Meet the PSV Board

Lisa Johnson

Founder 

Private School Village 

Lisa Johnson founded Private School Village (PSV), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that builds community among Black families in independent and private schools, in September 2018. ​

Education and advocacy are in Lisa's lineage. In the late 1800's, when it was illegal to educate Black students past eighth grade, Lisa's great, great, great, great grand uncle, Benjamin Tonsler had his older students stay after school to study more advanced texts with the understanding that the books were to be hidden whenever the White superintendent appeared for an inspection. He was a graduate of Hampton Institute and principal of Jefferson School in Charlottesville, VA for nearly 30 years and he prepared hundreds of students for college despite the law. From there, Lisa comes from a long line of educators and administrators so it's not a surprise she's working to make a difference in the lives of students today. 


Prior to Private School Village (PSV), Lisa served as an interim senior administrator at Campbell Hall School and led the search for a permanent Director of Advancement. Most recently, Lisa co-created the Campbell Hall Elementary Diversity and Inclusion Fund (EDIF), a parent-led and supported program designed to immediately increase racial diversity in the elementary school. During this time, she also taught graduate students about nonprofit public relations as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California for four years. 


A seasoned professional with 20 years of for- and non-profit experience, Lisa served as senior vice president of communications and marketing for the American Cancer Society (ACS) for six years in New York City. While there she managed a regionally-dispersed staff of 20 and championed award-winning strategies for engaging donors and volunteers, and launched some of the organizations first e-fundraising tools. Lisa co-chaired an executive level team to create the organization’s first multi-year Diversity & Disparity Plan, contributed to the success of a $50 million capital campaign to build an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, and through media advocacy, Lisa helped get clean indoor air laws passed in New York and New Jersey which paved the way for subsequent legislation in other states. At ACS, Lisa thrived at finding solutions to unique challenges, introduced new revenue streams, and helped the organization think about, and plan for, emergent trends affecting the fight against cancer. 

 

Prior to her stint with ACS, Lisa worked for several organizations including Ketchum Public Relations, Black Entertainment Television, and on behalf of the for-and non-profit organizations and the special interests of Earvin “Magic” Johnson.


A graduate of a K-12 independent school in Atlanta, Ga, The Westminster Schools, Lisa matriculated from the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. Lisa now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Andre, and two children.

Tarik Brooks

Office of the Chairman

Combs Enterprises

As Vice President, Office of the Chairman of Combs Enterprises, Tarik A. Brooks oversees the team that directly supports Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs, and serves as the primary interface across the Combs Enterprises companies and new business opportunities. He was asked to play this role by Mr. Combs because of his extensive experience building companies in dynamic environments in the US and abroad, his reputation for developing hard driving teams, and his ability to lead initiatives from concept to operational launch and growth.


Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm with approximately $160 billion under management. He was responsible for building and managing the Program Management Office, overseeing the department budgets and leading long-term planning. He was previously the Executive Vice President at RLJ Companies, a portfolio of companies led by investor Robert L. Johnson, where he led the development of several businesses including several gaming ventures in the Caribbean and the completion of RLJ Kendeja, a resort hotel in Monrovia, Liberia.

Throughout his career, Tarik has represented companies in a variety of transactions, including acquisitions and capital raises, led major strategic initiatives and oversaw compliance in highly regulated industries.
 

Tarik is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School. He serves on the Development Committee of the George Washington Carver Center in Norwalk, CT and the Advisory Board of the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) in New Haven, CT. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Stamford, CT and enjoys traveling, reading and mentoring young adults.
 

Tarik lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. Tarik’s son, Jaaz attends The Pilgrim School and daughter, Selah is in pre-school.

Sarah Huss

Director of Human Development & Parent Education

Campbell Hall

Sarah Huss, Director of Human Development and Parent Education at Campbell Hall, teaches Human Development courses to students in grades K – 12. Among the many courses she has developed and taught are Human Sexuality, Drug Education, Relationships and Technology, Gender Dynamics and Peer Mentoring. She has also been trained by the Ojai Foundation and Council in Schools to facilitate Council circles, and has done so with students, parents and faculty.

Sarah directs a robust parent education program that links the school community to innovative thinkers in the fields of parenting, mental health, social justice and spiritual development. She facilitates parent groups at all grade levels on current issues, including diversity, equity, and healthy development. She also provides program and curricular consulting to LA area schools.

Sarah received her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University in Education and Social Policy. She earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Van Nuys, CA with her 12-year old son.

Deepa Janha

Vice President of Asset Management
CenterCal Properties

Deepa Janha currently serves as Vice President of Asset Management and CenterCal Properties. She was previously the Principal of Hidden Park Advisors, a consulting company started with her husband, Myorr Janha, that offers a wealth of experience and insight across a broad range of industries and services including real estate investment management, education, non-profit, entertainment and technology.

Prior to that, Deepa held a senior role with Equity One, Inc. She and her team were primarily responsible for overall asset management of over 50 retail properties. Prior to relocating to New York from Boston, Deepa spent 12 years at AEW Capital Management, LP., a global real estate investment firm with approximately $73 billion of assets under management. At AEW, she spent time in various departments. Prior to AEW, she was a consultant at Goldman Sachs in their Private Wealth Investment Management Group.
 

Beyond her work at Hidden Park Advisors, Deepa is a passionate philanthropist. Her community outreach includes being a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and former Founder and President of Girls Gaining Momentum. Deepa’s passion around financial empowerment, literacy and education is apparent with the launch of her companies, College Bound Coaching and Financial Destiny. As a staunch promoter of philanthropy, she is a board and development committee member for the DJ Dream Fund, a non-profit organization. Deepa is an active member of the Real Estate Executive Council (REEC) and
founding member of the African-American Real Estate Professionals New England Chapter.

Deepa earned her B.A. from University of Massachusetts – Amherst, M.B.A. from Northeastern University, and Harvard
University’s only executive development and leadership program in real estate, AMDP. Deepa’s daughter attends International School of Los Angeles – Lycée International.

 

Cindy Virani

Customer Success Manager

Virtual Masons

Cindy Virani brings fifteen years of experience in the apparel industry to the PSV team. As a pivotal part of the efforts behind world-renowned brands Von Dutch, Ed Hardy, Affliction, and Christian Audigier, Cindy honed her skills as a dynamic, creative and highly motivated brand professional. She has a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing manufacturing projects from concept to completion, designing and executing outside-the-box marketing strategies, and successfully driving sales. Many years in the fast-paced world of fashion have left her skilled in integrating complex moving parts, demonstrating exceptional communication, and making critical decisions during challenges…the tools needed to be the entrepreneur she is today.
 
As an LA native from a multicultural family, Cindy is the product of a diverse LAUSD public school education. Having seen the diminishing budgets and opportunities in the public school system, she chooses to send her son Damon to Sierra Canyon School, an independent school that affords him every opportunity while also sharing Cindy’s belief that diversity in every child’s educational environment is an integral component in shaping well-rounded, egalitarian citizens of the future.   

Derrick Williamson

6th Grade Teacher

The Carlthorp School

Derrick was born and raised in the Detroit metropolitan area before relocating to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University. At Howard, he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and earned his master's degree in African-American Studies from UCLA. Derrick's career in education began 10 years ago as a teaching assistant at Lou Dantzler elementary in south Los Angeles. Soon after, he earned his multiple-subject teaching credential and began working as an intervention teacher at KIPP Empower Academy in south Los Angeles. While working at Empower, Derrick taught grades K (one year), 1st (three years) and 4th (three years). Derrick currently teaches 6th grade at Carlthorp School. Derrick’s two children, Harlem and Cain, attend Carlthorp School.

Collette Bowers Zinn

Founder & CEO

Zinn Education Management

Collette Bowers Zinn is a second generation Los Angeles Native, and fourth generation educator with fifteen years of school administrative experience. She has also trained as a litigator who ultimately chose to take the talents she developed in the courtroom into the education system, hoping to make a difference. These two worlds, litigation and education, gave rise to her philosophy and the skill set she uses to help students reach their full potential as students, as members of their different school cultures, and as people. 

Serving as an "educational support conduit" for classroom educators, parents, administrators, and the students they serve is her life's passion. Collette thrives on finding innovative ways to inspire young people to reach their potential, and she is equally passionate when it comes to finding ways to cultivate dynamic leaders among her fellow educators so that they are able to better connect with and inspire their students. No two school days, students, or families are alike. It is this diversity of educational experience and environment that excites, inspires and drives her to make each child’s journey through school as rewarding and fulfilling as possible. 

Collette is the founder and CEO of Zinn Education Management which she created as resource to provide a plethora of educational consulting for schools, and educational support for families and students, including tutoring, homework help, organization and study skills, independent school application support, test prep, technology, behavior management, educational therapy, teacher professional development, and much more! 

Alonda Casselle

Assistant Head of School

Hollywood Schoolhouse

 

Alonda Casselle has been in education as an educator and administrator for over 15 years. She is the Assistant Head of School at Hollywood Schoolhouse. While working as the Assistant Head of School, Alonda serves on her boards Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Prior to joining Hollywood Schoolhouse, Alonda’s career included roles as Dean of Students and Faculty, Dean of Culture, founding educator, and head literacy coach.

 

Alonda is a California native and received her undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge with a specialization in Liberal Studies with a minor in Children’s Theatre. Alonda earned a Master's of Education with Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University.

Thommy Guerrero

Director, Corporate Finance

MediaAlpha

 

Thommy Guerrero is the Director of Corporate Finance at MediaAlpha, which is is the leading customer acquisition technology solution for the leading carriers in the P&C and Health verticals in the US. In this capacity, Thommy leads the financial planning, and corporate development efforts for MediaAlpha. Before this, Thommy was at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Ares Management and Morgan Stanley.
 
Thommy sits on the advisory board for ThinkNow Research, the leading Hispanic market research company providing online market research and consumer insights to clients in the CPG and technology verticals.  Thommy is also a member of the Los Angeles leadership team of Management Leadership For Tomorrow, an organization that equips and emboldens high-achieving women and men from underrepresented communities — African American, Latinx, and Native American — to realize their full potential, to make a mark, and make a difference.

Dawn Limerick

Design Associate

Everick Brown Design

Dawn Limerick, a Los Angeles native, is a Design Associate with Everick Brown Design and it’s Objects and Accents curated collection. 

A certified life and mindfulness coach, Dawn launched “The Presence Workshop” to focus on a true passion—helping and empowering other women to fully AWAKEN in their own lives, create their powerful stories and truly be their best selves. She is on a mission to help get rid of baggage, quiet inner critics and most importantly, break through the PAST for a more purposeful PRESENT.

Prior to this, Dawn spent 14 years in retail as department and store manager for the likes of Nordstrom, BCBG and Bloomingdale’s. She later sold real estate for Coldwell Banker before deciding to stay home and focus on raising her two children.

Dawn majored in Broadcast Journalism at The University of La Verne and spent a year abroad in England where she studied International Relations. A devoted wife and mother, Dawn also volunteers regularly at The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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