Meet Our Advisory Board
Members of the Advisory Board are dedicated individuals who bring their expertise to College Access Partnership thus enabling the staff and volunteers to best serve our students and their families.
Reverend Canon Gary Hall, Ph.D.
Gary retired in January of 2016 as the tenth dean of Washington National Cathedral where he served on the Foundation Board overseeing the work of St. Albans, Beauvoir, and National Cathedral Schools and worked collaboratively with the heads of school. Prior to serving in Washington, he served as Dean and President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, chaplain and teacher at the Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and as English Teacher, Director of Studies, and Principal at Oakwood Secondary School in North Hollywood, California. Gary has also served parishes in California, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Gary received his A.B. at the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.Div. with distinction at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English at UCLA. Hall has taught both theology and English literature at the seminary, college, and secondary levels.
Judith is Founder and CEO of Blue Zone Wealth Advisors, an independent investment advisory firm. She has over 20 years of experience working with high net worth individuals and families on matters of asset management and comprehensive financial planning. For her work, Judith has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Top Women Advisors in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor in 2018 and 2019. She was recently named by InvestmentNews as one of their 2019 Women To Watch. She has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles since 2015 and teaches financial literacy at local high schools around the city. Judith graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a dual degree in Business Administration and World Arts and Cultures. She has a Global MBA, Magna Cum Laude from Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management. Judith is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Nora Malone has decades of experience as a teacher and school administrator. She taught English, science and history, and was a Director of Admissions for many year before becoming Head of School at Village School (CA) from 1999 to 2020. Nora has served as a member of the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Board of Directors, Vice Chair and member of the CAIS Board’s Executive Committee, and both Vice Chair and Chair of the CAIS Elementary Board of Standards. She has also served as chair or team member on 14 accreditation teams for CAIS since 2000. She is currently working as a Senior Consultant at Carney Sandoe & Associates, a firm dedicated to helping schools recruit and retain exceptional faculty and leaders.
Nora received both her B.A. in English and M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge; she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
Ira has been a partner with an international accounting firm Arthur Young & Company, predecessor to Ernst & Young, as well as the Chief Operating and/or Chief Financial Officer at Warner/Chappell Music, The Resmark Companies and Oakwood School. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Oakwood School since 1992, including his multi-year tenure as Chair of the Board. Ira has been on the Board of Stephen Wise Temple since 2018. He is currently Vice Chairman and a Director of The Resmark Companies. Ira’s expertise in finance, business, leadership and strategic planning makes him an extraordinary mentor for College Access Partnership students and member of the Advisory Board.