Being a grandparent is one of life's most rewarding pleasures and, therefore, it is with much enthusiasm that we invite you to join the Grandparents' Council. The Council was established in 2015 as a way to invite grandparents depper into the Burke’s community.
The purpose of the council will be to give current grandparents and special friends the opportunity to meet a couple of times a year with your granddaughter's teachers and Head of School Michele Williams, as well as have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the experiences that our grandchildren are enjoying as a member of the Burke's family. This will allow you to witness first-hand Burke's mission in action, as the school continues to educate, encourage, and empower our girls. We may also have the opportunity to become involved in other activities ranging from assisting with events to helping arrange special outings/speakers, etc. Lots of ideas to consider!
With that in mind, we would like to offer you a fun way to be involved in your granddaughter's academic experience by inviting you to become a member of the Grandparents' Council. If you would like to learn more about volunteering on the Grandparents' Council or have any questions, please contact Selena Shadle, Advancement Director, at 415-751-0177, extension 204, or
We look forward to seeing you this year!

Christina Norman, Co-Chair
Barbara Sklar, Co-Chair
Tom Perkins, Co-Chair

Recent News Articles for Grandparents

List of 3 news stories.

  • Mary (left), with Michele Williams (center), and Christina Norman (GPC vice-chair)

    A Special Farewell from Mary Robinson, Grandparents' Council Founding Co-Chair

    Three years ago a few of us were having lunch and thinking aloud of ways that we could become more involved with our grandchildren, specifically our granddaughters who were attending Burke’s. “Why not form a group of grandparents, open to all, that would be more engaged in on-campus activities?” And so, the first Grandparents' Council was created. Barbara Sklar gamely agreed to be my co-chair and Christina Norman Vice-Chair. (Somehow having titles seemed important at the time.)
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  • Faculty Profile: Quise Edwards

    Quise Edwards joined Burke’s in 2017 as the Director of Inclusivity and Community Building. She hit the ground running and her contributions to the culture and community at Burke’s were felt immediately. As a product of K-12 independent schools, Quise has a unique perspective on the amazing opportunities these institutions create for their students, while also being able to speak to the challenges some families can face in the independent school community.
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  • Grandparent Profile: Tom Perkins

    Watching our grandchildren grow up has been a great joy for my wife, JaMel, and me. We are especially lucky to be living across the street from Julia (’22) and Will (Town ’20). We have been greatly impressed with the education that Julia and Will have been getting and how much they love their schools.
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Grandparent Suggestion Box

Grandparents' Council Members

Christina Norman, Co-Chair
Barbara Sklar, Co-Chair
Tom Perkins, Co-Chair

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Thomas Allen
Victoria Barkan
Susan Boeing
Rosemary Booth
Sylvia Bunshoft
Philipa Caldwell
Barbara Callander
Bob Caulfield
Anne Coglianese
Joe Coglianese
Suzy Diamond
Dagmar Dolby
Sandy Feldman
Ivana Ferreira
Doris Fisher '49
Vicki Fleishhacker '60
Trish Flint
Helen Galvin
Susan Gantner
Ellen Griffin
Cherrie Harden
Gary Harden
Jane Hartley
Stephen Jasik
Stefania Jha
Rick Jones
Julie Jospe
Neelie Kroes
Martha Kropf
Doris Linnenbach
Susan Lynn
Mary Ann Margaretten
Bobbie McClanahan
Bailey Meyer
Heidi Perez
Mary Robertson
Helen Schwab
Judy Sheldon
Linda Smith
Clarke Swanson
Elizabeth Swanson
Bonnie Trexler
Terry Trexler
Kathleen Van Boven
Mary Ann Walker
Katie Webb
Gail Whelan
Dede Wilsey
Peg Wyant
Jack Wyant
Cynthia Zinober
Pete Zinober
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.


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