The MSAF Executive Committee
Scott Warner, Immediate Past President
Scott D. Warner is an internationally recognized hydro-geologist and environmental consultant who grew up in the southern California suburb of Downey taking guitar lessons from the same teacher who also taught the famous brother/sister duo of Richard and Karen Carpenter (aka The Carpenters). Warner received his MS and BS degrees in Geology from Indiana University and UCLA, respectively, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, in a live interview on WABC Radio in Adelaide, Australia and in a technical book on environmental clean-up by Oxford University Press. He is President of the Board of the Bay Planning Coalition, a large non-profit membership-based organization whose primary purpose is to ensure that the Bay and Delta are sustained, and enable sound economic development, conservation and public use. Complimenting his professional work, Warner loves teaching (and playing) his 12-string guitar. He has guest lectured at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Ferrara, Italy, the University of Sheffield, UK, and in several Marin County public schools. Mr. Warner has lived in Novato for nearly 20 years with his wife Susan and two daughters, both students of MSA. His eldest studied Instrumental Music, Creative Writing, and Cinematic Arts and graduated in 2014, and the other currently studies Vocal Music and Fine Arts and is set to graduate in 2018.
Don Bialkin, Director
Don Bialkin has been in the real estate mortgage field for 28 years and is currently a senior loan officer with Argent Bank. Active in many community organizations throughout the years, Mr. Bialkin has served on school PTA boards since his children started elementary school. In addition to his affinity with numbers, Mr. Bialkin has long enjoyed being involved with the arts and enjoys using the creative side of his brain. He strongly believes in the benefit that all of the arts bring to young students. For six years, he and his wife put on the talent show at their children’s elementary school, which became a very large production. They saw how important and special it was for children to have an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience, as many have gone on to continue performing.
Mr. Bialkin lives in Novato with his wife and two daughters; his eldest graduated from NHS in 2014, studying in the MSA Dance Department and the other currently in MSA’s Vocal Music Department set to graduate in 2017.
Lisa DiLauro, Director
Lisa DiLauro is the Director of Training and Development at Akamai Technologies and is responsible for the design & delivery of training and education programs associated with Akamai Technologies’ products and services to support the business’s objectives in driving growth through increased productivity. Ms. DiLauro has tenured experience in training and development, client management, and communications, to drive the implementation and delivery of global training and learning programs to maximize sales performance, client satisfaction, and revenue.
Ms. DiLauro has served as a member of the Marin School of the Arts Foundation board for the past two years. Her son, Ryan, is currently in his fourth year Cinematic Arts and is looking to pursue a career in this field after graduation. Ms. DiLauro lives in Novato with her husband Steve, four teenagers Ryan, Sydney, Joe, Amie and their rescued greyhound Bebe. She is a Raiders fan, “attempts” golf, and loves to spend time in Lake Tahoe with family and friends.
Sarah Finegold, Director
Sarah Finegold graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. Upon graduation, she started working in the Investment Banking and Stock Trading industry. She worked on the Options Trading Floor of the Pacific Stock Exchange for three years before becoming an Institutional Equity Trader/Market Maker for Montgomery Securities/Bank of America Securities. She left the industry to become a stay-at-home mom to her three children and has filled numerous treasurer and auditor positions on different PTA Boards for the past 12 years. She presently works as an office manager and auditor’s assistant at Bunker & Company, LLC, which specializes in audits for non-profit entities.
Ms. Finegold presently has a daughter in MSA’s Instrumental Music Department, whose siblings hope to join MSA in the future. Arts are in her heart.
Leigh Nikolaieff, Director
Leigh Nikolaieff is Head of People Success at Serena & Lily, Inc. based in Sausalito. She has over 24 years of Human Resources experience in both large and small companies. Ms. Nikolaieff brings multi-channel specialty retail, creative/visual effects and internet/web solutions industry knowledge to her position at Serena & Lily. Her prior experience includes leadership HR roles at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd. and LiveBooks, Inc.
Prior to joining the MSAF Board, Ms. Nikolaieff served a two-year term on the Novato High School Site Leadership Team. She has been an involved Brandeis Marin School parent volunteer for 12 years. Ms. Nikolaieff also held the position of Co-President of the Parent Association for the Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center – Early Childhood Education Preschool as well as held numerous volunteer roles over the course of her kids’ preschool years.
Ms. Nikolaieff also serves as a volunteer Employer Supervisor for the San Francisco/Marin Jewish Family and Children Services’ Youth First Summer Internship Program. She has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Art History from San Francisco State University. She lives in Novato with her husband, Greg and their two teenage sons, Reid and Simon. Reid, class of 2017, is in the MSA/NHS Product Design and Photography programs. Simon is part of the incoming class of 2020 MSA/NHS (auditioning for Vocal Music and Product Design programs).