Garcia joins communications and visual arts departments

Alexandra Pacheco Garcia joined the communications and visual arts departments this year as the new Vox Populi advisor and a photography teacher, respectively. Previously, Garcia worked as a project and production manager, gallery archivist and registrar, studio manager and photography representative. In addition, she taught at Saddleback Community College, was a teaching assistant and instructor at the […]

Jim Burns: Communications

Jim Burns: Communications

New Chronicle and Big Red adviser Jim Burns has joined the Communications department this school year, replacing Melissa Wantz. Initially intending to pursue broadcast journalism, Burns attended the University of Southern California and received his Masters of Arts for Broadcast Journalism with a focus on ethnographic film. He gradually switched into print journalism, working in […]

Melissa Wantz: Communications

Melissa Wantz will make the commute from Ventura County to Harvard-Westlake each day to lead the upper school communications department, serve as the Chronicle and Big Red adviser and teach journalism classes. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and received her master’s in English literature […]

Alum to become Interim Director of Communications

Ari Engelberg ’89 (Jacob ’21) will replace Jill Shaw as Interim Director of Communications, where he will focus on strategically planning the school’s communications and marketing approach as well as fulfilling the job’s daily responsibilities, President Rick Commons said in an email to the school community. Engelberg will temporarily hold the position as the school […]

Yearbook adviser to attend nursing school

Middle School Communications Department Head Jen Bladen will be leaving Harvard-Westlake after nine years of advising the Vox Populi yearbook to go to community college to satisfy her requirements for nursing school, which she plans to attend in the fall of 2016. After seven trips to the emergency room last year and uncertainty over why […]