We’re always in need of new energy and new ideas.  Interested in joining the board?


Adam Moore


Adam Moore is an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting in the Department of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach. For more than ten years he has been a screenwriter, video game writer, comic book writer, television show creator, and professional educator. His daughter, Piper Hales-Moore, is a third grader (already?!) at Franklin Elementary. Adam is a passionate supporter of public education, a vocal evangelist for our school, and believes there’s something magic about the Franklin Community. He hopes you see it too…


Ellen Castruccio

Annual Fund Drive Co-Chair and Co-Treasurer

My son Sam Pustay is starting 2nd Grade in August 2018, and I can't believe we are heading into our third year at Franklin. It goes by fast. Most of my professional experience is in the arts, including 12+ years in the marketing and membership departments at LACMA, and in the software space, including four years developing and marketing educational software. I'm grateful to be a part of the Franklin community and to have the chance to support the school.


Mike Fowler


Mike is the parent of a 1st grader and 3rd grader at Franklin. By day he works as a commercial real estate broker leasing and selling big-box industrial buildings throughout southern California. By night he counts the generous donations made to Friends of Franklin as its co-treasurer. He and his family live walking-distance to Franklin and have an outrageous Halloween party every year.


Lauren McClard


Mom of Heidi (Grade 3), Lauren is Marketing Manager for an audio software company.  A former Theatre major, she originally moved to LA to pursue theatre production and feature film development.  She has helped out with Franklin Night Out for the past two years, and is looking forward to doing more outreach and fundraising behind the scenes.


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West Burghart

Annual Fund Drive Co-Chair

West, Ayden’s dad (3rd grade), is the co-chairperson of the annual fund drive.  He has a degree in engineering from the California Institute of Technology and has worked in engineering, advertising sales and as a real estate investor.  When he’s not working the valet line, or fixing leaky faucets, West is usually hitting the trails in Griffith Park or putting in endless laps in the pool as he trains for his next triathlon.  As a product of the public school system in Florida, West is passionate about ensuring all kids have the opportunity to learn, grow and develop in a well-funded, properly-supported, diverse school environment.


Kellie C. Forester

Kellie has a background in theatre education and school leadership. She has spent her career working with students, teachers and administrators to integrate the arts and technology into the core curriculum. She is excited to be heading up this year’s Franklin Night Out and co-chairing Franklin’s Social-Emotional/Diversity committee. Kellie is the mom to first grader Penelope and preschooler Josephine. She loves being a part of Franklin’s community and is excited to be a part of the board this year.


Nicole Hajjar

Nicole Hajjar, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and Franklin mother of 3. She owns and operates Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics, a private pediatric therapy center that she started with husband Tony Hajjar. Smile provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, feeding, nutrition, as well as  Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) services to fantastic kids. Nicole is also the founder and owner of Wonder Preschool & Learning Center, a private  general education, progressive preschool servicing many Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, and DTLA families (smileandwonder.com). Nicole is passionate about child development and parent education, as well as community based support and training. On her down time you can find Nicole cheering on her musician husband or passing out snacks during her kids sports games. Nicole and her family are recent additions to the Franklin community and she looks forward to working with Friends of Franklin as a board member! 

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Heather Handel

Heather Handel  is proud mom to daughter, Lyla Green, who is heading into 2nd Grade this August 2018. She formerly served as co-chair to the most fun night of the year, Franklin Night Out, and will now be dedicating her volunteer time to launch Franklin's New Family Mentor Program created to welcome new families to our school.  She feels beyond blessed to have found the incredible neighborhood that is Los Feliz and a community school that feels like family.


Kristen Knauff

I have a deep-seated love of travel and coffee, together or individually. I dream to one day return to my childhood roots of raising chickens. My husband and I have two kids at Franklin (a second grader and a fifth grader) and we are very thankful to be part of this great school community. (Former Fall Fest Chair.)


Catie Langston

Catie Langston has been a member of the Franklin community since 2014 when her daughter enrolled in Kindergarten. Now with 2 students at the school and 5 years of room parent experience under her belt, Catie is looking forward to deepening her relationship with Friends of Franklin by serving on the board. When she is not sending room parent emails, Catie enjoys a fun and fulfilling career as a fundraising professional for LA-area independent schools. 


Lisa Taylor Rosenfeld

Lisa Rosenfeld was born in the Philippines and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and   Portland, Oregon and holds a B.A. in Communications from The George Washington University in D.C.. Prior to the birth of Leo in 2011, she worked in hospitality as an event coordinator, in educational marketing and as a music publicist for various private PR firms in Los Angeles. Lisa is the mother to to second-grader Leo and Kindergartener Lucy.


Peter Rauh

Peter Rauh is a proud parent of third grader, Julian, and knows that the Franklin Avenue School community plays a big part in every student’s success each year.  As a former artist manager and marketing executive (and a graduate of public schools growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio), he is honored to have a hand in helping improve our school this year as a board member.

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Bennett Schmid

Proud husband, father of two (one 1st grade Fox and one future Fox), San Antonio native, Atwater Village resident, avid reader of kids books, amateur musicologist and professional disc jockey.


Jeremy Smith

Jeremy is a proud father of Zoe (Kindergarten) and Emilia (future Fox). His wife, Andrea, is a room parent in Zoe’s Kindergarten class.  Jeremy is an attorney specializing in civil litigation. He is honored to serve on the Friends of Franklin board and is excited to help improve Franklin’s wonderful school and community.


Crystal White-VanCleemput

Crystal is the parent of Jolie, a 2nd grader. Jolie is the last of 4 kids to run the halls of Franklin. She is a new board member, but not new to volunteer work. Currently, Crystal is the President of Friends of the Los Feliz Public Library. She also runs an at home Health & Nutrition business, as well as helps run her husband Rick’s handyman business. She is grateful to have such a strong community to be a part of and can’t wait to get her hands dirty in Franklin this year.