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Carpenter Community Charter Governance Council

As a district-affiliated charter school, Carpenter has significant autonomy over policies, programs, and procedures at the school. The school's Governance Council, comprised of elected teacher, parent, and staff representatives, focuses on fulfilling the objectives and goals outlined in our school’s Charter. The Council acts in an advisory role to the school's administration in a range of areas including curriculum, hiring, budget, safety, enrollment, and establishment of local policy.

Governance Council Composition

There are 16 representatives on the Governance Council. Elections are held in the fall of each year to fill vacant Governance Council positions. Representatives are elected to a two-year term by their respective constituencies.

Governance Council 2018
Bottom Row (Left to Right: Francie Kaplan, Joe Martinez, Nick Glover, Ripsime Arakelian, Lucia Shashoian and Heather Kaplan
Middle Row (Left to Right): Fabienne Melkanoff, Brenda Sepulveda, Melodie Hong, Gretchen Goldsmith and Oliver Latsch
Top Row (Left to Right): Brad Gottfred, Joel Tantalo, Mike Watts, Kirsten Abdo, Heidi Reber and Alicia Dobrow

*Not pictured: Lourdes Diaz and Stacy Freiberg

Parent Representatives

Kirsten Abdo, Council Chair, Executive Committee: carpentergovernance@gmail.com / kirsten.abdo@gmail.com
Gretchen Goldsmith, Council Vice Chair: gretchengoldsmith@pacbell.net
Joel Tantalo, Council Secretary: joel.tantalo@gmail.com
Mike Watts, Council Parliamentarian: mikewatts1023@gmail.com
Lourdes Diaz, Parent Representative: lourdes.diaz@mac.com
Heather Kaplan, Parent Representative: heatherakaplan@gmail.com
Oliver Latsch, Parent Representative: oliverlatsch@mac.com
Lucia Shashoian, Parent Representative: luciaxt@hotmail.com
Francie Kaplan, Alternate Parent Representative: franciekaplan@gmail.com
Brad Gottfred, Alternate Parent Representative: crazygottfred@gmail.com

Staff Representatives

Joseph Martinez, Principal, Executive Committee: Call School Office
Melodie Hong, Teacher Representative, Executive Committee: mjj0329@lausd.net
Ripsime Arakelian, Classified Representative: Call School Office
Alicia Dobrow, Teacher Representative: ame3996@lausd.net
Nick Glover, Teacher Representative: nag8442@lausd.net
Fabienne Melkanoff, Teacher Representative: fmelkanoff@icloud.com
Heidi Reber, Teacher Representative: heidi.reber@lausd.net
Brenda Sepulveda, Teacher Representative: Mrs.B.Sepulveda@gmail.com
Stacy Freiberg, Alternate Teacher Representative: sfreiberg@roadrunner.com


Governance Council meetings are generally held every third Thursday of the month at 2:45 pm in room 42. These meetings are always open to the public. Parents, guardians, and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Monthly meeting times and dates are posted on the school calendar and are announced in Carpenter's weekly email blast. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the Governance Council bulletin board in the school's main hallway at least 72 hours in advance of meetings and can also be found on the school's website.

If you would like an item on the agenda and/or have a concern or idea you wish to make known to the Council, please contact carpentergovernance@gmail.com a minimum of one week before the next scheduled meeting. You are also welcome to raise an issue during the public comment period of the meeting, keeping in mind that public comments are limited to three minutes per speaker, per issue. You will be asked to sign in at the beginning of the meeting.


The Governance Council has established advisory committees to help the Council operate more efficiently as it works towards achieving the goals outlined in our charter. These committees meet separately from the Governance Council and report their progress at the regular monthly Council meetings. All member of our school’s community are encouraged to attend committee meetings. In committee meetings, all attendees are welcome to speak and vote on issues. There are no requirements to be a member of any of committee. Involvement in committees allows broader participation by giving all stakeholders the opportunity to contribute, research, and make recommendations to our school Council.

Standing committees generally meet monthly. Meetings are posted on the school calendar and are announced in Carpenter's weekly email blast. Ad hoc committees are established when a specific issue requires a dedicated team to conduct research before a governance decision is made. Ad hoc committee meeting information will be posted on the school calendar and announced in Carpenter's weekly email blast. All meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change based on other school events. Please be sure to check the school calendar before any meeting you plan to attend.

Standing committees:
Budget & Finance – To Be Announced
Communications – 1st Wednesday of each month at 2:45pm in room 23
Positive Behavior – 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30am in the library (kids are welcome)
Safety – 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30am in the library
Strategic Planning – 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2:30pm in room 30
Technology – Every 6th Tuesday (10/16/18, 11/27/18, 1/8/19, 2/19/19, 4/2/19, 5/14/19) at 7:30am in Café East

Ad hoc committees:
Extracurricular Programs