June 9, 2022

Welcome to Our Newest Trustees

We would like to extend a warm welcome and introduce you to the following individuals as new Trustees of the Oakwood School…

Robert Kondrk is vice president of Apple Services Product and Design. He is an Apple veteran, having worked at the company for over 31 years. He has made major contributions to a range of products and today focuses on Apple’s Services Products.

Robert is on the Board of Directors for City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group, which is dedicated to raising funds to advance the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other life- threatening diseases. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Computer Science and minors in English and Communications.

Robert lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife Charity Finnestad and sons Talbot and Theo. Both boys started at Oakwood in Kindergarten, and Talbot is now in 7th grade and Theo is in 1st grade. The Kondrks established the Melody Joy Finnestad ’82 Memorial Scholarship Endowment in 2018.

Maya Omar is an HR executive for NBCUniversal, and former attorney. She began her career as a Coles Fellow for the Illinois Human Rights Commission,  and was then an Assistant Attorney General litigating civil rights and employment matters. She has since served as a senior leader building thriving, equitable teams and cultures in higher education, automotive, technology, and entertainment, including Chapman University and AdColony.

Previously, she was on the Asian American Leadership Council for the Chicago Foundation for Women and does prospective student outreach for her alma maters, with a focus on underrepresented groups. Maya graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Maya and her husband Haseeb live in Encino and are the proud parents of Oakwood 1st grader, Aman. Maya is an active participant in the Oakwood community as a DEIB Ambassador, and volunteering for Admissions, Bookwood coordinator, and Special Event fundraising.

Robert Kondrk and Maya Omar
Zach Suchin ‘02, Treani Swain ‘03, and Marcus Wiley

Zach Suchin ‘02 spent 13 years at Oakwood, earning the status of “lifer” after graduating as president of the student body in 2002. In college, Zach developed a student platform called College Tonight and was published in Generation MySpace as one of the top 20 social platforms. What started as a simple conduit between local businesses and college students, became a robust collegiate platform called The Quad. Zach ran The Quad until 2009 and then co-founded Brand Knew, a strategic advisory that partners with media companies, causes and consumer brands, towards meaningful audience and growth.

He has guest lectured in digital media at Boston University and UCLA, and has been a technology contributor for Bloomberg. Zach chairs the Causathon program, encouraging creatives to offer their time for nonprofits. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Organization for Social Media Safety, served as Digital Chair for the Peres Center for Peace’s YaLa Academy, and served as a founding Trustee for the Social Impact Fund to offer stewardship for celebrity giving programs.

Zach has served on the Oakwood Alumni Council for nine years, and as Chair for the past six. He recruited much of the current council, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and created the Alumni BIPOC Task Force with Treani Swain and members of the administration to further build a meaningful bridge between faculty and students. Zach was also a leading volunteer in the process of exploring and developing a new Oakwood mascot. His firm took great pride in designing the Owl mascot for Oakwood.

Treani Swain ‘03 was born and raised in mid-city Los Angeles. She has worked in talent acquisition for the past decade, with an emphasis on DEIB efforts and growing out talent sourcing teams for high-growth startups, a role she currently occupies at Insomniac Games.

While at Oakwood, Treani was a member of the Cultural Awareness Club, managed the boys’ varsity basketball team, and ran both track and cross-country. She was a state runner-up in both track and cross-country, and holds every school record from 200 to 3200 meters. She was Athlete of the Year in 2003, and an inductee in the first Athletics Hall of Fame class.

Treani graduated from USC and was a 3-year letter winner for the Women’s Track and Field team. She currently holds the 12th fastest time in school history over 800 meters. She also recently completed a five-year term as the president of USC Trojan Force and remains on the Board of Directors. Treani has also been a member of the Oakwood Alumni Council for the past five years and has been Vice-Chair for the past three years. At the height of the Black at … Movement, she played a pivotal role in talking through the issues with the students behind Black at Oakwood; and as a result, created the BIPOC Task Force with Zach Suchin and is the current chair.

Treani resides in Sherman Oaks with her daughter Tatum, a 6th grader at Sierra Canyon.

Marcus Wiley works in both traditional entertainment media and the tech sector to partner with creators in service of bringing their vision to market.  He is a co-founder of immi, a mobile animated technology innovating utility for creators in the web 2.0, 3.0 and NFT spaces. He also consults for corporate clients including ViacomCBS and Supercell while actively producing projects including a series at Netflix with Kevin Hart and a feature film project with Billy Porter and Kenya Barris. Marcus graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Economics/ Law and Society and a minor in Philosophy.

He has served on non-profit boards including several years at Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles, where he facilitated opportunities with fundraising, programming and community outreach. He has volunteered over eight years of coaching and administrative duties helping hundreds of kids in numerous community sports programs.

Marcus, his wife Bridget, and their son Derek live in Larchmont Village with Cooper, their fairly-needy furball of a dog. Derek, currently in 8th grade, has been at Oakwood since Kindergarten. Marcus has volunteered and worked in close collaboration within the Oakwood community on multiple initiatives including fundraising, DEIB, admissions and athletic resources. He and Derek are currently forming a nonprofit in honor of CMSGT (Ret.) James C. Wiley to assist with the unique challenges of Los Angeles’ homeless population with a focus on its veteran community.