The Board of Directors are responsible for formulating policy consistent with the mission and vision of Presentation High School, fiduciary oversight, long-term sustainability and strategic planning, and legal compliance.
As a Board, we believe in Pres' vision of empowering young women to become fearless and faithful leaders. We are committed to protecting all students – past, present, and future.
A Pres alumni (‘84), Suzanne is an experienced executive and Board member with more than 25 years of corporate leadership and sophisticated legal experience. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., where she serves as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee and Chair of its Compensation Committee. Suzanne served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc from 2012 to 2019. Previously, Suzanne was a partner in the Cooley LLP law firm, where she practiced corporate and securities law from 1996 to 2012.
Suzanne looks forward to contributing her business, governance and legal expertise as Pres plans for its future. Suzanne enjoys running, the beach in Santa Barbara and travel anywhere.
Dawn has been involved with Pres the majority of her life and grew up just down the street on Plummer Avenue. She graduated from Pres in 1990 and is the proud mother of Alli, who graduated from Pres in 2018 and Chris, who attends Bellarmine.
Most recently a member of the Mission & Catholic Identity committee, Dawn enjoys participating in Pres activities and planning. She is most excited to help the Board of Directors take Pres into the next evolution of faith-based education. Dawn likes hiking, concerts, audiobooks, stand-up paddle boarding and floating in the pool.
In his free time, Dave is an avid golfer who enjoys barbequing and watching sports with his wife and their adult children.
Greg is a passionate proponent of the Catholic education system and Catholic social teaching, and his youngest daughter is a recent graduate of Pres. He is a professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University where he is Executive Director of the Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In his spare time, Greg enjoys hiking, downhill skiing, travel and photography.
Natasha is a Presentation alumna and veteran strategy and operations executive with 20 years of experience in complex and rapidly evolving corporations across a variety of industries, including education, AI, healthcare and finance.
Natasha is passionate about building and leading highly collaborative teams and structuring organizations to meet aggressive goals and timelines.
The avid reader, photographer and globetrotter attended UC Berkeley, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and New York University, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Guild.
Hugo is currently the Chief Accounting Executive at DocuSign, where he enjoys incorporating the Pres motto “Not Words, But Deeds” every chance he can. His experience spans software as a service, semiconductor & computer system industries. He spent his early years with Big Four firms, thrives in dynamic environments, and enjoys being a progressive leader scaling companies in periods of hypergrowth.
Hugo and his wife Maria are the parents of Alana ’16 and Maya ’19. He believes the many years of volunteering on the Parent Board have prepared him well for this next chapter. Hugo is all about enjoying life’s journey, particularly food, wine and travel.
Laura graduated from Presentation High School with the Class of 1999 and now serves others in her role as a lecturer in the Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering Department at Santa Clara University. Laura focuses on using teaching methods that increase diversity in engineering and brings those skills to her role on the Board of Directors. Laura and her students also use their skills to help the broader community by using technological projects to increase access to basic human needs around the world.
Laura has two daughters and the Doyle family can be found exploring waterways of the Bay Area on paddle boards, boogie boards and swimming.
Silvana is a San Jose native who grew up in the Rose Garden neighborhood and attended St. Clare Elementary and St. Francis High School. It was that Catholic foundation that compelled Silvana and her husband, Joe (Bellarmine '01), to become advocates in supporting local Catholic schools. They have four children who attend St. Christopher School. Silvana is active in St. Christopher’s community, most recently serving as the Ladies’ Guild President. She is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Jose.
In addition to her family, one of Silvana’s passions is education! She has served as an instructional coach for seven years at Rocketship Charter Schools. She is excited to join the Pres board to bring her unique ideas about how to ensure Presentation continues to be the best place for a young woman to come into her own.
Mimi attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Math & Computer Science, before she went to work in the tech industry. While working, she returned to SCU for an MBA and a master's degree in Liturgical Music. Mimi worked in high tech until April 2020 when she finished her career as an R&D Director at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. She currently works part-time at Sunnyvale Community Services.
Over the years, Mimi continued to support Presentation’s mission, most recently joining the Board of Trustees (2019-2020.) Mimi is also a liturgical musician at St. Christopher Church and a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence. In addition to spending time training her puppy, Mimi enjoys traveling and watching both San Francisco and San Jose Giants baseball.
Mike currently is a co-founder and senior partner of HealthLens, LLC, an online telemedicine platform that allows patients to receive diagnosis and treatment anytime, anywhere. Previously, he was Senior Partner at Olliance Group, a strategic open source consulting group, and held various senior management positions at Intel Corporation. He also served as Vice President and General Manager of Daisy Systems as a Corporate Officer and Business Line General Manager.
Mike graduated from Cornell University with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his spouse Vicki are parents to Kathleen ‘08 and have a long-standing commitment to community service and Catholic education.
Mike has previously served on and chaired several non-profit boards, including Sacred Heart Community Service, HomeFirst of Santa Clara County, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the Peninsula College Fund and the Intel Alumni Network.
Cara is a Pres alum, educator and design enthusiast who loves to problem-solve and plan. She likes to "geek out" on details and any opportunity to create systems and organize processes. As a former classroom teacher, Cara is excited to gain a new perspective about how a school operates and develop best practices to achieve our strategic goals at Pres.
When not collaborating with others, she likes to recharge her introvert batteries with yoga, a good book, or a creative project, which includes building dollhouses and other miniatures.
Rajeev is an experienced entrepreneur with a proven ability to build great teams.
He is the founder & CEO of Redfast, a venture-backed startup. Prior to Redfast, Rajeev was the Vice President of Strategy for Cisco’s Service Provider Business Unit, the founder and CEO of 1 Mainstream and the Vice President of Product at Roku. Rajeev has also served as the Chairman of the Housing Commission for the City of Cupertino.
Rajeev is an avid cyclist and passionate about the evolution of education served on PHS’s Finance Committee last year. He and his wife are the parents of Nikita ‘23 and they live in Los Gatos.
2023-24 Board of Directors
Suzanne Sawochka '84 Hooper
Dawn Guerreiro '90 McCale P’18
Dave Anderson P’12
Greg Baker P’20
Natasha Dalzell Martinez ’88
Hugo De La Torre P’16 ’19
Laura DiPalermo '99 Doyle
Mimi Niemiller ’77
Mike Pope P’08
Cara Pryor '02
Rajeev Raman P’23