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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 fourth grader and his daughter is a first 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 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 3rd grade daughter Lilah still having 3 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 first grader, Dylan, and third grader Morgan.

 
“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 and is currently a senior at Flintridge Preparatory School.

 
"As a pediatrician, I strongly believe in the preservation of childhood.  I purposely chose a K-6 school for that reason.  Nowadays, children are under too much pressure and forced to grow up too quickly.  At Crestview, every child is known and relished, and every child feels safe and special.  That’s how I want my patients to feel, and that’s how I wanted my own children to feel from their school." 
 

Julie Park
Dr. Julie Park earned her BS at UCLA, followed by her MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She realized early on that helping children was her calling.

After completing her training at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Park joined the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and has served children and their families in the San Gabriel Valley and Glendale area for 16 years. She is currently the Assistant Chief of Pediatrics for the Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente service area. Serving as the lead pediatrician for Glendale, she also oversees clinics in Pasadena and East Los Angeles. Other administrative roles involve leading several teams whose responsibilities include quality of care, service, childhood immunizations, and physician wellness and education. She is also involved in resident-physician training.

Dr. Park is the former Chair of the Crestview Board of Trustees. During her tenure, her biggest accomplishment was chairing the Search Committee, which led to the hiring of the current Head of School.

Dr. Park’s son Reggie graduated in 2015, and is now a Wolverine at the Harvard-Westlake School. Her 6th grade daughter Lola is holding on tight to her remaining year at Crestview. They have been a Crestview family for 10 years.

 
"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." 
 

Shahrazad Poormosleh, Esq.
Shar Poormosleh is the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She oversees all aspects of the Career Services Office, is responsible for outreach and relationship building with employers, active networking within the alumni and general legal community, strategic initiatives, proactive career counseling, targeted and organized placement efforts, and compliance with ABA reporting rules and standards.

Prior to joining Southwestern, Shar was an attorney in the private sector for fourteen years at global and international law firms in Washington DC and Los Angeles. Shar's practice focused on intellectual property law matters, and served a wide range of domestic and foreign clients in the entertainment, apparel, food, wine, and technology industries.

Shar is a former member of Executive Planning Board for the USC Intellectual Property Institute; an active member and former board member of Friends of Foothill Family Services; and a past board member of Women Jonathans, a supporter of philanthropic missions at the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles.

Shar received her BA from UCLA and her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She lives in Glendale with her husband, Reza Pishva and daughter, Ella (Crestview ’22).

 
"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.

 
"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 sophomore at Flintridge Prep and seventh 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 first grade, and Andrew in Kindergarten.

 

 
"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 fifth grader at Crestview, Ernest is a junior at St. Francis High School, Isabella is a senior at Flintridge Preparatory School.