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Leia Pitcher

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Cynthia Morris

Secretary, Finance & Facilities Committees

Cynthia Morris is the mother of Mark Curtis (class of 2022). Her family came to Oak Hill in 2010 looking for a community with differentiated learning in the classroom and a superior and personalized student/teacher ratio. Cynthia operates a wholesale distribution warehouse, Petersen-Arne, that provides weekly replenishment to retail stores and ecommerce fulfillment in the sewing and crafting categories. Cynthia serves on both the Finance and Facilities committees of the Board of Trustees. She has been a driving force, together with Jesse Elliott, for the six major campus improvement and building projects we’ve experienced every year since 2012, including the Hill Art Studios and barn renovation complex, remodeling of the MacDonald building creating new classrooms, and repurposing of the Cottage and Gonyea House into our new administrative core at the heart of campus. What Cynthia loves most about Oak Hill is that it provides what she wishes every kid could have: a caring community of bright and tolerant-minded professionals, dedicated to supporting every child to be the best they can be, while exploring all facets of academic and creative achievement in a safe, supportive, and inspiring natural setting.

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Dan Franklin

Dan comes to OHS after a career in consumer affairs and nonprofit organization administration. He retired in 2013 after 33 years at Consumer Reports in Yonkers, NY. His work there included working with the Board of Directors and advocacy offices, facilities planning, and business policies review. His last position there was Labor Relations Director and Ethics Officer. Prior to that he worked as a consumer fraud investigator in San Diego, and was the first Executive Director of the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG). He has a BA from Syracuse University and an MA from San Diego State University, both in American Studies. Between degrees he spent four years as an Air Force officer. His interests include gardening, woodworking, and current events.

Dan’s interest in OHS stems from his two grandchildren, Madeline (Class of 2027) and Jolie Moore (Class of 2030). Prior to relocating to Eugene last year, Dan and his wife, Donna, rarely missed Grandparents Day, flying out from New York for the event. He’s thrilled to have a shorter trip to OHS events, and to be part of an exceptional institution.

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Randi Bowers-Payne

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Elliot Berkman

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Karli French

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Boris Aust

Boris Aust is an owner of Fall Creek Nursery, a global blueberry company headquartered in Eugene. A native of Germany, he studied banking and asset management and worked for Commerzbank AG for 10 years before moving to Oregon. Boris has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst certification, his Executive MBA from the University of Oregon, and was CFO of Fall Creek for 12 years during its build-out across four continents. He now oversees their Family Office, supports business development, and is an active board member. Boris and his wife Amelie live in Eugene with their three sons, who are 7, 5 and 2. He enjoys hiking, volunteering in the community, and believes in the power of building strong teams for high-performing organizations.

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John O’Brien

John O’Brien comes to Oak Hill School with over thirty-five years of experience in the independent school world. Originally from Massachusetts, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in History at Trinity College in Connecticut and his Master of Arts in American Studies at Dartmouth College. He has taught students in Grades 5-12 and has been a coach of numerous interscholastic sports teams. John’s various administrative experiences have included serving as Assistant Dean of Admission at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, MA, Head of Middle School, Head of Upper School, and Associate Head of School at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA, and Head of School at both Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, NJ, and at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo, CA. During his years at St. Mary’s, the school’s programs and reputation were greatly enhanced, leading to significant growth in both enrollment and fundraising activities. He has also served as the chair of school accreditation teams for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

The Oregon lifestyle suits John well, as he is an avid runner, hiker, and golfer. He also has two grown sons, Jack and Chris, who reside in Southern California. One fun fact: He and his sons are citizens of both the United States and Ireland (John’s mother was born there).

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