessori community and is looking forward to organizing school social events, such as the annual auction.
Joy Koch - Communications Chair
Joy joined the Mariposa Montessori Board of Directors in the summer of 2019. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005 from Simmons University, Boston, MA. She worked in multiple settings from skilled nursing, hospitals, post-operative rehabilitation, home healthcare and outpatient physical therapy in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and California. Most recently she worked in a private practice in Cupertino outpatient physical therapy, with a focus in manual therapy.
Joy loves all the outdoor activities that California has to offer and has been taking advantage of them since moving here in 2010. She is currently a full-time mom of two boys and lives in Willow Glen.