Monica Ros School Board of Trustees


Monica Ros School is governed by a conscientious, cooperative, clever, caring, considerate, Board of Trustees (The Board). The Board may have up to 13 trustees. Each trustee serves for a minimum of one three-year term and a maximum of two three-year terms. Any vacancies on the Board of Trustees are filled by The Board. Current members include current and former parents, alumni and interested members of the community.

While daily operations of the school are the purview of the director, The Board is charged with the duty of overseeing the general operation of The School. The Board is responsible for selecting the director, protecting the mission and reputation of The School, and safeguarding The School’s financial health.

The current members of The Board of Trustees are:

George Gaines, President

George began his career as an attorney specializing in U.S. securities, and today has over 28 years experience in global institutional marketing and fundraising. He is former Board President of Baker Demonstration School, an independent preK-8th grade school in Wilmette, Illinois, and of Wolcott School in Chicago. 

Kara Hooper, Vice President

Kara is a former Monica Ros parent, her sons Hayden and Hiram have both graduated from Monica Ros in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Kara recently served as The Thacher School’s Director of College Counseling and holds numerous volunteer positions around the Ojai Valley involved with education. 

Nathan Wallace, Treasurer/Secretary

Nathan works for a financial consultant based out of Malibu. Nathan is an avid hiker, skier, camper and enjoys anything in the outdoors. He spends the majority of his time with his wife Rebecca and their three children, all of whom attend Monica Ros currently. Mrs. Wallace is a preschool teacher at Monica Ros School in the Green Room. 

Tony Ayala

Tony has recently retired from a long and successful career with the US Forest Service. His ties with Monica Ros are long; his father-in-law attended while Mrs. Monica Ros was still teaching, his wife is also an alumni, and now his two children are enjoying the gradeschool experience.

Maria Barrell

Maria Barrell is a Family Physician who now lives around the corner from Monica Ros School and has three children that attend the school. Maria splits her professional time between Primary Medical in Ventura, and The Thacher School in Ojai as a school physician. 

Henk Busz

Henk is a recent arrival in Ojai having moved here with his wife and three children from the Washington DC area.  He has extensive experience in international development.  As World Bank energy sector manager he played a lead role in refocusing the Bank’s energy sector strategy and lending operations on energy efficiency and renewable energy and away from fossil fuels.  Henk and his wife have one child at Monica Ros and wish it could go all the way to high school.

Greg Delvecchio

Greg is an IT professional with over 20 years experience in developing cloud-based solutions for clients. He is active in the community of Ojai. His wife Sarah is a History teacher at The Thacher School, his children loved attending Monica Ros School. 

Haady Lashkari

Haady started with Community Memorial Hospital in 2001. He joined the Ojai Valley Community Hospital in January of 2011 as the Chief Administrative Officer and is a Vice President with Community Memorial Health System.  Haady and his wife Anita moved to the Ojai Valley in 2012. Their three children attend the  Monica Ros School. 

Lisa Martel

Lisa was a chef for 25 years, running her own restaurant in Boston for more than a decade. Upon landing in California, Lisa completed a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and has recently begun a special meal delivery business in Ojai that many Monica Ros families enjoy! Her two daughters currently attend Monica Ros School. 

Derick Perry

Derick is the Director of Major Gifts at The Thacher School in Ojai. He spent 16 years in the classroom at Thacher, and moved to the Development Office in 2011. His two daughters are Monica Ros graduates, 

Allison Reed

Allison was born and raised in Ojai and is a proud Monica Ros alumna. Her mother was a second grade teacher at Monica Ros and her father has served on the board of trustees for many years himself. Allison and her husband Stephen love calling Ojai home and Allison is excited to be part of the Monica Ros community again. 

Sue Reed

Sue’s three children happily attended Monica Ros School, she also taught second grade and her husband, Don, served as the Board Chair.  Her background in education has included teaching grades one through nine at several independent schools (both boarding and day) , and for the fifteen years prior to her retirement she served as a Director of Admissions. 

Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is an employment attorney with an office in Ventura.  Each of Michael’s three children have attended Monica Ros.

Susan Hardenbergh, School Director, ex officio

Susan Hardenbergh has been part of Monica Ros for 25 years; both her children graduated from the school, and before serving as the Director she was president of the Parent’s Association. Earlier in life she worked as an attorney in San Francisco, and lived in Kenya with her husband while he taught English. Their family then settled in Ojai and begcame immersed in  life at The Thacher School. Susan teaches regularly at The Thacher School in their horse department, and has served Monica Ros for more than a decade as the school’s Director. 

Monica Ros School is a non-profit 501(3)(c) California Corporation (Tax I.D. #9502555709)