BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michelle Bennett: Ms. Bennett is a leadership and change management professional who currently instructs Educational Leadership and Policy Study at Cal State Northridge and National Universities. Prior to teaching, Ms. Bennett served as Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Unified School District overseeing ten divisions. Other LAUSD positions held include Intervention Administrator and Instructional Coordinator. Ms. Bennett is a pioneer in the charter movement holding the position of Principal at Westwood Charter School -- one of the original ten Los Angeles charters -- for two decades. Before joining Westwood, she worked throughout the LAUSD as a teacher, advisor and assistant Principal. Ms. Bennett is an author, presenter, consultant and mentor principal serving the educational community.
Daniel Chang (Chair): Recently appointed to Chief Operating Officer for MLA Partner Schools, a nonprofit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in Los Angeles’ most disenfranchised communities. Mr. Chang previously served as Vice President of New School Development for Green Dot Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization that operates 19 high schools in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Green Dot, he held business development and product marketing positions at enterprise software companies Model N and Desktop.com. Before Model N and Desktop.com, Mr. Chang served as a Financial Analyst at Broadview International, a division of the investment bank Jefferies & Company focused on the IT, communications, healthcare technology and digital media industries.
Tess Ramin: Ms. Ramin has worked as a freelance e-commerce marketing executive for the last decade. Prior to that, she was a freelance segment producer on various television productions. Other professional experience includes real estate development and property management. Ms. Ramin graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Communications and Business Administration. She has two children attending Valley Charter Elementary School.
Bill Roberts (Treasurer): A First Founding Parent of Valley Charter Elementary School, Mr. Roberts is a senior finance and operations executive currently serving as the Global CFO of Panavision Inc. Previously he served as COO/CFO of Laser Pacific LLC, a major post-production company in Hollywood. His background also includes leadership roles in various music industry companies over the past 20 years. Mr. Roberts started his career as an associate in investment banking after earning his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carol Lynn Smith (Co-Secretary): Mrs. Smith is the Director of Finance at CauseForce LLP. CauseForce works with non-profit organizations to help them raise money for their mission. CauseForce was founded on the bold and optimistic idea that every day people can make a difference and their Mission is to deliver transformational fundraising to organizations who believe they can change the world. Since its inception in 2002, CauseForce programs have raised almost $1 billion dollars. Carol Lynn is responsible for the review of all financial statements to all nonprofit beneficiaries along with international payroll and HR for 4 companies. Her two oldest sons graduated from VCMS in 2015 and 2017 and her youngest son is in 5th grade at VCES.
Angie Saldivar (Co-Secretary): Mrs. Saldivar is currently the Director of Digital Customer Service & Advocacy at Nickelodeon. Angie leads the team responsible for providing timely, fun and friendly service to online customers. The team maintains close relationships with internal product teams to ensure the voice of the customer is being heard. In her time at Nick, she has overseen the customer service strategy and on-boarding for mobile games, video apps, web and Noggin, a video subscription service. Angie is passionate about customer service, digital media, technology and online safety. Angie's 13 year career in digital entertainment began at Fox managing the Customer Care team for Myspace.com. Throughout her career, Angie managed several teams at Myspace and consulted for startup companies. Her leadership has extended the .com and mobile space, including; customer service, moderation, law enforcement response, online safety and security.
Carolyn Yaffe: Mrs.Yaffe currently serves as the Executive Director for Program Development at School Empowerment Network, a national educational non-profit organization focused on leadership and new school development work. Carolyn spent the bulk of her career -17 years- with the New York City Department of Education; highlights of her tenure include serving as Executive Director for School Quality and as the founding principal of the Academy for Young Writers, a 6-12 school located in East New York, Brooklyn. She began her career teaching high school English Language Arts in the Bronx and holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Baruch College.
Dvora Inwood, Founding Educator of Larchmont Charter School, Larchmont Charter School West Hollywood and Los Feliz School for the Arts; curriculum author for teacher education at Insight Education Group and The New Teacher Project; former teacher at Los Angeles schools (Harvard-Westlake, Archer School, Aviva Center); educational consultant to start-up charter schools. BA, Harvard University; M.A. in Education, Stanford University.