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
Shari Simon P’22, P'25, FLC Co-President
Shari Simon is the mother of Jess Simon-Parker ’22 and Ali Simon-Parker ’25. Shari learned about the FLC during a 2018 Pitzer Summer Welcome Event; that autumn she joined the Council and has been an active member ever since. She loves reaching out to new families and welcoming them to Pitzer. The excitement and energy are palpable. Meeting these same families six months later at Family Weekend (face to face or via Zoom) has been so rewarding. Making life-long friends — ones that she looks forward to seeing and spending time with wasn’t expected, but it’s been an added benefit to her involvement.
Shari’s appreciation for all that Pitzer represents has grown exponentially since becoming a member of the FLC. “Being on the FLC isn’t about going to college with your child. Rather, it’s an opportunity to be a part of a forward-thinking, intellectual, and socially responsible community that is guided by its core principles. It’s been fun and energizing to be involved in this way.”
Shari lives in Moraga, Ca with her husband, Dave Parker, their youngest daughter, Ali, and their many pets (dogs, cats, chickens, and a gecko). Shari spent the early part of her career at Oracle Corporation in sales and marketing. For the past decade, she has focused on ed. tech and educational services organizations, most recently founding a small start-up, Next Move, that delivers curriculum and content to help people figure out what they want to do next and get where they want to go.
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.
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.
Caroline Moassessi P’20
Caroline Moassessi is the parent of a Class of 2020 graduate and serves on the Family Leadership Council (FLC) as Chair of the Communications and Fundraising Committee and Past Co-Chair of the FLC; her experience at Pitzer College inspired a commitment to volunteering her time after her son graduated. After attending her son’s freshman year Family Weekend, her family discovered Pitzer’s pillars and ethos first-hand. Each year as she engaged with Pitzer students during on-campus events, but her passion exploded as she learned about study abroad experiences as she listened to intelligent yet compassionate conversations from students who excitedly shared stories about their classes and activities.
Programs like Inside Out and how Pitzer College supports students committed to making an impact are priceless to Caroline. She and her family consider themselves life-long members of the Pitzer Family and hope to continue their service to Pitzer college for years to come.
Caroline is a food allergy and asthma advocate who wears two hats. She works with a national food allergy advocacy organization to expand community relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Wearing her second hat, she amplifies the voice and research of the national academic food allergy and asthma research center to provide equitable information and support to communities and advocates impacting policy.
She lives in Reno, NV with her husband, Kurosh, high school senior Leila, and their high-energy Ausssiedoodle named Cooper. Caroline’s background started in Hospitality, which included traveling the globe as a trainer which was the perfect work for a life-long foodie who enjoys learning about new cultures.
Linda Quan P’22
South Pasadena, CA
Parent of First Gen student-athlete Madison Quan PZ’22, Linda serves on the Family Leadership Council (FLC) as Chair of the Events and Volunteer Committee.
It was summer 2018 where Linda’s involvement interest took shape after her daughter’s commitment to Pitzer College at the end of her junior year in high school. The personal Welcome to Pitzer phone call from then Council Co-President David Good P’20, participation at the regional Summer Welcome event hosted by an upper classmen’s home, and her impromptu drop-in at the Leadership Council’s open meeting during the freshman year Family Weekend are a few Pitzer experiences which inspired a commitment by Linda to further engage with the Pitzer community. Initially a volunteer, Linda also served as an Ambassador and her full commitment solidified with the Leadership Council. A path forward with the institution’s mission, core values, academic excellence, and reputation, the rewards included an enthusiastic camaraderie exuding profound purpose and undeniable inclusivity remain incalculable. Dropping in on a class, the thought-provoking lectures with the sophisticated and brilliant professor’s engaging discussions with the eager students left such an impression. Linda excites that her family will be life-long community members and will enthusiastically be of service to Pitzer College going forward.
Since 2007, Linda Quan has worked in public service at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, the most populous and diverse judicial district in the country with five divisions. She began as a judicial assistant to a federal judge and her career has now spanned to serving on her 10th year as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Officer/Clerk of Court. She assists with ensuring administrative and operational needs are effectively and efficiently met and supporting the 24 active and recalled judges along with the Clerk’s national and circuit-level committee commitments. A former member of the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants, Linda has been a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks since 2014 and recently served as a registration committee co-chair and gift planning committee member for an anticipated national conference attendance of 700-750 clerks. Within the Court, she was a member of the Judiciary Workforce of the Future Subcommittee as part of its Strategic Planning Initiative and a member of the Strategic Planning Council (SPC). Currently, Linda was selected to be involved with the Court’s SPC Center of Excellence on website enhancement.
A volunteer support staff member for high school/pre-collegiate basketball programs and the Special Olympics Summer Games, Linda plans to return to academics one day to obtain her undergraduate degree. She enjoys being a sports spectator, especially girls’/women’s basketball and pro football. Linda delights in new adventures, makes family time anew, plays golf again, and still just loves Pitzer orange.
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.
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.