• Janine Jones
    Janine Hancock Jones
    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Janine Jones
    Janine Hancock Jones

    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Janine Hancock Jones joined the Harvard-Westlake community in 2012 as a parent. In 2015, she began working in the admission office as associate director of admission. Prior to Harvard-Westlake, she worked as a lawyer at several large law firms and served as senior advisor/deputy legal counsel to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Janine’s primary role is to oversee and lead the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. This includes coordinating professional development for faculty and staff, working with department chairs to ensure a diverse curriculum for students, programming for the entire Harvard-Westlake community, and assisting with the hiring of a diverse faculty and staff. In the admission office, she works closely with prospective families throughout the application process and coordinates the Student Ambassadors program. Janine's husband, Chris Jones, is an upper school dean and their daughters, Taylor and Avery, are current students.
  • Damaris Saenz
    Damaris Saenz
    MS Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Damaris Saenz
    Damaris Saenz

    MS Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Prior to joining the Harvard-Westlake family in 2016, Damaris taught middle and high school English at La Sierra Academy in Riverside, CA. While at La Sierra, her interest in DEI work found an avenue in the restructuring of the writing and literature curriculum. She worked with both middle and high school teachers to create vertical and horizontal alignment in the writing program and successfully pushed for the inclusion of a diversity of authors and texts across both campuses. Damaris has quickly integrated herself into the Harvard-Westlake community. She serves as an English and Robotics instructor, but also enjoys working with student leaders as a sponsor for LAHSO (the Latin American Hispanic Student Organization), advising new ninth graders, and serving as a coordinator for the HW Bridge program. Damaris, her husband Miguel, and canine-child Bobby are SoCal natives who love the easy access to beaches, deserts, and mountains.
  • Reb Limerick
    Reb Limerick
    US Visual Arts Teacher, US Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Reb Limerick
    Reb Limerick

    US Visual Arts Teacher, US Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Reb L. Limerick joined the Harvard-Westlake community in 2019 as a member of the Visual Arts Department faculty. In addition to being a creative catalyst in the classroom teaching Video Art, Reb co-coordinates the annual Westflix Student Film Festival and the HWGo! Storytelling Adventures Program. Before taking HW by storm, Reb graduated with their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice while co-teaching such courses as "Making Sense of Climate Change: Science, Art, and Agency" at the University of Minnesota. Concurrently, Reb acted as an ambassador for This Free Life, an organization that fiercely advocated for tobacco-free lives for the LGBTQIA+ young adult community. Reb’s passions for earth, art, education, social justice, and their intersections are evident in her work and life. Reb practices and recognizes the importance of inclusive language as a key element in dismantling systems of oppression within everyday conversations. Reb is referred to with the gender-neutral honorific "Mx. Limerick" by their students, and feels comfortable with both they/them and she/her gender pronouns.
  • Yutopia Essex
    Yutopia Essex
    Benefits & HR Administrator, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Yutopia Essex
    Yutopia Essex

    Benefits & HR Administrator, Coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    Yutopia Essex joined the Harvard-Westlake community in 2016 as a Benefits & Human Resources Administrator. She has 10 years of experience in human resources and sees the inextricable link between HR and DEI. Yutopia has immersed herself in DEI work for many years by attending multiple DEI trainings, People of Color, Pollyanna and Wildwood Conferences. She is a part of the leadership team for the Upper School BLACC (Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club) and was an inaugural member of both the HW Diversity Council and HW Black Caucus. Yutopia is a mother to two young children, Harper Leigh and Billie Gene, and understands the confidence, power, and sense of belonging derived from children seeing themselves reflected throughout their environment. She loves cultivating relationships with students and empowering marginalized voices. Yutopia likes to spend her free time leading HWOP (Harvard-Westlake Outreach Performers), mentoring/directing student plays for HW's Playwrights Festival, writing poetry and creating improv. skits with her husband, Walter Brandon Alexander.
  • Sara Vong
    Sara Vong
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assistant