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Board of Directors

Daniel Chang (President)
Dan Chang is a middle school math teacher in Los Angeles.  Before entering the classroom, Dan's career spanned Dan Changthe worlds of education, technology, and finance.  Dan served as the Chief Education Officer for Thrively, an education technology company focused on helping students develop their strengths and interests. Prior to Thrively, Dan held leadership positions in several Los Angeles nonprofit organizations supporting both traditional LAUSD schools and independent charters.  Dan's professional career began as an investment banking analyst following a BS from UC Berkeley.    
Tess Ramin Tess Photo
Ms. Ramin has worked as a freelance e-commerce marketing executive for the last decade. Prior to that, she was a freelance segment producer on various television productions. Other professional experience includes real estate development and property management. Ms. Ramin graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Communications and Business Administration. She has two children who graduated from Valley Charter Elementary School.
Bill Roberts (Treasurer)
A First Founding Parent of Valley Charter Elementary School, Mr. Roberts is a senior finance and operations Bill Robertsexecutive currently serving as the Global CFO of Panavision Inc. Previously he served as COO/CFO of Laser Pacific LLC, a major post-production company in Hollywood. His background also includes leadership roles in various music industry companies over the past 20 years. Mr. Roberts started his career as an associate in investment banking after earning his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Angie Saldivar (Secretary)
Ms. Saldivar is currently the Sr. Director of Customer Experience at Viacom. Angie leads the team responsible for providing timely, fun, and friendly service to online customers. The team maintains close relationships with internal product Angie Saldivarteams to ensure the voice of the customer is being heard. In her time at Viacom, she has overseen the customer service strategy and on-boarding for all digital products. Angie is passionate about customer service, digital media, technology, and online safety. Throughout her career, Angie managed several teams at Myspace and consulted for startup companies. Her leadership has extended the .com and mobile space, including; customer service, moderation, law enforcement response, online safety, and security.
Alex Farivar
Alex Farivar has diverse professional and volunteer experience across technology and education. He is currently a Product Manager at Snap and Alex Farivarpreviously worked at Google, Apple, and Engrade (an education technology company acquired by McGraw-Hill Education). As Vice President of Product at McGraw-Hill Education, he helped create adaptive learning and digital assessment solutions. Currently, Alex sits on the Financial Oversight Committee of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and is an advisor to Memorang, a local education technology company.
Jennifer Bennett (Elementary School Parent Representative)

Jennifer Bennett is a parent to Paige, a VCES 1st grader in Ms. Melyan's class, and Brooke, a preschooler. She is Jennifer Bennettpassionate about the mission and community of VCS--so passionate that she organized and produced the 1st ever VCS Talent Show in September. Jennifer is a classically trained singer, and currently teaches singing at the American Musical Dramatic Academy in Hollywood (AMDA). She has deep roots in the valley and has served on the boards of Temple Ahavat Shalom, and the ECEC parent board.

Gretchen Morgan ( Middle School Parent Representative)
Gretchen Morgan has two students at VCMS: Jack, a 7th grader, and Riley, a 6th grader. She believes strongly in the mission of Valley Charter Middle School and has committed many volunteer hours during her children'sGretchen
years there. She was among the group of VCMS parents who petitioned the LAUSD School Board during the charter renewal process last year and also attended the Reseda neighborhood community meetings in support of the new school site. Additionally, she volunteers on the Outreach Committee. Gretchen taught preschool for many years and has previously served as Board President of the North Hills Cooperative Preschool when her children attended.
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