Educational Directions: Team Member

Risa Oganesoff Heersche


Head of School Search, Senior Administrator Search

With a BA in Japanese Studies and a Masters in Asia Pacific Studies augmenting her bilingualism, Risa’s career has led to various teaching and administrative positions in the educational world at institutions such as Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (CA), Marin Academy (CA) and most recently San Domenico School (CA).

At San Domenico, Risa began as an instructor of Japanese language before moving into the Associate Director of Admissions position. She then took over the admissions for the high school as well as for all international students. Her signature programs at the school were known for attention to the individual prospective students and their families, and for involving currently enrolled families and students in the process.

As Director of International Student Relations, a position proposed by Risa to focus on the needs of international families, Risa collaborated with members of the College Counseling, Development and ESL departments to ensure that those families felt well-served by the school and part of the school community.

A professional dancer prior to entering the educational field, Risa also started a dance program as a component of the Theatre Arts department at San Domenico.
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