Simone was born in Cape Town, South Africa where she studied and practiced law. She moved to the USA in 2000 and completed a Masters In International Public Health from Emory University. After living in Cleveland, Ohio for 10 years and building a photography business, she moved to Ojai where she now lives with her 2 kids, Jonah and Danielle, and rescue pup.

“I first came to Ojai in early 2014 for a working weekend, and was strangely reminded of the natural beauty of South Africa. That summer, I spent a month here with my children and discovered the Oak Grove School and immediately felt that it would be an excellent fit for the education that I dreamt of for them. We moved a year later and have fallen in love with life in Ojai. Spending time on the Ojai Foundation land has added another magical layer to life in Ojai. It has been a wonderful honor and fulfilling experience to be a Board member and to also photographically document life on the land.”