As an independent charter school authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), its Board of Trustees governs Goethe International Charter School (GICS). The board oversees all aspects of GICS, ensuring that the school’s mission is fulfilled and bearing the fiduciary responsibility of managing public and private funds.
Structure and Composition
The Board of Trustees is comprised of seven individuals embodying expertise and experience in areas such as: education, finance, business, technology, management, law, accounting, and human services.
The board elects five trustees and school families elect two trustees from among the parents of enrolled students. Parent trustees are elected for a two-year-term. To ensure continuity of the governance structure, one parent trustee term expires each year while the other continues. The board holds elections for the expiring position at the end of each school year.
The Executive Director is granted the privilege of voice at board meetings but does not vote. The Executive Director, hired by the board, is charged with the day-to-day management of GICS.
The board meets monthly with the exception of July. The current Board of Trustees Meeting Calendar is posted below. Board meetings are public and adhere to Government Code Section 54950-54963, known as the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Following every board meeting, board-approved minutes from previous meeting/s are posted. These documents detail discussions, policies and actions taken by the Board of Trustees.
Board Contact Information
To contact the GICS Board of Trustees, please use this address:
Goethe International Charter School
Board of Trustees
c/o Executive Director
12500 Braddock Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90066
2018-19 Board of Trustees
Mr. Lucio Chaidez, President; Parent Elected Trustee
Mr. Chaidez graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX with a degree in Marketing, and has been in the consumer finance industry for close to 25 years. Mr. Chaidez has worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Sales Supervisor, Branch Manager, and most recently as a Mortgage Banker. He was the Assistant Vice President of International Operations for Island Finance (Wells Fargo and Company Subsidiary) in Puerto Rico, and Branch Manager for Wells Fargo Financial in Downey and Culver City, CA.
Mr. Chaidez is a member of Rotary International, currently holding the title of Club Treasurer for Club Rotario Latinos Unidos, based in Culver City.
Mr. Frank Beuthin, Treasurer
Mr. Beuthin is an Executive Vice President at Willis, a worldwide knowledge-based insurance brokering firm providing risk management solutions, risk transfer expertise and specialized consulting services. In his role as an international insurance broker for US-domiciled Fortune 2000 clients, he is leading the design of client-specific risk transfer programs, global marketing & service implementation including the utilization of captives and other alternative risk transfer solutions. His specialty and expertise are in detailed risk analysis, international insurance and reinsurance placements for multi-layered risks. As the Manager of the Willis Los Angeles Risk Management Property Department, Mr. Beuthin is also part of the Los Angeles Office Executive Management Team. Further, in his role as the National Property Practice Leader for California, he is a senior member on Willis’ National Property Practice Team.
Mr. Beuthin holds the business degree of Diplomkaufmann from Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Michael Jimenez, Secretary; Parent Elected Trustee
As a Mexican-American growing up in East Los Angeles, I learned first hand of the struggles for myself and my classmates in receiving a quality education, let alone the acceptance of a second language, in my case, Spanish. Today, as a parent of a 3rd grader, I am proud that my son can freely and openly speak Spanish both at school and at home, but I am further gratified that he has also grown up speaking German with his mother, her family and friends. This some what unique perspective in Los Angeles is common at GICS. It is through this lens that I approach my responsibilities as a Trustee of the GICS Board of Trustees.
In my time at Goethe over the last four years, I have learned a great deal about the benefits and challenges of a dual immersion education. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I have relied on my professional and personal experience developed over the last 30 years. After receiving a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California at Davis, I was privilged to be selected and to participate in the Public Affairs Fellowship Program of the Coro Foundation in Los Angeles. I have also worked with Council District 11 as the Chief Deputy, under former Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski, while she represented the community surrounding our campus. In addition, in my professional career, I have worked in both the private and government sectors of Los Angeles.
I have also served on a number of non-profit boards and government commissions, including Workplace Hollywood, TreePeople, LA County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation, LA County Redistricting Commission and the City of Pasadena Northwest Commission. Prior to coming to GICS, I worked with Kigala Preschool, a language immersion school, which my son attended, to develop an outdoor classroom and learning environment for the preschoolers. I also helped Kigala families with Spanish and German-speaking children consider and explore the idea of sending their children to GICS. I serve as a volunteer teacher at my church, Pacific Crossroads in Santa Monica. In each of these positions, I have managed non-profit organizations and helped to establish policies and programs to promote ethnic diversity and equitable treatment for all members of the public in economic development, employment opportunities, education, voting rights, elected representation, environmental stewardship and social justice.
Also, in keeping with my work and experience while serving as a volunteer and Board member at TreePeople, I now co-chair the GICS Garden Program, which includes working with the faculty on lessons for regular garden classes that are complementary to the current units of inquiry in the classroom, training and supporting parent volunteers in the garden, teaching some garden classes and maintaining and improving the garden, especially through our active composting program. I also currently serve in the classroom as a volunteer parent helping with Math.
Finally, as a Parent Representative to the Board of Trustees, I was elected by parents to be their representative to the Board. As such, I regularly meet with parents and keep myself up to date on the issues that are important to them for the operation of Goethe and I am proud to represent their viewpoints on the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Alex Gharagozlow, Trustee
Mr. Gharagozlow is Executive Director of Operations with Phenomenex, a global leader in separation sciences serving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across operations, business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing roles in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Gharagozlow received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Chemistry with Management Science from the University of Kent and a Master of Business Administration from National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Dr. Pete Goldschmidt, Trustee
Dr. Goldschmidt is a professor in the College of Education at California State University Northridge, where he teaches graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and program evaluation. His expertise includes advanced methods in quasi-experimental analyses and longitudinal modeling that he applies to program, teacher, and school evaluations. Dr. Goldschmidt serves on several state technical committees to provide guidance for the development and implementation of statewide assessment, school accountability, and educator effectiveness systems.
Dr. Goldschmidt received a Ph.D., Economics of Education and a Ph.D., Social Research Methods from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Margaret Hernandez, Trustee
Ms. Hernandez is a native of Southern California and is a graduate of Stanford University. She has served in leadership roles for various non-profit organizations located in the South Bay area. Margaret retired from the City of Los Angeles in February 2010. During her tenure with the City, almost entirely with the Port of Los Angeles, Ms. Hernandez' duties involved contract selection and procurement activities, small business development and training, and outreach to local businesses to promote diversity in contractor selections.
From October 2012 until June 2016, Ms. Hernandez served as the Executive Director of the YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay. Her organization served the Harbor area communities since 1918, following its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
Ms. Hernandez has been a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club since 1989 and a Carson resident since 1994. As a retiree, she continues to be active on local boards and commissions whose mission is to promote cultural, social, and vocational agendas to inspire local youth and families.
Ms. Hernandez currently resides in Carson with her youngest daughter, Jacqueline Padilla, a UC Irvine student, and her son, Gilbert Hernandez, a graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills. Her oldest daughter, Monica Mendoza, is a graduate of UC Berkeley and resides in Oakland, California.
The Articles of Incorporation are kept in the school office and are available for public review upon request.