Board of Directors

Board of Directors
(Pictured: Joe Cummings, Peter McDonald, Kathy Granger, and Matt Koblick. Not pictured: Miriam Cohen, Lisa Robotham.)

The Board of Directors welcome your comments and questions. Please understand that all official Board communication will come from the Board Chair, on behalf of the entire board.

Meet Our Board

Miriam Cohen

Miriam Cohen, Board Secretary

Greatly involved in volunteer work, Dr. Cohen devotes her time assisting non-profit organizations including His Nesting Place (Long Beach, CA), The Handshake Foundation (Rolling Hills Estates, CA), and Fountain of Life (Long Beach, CA) through grant writing, fund raising, strategic planning, and teaching.

Dr. Cohen earned her Doctorate degree from Northcentral University and Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University.

To contact Miriam, please send her an email

Joe Cummings

Joe Cummings, Board Member

Joe Cummings started in the recruiting and staffing industry in 1988 as an Account Manager; placing his candidates to his developed client base on a direct hire basis. He learned the temporary placement side of the business while at the same firm. He moved on to Royal Associates / Royal Staffing Services in August of 1989. He had various job titles during his tenure at Royal; Personnel Supervisor, Outside Sales/Account Manager, Branch Manager and Vice President of Branch Operations. He purchased the company, which was founded May 1967, in July 2004. Royal has two locations: the corporate office is in Sherman Oaks and another branch is in Westlake Village, California.

Expanded the company operations internationally with clients in Dublin, Ireland.  He trains the staff on recruiting methods, interviewing, establishing comp plans, on boarding as well as recruiting and placement.

Joe has over 28 years’ experience within the recruiting and staffing industry. His personal network has developed throughout the United States, Ireland, the European Union and the United Kingdom.

To contact Joe, please send him an email

Kathy Granger

Kathy Granger, Board Treasurer

Kathy Granger, Ed.D., currently serves as the Superintendent of Mountain Empire Unified School District located in southeastern San Diego County.

Kathy earned her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of the South. Her teaching career began in East LA working as a middle school math teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District. Several years later she moved to the Walnut Valley Unified School District where she served as teacher, instructional coach and curriculum coordinator. During this time, she earned her Master's degree in Educational Management through Chapman University.

Kathy continued her career path by serving as both site and district office level administrators for West Covina USD and Burbank USD. Kathy returned to Walnut Valley USD in 2008 where she served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. She completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at La Sierra University in 2009. Kathy joined Mountain Empire USD in December 2013.

Kathy and her husband, Rob have four grown children and four grandchildren.

To contact Kathy, please send her an email at

Matt Koblick

Matt Koblick, Board Member

Matt Koblick was raised in Los Angeles and attended Indiana University, Bloomington’s Kelly School of Business.  Over the past 20 years he has established himself as a successful entrepreneur and sales professional.  The last 7 years, he has dedicated himself to the software consulting industry.

Matt has diverse experience as an individual contributor and as a board member, serving non-profits such as the Guardians, Laurel Palms HOA, Toastmasters and the Harmony Project.

Matt, his wife and two young children live in Studio City, CA.

To contact Matt, Please send him an email at

Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald, Board Chair

Mr. McDonald was born and raised in the Los Angeles area attending both high school and university in the Southern California area. For 20 years, he has worked as an engineering geologist and project manager for an international engineering firm on large projects such as school construction, dams, freeways, stadiums, tunnels and infrastructure related projects. He has also worked for the largest contractor in California, managing the construction school buildings on both the UCLA and USC campuses.

As a member of the Board, Mr. McDonald hopes his experience in school construction and regulation will assist AAS during the growth of the organization. 

Mr. McDonald lives in Los Angeles with his family and currently volunteers approximately 40 hours a month through coaching and board work.

To contact Peter, please send him an email at

Peter McDonald

Lisa Robotham, Parent Representative

Lisa has four (4) kids. Two (2) are grown and college graduates and two (2) are attending AAS. She has been on numerous athletic boards and has worked six (6) years at elementary brick and mortar schools. She was a Dance Teacher early in life for 10 years and that is where she developed her desire to work with children and parents. She also worked in the home mortgage industry for over 10 years and had various jobs in the manufacturing industry. She finally finished her education in 2009, earning her much-desired associates degree by taking classes online at Ashford University. She sells Avon lives in Palmdale, CA. 

To contact Lisa, please send her an email at


AAS Fresno
AAS Del Mar
AAS Sonoma
AAS Thousand Oaks/Simi

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.