El Camino Real Charter High School
Board Member Information
ECR Board

2017-2018 Board Members

Jonathan Wasser – Board Chair/Teacher Representative   j.wasser@ecrchs.net

Beatriz Chen – Board Member/Community Representative   b.chen@ecrchs.net

Lisa Crosthwait – Board Member/Parent Representative   l.crosthwait@ecrchs.net

Steven Kofahl – Board Member/Teacher Representative   s.kofahl@ecrchs.net

Darin Ryburn – Board Member/Community Representative   d.ryburn@ecrchs.net

Scott Silverstein – Board Member/Teacher Representative   s.silverstein@ecrchs.net

Bruce Takeguma – Board Member/LAUSD Representative   b.takeguma@ecrchs.net

 

 

Jonathan Wasser, Board Chair/Teacher Representative

Mr. Wasser served as a special education resource teacher for eleven years and was the Department Chair for seven years at El Camino Real Charter High School. He served on many school committees including Special Needs Compliance, Technology, and Curriculum. He earned his BA in Political Science at California Lutheran University and graduated from California State Dominguez Hills with a MA in Behavioral Science, with specialization in negotiations and conflict management. Jonathan also holds a MS in Special Education, along with a valid California Teaching Credential.   Furthermore, he served as  a volunteer Assistant Coach for ECRCHS’ Cross Country and Track teams for four years.  He also has participated as a coach/runner/sponsor for many charitable running events for the LGBT Community, various cancer survivors’ fundraisers, and other charitable causes.

Jonathan is a former El Camino Real High School Student himself, one who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other related learning disabilities; he was labeled  “educationally handicapped” and was placed in a special day class at Lockhurst Elementary in first grade. Jonathan struggled at El Camino Real High School and dropped out during his senior year, returning to finish high school at Miguel Leonis Continuation School.  Because of his personal experiences, his belief is that no child should ever be left behind and that high expectations apply to all students, regardless of their abilities.

 

Beatriz Chen, Board Member/Community Representative

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.

 

Lisa Crosthwait, Board Member/Parent Representative

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.

 

Steve Kofahl, Board Member/Teacher Representative

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.

 

Darin Ryburn, Board Member/Community Representative

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.

 

Scott Silverstein, Board Vice-Chair/Teacher Representative

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.

 

Bruce Takeguma, Board Member/LAUSD Representative

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.

 


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