My journey to Pasadena has come full circle. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA. I’ve worked for 25 years in finance and accounting both in the corporate and non-profit sector, most recently as Director of Finance and Operations of an independent elementary school in Boston, MA. Living on the East Coast has been a wonderful experience for my husband and our children but I am happy to be returning to SoCal to be near my immediate family. In interviewing with HPA, I was struck by the warmth and community feeling of everyone I met and spoke to, from the Head of School and members of the administrative team, to board members. While taking a tour of the facilities, I knew I was in a special place seeing students engaged and happy.