About Us

Board of Trustees

Officers

List of 2 items.

  • 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."

  • Stuart MacFarlane | Vice Chair

    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.”

Board of Trustees

List of 16 items.

  • Jason Adler

    Jason Adler currently serves a Director in The Cronos Group and is the Co-founder and Managing Member of Gotham Green Partners, a private equity firm focused primarily on early-stage investing in companies in the cannabis industry. Prior to co-founding Gotham Green, Mr. Adler was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet Partners, LP, a New York City based multi-strategy investment management firm, focused on identifying mis-priced assets across various industries, asset classes and geographies. Before that, Mr. Adler also founded Geronimo LLC, a broker dealer and member of the American Stock Exchange, that made markets in equity options, and he began his career as a Market Maker at G&D Trading. Mr. Adler graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island. Jason and his wife Rachel are the parents of Jack (’23).

    Why Vistamar?

    "I love Vistamar because at its core it challenges students to be supportive of each other while encouraging students to explore things out of their comfort zone. The mix of Vistamar’s diverse classes, clubs, and sports with a rockstar faculty makes for an environment that supports education, new interests, self-confidence, and social well-being. In addition, the diverse background of the student body is a unique tool that adds to the richness of the community.  Students graduate from Vistamar as independent and critical thinkers who care about their community and the world."
  • Princess Baltimore

    Princess Baltimore received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she focused her studies on International Politics and Philosophy.  After foregoing an opportunity to enter the US Foreign Service Corps, Ms. Baltimore returned to California to be closer to her immediate family. After working 2 years in the commercial insurance industry with the Marsh & McLennan Companies, Ms. Baltimore decided to pursue a law degree and graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law a few years later. Ms. Baltimore has dedicated her legal career to the service of the most vulnerable in our communities - abused and neglected children and youth. She has worked for the Children’s Law Center of California (“CLC”), a national leader in the area of juvenile court advocacy, for 27 years in a host of roles that include everything from litigation to recruitment, program management, and fundraising. Ms. Baltimore and her husband Dennis are the proud parents of a Vistamar Viking (Class of 2024) and their dog, Archer. 
     
    Why Vistamar?
     
    "In these challenging times, I can’t imagine having my daughter attend a school other than Vistamar.  The care and concern that teachers and staff consistently demonstrate while students try to navigate through a distance-learning environment has been phenomenal.  Teachers routinely show an ability to meet students where they’re at while also encouraging students to bring their best selves to an unconventional school setting.  Also, as a product of an independent school, it has been refreshing for our family to find ourselves in a school community where the notion of diversity is not just a talking point but a palpable, tangible fact of life that you immediately feel the moment that you set foot on Vistamar’s campus.  Vistamar is not just producing good students, but more importantly, it is producing good citizens."
  • 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."

  • Mike Burke

    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."
  • 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 (Vistamar '24.) He and his family live in the View Park/ Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles and are 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 at Vistamar (’22 and '24.) 
     
    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”
  • Darlene Fountaine

    Darlene Fountaine brings experience in education and personal development. She is a certified life coach and founder of Your Go-To Coaches. She was the Director of Admissions at Westside Neighborhood School for nine years, a trustee at the Willows Community School and chaired the Parent Association. For two years, Darlene chaired the Admission Director’s consortium for Los Angeles Area Independent Schools (LAIS). She currently chairs the board advisory committee on DEI at Westside Neighborhood School, and is a board member at the Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools (SoCal POCIS). 
     
    Darlene earned a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan and a MBA from USC. She holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, and is a certified life coach through the International Coach Federation. 
     
    Darlene and her husband live in Ladera Heights with their son, who graduated from Vistamar in 2015.
     
    Why Vistamar?
     
    "I love the spirit of Vistamar—the way it feels when you walk through the doors, down the corridors and across the campus. I believe it offers a unique high school experience that prepares students for life, not just college. I love the size of Vistamar, and that with a little effort, a student could know everyone in his class, if not the school. I love the access to teachers and the individualized attention afforded to each student. I love that students with many interests do not have to choose just one, but can explore them all. I love the fact that no one is invisible and most importantly, Vistamar’s commitment to all types of diversity."
  • Parker Hudnut

    Parker Hudnut is an educator working to open doors of opportunity for youth in Los Angeles and Inglewood.  Parker currently serves as the CEO of ICEF Public Schools, a network of public charter schools.  He is also a board member of GALS-LA, an all-girls charter middle school, and CharterSAFE, the statewide insurance provider for public charter schools.  Parker is also committed to supporting financial opportunities and serves as a board member and Audit Chair of Accion Opportunity Fund, the largest non-profit small business lender in the country.  Parker has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from the University of Virginia.  Parker and his wife Melissa WIckman are proud Vistamar parents of Logan ('22) and Catherine ('24).

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar is inclusive in admissions, academics, and engagement; this intentionality supports students to flourish and become leaders in diverse dimensions, a requirement for success in our modern world.  The blend of well-rounded personal and academic expectations for each student combine with a warm and nurturing environment to create a perfect launchpad for my daughters."
  • Leanne Huebner

    Leanne Huebner is a nationally-recognized nonprofit leader and seasoned social entrepreneur with over 15 years of nonprofit board experience.   Today, Leanne serves as National Board Co-Chair of Minds Matter, a nationwide organization that guides low-income students to college and life success she co-founded back in 1991.   As Founding Board Chair, Leanne led efforts to launch an early-start middle school in an underserved area of South Los Angeles in 2013.  In 2015, she helped establish the First Generation Low Income Program at her alma mater University of Pennsylvania where she serves on the Trustee's Council of Penn Women.  Previously, Leanne served on the boards of Manhattan Beach Education Foundation and the Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Leanne, her husband Kyle, and son Justin '24 reside in Manhattan Beach.

    Why Vistamar?


    "Vistamar's faculty and staff create a globally-minded learning environment where every student is individually challenged, authentically valued, and respectfully heard.  Its diverse student body builds a vibrant school community truly reflective of what Los Angeles is -- and will continue to be.  It is a community that envisions what the rest of society might strive towards, full of knowledge preparing these students for tomorrow's opportunities."
  • 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."

  • 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.”   
     
  • Gregory McGinity

    Gregory McGinity is the Executive Director for CCSA Advocates, which supports the California nonprofit charter school community and engages in efforts to provide education and resources to help more charter schools increase civic participation on their campuses.  Previously, Gregory served as the Executive Director of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s investments to improve public urban education.  Gregory has also served as Chief of Staff to the California Secretary of Education, as the Senior Education Policy Consultant to the California State Board of Education, as a Legislative Liaison in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education and was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education. 
     
    Gregory is married to Julie Justus McGinity and is the proud father of two awesome daughters – Nora (Cal Lutheran University) and Erin (Vistamar ’22).  He and his family live in Redondo Beach and are active parishioners at American Martyrs Catholic Community.

    Why Vistamar?

    "Vistamar is a special place, a special community, a special school.  They are intentional about all aspects of delivering a great, well-rounded education to all their students.  They meet each student’s needs and help each student reach their potential.  The leadership and the faculty deliver a different and better kind of high school experience every day in every classroom.  Most important to me is that my daughter can tell you with joy why she loves going to high school every day." 
  • Sandy Montalvo

    Sandy is the Director for the Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach - Court Referral Community Service Program. She oversees six offices and coordinates the community service efforts which allow misdemeanants the opportunity to contribute service to their communities in lieu of a fine or jail sentence. She also coordinates the Hospital and Morgue (HAM) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) classes. These classes expose offenders to the lasting damage caused by substance impaired driving, with the aim of creating an empathy and understanding that will change their thinking and behavior, preventing future offenses.
     Sandy is married to Joseluis Montalvo and the proud mother of two children, David (Vistamar ’23), and Sophia (’25). She and her family live in Los Angeles and are actively involved in their community.
     
    Why Vistamar?

     “I love Vistamar because it is a community where everyone feels welcome. I see my children being challenged and the fabulous faculty has a connection with the kids that pushes them towards personal growth. I love the fact that my kids are happy and they want to be there. I know that academics can be challenging, but I see the kids thriving on it. I know they will be ready and well prepared for whatever awaits them in the future. Vistamar is a well-rounded school with top faculty, excellent academics, a wide range of activities, a very diverse population, and a safe and friendly environment.”  
     
  • Julie Smith-Clementi

    Julie Smith-Clementi is an Architect in Los Angeles with over 30 years of experience. She approaches architecture in a holistic way, integrating all aspects and scales of design.  Her background includes 20 years as CEO of the product design company, notNeutral, focusing on the Specialty Coffee Industry.
     
    Julie and her husband/business partner, Frank Clementi, have recently started their own firm that expands beyond architecture into a multidisciplinary practice including landscape, interior design, product design, and urban design. 
     
    Julie and Frank have two daughters, Emilia and Nina (Vistamar ’21) and are 30 year residents of Venice, CA.  Prior to joining Vistamar’s board, Julie was on the Building and Grounds committee helping with the development of the Viking Commons.  She held a similar position at Westside Neighborhood School and was the architect for their Gym, Science, Art and Child Care Center renovation.
     
    Why Vistamar? 
     
    “I believe in the mission of the school to provide an expansive education that celebrates different points of view and exposes the students to varied perspectives. I appreciate the access students have to the faculty and the administration. The education at Vistamar is individualized and accessible. And I love how the arts are celebrated in this close-knit community.”
     
  • Aliya White

    Aliya White graduated from Vistamar School in 2009.  She was a member of the "Pioneer Class"  -- one of the first students to complete all four years at Vistamar.  Being a part of the newest independent school in the city and having a part of creating the culture of the school was terrific.  During her time at Vistamar, she was involved in Honor Council and played varsity soccer and junior varsity volleyball.  As an alumna of Vistamar, she 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 at a school where 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.

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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