Board & Advisors
The HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) board and advisors provide governance and support to the Head of School to ensure that HWIS establishes a sound strategic plan and has the ability to carry it out. From time to time, the board will seek out additional advisors to provide different perspectives.
Founder & Board Member
Sharon received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She is an advisor to Asia Society’s CELIN (Chinese Early Language Immersion Network) organization and frequently presents at the annual National Chinese Language Conference. She is married and has twin 18-year-old sons who graduated from HWIS in 5th grade and continued with their Mandarin in weekend heritage programs, high school Chinese classes and at National Taiwan Normal University in the summer of 2019.
Co-Founder & Board Member
Chief Administrative Officer
Investor & Board Member
Prior to Valian, Mark was a partner at Investcorp and the Blackstone Group where he spent 13 years. He also worked at a family office and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Mark earned an MBA and BS in Engineering from Columbia University.
Dr. Eric Isselhardt
He has taught elementary and university students, led independent and charter schools, led a large non-profit education services organization, and engaged in pedagogical reform and design—including leading a team to reinvent a small country’s elementary system. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, and a BA in Chinese Language and Philosophy from Bennington College.
She has an MA in Administration & Supervision/Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, PD-MA in Educational Administration from the College of New Rochelle, MS in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Long Island University, and BS in General Education from Lehman College. Elizabeth is certified in Educational Administration, Principal and Director/Supervisor in the states of NY and NJ. She was the director of HudsonWay Immersion School from 2014-2019