Board of Trustees
Lisa Handler Doherty was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Westlake School for Girls and then from UCLA with a degree in History. Lisa was the Alumni Coordinator for Harvard-Westlake School for almost 5 years and then the Director of Development at the John Thomas Dye School for 11 years. Lisa is now a community volunteer and lives in Malibu with her husband Brett.
Bess Armstrong Fiedler graduated from Brown University with a degree in Theatre Arts. She has worked as an actress in movies, television and theatre for over forty years. Her volunteer work includes The Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric Aids Foundation (she was part of the original group of volunteers) and the Cedars-Sinai Parent to Parent support group (she was a founding member). She has served as a trustee at The Bryn Mawr School, The John Thomas Dye School, Brentwood School and Park Century.
Bess is the daughter of two independent schoolteachers. She and her husband, John, have two sons: Luke and Chase. Chase attended Park Century for four years. He graduated from Bennington College in 2016 and is currently working towards a Master's degree in music technology at NYU.
David Frandzel graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Political Science. He is president and owner of Mid-West Lighting Corporation, the third generation owner of the Frandzel family business started by Max Frandzel in 1965.
David is married to Ashley Frandzel. They have two children, Alexa, who attends Harvard Westlake, and Connor, who graduated from Park Century in 2017.
Isla P. Garraway received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and completed the Medical Scientist (MD-PhD) Training Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1999, with a doctorate in Molecular Biology. Upon completion of the UCLA Urology residency program, she joined the faculty of the Department of Urology at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Urology, Member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Member of the Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA. Dr. Garraway is a surgeon-scientist and Principal Investigator of a UCLA basic/translational science laboratory that is focused on characterizing human prostate stem and tumor-initiating cells, biological and microenvironmental interactions that influence tumorigenesis and metastatic progression, and prostate xenograft models. Dr. Garraway has mentored many undergraduate students, medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows throughout her academic career. Dr. Garraway has received the Donald S. Coffey Career Development and Young Investigator Awards from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The NIH, Jean Perkins Foundation, Movember Foundation, Department of Defense, STOP Cancer Foundation, and Margaret E. Early Foundation provide funding for her research.
Dr. Garraway has been a parent of a Park Century School student since 2008. She served as the President of the Park Century School PA for two years and on the Head of School Search Committee prior to joining the Board of Trustees in 2013.
Leslie A. Goodman
Leslie Goodman is a veteran communications and public affairs consultant who has held high-level posts with a Fortune 500 company, two US Presidents, a California Governor, and numerous issue campaigns. She began her career in broadcast journalism in New York City after earning a BA degree in communications from Stanford University.
Most recently, Leslie served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy for the Walt Disney Company, leading policy and strategy development for the global entertainment enterprise. Her responsibilities included community outreach, ethical sourcing, environment and conservation, volunteer engagement and strategic philanthropy - including The Walt Disney Foundation and Disney's Worldwide Conservation Fund.
Leslie joined the Walt Disney Company in 2001, where she spent nearly 10 years leading the communications and public affairs strategy for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. The business segment included: five of the world's leading family vacation destinations spanning three continents; the top-rated Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all parks, resorts and attractions.
Prior to joining Disney, Leslie was the founder and president of Strategic Communications Services, Inc., (1998-2001) a Sacramento-based consulting practice that offered public relations and crisis management counsel to corporations, public officials and issue advocates.
Leslie’s communications experience is also drawn from nearly two decades of political and policy work in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California. She served as: a press advance representative for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan; Associate Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; head of Public Liaison for the United States Information Agency; Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications to Governor Pete Wilson. She also held senior communications posts in the presidential campaigns of 1988 and 1992.
Leslie received her BA degree in 1981 from Stanford University and attended Harvard University as a visiting undergraduate. In 1997 she returned to Harvard as a fellow in political communications at the Kennedy School of Government.
Leslie serves on the Board of First Book, a non-profit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to kids in need. Leslie is a native New Yorker and currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Kaitlyn, who is a 7th grader at Park Century.
Christy Glass Lowe
Christy is a financial and business consultant for small businesses in the consumer arena. She has 20 years of investment banking experience with a specialization in the branded consumer arena. Christy was a Managing Director at Imperial Capital, LLC from 2007 to 2015. She joined Imperial as part of the firm’s acquisition of USBX Inc., an investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions. She was a Managing Director and founding partner of USBX, heading up the Consumer Group from 2000 to 2007. Before USBX, Christy worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co., primarily focused in the consumer products arena.
Christy earned her M.B.A from Stanford Business School and a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. She is a Board Observer and investor in Beautycounter, LLC, a member of The Blue Ribbon Board, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Council.
Christy has 3 kids with her husband Mike Lowe. Her oldest son is a graduate of Park Century.
Justin’s service on the Board began in 2012, and he was Board President from 2013 to 2017. He is President of William Walters Company, a real estate investment and management firm, specializing in multi-family properties. He and his wife, Michelle, are graduates of the University of San Diego and have two children who both attended Park Century School. They currently reside in Jackson, Wyoming.
Anthony Jaffe is a Managing Director and head of CMBS Origination for J.P. Morgan’s West Coast office in Los Angeles. He was previously head of CMBS Origination at Credit Suisse and Managing Director of Natixis Real Estate Capital. Before joining Natixis Real Estate Capital, Mr. Jaffe worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and was part of creating the premiere real estate finance company on Wall Street at the time. Additionally, he was one of the pioneering members of Nomura Capital, a leading real estate lender in the United States and a group credited with the application of securitization to commercial real estate finance. Mr. Jaffe is on the Board of Governors for Cedars Sinai Hospital, is a member of the Board of Trustees for Park Century School in Los Angeles, a Philanthropy Honoree at UCLA, and Founder of the Tom Drysdale Fellowship at NYU where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Paul Jennings is the current principal of PCS Energy, LLC and has 40 years of experience owning and operating technology and real estate companies as principle of Jennings Holdings, LLC.
Mr. Jennings' career began in aviation with Lockheed Aerospace’s famed Skunkworks as part of the original development team for the F117A. Mr. Jennings holds FAA Air Frame and Power Plant licenses. Mr. Jennings’ aerospace career transitioned into telecommunications in the mid-80s when the industry was in the process of deregulating. Over the next 25 years, Mr. Jennings owned and operated a company that provided telecommunication for the correctional institutions at the federal, state, and county levels. His company received multiple awards for its innovation. Upon selling the business, Mr. Jennings pursued his interest in renewable energies. Mr. Jennings also formed a real estate company, PCS Development, in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake, and because of his technical and engineering background, he quickly adapted to the opportunities of reconstructing the devastation left in multifamily buildings throughout the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Jennings went on to be largest developer in conjunction with the L.A. City Housing Department to repair over 50 damaged structures, and ultimately, he went on to build 2,000 new units. Mr. Jennings continues to maintain an active real estate business developing and owning assets in multiple sectors.
Mr Jennings’ unique set of experiences, including learning differences, led him to a commitment to further the educational support of children with leaning deferences. This commitment is best illustrated with Mr. Jennings’ 18 years of active participation at Park Century School.
Mr. Jennings is a graduate of CSUN and was awarded its Distinguished Alum Award in 2015. Mr. Jennings is a longtime board member of Park Century School, CSUN’s Foundation and the CSUN Board of Advisors. Mr. Jennings resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Adrienne, two adult children, and his daughter.
Mr. Keller is a Managing Director at Oaktree Capital Management where he oversees the firm’s residential investments platform. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2007, Mr. Keller worked for DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing opportunistic real estate investments. Before DLJ, Mr. Keller worked in real estate finance in the New York offices of Salomon Brothers and CIBC Oppenheimer, advising numerous public and private companies, REITs and financial institutions. He also worked as a real estate manager and developer for D-Street Investments, a boutique private equity firm. Mr. Keller holds a B.A. degree in finance from Utah State University and an M.B.A. in finance and real estate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of Taylor Morrison Home Corp (TMHC), Make-A-Wish of Greater Los Angeles, Park Century School, and the Utah State University Foundation.
Helen Newton Hartung, Secretary
Helen Hartung is a landscape designer, specializing in sustainable practices for residential applications. After earning professional certification in Horticulture through UCLA, she worked for the firm of landscape architect Patricia Benner before opening her own firm, Helen Hartung Gardens.
Previously, Helen had worked as a journalist and writer. She co-authored three cookbooks and covered the fields of design, food, travel and the television industry for such publications as Los Angeles Magazine, TV Guide, Redbook, and Ladies Home Journal, among others. It was originally her research into environmental and sustainability issues that led her to pursue a second career in horticulture and landscaping. Helen received her BA degree from Vassar College and an MA in English from Columbia University.
Helen is married to Ray Hartung, a television writer and producer. They have three children, the youngest of whom, Kipp, attended Park Century for seven years, where he gained invaluable skills for navigating life with his learning issues. He recently graduated from Whittier College.
Guy Primus is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Virtual Reality Company (VRC), a company whose mission is to become the world leader in the production and distribution of premium, story-driven Virtual Reality content.
Before co-founding VRC, Guy served as Chief Operating Officer at Overbrook Entertainment, director of digital media at Starbucks Entertainment, group product marketing manager at Microsoft, and as Vice President of Strategy & Planning for Blue Flame, the marketing and advertising agency founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Guy is chairman emeritus of the advisory board of Georgia Tech’s top-ranked School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Guy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Guy, his wife, Heather, their son, Grant, and their daughter, Clarke, reside in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles.
Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. is the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at the Yale University School of Medicine and, together with Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development and the co-founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. A physician-scientist, Dr. Shaywitz carries out brain imaging, cognitive and longitudinal studies of reading and dyslexia. She consults on children and adults who are dyslexic and with schools and educators on issues relating to diagnosis, interventions and accommodations for students who are dyslexic. She is passionately dedicated to ensuring that scientific progress is translated into policy and practice. Dr. Shaywitz is the author of over 250 scientific articles and the highly acclaimed “Overcoming Dyslexia” (Knopf, 2003). Dr. Shaywitz, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies, is annually selected as one of the “Best Doctors” in America. In September, 2014, Dr. Shaywitz was invited to, and did, testify before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the US House of Representatives on, “The Science of Dyslexia,” and most recently, in June, 2016, to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on “Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research and Education.” Dr. Shaywitz was also invited to provide congressional testimony on behalf of AAAS in 2015 and was the keynote speaker at the first ever conference on dyslexia in September, 2017.
Dr. Shaywitz originated and championed the Sea of Strengths model of dyslexia, which emphasizes a sea of strengths of higher critical thinking and creativity surrounding the encapsulated weakness found in children and adults who are dyslexic. Her recent work provides the long-awaited empiric evidence for the unexpected nature of dyslexia, which is that dyslexia can occur in very bright people who have unexpected low reading. In November, 2015, Dr. Shaywitz’ group published data demonstrating that the achievement gap in reading between dyslexic and typical readers is already present in first grade. These new data strongly urge the early identification of children who are dyslexic. Dr. Shaywitz has also developed the Shaywitz DyslexiaScreen (SDS) that enables the child’s kindergarten teacher and first grade teacher to efficiently and reliably screen their students for being at-risk for dyslexia; the (SDS) is available from Pearson Publishers.
Dr. Shaywitz’ awards include an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Williams College; the Townsend Harris Medal of the City College of New York; the Annie Glenn Award for Leadership from the Ohio State University; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has served on the National Board of the Institute for Educational Sciences of the US Department of Education. Dr. Shaywitz served on the National Reading Panel and the Committee to Prevent Reading Difficulties in Young Children of the National Research Council. Most recently, Dr. Shaywitz co-chaired the National Research Council Committee on Gender Differences in the Careers of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Faculty.
Phyllis G. Thomas, Treasurer
Phyllis Thomas is Senior Managing Director of NWQ Investment Management Company and chairs the Investment Oversight Committee. She is manager of the firm’s Small Cap and SMID Cap Value portfolios. Prior to joining NWQ in 1990, Ms. Thomas held the position of Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with The Boston Company where she managed institutional portfolios for three years. Previous to this, she spent seven years at Beneficial Standard Investment Management Company as a Senior Portfolio Manager for the company’s equity funds and outside advisory accounts.
Ms. Thomas graduated from Northern Illinois University and received her M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1979. Ms. Thomas is a past president of the CFA Society of Los Angeles, Inc., co-chairman of the FIM-West Conference and past chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. She is also a member of the CFA Institute. Ms. Thomas has served on the Board of the Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department since 2005.
Stephen L. Thomas, Esq.
Steve’s professional background is as an attorney specializing in insurance coverage for business litigation. Steve’s undergraduate degree is from Brown University in 1970, and his law degree is from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974.
Steve is married to Pam, and they have two boys: Brad (who graduated from Park Century) and Brian. Steve and Pam split their time between a home in Venice and a home in Mammoth.
Steve has served on the Park Century Board of Trustees since 1994. He is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and was formerly the Vice-President, the Chair of the Committee on Trustees and the Chair of the Ad Hoc Financial Aid Committee.
Patricia R. Torrey
Patricia (“Trish”) Riordan Torrey grew up in South Pasadena, California in the 1960s. She is the fourth of five children. After graduating from Mayfield Senior High in Pasadena, she left for Colorado College where she received a BA in mathematics in 1982.
Returning to California, Trish’s first job out of college was as a math teacher at Marymount High School in Los Angeles. After a couple years, she landed a summer job with the 1984 Olympics. That job was the beginning of what became a 15-year career in film production. She traveled quite a bit as a production coordinator, production supervisor and manager.
Trish Riordan married artist Dana Torrey in 1997 and decided she had enough of location work. She settled into a staff job at Fox Television Studios for the year prior to the birth of their first child, Jessica Carol Torrey, in 1999. The following century, their second daughter Elizabeth (“Liz”) Merrill Torrey was born in 2001.
Both Jessica and Liz attended New Roads School where Jessica graduated high school in 2017. Liz enjoyed New Roads but realized it was getting too difficult after 1st grade. Liz started Park Century in 2nd grade and graduated 8th grade in 2017 from PCS. Liz thrived during her years at Park Century. Liz attends Renaissance High School, and her sister, Jessica, attends Harvey Mudd College.
Trish has enjoyed being involved with her daughters’ schools from the beginning as well as finding the best therapies for Liz. Trish is also on the Board of her family’s foundation, The Riordan Foundation. Trish joined the Park Century Board in 2013 and looks forward to participating, learning and growing with the school.
Sally and her husband, David, moved from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles along with their four children in 1982.
Sally has had a lifelong interest in education, and while in Washington, Sally served on the Norwood School Board of Trustees (1981-1984), a K-8 school in Bethesda, Maryland. In Los Angeles, Sally has served on the Boards of the John Thomas Dye School (1989-1998 and again in 2004 -2014), the Harvard School (1988-1990), and the Harvard-Westlake School (1990-2013). During four of those years, Sally, along with her husband, served on the Stanford University Parents' Advisory Board. Sally also served on the Advisory Board for The Friends of the Semel Institute until 2017.
In addition to her interest in education, Sally has a significant interest in issues surrounding mental health and illnesses of the mind and brain. She comes by this at least a bit naturally as the daughter, niece and mother of therapists.
Sally and her husband reside in Westwood.