2016-2017 Orion Academy Annual Appeal goal met!

Community members came together to make this years’ Annual Appeal a great success. Thanks to the Flora Family Foundation, the Longview Foundation and our Orion families for the generous support.

Coming together is a beginning;
Keeping together is progress;
Working together is success.
-Henry Ford                    

Amazon Donates to Orion Academy PTO

What if Orion Academy could receive around 5 cents for every dollar you spend on Amazon.com.  And what if it only took two clicks for you to make that happen?

1: Click this link to go to Amazon.com via Orion Academy’s donation plan. It will look just like Amazon always looks in your browser, and your account information and cart will not change.

2: Once the page appears, bookmark it in your browser. Use the bookmark every time you purchase on Amazon, even if you’ve filled your cart beforehand.

That’s it—Amazon will donate 4-7% of your purchases (based on volume) to the Orion Academy PTO!


Parent/Teacher Organization


Anne Friedman – President

Anne is entering her third year as a member of the Orion community. Her son Cal is currently a junior. She served in 2015-2016 as Orion PTO’s Member-at-Large and in 2016-2017 served as Vice President. She volunteered with the parent club at her son’s previous school as Treasurer and on Teacher Appreciation and Teacher Wishlists. Over the years, she has worked as a librarian, travel agent, and marketing product manager. She currently lives in Alamo with her husband Mark, son Cal, and dog Mira.

Lisa Bubrick – Vice President

Lisa is entering her second year as an Orion parent. Her son Rhys is now a sophomore. After many years of volunteering in various schools Lisa has decided to take on a larger role at Orion as she feels drawn to the opportunity to enrich the lives of both the students and parents. Prior to being a Mom, Lisa attended Mills College and UC Berkeley. She worked as a product manager for a Johnson & Johnson company in both the US and the UK. In her spare time Lisa likes to garden and work on home improvements. She lives in Orinda with her husband Steve, daughter Sophie, and son Rhys. You’ll recognize Lisa around campus as she always has her faithful apricot poodle, Nutmeg scampering at her feet.

Kathy Baptiste – Secretary

Returning for a second year as PTO Board secretary, Kathy will be entering her third year as an Orion parent. Her son Steven is currently a junior. Kathy jumped right into action after her son started attending Orion. Kathy has been a parent volunteer in areas such as selling and ordering Orion apparel, Napa Nights, cooking for staff, and staff birthday cards. Kathy’s background is as a Human Resources manager and administrator, Girl Scout Leader and most importantly, mother of three. Kathy lives in Alamo with her husband Bob and their three kids, Mathew, Steven and Lindsay.

Yvette Bader – Treasurer

Yvette is entering her third year as a member of the Orion community. Her son Rey is a junior. Yvette has volunteered at her children’s school libraries, helped run the Scholastics book fair, and a number of different school events. She currently lives in Walnut Creek with her husband Semon and three sons: Rey, Kiyan, and Alex. Before becoming a mom she worked in elementary schools tutoring children who were academically struggling. She also worked at a group home for teenagers at risk, was a behavioral consultant for children on the spectrum, and helped her husband maintain and manage his patients insurance billing claims. Yvette enjoys spending her time gardening, taking her puppy Stewie for walks, and reading in the evenings with her family.