List of 5 items.

  • Alona Scott, Head of School

    A native Angeleno and alumna of Marlborough School, Ms. Scott holds an AB in religion from Princeton University (cum laude) and two masters in education – the first in reading and literacy from Bank Street College and another in private school education from Columbia University, Teachers College. Since 2013, she has been the Head of School at Keys School in Palo Alto. Prior to that, Ms. Scott served as the Director of Middle School at the Hackley School, in Tarrytown, New York, and the Head of the Lower School at La Jolla Country Day School, in La Jolla, California. As a trustee at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, she served as co-chair of the rabbinic transition and vision committees and a member of the strategic planning and trustee nomination committees.

    Alona may be reached at
  • Lolli Lucas, Assistant Head of School

    Lolli Lucas comes to Buckley from Laguna Blanca in Santa Barbara; before that she was Upper School Director at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth and Director of College Counseling at Brentwood School. A graduate of Vassar College majoring in psychology, Lucas also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA.

    Lolli can be reached by email at
  • Alexis Stern, Interim Head of Upper School

    Alexis came to Buckley in the fall of 2015 as the social science department chair and immediately became a booster for Griffin athletics, a member of the Critical Friends group, and the founder of Buckley’s Teacher Rounds, which allows faculty across disciplines and grade levels to reflect and collaborate on teaching and learning practices. Before joining Buckley, Alexis worked for Boston Public Schools training district administrators on how to evaluate and support teachers, and as an advisor in the Teacher Education Program at Harvard University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Alexis may be reached at (818) 783-1610 ext 730 or by email at
  • Neal Roden, Head of Middle School

    A Buckley veteran of more than 20 years, Neal Roden was instrumental in the formation of Buckley’s Middle School, which he has led since 1991. Neal joined Buckley as a teacher in the Lower School and taught first through twelfth grade at schools in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania prior to joining Buckley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Haverford College. Neal currently serves on the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and on the Board of Trustees of the Hollywood Schoolhouse.

    Neal may be reached at (818) 783-1610 ext 444 or by email at
  • Adrienne Parsons, Head of Lower School

    Adrienne Parsons began as a second-grade teacher in Buckley’s Lower School in 1988. She was named assistant principal in 1993, and she directed the Buckley Preschool from 1997 through 2004. In 2001, she became principal of the Lower School. Adrienne holds a bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. For six years she served on the school board of Good Shepherd School in Beverly Hills. She now serves on the Culver City Unified School District Tri-Selpa Committee.

    Adrienne may be reached at (818) 783-1610 ext 760 or by email at

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Administrative Team

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of David Carter

    David "Dave" Carter 

    Director of Human Resources
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 725
  • Photo of Curtis Covington

    Curtis Covington 

    Director of Physical Plant
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 765
  • Photo of Stephen Milich

    Stephen Milich 

    Director of Admission and Financial Aid
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 707
  • Photo of Sally Sacon

    Sally Sacon 

    Director of Communications
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 767
  • Photo of Shelly Schroth

    Shelly Schroth 

    Director of Advancement
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 747
  • Photo of José Tagle

    José Tagle 

    Director of Technology
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 754
  • Photo of Elizabeth Turchan

    Elizabeth "Lisa" Turchan 

    Chief Financial and Operating Officer
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 720
  • Photo of Ralinda Watts

    Ralinda Watts 

    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion/Associate Director of Admission
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 769