Board of Directors

BookEnds is governed by a board comprised of the diverse perspectives of a unique group of people; student volunteers, stakeholders, community leaders and esteemed professionals. The result is a highly empowered, financially transparent, entrepreneurial organization.

Board of Directors 2013/14


Naya Bloom is the Managing Director, Regional Alumni Affairs at Teach for America.
President: Robin M. Keefe is the president of BookEnds and a non-voting member of the board of directors.
Vice Chairs: Lori Kozak is an attorney specializing in trademark law at BSTZ.
Natalie How is Head of Curriculum for Westside Neighborhood School.
Treasurer: Brian Yacker is a principal of YH Advisors, an accountancy firm that specializes in non-profit accounting.
Secretary: Jeffrey L. Richardson Esq. is a partner with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.
Ex Officio: Kelly Merryman is Vice President of Content Acquisition, Netflix, Inc.

Zemia Atkins is an educator and former sixth-grade teacher at Seven Arrows Elementary School in Pacific Palisades - a BookEnds donor school.

Rocio Bonsall is a business manager for a startup charters school, development consultant and former investment manager for Bank of America.

Debra Hammond, is the Executive Director at University Student Union, Inc. California State University, Northridge

Emma Hofheimer is a tenth grade student at New Roads.

Jessica Lazarus, Esq. is an attorney.

Ken Long, is an Enterprise Security Architect for Hewlett-Packard.

Sahara Pynes, Esq. is a principal at Training Mavens Consulting, specializing in employment law consulting.

Ashley Sacks is a twelfth grade student at Harvard-Westlake School who was just made President of the Student Council.

Belinda Sacks, Esq. is a retired litigation attorney with the Department of Justice and is currently a community volunteer.

Jack Stovitz is a tenth grade student at Harvard-Westlake School and a five year alumnus of the BookEnds program.

Patricia T. Tanenbaum is an educator and co-founder/consultant community service learning - The Beverly Hills Unified School District.

Carol A. Zaslow is an educator and past-president of the Community Service Association.

Honorary Members:

Ronni Ephraim is past Chief Instructional Officer for Los Angeles Unified School District, Founding Board Member of BookEnds and is Vice President Curriculum/Chief Academic Officer of 2tor.

Brandon J. Keefe is the co-founder of BookEnds and is the Western Development and Operations Manager of CEN.

Madeline Chais is a student at Michigan University, recipient of the 2006 NAFRP Los Angeles Youth Volunteer award and co-founder of the BookEnds Youth Leadership Board.

Megan Hilliard is a student at New York University and co-founder of the BookEnds Youth Leadership Board.