09 Aug LFCSA Board Members
Board meetings are open to the school community and we encourage your participation. Board meeting materials can be accessed here. Copies of all Board meeting documents are kept in a binder at LFCSA. Contact Michelle Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to review any documents.
Nika Serras, Chair
Qiana Patterson, Vice Chair
Lissa Sanders, Treasurer
Snehal Desai, Secretary
Seamus Garitty, Member
Jerry A. Gonzales II. Member
Margeaux Randolph, Member
Betsy Chapman, Member
Nika Serras has been a parent at Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) since 2009 with two children attending, and will be so until at least 2020. She served on the LFCSA Site Council for four years, was elected as the Parent Rep of the LFCSA Board of Directors in January 2015, was Vice Chair for the 2016-2017 school year, and as of June 2017 is now a standing member of the Board serving as Chair.
Nika holds an MFA in theatre from California Institute of the Arts where she developed curriculum and instructed undergraduate students in critical thinking, creative process, and how to form their own aesthetic both as artists & citizens. She has taught workshops for grade school through high school students across the country, led after-school academic programs, and directed children’s theatre productions in area elementary schools. Prior to grad school, she spent five years as a lead actor in a touring repertory Shakespeare company in the San Francisco Bay Area, in which she was also the resident mask-maker for all productions. She has performed in various regional, state, and national tours for companies such as the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and is a member of the Sag-AFTRA Guild.
In addition, Nika has been an award-winning screenwriter, screenplay analyst, and script competition judge. Since 2010 she has been employed at Applied Minds, an innovation design & tech company that blends art, engineering, and science serving the education, architecture, entertainment, defense, agriculture, and tech industries.
Qiana Patterson, founder and principal consultant for QP Advisors is seasoned edtech executive. Qiana brings over 10 years experience in the education sector and a wealth of leadership and project/product management expertise in the technology industry.
Prior to joining Edlio, Qiana served as the Interim CEO of Educational Networks a leading content management software platform company. While at Educational Networks, she served as a lead manager in almost all areas and teams of the company. Before Educational Networks, Qiana worked as a teacher and Dean of Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Qiana earned her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from the University of Washington, a multiple-subject teaching credential from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Lissa Sanders is a graduate of the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Lissa has been fortunate to build a successful career in Los Angeles where she has been able to intersect her creative skills with roles in program and fiscal management. Through her professional experience working in film post-production, higher education, and concurrently with a ten-year stint in promotions and marketing for CBS Radio Los Angeles, Lissa has built numerous relationships with stakeholders in radio, television, print and online media. In addition to her skills in resource management, Lissa has worked as an editor and journalist with a keen sense of effective placement, storytelling and visual representation. Lissa has written, edited, and/or consulted for numerous publications including for The Getty Museum, USC Annenberg School of Journalism, Minnesota Public Radio, and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Lissa remains connected to the arts through her professional and personal endeavors. While Lissa has lived in Los Angeles since 2003, she hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Seamus Garrity, I grew up in Santa Monica, California and attended both public and private schools. Music has always been central to my life, my focus throughout my years in school. After graduating Crossroads HightSchool for the Arts and Sciences in 1996, I became a certified yoga instructor for two years. In 1998 I enrolled in the Berklee College of Music, receiving a two year diploma. I was accepted as a piano major at California Institute of the Arts and received my BFA in 2003.
After college I continued to play music with groups around L.A. and I started working as a video editor and composer. When my daughter Vera was born I began teaching piano full time, opening a small private instruction business in 2012.
In 2014 I volunteered for Shiela Kuehl in her successful bid for county supervisor, and soon after began working in local politics. I now am a a field representative for California Assemblymember Laura Friedman. I cover issues relating to education, transportation, and public works in Atwater Village, Silverlake, Los Feliz, and Hollywood.
Margeaux Randolph is Vice President of Leadership Development at Reframe Labs, where she has coached and trained over 40 education entrepreneurs to design and launch innovative schools in Los Angeles. Margeaux conceptualizes and executes the strategic vision of Reframe Labs to build 21st century
future-tech schools that prepare all students for life success. Prior to Reframe, Margeaux co-founded, edDataZone, where she used advanced data and analytics to coach charter school executives and governing boards on strategic planning, school market analysis, and school facilities planning. Her mapping studies have been featured in the L.A. Times and the L.A. School Report. Some of her prior clients include the Broad Foundation, California Charter Schools Association, Great Public Schools Now, Para Los Ninos, ICEF, and Green Dot Public Schools. Previously, as
Executive Director at I CAN Learn Education Systems, she oversaw implementation of Algebra software systems in Inglewood and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and worked with the executive team to raise over $6M in funding to expand Algebra software programs nationwide. She also served as Director of the Louisiana state
voucher program, and as a Senior Manager at Leading Educators, where she helped the organization secure over $2.5M in funding to expand teacher leadership development programs in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. Margeaux has also served as a middle school math teacher and coached teachers in over a dozen schools in LAUSD, Inglewood, and Fontana Unified to reach significant gains in mathematics using advanced technology. In 2006, Margeaux was a recipient of an American Planning Association Award, Proclamation from the City Council of New Orleans, and honored at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy for her work on post-Katrina redevelopment. Margeaux earned her Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Snehal Desai is the Producing Artistic Director of East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the country and the nation’s largest Asian-American theater company. He has directed plays at venues from The Old Globe in San Diego to Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon to the Old Vic in London, and worked at more than a dozen theaters in New York City. Desai is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) and serves on the board of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (Caata). He was previously the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at East West Players. Desai has also served as Resident Director of Theater Emory; participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; and was a literary fellow with London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
A Soros Fellow and the recipient of a Tanne Award, Desai was in the Inaugural Class of Theater Communications Group’s (TCG) “Spark” Leadership Program. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship. Snehal is a graduate of Emory University and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.
Jerry A. Gonzales II serves as the Director of Human Resources with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. In this role, he is responsible for the complete provision of work and strategy regarding LMNA’s people – from recruitment to ongoing professional development. Prior to the Lucas Museum, Jerry worked at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), where he served as the Senior Director of Talent, Learning, and Culture. Jerry was a part of the rapid growth at LEE, expanding the organization by 5x. Previous experiences include positions at The Broad Center and UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services and UCLA’s Community Programs Office.
Jerry studied Law at the University of West Los Angeles, has a BA in Asian-American Studies and Anthropology from UCLA, and is pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a certified Senior HR Professional through both the Society of Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a certified mediator through Eckerd College. Jerry lives in the Los Feliz community in Los Angeles, California with his family.
Betsy Chapman is a parent of two amazing LFCSA alumni. With a BA in Theatre from the University of New Orleans, her intention was to act but her skills lent to the technical side of the art. Although she also studied at the Summer Theatre Workshop with the Atlantic Theatre Company, her work in the past with several L.A. theatre companies, including Theatre of NOTE, Circle X and The Burglars of Hamm, has been primarily as a stage manager, board operator, and assistant director. She has been Bookkeeper and Office Manager for several independent companies, the last one being Bon Vivant Events, where she worked for 11 years until iit closed its business. She has been on many boards in several roles, including Chair of Fundraising and President of Hilltop Nursery School (a co-op in Silverlake); Parliamentarian, Treasurer, and President of the LFCSA PTA; and Membership Chair for the Highlands Council of PTAs. During her time as a parent at LFCSA, she produced the biggest fundraiser for LFCSA, Jogathon, for many years, was on several hiring committees, worked with outreach (and continues to do so), and took on many other leadership roles within the LFCSA community. She is LFCSA’s biggest cheerleader – literally. Her hobbies include pottery, cooking and reading cookbooks.