Welcome to the Alumnae Mentorship Network! This initiative is designed to connect Burke's graduates with other alumnae in their career fields of interest.

On Tuesday, February 12, Burke's Alumnae Mentorship Network hosted its second annual event - an evening of networking featuring a panel of amazing alumnae speakers. The event was another special night full of new and renewed connections, inspiring dialogue, and practical advice. See a few photos here!

Join the Burke's Alumnae Mentorship Network by filling out the form linked at right—participate in mentoring, connect with fellow graduates, broaden your network, and attend more terrific events!

Questions? Email mentorship@kdbs.org. And below, learn about what just a few of our incredible alumnae members are doing now.

Academics & Education

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  • Rachel E. Skiffer '88

    Rachel E. Skiffer is the Head of School at Khan Lab School (KLS) in Mountain View, California, an independent school affiliated with Khan Academy that provides a full-year, mastery-based, grades-free program for students ages 5-18+. Previous to her work at KLS, Rachel was the Dean of Policy & Strategic Planning at Phillips Academy (Andover), and worked in admissions and financial aid at San Francisco University High School, the Latin School of Chicago, and Harvard College. Before Rachel discovered her passion for working in education, she was a commercial real estate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and Heller Ehrman in San Francisco.

    Rachel holds degrees in women’s studies and law from Harvard, and is the doting mom of Josiah and Tess.

Business & Finance

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  • Dayle Hochman Burnes '87

    Dayle Hochman Burnes is the COO of Western Region Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. Her banking career spans nearly 25 years on both coasts in client-facing and management roles alike. Dayle has had the pleasure of working for many great organizations, including Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co. and Robertson Stephens.

    Dayle holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as well as a MBA from Columbia Business School. Above all, she is the proud mother of her three inordinately busy children, Jack, Brad and Tayte.
  • Kimberly Fullerton '77e

    Kimberly Fullerton is an attorney and a member of Spencer Stuart’s Legal, Compliance and Regulatory and Human Resources practices. She has more than 23 years of executive search experience. Kimberly leads general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief human resource officer searches, as well as senior-level legal and human resources assignments across multiple industries, including technology, consumer goods, healthcare, industrial and financial services. Kimberly has also conducted high-level business and corporate development and licensing searches for a variety of technology companies. Her clients include publicly held corporations as well as private equity and venture-backed companies.

    Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • Camille Hampton '94

    Camille Hampton is an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Banking and Markets. In this role, she leads the development, communication, implementation and measurement of commercial bank growth initiatives designed to responsibly capture incremental market share of private companies generating between $5-$50 million in annual revenue. Prior to her career in banking, Camille was a performer and dance team choreographer for the National Basketball Association and head coach of the University of California - Davis dance team. Active in the community, she serves in a leadership capacity for several organizations committed to driving diverse, accessible and inclusive educational opportunities for students across the Bay Area. Camille resides in San Francisco and holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.

Marketing & Communications

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  • Lisa Stewart McKnight '82

    Lisa McKnight serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing, North America, Mattel, a role she has held since 2016. In this role, Lisa leads a global team focused on brand strategy, product development and marketing execution for Barbie. She has been instrumental in evolving the brand to make it more relevant and compelling to girls and parents around the world, leading to consistently improved retail sales and deeper consumer engagement.

    Lisa has spoken at many conferences, including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Fast Company Innovation Festival, WFA Global Marketer Conference, Most Contagious Summit, Brand Innovators and Bentonville Film Festival. She is also the 2016 recipient of AdWeek’s Brand Genius Award, and serves on the Boards of MAKERS Women and the Toy Industry Association Foundation.

    She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Bill and their two daughters.
  • Martina Suess '02

    A creative communications leader, Martina Suess has built a career around placing the spotlight on the agencies, brands and executives driving some of the biggest marketing transformations in the digital world. In her current role as Global Head of Marketing & Communications at iCrossing, a marketing agency that’s part of Hearst, Martina spends her time elevating awareness of the agency’s vision, work and extraordinary talent. Her specialty is in growing the reputations and share of voice for digital marketing companies through robust communications programs that encompass extensive thought leadership, digital and social media, public relations, events and partnerships and executive visibility for the agencies’ senior leaders and clients.

    Martina graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in English Literature. A San Francisco native, Martina currently resides in New York where she and her husband are constantly on the lookout for the next best restaurant.

Medicine & Health Services

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  • Erica Eshoo '91

    After graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a minor in Exercise Science, Erica knew she wanted to persue a career in health/wellness/medicine, yet wasn't quite sure what that would be. She first obtained a medical assistant certificate and worked in a private orthopedic office. It was there that she decided to go into nursing, so she opted to get her Masters in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse at the University of San Francisco. She is now a family nurse practitioner. "I have my dream job as an N.P. in orthopaedics at San Francisco General Hospital, where I have been a nurse since 2006, and in my current role as an NP since 2008," she says. She is a certified wound care nurse, with a subspecialty in diabetic wound care, and she treats and manages a challenging population stricken with mental illnesses, substance use, and marginal housing. 

Nonprofit & Philanthropy

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  • Stina Skewes-Cox Trainor '96

    Stina Skewes-Cox Trainor has a decade-plus experience in the public sector. She worked in the United States Congress for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) before joining the Obama administration as UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Protocol. Most recently she served as Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs at the New York City Department of Finance before joining the private sector in late 2019. She currently works at Facebook as Head of Policy Visits. In addition to her government experience, she has worked in philanthropy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Deputy Director in Global Policy and Advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s from UC Irvine and a master’s in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. Stina recently relocated back to the Bay Area with her husband, a high school social studies teacher, and their two small children.   

Science & Research

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  • Whitney Gaynor '96

    Whitney Gaynor is the co-founder and CEO of Sinovia Technologies. Sinovia is using traditional printing techniques to make screens for small electronics. Since founding the company, Whitney has raised over $2.5M in research grants from government agencies, taken Sinovia through the Y Combinator startup accelerator, formed commercial partnerships, and raised $8M in equity investment in anticipation of the company’s first product release in late 2019. She has also authored multiple scientific papers in her field that have been collectively cited over 950 times.

    Whitney holds an S.B. from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford in Materials Science and Engineering. She resides with her husband and son in Menlo Park.


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  • Shelley Bransten '82

    As the Corporate VP of Global Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods Industries at Microsoft, Shelley Bransten is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and accelerating growth for Microsoft and its customers in the Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. She works with internal and external partners, retailers, and brands around the world to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation, and help them reimagine their business in today’s competitive retail and branded manufacturing environment.

    Shelley joined Microsoft in August 2018 from Salesforce, where she was SVP of Retail and CPG Industry Solutions for four plus years. In this capacity, she managed the development and launch of transformative business solutions that addressed unique challenges facing the retail and consumer industries while aggressively influencing internal product development and M&A in this space.

    Her past experience includes nearly 16 years with Gap Inc., where she set the vision and execution of world-class Customer Relationship Management (CRM) programs for Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and Old Navy. As VP of Customer Relationship Management for the world’s largest specialty retailer, she oversaw development and implementation of the customer database and direct-to-customer marketing. She has also held corporate positions at Williams-Sonoma, Smith & Hawken, and Visa USA.

    Shelley earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Duke University, and master’s degree in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her two sons and black Labrador, Flash. Outside of work, you can find her cheering on her sons from the sidelines of soccer fields and basketball courts, enjoying Vinyasa yoga, and volunteering at local food kitchens and shelters.
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