The directors are parents and community leaders dedicated to working with the superintendent, school board, school-based PFAs & PFCs, and parents. There are representatives on the board from each of the five schools in the Oak Park Unified School District, as well as community members who no longer have children in the District.

Brandon McFadden


Brandon and his wife, Danielle, moved to Oak Park in 2010 primarily because of the high quality Oak Park Unified School District. They have two daughters who attend Brookside and Medea Creek Middle School. ...

Scott Star

Vice Chairperson

Scott, his wife Vanita, and 2 children Gwen & Malina, moved to Oak Park in 2012 from San Diego. They chose to live in Oak Park due to the school district’s excellent reputation and...

Denise Jaffe


Denise moved to Oak Park in 2007 with her husband. They wanted to return to her husbands hometown to raise their children. She loves Oak Park for the schools, open land, hiking, and supportive...

Ari Qutami

Board Member

Ari and his wife Marilena moved to Oak Park in 2017 and have two children currently attending Oak Hills and Media Creek. Having lived locally for a number of years, they decided to move...

Carmela Barbieri

Development and Major Gifts Chair

Carmela joined the OPEF board in March of 2018. Due to the excellent education that Oak Park offers, Carmela and her husband Roberto decided to transfer their children to the Oak Park school district....

Benson Berro

Treasurer Chair

Benson joined the Oak Park Education Foundation in 2017 and has been a resident of Oak Park for over 12 years. He and his wife have two children in the district, a daughter at...

Massimo Cibelli

Communications Chair

Massimo was fortunate to attend all three schools (Oak Hills, Medea Creek, and Oak Park High) within the Oak Park Unified School District. Then later as adult, along with his wife Renée and two...

Darren Smith

Development Committee

Darren Smith moved to Oak Park in August of 2018 with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Olivia. They moved from Woodland Hills entirely for the Oak Park school district and opportunities provided by it....

Rebecca Furman

Development Committee

Rebecca joined the Oak Park Education Foundation in 2019 after moving to Oak Park in 2018 from Santa Monica. Rebecca and her husband, Robert Samuels, have a daughter at Oak Hills, as well as...



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