Board of Trustees
- Brian Lee, Chair
- Eden Romick, Vice Chair
- Dan Stern, Secretary
- Adam Cohn ’89, Treasurer
- Erika Aronson
- Laura Dudley
- Walter Delph
- Thomas Gordon
- Kelly Griffin, Parents Association Co-Chair, West Campus, ex officio
- Ryan Conviser Gutierrez
- Kyle Hoshide
- Bryan Hudson '09
- Scott Klein
- David Kohl
- Jimmy Lustig
- Morgan J. Mallory ’01
- Mickey Mandelbaum
- Ben Nazarian
- Jill Olofson, Parents Association Co-Chair, East Campus, ex officio
- Ana Ponce
- Michael Riera, Ph.D., Head of School, ex officio
- Nina Stanford
- Cecilia Victor
- Dominique Wirtschafter
- Jeremy Wenokur
- Sam Yadegar
Brian Lee is co-founder and served as CEO of The Honest Company, which he launched with Jessica Alba in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live happy and healthy lives.
Since its inception, the mission-driven Company has donated over one million products and over 9,000 employee volunteer hours.
Honest has been honored with a wide range of recognitions, including the ACG Award for Social Responsibility, PC Magazine’s Seal of Consumer Approval in Tech, and the 2015 Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.
In 2001, Brian co-founded and served as President of LegalZoom, the nation’s leading provider of personalized, online legal solutions and legal documents for small business owners and families. In 2008, he co-founded and served as CEO of ShoeDazzle, the first monthly fashion service to bring a personalized boutique experience to shoe addicts and style fanatics everywhere.
Brian was formerly an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Brian is also the co-founder and managing partner of BAM Ventures, which focuses on seed investing in some of the most innovative start-ups throughout the world.
Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics and Business from UCLA. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. He was named among the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine in 2009 and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. He has two awesome children (Davis and Madison), an amazing wife (Mira), and lives in Los Angeles, California. Go Lakers, Dodgers, and Bruins!
After graduating from Northwestern University, Eden Romick worked for 15 years in film and television marketing and publicity. In addition to her work on the Brentwood School Board and the Northstar Team Foundation Board, she supports Northwestern University, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Weizmann Institute of Science, LACMA, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
She and her husband Steven have four daughters.
Dan Stern is co-CEO of Reservoir Capital Group, an investment firm which he founded in 1998. Prior to starting Reservoir, he was President of Ziff Brothers Investments in New York, and an Associate at Bass Brothers Enterprises in Fort Worth, TX. He has participated in building numerous asset management and operating companies in partnership with management teams including Starwood Capital and Starwood Hotels, Anchorage Advisors, Clearlake Capital, Restoration Hardware and Och Ziff Management, among others.
He has served on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards, and is currently the President of Film at Lincoln Center, a Life Trustee of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (PBS NY), a Trustee of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center and a Trustee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) in London.
Dan and his wife Nanna, a native of Denmark, moved their family to Los Angeles two years ago from New York City after their son Sebastian started college. They have two daughters, Isabella ‘21 and Lilah ‘32 (yes, ‘32!). He graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Erika Aronson Stern served as Executive Director of The EGL Charitable Foundation (previously the Gruss Lipper Foundation) in New York City for twelve years. In that capacity, Erika advised a multi-generational family office on philanthropic activities, synthesized Trustees’ philanthropic goals, worked to improve the Foundation’s complex structures and navigate the Foundation through a decade of changes in philanthropic oversight. Part of Erika’s responsibilities was developing innovative programs in targeted areas, one of which she still directs from California. The Gruss Lipper Postdoctoral Fellowship Program brings Israeli PhD candidates to US host labs to train in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis on international collaboration and scientific exploration. Prior to her time at EGL, Erika served as an Associate at OMELVENY and MYERS, LLP in New York.
Erika is also a Trustee at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association where she serves on the Development and Finance committees. She also previously served on the Board of Trustees for The Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, NY, and as a board member of The JCC in Manhattan, a community center and nursery school. Erika has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is married to Adam Stern. They live in Malibu with their three children, Ethan '18, Ella '21, and Lola '22.
Laura Dudley is a strategic and visionary leader with a proven track record of managing complex organizations and executing successful events. She has been planning and managing events for over 25 years. She founded her event planning company, The Big Event…and little ones too, which focuses on both non-profit fundraising events as well as private events. She is also a dedicated community volunteer and has served on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles for the past 13 years, where she chaired the Guild and the Strategic Planning Committee. During this time, Laura transformed the Guild by significantly increasing the revenue of the key fundraising events. She has also served on numerous committees, including Nominating and Governance and Advancement, all while creating the Board Buddy Program, a mentorship program to onboard new board members which helped to create a more cohesive and productive board. Prior to that she also served on the Rape Treatment Support Council and Caring for Children and Families with AIDS. Laura is passionate about helping women and children in the community and will roll up her sleeves and get involved any chance she can get.
Laura is the Former Chair of the Brentwood School Parents Association. She served in that capacity for three years. Prior to that she has chaired the fundraising efforts on the PA Executive Board, was the Brentwood Fund Grade Captain for five years, and currently serves on the Advancement and Capital Campaign committees. Laura was Chair of the Parents Association at Curtis School and Co-chaired Annual Giving at Curtis School for five years.
Laura received her BA in Communications with a minor in Spanish from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Laura and her husband, Randy, have three children: Jack ’20, Emma ’23, and Nate ‘24. Jack graduated from Brentwood in 2020 and currently attends SMU.
Walter Delph is co-Founder, Partner and Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures, BCG’s Venture Capital and Incubator arm. Currently he co-leads its North American business and has launched twenty portfolio companies.
He was previously the CEO of Adly, a leading social advertising technology platform and Senior Vice President of Digital at Twentieth Century Fox. He has founded, built and exited numerous digital businesses to corporate and private equity investors over his 20-year career. Walter also helped launch Verizon Communication’s digital television business, FIOS TV, and has served in executive roles at Time Warner, Bertelsmann and Goldman Sachs.
Delph serves on the Board of Governors at Cedars Sinai Medical Group, the Board of Advisors for the Los Angeles Kings Hockey team and serves on private company boards. Mr. Delph holds a B.S. in International Politics from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard University. He is married to Anamaria and has two daughters, Madison and Georgia.
Thomas D. Gordon is the Chairman of the Board of the DSL Construction Corporation and a co-trustee of the Don Levin Trust.
In his previous role as Executive Vice President of Cedars-Sinai Health System for 22 years, Tom oversaw the organization’s Medical Network of primary care and specialist physicians. One of Tom’s many roles was Chief Executive Officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Network Services, a management services organization that handles the administrative functions of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, Cedars-Sinai Health Associates (IPA), Cedars-Sinai Inpatient Specialty Practices, California Heart Center, Tower Hematology Oncology, Los Angeles Cardiology Associates, The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Center, Santa Monica Orthopedic Group, Valley Internal Medicine and Santa Monica Gastroenterology. The Medical Network, which covers a wide geographic area in Southern California, consists of more than 1,000 physicians, providers and specialists, serves over 150,000 fee-for-service and managed care patients, and employs over 1,900 staff.
Tom began his medical management career in 1988 as a consultant to the Medical Group of Beverly Hills. Within a year he became the group’s Chief Executive Officer. Five years later in 1993, Tom oversaw the medical group’s merger into the Cedars-Sinai Health System.
Tom obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. After graduating from UCLA, he pursued graduate studies in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management. During his professional career, Tom has enjoyed management responsibilities in such diverse industries as screen-printing, advertising, retail auto services and consulting. He founded and was a principal in a graphics company and, immediately before his affiliation with the Medical Group of Beverly Hills, he founded a management and marketing consulting firm.
Tom is dedicated to serving the entire health care community and sits on a variety of boards including the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG), the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, The Brentwood School, 21st Century Radiation/Oncology, and LivHome, Inc. Tom is also an active member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Tom teaches a course on Leadership in the Executive MPH Program, is a preceptor in the graduate program in Health Policy and Management, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.
Tom has been a keynote speaker for many conferences and executive retreats at the local and national levels on topics related to leadership and management, change management, culture building, training and motivation, and managed care. Tom has been married for forty-four years, has two married daughters and four grandchildren between the ages of three and nine years old.
Kelly Griffin is the West Campus Co-Chair of the Brentwood School Parents Association. She has served as President and Vice President of the Lower School and on the Executive Board of the Parents Association for the past three years. Prior to having children, Kelly was the Attorney Recruiting Supervisor for the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.
Kelly earned her Masters of Arts in Sociology and her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Stanford University.
Kelly and her husband, Justin, have two children: Natalie ’28 and Nathan ’31.
Ryan Conviser Gutierrez is a principal at GSLA Studio, a Los Angeles based landscape architecture firm. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked for the prestigious firms of Nancy Goslee Power & Associates in Santa Monica, CA and Reed Hilderbrand in Cambridge, MA, where she designed numerous projects that have received national recognition. Ryan serves on design juries at a number of educational institutions and has taught in the graduate school at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Ryan received her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Architecture from Middlebury College. She and her husband Josh have three sons at Brentwood.
Kyle Hoshide is a partner in the law firm of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP (Allen Matkins) in Century City. Kyle has over 20 years of experience as a commercial real estate attorney, primarily representing public and private REITs and institutional and other investors, owners and developers in commercial office, retail, industrial and ground leasing transactions, acquisition, disposition and development (including office, retail, industrial, multifamily and hospitality) transactions and other property ownership/management-related matters (including CC&Rs, easement, property management and brokerage agreements).
Kyle grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended Punahou School and earned All-State recognition in baseball as a catcher. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University, while also continuing his baseball career as a four-year starter, winning Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League (EIBL) and Ivy League Championships in consecutive years, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals and receiving All-EIBL and All-Ivy League honors. Kyle then attended Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where he earned his J.D. He has two sons attending Brentwood School. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys coaching youth sports (particularly baseball), which he has done for the last decade.
Bryan Hudson is the President of the Brentwood School Alumni Association. He served as the Vice President of the Alumni Association from 2019-21.
Bryan is an Engagement Manager at Bird, where he oversees fleet operations, and partners with cities to expand micromobility. He also currently serves as a college admissions consultant with Solomon Admissions. Prior to joining Bird, Bryan worked in CX at LA based tech startups: Clutter and AvantStay. He started off his career at his alma mater USC, where he was an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission.
He received his Masters in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Film and Television, also from USC. Bryan is an avid hiker, captain of his tennis team, and also enjoys traveling in his spare time.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and UCLA Law School, Scott serves on the Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Scott and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of Catherine and Ethan.
David Kohl grew up in Milwaukee where he was a “lifer” at University School, a small private school serving grades K-12. From 1988-1992 he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his B.A. with a major in History. From 1992-1995 he attended the New York University School of Law where he earned his J.D.
David has been a parent at Brentwood School since 2005. He has four children, Levi (2017), Esther (2019), Abra (2023) and Goldie (2025), all of whom started Brentwood School in Kindergarten. David’s wife, Abby (who also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison), has been instrumentally involved in the Lower School. In addition to volunteering, she has choreographed the 6th Grade production of The Odyssey since 2005. In doing so, she has gotten to know all of the kids who have come through the Lower School.
David is currently a managing partner of La Quinta Date Palm, a 1,000 acre date farm located just outside of La Quinta in Thermal, CA. The farm is one of the country’s largest producers of organic Medjool dates. The current production of the farm is 2,000,000 pounds and should grow to over 5,000,000 pounds by 2023. David is currently working with experts from Israel to improve all of the farming practices. One such project has the potential to save the Coachella Valley over 11,000,000,000 gallons of water annually if universally adopted.
David is a passionate stand-up-paddle surfer. If there is a swell, all bets are off.
Jimmy Lustig is a third generation Denver native and spends a considerable amount of time in the Los Angeles area. With a BA degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Columbia University, James is a non-practicing CPA and presently manages a private investment portfolio. He and his wife Debbie have two daughters, Brooke Lande and Jennifer Gardner, and six grandchildren who all currently reside in Los Angeles.
Jimmy is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shalom Park, the Mitzel Museum and Yeshiva Toras Chaim, all located in Denver, and is also on the Board of the Wiesenthal Museum and The Race to Erase MS, both located in the Los Angeles area. He has been on numerous other boards in Denver, as well as a member and past president of Green Gables Country Club, and is currently a member of Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. Along with his wife Debbie, Jimmy is active in the Los Angeles Ballet and the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
Morgan J. Mallory ’01 is a Deputy District Attorney employed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting serious felony cases that include sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and gang related violent crimes. Seeking justice on behalf of victims is what she finds most rewarding about her job. While at Brentwood School, in addition to a focus on academics, Morgan participated in sports and student leadership throughout her middle and high school experience.
During her senior year at Brentwood, Morgan was on the varsity soccer team and was Senior Class President. She matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2005 with a B.A. in Diplomatic History. While at PENN, Morgan was elected to serve on numerous university committees, served as a mentor, was a member of the Black Student League and studied abroad for a semester in London. Morgan graduated from Loyola Law School in 2010 and while there, she served as Co-President of the Black Law Student Association, served as a Mentor in the Young Lawyers Program, studied abroad in South Africa and received awards both from the law school and local bar associations. While in law school, Morgan volunteered for many organizations and government entities including the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, The United States District Court, The California Court of Appeal, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a practicing attorney, Morgan has worked as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and was a staff attorney for Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers where she represented parents in Juvenile Dependency matters. Currently, Morgan serves on a number of boards for nonprofit and legal organizations, enjoys spending time with her family including her brothers Brentwood alums Ryan Mallory ’04 and Cody Boulware ‘08, and loves traveling around the world with her husband, Kevin.
Mickey Mandelbaum is currently one of nine partners at Prosek Partners, a 250-person, privately held communications firm that works with some of the most prestigious financial and business services clients in the U.S. Mickey runs Prosek’s Los Angeles office and works with a wide range of clients to help them communicate effectively and clearly both on a day-to-day basis and during times of change or crisis.
Prior to Prosek, Mickey was the President of Muirfield Partners, a strategic corporate and financial communications firm which was he founded in 2001 and ran until it was acquired by Prosek in 2016. Muirfield worked with clients primarily on special situations such as litigation support, M&A, restructuring and other types of company-altering events. The firm’s clients included numerous companies in the financial services sector such as hedge funds, private equity firms, and traditional money managers, as well as a number of energy, technology, real estate and manufacturing companies.
Before Muirfield, Mickey was the General Manager of the New York office of Connors Communications, a national technology and Internet public relations firm, and prior to that he was a Vice President at Banco Santander in New York where he helped run the bank’s U.S. corporate communications and investor relations activities for the bank’s Latin American operations. Mickey began his communications career in 1990 in New York as an Associate at Kekst and Company, one of the nation’s leading corporate and crisis communications firms.
He holds a BA from Tufts University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Benjamin Nazarian is Chief Executive Officer of TheraGun and Managing Partner of Omninet Capital, LLC, a private investment firm focused on real estate and venture investments. Benjamin received his Juris Doctorate from the Law Center at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the Board of the Law Center at the University of Southern California. He is married and has 3 children at Brentwood School.
Jill is the East Campus Co-Chair for the Brentwood School Parents Association.
Jill is a graduate of U.C.L.A. (B.S. and B.A. 1988) and Loyola Law School (J.D. 1991), and is a member of the bars of California, Texas, and the District of Columbia. She practiced law for 10 years at Keesal, Young & Logan, specializing in securities litigation and bankruptcy. Thereafter, she worked as a private arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Jill has served on the Parent Association Executive Boards of Warner Avenue Elementary School, John Thomas Dye School, Marlborough School, and Brentwood School. She was President of the John Thomas Dye Parents Association. She also serves on the boards of several local charities assisting underserved children and families, including The C.H.I.P.S. and Juniors of Social Service.
Jill and her husband Eric have four children: Jenny, Jackie, JR '19 and James '23.
Dr. Ana F. Ponce is the executive director of Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), an organization dedicated to ensuring all Los Angeles students receive a high-quality education by accelerating the growth of high-quality public schools. She joined GPSN at the start of 2019, after almost 18 years at Camino nuevo Charter Academy where she led the organization as it grew from one to eight schools. Her accomplishments prompted Forbes Magazine in 2011 to name her one of the top seven most powerful educators in the world.
Ana is the youngest daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to graduate college. She earned a full scholarship to Middlebury College in Vermont, a world away from Pico Union, the neighborhood where she grew up. Her first teaching job was a Teach for America assignment at a public school in South L.A. After three years in the classroom, she landed a fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York, where she earned a master’s degree in bilingual education.
Determined to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income minority students, she returned to Los Angeles and helped open the first independent charter school in South L.A., where she taught for seven years before joining Camino Nuevo in 2001.
Ana holds a second master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate in educational leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on several boards and committees, including the Board of UnidosUS, a national Latinx advocacy organization, and a founding member of Educators of Color (EdLoC), an organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education and to improving public education through more inclusion efforts.
Mike Riera is the Head of School at Brentwood School. For over twenty-five years he has worked in education as a head of school, counselor, dean of students, teacher, and consultant. He is also a best-selling author, an award-winning columnist, a former television commentator (for CBS News), and a national speaker on issues of children, adolescents, families, and parenting. Mike is the author of six books: Right From Wrong: Instilling a Sense of Integrity in Our Children (2002), Field Guide to the American Teenager (2000), Uncommon Sense For Parents With Teenagers (1995), and Surviving High School (1997), Staying Connected to Your Teenager (2003)—launched with three appearances on Oprah—and most recently, Making the Most of Difficult Conversations in Independent Schools, written for the National Association of Independent Schools.
Nina Zinterhofer Stanford was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Rumson, NJ. She graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nina began her career in finance in New York at J.P. Morgan in the mergers and acquisitions advisory group. After graduating Harvard Business School, she became Director in Corporate Development at BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. Subsequently, she joined Allen & Company, focusing on investing the Firm’s capital as well as advisory mandates.
After having children, Nina and her husband relocated from New York to San Francisco. She took time off to focus on raising her two daughters, and then began investing, mainly in early stage technology companies. Nina co-chaired the Bay Area Advisory Council of Common Sense Media and served as a Trustee for The Hamlin School. Nina and her husband Scott moved with their girls to Los Angeles in 2018. Nina recently joined the Board of Governors at Cedars Sinai. She has also become involved with the XPRIZE Foundation.
Nina and her husband Scott currently live in Brentwood, Los Angeles with their two daughters, Chase and Chloe Stanford. She enjoys skiing, playing tennis, paddleboarding, traveling, and spending time with family on both coasts.
Cecilia Victor attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and has a major in Political Science. There, she met her husband David Victor (Brentwood class of '83). Cecilia has been a Brentwood parent for 11 years. Her son Benny graduated Brentwood School in 2014 and is a recent USC graduate and her son Sammy is part of the current graduation class of 2019.
Cecilia has served on the Executive Board of the Brentwood Parent Association for 2 years and is the current Chair of El Nido, the Latino Parent Association. She has also provided school tours as a parent volunteer for the Admissions office for the last 11 years.
Prior to Brentwood Cecilia was on the Education Committee and served on the Board of Adat Shalom for several years. She is currently the President of the University of Southern California Latino Parent Association and has served on the University of Southern California Parent Engagement Committee for 2 years.
Dominique was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California at Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, Film & Television. She then worked at Disney Studios for many years as a story editor and film executive until she moved on to become Vice President of Production for the Hudlin Bros. Production Company. Her screenwriting career started after writing and producing a television pilot for Paramount and selling several screenplays. She directed her first feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone entitled If I’d Known I Was A Genius, which was an official selection for the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
Dominique has been a longtime board member of the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and is currently serving as Vice Chairman. She recently helped create the Healthcare Hugs program with her daughter Kauri to create and distribute wellness packages to UCLA healthcare workers. She also helps support and carry out wishes for the 3 Wishes program which is a palliative care initiative at UCLA created by Dr. Thanh Neville. Her association with UCLA has also included serving on the Board of Advisors of UCLA Lab School for eight years and serving two years as President of the Family School Alliance.
Dominique’s husband, Dave, is a talent agent and board member at the William Morris Endeavor Agency. They have twin girls at Kauri ’24 and Ryan ’24.
Sam Yadegar is a manager of multiple LLC’s in his family office. Since 1996 he has invested in and is responsible for all aspects of acquisition, development, repositioning and management of residential and commercial properties throughout Los Angeles County. He received his JD from Whittier Law School and obtained a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sam and his wife Tracy live in Brentwood. He is actively involved in the neighborhood as he serves on the Brentwood Community Council. They have three children, Audrey ’25, Alexa ’28 and Asher. Sam enjoys spending time with his family and loves to ski, swim, bike, hike and play tennis.