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
Board Member Annie Parnell
Annie Parnell, Board Co-Chair and Governance Committee Co-Chair
Annie Parnell is a Community 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 [email protected]
 
Kimberly Denise Sanders, Board Co-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 [email protected]
 
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Tracey Renson, Board Secretary
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 [email protected]
 

Board Member, David Connelly

David Connelly, Finance Committee Chair

David is a Parent Board Member and has served on the Finance Committee since 2018.  As a Certified Public Accountant and attorney, David has over 35 years of financial investigation, audit, and legal experience. If you would like to contact David, his email address is [email protected]
 
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Nancy Grass, Governance Committee Co-Chair
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 [email protected]
 
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Yi Ding (Ding), Governance Committee Co-Vice Chair
Ding is a Community Board Member. She is a librarian at CSUN, where she discovered her passion for K12 when offering workshops and tours to local students. She also serves as the Education Committee Chair at the Northridge West Neighborhood Council. As a mom of a young kid and a committed community volunteer, she wants to give back to children and youth more directly and deeply by bringing years of education and nonprofit experience to the OCS board. If you would like to contact Ding, her email address is [email protected] 
 
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Genesis Keller, Governance Committee Co-Vice Chair
Genesis Keller (she/her/hers) is a Community Board member for OCS, Director of Marketing and Communications at Insight Education Group, and executive committee member for the Surfrider Foundation. Genesis began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles, CA in 2013. As an English teacher, she worked with middle and high school students with special needs. Since then, Genesis has worked with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) as their Regional Impact Coordinator where she was responsible for the execution of team-wide communications and events. As the founding Manager of Digital Communities at LEE, Genesis led the launch of a platform that provided members the opportunity to continue their professional development in the civic engagement space. As a result of her personal, educational and professional experiences, Genesis has developed a passion for storytelling and ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education. Genesis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Production and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola Marymount University. In her free time, Genesis enjoys traveling, surfing, and spending time with her family and friends! If you would like to contact Genesis, her email address is [email protected] 
 
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Ogechi Ogamba-Ikhile
Ogechi is a Community Board Member. As a highly skilled and forward-thinking leader with comprehensive experience driving successful initiatives and programs, Ogechi Ikhile possesses a wide range of knowledge and experience within the IT industry. Mrs. Ikhile’s expertise lies in skillfully enhancing strategies, innovating new processes, and managing overall functionality. Through her experience, she has become adept in overseeing a wide variety of responsibilities to optimize successful implementations while demonstrating a steadfast commitment to giving back. If you would like to contact Ogechi, her email address is [email protected]