Leadership

Erika Assadi, Executive Director

Erika came to Parker in 2018 and currently holds the role of Horizons Executive Director and Director of Summer and Extended Day Programs. Prior to joining Parker, Erika was part of a founding team that helped develop an idea to a thriving independent school in San Francisco. She has held various roles including Director of Enrollment Management/Admissions, Director of Educational Technology and Communications, and Director of Summer Programs. She also served as the Spanish Language Director and taught Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 2, technology, and Spanish JK-Grade 7.

Erika holds her master’s degree in Educational Administration/Leadership from Concordia University and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Tyler. 

Erika is also a former competitive dancer and has been teaching lower to high school students various styles of dance for over 15 years. A self-professed “travel junkie,” Erika has a goal to visit at least two new countries per year.


Suzanne Barrow, Associate Director of Summer and Extended Day Programs

Suzanne Barrow Associate Director of Summer and Extended Day Programs

Suzanne Barrow brings over twenty years of independent school experience to Parker. Most recently, she served for the past eight years as the Associate Head and Dean of Students for the Carmel Campus at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach and Carmel, California. While the administrative role is a perfect fit, Suzanne truly delights in spending time with students of all ages.

Her past teaching experience includes kindergarten, grade 4, middle school and high school English, and serving as the athletic director. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys the coaching arena. From competitive cheerleading to field and court sports, Suzanne holds coaching dear to her heart. While at Stevenson, she developed a thriving after school program for the elementary and middle school divisions focusing on academic enrichment, the arts, service learning, health and fitness, and social/emotional development.


Interim Board

  • Anthony Thomas – Athletic Director
  • Carin Canale-Theakston – Community and Board Member
  • Carrie Dilmore – US Interim Head of School
  • Chris Sanders – Director of Admissions
  • Christen Tedrow-Harrison – Director of DEIB
  • Christine Hickman – Community Member
  • Dan Lang – MS Head of School
  • Erika Assadi – Director of Summer and Extended Day
  • Heather Gray – LS Head of School
  • Jeremy Hirst – Community Member
  • Joy Urtnowski – JK Parker Teacher
  • Karen Silberman – Community Member
  • Katharine Wardle – Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations
  • Kevin Yaley – Head of School
  • Lori Biggs – Head of Communications
  • Mary Taylor – Community and Board Member
  • Mike Cain – Director of Security, Environmental Health, and Safety
  • Shara Freeman Hoefel – Assistant Head of School for External Relations