The Conejo Schools Foundation Board is comprised of volunteers from our community including parents, teachers, PTA & PFA presidents, business & civic leaders and school administrators.
Their biographical information is below:
MIKE SOULES - President
Mike Soules is the President of Corwin Press, an educational publishing company dedicated to "Helping Educators Do Their Work Better". Mike recently held the position of General Manager for Teachscape, a for-profit, private educational Professional Services company. Having also served in senior executive positions at Laureate Online Education and the Channel One Network, Mike has focused his career on marrying innovative technology with practical applications for educators nationwide. He received B.A.’s in History and Political Science from UCLA, is a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association, served on the CVUSD District Advisory Council, member of the Lang Ranch School Site Council, served on the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors, is active at St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Conjeo Valley YMCA Indian Guides and the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board. Mike and his wife, Michelle, have three sons: one graduate of, and two currently in, the CVUSD.
SUE WELLS - Executive Vice President
Sue Wells has been a volunteer in Conejo Valley schools since 1997. She has been involved in PTA leadership serving as past president of Ladera Elementary School and Conejo Council of PTAs. She currently serves on the 12th District PTA and Conejo Council of PTAs Boards, as well as the District Advisory Council Board and District Budget Committee. She has also been an active parent on the Thousand Oaks High School Soccer Boosters and in the AYSO Soccer Program.
In 2004, Sue became a Realtor currently with Troop Real Estate in Thousand Oaks. Before becoming a Realtor, she owned and operated a wholesale/retail company in Thousand Oaks with clients throughout the state of California. Sue resides in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two sons. Christopher and Matthew, both TOHS graduates.
Denise Reader - Vice President, Community Support
Denise Reader has served the Conejo Valley Unified School District since 2002. As an active PTA member, Denise has served on multiple school site PTA boards, including President of Lang Ranch PTA. Currently the Co-President of WHS PTSA, Denise was president of Conejo Council of PTA's and a member of the executive board of 12th District PTA. Denise's volunteerism extends beyond PTA. She has also been school site council chair person for Lang Ranch Elementary and Los Cerritos Middle School, as well as the District Advisory Council (DAC) representative for both schools. She served as vice-chair for DAC, executive vice president for Conejo Council of PTA's and vice president of membership for 12th District PTA. Her three children,two graduates of Westlake High School and a current WHS students, have also kept her busy participating on booster boards for football, wrestling, band, karate, soccer, National Charity League, and boy scouts. Denise also manages to find time to work at the accounting firm of Jaye, Reader & Rhodes, LLP.
KRISTINE D. CALARA - Secretary
Kristine D. Calara has over 16 years of fundraising experience as an advancement professional at higher education institutions. She is the associate vice president for University Advancement at California Lutheran University and has served the university over the past ten years. As the associate vice president, she has worked with the vice president to lead and manage the advancement team to accomplish record-breaking fundraising years. Prior to being promoted to her current role, she served as the very first director of development for Cal Lutheran’s Graduate School of Education where she initiated and implemented a successful fund development program for the school, obtained a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new academic program, and worked effectively with three different deans over the span of six years. She spearheaded the Graduate School of Education and the School of Management silver anniversary fund campaign that established two endowed graduate student fellowships.
Kristine began her advancement career working in various fundraising capacities ranging from annual giving to major giving over six years at The Scripps Research Institute, a private biomedical research institution with doctoral programs in chemistry and biology in La Jolla, California.
Kristine obtained a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UCLA. She pursues lifelong learning by participating in professional development programs such as the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce's 2011-2012 Leadership Conejo program, APAHE's 2014 Leadership Development Program in Higher Education, and CASE's 2015 Minority Advancement Institute. She continues her passion for education outside of her profession by serving on the board of the Conejo Schools Foundation as well as a volunteer for the National Charity League and her children’s schools.
She also enjoys hiking, traveling, planning events and being outdoors.
RANDI DENNEN - Treasurer
Vaishali joined the Conejo Schools Foundation board in 2016 as the Event Coordinator. Her background is in the event planning industry with experience with The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, The National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver and The Marriott in Santa Ynez where she served as their Event Coordinator and Conference Service Manager respectively. Vaishali put her career on hold as she and her husband decided to raise their two children, both currently in the CVUSD. During this time she became active in the PTA circuit serving in many capacities including the PTA President at Lang Ranch Elementary School, Executive Vice President at Los Cerritos Middle School and on the Executive Board at Westlake High School. Alongside PTA, she has held various positions throughout her kids schools including Student Council Parent Representative, Parent GATE Representative and School Site Council. She has also been active the local Boy Scout Organization as well as serving as a Girl Scout Leader for the past 11 years. Vaishali is also actively involved in the RaisingHOPE organization as the Vendor Coordinator for their Festival and Run which benefits foster youth in Ventura County. In addition, for the past 16 years she has been volunteering for India Friends Association which helps various groups in the underdeveloped portions of India. Vaishali received her Masters in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona and has been a resident of the Conejo Valley for over 18 years.
Mark Davis has over 25 years’ experience in the K-12 education space and is currently President/CEO of his consulting firm "The Rev Group". Most recently Mark served as Vice-President for K12 Partnerships at Knowledge Delivery Systems. As VP, K-12 Partnerships at KDS, Mark partnered with districts to develop solutions that tackle their greatest PD challenges. Together they built systems of support for teachers that transformed classroom practice. Prior, Mark was the Executive Director of the Non-Profit organization "Power My Learning" - there he was responsible for establishing new fee-for-service partnerships as well as increasing the organization’s visibility to key funders. Mark served for more than a decade in leadership roles at Kaplan K-12 Learning Services including General Manager. Mark is married to his wife Nicole and they have 2 young boys that are both attending CVUSD schools. He holds a BA in Political Science and a Dual Concentration (Minor) in Education and Business Administration from UCLA.
DR. BETSY CONNOLLY
DR. VICTOR HAYEK
Dr. Victor P. Hayek is the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Conejo Valley Unified School District. He brings a diverse background in Business, Education, and Law enforcement to the Foundation Board. Dr. Hayek is a member of the CVUSD leadership team, a resident of our community, and a proud parent of three CVUSD students.
DIANNE BADOUD MCKAY
After earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Dianne Badoud McKay joined her father, the late Gary Badoud, in the satellite television industry. They founded Strategic Television in 1986 as a small, high-end consulting company. After successfully turning the company into an internationally recognized team of experts in broadcasting events around the globe, Dianne sold the company in 2004. Dianne has been very involved in local PTA leadership, with school site councils, on the Bond District Advisory Committee, past chair of the District Advisory Council, and on the advisory board of the College of Business at CSU Chico, her alma mater. She is the 2005 recipient of the Gold Award, Outstanding Citizen from the California Teachers Association and the Ed Masry Integrity in Community Service Award, and is serving a four-year term on the Thousand Oaks Traffic and Transportation Commission. Dianne herself is a graduate of the CVUSD. Her four children carry on this tradition: one is a graduate of UC Davis, one is a graduate of UCLA, and two attend Cal Poly SLO.
Cheryl is the executive director of Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. Prior to her work at the county, she was an organization and employee development executive in entertainment, food manufacturing, and managed healthcare businesses. She also held administrative and teaching positions in California public education at the school, district, and county levels. Cheryl served on the Board of Regents of the University of California and in leadership positions for the All-UC Alumni Association and the UC Irvine Foundation. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. She received a B.A. in Spanish, an M.S. in Education, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in Education. Residents of Thousand Oaks since 1999, Cheryl and her husband, Steve, are the parents of two sons. Both are graduates of Thousand Oaks High school.
Jon Power, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing within Ventura County for the past 12 years. He has worked for a number of agencies in the county and currently has a private practice in Westlake Village. He is completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology where his studies have focused on the development of what he calls “Geek Therapy”, or the clinical application of aspects from popular culture (like film, comic books, television, superheroes, and video games) in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and family relationships. A longtime Conejo resident, Jon is an active member of the Sycamore Canyon School Site Council and PTSA. Jon and his wife, Anette, have two chilren in the CVUSD.
Irene Pugh joined Platinum-Energy, a full service, customer focused wholesale fuel distributor as an independent consultant working on various projects in their accounting department. Her contributions to the company led to a position created for her where she manages certain aspects of accounting, risk management and customer relations, as well as provide support for the company’s C-Store and carwash operations. Prior to joining Platinum-Energy, Irene put her career on hold as she and her husband, Scott, raised their family. During this time, Irene became active in the PTA serving on the Executive Boards of Lang Ranch Elementary School PTA, Westlake High School PTSA, Conejo Council of PTAs, and 12th District PTA. Irene holds the distinction of being a Past President of Conejo Council of PTAs and recipient of the California State PTA Golden Oak Service Award. She has also served on the Booster Boards for WHS Girls Volleyball and WHS Boys Basketball. Irene received her BS in Business Administration from USC Marshall School of Business. She began her career as an auditor at Touche Ross & Co., which through a merger became Deloitte & Touche. Soon after the birth of her daughter, she left public accounting to become Controller of DataMetrics Corporation. When the company announced its relocation to the east coast, it was an easy decision for Irene and her husband to remain in Thousand Oaks to raise their family. She returned to Deloitte & Touche as an Associate with the newly formed consulting division, Resources Connection where she serviced clients in the publishing, mortgage banking, automotive, biotechnology, and restaurant industries. Irene and her husband are longtime residents of the Conejo and have two children: one a graduate of, and one currently in, the CVUSD.
The Woodwards moved their children from private school to the Conejo Valley public school system in 2005, seeking the academic, athletic and social opportunities available in the larger, competitive environment of the Conejo Valley schools. “It is a decision the family has never regretted." Kathleen offered her experience and energy as Colina Middle School PTSA Treasurer, PTSA President, District Advisory Representative (DAC) and School Site Council Chairperson. In addition, she spent many years in the Westlake Girls Softball (WAGS) league as a manager, coach and board member. Kathleen currently serves as DAC Executive Board Vice Chair, Westlake High School (WHS) DAC, and WHS PTA auditor. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern California and her Master of Accounting in Taxation, from Pace University, NYC. Past employment includes Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, International Tax Department, New York City. She relocated to Ernst & Young’s LA office to assist in the expansion of the firm’s Southern California International Tax practice. She is currently co-owner of J & K Land Development. Kathleen and her husband, John, of over twenty years, reside in Westlake Village. Their son Jack is a graduate of Westlake High and SUNY Albany's Nano-Technology program and daughter Katie, also a graduate of Westlake High, attends Parsons School of Design.
- DR. ANN BONITATIBUS - CVUSD Superintendent
- JANET BAIRD - Teacher Representative, Elementary School
- ASHLEY COOPER - Teacher Representative, High School
- LAURA DETWEILER - Teacher Representative, Middle School
- LOU LICHTL - Principal Representative, Secondary Education
- PAULA NATHAN - Conejo Council PTA
- BONNIE ADAMICK - CASH4CONEJO CLASSROOMS
This is a committee that was developed from a partnership of business and civic leaders greatly interested in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and its continued success.
Individuals may become a part of the Advisory Committee at any time by committing to a gift of $5,000. Tax-deductible gifts may be made in one of four ways:
- Donate a lump sum of $5,000
- Pledge $2,500 a year over the next two years
- Donate stock with a market value of $5,000
As an Advisory Committee member, you will be recognized publicly (with your permission), and invited to the fun and interesting programs planned for Advisory Committee members throughout the year. You will have opportunities to meet other community leaders who are committed to Conejo Valley's standards for a world class education.
Specifically, Advisory Committee, receive many forms of public recognition for their leadership and commitment to Conejo's public schools.
Jacqui V. Irwin, was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 44th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Channel Islands Beach, El Rio, Lake Sherwood, Moorpark, Oak Park, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Rosa Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. A former Mayor of Thousand Oaks, Jacqui earned her Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with a Minor, in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She was Academic All-American in swimming, water polo, and crew. During her career, Jacqui worked as a Systems Engineer for Applied Physics Lab and Teledyne Systems. She was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2003, and elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in 2004. She served on several City Council Committees including the Crime Prevention Task Force, Lynn/Olsen Road Traffic and Pedestrian Committee, California State University, Channel Islands Dean’s Leadership Advisory Committee, Conejo Coalition for Youth and Family Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Ventura Council of Governments.
Jacqui Irwin has played an integral part in community activities by serving as President of the Thousand Oaks Titans Football Association, Vice President of Membership of the Thousand Oaks High School and Redwood Middle School Fundraising, Chair of the American Diabetes Association Bike Ride. Jacqui has worked tirelessly with the Conejo Schools Foundation, PTAs and Site Councils for Madrona Elementary and Redwood Middle Schools, and the Conejo Council PTA. Jacqui and her husband, Jon Irwin, have three children.
Twice the mayor of Thousand Oaks and a councilwoman from 1990 to 1998, Judy Lazar has embraced many Conejo civic organizations with service and leadership since settling here in 1971 with her husband, Roger. An economics/political science graduate of Albertus Magnus College, Judy is a past chair of the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission, past president of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA, and a board member for the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club. She was executive director of Conejo Valley Senior Concerns from 1983 to 1989 and is a board member of the Conejo Future Foundation. While their three sons were growing up, Judy served on the CVUSD District Advisory Council and chaired the Thousand Oaks High School site council. Today she owns Community Consulting Services, providing land use and non-profit expertise.
A longtime Conejo Valley resident and community leader, Rick Lemmo currently serves as vice president for community relations at Caruso Affiliated Holdings, which is developing the new shopping, dining, and entertainment center adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza . Rick spent 27 years in broadcasting, most recently as vice president and general manager for Lite 92.7 in Thousand Oaks . He was the 1997 Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and is currently its chair emeritus, and is past president of the T.O. Rotary Club, which feted Rick in 1998-99 as Rotarian of the Year. He serves on the board of the Alliance for the Arts Foundation and the Ventura County Discovery Center. Rick and his wife, Lou Ann, have three sons; the youngest, Zachary, is making his way through Conejo Valley schools in Newbury Park.
Bob Nunn, is the Managing Director, Data Center Group, Intel Capital and former president and chief executive officer of Fulcrum Microsystems. A graduate of UCLA and the Harvard Business School, Bob is a proven leader with experience in establishing strategic direction and in successfully communicating his vision. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Bob served for 10 years with Vitesse Semiconductor, most recently as general manager of Vitesse's Telecom Products Division. He is involved as a board member of many civic and industry organizations, including E20 Communications, Oluma, and the American Red Cross of Ventura County. Bob and his wife, Renee, have two daughters, both graduates of Conejo Valley schools in the Newbury Park area.
PATRICIA H. PHELPS
Since being elected to the School Board in 1998, Pat has served twice as president, multiple times as clerk to the Board and representative to the Family Life Committee, the Conejo Coalition for Youth and Families and the Committee on School District Organization. She currently serves on the boards of the Tri-county Education Coalition and the Ventura County School Boards Association. Last spring Pat was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma, the education honorary.
Pat lives n Thousand Oaks with her husband, Barry. They have three children, all graduates of Conejo Valley schools. Pat began her career as a software programmer for IBM and ended as a systems analyst for Mobil Chemical Company.
Since its inception, Pat has been an ardent supporter of the Conejo Schools Foundation. She has always been an active volunteer in her children’s schools, serving at various times as secretary, treasurer, auditor and president for PFA or PTA. She currently serves on the executive board for Conejo Council and the Twelfth District PTA.
JAMES D. POWER IV
Jamey Power is the former Executive Vice President-International Operations, J.D. Power and Associates. As the son of J. David Power III, founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Jamey literally grew up with the business. He, like the other Power children, worked at the company in a variety of jobs throughout their early school years and into college. For a period of time, he served as Chairman of J.D. Power Asia Pacific. In the mid 1990s, Mr. Power directed the J.D. Power and Associates regional office in Troy, MI. He also managed the Canadian operations and established the first office in Toronto in 1996. Mr. Power launched his career at the advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding. He fulfilled a dream to work directly for an automobile company when he joined the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation as Geo marketing development manager for the region covering Southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada and New Mexico. Mr. Power received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of San Diego. The university honored him with an alumni achievement award in 2006.
Mr. Power also manages several of the Power family’s community and philanthropic activities that focus on education and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In particular he serves as Vice-chairman of the Board of Regents of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was recently elected to the University of San Diego Alumni Board.
Patti Yomantas, Director, Advancement Communications at Pepperdine University, has been a volunteer leader in Conejo Valley schools since 1990. She is past president of the Weathersfield School, Thousand Oaks High School, and Conejo Council PTAs, and currently serves as vice president, programs for both Conejo Council and 12th District PTA. She co-chaired the 1997-98 school bond campaigns and was a founding member of the Bond-DAC executive board. Patti’s entire professional career has been in educational advancement. She was director of public information at Pepperdine University from 1979-85, director of foundation communications from 1985-90, and now is the principal fund-raising writer for Pepperdine’s advancement division. A journalism graduate of CSU Long Beach, Patti resides in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Gary. Her son, Eric and daughter Megan, are both TOHS honors and Pepperdine graduates.
CINDY GOLDBERG - Executive Director
Cindy Goldberg joined the Conejo Schools Foundation in 2007 as Executive Director. After many years as a director of development in the entertainment industry, Cindy focused her talents and energy on the educational realm, managing the Development Department of a private university. There, her public relations and grant writing skills helped build the prestige of the school’s undergraduate liberal arts college and graduate programs. Cindy is a UCLA graduate and an active member of the Thousand Oaks community. She has served on the School Site Council for her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools, DAC, GATE DAC, and PTA Executive Board. Cindy has been a member of Temple Etz Chaim’s Education Committee for over 10 years. Cindy and her husband are the proud parents of two CVUSD graduates and a current CVUSD student.
ANDREA LAMBERT - Office Manager