Partners in Oakland Education/ Vincent Academy Board of Directors


Krystal Bowen

Krystal Bowen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP. As an experienced trial lawyer, Krystal focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation. In addition to her work in private practice, Krystal served for nearly six years as an assistant United States attorney for the Central and Northern Districts of California. As an assistant United States attorney, she gained substantial trial and appellate experience, having conducted several trials in federal court and oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a broad range of criminal matters, including white collar and other offenses. Krystal currently serves on the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a member of the Northern District of California Criminal Justice Act Panel.  In addition, Krystal previously served as a Director of the San Francisco Bar Association (where she served as a member of the Bar Association’s Finance Committee, and Chair of its Judiciary Committee). Krystal has a B.A. from Hofstra University and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  To reach Krystal Bowen please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Natalie Compagni Portis

Dr. Compagni Portis is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in public mental health and private practice since 1985. Ms. Portis works with adults, children and families dealing with trauma and loss, as well as with patients and their families dealing with cancer and other life threatening illness.  Ms. Portis has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley.  Ms. Portis is on the board of A Home Within, a national organization offering long term, pro bono psychotherapy for foster children. She coordinates the collaboration between the Wright Institute and A Home Within to train students to work effectively with children, their caregivers, and adults who are or have been in the foster care system.  She has worked locally and nationally on matters of health policy, including issues related to breast cancer, and she lectures and consults with regard to optimal patient care, and the patient perspective in treatment and research.  To reach Natalie Compagni Portis, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Betsy Crabtree

Betsy Crabtree is president of SF Arts Media LLC, a company that provides arts media, including a monthly publication, an arts calendar-based website and applications for the iPhone and Droid, as part of the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts’ Arts & Tourism program. Ms. Crabtree also serves as Board chair at Head-Royce School.  She is a long-time supporter of Oakland Fund for the Arts, a nonprofit that funds arts programs in Oakland public schools. She received a B.A. from New College in Sarasota, Florida. Ms. Crabtree serves as Secretary of the Board of Vincent Academy.  To reach Betsy Crabtree, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Jean Driscoll 

Jean Driscoll is an adjunct professor of economics at Holy Names University and the University of San Francisco School of Business and Professional Studies. Ms. Driscoll worked as a finance and strategy consultant for more than two decades, first at McKinsey and Co., and later in her own practice, which served business, public and nonprofit clients. Her consulting engagements ranged from advising major financial institutions, including Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, on the development of new products and market strategies for real estate lending and retail banking, to financing land conservation projects and developing financing techniques for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and other philanthropies. Ms. Driscoll has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. Ms. Driscoll is President of the Board of Vincent Academy. To reach Jean Driscoll please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Cathy Greenwold

Cathy Greenwold is Executive Vice President of TMG Partners, a real estate development company focused on urban infill projects in the San Francisco Bay area.  Ms. Greenwold has been responsible for expanding the company's portfolio through strategic acquisition of projects with particular emphasis on development opportunities and value enhancement. Ms. Greenwold has managed over $2.7 billion in project financing and development activity for TMG. She has over 35 years of real estate and finance experience, and is a member of the TMG's Investment Committee. Ms. Greenwold holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of California Los Angeles. She was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned a Masters of Science degree in Business.  To reach Cathy Greenwold, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Crystal Land

Crystal Land is the Interim Head of School at the Head-Royce School. Crystal has held a variety of positions at Head Royce, including Assistant Head/Academic Dean, Director of Admissions and English teacher.  She received her BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford in Education, and an MA in English from Middlebury College. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board of Independent Teacher, an on-line journal for independent school teachers, and works as a Lead Mentor for the East Bay College Fund.  Her professional interests include supporting teachers through mentoring and professional development and developing school programs that effectively engage student learners. She also writes regularly on educational topics.  To reach Crystal Land please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Gayle Quinn

Gayle Quinn has worked at the West Oakland Health Council for 39 years, and has served as the Director of Health Education there for 26 years. In addition to her work at WOHC, Ms. Quinn has served as assistant to three Alameda County Supervisors, and has been involved in the local faith-based community. Ms. Quinn earned a Master’s Degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Health Sciences from San Francisco State University. Ms. Quinn currently serves on the Advisory Board Member of the Allen Temple Robert C. Scott Wellness Center.  To reach Gayle Quinn, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Laura Robell

Laura Robell is currently the Principal of an Oakland charter high school, Envision Academy, and has over 15 years of teaching and leadership experience in the Bay Area.  Prior to her work at Envision, Ms. Robell was the Managing Director of Programs for New Leaders for New Schools in the Bay Area.   Previously, she taught English and journalism at San Lorenzo High School and was the principal at Elmhurst Community Prep (ECP), an Oakland Unified middle school. Ms. Robell joined ECP in its first year of operation as a founding administrator in 2006 as it converted from a large, comprehensive middle school into a small school and saw dramatic gains in student achievement. Ms. Robell holds a BA from Duke University and an MA in Education from Stanford and was a 2006 New Leaders resident.    To reach Laura Robell, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.

Maisha Wilson 

Maisha Wilson is a CPA with more than 17 years of experience in accounting, financial operations, strategic planning and analysis. Since 2009, Ms. Wilson has been vice president of finance at Cartridge World North America, a global retail organization. Earlier in her career, Ms. Wilson spent six years as vice president at Edison Learning, Inc., a charter school operator based in New York. She also has worked as a corporate controller and was a senior associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP.  Ms. Wilson has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Wilson is Treasurer of the Board of Vincent Academy.  To reach Maisha Wilson, please send an email to vaboard@vincentacademy.org.