Board of Trustees
Rich Chisholm is the Chief Executive Officer at Evolution Capital Management, a boutique investment firm. Rich earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a General Course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a J.D. from the Univ. of Calif., Hastings College of Law. Rich and his wife, Lois Perrin, have one child enrolled in St. James, Alex '22, and one graduate, Nate ’20, who now attends Harvard-Westlake. In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, traveling, and following University of Michigan athletics.
Hubert T. Smith Jr.
Hubert Smith Jr. has been a proud member of the St. James' community for over 40 years. His parents, Hubert Sr. and Fannie Johnson Smith, were longtime parishioners and Vestry members of St. James' Episcopal Church. His mother also served two terms on the St. James' School Board. Hubert grew up in nearby Wilshire Park, attended elementary school at Pilgrim, and graduated with distinction as a Prefect from Harvard-Westlake School. He is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in film and television production and digital media. He began his career at 20th Century Fox and is currently Vice President, Business Affairs at AMC Networks. Hubert earned his bachelor's degree in government from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Hubert and his wife Charmaine are proudly passing on the traditions and core values of the St. James' community to their family: Madison '22 and Nicolas '10, who graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2016.
Jeffrey Armour, Esq.
Jeffrey Armour is a Los Angeles–based attorney with more than 15 years of experience in the area of civil litigation. He is currently lead counsel at the Law Offices of Armour & Associates, a law firm he established in Beverly Hills in 2007. Prior to Armour & Associates, he was an equity partner at the Law Offices of Butler & Dodge, where he specialized in catastrophic personal injury cases. He is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). Jeffrey received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters; Michaella '21, alumna Tiffany '19, and a son, Nicholas.
Ken leads the Beyond Wealth Partners of Raymond James. Before entering the financial services industry, Ken was instrumental in the development of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Southern California, serving in a variety of management roles and completing his tenure as regional vice president for Los Angeles.
Ken graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1978 with a degree in history. He is active in two community organizations: The Silver Lake Picture Show, founded by his sons, Nick and Vince, and The Los Angeles Food Policy Council of which his daughter, Clare, is executive director.
In his spare time, Ken is an avid tennis player and hiker. He is a native Southern Californian and lives near Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Michael Armbruster is a Film and Television writer who has penned independent and studio features and has written on staff as well as developed new shows for TV. He previously worked in the business world, first as a Strategy Consultant and then as the head of Marketing for a division of Nestle USA. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from UCLA. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, he served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the St. James’ Parent Association for three years. Michael and his husband, Andrew Chi, have a son, Zachary ’22, enrolled at St. James’, and they enjoy travel, great movies, and Cardinal baseball.
Perrin Chiles is an Emmy Award-winning media executive. Perrin founded, led and sold Adaptive Studios Inc., an IP-based entertainment studio specializing in acquiring abandoned IP to develop and produce original content for traditional film, television and new media distribution.
Before Adaptive, Perrin produced socially-conscious documentaries including Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical for HBO. Prior to Hollywood, Perrin worked in private equity for technology and media investment firms Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners. Perrin attended Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, where he was voted Senior Prefect and ran the student-run Honor System. Perrin graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts & Science: Double Major in Economics & History.
Perrin and his wife, Caroline, have been involved with non-profits local to Larchmont Village: Perrin coaches both boys’ and girls’ basketball through the SBBA and Goldies Youth Sports. Caroline recently joined the NGA and has served previously on the Board of Hope Net. Further afield, Perrin is on the Board of the Virginia Film Festival and until recently served on several alumni committees at Woodberry Forest School.
Both Perrin and his wife Caroline are very active members of the St. James' community. Perrin is a trustee and is currently serving on St. James’ Finance Committee; Caroline serves on the Advancement Committee, was a Co-Host of the 2020 Gala, volunteers with Admissions for both pre-school and elementary, is a room parent, has helped coordinate teacher appreciation at the Preschool, and served hot lunch for four years. Perrin and Caroline have four children, three of whom are enrolled at St James: Harold '22, Evelyn “Eve” '24 and Jasper '27. Their youngest Zeena, a two-year old, looks forward to becoming a Husky within the next few years.
AUGUSTINE CHUNG '93
Dr. Augustine Chung, '93 is an alumnus of St. James' and an active parent volunteer. He chairs the school's medical advisory taskforce and volunteers regularly for alumni and admissions initiatives. A graduate of Harvard-Westlake, Augustine earned his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and his medical degree from Case Western University. He is an assistant professor at UCLA's Medical School and his medical practice specializes in pulmonary disease and lung health.
THE REV. DR. KATE CRESS
Rev. Kate serves as Rector of St. James' in the City Episcopal Church. Previously Rev. Kate served as Rector of Church of Our Savior in Somerset, Massachusetts following her ordination in 2009. Prior to her calling to the priesthood, Rev. Kate worked as a social scientist and teacher earning her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University as well as her M.A. Ed from Brown University and M. Div from Boston University. In addition to her academic achievements, Mother Kate has spent a considerable amount of time abroad. She lived in Botswana for two years, three years in South Africa and Uganda, and two years in Korea.
Theane Evangelis is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Theane’s practice focuses on class actions and appellate and constitutional litigation, and she serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Class Actions Practice Group. Theane is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and New York University School of Law. After law school, Theane clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Theane is a Trustee of New York University School of Law and serves on the Board of the California Women’s Law Center and the advisory board of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. Theane’s son, Aki, is a member of St. James’ Class of ’23. In her spare time, Theane enjoys Greek cooking, traveling, reading, cycling, and spending time with Aki, her two stepdaughters, Eleni and Georgia, and her husband, James Kousoulas.
Erica is the Controller and Tax Director of DoubleLine Capital LP. Prior to joining DoubleLine, she was a Partner in PwC's Asset Management practice where she spent 11 years providing tax services to numerous asset management clients in the Southern California market. Erica started her public accounting career at Deloitte & Touche. She has been a speaker at industry events such as the PwC Asset Management series and the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries. Erica holds a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a licensed CPA in the state of California.
Erica grew up in Illinois and lived in New York before moving to Los Angeles. She lives with her husband and three daughters, the oldest of which attends St. James.
Vanessa Mesia-Ullrich was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois to Peruvian immigrant parents where she met her husband, Alexander Ullrich, also a Chicago native. They relocated to Los Angeles for her work in the music industry. Later 2017 they were blessed with the birth of their son Benjamin fulfilling their dream of becoming parents. In her search for a place to worship with her family, Vanessa, Alexander, and Benjamin (then 5 months) stumbled upon St James’ Episcopal Church in March 2018 and were thrilled with the immediate welcoming reception. Vanessa is now honored to serve on the St. James’ Episcopal Church Vestry and as a vestry delegate to St. James’ Episcopal School Board of Trustees.
Vanessa is a graduate of Northwestern University with Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communications and a Minor in Sociology and a graduate of the Paralegal Certificate Program at UCLA. Vanessa is a licensed paralegal in California and fluent in Spanish. Additionally, she is an award winning swim coach and owner of a swim coaching business since 2004.
Steve McLean, a lifelong Episcopalian, currently serves on the vestry at St James. He is retired after spending 40 years in the department and specialty store retail industry in operations, construction and maintenance. He is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles. Steve is an eagle scout. He and his wife Heidi have two grown sons, Tom and Charley. He spends his leisure time working around the house, reading, traveling, and volunteering at such places as the Endeavour Pavilion at the California Science Center.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Peter Reinke serves as Head of School at St. James', a role he has held since July of 2018. Mr. Reinke has worked in the field of education for over twenty-five years. He began his career as an aide to a U.S. Senator on education policy and later played a major educational policy role for the Schwarzenegger administration. Mr. Reinke spent several years as a teacher and administrator at Head-Royce School, the oldest K-12 school in the western United States; he also served as Assistant Head of School at Buckley before coming to St James'. Buckley is the oldest K-12 co-educational school in Los Angeles. Mr. Reinke serves on the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles' Commission on Schools; he spent several years on the Board of Standards of the California Association of Independent Schools, the accrediting body for independent schools throughout the state.
Mr. Reinke co-founded the Vincent Academy, a K-5 charter school in the heart of West Oakland. He was also a founding trustee of the Friends School of San Francisco, the only Quaker independent school in California. With the late U.S. Senators Ted Kennedy, Jim Jeffords and several Congressional and Senatorial staffers, he worked to create Everybody Wins, a Washington, D.C. literacy project; the project was featured at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
A Fifth Generation Episcopalian, Mr. Reinke is a past senior warden and vestry clerk. Additionally, he was a trustee for the Episcopal Diocese of California’s School for Deacons and of U.C. Berkeley's Canterbury Foundation, which sponsors Episcopal programs for Cal students. Mr. Reinke was board chair of Clausen House, an Episcopal agency which provides essential services for almost 200 developmentally disabled adults. He is very proud of his brother Steven, a longtime resident of Clausen. At St. James' Episcopal Parish, Mr. Reinke is an active member of the Men's Fellowship and volunteers as a lector. Both he and his partner Dr. Claudia Nau are also enthusiastic advocates for the food ministries at the parish, which they believe are among the most vital programs of St. James'. Mr. Reinke is also a lifetime member of the Union of Black Episcopalians.
Mr. Reinke graduated from Brown University with department honors in U.S. History and earned his MA in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University. Mr. Reinke is an active volunteer for Brown, he is a member of the Brown Corporation's ad-hoc committee on government relations and previously served as a class marshal and on the Brown Corporation's advisory council on relations with Tougaloo College.
John Roman is the President of West Side Advisory, a boutique merger and acquisition consulting firm which also makes private equity investments in leading midsize companies. Previously, he held investment banking positions at Macquarie Group, Stifel Financial, and Phillip Roman Company. A graduate of Harvard-Westlake, John earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Sociology with distinction from Tufts University and his MBA from Northwestern University. He has two children enrolled at St. James: Jake ‘24) and Charlotte ‘27). John also serves as an Admissions Ambassador for St. James.
EFFIE TURNBULL SANDERS
Effie Turnbull Sanders is a current St. James' parent and she brings over two decades of experience advancing the rights of underserved Los Angeles communities to lead the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z) as its Executive Director. Previously, Effie was Assistant General Counsel to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and an attorney with Richards, Watson & Gershon. Effie is the past vice-chair of the state's coastal commission and a member of the congressional council for Congresswoman Karen Bass. She has previously was a presidential appointee to the executive staff of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Effie earned both her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.