ALLEM Leadership

We are pleased to usher in a new approach to ALLEM’s leadership by introducing, not one, but two Co-Presidents and two Vice Presidents that represent both our Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) and Japanese Immersion Program (JIP).

In this way, we hope to achieve a strong communication and partnership across the languages we speak and cultures by which we live at El Marino.

Sehnita Joshua Mattison
SIP Co-President

Sehnita has a son in 5th grade and a daughter starting Kindergarten in the SIP. It was to be their only year at the same school so now they will be even closer at home together. Sehnita is hoping that she'll finally be able to learn Spanish with the second kid, if only to insure they don't gossip about her behind her back. She believes the adjuncts have been critical to the immersion program and the El Marino community. Sehnita works in television and news production. She serves on the board of the Culver City Arts Foundation and is active with her son’s Cub Scout Pack 79.

Bobbi Shiflett
JIP Co-President

Bobbi has three children at El Marino. After her oldest made it to 4th grade she and her husband decided to have a 4th child, simply to ensure their lifelong attendance at the school. More than EM, Bobbi loves the people and children that make up our school.

Contact: bobbi@allelmarino.org

Dale & Pamela Collingwood
VP of Fundraising

Dale and Pam are the parents of two daughters; their oldest is in first grade in the Japanese Immersion Program and their youngest is in preschool but can't wait to join her sister at El Marino in a few years. They are thrilled to be part of the El Marino community and feel very lucky that their daughters will be educated in Japanese. Dale and Pam are both in-house attorneys at Los Angeles-area companies.

Lisa Gallagher
VP of Finance

Lisa has two sons in JIP at El Marino - one in 4th grade and the other in 2nd grade.  Lisa is half Japanese and learned Japanese during her elementary school years in order to speak with her live-in grandmother, who didn't speak English.  Fast forward many years, and Lisa and her husband, Ryan, were delighted to discover El Marino and to be able to give their boys the opportunity to learn Japanese too.  An added bonus is that it has led Lisa to dust off the cobwebs and rediscover her Japanese language skills!  Lisa firmly believes that the TLSPs are a critically important piece of El Marino's approach to language immersion, and is glad to be a part of ALLEM.  Lisa is the CFO of a small software company in Culver City.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the DRI Foundation, a non-profit that supports the Desert Research Institute's scientific research and outreach.

Julie Alvarez
Recording Secretary
Julie Alvarez raised in Culver City attending CCUSD schools. CCHS class of 2002.
Going into my third year volunteering at Allem. Daughter is 2nd grade SIP.
Love spending time with my family, hiking.
Excited to bring back community cultural activities at EL Marino.
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