Board of Trustees

board members
Crestview Preparatory School, as a non‐profit school, is governed by a Board of Trustees. They serve as the stewards of the school’s mission and resources, responsible for establishing broad institutional policies and maintaining fiduciary oversight. The Board hires the Head of School to implement the mission and manage the day‐to‐day operation of the school.
If you are interested in joining The Board of Trustees please read about our ideal trustee, and fill out this Crestview Board Interest Form.
"In Crestview, I have so much more than a strong education for my daughters. I have a support system and partnership that helps to develop my children to be prepared socially and emotionally for the fast changing, diverse and connected world we live in. At the heart of Crestview, values are lived that I believe are critical to having a positive impact on the world and those around you.”

WomanKatie Lopez (Board Chair)


Katie Lopez was named the Chief Human Resources Officer at Bonduelle Fresh Americas (formerly Ready Pac Foods) in 2019. She has been with Ready Pac Foods since 2014, when she joined as Director of Human Resources. Katie has experience contributing to a variety of business contexts from public international stable growth businesses to private equity turnaround businesses in a variety of different market sectors, including aerospace and defense and FMCG. She has spent her career with a passion for talent development, change and culture acceleration, people analytics and mergers and acquisitions.
Mrs. Lopez (prefer Katie) received a Bachelors’ degree in economics from Occidental College. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Design from the Claremont Graduate University, Peter Drucker School of Business. She is the proud and loving mother of Crestview graduate Addison and fifth grader Amelia


“We chose Crestview because the faculty and staff support the whole child, enabling a love of learning to develop naturally. In addition, the Head of School's extraordinary dedication and breadth of knowledge bring out the best in the entire school community. Crestview demonstrates that warmth and kindness serve as a strong foundation for academic excellence."

WomanDevin Agran

Devin Agran is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in History and Literature. She earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.
As a clinical social worker, Devin worked at the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, the Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center, Family Service of Santa Monica, and the National Council of Jewish Women | Los Angeles. After the birth of her first child, she paused her career to parent full-time.
Devin's daughter Juliette is a fourth grader at Crestview, and her son Charlie is a senior at La Salle College Preparatory.

WomanRasheda Carroll


Rasheda is the Assistant Head of School at Westland School in Los Angeles. She is also a consultant for VISIONS, Inc., a non-profit training and consulting organization specializing in diversity and inclusion. She provides training, coaching, and workshops focused on developing and sustaining inclusive schools and organizations. Rasheda believes that personal and organizational growth occurs through reflective practice, knowledge and skill-building. Rasheda served as the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Wildwood School for 18 years. She also designed and led the Multicultural Leadership Institute as the founding director, hosted by Wildwood Outreach Program. Rasheda earned her B.A. in Sociology at California State University, Fullerton and a Master's degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University.


“We love being part of Crestview family. Crestview provides a perfect balance between academic excellence and development of social emotional intelligence for their students. Our daughter loves learning in an environment that is safe, peaceful, fun, and challenging while strengthening her self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.” 

WomanTuba Diken

Tuba Diken Müdar has B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. She got the opportunity to come to US when she received full scholarship from University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. Her master thesis focused on developing a biopharmaceutical drug to prevent brain tumor.
After graduating from CU Boulder, she followed her passion of research in genetic engineering field and moved to Louisiana as a research associate at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport. She worked as a full-time researcher while attending business school at night on a full-time basis.
After earning her MBA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, she started her private industry career in Texas and worked for a pharmaceutical contract manufacturing firm for small molecule pharmaceutical drugs. Two years later, she was recruited by Baxter Healthcare Corporation as a Quality Engineer and moved to Los Angeles, CA with her husband. She has been working at two different Southern CA locations of the same company (Baxter/Baxalta/Shire/Takeda) for 22 years with increasing leadership responsibilities in various areas such as Quality, Supply Chain, and Manufacturing where she managed up to 550+ employees as head of manufacturing of plasma manufacturing operations. She is currently working for the same company as head of manufacturing for finishing operations in biologics manufacturing operations unit located at Thousand Oaks, CA.
Tuba is also very involved in woman in science/engineering programs since her graduate school years and she is currently serving as the committee chair in community outreach program in Ventura county on behalf of Women at Takeda group.
Tuba is a proud mother of Crestview graduate Selin Ayşe and honored to be part of fantastic Crestview family with her husband Zafer Müdar.
"We chose to send their children to Crestview because of the staff’s relentless focus on each child’s social and educational development, as well as Crestview’s family atmosphere and emphasis on community.”

ManFrederic Esrailian

Fred Esrailian serves as Assistant General Counsel at Grifols Shared Services North America, Inc. Grifols is a global leader and innovator in producing plasma-derived medicines for patients who face life-threatening conditions and provides hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare professionals with the tools they need to enhance the quality of life for their patients.
As Assistant General Counsel, Fred handles a variety of matters, with a focus on corporate transactions, acquisitions, and governance, as well as the purchase, sale, leasing and development of real property.
Fred draws from his previous experience as a litigator, where he focused on real estate, contract, and insurance disputes in the private sector. He is also a licensed real estate broker.
Fred received his BA from Santa Clara University and his JD from Loyola Law School. Fred and his family enjoy living in La Canada Flintridge, and he is honored to have his children, Dylan (5th grade) and Evan (graduate), to have attend Crestview.

"Crestview is an amazing school where the teachers, staff, and Head of School genuinely care about educating the whole child and respecting childhood.  The teachers are attentive to each child and the school maintains a nurturing and inclusive environment where it is fun to learn. We feel very fortunate to be a part of Crestview." 

WomanBrenda Hernandez


Brenda Hernandez is a Group Supervisor for the Thermal Fluids Systems and Hardware Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her love and passion for science, engineering and space led her to pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Thermal Fluids at Caltech. 
At JPL, she has worked on projects such as the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Science Laboratory, and has been the Thermal Lead for the Mars 2020 Instrument PIXL and the Europa Clipper Instrument REASON. Currently she is the Mechanical & Thermal System Product Deliver Manager for Far Side Seismic Suite which is an instrument that will measure Moon Quakes. 
Brenda also worked at SpaceX where she was the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Lead. She worked on the Dragon Capsule for Cargo and for Crew Missions. As part of her work on the Crew Missions she trained astronauts on the Dragon Capsule. 
Brenda and her husband, Andres, have two children attending Crestview: Sonia in Fifth grade and Nathan in second grade. 


"Crestview embraces childhood and provides a nurturing environment that celebrates a love of learning. Crestview cultivates students to genuinely care about the world, the environment, and their community. Crestview is a very special place." 

WomenMaureen Holland

Dr. Maureen Holland is a proud native of Southern California and our very special foothill community.
Dr. Holland graduated high school from Flintridge Preparatory School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, followed by her Master of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of La Verne. Dr. Holland earned her Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the APA Accredited University of La Verne.
Dr. Holland’s career has focused on serving the most severe children and families from the local community. She has trained and worked at several community mental health clinics in the Pasadena area, including ENKI, The Center for Aging Resources, and Pacific Clinics, before transitioning to Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH). For the last 16 years, Dr. Holland has proudly served the San Fernando Valley and beyond in DMH’s intensive crisis outpatient clinic that specialized in serving the needs of seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in acute need in Los Angeles County. Her clinic has provided crisis intervention, assessment, intensive treatment, thorough psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis, stabilization and linkage to acute and sustained care to children and families in crisis. Dr. Holland is currently part of the management team and serves as an Administrative and Clinical Supervisor to this diverse and dynamic mental health team. In 2023, Dr. Holland was nominated for Psychologist of the Year for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
In the best part of Dr. Holland’s world, she is the very proud mother of her two children, who have both attended Crestview since Kindergarten, and are currently 4th and 6th graders.
""In Crestview, I have so much more than a strong education for my daughters. I have a support system and partnership that helps to develop my children to be prepared socially and emotionally for the fast changing, diverse and connected world we live in. At the heart of Crestview, values are lived that I believe are critical to having a positive impact on the world and those around you.”" 

ManDaniel Kim


Daniel Kim is an attorney with broad experience in corporate transactions (IPOs, M&A, venture capital and debt financings) as well as governance and startup matters. He has a solo practice specializing in commercial and technology transactions for NASDAQ-listed companies, a top-ranked national children's hospital and local startups. In 2023, he was named a "Legal Visionary" by the LA Times for his advocacy for lawyers eschewing complicated and unhelpful negotiating habits.
He is an active investor and businessperson and serves on the Board of a commercial real estate company. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked for state and local politicians and co-founded a 501(c)(3) fellowship that supports law school graduates who pursue public interest career paths.
Daniel graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and served as a Fulbright Scholar before attending law school at UC Berkeley.
He and his wife Jacinda are LA natives and proud parents of three children at Crestview (4th, 2nd and Kindergarten). 




ManMichael Krupczak


Michael is currently a Private Equity ‐ Senior at Ernst & Young US LLP. He received his bachelors from Bucknell University and his masters at University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting.


Michael is the first Crestview Alum to serve on the Board of Trustees.


"Crestview is an amazing school, the community, academic rigor, and social emotional development for every child. Our family has been grateful to have a school that places the student above all else.”

ManRobert Lavichant

Robert Lavichant received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
He is a Managing Partner of Brentwood Capital, a real estate investment firm with retail, office, and industrial properties in the Southwest United States. Prior to joining Crestview Preparatory School Board of Trustee Robert served on the Board and also Chair of Human Resources of a large private international School in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to Brentwood, Robert worked in finance (mergers, acquisitions, and private equity) an management consulting focusing on turn-arounds and corporate restructuring.
Robert and his partner, Sopana, are proud parents of Matthew, Kaitlyn (Crestview '19) and Nate (Crestview '22) all attending Flintridge Preparatory School.
"Crestview is led by an exceptional team of educators that foster an environment where our children learn critical skills—confidence, self-direction, collaboration and open-mindedness—that, I am sure, will prepare them to live fulfilled lives.”

ManIvan Leung

Ivan is a Southern California native. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  
Ivan is a Managing Director at a global investment bank, and has advised international corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic matters for over 25 years.  
At Crestview, Ivan’s son, Ellis, is in the fifth grade. His daughter, Olivia, graduated from Crestview in 2023.
“We love being a Crestview family. Every staff knows every student’s name, the headmaster knows everything happened in school. Our kids feel safe and respected at Crestview. We have no regret to send our kids to such a home atmosphere school.”

ManJianping "Jay" Li

Jay Li was born in China, has a Bachelor in Accounting and MSc in Management from Loughborough University, UK.
Jay worked in a major real estate development company, developed multiple commercial hotel project and living apartment. He is currently a marketing director of an auto-parts industry company.
At Crestview, Jay ‘s daughter, Mirabelle, is in the 4th grade, and his son, Landon, is in the first grade. He also has a son who graduated from Crestview and attended Flintridge Preparatory School in 2021.
"Crestview is formed of an encouraging community of people that believe in the power of love, and I truly believe that all of the children will benefit from this supportive environment.”

WomanJoann Li

Joann Li is a Master Graduate of Fine Arts, and owner of two art galleries and studio in Pasadena. Joann and her husband, Sixu, established the high-technology enterprise ‘Sinty Sci-Tech’.
Since Joann’s immigration to the United States in 2012. Joann has successively opened her own private gallery - Ai+ Gallery/Studio and Joann Art Space. 
Ai+ Gallery is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting public art education, supporting local artists and students to choose art to express their emotions, and showcasing creations of artists of all ethnicities from around the world. Joann’s passion for art also led her to develop ‘Artspire History’, an art educational program for children.
Joann and her husband, Sixu, have three children and are the parents to Leede (2nd Grade).
Joann is honored to be welcomed into the Board of Trustees and looks forward to being part of the Crestview community.
"Crestview strikes the perfect balance between academic rigor and a warm, supportive and happy community for children. It is unique in proving that one doesn’t preclude the other. We are so very fortunate to be part of this community and institution." 

WomanEdith Navasargian

Edith Navasargian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and English Literature from UCLA, a Master of Arts Degree in Medieval British Literature and Language from King’s College, University of London, and a Master of Philosophy Degree in Medieval Philosophy from Cambridge University. She is currently a Principal and CFO of Lapinco Incorporated a private real estate investment, development and management firm. With over 800,000 square feet of GLA in the portfolio, holdings and transactions include retail, boutique retail, shopping centers, light industrial, multifamily and office. Edith is active in all facets of the business: acquisition, escrows, financing, leasing, contracts, tenant management, financial reporting, tax preparation and management.
Additionally, Edith has been very fortunate to be able to serve the community in various endeavors. She has servedy on the Civic Advisory Board of Adventist Health Glendale, the Advisory Board for the Campbell Center in Glendale, serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the Annual Fund for the Child Educational Center.
She and her husband Gamer have two older boys are Crestview alums, currently at La Canada High School.  Their youngest, Karl is currently in the fourth grade.  Edith is excited to be part of the thriving Crestview community!

"Crestview provides positive early childhood experiences and fosters character building in a balanced social-emotional and academic setting. Crestview is also true to the CREST mission, as the core values are threaded effortlessly into the curriculum and daily classroom practice. Additionally, the tight-knit and diverse community is an invaluable source of support and friendship. As proud members of the Crestview family, we hope to support the wonderful team, mission, and community of this special school." 

ManFarnaz Parvini

Farnaz Parvini received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. During her time at Emory, Farnaz developed an interest in research at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. She later transitioned from laboratory to clinical research at a site specializing in neurological studies. Farnaz found her niche in regulatory compliance and study auditing. She held roles at pharmaceutical development companies IQVIA (formerly Quintiles), PPD and Novo Nordisk. During this time, she worked on cardiovascular, diabetes (type I and II), influenza, and gastroesophageal reflux clinical studies.
Farnaz is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Her three children, Ella, Aydin and Arian have all attended Crestview. Farnaz is an avid volunteer and has served as Room Parent Co-Chair on the Crestview Parent Association as well as Room Parent for several years. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to further serve the Crestview community as a member of the Board of Trustees. In her free time Farnaz enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, reading, cycling, and baking.
"We are so thankful for Crestview!  We chose Crestview because of the intentional focus and respect for the whole child - it's not just talked about, it's woven into everything at the school...the curriculum, how the educators interact with the kids, parent classes, and community activites.  Crestview lives the mission and vision for providing a rich environment that promotes imagination, intellectual curiosity, academic excellence and emotional wellbeing." 

WomanAshley Smith

Ashley Smith graduated high school from Flintridge Preparatory School and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from Smith College. Ashley later went on to earn her Master of Studies in Law from Samford University, and her Executive Master in Business Administration from Quantic University. 
Ashley is a managing director in the Discovery practice and Legal Business Services practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP. She has over 20 years of experience advising corporate legal departments across multiple industries in areas such as legal operations, complex electronic discovery, information governance, matter and document management, and implementation of AI across legal functions. 
Ashley and her husband, Andy, are proud Crestview parents to Lucy (6th grade) and Evie (4th grade).
"What we love most about Crestview is that they team up with all the families to shepherd the students in the right direction, all the while honoring each child’s own unique journey. They strike the perfect balance of EQ and IQ. It truly feels like home." 

WomanMary Terterov

Mary Terterov has served as a criminal defense attorney and civil litigator with a focus on contract disputes. Working as an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and Event Chair for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Mary has extensive experience with the inner workings of nonprofit organizations. 
A lover of academia, Mary has gone back to school to pursue a study in literature and journalism and has launched her own platform as a human columnist & lifestyle writer. As a mom of three young kids, she loves to be outdoors with her family camping, biking, and roller-skating.