Scott Silverstein – Acting Board Chair/Teacher Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Beatriz Chen – Board Secretary/Community Representative email@example.com
Brian Archibald – Board Member/Community Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Crosthwait – Board Member/Parent Representative email@example.com
Steven Kofahl – Board Member/Teacher Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Lee – Board Member/Classified Representative email@example.com
Darin Ryburn – Board Member/Community Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Takeguma – Board Member/LAUSD Representative email@example.com
Mr. Archibald has spent the last 20 years of his career holding officer-level positions in Los Angeles based businesses. He is a graduate of El Camino and holds two master’s degrees in Economics and taught Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester. He has spent the last 15 years coaching youth sports and most recently coaching High School Track and Field. He has been the treasurer of an industry association not-for-profit and been on the finance and investment committees of a private school and is committed to helping ECRCHS achieve its stated mission.
A 2002 ECR alumni, Ms. Chen spent the next 10 years as a legal assistant while attending college and law school, passing the California State Bar in 2012. Ms. Chen is currently a family law attorney in the San Fernando Valley. During her career, she has worked as a mediator in the Ventura County superior court, has provided legal services at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, and continues to provide pro bono services in custody cases. In the last couple of years, she has focused her efforts primarily on cases involving undocumented children, helping them work towards obtaining the necessary immigration status to continue receiving an education here in the United States.
Ms. Chen was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. After graduating from El Camino Real High School, she attended Pierce College before transferring to UCLA. Ms. Chen graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science before attending the Ventura College of Law. Ms. Chen has focused on working with her community throughout her life, and has dedicated her efforts in providing necessary legal services pro bono and to low income families.
A longtime resident of Woodland Hills, Ms Crosthwait has four children who attended El Camino from 2000-2016. Along with being very active in her children’s school activities, she has four years of coaching experience at Schurr High School (Montebello, CA.). She also spent many years volunteering as a softball coach.
Ms. Crosthwait has a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC and worked for Northrop Grumman for 16 years as an Industrial Engineer. She has spent the past 15 years as a Project Manager and is currently an IT Project manager, responsible for the installation of some of the latest technologies. She is an advocate of STEM and is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the student body, their parents and the community. She is committed to keeping an open line of communication with all who are invested in ECRCHS.
Mr. Kofhal is a long time resident of the Woodland Hills/West Hills area who previously taught at El Camino Real. In addition, he taught for 30 years at Birmingham, served 10 years as Math Department Chair and 15 years as UTLA Chapter Chair.
Mr. Lee retired from Los Angeles Unified School District in 2016 after 35 years of experience holding various positions.
Mr. Lee began his career at LAUSD teaching Elementary and Middle School Special Education. He began his administrative career at LAUSD at Van Nuys High School as a Magnet Counselor then later promoted to Magnet Coordinator overseeing three magnet programs. During his tenure at Van Nuys, he also coached four sports teams which he truly enjoyed as he had an opportunity to work closely with the students.
In 1997, he was promoted to an Assistant Principal position of Student Counseling Services, then Assistant Principal at Reseda High School. In 2000, Mr. Lee had an opportunity to work at LAUSD headquarters serving as Administrative Coordinator for the School Management Services.
In 2003, he became the Principal at El Camino Real High School. During his tenure at El Camino High School, he collaborated with all stakeholder groups to align school budgets with strategic plans for student achievement. In 2006, he transferred to San Fernando High School, leading the instructional and operational program needs for a year-round campus serving over 4,500 students for 11 years. Having the opportunity to work with students and parents was the highlight of his career.
He is very appreciative to be serving as a Board Member at El Camino Real Charter High School representing the Classified Staff and hopes to provide guidance and support to the staff. He is looking forward to giving back to the community that gave him his first experience as a Principal.
Mr. Rybrun recently retired after serving nearly 29 years as a police officer for the City of Burbank. In a variety of roles throughout his career, he has been highly active in the community and schools of Burbank striving for positive relationships between the citizens and police department. In his last three years, he was the official spokesperson for the police department having daily interaction with all media outlets. Darin earned his BA in Organizational Leadership at California State Long Beach and graduated from Woodbury University earning his MA in Organizational Leadership.
A lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley, Darin has volunteered as a coach for both of his children in organized sports. He continues to volunteer with his church, providing direction and support for the annual Fall Festival, which brings the church and community together during the three-day event. As a graduate of El Camino Real High School, he is a strong supporter of maintaining local control of our schools and transparency to all of the affected stakeholders. Darin is focused on enhancing and increasing the benefits of our charter school and maintaining the strong bond between the community and school, which ultimately benefits the students.
Having served as an elected member of the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council for 13 years, and its Chairman for the last 5 years, Mr. Silverstein has had the extensive hands-on training and education required to be a member of a successful board. Fully appreciating the importance of being entrusted with the public’s money, he strongly believes in transparent, open, and documented meetings and protocols. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the Child Development Institute, a non-profit organization that provides services to developmentally challenged children and their families. As a board-member he is directly involved in its operations and expansion with the creation of the Early Learning Center in Canoga Park and other locations currently in development. A founding member and past board member of a successful commercial real estate brokerage that has served the business community of Los Angeles, he understands the nuances of starting a business and creating and implementing a long term strategic plan. He will use his 31 years of experience as a professional negotiator to successfully forward the mission of ECRCHS.
Scott relocated from New York after attending Nassau Community College. He is married to a veteran LAUSD elementary school teacher from a neighborhood school that feeds into ECRCHS. He is a staunch supporter of teachers and believes they are the engines for a successful future. He is a neighbor and supporter of El Camino Real Charter High School. As a stakeholder of Woodland Hills and the City of Los Angeles, he firmly believes that if you want something done, then get involved and make it happen. He is the father of two daughters, one of them a graduate of ECRCHS. In his limited spare time, he likes to spend it as a soccer referee, boating, and traveling.
Mr. Takeguma recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District. He describes his 38 year career with the school district as “awesome and very rewarding”. His career was filled with action packed school issues, teaching bright and talented students and working with passionate parents. Bruce served the district as an elementary school teacher, school site administrator and, most recently, as the director of School Management Services at the Board of Education. As a Board of Education staff member, Bruce appreciated and advocated for school support staff, teachers and principals because of their inspiring leadership and the invaluable work they provide everyday. Bruce earned his BS in Education from USC and his M.ED. in Administration and Policy Studies from UCLA.