Board of Trustees and Administrators

SMPS School SignAs a Parish school, the ultimate responsibility for St. Matthew’s Parish School resides with the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of the Parish of St. Matthew. In order to ensure the orderly operation of the school, the Vestry established a Board of Trustees, whose members serve three-year terms, renewable, with four new members seated annually. The full board meets six times per year and is responsible for the school’s finances and formation of policies by which the school will be operated. The board works closely with the Head of School and accomplishes much of its work through its standing committees and various task forces. The standing committees include Finance, Facilities, Development, Executive, and the Committee on Trustees.
Board of Trustees 2020-2021
Carrie Dalton, Co-Chair Amita Davis
Alexander Thain, Co-Chair Terry McCarthy
Adam Braun, Vice Chair Dr. Callene Momtazee,  Past Chair
Mary Vig, Treasurer Joe Perez
Roz NiemanSecretary Theodore A. Russell
Amy ChildressBoard Representative to Vestry Kristin Waters
Janet McKillop, Advancement Co-Chair Hilary Wynperle
Dr. Pedram Salimpour, Advancement Co-Chair Edward Kim, Head of School
The Reverend Bruce A. Freeman, Rector  
Lisa Goldman, Vestry Representative to the Board  
James Huser, Vestry Representative to the Board  
Hallie KimParents' Council President  

Head of School and Administration

EdwardK The Head of School is the chief administrative officer of the school, appointed by the Board of Trustees and the Rector. The Head is responsible to the Board for the development of the entire academic program and for the direction of all activities and operations necessary to the professional work of teachers, supervision of students, maintenance of educational and behavioral standards, formulation and review of curriculum, and managing and planning the school's operating budget and any major facilities improvements.
Edward Kim is the Head of St. Matthew's Parish School.
MonicaG The two Principals work under the direction of and report directly to the Head of School. One Principal oversees the curriculum, instructional practices, student counseling, operations, and admission for the Preschool through Fourth Grade, the other for the Upper School (Grades 5-8). Both Principals confer regularly with the Head regarding faculty, staff, students, curriculum, parents, budget, and policy matters.
Dr. Monica Gillespie is the Principal for Grades PS-4.
BruceH The Principals meet and communicate regularly in order to ensure the coordination of programs, policies, and operations throughout the entire school. In addition to responsibilities specific to respective program levels, each Principal performs overarching or school-wide roles in support of the School's routine operations.
Bruce Harlan is the Principal for Grades 5-8.
The Director of Enrollment oversees and directs the admission and enrollment program to achieve the School's enrollment goals in support of its mission and vision. The Director leads and implements the School's admission policies by overseeing the entire admission process from interviewing and evaluation of prospective students to the integration of new students into the school collaborates closely with the division principals and works with the Director of Finance to oversee the financial aid program.
Carinne Barker is the Director of Enrollment.
The Curriculum and Secondary School Coordinator works with the Head of School and the Middle School Principal to assist Eighth Graders and their families find the right secondary school program. In addition, she coordinates the School’s curriculum from Preschool-Grade 8.
Dr. Maya Kelly is the Curriculum and Secondary School Coordinator.


KristinB The Chaplain is responsible for developing and implementing programs within the school, which focus on the spiritual growth of the children of St. Matthew's. Responsibilities include overseeing the liturgical life of the school through weekly chapel services, providing pastoral care to students and families, teaching courses in religious education, and coordinating the School's community service program.
The Reverend Kristin Barberia is the School Chaplain.
ElaineW The Director of Technology and Innovation oversees all technology programs and initiatives for the school, including the 1:1 iPad program, technology labs, online resources, the campus network, as well as professional development in technology.
Elaine Wrenn is the Director of Technology.
EllenP Working with the Head of School and the Board, the Director of Finance plans and manages the school's budgets. 
Ellen Pfahler serves as the Director of Finance.
JuanaO Director of Human Resources plans and manages all benefits, assists with recruitment and new hiring processes, and is in charge of compliance for all employees. The director is a member of the Senior Administration team, the Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese Benefits Committee, and is a member of the Board of Trustees Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As the Assistant to the Head of School, she works directly in support of the Head of School and Board of Trustees.
Juana Rodriguez Ochoa is the Assistant to the Head of School & Director of Human Resources.