Meet our Board of Trustees

Présentation de notre conseil d’administration

The International School of Los Angeles’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of the School pursuant to the California Corporation Code. It exercises ultimate control over all aspects of the School, providing strategic vision and fiduciary oversight. The trustees approve the budget, plan school growth, and set objectives to assure adherence to the school’s mission and to maintain its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. It is also responsible for administering our school’s financial aid program. The Board of Trustees meets every month during the school year, with additional meetings scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Members include strategically involved parents, seasoned educators, and a neighborhood representative. The Board members are appointed for specific terms, at the end of which these may be renewed with Board consensus. Board members volunteer their time and do not receive any compensation – financial or otherwise – for any aspect of the Board’s activities. Below is a list of our current Board members:

Iain Whyte

Chairman of the Board

Trustee, 2011 to present (expires 2018)

Current employment: Sr. Vice-President, Business Financial Advisor, Team Leader, Merrill Lynch & Co. (2002 to present)

Previous employment: Vice-President, Business Development Officer, Wells Fargo, NA (2001-2002), CFO and co-founder, eTreasurer.com (2000-2001), Group Manager, Leverage Finance Natexis Banque–BFCE (1992-2000);

Education: Master’s in Theoretical Economics: University of Nice, France (1989), Master’s in Business Administration: University of Texas at Austin (1991);

Affiliations: Certified Investment Management Analyst, University of California at Berkeley (2007); Certified Financial Manager, PIA Portfolio Manager, Merrill Lynch; Chairman of L.A.M.M.P. (Los Angeles Middle Market Professionals) since 2001.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2003.

Taline Grigorian

Vice Chair

Trustee, 2009 to present (expires 2017);

Current employment: Legal Affairs; Strategic Planning;

Previous employment: Attorney, Global Project Finance and Banking, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP (1995-2007);

Education: Bachelor’s in Philosophy: Occidental College (1991); Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School (1995);

Affiliations: Member, State Bar of California;

Languages: English, French, Armenian, Spanish, Farsi, knowledge of Russian.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2007.

Jean-Luc De Fanti

Treasurer

Trustee, 2016 to present (expires 2017), Chair of the Finance Committee;

Current employment: Managing Partner, Rhea Films (2015 to present) and Co-Managing Partner, Hemisphere Media Capital (2010 to present);

Previous employment: Founder and Managing Partner, Winchester Capital Management (2007-2011); Consultant, Content Financing, Ziffren Brittenham LLP (2000-2007); Partner, Caldera/De Fanti Entertainment (1998-2006); Production Executive, Columbia Pictures (1995-1996); Director of Motion Picture Finance, Sony Pictures Entertainment (1993-1995); CEO, Spot Imaging Services Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia (1988-1991);

Education: MBA, Harvard Business School (1993), S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986), Diplôme d’Ingénieur, Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Gif-sur-Yvette, France (1986).

International School of Los Angeles Parent since 2012.

Chantal M. Mariotti

Secretary

Trustee, 2014 to present (expires 2018);

Current employment: Founder/Principal, Executive HR Consulting Group (2003 to present);

Previous employment: Regional Director of HR, Biltmore Hotel (1999-2003); Director of HR, Hyatt Regency Los Angeles, Hyatt West Hollywood and Park Hyatt Los Angeles (1990-1999); Director of HR, Registry Hotel Corporation (1987-1990); Employment Manager and Corporate Director of HR L’Ermitage Hotel Group (1985-1987);

Education: Graduate of Institute Chateaubriand, Cannes, France.

Affiliations: Active member of the California Chamber of Commerce, The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Professionals in Human Resources (PIRA), and The Burbank Chamber of Commerce. French-American human resources professional and active Burbank community member.

Yvonne Alvardo

Trustee, 2017- present (expires 2018);

Previous Employment: Attorney, Bragg & Kuluva (2005); Attorney, Lerman, Pointer & Clarkson (2003-2005); Attorney, Riley & Reiner (1997-2003);

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (1993); Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997);

Affiliations:  Member, State Bar of California; Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Languages:  English, Spanish, knowledge of French.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2010.

Cécile Chalifour

Trustee, 2016 to present (expires 2017);

Current employment: Director, California Region, Low Income Investment Fund;

Previous employment: Director, Citibank (2006-2010); Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners (2005-2006); Senior Project Manager, Skid Row Housing Trust (2002-2005); Senior Project Manager, Many Mansions (2000-2002); Lead Consultant, CiteMetrie (1996-1999);

Education: Masters of Arts in Legal Studies, Territorial Law and Urban Management, with honors, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (1995); Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies (Public Law), with honors, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (1994); Diploma in Real Estate Business Studies,  Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) Paris, France (1996);

Affiliations: Member of the boards of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing and the California Coalition for Rural Housing.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2009.

Susan Jensen Debonne

Trustee, 2012 to present (expires 2019);

Current employment: Manager, Private Art Collection, Los Angeles and Malibu;

Previous employment: Curatorial Associate, Pomona College Museum of Art (2011 to 2014); Gagosian Gallery (1996-2000), Christie’s, New York, (1990-1993); Bachelor’s in Fine Arts – Art History and Interior Design: University of Georgia at Athens (1984).

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2006.

Charles-Etienne Devanneaux

Trustee, 2009 to present (expires 2017): Executive Committee;

Current employment: Business owner at NAOS YACHTS, Inc. and C-Sea Consulting;

Previous employment: Managing Director, Sequoia Illumination and Media Services, Inc. (2007-2008), Department Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe NV (2001-2007), Product Manager, Yamaha Motor France (1997-2001), Area Sales Manager, Fenwick (1995-1997);

Education: Executive Education in General Management, UCLA (2008-2009); Bachelor’s in Business and Finance: École Supérieure des Techniques de Gestion, CESEM, Reims (1995).

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2007.

Susan Klaren

Trustee, 2013 to present (expires 2019); Chair of the International School of Los Angeles Orange County Development Committee;

Current employment: Broadview Mortgage (2013 to present);

Previous employment: Vice President Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce (1999-2001); CEO Anaheim Chamber of Commerce (1994-1999); English Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Fukushima, Japan (1989-1990); French Teacher, Glen Grove Elementary School (1987-1989);

Education: Bachelor’s in Communication Studies with a Minor in French: Northwestern University (1985).

Languages: English, French, knowledge of Japanese.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2008.

Camille Rizko

Trustee, 2015 to present (expires 2019);

Current employment: VP of Cinema Products, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (2014 to present);

Previous employment: Founder and CEO of Doremi Labs, Inc. (1985-2014); Project manager, Schlumberger Instruments (1981-1983);

Education: MBA, UCLA School of Management, M.Sc., Engineering, Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Gif sur Yvette, France.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2004.

Peter Schubin

Trustee, 2006 to present (expires 2017): Strategic Planning Committee;

Current employment: Architect/Project Manager, Puchlik Design Associates (2003 to present);

Previous employment: Project Architect, NTD Architects (2002-2003), SMWM Architects (1999-2001);

Education: Bachelor’s in Architecture: Carnegie-Mellon University (1984), Master’s in Architecture: Syracuse University (1991);

Affiliations: Licensed Architect, State of California, C-27612; Member American Institute of Architects.

International School of Los Angeles parent since 2004.

Françoise Sorgen-Goldschmidt

Trustee, 2014 to present (expires 2018);

Current Activity: Emerita from University of California Berkeley’s French Department (Advanced Language, Translation, Phonetics and Listening Comprehension, French for Politics, Economics and Business).

Previous employment: Study Center Director for Lyon and Grenoble campuses of the University of California; Chair of UC Berkeley’s International Education Committee and member of State-wide University of California’s International Education Committee; Interviewer for Berkeley’s Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarships; Former member of Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley’s Board of Trustees (Chair of Academic Committee, and Organization and Governance Committee).

International School of Los Angeles grandparent since 2010.

John D. Mickus

Trustee Emeritus; Co-founder

Trustee Emeritus (2008 to present); Trustee 1978 to 2008;

Current employment: Law Offices of J.D. Mickus, principal (1982 to present);

Education: Bachelor’s: CSU-Northridge (1968), Master’s: UCLA (1970), JD: Loyola (1975).

Former International School of Los Angeles parent. Co-founder of the International School of Los Angeles.

Adam Weisman, Ph.D.

Trustee Emeritus

Trustee Emeritus (2015 to present); Trustee, 1998 to 2015 (former Chairman of the Board and Chair of Financial Aid Committee);

Current employment: County of Los Angeles-Chief Executive Office, Risk Management Branch/Psychological Services Unit;

Other professional activities: USC Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (1992 to present), mental health consultant to federal, state & local legal system, licensed psychologist: California, Michigan & Washington State (retired active);

Education: Bachelor of Arts (Drama) and Sciences (Psychology): University of Washington-Seattle (1982), Master of Arts (Psychology): Kent State University (1987), Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: Kent State University (1991);

Affiliations: Psi Upsilon International Fraternity, American Academy of Forensic Sciences.