Born and raised in Del Mar and great granddaughter of philanthropist Col. Ed Fletcher, Zephyr Fletcher understands that you don’t live where you do and sacrifice for your children for them to be good–you want them as great as they can be.
Her journey has followed the familial path towards life of servitude and dedication to causes that cultivate strong communities. Through sheer perseverance and expertise in accounting and finance, her decades of working with nonprofits has positively impacted students in San Diego, tsunami refugees in Indonesia, and countless creatures of the oceans.
There are no more formative years than those in high school. Zephyr attended Torrey Pines High in the mid 1990s when the Torrey Pines High School Foundation began, and thrived as an “A student” (her words), serving on the yearbook staff and was Sports Editor her senior year. She ran cross country (4 years), also ran track and field for (2 years), and played on the freshman softball team and was nominated by her peers to Homecoming Court her senior year.
Recognizing that a great school experience can extend beyond Torrey Pines, Zephyr attended Pepperdine University in Malibu where she majored in Business Administration. She worked as a teacher’s aide for professors in the business and sports departments, as the athletic room attendant, worked for an early tech start-up in Santa Monica, studied abroad in Italy, England, France and Germany, and volunteered for beach cleanups at the local Surfrider Foundation chapter. She also spent time volunteering at the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. After the devastating 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, Zephyr helped the nonprofit SurfAid International by fundraising for the victims.
As a native San Diegan, Angi raised her family here in Carmel Valley-all three of her children are TPHS alumni. Angi’s background is in Operations & Project Management and after spending several years working as a liaison for the Dance Program it felt like a natural next step to join the Foundation staff. Her main focus is on liaison support, donor recognition, family and staff connectedness as well as events and communication. Angi thoroughly enjoys working with parent liaisons, volunteers, Foundation board members and the Foundation team. When not at work, Angi loves spending time with family, good friends, being outside and working on updating her house.
Working with the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops inspired Jan to get her degree in Accountancy at ASU. After 9 seasons, she left the Symphony as Financial Operations Manager. Her skills were requested at the Old Globe Theater while they renovated and then the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside where she centralized their accounting systems, eventually expanding the grounds as Director of Cemetery Operations. She has served on a few local non profit boards, founded Ace Accounting San Diego where she had the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation as an original client. Jan handles checks, deposits, reconciliations, preparing for financials and streamlining accounting functions. Her step-daughter is a junior at CCA but she has plenty of Falcon spirit!
Ella Paige Bezdek
Foundation Office Volunteers
We are very grateful to have these TPHS parent volunteers in the Foundation office on a weekly basis. Their support to TPHS and to the TPHS Foundation has been invaluable. Thank you ladies – we couldn’t do it without you.
Recognized as one of the top high schools in California, Torrey Pines consistently excels in athletic, academic, visual/performing arts and other enrichment programs that offer students the opportunity to explore and develop interests on multiple platforms, including business, engineering, biotech, robotics, etc. The Board of Directors’ role is to ensure that continues.
David lives in Solana Beach with his wife, two daughters (both girls attend Torrey Pines) and two rescue dogs. He is Managing Director of First Republic Bank with a long history of advising institutions and non-profits to meet their financial goals directly through banking and finance. He was formerly on the board of the San Diego Police Foundation prior to joining the TPHS Foundation.
VP – Development
Susan is in her 4th year of TPHS Foundation board service and 2nd year as a parent liaison for the Torrey Pines Dance Team. She is employed at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. leading product marketing for industrial IoT (Internet of Things). She also serves as a trustee for the for Sigma Kappa Foundation and on the board of the NCL San Dieguito chapter. Previously she also served as president of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation. Susan is a graduate of University of Southern California. Married to Jeff, they have two daughters attending TPHS who are both on the dance team. When she’s not volunteering in her community, she loves to travel and discover new places to eat.
VP – Finance
Doreen is a native San Diegan whose profession is a biologist at Scripps Research. Her passion is volunteering in her children’s schools from elementary all the way through college. She has held (and currently holds) various leadership roles in unit, council, and district PTAs. She is also on the administration staff at San Diego North County Chinese School, as well as on the board for San Diego Chinese Cultural Association. As an alumni parent at TPHS (class of 2015 and 2017), she has been on the Foundation board since 2012, has and currently serves on various school/district committees including being the Badminton liaison (since its inception as a CIF sport at TPHS in 2015).
Michelle is a proud Falcon parent as well as a graduate from the San Dieguito Unified High School District, LCC class of 1997. For the past 10 years, Michelle has dedicated her time to leading youth inside and outside of the classroom with her business and education experience. She brings a passion for philanthropy, community projects, communication, and lots of Falcon spirit! Michelle is excited to foster further student engagement and parent connectedness with what is happening at Torrey Pines High School.
Susie Mikolajewski has been actively involved in the TPHS Foundation for 10 years and has lived in the Del Mar/Rancho Santa Fe area for over 20 years. Susie, along with her husband PJ, and their three kids, is a long-term resident, community volunteer and active parent. Susie was raised in the wine country in Northern California and graduated from UC Davis. She worked for CMP Media in San Francisco and NY in advertising and as a publisher for various medical trade publications for 12+ years. After moving to San Diego and while raising kids, Susie became actively involved in obtaining and managing personal rental income properties. She has a huge passion to help people and loves being a Falcon for life.
Nesli has been a PTA President in New York City both at PS 151 and Wagner Middle School as well as a board member at the Clinton School for over 8 years. She served as the VP of District 2 President’s. Once the Ciner family moved to San Diego, Nesli continued to serve as the School Site Council representative for CVMS at the district level as well as the PTSA president for CVMS. At TPHS as a board member Nesli served as the Teacher Appreciation committee chair along with Junior parent liaison. Equity in education is one of her top priorities and Nesli loves working to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties involved. Nesli co-runs a family real estate business as well as a high-end food and wine import and distribution company with her husband. For fun, Nesli loves to cook, entertain, attend their kids’ sports activities and travel with their family. Their son Kaya is an incoming senior and their daughter Lara is an incoming Sophomore at TPHS.
Joe serves the Poway Unified School District by supporting K-12 STEM and Career Technical Education programs. Prior to coming to Poway Unified in 2017, he worked in San Diego Unified, where he was a principal for 15 years, and a technology coordinator and math teacher for another 10. He and his wife, Tami, are raising three children: Brooks (8), Parker (10), and Avery (15). Tami has taught in San Dieguito Union for over 20 years, and currently teaches Art and English at Earl Warren Middle School. They have lived in Solana Beach for the past 8 years.
A resident of San Diego for the past fifteen years, Alison Gaconnet joins the Torrey Pines Foundation board with a background in communications. Prior to moving to San Diego, she worked in the US Senate for the Senate Judiciary Committee followed by the Motion Picture Association of America in the office of Legislative Affairs. A mother of three, Alison has been extremely involved in the education community as PTA President and a Member of the School Site Council. She cares deeply for issues that affect parents, students, and teachers. Alison is honored to support our children’s education at Torrey Pines High School by serving on the Torrey Pines Foundation Board.
Kendra has been involved in community outreach programs for over 20 years. At the beginning of her career, she worked at Amgen and Agouron Pharmaceuticals supporting the company’s Community Outreach Programs from American Cancer Society, Make a Wish Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego Gay Pride Parade, AIDS Walk etc. Once she started her family, she kept her passion for volunteering alive through the schools and programs her three children have been affiliated with. She held numerous roles on the Ocean Air Elementary PTA board from Ways and Means, Membership, Volunteers, and Programs. Currently, she is supporting the Pacific Trails Middle School PTSA board as their Financial Treasurer and Teen Volunteers in Action acting as the Grade Level Advisor for the class of 2022.
Kyle volunteered for many years in Irvine Unified School District before moving to San Diego as PTA board member and school site council representative for many years. He continued to serve in Carmel Valley Middle as part of its school site council for 2 years. At TPHS, Kyle has served as foundation board member as well as a liaison for the speech and debate team. At the same time, he pursued his career in engineering working for Fortune 500 companies such as Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Western Digital. Educated by the California public school system from elementary to university level, Torrey Pines is both familiar and special.
Stephanie is a veteran marketing executive with over thirty years of consumer marketing, large-scale fund-raising and non-profit organizational leadership experience. After starting a family, Stephanie turned her attention toward leading strategic planning, program development, marketing and fund-raising for several Non-Profit enterprises including The San Diego Zoo Global, The Junior League of San Diego, Teen Volunteers In Action, Girl Scouts USA, The Del Mar Pines Foundation for Education and National Charity League. She has served the San Diego community for almost twenty-five years as a volunteer leader and/or board member. Stephanie and her husband Don, a TPHS Class of ’85 alumni have three children, Max and Sam both TPHS alumni and a daughter Katie an incoming sophomore.
Jennifer has been involved in many aspects of our school communities. She has volunteered on Del Mar Hills Executive PTA board and Earl Warren Middle schools PTSA board. She has also served as the PTA President at Del Mar Hills Academy, a member of the School Site Council, a Cubmaster, a Study Buddies Director for the San Dieguito Alliance for a Drug Free Youth, the North Coastal Council of PTA’s Reflections Art Chair as well as a volunteer Yearbook advisor. Jennifer currently works as the Library Media specialist at Ocean Air Elementary school in the DMUSD school district. She enjoys traveling, going thrifting and spending time with her husband and 3 sons.
Michelle has lived in San Diego ever since attending University of San Diego, School of law. She specializes in employment law. Michelle is an active member of various employment law sections of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association and San Diego County Bar Association. She has conducted numerous seminars for various business and professional organizations on business and employment law issues. Over the past two decades Michelle has volunteered her time to nonprofit organizations that help children whether it was by providing after school activities or enhancing school programs to help provide children a well-rounded education in safe environments.
Kerily joined the Torrey Pines HS Foundation in 2020 when her oldest daughter became a Falcon immediately putting her 30 years technical and software skills to use in helping to relaunch the Foundation website and select a new marketing and web design partner. Alongside her software product management career focused on startups, Kerily holds many volunteer positions including serving on the board of the Solana Beach Schools Foundation for the past 7 years and as philanthropy liaison for I Love a Clean San Diego and Meals on Wheels for National Charity League
Traci has been a San Diego resident for over forty years and is a proud Falcon community member and parent. As a former teacher and school counselor she is passionate about working with school systems, community projects/support, and in the social-emotional learning realm. Traci has been very involved in the Carmel Valley community as a Girl Scout Leader, Ocean Air PTA Board member, CVMS PTA Board member, PTMS PTSA Board member, and Teen Volunteers in Action Board member. Traci is excited and honored to work with the TPHS Foundation to foster student and parent connectedness and support Torrey Pines High School staff with their educational goals. We are TP!
Rob has been an educator for more than 20 years, and Torrey Pines has been a part of his family for more than 35 years. As a proud member of the TPHS class of 1986, Rob knows exactly how much Torrey Pines can influence the lives of its students. Rob works hard to carry on the school’s rich history and traditions while ensuring that TPHS meets the evolving needs of our Falcons. With a background both in the private sector and in public education, Rob brings a diverse background and rich life experience to his work. Rob is committed to creating a culture that celebrates high achievement in academics, the arts, and athletics, while providing a supportive environment for students so they can develop into happy, healthy, and productive adults in college and beyond.
Without TPHSF Torrey Pines High School cannot remain great, because the school budget does not provide the funding to go from good to great. With exceptional programs and an enriching immersive social and emotional experience students grow and achieve in exceptional ways. We are here to make sure that every student reaches their potential.