• Oak Park USD Board of Education


    The Board of Education is the governing body of the Oak Park Unified School District.  It is an elected five-member entity, with each individual board member serving a four-year term.  The main responsibilities of the Board of Education include setting district policy, establishing district goals, ensuring that the district is compliant with Federal, State, and Local requirements, creating a budget that prioritizes the established goals, and maintaining contractual relationships with the Oak Park Teachers Association and the Oak Park Classified Association.  The Board is also responsible for employing the Superintendent as well as the unit to whom the Superintendent is accountable.  Together, the Board of Education and the Superintendent form the Governance Team, working collaboratively to fulfill the unique responsibilities of each entity.  The Board fulfills its responsibilities by way of action at regularly scheduled monthly Board meetings as well as special meetings when warranted.  We welcome your attendance at Board meetings and think you will find them beneficial to increase your knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the district.  As elected representatives, we strive to balance the interests of all facets of the Oak Park Unified School District and the community at large in our decisions with the children at the forefront of our minds.

     

    Allen Rosen
    President
    Current Term: 2018-2022(Term expires December 2022)
    arosen@opusd.org

     
    Allen Rosen
    Allen has been an Oak Park resident for over 25 years where he currently lives with his wife.  All 3 of his children started in the district in kindergarten and are currently in college and graduate school. He graduated from North Hollywood High School, went to UCLA where he earned a BS in Computer Engineering, and received an MBA from California State University, Northridge. He was first elected in 2010 for a four-year term and re-elected for four-year terms in 2014 and 2018.  

     

     

    Drew Hazelton
      Vice President
     Current Term: 2018-2022(Term expires December 2022)
    dhazelton@opusd.org

     D Hazelton

    Drew has been an Oak Park resident for over 12 years and has served on the OPUSD board since 2014.  He currently works for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and previously earned his BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Ohio State University.  Drew and his wife, Christine, have two daughters currently attending Oak Park schools.
     

     Derek Ross
    Clerk of the Board
    Current Term: 2018-2022(Term expires December 2022)
    dross@opusd.org

    Derek Ross  
    Derek is a dedicated volunteer to the community of Oak Park.  He is a former chairman of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (OP MAC) and the Oak Park Recreation and Park Committee.  His dedication to the community led him to co-author a book titled, Images of America-Oak Park.  All proceeds from that book were donated to non-profit organizations in the community.  In 2016, Derek was recognized by the Community Foundation For Oak Park with the prestigious "Golden Acorn" award.  

    Derek has proudly served on the OPUSD governing board since 2014.

    Derek and his wife Lauren moved to Oak Park in 2003 and have two daughters currently attending Red Oak Elementary School and Medea Creek Middle School.
     


    Denise Helfstein
    Member
    Current Term: 2020-2024(Term expires December 2024)
    dhelfstein@opusd.org
     
    Denise Helfstein
     
    Denise has been a resident of Oak Park for 17 years.  She has served in a variety of volunteer positions in the District, including a two-year term as the PTA President at Brookside Elementary School. Denise holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco and is a member of the State Bar of California.  

    Denise and her husband Todd are the parents of two sons currently attending OPUSD schools.
     

     
    Tina Wang
    Member
    Current Term: 2020-2024(Term expires December 2024)
    twang@opusd.org
     
    Tina Wang  

    Tina has lived in Oak Park for over 8 years with her husband and two children. She is an inactive CPA and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and currently works in the County’s budget and finance division.
    She is a former Brookside Elementary PTA president and has served on various district committees as a long-time parent volunteer. 

    She has been recognized for her service and advocacy with the California PTA’s Honorary Service Award, Tri-County GATE Council’s “We Honor Our Own” Award and the OPUSD Partner in Education award.