Parker Leadership Team
KEVIN YALEY, Ph.D.
Head of School
Kevin Yaley, Ph.D., has served as Head of Francis Parker School since 2010, although he has held various leadership and teaching positions since joining the school in 2001. Prior to joining Parker, he taught history, ethics, and philosophy for a decade at the University of San Diego High School. He also coached cross country, track and field, and soccer.
Kevin chaired four California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) accreditation visits. He was a fellow of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Edward E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads and was awarded a fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership’s Heads of Schools Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also served on the CAIS Board of Standards from 2008 to 2016.
Kevin received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame, an additional master's degree from San Diego State University, and his doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. He recently received his executive coaching and leadership (IECL) certification. Kevin is the proud parent of three Parker graduates—Solia ’13, Indiana, ’16, and Ansel ’17.
PARKER LEADERSHIP TEAM
Prior to joining Parker, Erika Chapa was part of a founding team that helped develop Marin Preparatory School from an idea to a thriving independent school in San Francisco. She has held many roles, including Director of Enrollment Management, Director of Educational Technology, and Director of Summer Programs. She also served as the Spanish Language Director and taught 2nd grade, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Spanish.
Erika holds her master’s degree in Educational Administration/Leadership from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Heather came to Parker in 2000 and currently holds the position of Dr. Robert Gillingham Head of Lower School. Prior to joining Parker, she taught grades 6 to 8 in a public middle school near Seattle. She found her "home" at Parker in Grade 5 for 11 years before moving into other roles, including Math Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Head of Lower School. She has two children who are "lifers" at Parker, daughter Zoë '19, and son David '22.
Heather earned her B.S. in Environmental Education from Western Washington University, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington, and Preliminary Administrative Credential from National University. In December 2020 Heather will receive her Administrative Services Credential from SDSU.
Heather enjoys hiking in national parks with her family, photography, swimming laps, traveling, cooking and reading.
Megan Storey Hallam currently holds the position of Head of Student Success and Wellness in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Prior to joining Parker, she was the Director of Student Support at Leman Manhattan. Previously, Megan held leadership roles in School Psychology and Student Support at various international schools. Her background also includes several years of experience as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Public Health.
Megan earned her doctorate degree in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership and her education specialist degree in School Psychology from College of W&M. In her spare time, Megan enjoys yoga, running, sailing, and traveling with family.
Shara came to Parker in 2013 as the Head of Advancement. In July 2020, she assumed the role of Assistant Head of School for External Relations. Prior to joining Parker, she was the Senior Director of Development and Stewardship for Fordham Law School. Previously, Shara was a Major Gifts Officer for Cornell University and prior to Cornell, she was Director of Major Gifts at The Chapin School in New York City.
Shara serves at the Chair of the CASE School Advancement Institute and on the CASE VII Cabinet Board.
Shara received a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University and an M.S. in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College. She enjoys traveling and is an avid reader.
Mahina Hannemann-Gago D.Ed. CMAA, joined Parker in the Summer of 2023 and currently holds the position of Director of Athletics. Prior to joining Parker, she was the Associate Athletic Director at The Kamehameha Schools-Maui for seven years. Previously, Mahina held administrative roles in education administration at KSM and Quest Preparatory Academy.
Mahina earned her doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She received her MA in Higher Education Policy & Administration from Dakota Wesleyan University and a BS in Exercise & Sports Science from Brigham Young University-Hawai'i. She also holds a Certified Master Athletic Administrator distinction from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. She is also a current member of the American Samoa Women's Basketball team.
Allison joined Parker as Head of Marketing and Communications in the summer of 2023. She relocated to San Diego from Monterey, CA, where she was the Director of Digital Communications for Stevenson School. Allison holds a Design Communication Arts certificate from UCLA, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the College of the Holy Cross. She has worked in education for 15 years, many of which were spent in the classroom teaching student publications alongside her administrative duties and coaching rowing, basketball, and volleyball.
Mike Rinehart rejoined Francis Parker School in 2023 as Head of Operations. Immediately prior to his return, Mike was Chief Financial Officer at Ezoic Inc., a global technology company whose AI powered platform helps more than 10,000 digital publishers improve the performance of their websites. From 2016 to 2021, Mike was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Avalara, Inc., a global provider of software solutions for sales tax automation. From 2011 to 2016, Mike was Head of Finance and Operations at Francis Parker School. Earlier in his career, Mike held various financial and operations positions at several technology companies. Mike received a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and volunteering.
Frederic came to Parker in 2021 and currently holds the position of Director of Instructional Technology and Information Systems. He has worked in independent schools for almost 20 years on both East and West coasts. Frederic attended University of Paris XII (France) and he holds a master's degree in Philosophy of Science.
Ben Temple came to Parker in 2021 and currently holds the position of Head of Upper School. Prior to joining Parker, Ben was the Head of Upper School at the Collegiate School in New York since 2015, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Upper School program and supervised 225 students, more than 50 faculty, and eight department heads.
Ben is an accomplished educational leader with 18 years of teaching and administrative roles in independent schools across the country, including The Blake School in Minneapolis, Global Online Academy in Seattle, Westtown School in West Chester, Pa., and Tatnall School in Wilmington, De. He is a champion of gender diversity work and an advocate for students and faculty of color.
Ben and his wife, Erika, are parents of three Parker students — Austen, Class of 2025, Olivia, Class of 2028, and Sam, Class of 2032.