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 2022); Current employment: Chairman, Managing Partner, Pasadena Private Wealth (2018 to present); Previous employment: Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co. (2002-2018), Vice-President, Business Development Officer, Wells Fargo, NA (2001-2002), 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). International School of Los Angeles parent since 2003.

Yvonne Alvardo

Vice Chair

Trustee, 2017 to present (expires 2024); 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.

Jean-Luc De Fanti


Trustee, 2016 to present (expires 2023), 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.

Marionne Epalle


Trustee, 2017 to present (expires 2021); Current employment: Division Administrator, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (2009 to present); Previous employment: Communications Director and Development Liaison, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech (1999-2009); Lecturer in Engineering (technical writing), Caltech, (2003-2006); previous, positions at Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bennington College; Education: Bachelor of Arts: New School for Social Research (1983). International School of Los Angeles parent since 2007.

Chantal Morgan D’Apuzzo, Ph.D.

Trustee, 2020 to present (expires 2024); Current employment: Associate General Counsel, California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2011 to present); Previous employment: Attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP (2010-2011); Law Clerk to the Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer, U.S. District Court, C.D. Cal. (2008-2010); Education: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Princeton University; Ph.D. in Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology; J.D., Stanford Law School; Affiliations: State Bar of California, Judge Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, National Association of College and University Attorneys. Language: Italian. International School of Los Angeles parent since 2018.

Susan Jensen Debonne

Trustee, 2012 to present (expires 2022); 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); Education: Bachelor’s in Fine Arts – Art History and Interior Design: University of Georgia at Athens (1984). International School of Los Angeles parent since 2006.

Marc Gareton

Trustee, 2019 to present (expires 2022); Current employment: Executive Vice President, International Productions, Warner Bros. (2016 to present); Previous employment: Executive VP, International Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. (2009-2016); Various international management roles, Warner Bros. (1995-2009), Brand Manager, Moulinex (1989-1995); Education: Master of Sciences – Business Administration NEOMA France (1989); Affiliations: Member of the Board, Natierra’s Angels philanthropy. International School of Los Angeles parent from 2002-2017.

Sharyn Kerr

Trustee, 2018 to present (expires 2022); Current employment: COO, Blue Sprig Pediatrics (2018 to present); Previous employment: Comprehensive Educational Services (2003-2018); Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: University of Western Australia (1998); Master of Arts in Psychology: University of Western Australia (2000); Diploma in Education: University of Western Australia (2000); PhD in Psychology: University of Western Australia (2006); Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification: University of Massachusetts (2007); MBA: Washington State University (2017); Affiliations: Licensed Psychologist, State of California; Member, Behavior Analysts Certification Board. International School of Los Angeles parent since 2011.

Santosh Kookal

Trustee, 2020 to present (expires 2024); Current employment: Head of Products (Informatics), Bio-Rad Laboratories (2020 to present); Previous employment: positions of increasing responsibility in strategy, business development and product management at Danaher Corporation, St. Jude Medical, Elsevier, Medtronic, and McKinsey and Company; Education: MBA (Finance and Marketing), The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania); MA (Cognitive Psychology), Wesleyan University; MSc (Mathematics) Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. International School of Los Angeles parent since 2009.

Chantal M. Mariotti

Trustee, 2014 to present (expires 2021); 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.

Dorinda Marticorena

Trustee, 2019 to present (expires 2023); Current employment: Principal, Serendipity & Strategy (2016 to present); Previous employment: Senior VP, Worldwide Marketing & New Technology, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (2008-2015); Various marketing management roles in the Domestic and International units, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (2001-2007); Brand Director in Chocolate & Confections Division, Nestle USA (1992-2000); Education: Master of Business Administration, The Anderson School at UCLA; Bachelor of Arts, Stanford University.

Ani B. Packard, Ed.M.

Trustee, 2021 to present (expires 2022); Current employment: Senior Policy Advisor, L.A. Unified School District (2011 to present); Previous employment: Presidential Liaison for Special Initiatives and Governmental Relations at The Cleveland Foundation (2009-2011); Senior Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates LLC (2005-2008); Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Tufts University (2005); Ed.M. Education, Policy, and Management, Harvard University (2009); Affiliations: MIT School Access and Quality Fellow (2019), Broad Residency in Urban Education Fellow (2013). Language: Armenian. International School of Los Angeles parent since 2017.

Irina Sardaryan

Trustee, 2018 to present (expires 2022); Current employment: Manager, Rogers Benefit Group (1999-Present). Education: Juris Doctorate, Southwestern University School of Law (2005). Affiliations: Attorney, State Bar of California. International School of Los Angeles parent since 2013.

Françoise Sorgen-Goldschmidt

Trustee, 2014 to present (expires 2021); 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 (2009 to present); Trustee 1978 to 2009; 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.