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
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 kimberly.s@ourcommunityschool.org
 

Board Co-Chair, Charlene Khanlian
Charlene Khanlian, Board Co-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.  As a public health professional working in both the nonprofit and for profit sector, Charlene has over 15 years of experience in disease surveillance, healthcare analytics and population health management.  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
 
Board Member Annie Parnell
Annie Parnell, Board SecretaryAnnie 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 annie.p@ourcommunityschool.org
 
Board Member, Hoda Marcus
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 asDirector of St. Stephen Presbyterian Preschool in Chatsworth.  If you would like to contact Tracey, her email address is tracey.r@ourcommunityschool.org

Board Member, David Connelly

David Connelly

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 david.c@ourcommunityschool.org