Board of Directors
Gina McFarland, President
Vice President, Portfolio Controller
Gina is a VP, Portfolio Controller at Shorenstein Properties, where she oversees the financial accounting and reporting for several private investment funds, real estate investments, and joint ventures. Prior to joining Shorenstein, Gina was a Portfolio Controller at Equity One, Inc and prior to that an Audit Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She attended the University of San Diego, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree.
Gina grew up in the Bay Area participating in multiple team sports and continued this involvement by coaching young girls and contributing to many sport camps. She went on to play Division I softball in college. Gina feels very strongly that the teamwork and leadership skills that sports taught her continue to serve her in the business world. These same invaluable skills are the foundation of GirlVentures’ mission. She is excited to contribute to helping more girls develop their strengths and their confidence. Gina’s hobbies include sports, travel, and trying the wonderful restaurants in and around San Francisco.
Kathy Anderson, Vice President - Internal Committee
Charles Schwab & Co. - Retired
Kathy served as Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co. and led Core Technology Solutions (CTS) which provides the data and support applications for all core Schwab functions and customer-facing channels.
Gillian Clegg, Secretary
Acting Director, Core Gas Supply
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Gillian Clegg is the Director of Core Gas Supply at PG&E. Her team is responsible for procuring natural gas for PG&E's residential and small commercial gas customers. Gillian has more than ten years experience in the energy industry, including roles in renewable energy procurement, trading and risk management. Gillian holds a BSc and MSc in Mathematics from Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, respectively.
Gillian credits years of competitive soccer and softball for teaching her leadership and confidence, and is excited to contribute to GirlVentures' mission to empower young girls through outdoor adventure. A native of Canada, Gillian moved to San Francisco in 2007, a perfect place to indulge in her hobbies of playing soccer, snowboarding, camping, hiking and eating. Gillian lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
Christine Weiss, Treasurer
Chris is a Managing Director at HighMark Capital, an investment management firm serving institutional and individual investors. She oversees Manager Research and Marketing functions, is a member of HighMark’s Investment Policy Committee and Manager Review Committee, and serves as project manager on a variety of firm-wide initiatives. Prior to joining HighMark in 2003, Chris held various management roles at GT Global and GT Capital Management. Chris also serves as Chair of the San Carlos Education Foundation Endowment Committee. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three teenage daughters.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and an MBA in Management from Golden Gate University.
Senior Director of Software Development
Roya Afshar is a Senior Director of Software Development for Fusion Cloud Applications at Oracle Corporation. She has been with Oracle over 20 years in a variety of roles within product support and development. She manages a global team responsible for various application frameworks used for smooth deployment and integration of Fusion Applications in the cloud. Her free time is spent with her family and hiking.
Head of Customer Support for Google Express
Kieran manages the customer support function for the Google Express product. Previously, she worked in Google Finance where she managed a team that operated, built and improved control processes for financial and regulatory compliance. Prior to Google, she worked in sales operations at Cisco, and as a consultant for Accenture. Kieran holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with high honors.
Senior Director Employee Relations
Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
The Charles Schwab Corporation
Bari Havlik is a Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of The Charles Schwab Corporation and chairs the company’s Compliance Risk Committee. She manages teams responsible for enterprise-wide compliance programs, including BSA/AML, OFAC and FCPA, as well as compliance programs specific to the company’s broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, retirement plan services and bank. Prior to joining Schwab in 2003, she gained industry experience in compliance roles supporting a variety of businesses including full service retail, on-line self-directed, institutional and bank affiliated broker-dealers. Bari started her career in financial services focused on roles in operations and customer service. She is a member of the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Executive Committee and FINRA’s Membership Committee. Bari received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University.
Senior Tax Manager
David works with private entities in the areas of real estate, advertising, public relations and law. David received his BS in accounting from Louisiana State University. After spending 3 years at Arthur Andersen David went on to attend Tulane University, where he earned his MBA with concentrations in finance and general management.
He then worked as an investment-banking associate at Jefferies & Company in Houston and as a vice president at Legacy Capital in New Orleans before coming to San Francisco, where he worked at Ernst & Young and Macy’s prior to joining Calegari & Morris in 2008. David spends most of his free time playing tennis and running.
Alison Hill is Managing Director, Strategic Capital for Prologis, a global owner of industrial real estate. Alison is responsible for the formation, structuring and operations of Prologis’ private capital ventures around the world. She joined AMB Property Corporation (now Prologis) in 1999, and served in a variety of positions, including chief operating officer of AMB Capital Partners, with responsibility for building the private capital business and expanding outside of the United States. Prior to joining Prologis in 1999, she practiced real estate law at Morrison & Foerster and Lionel Sawyer & Collins within the real estate and commercial transactions groups. Alison holds a J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Hamilton College. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, eating out and travel.
Associate Account Director
Bleu Marketing Solutions
Head of Development Sciences
Wendy is the Head of Development Sciences at AbbVie Stemcentrx, a biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology research. As a member of the executive leadership team, Wendy oversees the strategic and operational direction of a major arm of the Stemcentrx business and manages a large team of process development scientists, manufacturing engineers, quality analysts and regulatory affairs specialists. Wendy attended the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.
Wendy is a lover of all things related to sports and the outdoors -- from mushing (dog sledding) in Minnesota to training as a youth world competitive swimmer. In college, she fell in love with climbing, and she has been bouldering and big wall climbing ever since. She is a 5.10 sponsored athlete and although she isn't climbing as frequently these days, she is heavily involved with the climbing community and sets climbing routes. These experiences were instrumental in teaching her teamwork, healthy competition, goal setting and overcoming challenges. Wendy is grateful for this exposure as a young woman and is dedicated to helping others access these experiences through Girl Ventures.
Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance
Laura is part of Deloitte's Bay Area Audit & Assurance practice. She specializes in serving clients in the consumer industry, and is a fellow in Deloitte’s national and cross-functional Retail & Distribution Fellowship program. She previously worked for Deloitte in Minneapolis and is a Certified Public Accountant. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College, where she majored in Accounting and Economics and minored in Spanish. Laura grew up in Minnesota and moved to San Francisco in 2014 with her husband and their dog, Ruby. In her free time, she likes to cook, travel, hike, paddle, practice yoga, and volunteer.
Michelle Sioson Hyman
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Michelle Sioson Hyman is Senior Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Center for Early Learning. This position manages a number of high profile regional strategies, research, convenings, and operations focused on improving the lives of young children and their families throughout Silicon Valley and the rest of the State. Michelle has experience in strategic planning, program development, event planning and community building in the areas of early childhood development, education and public health.
Michelle has a master’s in public health from Yale University. She is also a certified yoga instructor and birth support doula. Michelle enjoys rock climbing, hiking and is on a quest to find the best bakery ever. She lives in San Mateo with her husband, Joel, and their two children, Cecelia and Elisha.