Business Office

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  • Christina King

    Business Office Administrative Assistant

    Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal State Long Beach. She has been a part of the Carlthorp School team for nineteen years, spending a majority of that time as a teacher’s assistant in the science lab. As well as working in the business office, she is responsible for the after school clubs. Christina has two children, both of whom graduated from Carlthorp. Her daughter currently works at Carlthorp as a teacher’s assistant.
  • Ken Parr

    Director of Finance

    Santa Monica native, Ken graduated from Sonoma State University in the fields of Finance and Philosophy and has been a part of the Carlthorp School team for over a decade. His responsibilities include managing the business office, the school’s finances, advancement, payroll and human resources, and the overseeing of the physical plant.
  • Patricia Zanuck

    Business Office Associate

    Patricia was a public elementary school educator for several years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) and a Master’s degree in Education from University of Southern California. Born in Oslo, Norway, she spent her childhood years moving back and forth between Norway and the United States before settling in Los Angeles after college graduation.

Institutional Initiatives

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  • Karen Gwartz

    Administrative Assistant

    Karen is a native Californian who grew up in Van Nuys. The 2018-19 school year marks her 29th year at Carlthorp School as an Administrative Assistant.  She is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and warm faculty and staff.  In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, spend time with her family, and curl up with a good book.
  • Maureen Pollack

    Director of Strategic Advancement & Communication

    Maureen ’90 is a native of Santa Monica and a proud Carlthorp School graduate.  The daughter of a former Carlthorp School teacher, Mrs. Dowling, Maureen has been connected to the school for decades. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in the fields of English and Communication. Prior to working at Carlthorp School, she worked in Advancement at Brentwood School and as Marketing Director at Two Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. Maureen has two young daughters who keep her on her toes in her spare time.
  • Nhung Truong

    Head of School Assistant

    Nhung Truong is entering her 3rd year at Carlthorp School.  For her, the best part of being at Carlthorp is being a part of such a dynamic family of caring and dedicated professionals.  She is a graduate of San Diego State University.

    In addition to California, she has lived in Michigan and Texas.  That upbringing is where she developed her love of the four seasons and Dallas Cowboys football.  When not at work, she enjoys cooking, game nights and spending time with friends.  She lives in Irvine with her husband, 3 year old daughter, two cats and dog.  

Curriculum, Instruction, & Service Learning

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  • Marcelline Cattani

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction

    Marcelline Cattani is a native of Pennington, New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University with an honors degree in Psychology and a certificate in Teacher Preparation. At Princeton, she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Crew team that won the NCAA National Championship.

    Marcelline has extensive classroom teaching experience. She taught 3rd Grade for two years in New Jersey public schools before earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College. While pursuing her Master’s, she taught 1st and 5th Graders and served as a Literacy Specialist at schools in Chelsea and the Upper East Side of New York City. She then joined the faculty of the Success Academy Charter Network’s school in the South Bronx where she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders. As a fellow in the Columbia Literacy Specialist program, Marcelline worked on interactive, curriculum-based learning and she has since presented her work at professional conferences and seminars. Marcelline went on to become the Middle School Literacy Manager for the entire Success Academy Charter Network. More recently, she joined the KIPP New Jersey Charter Network as their first Director of Literacy Achievement and Curriculum. In this role, Marcelline served as the network’s curriculum content expert for all of the network’s elementary schools in Newark and Camden.

    Marcelline is honored to be a part of the Carlthorp family as Director of Curriculum and Instruction and enjoys working with teachers, students and families.
  • Kelly Kuolt

    Director of Service Learning

    Kelly originally hails from Renton, Washington and attended Gonzaga University for her undergraduate studies followed by Pepperdine University where she earned her Masters degree in Education with certification in K-6. Kelly's eight years of teaching experience include a wide variety of schools and grade levels, including five years at Carlthorp School. Kelly co-led the evolution of service learning during her five years at Carlthorp School by developing the program from a three month in-class experiment into a year-long project-based approach in the 6th grade. Highlights from this experience include planning and participating in service work on the ground with students in conjunction with organizations such as Save the Children, KidUnity, Sustainable Works and Florence for Youth in Action. Kelly believes in developing the whole child by providing each student with authentic academic experiences that also allow for the development of social and emotional skills. She is an avid reader and chocolate lover!


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  • Sara Hankins

    Admissions Associate
    Sara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard College. As an undergrad, she managed the Harvard Men’s Basketball team and supervised 800 undergraduates in the University’s largest student-run business. Prior to joining Carlthorp School, Sara worked in Development at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Sara was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. She is a culinary aficionado who also enjoys exercise classes and the horror/sci-fi genre.
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  • Elaine Hobert

    Admissions Associate
    Elaine is from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Los Angeles to attend USC. She double-majored, earning Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and Piano Performance, and later, her Master’s degree in Education. Elaine spent most of her formative years playing piano. At age 11 she performed Rachmaninoff’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and in 1996 she had the distinction of being the only US finalist chosen to compete in the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Artists in Moscow. For the last fifteen years, Elaine has enjoyed working with young children as both a piano teacher and an elementary school teacher. She taught in LAUSD for many years before joining Carlthorp's 2nd grade team in 2011. Elaine looks forward to bringing her educational background into her new position in Admissions this year!
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  • Maya Mulvihill

    Front Office
    Maya is the Front Office Manager and has worked at Carlthorp School for seven years.
    She is a Los Angeles native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. With her multi-ethnic background, Maya has a strong interest in learning and understanding other cultures, which has contributed to her interest in diversity and inclusion. She not only serves Carlthorp with administrative support as the front line, but also helps in admissions, and co-chairs the Diversity, Inclusion and Excellence Committee. Maya’s free time is filled with her passion for performing and competing in Polynesian Dancing. She also enjoys the outdoors and stays active by hiking, outrigger canoeing, and traveling.
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  • Derrick Williamson

    6th Grade Teacher / Admissions
    Derrick was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area before repairing to Washington, D.C., as a matriculate of Howard University. At Howard, he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and earned his master’s degree in African-American Studies at UCLA. He’s the proud father of a Carthorp School student and a Carlthorp School graduate. Derrick’s career in education began eight years ago as an assistant in a 1st Grade classroom at Lou Dantzler Elementary, a charter school in the ICEF network. Soon after, he earned his multiple-subject teaching credential and began as an Intervention Teacher at KIPP LA (Knowledge Is Power Program). Following that, Derrick taught in a Kindergarten classroom at KIPP Empower Academy, after which he moved to 1st Grade for three years and finally to 4th Grade for two years. Derrick will continue to teach 6th Grade at Carlthorp School while assisting with admissions.  
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  • Lynn Wagmeister

    Director of Admissions
    Lynn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Organizational Psychology.  She is also a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Executive Program. As the daughter of an American diplomat, Lynn was raised all over the world before settling in Los Angeles.  She has three sons, each of whom is a Carlthorp School graduate, and she herself is a former member of the Carlthorp School Board of Trustees. In Lynn’s limited free time she enjoys traveling, reading, taking walks on sunny days, and spending time with friends and family.
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  • Julio Penado


    Julio has been working at Carlthorp School for 22 years in the Facilities Department.  Born in El Salvador, he has two children and one grandchild.  In his spare time he loves to run, walk and spend time outdoors.  
  • Jose Portillo


    Jose has worked at Carlthorp School for 6 years in the Facilities Department.  Born in El Salvador, he has two children.  In his spare time he loves to spend time outdoors playing soccer and other sports. 
  • Francis Sasso

    Facilities Manager

  • Vilma Zavaleta


    Vilma has worked at Carlthorp School for 35 years.  Born in El Salvador, she is the mother of two children.  She loves spending time with her grandchildren, at her church and shopping.  

Parent Programs and Community Service

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  • Lonnie Wittenberg

    Director of Parent Programs and Special Events

    Lonnie graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University. She is also a graduate of the Director’s Guild of America-Producer Training Program, and worked for many years as an Assistant Director in Film and Film Television Production. She has four children, all of whom attended Carlthorp School. Her hobbies include snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, reading, traveling, and seeing movies.
  • Peggy Inadomi

    Director of Parent Programs and Special Events

    Peggy holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Psychology. Prior to working at Carlthorp School, she worked as the Assistant to the Director of Development at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and as a Marketing Director at Estee Lauder.  She is the parent of two Carlthorp graduates and resides in Santa Monica. She enjoys bicycling and walking around Manhattan.
  • Nikki Edwards

    Community Service Coordinator

    Nikki has coordinated community service for seven years, leveraging her prior experience as a parent volunteer with the program while her three sons attended Carlthorp. She also served as a school trustee for five years. She believes engaging students in meaningful, enjoyable service activities helps promote a lifelong commitment to helping others.
    A graduate of Southampton University with degrees in economics and accounting, Nikki is a Chartered Accountant and worked many years as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse in London and Los Angeles. A keen athlete, Nikki played on the British national lacrosse team for ten years, and continues to enjoy coaching, soccer, and mountain hiking with husband Tracy.


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  • Sal Cortes

    Sal is a native California resident. He attended Pierce College, where he was the Student Body President, and Cal State Northridge University in the nearby San Fernando Valley. He has nearly 25 years of experience as a law enforcement professional with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department including work in private security, executive protection, and private investigation. 
    He was an accomplished high school and collegiate wrestler competing and representing the United States in tournaments in Greece and Japan. Sal is also an avid fisherman. When he’s not at school, he’s usually out on the water or spending quality time with his family.
  • John Wallace

    Director of Security

    John is a former LA County Deputy Sheriff and has an advanced P.O.S.T. Certificate with over 33 years of combined law enforcement and executive protection experience. John attended LA Valley College and received a football scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M University of Texas and Carroll College of Montana. John has worked at Carlthorp school for 14 years, has a wife Donna, two sons and a Daughter. John has one dog and four cats. (All Rescued!!!)

Information Technology

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School Nurse & Learning Specialist

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  • Marissa Conaty

    School Nurse
  • Ariana Wiegman

    Learning Specialist

    Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Mrs. Wiegmann graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a degree in elementary education.  She then continued at UIUC to earn her master’s of education in Special Education and attended the Susan Barton Dyslexia Consultant Seminar directly after completion of her degrees.  She taught for 3 years in Illinois as a Learning Behavior Specialist before moving to the Los Angeles area.  She has taught for 3 years in the Culver City and Santa Monica school districts as a Specialized Academic Instructor, as well as serving as the Student Study Team (SST) coordinator for 1 year.

    Mrs. Wiegmann has worked closely with general education teachers to create inclusive environments through individualized interventions and accommodations, as well as performing classroom observations to determine appropriate assessments and data collection tools.  Mrs. Wiegmann specializes in Orton-Gillingham curriculums that address characteristics of dyslexia in students struggling with reading.  She has also provided small group instruction to students in kindergarten through 5th grade needing additional support in social/emotional development, reading, writing, and math.  Mrs. Wiegmann advocates for all students with learning needs, leading her to design and implement the Learning Center model currently being used in Culver City.  She has provided community, district, and grade level professional development in relation to evidence-based curriculums and inclusive practices.  

    In her free time, Mrs. Wiegmann is very involved in her Scottish heritage, being a certified Highland dance teacher and a Grade 1 Scottish Snare drummer.