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Marcia Shulman (“Marci”) has spent her career working in special education and has been a Resource Specialist at La Ballona Elementary School in Culver City since 1993. Her three children are all graduates of the Culver City schools and Marci was an active PTA officer and volunteer during their school years. She has been a CCEF Board Member since 1999 and served as the Board President from 2011 through 2014. As president, Marci attended the Annenberg Foundation Alchemy Leadership Seminars with the Executive Director and worked with other members to implement strategies to improve the effectiveness of the board in carrying out CCEF’s mission. After receiving a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, Marci earned an MSEd in special education from the University of Southern California.
A resident of Culver City since 1995, Aileen and her husband Scott have two children, one in high school and one in elementary school. Aileen has been a CCEF board member since 2010 and served as Fundraising Chair for two years. She received her Psychology Degree from UCLA and has over 20 years experience in Human Resources Management. Aileen currently provides HR support for a homeless service agency which offers street outreach, emergency services, and crisis intervention referrals in Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, and other Westside communities.
Beth is a management consultant who has previously held executive roles within the entertainment industry, including Sony Pictures Entertainment. As a business and strategic solutions executive, Beth has years of experience in enterprise system design, global distribution and sales and operations planning. Her focus is helping organizations integrate commercial, financial, operational, and technical disciplines to develop market growth results. Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, Television and Film from UCLA and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She and her husband Dave are raising two sons who are currently attending CCMS and CCHS. Beth joined the CCEF board in 2014.
Jody Reichel is a graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She is a writer, and enjoys putting her talents to work for the cause of our CCUSD students. Jody has been a member of the CCEF Board since 2010. Active in school site councils, booster clubs and PTAs at every school her children attended, Jody served as President of the Culver City Council of PTAs from July 2013 thru June 2015. Both of Jody’s children attended CCUSD schools from kindergarten through high school, graduating in 2013 and 2015.
Angel Eduardo Matos is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in the Beverly Hills office. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Cleveland State University. Angel was born in Caracas, Venezuela, was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Los Angeles 10 years ago, where he and his wife Julie have proudly called Culver City their home since 2010. Angel was brought up in a household where both his parents taught in local high schools and universities, which has given him a firsthand appreciation for the efforts of our educators. He joined CCEF in 2014. In his first leadership opportunity he co-chaired for CCEF the joint venture with Culver City Chamber of Commerce on their annual golf tournament.
Megan Kirkpatrick has 15 years experience in the field of arts education. At the Los Angeles County Arts Commission she serves as Senior Manager of Arts for All, the County arts education initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Through grants and professional development she supports the quality of arts education teaching and learning in school districts and arts organizations across the County. Previous work experiences include Education Director at Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company where she led in-school arts education programs and grant writer and education consultant for Deaf West Theatre. Megan currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California. She has been on the CCEF Board since 2012. She is parent of a student at Farragut Elementary School.
Cathi Green-Bratton has been teaching for over 25 years, and currently teaches 6th grade English Language Arts at Culver City Middle School. Her two grown sons are products of Culver City schools, where she was an active booster club and PTA volunteer. Joining the board of CCEF in 2011 was a natural extension for her activism in ensuring an equally successful education for all students in Culver City. Cathi received her BA from UCLA in 1976 and her Masters in Education in 2010.
Martin Feinberg and his wife Kim have been Culver City residents for over 30 years. All five of their children attended Culver City Schools (Spanish Immersion Program) from start to finish. Martin has been active over the years in PTAs, and has worked as a volunteer for numerous civic and academic endeavors. As a prominent Culver City Realtor for over 26 years, Martin recognizes the importance of a quality school system as a core component to insure strong property values.
A native Angeleno who likes swimming, reading and traveling, Jessica Beagles-Roos dates her connections with CCUSD from the 80’s when she conducted research projects in elementary schools. Her academic background in developmental psychology including cognitive and language development, underlie her staunch support of public education. Jessica began volunteering when her twins started kindergarten in CCUSD (CCHS ’03). Jessica believed in devoting as much time to the district as to her own children’s schools so she was active in school site councils, PTA (school and council levels) ALL (Advocates for Language Learning) as well as with several district task forces. She joined the CCEF Board in 1995 when her sons were in elementary school and was elected to two terms on the Board of Education (2001-2009). Jessica continues to support students as a board member of The Friends of the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center and as a member and past chair of CCUSD’s Community Budget Advisory Committee. Jessica has a BA from UCSD (Revelle College) and a PhD from UCLA in psychology.
Jane Harada has been a CCEF board member since 2001 and currently serves as parliamentarian and chair of the board development committee. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a teaching credential from UCLA, and was a former teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District for 12 years. While her children were attending CCUSD schools, Jane was an active volunteer serving in all leadership roles in both the PTSA and Booster Clubs. Jane currently works in the accounting department of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, which is the largest law practice in the country dedicated to the representation of health care providers. For the past 24 years, Jane has also been an active volunteer with the “League” for the Orthopedic Institute for Children, where she sits on the executive board and is their secretary. Jane and her husband, Ken, have two daughters, who attended CCUSD from kindergarten through high school (CCHS ’02 and ’06).
Susannah has been privileged to be a full-time volunteer in support of our students and schools since 1999. She has been active in the PTA at the school site and council levels and continues to serve on the Executive Board of the Thirty-Third District of the California State PTA. Susannah has been a CCEF board member since 2006 and Recording Secretary since 2011. She has a PhD in Medieval History from Cornell University and received her BA from University of Pennsylvania. Susannah and her husband have been residents of Culver City since 1989; their two children attended CCUSD schools K-12 (CCHS ’09 and ’11).
Rich Hibbs works as a management consultant for many organizations and as a tax practitioner. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Rider University in 1979 and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California since 1987. Rich has been on the CCEF Board since 2010 and also currently serves on a number of non-profit boards of directors, such as Ballona Creek Renaissance, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce (past Chair), Ballona Lagoon Marine Preserve and the Culver City Council’s Finance Advisory Committee. Rich is a former coach and current referee for AYSO Region 19. He and his wife Paula are the proud parents of two children in the Culver City School District.
Wendy Hamill is involved in Culver City schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels with three children in 2nd, 9th, and 11th grades. She has served on the PTA boards at El Marino and CCMS for several years, and is an active volunteer at the schools. Wendy is an accountant for Parallax Architecture in Culver City, and also works as a bookkeeper for non-profit organizations. She earned a BS in Finance and International Business from Miami University in Ohio, and an MBA in Non-Profit Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business. Wendy loves to apply her business skills and experience in the non-profit arena to further an organization’s mission. She has been a CCEF board member since 2011 and is currently serving as Board President.
Judy is an art teacher, a registered art therapist and an artist who works in glass and fabric. Judy started her years of volunteering as a board member of Westside Jewish Community Center and then La Playa Nursery School. She was elected onto El Marino Language School’s Site Counsel and continued volunteering all through her children’s school years. Presently, she works for LACMA as a teaching artist, specializing in teaching the very young, those with special needs and instructing teachers on using art in their classroom. Judy earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. With her husband, Mitch, they raised three sons who attended CCUSD schools and all went on and graduated from college.
Chris Richardson has been the Administrator for CCEF since May of 2010. Previously, she was the Executive Assistant to the three principals of Summit Architects, DBA Summit Project Management, a company specializing in owner’s representation, programming, master planning and cost control of large commercial and educational construction projects. Before moving to Summit Architects, Chris was an independent contractor/owner for fifteen years of Checks in the Mail, a bookkeeping/personal assistant service, serving independent clientele in the entertainment and other high profile industries. She studied Fine Arts and Writing at UCLA, Cal State Northridge, and SMCC. Chris is a writer of fiction, an occasional watercolor painter and a passionate supporter of keeping the Blues alive.
Leslie Adler has served as the Executive Director of the Culver City Education Foundation (CCEF) since December of 2009. Prior to that, she was on the CCEF board for five years. Her two children attended Culver City District schools K-12. Leslie was an active PTA member, Booster Club officer and volunteer during her children’s school years.
Leslie’s training in the Annenberg Foundation Alchemy Leadership Seminar and Alchemy+ Seminar helped focus Leslie on the task of substantiating and growing CCEF’s fundraising goals and efforts. To this end, Leslie has been working with CCEF board members to develop and implement strategies to increase the board’s effectiveness in carrying out CCEF’s mission.
In addition to her work with CCEF, Leslie is proud of her 20+ years of involvement with the Venice Art Walk which benefited the Venice Family Clinic. Leslie chaired the annual community fundraising event for three years. Earlier in her non-profit career, Leslie was the chairperson for the Cartoon Gallery, Market Place and Kids’ Corner. Furthermore, she has served on the Art Museum Council for LACMA in various capacities. The Amie Karen Cancer Fund and Aids research are also among the many worthy causes Leslie has supported.
Leslie holds a Fashion Design degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. During her earlier professional career, she worked in the apparel industry as a Creative and Design Director for over 22 years, designing everything from women’s and children’s fashion, home decor and more.