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Board Members

The HBCSD Board of Education is composed of five members who are elected residents of Hermosa Beach City. Below you will find their background and contact information.

Margaret Bove-LaMonica (President) - [email protected] - Current Term 12/2018 - 12/2022
Maggie Bove-LaMonica has dedicated her professional career to education — as a classroom teacher, administrator, legal advocate, and now coaching teachers in growing their leadership. She is an elected member, and board president, of the Hermosa Beach City School District and an elected delegate to the California School Board Association. As a former Peace Corps volunteer, non-profit administrator, and Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University, she has worked with communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, France, and Morocco. She has spent her career on increasing equity and access for students in urban districts and focuses on building a K-16 pipeline for all kids. A native 'Angelino' and an avid surfer, Maggie resides in Hermosa Beach with her husband, three children, and their dog. She has graduate degrees in Education, Public Policy, and the Law and uses those frameworks to work on education inequality issues and access to civic engagement.

Douglas Gardner (Vice President/Clerk) - [email protected] - Current Term 12/2020 - 12/2024
Douglas Gardner joined the HBCSD Board of Trustees in October 2017 and is the father of two children currently enrolled in the district. Douglas is the Interim Director of Finance and Operations at Westmark School, a second through twelfth grade school in Encino. Prior to joining Westmark, Douglas was the Chief Operating Officer at Yavneh Hebrew Academy, a pre-K through eighth grade school in Hancock Park. These experiences followed a sixteen year career in the entertainment industry. Douglas graduated with a B.S. with Honors in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University where he and his family are also season ticket holders for the Cardinal football team.

Jennifer Cole - [email protected] - Current Term 12/2018 - 12/2022
Jen Cole is a 16-year Hermosa Beach resident, a mother of two native Hermosa pre-teens, and a strong advocate for local kids and families. Jen believes deeply in the power of schools to impact a community’s stability, safety, health, and culture. Raised by teachers in Barrow, Alaska, Jen’s passion for education led her to a decade of service in various LA public schools and charter schools as a teacher, administrator, and principal. Jen has been an adjunct professor at Cal State University, a member of the DaVinci Board of Regents, and most recently an educational leadership coach for Teach For America, of which Jen is also a Board member and former Corps member. Jen ran for a second term on the School Board to help ensure that Hermosa schools will be as healthy, inspiring, and progressive as Hermosa Beach itself. She wants to make sure kids feel healthy and safe, to better enable a growth mindset. She wants to make sure all kids feel challenged and inspired, so everyone can reach their full potential. She wants to make sure our schools are modern and progressive so that kids have the tools and skills they need to thrive in a fast-changing world. On the Board today, Jen focuses her energy on programs that support these same themes, including The Hermosa Beach Empathy Project, the professional development of district staff, the updating of school facilities, and anything that prioritizes active community listening and conversation that she can help turn into action.

Quentin Kluthe - [email protected] - Current Term 12/2020 - 12/2024
Quentin Kluthe has been a Hermosa resident since 2010 and has two children in Hermosa schools. Prior to joining the Board, Quentin took an interest in Hermosa Beach education through his kids and his wife's involvement in the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation. That exposure inspired him to join the Board in the hopes of supporting a terrific team of Board members, administrators, teachers, and staff during a challenging time for education.  Quentin is looking forward to working on all the Board goals with an emphasis on ensuring the long-term independence of the Hermosa Beach City School District. He believes that will be facilitated by an ongoing focus on providing a superior educational experience and improving the financial sustainability of our district. Quentin graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science and got an MBA from Kellogg in Chicago. He is CEO of PackIt which makes freezable lunch boxes for kids and families. He has a background in strategy, operations and finance and looks forward to pitching in wherever he can. He loves Hermosa Beach - the weather of course, but most importantly, the community spirit that shows itself in the active volunteer base that works tirelessly to support our schools through HVPTO and HBEF. He looks forward to doing his part to help Hermosa's community, schools and children thrive.  

Stephen McCall - [email protected] - Current Term 10/2018 - 12/2022
Ask Stephen where he's from and he'll tell you Hermosa Beach, albeit with a bit of an accent. Stephen helped land a supermajority vote on Measure S with HERO (Hermosa Educational Renewal Operation) Group, setting up a $59,000,000 bond for facilities improvement at View, Valley, and the opening of Vista (formerly North). He has also served as an executive board member with Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, helping raise millions of dollars for critical programming. Stephen's professional experience is in technology, working on business strategy, innovation, and marketing for the likes of Apple & Microsoft. Stephen has two children in Hermosa Schools, and is passionate about ensuring all children of Hermosa Beach “THRIVE K-Life”.

To contact school board members you may email them at: [email protected]