Business & Communications

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  • June Doy

  • Maureen Pollack

    Director of Advancement

    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.
  • Jeff Goodman

    Director of Communications

    Jeff oversees communications at Carlthorp School in a role that combines his writing, editing, and media experience with his passion for education. With a background in journalism, he has previously worked in communications at Geffen Academy at UCLA and Crossroads School. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jeff graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science. His social-emotional learning children’s book, Feel Like Eggs?, was published in 2021. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with his three brothers, and exploring LA with his wife and two children.
  • 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.
  • Lynn Wagmeister

    Director of Transition and Strategic Planning

    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, all Carlthorp School graduates, and 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.
  • 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 the 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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  • Mary Wheeler

    Executive Assistant to the Head of School

    Mary is thrilled to be joining the Carlthorp community. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. She moved to Los Angeles eight years ago and loves living in sunny Southern California. She previously worked as the Officer Manager at the Marina del Rey Tourism Board and as a Center Director with Mathnasium. In her free time, Mary loves to read, play with her dog Molly, and travel.
  • 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.
  • Ninette Zubia

    Front Office & Admissions

    Ninette served as a TA her first year at Carlthorp. A proud Los Angeles native, Ninette is thrilled to return to Carlthorp in the front office and admissions team. Her diverse personality has made it challenging to pick a single career path, but her passion for helping others will play a significant role in her decision making. She lives for thrilling adventures that get her adrenaline pumping. When she is not working, Ninette loves to spend most of her free time outdoors hiking or running. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students, parents and faculty that make Carlthorp so remarkable!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion/Social, Emotional & Academic Learning

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  • Tasha Johnson

    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Tasha has worked in the education field for over 20 years. She is a three-time presenter at the California Association of Teachers of English on critical pedagogy and incorporating a social justice lens into the curriculum, served on the steering committee for the CREWS program through the Southern California College Access Network, developed and facilitated professional developments for Loyola Marymount University, holds a certificate in conflict resolution as a certified facilitator from the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), and is trained in cross-cultural facilitation techniques.
  • Sharon Lee

    Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning Specialist

    Sharon Lee returns to Carlthorp this year as our Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning Specialist. Having served over 30 years in education, Sharon comes to us with a variety of experiences, all leading with child development at the heart of her approach. Sharon spent decades at Carlthorp School as a lead Kindergarten teacher, mentor, and Admissions Team member. Prior to Carlthorp, she taught at Pilgrim School and LAUSD. She left Carlthorp to be the Director of Student Learning and Literacy Coach at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena. Sharon has also served as a primary curriculum consultant with Mathnasium, an Educational Care Team Member with Dr. Tina Bryson at the Center For Connection, and was the Camp Mustang Science teacher at Marlborough Summer School. 

    In addition to her duties with independent schools, Sharon enjoys her role as a Parenting Coach - facilitating support groups, parent presentations, and educational tutoring with a specialty in Dyslexia and ADHD. You may also have heard her as a regular guest speaker on KPCC's Take Two with Alex Cohen. To round out her experience, Sharon most recently served as the Director of Piper Preschool in Santa Monica. Her 2020 arrival to Piper allowed her to practice the many skills necessary to lead a preschool through a pandemic. She is happy to be back "home" at Carlthorp, ready for her next chapter and eager to support emotional and academic learning. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys cooking, reading, and giving walking tours of Los Angeles Chinatown. Her greatest joy comes from spending time with her husband, two daughters, and pug (from Steve Springer!)

  • Ariana Wiegmann

    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 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.


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  • Stephen Milich

    Director of Admissions
    Stephen joined the Carthorp School leadership team in 2022 as the Director of Admissions, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Drew University (NJ), and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania (PA).  
    Having served as a career admission professional for the past 20 years, Stephen has held a variety of roles in a number of different admission offices including at his alma mater, Drew University, along with those at Occidental College (CA) and at New York University (NY). Ultimately, Stephen made the transition from working in higher education, and entered the world of K-12 independent schools. Now, he could not be happier. After gaining admission experience locally at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks (CA), at The Pennington School (NJ), and most recently at Fort Worth Country Day (TX), Stephen is delighted to return home to Los Angeles, and to join the fantastic Carlthorp community.  
    In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending as much time as possible in the mountains or walking along the beach, exploring the latest museum or restaurant, or traveling within the United States or abroad.
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  • Elaine Hobert

    Associate Director of Admissions
    Elaine Hobert is thrilled to return to the Carlthorp School Admissions Team as the Associate Director of Admissions after spending a year in the classroom as a 4th grade teacher. After teaching 2nd grade at Carlthorp for seven years, Elaine took a three-year hiatus to work part-time in Admissions and spend time with her boys, Wes (4) and Merrin (2). Before joining Carlthorp, Elaine spent many years teaching grades 1-4 in LAUSD. She double-majored at USC, earning her Bachelor's degrees in Piano Performance and Humanities, and later, her Master's degree in Education. Elaine is from Chicago and spent 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 representative selected to compete in the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Artists in Moscow. Elaine enjoys teaching piano to kids and in her spare time she loves being with her family, hiking, and beating her husband at card games.
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  • Jasmine Grajeda

    Admissions Assistant
    A native of Los Angeles, Jasmine first joined Carlthorp School as a Teacher Assistant in 2020 and now serves in the Admissions Office as the Administrative Assistant. She is very excited about her new role and looks forward to being able to help assist families during all stages of the application process. During her free time, she likes to cook and spend time with her dog, Nori.
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  • Ninette Zubia

    Front Office / Admissions
    Ninette served as a TA her first year at Carlthorp. A proud Los Angeles native, Ninette is thrilled to return to Carlthorp in the front office and admissions team. Her diverse personality has made it challenging to pick a single career path, but her passion for helping others will play a significant role in her decision making. She lives for thrilling adventures that get her adrenaline pumping. When she is not working, Ninette loves to spend most of her free time outdoors hiking or running. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students, parents and faculty that make Carlthorp so remarkable!
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  • Tara Brown

    Admissions Interviewer
    Tara is excited to join the Carlthorp School Admissions Team after 17 years of teaching multiple grade levels at Carlthorp. She enjoyed her nine years as a 2nd grade classroom teacher before taking time away to raise her two young sons, now 14 and 11. Missing her daily interaction with students and faculty, Tara returned a year later as a substitute teacher in her former 2nd grade classroom. She has consistently served the Carlthorp community over the past eight years as a substitute teacher across grade levels.

    Tara attended UCLA, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and earned her master's in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She earned her teaching credential at California State University, Northridge, teaching in the LAUSD system.
    Raised in the Bay Area, Tara appreciates our beautiful Southern California weather and enjoys hiking with her beloved rescue dog.  Weekends are spent cheering on her sons at their various sporting events.
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  • 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

  • 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.  
  • 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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  • 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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