SBFC Board of Directors

Ellen Rosenberg, SBFC Board President & MBUSD School Board President

Sandi Gleason, SBFC Treasurer & Former Mira Costa High School PTA President

Liz Glozman, SBFC Secretary & Former Manhattan Beach Middle School Social Emotional Wellness Liaison 

SBFC Team 

Laura Short McIntire, SBFC Creative Director and Curator, & President, LSM Communications, LLC

Melissa Overholt, SBFC Director of Video Production 

Ann Kuhns, RN, SBFC Director of Community Outreach (volunteer)

Katie McIntire, SBFC Research and Quality Assurance

Katie Frankle, PMP, CSM, SBFC Ambassador Project Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer)

Franka Stadvek, SBFC Teen Mindfulness Partner & owner, Fit-On-Studios (volunteer)

The SBFC project concept, implementation, and website creation were produced by Laura Short McIntire, president of  LSM Communications, LLC pro bono. Laura continues  as the SBFC Curator and Creative Director of the project.

In order to ensure sustainability, the project has recently begun to reach out for sponsorships . Donations support the project's daily research, content creation, video productions, e-newsletter production, blog editing and management, graphic design, website and social media management, inquiry response,  teen mindfulness workshops, the Pass On It project for youth, special education events, and quality assurance. 

Families Connected Co-Founders

Each South Bay Families Connected Partner School has a co-founder who was directly involved in the implementation of the project at that site. All co-founders provide ongoing input regarding the resources and information curated on the SBFC website. 

MCHS Families Connected -- Ellen Rosenberg, Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board Member & Sandi Gleason, Former Mira Costa High School PTA President, with support from Mike Matthews, MBUSD Superintendent, for the project to be expanded district-wide.

MBMS Families Connected -- Ann Marie Whitney, former Manhattan Beach Middle School  PTA Co-Presidents

MBUSD Elementary Schools -- Lisa Schlager, parent, and Jen Fenton, past Robinson School PTA President

RHP and Ren Families Connected -- David Maher, Director of Upper School, Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools

RBUSD Families Connected -- Dr. Nikki Wesley, Director of Student Services, Redondo Beach Unified School District 

HBCSD Families Connected -- Kim Taylor, Principal Hermosa Valley School

PVPUSD Families Connected -- Linsey Gotando,  Executive Director, Secondary School, Palos Verdes Peninsula School Unified District -- 

Martyrs Families Connected -- Monica Lucenti, parent, American Martyrs Catholic School

Torrance Unified School District - Nancy Guitierez, Parent/Community Engagement/Homeless/Foster Liaison

SBFC Professional Advisors

Mitzi Cress, Retired Principal of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Moe Gelbart, PhD, Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center

Joan Stein Jenkins, Esq., Manhattan Beach City Prosecutor

Anna Pirkl, M.A., LMFT, ATR, LAADAC, Art Therapist

Helen Codron, MA, College Counselor

Collaborative Partners

Beach Cities Health District co-sponsors our Families Connected Speaker Series and Parent Chat.

Blankets of Love, South Bay is our partner in the Opioid Awareness Project.

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Fit On Studios provides free Teen Wellness meditation and fitness events.

Thelma McMillen Center funds the staffing of our Parent Chat support group with a licensed professional.

Numerous South Bay professionals share their voice and expertise with SBFC through original blogs written for SBFC, as well as by participating in our SBFC original videos.

The Families Connected Ambassadors and Parent Advisory Council, co-sponsored by BCHD


In August of 2016, SBFC received not-for-profit status through the MBX 501c. Your support of this project would be greatly appreciated. Supporters who donate $300 or more are added to our SBFC Supporter Page