Board of Directors

Christina Hsu

Christina Hsu is the PlayThrive Board President and a PlayThrive parent. She has a background in strategy and management consulting and currently works in the BioPharma industry. Christina is passionate about PlayThrive’s whole child educational approach that combines social emotional learning and S.T.E.A.M. education within a Mandarin immersion environment. 

Kathi Black

Kathi Black serves as our PlayThrive secretary. Kathi worked in higher education for two decades but now uses her legal background in tech policy. A passionate supporter of education and organizations that support children and parents, Kathi volunteered as a mentor with at-risk girls in a San Francisco group home for two years, volunteered for a large parent support organization in San Francisco for one year, and was elected to the policy board for University of San Francisco’s faculty union for two years. She’s thrilled to support the high quality bilingual education mission of PlayThrive.

Thilo Hanemann

Thilo is serving as Treasurer of PlayThrive. He is a resident of Redwood City and a Mandarin Immersion parent. When he is not crunching numbers for Playthrive, Thilo co-manages a globally operating research partnership and works with various think tanks and policy-focused non-profits.

Rodney Leach

Rodney is a proud Playthrive and Mandarin Immersion parent and an architect with 18 years of experience in planning, design and construction. He is passionate about PlayThrive’s hands-on approach to learning and exploring the world around us. Rodney has a transitional kindergartener who attends Orion and PlayThrive. His family moved to Redwood City in 2020 specifically for the MI program.

Loren Cheung

Loren joins the PlayThrive board as a parent of a 4rd grader and a kindergartener.  He is passionate about PlayThrive’s bilingual education, social-emotional learning, and whole-child approach to education.  He is deeply devoted to social outreach and community building and hopes to expand the cultural enrichment opportunities at PlayThrive.

Hana Ma

Hana is a parent of a 2nd grader who is in PlayThrive and Orion Mandarin Immersion, and is honored to support PlayThrive as a board member through her experience in education policy, philanthropy, and non-profits. She grew up in Taiwan and San Jose and speaks Mandarin, French, and English. Hana is passionate about equitable access to multilingual education and supporting families to partner with educators to ensure that their children experience joyful learning and thrive. 

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