Mock, Casey serve as strength and weight coaches

By Caroline Sturgeon ’20

Sarah Mock joined the Athletics Program as a new strength and weight training coach, replacing Michael Tromello in December.

“I had actually already committed to going to coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, but when I found out about this job I changed my mind,” Mock said.

Mock played college water polo at California Lutheran University and was a strength and conditioning coach at a division III School. She also coached in Australia and at CSUN and is getting her masters there.

Mock said that she enjoys getting to spend time with the athletes, as well as learning how to help them train for their sports both individually and as a team.

“My favorite part about working here is being able to work with young athletes. I love getting to know all of their individual personalities, and I love to help them discover their strengths,” Mock said.

Mock works with both the middle school and the upper school weight rooms and works mainly with the girls’ water polo and soccer teams.

“I think the biggest challenge is time. I wish I had more time with athletes to coach them and watch them play their sports,” Mock said.

Mock’s trainees spoke of what it is like to work with her.

“She is a truly nice person and he cares about the wellbeing of the team. There is always a reason behind her workouts, so I always know why they are important,” water polo player Nico Tierney ’20 said.

Mock works alongside Coach Kyle Casey, who trains the boy’s football, basketball and Lacrosse teams, as well as other programs.

Ordonez fills in for Director of HR

By Frank Jiang ’21
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Ordonez sits at her desk in the advancement office. Credit: Frank Jiang ’21/SPECTRUM

Marisol Ordoñez has stepped in for the Director of Human Resources, Caitlin Adams, while she is on maternity leave.

Ordoñez has been substituting since Mid-February. She recently left an entertainment company she had worked with for 15 years. Human Resources is the department of a business administration and the training of personnel. Ordoñez attended Northeastern University in Boston, originally wanting to specialize in public relations as a communications major.

Ordoñez said she became interested in Human Resources when she took a course called Organizational Communication. Before she took that course, she said that she did not even know what Human Resources was.

“I had this one course, and it was with the chair of the department who was subbing for somebody.  It was called organizational communication, and back then I didn’t even know what Human Resources was,” Ordoñez said. “That was the class that taught me how communication plays a part in a business environment, how employees sort of interact with a business and how they view the business can have an effect on how successful a business is.  That was also the class that really got me interested in pursuing more into Human Resources instead of Public Relations.”

Ordoñez heard of the job when she was called by a recruiter and came to meet the school’s Human Resources Team. She said the offer of working Human Resources in a different organization intrigued her.

Outside of her job, Ordoñez is a mother of three and enjoys traveling as well. Another one of her hobbies is baking.


Jones appointed Interim Director of DEI

By Joanna Im ’20
Jones was named the school’s first Intermin Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion this year. Credit: Nathanson’s/SPECTRUM

Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones was named the school’s first Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by School President Rick Commons. The school’s Organization for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was created on March 21, to create more equitable school policies and revise old ones.

Jones will continue to serve as the Interim Director until July 2018, when someone will officially step into the permanent role.

Jones spoke of what she sees ahead for the position and the school.

“I think the possibilities are endless – we are going to be able to affect so many different areas of the school. Not just numbers and more diverse bodies, but also ways to make people feel included and welcomed in the classroom: How are subjects being taught and which textbooks are used? How are students treated in class? […] This would be the first position of this type here at school. And so I will be looking at the ways HW can be a more diverse, more inclusive place for every single student, parent, faculty and staff,” Jones said.

Although there are no specific policies that the new group has created, Jones said that she thinks the organization has potential to not only change who gets accepted into the school, but can also focus on increasing inclusive educational programs and methods. Additionally, Jones said she is determined to not only promote equity in the student community, but also the parent and faculty aspects of the school.

“We will be able to educate the parent body, and look at programming on campus to bring different ideas and topics to campus and look at the character piece of education, and not just academics,” Jones said.


Gregory marries former Mayor

By Celine Park ’20
Gregory and Riordan pose for a picture on their wedding day. Credit: Uploaded with permission of Elizabeth Gregory

Director of Admission Elizabeth Gregory married former Mayor Richard Riordan. The wedding took place on Feb.19 at St. James Episcopal Church in Hancock Park.

Gregory intended for the wedding ceremony to be small and personal, with only a few friends attending it. She said she liked the intimacy of a small wedding and that the day was a very precious moment between just the two of them.The newlyweds have said that their favorite part of the wedding was when they recited their vows.

“When we said our vows, I looked at her, and she looked at me. At that moment, I just melted inside,” Riordan said.

Riordan served in office from 1993 to 2001. He said that he met Gregory for the first time six years ago at a friend’s house. Riordan, an active philanthropist who strives to help underprivileged kids, said that one of the many activities he does with Gregory is visiting the homeless in Skid Row.

The couple has not had their honeymoon yet, due to Gregory’s work schedule. Riordan said that one of the things he loves most about Gregory is that she works extremely hard, and understands that because she is so busy they could not celebrate right away. Since they were unable to have their honeymoon right away, the couple planned a dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

“The entire experience made me really happy, and I just know for sure that this is going to be a lasting marriage,” Gregory said.


BLACC meets with admin

By Jay Lassiter ’20

Members of the Middle School Black Leadership and Cultural Committee met with School President Rick Commons and Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish to discuss diversity and incidents on campus relating to it.  The meeting took place on March 10 in the Beyer Board Room.  Student and adult members of BLACC spoke about diversity on campus and how it will affect the school’s future, especially regarding admissions.

“I think the outcome [of the meeting] was a better understanding of how the community feels, and some of our concerns, worries and questions were answered,” BLACC member Naomi Ogden ’20 said.

Toward the end of the meeting, students were able to ask Wimbish and Commons questions about the aforementioned topics using cards written during the last BLACC meeting.  Both Commons and Wimbish offered insight into the changes coming to the school regarding diversity.