BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Justin Brown joined the FOWHE Board in June, 2019.

Justin and his wife, Christina, have been parents at the school since 2012, when their oldest of three sons, Griffin, began TK. They are very excited to watch Griffin graduate 5thgrade on June 6th! Their two younger boys, Callum and Steffen, are finishing third and second grades, respectively.

 

This will be Justin’s second term serving on the Board, after previously serving as Vice President and Co-President in 2013 – 2015. Justin also participated on the Hiring Committee for a previous Principal, and served as a Room Parent one year. He has worked closely with both LAUSD and the City of West Hollywood to advocate for families in the community. Christina currently serves as the Room Parent Coordinator, overseeing all of the room parents for each of the classrooms.

 

Justin is excited to rejoin the Board and to build on the terrific work done by the previous Board. He looks forward to meeting new families and engaging them to be a part of what makes our school the incredible place that it is-- a culture and a sense of community achieved through parent volunteers working in close collaboration with our wonderful teaching staff, Principal and administrators.

Luke Schugren

Vice President

Luke Schugren joined the FOWHE board in January, 2019.

A California native, Luke grew up in the Bay Area but has spent time in the City of Angels visiting relatives from an early age.  The Schugren family has been at WeHo since 2013, currently a son in 5th grade, a son in 3rd grade and a daughter in Kinder.  A new puppy keeps Luke busy roaming Runyon canyon when he isn't organizing baseball leagues.  

Rachel Schmeidler

Co-Treasurer

Rachel Schmeidler joined the FOWHE Board in January, 2019.

Rachel spends her days in both the art and business  world.  She is the lucky mother of two amazing kids and the FOWHE Treasurer.

Tara Hiromura

Co-Treasurer

Tara joined the FOWHE Board as Co-Treasurer in the fall of 2019.

Tara and her husband, Chris, have been happy members of the West Hollywood Elementary community since their oldest daughter, Sachi, was part of the inaugural TK class in 2011. Their youngest daughter, Hana, is now in 3rd grade. Over the years, Tara has served on the Enrichments Committee, volunteered as a Room Parent, and helped out around campus whenever her work schedule allowed.

A native of Southern California, Tara has spent most of her adult life working as an attorney and legal writing professor. Now "semi-retired," she spends her time leading Hana's Girl Scout troop, chauffeuring her daughters around town, and playing tennis whenever she can. 

Jordana Holdridge

Director of Communications

Jordana Holdridge joined the FOWHE Board in October 2017. As a new parent to the school, she jumped right in, excited to take an active role in this amazing community. She is also room parent for her daughter’s 1st grade class and was on the Halloween committee. She is very excited that her youngest child will be attending WHE in TK next year!

Jordana started her own business 15 years ago and continues to manage artists in the beauty, style and entertainment industry.  

Brigett Levine

Fundraising Committee

Brigett joined the FOWHE Board in January 2018.

A native of Montana, Brigett Levine moved all over the US growing up in 9 cities, 7 schools, 2 high schools, and a partridge in a pear tree. But, moving from Seattle to LA almost 20 years ago practically makes her a native Angelino, right!?  Brigett and her husband found West Hollywood Elementary in 2013 when their son started TK. With their daughter starting Kinder in the Fall of 2018, contributing to WeHo has become a true family affair.

 

Brigett loves being involved with the school and its wonderful community! She has served as a room parent for 3 years, the room parent coordinator for 2, the head of the Art Show committee for 2, and tries to lend a hand whenever and wherever it’s needed.

In whatever spare time is left, Brig loves hanging with friends, dance parties with her family, and putting arm bars on her hubby.

Missi Stein

Community Committee

Missi joined the FOWHE Board in January 2018.

Missi Stein is originally from New York City and moved to Los Angeles in the 5th grade. Her very first school in Los Angeles was West Hollywood Elementary.  Missi met her very first friend at West Hollywood Elementary and 30 plus years later they are still besties.   As you can imagine this school is very close to her heart. 

Missi has an amazing husband and 2 wonderful kids in the 7th and 3rd grade. She is so excited to finally have the time to dedicate to our kids, by serving on the FOWHE board. Through the 9 years her kids have attended West Hollywood Elementary, she has volunteered in many areas.   Missi was a room parent for 3 years, assembly coordinator, on the culmination committee for her daughter and was also point parent for the Catalina trip that year. She looks forward to meeting all of you and is super excited to be a part of the FOWHE board.  Missi is ready to really help this school stay wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jessica Shiffman

​Grants Committee

Jessica joined the FOWHE Board in January 2018.

Jessica Shiffman joined the FOWHE Board in January 2018. She has been involved with West Hollywood Elementary since 2014 when her oldest daughter started Kindergarten. Her youngest joined the WEHO family this school year and Jessica has been an active parent volunteer during this time. From room parent to Halloween co-chair, she always makes time for WEHO events and fund raising activities.

 

A graduate from USC, Jessica brings her business experience in marketing, advertising, budgeting and event planning. Currently, Jessica is the founder/partner of Baby JaR, a line of luxurious baby accessories and gifts. When not at WEHO or at the Baby JaR offices, she can usually be found hiking Runyon Canyon, finding inner peace in a yoga class or competing for first place in family game night. 

Adam Friedman

Grants Committee

Adam Friedman joined the FOWHE board in January, 2020.

Adam and his family have been at West Hollywood Elementary since 2017, when their daughter entered the TK program. With a passion for ensuring a high-quality education and facility for all students, Adam initially became involved with the school as a FOWHE Representative, helping the school achieve its fundraising goals. 

Adam works as an Executive Leader in the affordable health care industry and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling in his spare time.  

Shari Shanker

Arts Committee

Shari Shanker joined the FOWHE board in Jan, 2020.

After getting lucky in the LAUSD lottery and landing in WEHO Elementary, Shari dove right into her comfort zone - being extremely active in her child's school and community. Shari is heading up The Arts Committee at WHE, is room parent and on several committees.

Shari grew up in New York and moved to California in 2011. A graduate from American University in Washington DC, Shari spent 15 years working as an executive in the music industry.  Shari currently has her own business working in television, music publishing and music supervision.  Shari has 2 sons, 5 and 2 years old with her incredible husband, Ben. When not doing something for the school or work, she can be found at CrossFit, watching documentaries, and eating sushi.

Lee Bartlett

Lee Bartlett joined the FOWHE Board in January, 2019.

Tony Lord

Tony joined the FOWHE board in January 2020.  

Tony, his wife Emily, and their 5-year-old daughter Ivy, love being a part of the West Hollywood Elementary community and all the incredible opportunities it has to offer. 

A native of Chicago, Tony moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to attend graduate school and his been here ever since. Tony works in the film industry as a writer/producer.

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