The mission of the Pitzer College Family Association is to serve and engage the community by fostering relationships between families and the College, support in developing engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world, and initiate and lead programs that further the advancement of the College.
All parents of current students and alumni at Pitzer College are considered members of the Family Association.
View the past presidents of the Family Association.
Family Leadership Council
The Family Leadership Council (FLC) serves as the leadership and representative volunteer organization for the Pitzer College Family Association, which is directed by the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement.
The mission of the Family Leadership Council is to uphold the core values of Pitzer College through organized family outreach. As family ambassadors, the Family Leadership Council assists the Alumni & Family Engagement office with the design and implementation of programs to engage families and cultivate support for the College.
Family Leadership Council Members: 2020–21
(list all Family Leadership Council members which is available on this link https://www.pitzer.edu/parents/parent-leadership-council-members/)
Shari Simon P’22, FLC Co-President
Shari is the mother of Jessalyn “Jess” Simon-Parker ’22. A first-generation college student, Shari graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA and an MA in rhetoric & organizational communication. She moved to the Bay Area in 1987 and landed her first job at Oracle Corporation, where she rose from an entry-level sales position to become a senior marketing and business development executive, leading global initiatives for the company. For the past decade, Shari has concentrated her efforts on three key areas: leadership development; K-12 education, and learning theory & application. In line with these interests, she served on the board of directors for Scientific Learning, was a trustee and president of her local K-8 public school district and served on the board of Glass Lab Games. Most recently, she launched a start-up, Next Move, that supports and teaches young adults how to successfully transition from school to the working world. Shari lives with her husband, Dave Parker, their youngest daughter, Ali (10th grade), and their many pets, which include chickens, dogs, cats, and a gecko.
Jamie Rhodes P’22, FLC Co-President
La Jolla, CA
Caroline Moassessi P’20, FLC Immediate Past President
Caroline is the founder of Gratefulfoodie, an international food allergy and asthma blogsite. Through her passion to raise awareness and advocate for these two life-threatening conditions, she has been honored to pass legislation in Nevada, create school policy, and support local healthcare professionals. Caroline served as an officer on the American Lung Association Southwest and advocates for clean air and lung health. She received her BS in hotel and restaurant management from Golden Gate University and has traveled the globe as a hotel software trainer. Her husband Kurosh Moassessi P’20, and her daughter, Leila, a high school freshman, love to cook together and enjoy when Cyrus Moassessi ’20 is home to dazzle everyone with his bread baking.
Arman Ariane P’23
Mojgan “Morgan” Ariane P’23
Susie Balch Longboy P’23
Susie is the mother of Theo Isabella Longboy ’23 and the associate dean for advancement at London Business School (LBS), where she is responsible for alumni engagement and fundraising programs and leading the school’s upcoming £250 million campaign. Before joining LBS, Susie worked for 20 years on all aspects of institutional advancement with a range of educational institutions in the US, including Harvard Law School, Hamilton College, Middlesex School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, and the Chicago Waldorf School. Susie received her BA in political science from Hamilton College and a certificate from the Accelerated Development Program at LBS. She is on the Advisory Council of the British Museum Friends and serves on the Parents’ Council for Davidson College in North Carolina, where she and her husband, fellow council member Arnold Longboy, have a son who is a senior. Susie and her family moved to the UK fifteen years ago from Chicago.
Thomas Bidell P’20
Tom is the father of Kai Bidell ’19 and Denver University student Zoe Bidell. He received his BA in education and MA in special education from the University of New Mexico and taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools during the ’70s. Subsequently, he received his doctoral degree in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and began teaching in the human development and counseling program at Boston College. His publications focus on the development of thinking and reasoning skills across the lifespan, children’s construction of concepts, the social context of cognitive development, and the role of human agency in the development of knowledge. He is co-editor of the Chicago Companion to the Child and was recently elected to the board of directors of the Jean Piaget Society, a professional society devoted to the study of cognitive development. Tom served for ten years on the board of trustees of his children’s grade school. He enjoys scuba diving and is a passionate tennis player. Currently, he works with his wife and fellow PLC member, Jill Weller Nelson, managing their family’s commercial real estate business.
Catherine Brown P’20
Little Falls, NJ
Syed Zaeem “Z” Hosain P’22
San Jose, CA
Syed Zaeem, who goes by “Z”, is the father of Shay Lari-Hosain ’22 and spouse of fellow PLC member Raeena Lari P’22. He is the chief technical officer and founder of Aeris Communications, a global leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. He is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris’ technology strategy, having joined the company in 1996 as vice president of engineering, and is a member of the founding executive team. He has more than 40 years of experience in the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design, and technical management. Z has been awarded more than 15 patents in the areas of cellular communications and IoT technologies. Prior to Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National, and ESS Technology. He is chairman of the International Forum on
ANSI‐41 Standards Technology and chairman emeritus of the IoT M2M Council. He holds a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT.
Raeena Lari P’22
San Jose, CA
Raeena, the parent of Shay Lari-Hosain ’22, is a former economist who received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was born in Oxford, England, and moved to Karachi, Pakistan, as a young child. After attending college in the US, Raeena returned to Pakistan to work at the largest development finance institution in the country. There, she evaluated the economic viability of projects in diverse sectors and oversaw major national research studies. She met her spouse and fellow Pitzer PLC member, Syed Zaeem “Z” Hosain, in Karachi, and moved to the Bay Area after their marriage. She is currently serving on Santa Clara County’s Health Advisory Commission. She has volunteered at Stratford Elementary School and The Harker School, Shay’s alma maters. Her major passions are raising awareness about Pakistan and Lyme disease. She is on the board of the Society for the Preservation of Heritage of Pakistan, founded by her parents, Suhail Lari, an acclaimed author, and Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan’s first female architect. Raeena likes to spend time in both the Bay Area and Karachi and is a devout citizen of both places.
Jack LeVier P’20
Jack, father of Jack LeVier ’20, is the vice president of human resources for PACCAR Inc., a global maker of Peterbilt, Kenworth, and DAF trucks. Jack has human resources experience with Huffington Inc., PepsiCo, Pizza Hut corporate, and Yum! Brands. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in business education and an MA in labor relations and received an MBA from the University of Houston. During his more-than-25 years as an HR leader, Jack has led departments in the US, Indonesia, Nigeria, China, The Netherlands, U.K., Brazil, and Mexico. He has a passion for cross-cultural people development in areas like recruiting, training, ethics, diversity, and employee engagement. He serves on the board of the Paul Pigott Scholarship Foundation, has been a member of the Conference Board’s Employee Benefits Council, and has served on the board of the American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services region.
Arnold Longboy P’23
Jill Nelson P’20
Jill is a former lawyer and social justice activist who received a BA and JD from Stanford University. She worked as a vista volunteer for San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance, focusing on organizing and litigating on behalf of public housing tenants citywide. She then became the executive director of the Boston-based National Jobs with Peace Campaign, a multi-racial, multi-class, grassroots organizing group that coordinating campaigns with an agenda to reduce military spending and fund human needs and the environment. Jill met and married Thomas Bidell, a fellow PLC member, in Boston where their two children, Zoe and Kai, were born. Kai Bidell ’19 is a junior at Pitzer. Jill and Tom now live in Denver, Colorado, and manage multiple family investment properties.
Linda Quan P’22
South Pasadena, CA
Megan Swezey Fogarty P’22
Palo Alto, CA
Megan, the parent of Michaela Fogarty ’22, serves as associate vice president for community development at Stanford University, working to deepen institutional engagement in the community. Previously she served as deputy executive director of Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, the hub of a university-wide initiative to make service a distinctive feature of a Stanford education. For 30 years, Megan has worked with nonprofit and higher education programs that involve young people in service, including helping to launch AmeriCorps in California. She has also held positions with the California Legislature and the City of Palo Alto, and she’s been involved in many community organizations, including First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, Foundation for a College Education, and the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto. Megan received her BA from Stanford University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and her MPA from Notre Dame de Namur University.
Carl Taibl P’21
Carl, the father of Pitzer student Carl Taibl ’21 and spouse of fellow PLC member Pat Taibl P’21, Carl works for Community Initiatives as CFO Chief Financial Officer. He grew up in Chicago and holds an MBA with honors from Northwestern and a BS in accounting from Northern Illinois University.
Pat Taibl P’21
Pat is the mother of Pitzer student Carl Taibl ’21. She met and married her husband, fellow PLC member Carl Taibl P’21, in Chicago. While in nursing school at Loyola (Chicago), she worked at Wrigley Field and has passed on her fondness for this special ballpark to her son, Carl, by attending Spring Training for 13 consecutive years. Pat continues to be a licensed RN in both California and Illinois. Currently, she lives in Danville, CA, with her husband and spends her empty-nest days walking the family’s recently adopted rescue German Shepherd.
Julia Weber P’23
San Francisco, CA
Julia (she, her, hers pronouns) is the mother of Zachary Fineberg ’23. She is a consultant, speaker, trainer, and Implementation Director at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Julia has worked nationally on drafting, advocating for, and implementing policies to decrease violence, prevent bias, and improve access to justice for families. Also an attorney, social worker, and mediator, Julia teaches Domestic Violence Law at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and presents regularly to courts, social service providers, and legal professionals on a wide range of issues including providing trauma-informed services, effective interventions addressing intimate partner violence, and the use of technology in family law matters. Julia recently spent 18 months working with San Francisco’s colleges and universities in developing and implementing policies on sexual assault on campus and has previously taught courses on race, gender and law and women’s studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her BA, JD, and MSW. When we can gather together in theaters, Julia enjoys telling autobiographical stories on stage with Solo Performance Workshop and teaching professionals how to incorporate drawing into their work. She loves sketch-noting and exploring the world with Zachary and his dad, her spouse, Charlie Fineberg.