Family Association

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, P’25, FLC Co-President
Moraga, CA
Shari is the mother of  Jess Simon-Parker ’22 and Ali Simon-Paker ’25. 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, and their many pets, which include chickens, dogs, cats, and a gecko.

 

Jamie Rhodes P’22, FLC Co-President
La Jolla, CA

Arman Ariane P’23
Claremont, CA

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Mojgan “Morgan” Ariane P’23
Claremont, CA

Susie Balch Longboy P’23
London, England

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.

Catherine Brown P’20
Little Falls, NJ

Rosalie Gutierrez Ledesma P’24
San Jose, CA

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.

Arnold Longboy P’23
London, England

Caroline Moassessi P’20

Caroline Moassessi P’20
Reno, NV
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.

Tania Pantoja P’18, P’24
Upland, CA

Tania is the mother of Emilio ‛24 and Elijah ‛18. A first-generation college student, she graduated from Pomona College with a BA in sociology. Two months after graduation, Tania embarked on a life-long career in education when she stepped into the classroom as a teacher in East L.A. As the family moved across the country and back, she remained committed to the field of education as an academic advisor at both the University of Connecticut and Arizona State University, and as the executive assistant for planning and management and director in the office of the vice president for academic affairs at Pomona College. Tania “retired” for several years, spending time with family, practicing surf photography, and serving on the board of House of Ruth. She recently joined the advancement team at Cal State San Bernardino. She looks forward to connecting with fellow Pitzer families and enjoys all things Sagehen.

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
Danville, CA

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
Danville, CA
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.