Meet Our Board of Directors

 

The OCS Board of Directors is a self-perpetuating Board, comprised of seven to eleven members including parent members and members of the broader community. In addition, the Executive Director, the Principal, our back-office provider, up to four teachers, and the PTO President are advisors to the Board. The Board’s role is to provide academic and fiduciary oversight as it upholds the school’s mission and vision. 

 
At this time there are two standing committees for the Board: Finance and Governance Committee. Notice of School Board and Committee meetings are posted on campus and on the school website. The meetings are open to the public. Each meeting provides an opportunity for public comment.  
 
If you are interested in learning more about our Board Directors or one of its Committees, please

 

 

 

 
 
Charlene Khanlian, Board Chair and Finance Committee Chair

Charlene is a Parent Board member. She volunteered to serve on the OCS Board after taking a step back from her career to be of greater service to the community. Something you might not know about Charlene is that her family has a large menagerie of pets -- 12 and counting. If you would like to contact Charlene, her email is charlene.k@ourcommunityschool.org


Jana Harper, Governance Committee Chair 
Jana is a Community Board member.  She is also the parent of two OCS graduates. She volunteered to serve on the OCS Board because she wants this school to continue to serve students well beyond the years her own children attend it. She believes in its mission and thinks it is a special place. She has seen first hand the school's mission realized in her own children as they have gone on to high school. Something you might not know about Jana is that in her 20’s she was a Pro-Am World Champion Country and Western Dancer. If you’d like to contact Jana, her email is jana.h@ourcommunityschool.org
 

Sean Frazier
Sean is a Community Board member. Sean has always been involved in the community or volunteerism in some form or another.  When he first took the tour of OCS as a prospective student/family, he was “wow’d” by the involvement of the families and volunteers. It was a huge draw for his family. Something you might not know about Sean, “I lived in Singapore and went to elementary school there. I also worked on a Commercial Fishing boat out of Pt. Judith Rhode Island when I was 12. My first car was a 1963 Volkswagon beetle that was in original condition and only had a few thousand miles on it. I love punk rock, hockey, musicals, and my wife was my #1 match on an internet dating site.”  If you would like to contact Sean, his email is sean.f@ourcommunityschool.org
 
Jose Parada

Jose Parada is a Parent Board member.  OCS has been a place where he has seen his children grow up. It has been an awesome part of his family’s life. It has been a place where his children have a safe, nurturing, loving environment with a focus on social responsibility and academic growth. OCS has been a small yet valuable piece of public education where families, teachers, and administrators collaborate to ensure children learn in their own and unique way and promote their individuality. His family found in OCS a place where they can be part of a community where life-long connections can be made.  Something you might not know about Jose is that he has completed the 50-mile "FUN" bicycle ride from Rosarito to Ensenada in Mexico. If you would like to contact Jose, his email is jose.p@ourcommunityschool.org 

 

 

Annie Parnell, Board Secretary

Annie Parnell is a Parent Board Member. Her kids have been going to this amazing school since it moved to the new campus in 2010, and she has seen firsthand the extraordinary ways in which OCS produces kids who love learning (and themselves). She figured with only a few years until her kids have both graduated and moved on from Our Community School, if there was ever a time she should step up and be a part of helping OCS continue its success, now should be that time. Something you might not know about Annie is that nearly 20 years ago she took the MENSA test just so that her dad would have something to brag about, and yes, she passed. If you would like to contact Annie, her email is annie.p@ourcommunityschool.org

 


Kimberly Denise Sanders, Assistant Chair
Kimberly is a Community Board member. She volunteered to serve on the OCS board because “As a servant leader I want to give back to the community. I greatly value education and believe OCS is setting a tremendous example of creating an environment and curriculum that will have a positive impact on shaping the OCS students into leaders of tomorrow.” Something you might not know about Kimberly is that she writes, directs and produces films and runs 19.3 miles each year in the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare.   If you’d like to contact Kimberly, her email is kimberly.s@ourcommunityschool.org

 

 
Hoda Marcus
Hoda is a Community Board Member. She joined the OCS Board to use her experience and resources for a good use that would benefit families. Hoda comes to us with extensive international experience, working for NGOs and UN agencies in Canada, Lebanon, Oman, and Jordan.  If you would like to contact Hoda, her email is hoda.m@ourcommunityschool.org
 
 
Nancy Grass

Nancy is a Community Board Member.  She believes that providing a comprehensive, compassionate and inclusive education is central to taking our society and humanity forward. Working in higher education for over 20 years, Nancy currently serves as the Associate Dean of Student Life at Santa Monica Community College.  If you would like to contact Nancy, her email address is nancy.g@ourcommunityschool.org

 
 
Tracey Renson

Tracey is a Community Board Member.  As a lifelong educator, she is interested in continuing to forward the best in education while meeting the challenges that approach an increasingly antiquated system. Tracey currently serves as Director of St. Stephen Presbyterian Preschool in Chatsworth.  If you would like to contact Tracey, her email address is tracey.r@ourcommunityschool.org