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Executive Director and Administrative Staff

Manna Ghandi,  Executive Director

Hello! My name is Manna Ghandi and I am the Executive Director at Laser Childcare. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English Translation and my passion for education led me to completing my first Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and my second Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Education at University of Oregon. I have worked in the field of education for more than 12 years and my experience includes instruction at graduate and undergraduate levels, advisement, instructor training, outreach and marketing, management, and leadership at various non-profit organizations, including childcare and universities.

In my previous position as the Director of Outreach and Enrollment Services at University of the West in Greater Los Angeles Area, I had the pleasure to work with a diverse student population from different age groups and backgrounds both at K-12 and higher education levels. I worked with different elementary and middle schools on the “I’m Going to College” initiative with the goal of promoting a college-going culture in early ages by offering early intervention programs.

I am an advocate for child-centered and whole-child education aiming at creating a nourishing and fostering environment where all children can develop fully in different areas including social, cognitive, physical, emotional, linguistic, artistic, and more. I believe every child is unique and amazing! My goal as an educator and leader is to make sure that all children are treated with equity, love, and respect, receive meaningful training, and enjoy their colorful lives as children while growing to be a creative and critical thinker next generation.

Laurel Gross,  Office Administrator/Bookkeeper

Hiya!  My name is Laurel and I've been working at LASER for over 5 years.  I received my Bachelor's Degree in Screenwriting with a minor in Advertising at Chapman University in southern California. 

After working in the entertainment industry, I realized how important it is to me to work for an organization that is focused on the growth and development of their customers. 

I've been working in non-profit bookkeeping and customer relations for over ten years.

My favorite parts of LASER are all the field trips and activities that the kids at LASER do. I  get super jealous :) 

In my spare time, I love to spend time outdoors and perform and teach improvisational theater.