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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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NATALIE CAPLAN

PRESIDENT

Natalie and her husband Rob have been proud WeHo Elementary parents since their son, Miles, started TK in Fall 2018. She has been a FOWHE rep for her class each year, and this year has joined the FOWHE board, sharing the Communications Director role, and becoming President in December 2021. As an advocate for all that FOWHE funding provides, Natalie wanted to take on more responsibility in helping shape and communicate the vital role that FOWHE performs in the school and the direct impact it has on every child.

 

When she’s not engaged in the responsibilities her new FOWHE role has given her, Natalie works full-time in the music industry and enjoys seeing live music whenever she can. She and Rob also love hosting backyard BBQ’s with friends, many of whom are also part of the wonderful WeHo Elementary community.

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GLYNNIS MCDARIS

VICE PRESIDENT

Glynnis joined the FOWHE board first co-chairing the communications role, and then moved into the leadership role of Vice President in December 2021.
 

Glynnis and her husband, Dustin, have been members of the West Hollywood community since their older son Field began TK in 2018. Their youngest son, Lachlan 'Lachy', is now in kindergarten. 

Over the years, Glynnis has been involved with the Halloween committee, volunteered in the classroom, and contributed to campus activities.

 

When not volunteering at school, she works as an artist, photographer, and producer. She and her family are outdoors enthusiasts- lovers of hiking, swimming, running, and all things ocean and mountain-related.


Glynnis is excited to be on the FOWHE board, and looks forward to facilitating participation and enthusiasm in our wonderful school community!

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RUDY FARMANARA

MEMBER AT LARGE

ENRICHMENTS COMMITTEE CHAIR

Rudy Farmanara, AKA Shaya Haase’s mom, has been involved as a FOWHE classroom rep since 2018, joining the board this year as a member at large. She is also assisting as the room parent for Mr. Acosta’s 3rd grade class.

Her husband Illya can often be found at Stop & Drop volunteering. They are both strong believers that the more we all participate in our children’s school, the better we all are for it!!

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JESSICA VALDES

CO-COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Jessica and her husband Rocco have been part of the WeHo Elementary community since January 2020 when their daughter Summer started 2nd grade. Little brother Ace has joined this year in TK. Jessica has been a room parent for the past 2 years, while also volunteering in the classroom. In addition, she frequently volunteers for other school activities as well as Stop and Drop. 

 

Jessica is honored and proud to be part of the FOWHE board and is currently sharing the Communications Director role since April 2022. She is looking forward to growing our school community and continuing the board's mission of providing the best school experience for all our children. 

 

When not volunteering at school, Jessica and her family enjoy exploring their new city, going to museums, hiking, the theater and Dodger games. 

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ADITYA SAMANTA

CO-TREASURER

Adi and his family have been at West Hollywood Elementary since 2020. Their son Krish is now in the first grade. After a year with remote learning, they look forward to a fun filled in person learning environment. 

 

Adi leads the risk and operations for a finance and insurance company and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling in his spare time. 

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GAREN CALAC

CO-TREASURER

Garen and his wife Lindsay started as parents at West Hollywood Elementary in 2018 when their daughter Finlay was in Kindergarten.  After watching Lindsay coordinate field trips and enrichments for Finlay's classes over the years, and lead our local Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies troop, Garen decided it was time to pull his own weight for the community.  He is joining the FOWHE Board this year grateful for a behind-the-scenes role where he can continue the amazing work by the parents that came before him.  

 

A Stop & Drop volunteer enthusiast, Garen also enjoys spending time with other WHE families, bike rides with his family and searching for his favorite taco in Los Angeles.

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REBECCA EPSTEIN

MEMBER AT LARGE

SECRETARY

ARTS COMMITTEE CHAIR

This is Rebecca’s second year as a parent at West Hollywood Elementary, and her first as a member of the FOWHE board. Rebecca and her husband Aaron have one child in first grade, and their youngest is still a few years away from starting kindergarten, so Rebecca's family is invested in WHE for the long haul.

 

Rebecca joins the FOWHE board with a commitment to supporting new and existing opportunities for our students to broaden their understanding of the world around them, cultivate curiosity and a lifelong love of learning, and increase cultural awareness and inclusiveness within our community.

 

Originally from New York City, Rebecca began her career in theater, and now works primarily in film and television. In her “free” time, Rebecca loves traveling, dinner parties, live theater, and doing anything near the ocean.

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PETER GANDOLFO

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE CHAIR

Peter’s family first joined West Hollywood Elementary in Fall 2018, and since then he’s served as a FOWHE rep and a room parent. Matthew and Alec are now proud to be in 2nd grade and kindergarten, respectively. With a deep appreciation for the service of prior board members and volunteers, he’s excited to lead fundraising for FOWHE.

Beyond school, Peter is an executive coach and consultant. He and his husband Andrew enjoy traveling with the boys and making the most of everything Southern California has to offer, including the mountains and ocean, a thriving art community, and an underrated food scene.

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DOMINIQUE BARNES

CO-COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Dominique’s family joined WeHo Elementary in 2021 when her son Parker started TK. She and her family value the benefits of being at WHE and look forward to when their daughter is old enough to join her brother at school. She is delighted to bring her entrepreneurial spirit to the FOWHE Board to support the mission to sustain a culture of academic excellence, student enrichment and personal growth in partnership with WHE. Dominique is honored to be part of the Board and joined as Co-Communications Director in April 2022.  
 

Outside of school, Dominique is an entrepreneur and leader in marine conservation. In their free time her family enjoys going to the beach, trying new restaurants, and playing at local parks.