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 email@example.com to make an appointment to review any documents.
Nika Serras, Chair
Qiana Patterson, Co Chair
Lissa Sanders, Treasurer
Tiffany Siart, Secretary
Miguel Luna, Member
Seamus Garitty, Member
Sadie Whittaker, Member
Miguel Luna is a principal at a community-based firm working on local and regional conservation and watershed issues. He’s also the founder of a Los Angeles-base community organization established to educate and empower underserved Spanish-speaking communities on social and environmental justice issues. He develops and deploys educational courses and works with minority and underserved high-school students. Miguel serves on a myriad of boards that focus on water education, pedestrian advocacy and mobility, youth education, open space conservation and access to the outdoors, and is the owner of a social enterprise cafe. He is a native of Colombia, an avid reader and longtime advocate of community playing an active role in city, state and nationwide policies. He has been a resident of Los Angeles for the last 35+ years.
Nika Serras has been a parent at LFCSA since 2009 and, with 2 children attending, will be so until 2020. She served on Site Council for 4 years and has been a member of the board since January 2015 as the elected Parent Rep.
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 5 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. In addition she performed in various regional, state, and national tours for companies such as the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She is a member of the Sag-AFTRA Guild.
Since wrapping up her acting career, Nika continued with her first love – writing – and has been an award-winning screenwriter, screenplay analyst, and script competition judge. On-going projects include an indie screenplay, a children’s book, and a young adult novel.
Currently she works 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.
Tiffany Siart came to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles from Human Rights Watch (HRW) where, as Southern California Director, she managed a large network of volunteer committees to support HRW through educational outreach, fundraising and advocacy on human rights issues.
Prior to HRW, Tiffany spent over five years in private law practice at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, where she worked closely with corporations and their Boards on issues related to corporate governance and best practices. She also developed a robust pro bono practice focusing on the rights of children and immigrants, working with the ACLU of Southern California and Public Council. Prior to her law practice, Tiffany served as a press aide to Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and as a research assistant to former Mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan.
Tiffany received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Law degree from the University of Michigan.
Sadie Whittaker, PhD has over 10 years of experience in the biotech industry, in clinical development for biologic medicines, and in advocacy and communication.
Sadie has a passion for public health and has initiated and successfully launched multiple public health communication campaigns, including a campaign with the Centers for Disease Control to prevent infection in cancer patients, and a program to prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa during the crisis in 2014. A firm believer in the power of collaboration to tackle public health issues, Sadie specializes in the development of public/private partnerships, academic and not-for-profit engagement across regions, developing and maintain productive working relationships with advocacy groups to meet public health goals.
In 2015, Sadie launched her own company, ScienceOne LLC a strategic consultancy focusing on external/medical affairs and the generation of engagement, communication, and advocacy strategies for members of the healthcare community.
While science has been the focus of her career, Sadie is passionate about the arts, and enjoys life drawing and watercolor painting.
She received her PhD in molecular biology at University of Birmingham, UK, and her BSc in Biochemistry from University of Leeds, UK.
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.