About Us

Board of Trustees

Officers

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  • Kris Rone | Chair

    Kris Rone is a business and marketing executive who has experience operating, marketing, and developing business strategies and plans for companies like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings, and Target Stores.

    Most recently, Kris was the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to that, she was President of Fox Sports One, a company that was responsible for all sponsorship revenue for Staples Center, the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and LA Dodgers. Before being involved in professional sports, she was SVP for the Haworth Group, and handled all of Target’s sports marketing and media efforts around the country.

    Kris has also been involved with several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including serving on the board of Para Los Ninos and the Dodger Dream Foundation. She is a mother of two (Vistamar ’18 and ’21), an avid athlete and coach of youth sports.

    Why Vistamar?

    "I love Vistamar because our mission and core values allow our students to grow and learn in an environment rich in diversity, programmatic excellence and creativity. Our students are valued, and they leave Vistamar empowered to express themselves, become change makers, and are comfortable engaging in a diverse world."

  • Mike Burke | Vice Co-Chair

    Mike Burke is a commercial real estate expert who completed a 30year career at CBRE in 2013. At CBRE Mike held numerous positions concluding being the team leader for the Private Client team located in Southern LA County. Mike was a founding member of the National Private Client Group within CBRE and served for several years on its board of directors. 

    Since leaving CBRE Mike has operated a consulting business that focuses on families in transition where portfolios of properties are transferring from one generation to another.
     
    Mike graduated from Arizona State University in 1983 with a BS in Business and Real Estate. In addition to Vistamar, Mike has been involved with Children’s Hospital LA and the Richstone Center. Mike and his wife, Mary, live in the South Bay and have 2 children (Vistamar ’15 and ‘18).

    Why Vistamar?

    "The structure that Vistamar operates under is progressive and unique. The diversity of the campus, small class sizes and extremely dedicated faculty and staff have all come together to create and environment and culture that is really something special. The students sense of community is higher than I have ever seen in other independent high schools."
     
  • Jeff Williams | Vice Co-Chair

    Jeff works as a counselor at Pepperdine University supporting the mental health needs of both undergraduate and graduate students. He also works as a Therapist for Children’s Institute, Inc. for the program, Project Fatherhood, where he engages and supports fathers of “at-risk” children through therapy and parent education. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from Biola University in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

    Jeff is active at his church and involved in several community service activities. He and his wife Dawn live in Inglewood, California with their three daughters all of which are Vistamar alumnae.

    Why Vistamar?

    "I love Vistamar because of their commitment to diversity of thought, culture and ideas. Vistamar truly believes that this diversity is vital to fully prepare students to be citizens of the world.

    Why Vistamar? Because they have a faculty and staff that is both equally prepared and committed to the education and support of our students and preparing them for the world ahead."

Board of Trustees

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  • Annmarie Atain

    Annmarie is an art teacher at Westside Neighborhood School for grades DK - four. She received her B.A. in Human Development with an Emphasis in Art Education from Pacific Oaks College. She has dedicated a total of thirteen years as the P.T.A. Hands-on Art Coordinator at Juan Cabrillo and Peter Burnett Elementary Schools in the Wiseburn School District. She was also an active member of PAVE during Vistamar’s first four years, and she recently served on our Head Search Committee. Annmarie's daughter, Alyssa, graduated from Vistamar in 2009 and is now a sophomore at Princeton.
  • Mike Armitage

    Mike Armitage is a partner at Waters, Kraus & Paul and is the managing attorney for the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mike has focused on toxic torts, product liability, pharmaceutical and Qui Tam (Whistleblower) cases since joining the firm in 2000.
     
    Born in Surrey, England but with family roots in New Orleans and Australia, Mike grew up attending American international schools around the world. He returned to New Orleans and obtained a BA degree, magna cum laude in Political Science, and a JD, cum laude, from Tulane University. While at Tulane, he was elected to The Order of the Coif and taught legal research and writing. Mike is the former board chair of Vistamar and lives with his two children (Vistamar ’15 and ’17) in Hermosa Beach. He has been a resident of the South Bay for over 20 years.
  • Tate Behrens

    Tate Behrens, Vistamar ’08, is founder and CEO of Bundled Bashes. Starting her career in marketing in public relations, Tate has worked in both corporate and start-up companies in Los Angeles. In 2018, she decided to start Bundled Bashes as she saw a need in the market for corporate gifting. Her entrepreneurial voice that blossomed at Vistamar as she was able her cultivate her own brand and develop and interest in business.

    Why Vistamar?

    "My love for Vistamar began during my school interview as I knew that my education and intellectual growth would thrive in such a small, intimate environment. To this day, I find happiness in knowing the ethos and core values still remain how they were during the school’s founding days and years later, I continue to have a strong bond with the founding faculty, founders and other Viking friends."
  • Carla Buck

     
    Carla Buck is head of Product Vision and Operations for WIN, which connects homeless youth of LA to critical resources. She is a co-owner of Quivira Solutions, which manages real estate and technology businesses. She has over 15 years of experience consulting to Fortune 500 companies on strategy, technology and operations solutions through her work at top tier management consulting firms.

    Carla has served on the boards of Pathways LA, the Everychild Foundation, Children’s House of Hope and has been active in local education organizations.

    Raised in Texas, Carla earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from UCLA. Carla and her husband, Jack Levy, live in Hermosa Beach and have 2 Vistamar alumnae (’17 and ‘19). She is passionate about learning, history and exploring the world.

    Why Vistamar?

    "I love that everything Vistamar does is intentionally designed to achieve its mission.

    I love that Vistamar students get this amazing education in an environment where they can breathe and explore and be honored for who they are.  And when they graduate they have learned to know themselves and become active owners of their future."

  • Derrick Butler

    Dr. Butler is a Family Medicine Physician and HIV Specialist practicing in South Central Los Angeles. He serves as Chief Medical Officer at the To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Clinic, a federally qualified community health center and is the Director of T.H.E Clinic’s HIV Program. He is also a faculty member of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center at Charles Drew University.   With an additional interest in international health, Dr. Butler has lived in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and has participated in medical missions in various parts of Africa.
     
    Derrick is married to Gayle Butler and the proud father of three children, Derrick (Vistamar ’17), Justin and Andrew. He and his family live in the View Park/ Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles and have been active members of the community.

    Why Vistamar?

    "I love Vistamar because its community fosters belonging for each student and allows the student to find their particular niche. The philosophy and curriculum force the students to take their education into their own hands and become courageous, exploratory, and confident. There is no cookie-cutter formula or a feed and regurgitate mentality here that exists at other schools. Independent thought and discovery are championed."
  • Erin Freeman

    Erin Freeman is a Los Angeles native who grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA. She received her BA from Pitzer College (‘92) and her MBA (‘98) from USC. Prior to starting a family, she worked as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and then in investment banking at Bank of America and Newman & Associates. She specialized in raising both equity and debt for highly structured real estate transactions.
     
    Erin has volunteered in the classroom and as a soccer coach. Additionally, she worked at a homeless shelter in Las Vegas for women and children and currently volunteers at Safe Place for Youth, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Venice. She is passionate about children and helping them find their best selves.
     
    Erin and her husband, Jim, have two daughters, one at Vistamar (’22) and one an 8th grader at a local independent school.
     
    Why Vistamar?
     
    “I fell in love with Vistamar when my daughter took her entrance exam at the school. I loved the interior pods and common areas and how the school felt like a collaborative space. Once I learned more about the curriculum, especially VistaMath, and the diversity of the school, I knew it was a special environment where the students can be themselves while finding out who they really are and what truly inspires them. I have never seen a more passionate faculty who actually knows each kid and what they bring to the table”
  • Paul Hechmer

    Paul most recently served as the CEO and CIO of del Rey Global Investors, a money management firm he founded in 2009 that specialized in global equity investing. Prior to that he helped co-found and run Tradewinds Global Investors where he served as portfolio manager for their international equity portfolios. Paul earned an MBA in 1993 from UCLA’s Anderson School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.
     
    Before joining Vistamar’s board, Paul served for 6 years on the board at Westside Neighborhood School. He and wife Tess live in Manhattan Beach and are alumni parents of Davis (Vistamar ‘17) and Allison (Vistamar ‘19).

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar's small size and low teacher to student ratio allows the teachers to really get to know the individual students.  The feedback they consistently provide throughout the year is fantastic and invaluable towards making sure nothing falls between the cracks and your child is learning at their best potential."  
  • Gary Horwitz

    Gary Horwitz, a Managing Director of the JLL Los Angeles region, exclusively represents Tenants and specializes in multi-market account management.Throughout his career, he has represented tenants in structuring and negotiating lease and purchase transactions. Mr. Horwitz provides his clients with a full range of advisory services and is an expert in orchestrating specialty services, including consulting/strategic planning, project management and lease administration. He enjoys helping his clients shape real estate strategies that support their overall corporate objectives.
  • Neil Kinney

    Neil is the Co-Founder and President of three companies operating in the food packaging and food service industries. TechFlex Packaging, LLC, specializes in barrier films, pouches and packaging primarily for the retail food industry. Ocean Direct, LLC is a seafood processor specializing in domestic, U.S. wild caught seafood. Rich Chicks, LLC produces a line of healthier and more nutritious poultry products primarily for the K-12 school markets.
     
    Neil earned an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1991 and graduated from Georgetown University in 1986.
     
    Most recently Neil served on the Board of Trustees for Westerly School in Long Beach and acted as Board Chair for 6 years. He and is wife, Michell, have 2 daughters (Vistamar ’19 and ’21).

    Why Vistamar?

    "The Vistamar founders studied the best educational and high school practices from around the world before designing the school and its curriculum. Using these best in class ideas, Vistamar delivers a high school experience that combines academic rigor, social development, and balance and, in the end, produces terrific results. Graduating students have a strong voice, are academically confident, problem solvers, and are prepared for the next step."
  • Laila Kollmorgen

    Laila Kollmorgen is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at PineBridge Investments. She attended Wellesley College where she received a BA, an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in international business from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. She’s lived in Brazil, Spain, Germany, and prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2015, in London. She speaks German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
     
    Laila is actively involved with promoting increased diversity in financial services and asset management. She is a member of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce at PineBridge, Chair of the Committee of 100 Women in Finance in Los Angeles, member of the organization committee of Women in Institutional Investments Network, and member of the CFA Society Los Angeles.
     
    Laila and her husband live in Westchester with their son, Vistamar ’21.

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar provides students the ability to stretch their abilities, be exposed to other students from diverse backgrounds, and develop the skills and confidence to enter a quickly changing world where learning to be adaptive and having the capacity to integrate into new situations will be essential life tools."
  • Laura Konigsberg

    Dr. Laura Konigsberg is Head of School at Turning Point School. Before coming to Turning Point in 2016, she served in the role of Associate Head of Bentley School, a dual campus K-12 co-ed day school in the San Francisco East Bay where she oversaw grades Kindergarten through Grade 8. Laura’s prior experience as English Department Chair 9-12, and Dean of Teaching and Learning K-12, was integral in enriching Bentley’s curriculum and academic program.
     
    Dr. Konigsberg earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis; in addition, she holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and on the faculty of the Heads Network’s Women’s Leadership Seminar.

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar encourages high school students to thrive intellectually and fosters reflection and the development of an interconnected view of the world.  I have seen this approach at its best in the VistaMath program and the senior projects."

  • Eli Lieber

    Eli Lieber, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Psychologist, UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Center for Culture and Health and co-founder of a consulting company which develops and provides access to Dedoose—a data management and analysis web app. He’s lived in Manhattan Beach since 1998 with wife Teresa after five years living and working in Taiwan and has children Alina (Vistamar ‘09), David (‘12), and Sam (‘15) and god-daughter Nancy. Eli happily volunteers for anything associated with his children and/or soccer and loves to travel, cycle, ski, cook, eat, and enjoy family and friends.

    Why Vistamar?

    "We fell in love with Vistamar’s language offerings and progressive student-centered education—our children’s success in higher education serving as evidence for our wise choice and commitment."
  • Lorin Liesy

    Lorin Liesy is Director of Product Management for Capital Group’s institutional retirement business, overseeing product strategy and business management functions for the broad retirement and insurance market. She has worked at Capital Group since 1992 and is currently active in the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts as well as mentoring younger associates.
     
     
    Lorin is a graduate of Occidental College with a degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs. She is a Southern California native and lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, Doug Dust, and two children (Vistamar ’21 and ’23). She enjoys supporting her kids’ passion for volleyball and musical theater, as well as rooting for the Dodgers and Rams with family and friends.
     
    Why Vistamar?
     
    “I love Vistamar’s supportive and welcoming community, which gives students the comfort to be their authentic selves and the confidence to explore the individuals they will become. Vistamar’s commitment to fostering independent thinking through a collaborative approach to learning provides students with a strong foundation for their future endeavors.”   
     
  • Stuart MacFarlane

    Stu MacFarlane is Chief Marketing Officer of Internet Brands’ portfolio of health businesses.  In his role, he leads marketing and new business development for companies targeting both health professionals and consumers, including WebMD.  Prior to that, Stu founded several internet and technology companies in the Los Angeles area.  Stu earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard University.
     
    Stu and his wife Kathleen Waters live in Manhattan Beach with their two daughters, Anna and Tess (Vistamar ’21), and have two nieces who are recent Vistamar graduates (’18 and ’19).
     
    Why Vistamar?
     
    “I love how Vistamar combines academic rigor with a community experience that encourages students to take risks, work with people of different backgrounds and points of view, and build a passion for learning.  Vistamar graduates are well prepared not only for the college experience, but for navigating in the real world.”
  • Sheba Posnansky

    Sheba is an Independent Travel Consultant at Altour International (a travel corporation). With over 30 years in the travel industry, Sheba has extensive experience with group travel, exotic destinations and primarily specialized in Entertainment & Band travel. Sheba earned her BA from UCLA in World Arts and Culture.
     
    A committed volunteer, Sheba applies her extra time to her favorite charities and volunteering on anything associated with her children. She served as a division manager and as a board member at AYSO Region 1031 for 4 years. Sheba loves to travel with her family, watching soccer, cake decorating, cooking, running and a good mystery book.
     
    Sheba was born in Uganda, immigrating to Los Angeles with her Ugandan Mother & English Father in 1978. She currently lives in View Park with her husband Jonathan and her two children (Vistamar ’14 & ’16).

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar was a no-brainer -- it ticked off all we were looking for in education...diversity, a globally-centered education and a genuine sense of community."
  • Aliya White

    Aliya White graduated from Vistamar School in 2009.  She was a member of the "Pioneer Class" being one of the first students to complete all four years at Vistamar.  Being a part of the newest independent schhol in the city and having the experience os creating the culture of the school was terrific.  During her time at Vistamar, she was involved in Honor Council and palyed varsity soccer and junior varsity volleyball.  As an alumna of Vistamar, whe is excited to be on the Board and bring the unique perspective of a previous student.  Aliya works in management consulting at Deloitte and previously worked at J.P. Morgan in both the Investment Bank and Wealth Management sectors in London, England.

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar is a community in which students are encouraged by other students, faculty and staff to be their truly authentic selves.  It is a place full of opportunities to create your own pathway; the perfect place for teenagers to explore their interests.  I chose Vistamar because I knew I would get an education in which teachers are invested in my growth and provide attention in smaller classes.  The open and encouraging community is unlike any other high school I have seen."

Board of Trustees

Vistamar School’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of the school. Its members collaborate with the Head of School to guard the school’s mission and ensure effective governance and growth. The comprehensive work of the Board is conducted by committees that focus on strategic planning, finance, facilities, fundraising, community outreach, and several other key focus areas.

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and distinguished community leaders representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds, skills, and perspectives.
    • Board of Trustees

Romayne Levee - Founding Board Chair

Vistamar's founders were driven by the idea that there had to be a better way to do high school. It was our mission to teach deeply rather than broadly and to promote balance over burn-out--all while being relentless in our embrace of diversity of thought and
experience.
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.

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