School Board President
A third generation educator, William has served as an administrator and teacher in Southern California independent schools since 1999. An alumnus of The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William is a parishioner at St. James' Episcopal Church and also sits on the Vestry. William researched key elements of the financial sustainability of independent schools in his dissertation, The Price of Independence: Tuition, Annual Giving, Endowments and Financial Aid in Independent Schools. An Eagle Scout, William holds degrees in mathematics and creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his wife, Kasinee, reside in Wilshire Center.
Hubert T. Smith Jr.
School Board Vice President
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.
School Board Secretary
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 enrolled in St. James': Michaella, a 2nd grader, and Tiffany, a 4th grader. Their son Nicholas, a 6th grader, is enrolled at Notre Dame Academy Elementary School.
Gary Duff Jr.
School Board Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee
Gary Duff Jr. is the Head of West Coast lending for Morgan Stanley's Commercial Real Estate Group. Mr. Duff focuses on both securitized lending products (CMBS) and balance-sheet lending for the firm's commercial banking operation. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Gary worked at boutique lender Commercial Capital Initiatives Inc. and Greystone Realty, where he focused on acquisitions and asset management. Gary is a previous treasurer for the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, an active member of the Wilshire Square Association, and a member of the St. James' Finance Committee. Mr. Duff holds a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in economics and business and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with an emphasis in real estate. Gary and his wife Serena have two children that attend St. James'.
Rich Chisholm is a partner and general counsel 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 two children enrolled in St. James': Nate '20 and Alex '22. In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, traveling, and following University of Michigan athletics.
Yongwoo Calvin Lee
Calvin and his wife Esther have been at St. James' as parents since 2009 and in that time have had a daughter and a son graduate from St. James'. Calvin graduated from the University of Southern California with B.A. in business with an emphasis in real estate development. He has been specializing in investment real estate for 20 years as a broker, investor, and developer. Calvin currently works at Marcus and Millichap. Calvin has served as a member of St. James' Advancement Committee and as a board member at Wilshire Private School.
The Rev. Jenifer Chatfield
The Rev. Jenifer Chatfield came to St. James’ in 2013 and is the Associate for Liturgy and Formation. She worked in the entertainment industry in New York and Los Angeles for many years before being ordained to the priesthood. She is a native Southern Californian and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles; she completed her seminary work at Yale University in the Divinity School, the Berkeley Divinity School, and the Institute of Sacred Music. She also serves on the board for Holy Family Services, an adoption agency and institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Along with her work at the parish Jenifer is the proud mother of an elementary school–aged daughter.
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.
Tonikiaa Orange is originally from Detroit, Mich., and has lived in Los Angeles since 2001. She and her husband Maverick have twin daughters. Tonikiaa has worked in education for over 15 years and is a former principal of a K–8 charter school in Los Angeles. She received an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles; and an Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a Lilly Endowment Fellow.
Tonikiaa currently teaches both Curriculum and Instruction and Social Foundations and Diversity at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. In addition to teaching, she provides professional development to educational leaders across the country on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching strategies that serve diverse student populations, and she works on various initiatives that support teacher training, S.T.E.A.M. education, and the development of college-going cultures in schools. In her spare time, she plays the conga drums in an Afro-Cuban band and salsa dances.
Ann Ronus is a long-time member of the St. James' community – both the school and the church. Born in Australia, Ms. Ronus lived in London and Geneva before coming to Los Angeles 36 years ago. Ms. Ronus is married to Robert with two grown children and is a parishioner and former member of the Vestry of St James' Episcopal Church. She currently serves on boards of the L.A. Philharmonic, the Colburn School, and the Christ Church Music Trust (Oxford, U.K.) – and, of course, St. James' Episcopal School, since 2013.
Jessica Youd lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tim, five children, six dogs, three cats and a rabbit. She's been a parent at St. James' for the past ten years, serving hot lunches every Tuesday. Jessica's son Oscar is an alum of St. James', her daughter Ursula is currently in third grade, and her daughter Eloise is a second grader. Jessica is currently on the advancement committee, the aquaponics team, and has chaired the S.T.E.A.M Fair. In the past, she has been a member of the Parent Task Force and the Spring Event committee, and two years ago, she sponsored a trip to Haiti. In addition to her involvement with St. James', Jessica runs her family's non-profit business, Margo's Bark Soda Co. This company began as a St. James' science fair project when her son Oscar was in kindergarten. One hundred percent of Margo's Bark profit is donated to animal rescues. Jessica is a board member for Home Dog L.A., which works alongside the North Central Shelter Intervention.