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Board of Trustees

 
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.
 
  
"We were immediately attracted to Crestview by its exceptional teachers. Our kids have benefited immensely from their commitment to teaching each child as an individual and creating a truly safe, nurturing and challenging environment for curious kids to explore their world as only kids can do." 
 

James Filippatos
After graduating from Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Jim pursued his passion for international affairs, developing an in-depth knowledge of global issues and institutions through high-level public and private sector experience.

In his current role managing global public policy for The Walt Disney Company, Jim is responsible for developing and directing strategic international public policy initiatives across the company. He focuses on business entry and expansion in emerging markets. Before joining Disney, Jim served in senior international roles at the US State Department and Department of Transportation. Prior to that, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington, DC, London and New York.

In addition to his experience at the highest levels of government and business, Jim has first-hand experience with global advocacy and human rights in the field. He has consulted with leading child and family-focused NGOs and taught human rights at a Chinese law school. Jim is a member of the Board of Overseers of Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a member of the Advisory Council of World Relief, Southern California, and Chair of the Board of Harambee, the school and community center founded by Dr. John Perkins in Pasadena, CA and dedicated to justice, economic development and reconciliation.

Jim's son is a sixth grader and his daughter is a third grader. As someone who thrives in international and cross-cultural contexts, Jim appreciates the cultural diversity of Crestview's families and the vibrant community it helps foster.

  
"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." 
 

Maureen 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 Masters of Science in Psychology and Masters 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 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 10 years, Dr. Holland has served in DMH’s intensive crisis outpatient clinic that specializes in serving the needs of seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in acute need in Los Angeles County. Her clinic provides crisis intervention, assessment, intensive treatment, thorough psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis, stabilization and linkage to acute and sustained care. Dr. Holland is currently part of the management team and serves as an Administrative and Clinical Supervisor.

Dr. Holland’s daughter is a proud first grader at Crestview and her younger daughter hopes to be an in-coming Kindergartener during the 2019-2020 school year.

 
"Crestview has a wonderful staff who focuses on the individuality of each child. They educate in a nurturing environment which not only builds confidence but allows them to be children for as long as possible." 
 

Stephanie Ito
Stephanie Ito is an accomplished entertainment professional with years of experience across some of Hollywood’s leading production teams. Stephanie’s early career included work as an assistant VFX Coordinator, DI Producer, and a Post Production Supervisor for such companies as Technicolor and DreamWorks. Her recognized talents led to work on notable films including Fincher’s “Panic Room,” Scorcese’s “The Aviator,” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2.” She also led teams as a Post Production Supervisor, working alongside Steven Spielberg for “War of the Worlds,” “Munich,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

As the first female Post Production President at any of the six major motion picture studios, Stephanie oversees all aspects of a department including fiscal planning and oversight, strategic production planning, and final delivery strategy for all picture and sound aspects. Most recently, she worked with Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise to bring “Mission Impossible Fallout” to fruition - to date is the highest grossing film of the series.

 

In addition to her role as a President, Stephanie is the Executive Co-Chair for Viacom’s Asian Media Professionals group, a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in the Members- at-large branch, and serves on the Academy’s A2020 sub-committee which focuses on diversity for future membership.
 
"I am honored to be a part of the Crestview Preparatory School community and to do my part in helping students discover and pursue their highest aspirations." 
 

Michael Lazari Karapetian
After graduating from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Michael began his career in the financial services industry with Fleet Bank of Boston, which was eventually acquired by Bank of America. In 2003, Michael founded his own money management firm and in 2015, he founded his own Registered Investment Advisory family office.

As a money manager, Michael builds and manages investment portfolios to effectively assist clients in achieving milestone life events (i.e. save for a child’s college education, prepare for retirement, leave a lasting legacy to beneficiaries). Additionally, in order to cater to the professional needs of his NBA clients who desired a higher level of representation in contract negotiations and endorsement deals, Michael became a certified NBA agent several years ago.

 

In his personal time, Michael champions philanthropic causes by serving the communities that he has lived and worked in. Due to his deep appreciation for educational institutions, Michael also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Moravian College. And, as a result of his affinity for wildlife, he has volunteered his time helping the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton Pennsylvania, the Merlin Tuttle Bat Conservation in Austin Texas, and the Bog Turtle Acopian Preserve in Southeastern Pennsylvania in years passed.

 

Michael is honored to be a part of the Crestview Preparatory School community and to do his part in helping students discover and pursue their highest aspirations.
 
"We credit the social and academic experiences our children received at Crestview for providing the foundation to allow them to mature into wonderful adults. We wish everyone could start their formal education in an environment that encourages life-long friendships, intellectual curiosity, and enjoyment of outdoor activities." 
 

Terry Krupczak
Terry Krupczak received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.

He is a retired partner of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was the Los Angeles office tax managing partner and served both public and private clients for over 30 years. Terry is a recognized expert in developing and implementing tax planning strategies for entities with diverse business interests and complex organization charts.

In his semi- retirement he continues to consult on business matters with his clients and is associated with HKG LLP based in Pasadena. Terry is also former Vice Chair for Union Station Homeless Services. He was the Chair of the Search committee when the organization conducted a search to replace the long time CEO of the organization. He continues to serve on the audit, finance and investment committees for Union Station Homeless Services. Terry is also an active member of the board of advisors for the USC Masters in Taxation program.

Terry and his wife, Teresa, are proud parents of two Crestview Prep alumni, Michael (1999) and Sarah (2002). Both attended Flintridge Preparatory School. Michael is a graduate of Bucknell University and Sarah is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

 
"Crestview is a community school that allows children to grow up and learn in a safe and comforting environment. What's even better is the teachers' ability to tailor our girls' education to their specific needs. That in particular has been instrumental in fostering their love of learning." 
 

Jeff McConnell
Jeff McConnell was a double major at Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and Theatre.

After working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, including production jobs with the Center Theater Group and Geffen Playhouse, Jeff produced the cult favorite and award winning documentary, "I Don't Know Jack". Following this Jeff became a chemistry teacher at Loyola High School where he also served as technical director of its theater program.

Jeff then switched gears working for a Los Angeles City Councilmember before becoming a local lobbyist. He is now a partner in the largest lobbying firm in Los Angeles, where he shapes the political and civil landscape of Southern California.

Jeff alongside his wife, Erika, has been a contributing member of our community since his oldest daughter. Grace, started school in 2011; volunteering as a grade representative for the Crestview Fund and with Erika, chairing the 2014 Spring Benefit & Auction. More recently, he was a member of the Head of School Search Committee and currently chairs the Strategic Vision Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.

With their fourth grade daughter Lilah still having 2 more years to go, Jeff and his wife look forward to meeting new families for years to come.

 
“Crestview was the best fit for my family because it strikes the perfect balance between traditional academic rigor and social emotional development. The Crestview leadership understands the importance of preserving the innocence of the early childhood years." 
 

Michelle McGinnis
A Criminal prosecutor, Cornell University MBA, and UCLA instructor and childcare center chain owner/operator, Michelle McGinnis has the business of education and safety of children in her DNA.

As a classroom teacher, Michelle has experienced the daily practical challenges faced by teaching staff. As a childcare entrepreneur, she knows what a monumental task it is to run and grow a school. As a criminal prosecutor, she witnesses firsthand the tragedy of a failed early childhood experience. This confluence of experience made Michelle eager to serve on the Crestview Board.

Michelle led one of the most notable turnaround stories in Los Angeles education. In the mid-2000s, Michelle was the key leader of the safety program at Markham Middle School in Watts, California. Situated among low income projects pervaded by warring street gangs, the program reduced criminal incidents and raised test scores after just one year. While at Pepperdine, Michelle surveyed School Resource Officers to investigate the role of police officers on a school campus. More recently, Michelle led a team of Ivy League MBA executives in developing a strategic marketing project for LEGO Education. Michelle considers her most challenging and rewarding achievement to be parenting second grader, Dylan, and fourth grader Morgan.

 
"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." 
 

Edith 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 day to day management.

Additionally, Edith has been very fortunate to be able to serve the community in various endeavors. She is currently on the Civic Advisory Board of Adventist Health Glendale- and has been so for over ten years. Previously, she has been on the Advisory Board for the Campbell Center in Glendale, serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also on the Annual Fund Committee for the Child Educational Center, where she has served for seven years.

With two boys at Crestview in fifth and third grades, and one more in preschool, Edith is excitedly looking forward to many years in the Crestview community.

 
“We had many Crestview students in our neighborhood. They were impressive children who grew into wonderful young adults, so Crestview was a no-brainer for us. We then discovered the secret – a nurturing environment that let ‘kids be kids,’ while providing a solid education. We credit Crestview for giving our son a great foundation.”
 

Nadine Ono
Nadine Ono is Southern California native who received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, School of Journalism. She began her career as a television news writer for KCOP before moving into public relations. Nadine worked at several firms before joining BNC PR where she became a Vice President overseeing accounts such as DeBeers, Levi’s Jeans, Bloomingdale’s, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Clinique.

After a period of semi-retirement raising her son, Nadine has recently return to full-time work as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She is also a staff reporter for CA Fwd, a non-profit dedicated to California policy where she focuses on affordable housing, workforce development and criminal justice reform. In 2015, Nadine was the co-organizer for the first ever TEDxPasadenaWomen conference, which hosted a sold out crowd and impactful speakers from across Southern California.

Nadine is an alumnus parent of Andrew Lathrop (’12) who attended Chandler Middle School, Flintridge Preparatory School and is currently attending the University of California, Berkeley.

 
"We feel so lucky to be a part of this truly joyful, warm and welcoming community. Ella feels loved, cared for, and important at Crestview.  Equally important to us is having at the helm, a forward thinking Head of School who is fiercely dedicated to building a strong intellectual foundation. Ella's love of learning goes beyond the classroom and she continues to be challenged while maintaining a strong sense of confidence and empowerment." 
 

Shahrzad (Shar) Poormosleh
Shar Poormosleh is an Associate Dean at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where she oversees and manages the career services department. As Associate Dean, Shar closely collaborates with faculty and administration, and interfaces regularly with the legal community, including law firms, public interest and public service organizations, and the judiciary; sets and develops strategic initiatives, programming, and goals in connection with recruitment, placement, and career education for students and alumni. Shar also oversees recruitment programs, provides guidance in career development, and interviewing and networking skills. In addition, she oversees and implements policies, procedures, and compliance with ABA employment reporting rules and standards.

Previously, She was an attorney in the private sector for thirteen years at global law firms in Washington DC and Los Angeles with a focus on intellectual property matters, and serving a wide range of domestic and foreign clients. Shar received her BA from UCLA and her JD from American University, Washington College of Law. She is honored to be part of the Crestview community and a supporter of philanthropic missions throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Shar’s daughter Ella is in the third grade at Crestview.

 
"I was drawn to Crestview by the strength of its leadership and by its commitment to a Pre-K through 6th grade education, as I believe that it is important for children to begin their educational lives in an environment filled with support, kindness, and joyful love of learning. Children deserve to be in a place where their voices matter – where their ideas are respected and their questions seen as a gift. Crestview is a place that believes wholeheartedly in the potential and beauty of every child." 
 

Peggy Proctor
A lifelong educator, Peggy Proctor’s credentials include a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Dartmouth College and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont and Madrid, Spain. Peggy’s study abroad included time in France, the UK, Mexico, and Spain and ultimately led to a teaching position at a boarding school in Switzerland and a rural community school in Costa Rica.

Peggy returned to the US teaching at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica and later serving as a teacher and a class dean at The Branson School outside of San Francisco, as a Dean of Students at La Jolla Country Day School and as a Director at the Windward School in Los Angeles. She currently serves as Head of School at Echo Horizon School in Culver City where she has transformed teaching and learning through her leadership in Writing and Rhetoric Across the Curriculum, Global Studies, STEAM, Academic Integrity and the Senior Capstone Program. She also led the school in re-thinking faculty evaluation and professional growth and as committee chair to the Challenge Success team, which partnered with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education to focus on increasing student engagement while minimizing unnecessary stress and anxiety. Peggy is now leading Echo Horizon through a Strategic Planning process and brings her experience at exceptional schools across California to Crestview.

Peggy lives with her husband John Johnston and nine-year old daughter Sidney, who attends Echo Horizon School. They are avid readers and nature lovers and have hiked and camped together in over 15 national parks.

 
"Crestview allowed our family to have the quality of an independent school education in an authentically warm and caring environment. The school also allowed our kids to discover interests in extra-curricular pursuits from sports to debate. " 
 

Cyrus Rangan
Dr. Cyrus Rangan attended Carnegie Mellon and Tufts University before completing his M.D. at Medical College of Pennsylvania.

As Director of the Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Dr. Rangan, specializes in medical toxicology, investigating the potential environmental or toxicological causes of disease clusters. In addition, Dr. Rangan serves as the assistant medical director of the California Poison Control System, directing poison control efforts – which nationally help keep nearly 70% of all poison control calls in the home and out of emergency departments – for the county of Los Angeles.

Dr. Rangan also acts as a medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, providing bedside consultations for toxicology cases and educating both parents and medical staff on diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisoning. In recognition for his services, Dr. Rangan has received many awards, including eight Outstanding Community Physician Awards from Children’s Hospital as well as recognition by the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for his contributions to environmental safety in LAUSD schools.

Dr. Rangan has two sons, sixth grader Cameron and Crestview Prep Alum Callum who is currently in eight grade at Chandler School.

 
"I was drawn to Crestview because it offers experiences I enjoyed as a child that have been lost in the public school system – small classrooms, daily PE, art and music. It is the ideal mix of independent school quality with a public school feel." 
 

Syd Smith
With a background in the sciences, Syd Smith attended the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed two fellowships at Johns Hopkins before shifting gears to a satisfying career in marketing.

As the Head of Partnerships and Promotions at NBC Universal, Syd spent 15 years innovating brand marketing and shepherding global initiatives including the Universal Monsters, Jurassic Park and Seuss franchises across all business units. Her post-studio work includes launching an in-restaurant digital network for McDonald’s and developing an exciting big data platform that unlocks social media attributes for MasterCard, Hilton, P&G and the GRAMMYs. Syd currently serves as CMO for the luxury hospitality company Parker&Morgan. Last year, she was able to marry her production background with an interest in showcasing stories of strength as the Event Director for TEDxPasadenaWomen.

Syd has two sons - Crestview Alumni Max, now a junior at Flintridge Prep and eighth grader, Zachary who attends Chandler School.

 
"We chose Crestview due to the small class sizes and the happiness that we noticed in the students attending Crestview. Our son has thrived at Crestview and it has been a great pleasure to watch him develop a well-rounded character. We are extremely happy to be a part of the Crestview community" 
 

Armen Tatevossian
After receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of the Pacific, Armen Tatevossian completed his residency in clinical pharmacy at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara and then worked at Rite-Aid as a pharmacist and later district manager. After four years, he started his own specialty pharmacy in Northridge, California. Armen is currently the owner of three pharmacies: a closed-door pharmacy servicing assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospice care; a retail pharmacy that specializes in mental health and compounding; and a specialty pharmacy servicing the needs of patients with hepatitis, HIV, and oncology.

As a pharmacy owner, Armen has acquired broad business management experience supervising over 45 employees, sourcing medication, negotiating with wholesalers, as well as driving the marketing and finance functions. Armen is also very involved in community outreach and supports programs for mentally ill, homeless and rehabilitation programs as well as research for county hospitals.

In addition to his experience as a pharmacist and business owner, Armen is also a real estate investor with experience owning, operating, managing and selling multi-family properties, office buildings and retail shopping centers. Most recently, Armen has become involved in real estate development.

Armen is very enthusiastic about being a part of the Crestview community and has two sons at Crestview: Derek in second grade, and Andrew in first grade.

 
"Being a K-6 school was very important me. Children need to be allowed to be children. The focus needs to be a quality education, while still letting kids be themselves...be curious...be funny...be silly…have fun! Some schools provide a wonderful education with brilliant faculty. Some schools provide a loving and caring environment. Few schools provide both. Crestview is one of those schools." 
 

George Williams
George Williams earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. While attending USC, George was able to gain practical experience in the financial markets by interning at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He also spent time abroad, studying 20th century Spanish literature and Spanish economic history at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain.

Upon graduation, George became a licensed stock broker and worked for such Wall Street firms as E.F. Hutton and Bear, Stearns & Company. Deciding to focus on the distribution and underwriting of municipal securities, he began to work for the San Francisco based public finance firm of Stone & Youngberg, eventually becoming a partner. He is currently a Senior Vice President at Stifel, Nicolaus in Pasadena. George is very proud to have been involved with the marketing of new bonds for many local issuers. Funds from these bonds have been used in many ways to support our community. The proceeds have contributed to education through our school districts and have helped improve our water and power infrastructure. Clients have included the La Canada Flintridge Financing Authority, the City of Pasadena, the City of Arcadia, the Crescenta Valley Water District, as well as the City of South Pasadena.

George and his wife Maria are very active in supporting youth sports in the area and are also involved in several charities. Their experiences with The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have been especially rewarding.

He is especially proud of his three children – Andrew is a sixth grader at Crestview, Ernest is a senior at St. Francis High School, Isabella is currently attending college on the east coast.