Board of Directors
ANNIE NOONAN, ESQ. | PRESIDENT
Annie Noonan is a Co-Founder of Avalon. Annie was awarded an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Westminster School of Law in London, England in 1981. She graduated as a Barrister-at-Law from the Inns of Court School of Law the following year and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 1982. After relocating to California, she worked for six years in the Employment Law Department of a large San Francisco law firm. She passed the California Bar Examination and was admitted to practice in June 1991. Practicing for several years at two San Francisco law firms, Annie advised employers on a wide variety of employment matters. She represented employers in litigation and authored several legal articles. Annie was Vice-Chair in 1993 and Chair in 1994 of The Labor and Employment Law Committee of the Barristers Club of San Francisco. In 1995, she was certified by the Human Resources Management Program at San Francisco State University. Annie is a member of the Board of The Community Alliance for Special Education, a non-profit advocacy organization based in San Francisco. Annie has two children, a boy and a girl. Her son, who has had cerebral palsy since an illness at 14 months, inspired her vision of this brand new school so that he, and children like him, would have the opportunity to excel and be happy and productive in a fully supportive environment.
LYNETTE MULLENS, M.D., PH.D. | CHAIR
Lynette Mullens is a Co-Founder of Avalon. Lynette qualified as an M.D. with Honours from the University of London, England, in 1987. She was awarded a Ph.D. from the same university in 1993 and subsequently joined the headquarters of GlaxoWellcome, a major multinational pharmaceutical company. Lynette specialized in clinical research and development of drugs for the treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. She was the principal physician on the international team responsible for the development of the antiepileptic drug Lamictal in both the U.S. and Europe . This drug is commonly used for the treatment of seizures associated with conditions such as cerebral palsy in both children and adults. After moving to California in 1999, Lynette worked for a start-up company which collaborated with non-profit organizations to provide patients with online access to clinical trials. This experience inspired her to contemplate a new venture aimed at enhancing the lives of children who have cerebral palsy. Lynette has three children, the eldest of whom has cerebral palsy.
WILLIAM (“BILL”) H. WOLF, JR., M.B.A., TREASURER
Bill Wolf is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lobo Leasing a specialized aircraft financing company focused on leasing commercial helicopters to U.S. and international rotorcraft operators. Bill graduated in 1987 from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Economics. Prior to business school, Bill was a financial Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1991 with a Master’s in Business Administration, Bill was an investment banker and financial advisor. From 1991 to 2004, Bill was in positions of increasing responsibility at Goldman, Sachs & Co., retiring in 2004 as a Managing Director of the Investment Banking Division and Head of the U.S. Retail Industry Practice. Subsequently, he became a Managing Director and Global Sector Head for the Retail and Distribution Industries at HSBC and later joined Credit Suisse as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Americas Retail Group. Bill left investment banking in 2008 and entered private practice, where he invested on behalf of a family office based in Austin, Texas in service, energy, retail, aviation and financial private companies. In this connection Bill and members of his family have formed Wolf Partners and Lobo Leasing to invest in and arrange financing for private companies in the energy, aviation, and financial services among other sectors.
ANN WILSON GREEN, J.D., SECRETARY
Ann Wilson Green earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1983. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1986. Upon graduating, she began practicing law with the firm of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold (now Sedgwick) in New York City where she specialized in medical device and pharmaceutical products liability litigation. During that time, she was also actively involved in the New York City Bar Association’s Special Committee on Legal Issues Effecting People with Disabilities. As part of that committee work, she prepared comments on the draft legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ann transferred to Sedgwick’s San Francisco office in 1991 where she was promoted to partner. In 1998, Ann retired to explore other pursuits. Interested in continuing her work with people with disabilities, she worked as an aide to a freshman student at Stanford University who has cerebral palsy. In 2014, Ann earned a Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree from Stanford University. She is currently serving on the Alumni Advisory Board for Stanford's MLA program. She is also pursuing a PhD in English from Claremont Graduate University. She is married and has two children.
KINGA E. CZEGENI, M.A.SP.ED., CABMP
Kinga Czegeni is a Co-Founder of Avalon. Kinga holds an M.A. in Special Education (with an emphasis in Physical and Health Impairments) as well as a California teaching credential. She is also a Lecturer at San Francisco State University where she teaches a graduate course in the Special Education Department on the Implications and Management of Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments. Kinga entered the field of special education at the International Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated with High Honors in 1996 with a degree in elementary education majoring in special education of motor-disabled children. Kinga was recruited to California in 1997 where she contributed to the establishment of two programs for children with cerebral palsy. Prior to Avalon, Kinga had been the Director of Step by Step CEC in Millbrae for 7 years. Kinga is a certified practitioner in the Anat Baniel Method®. She is a graduate of the Mastery Program which encompasses children with special needs. Kinga has an extensive private practice dedicated to children and teenagers with special needs.
RUSSELL VERNICK, M.S.
Russell Vernick was awarded a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1990 and a Masters in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 1993. Since 1994, he has worked as a systems developer and manager in the San Francisco Bay area, primarily with Barclays Global Investors (BGI). Russell has two sons, his eldest having cerebral palsy due to a stroke in utero. His family’s experience in seeking medical and therapeutic assistance for his son inspired him to create more enriching, welcoming places for those with special needs. He was first introduced to The Avalon Academy in 2005 and joined the board in 2008.