Justin Gallaher, Board President

Justin grew up in Tempe, Arizona and moved to New York City after graduating from Arizona State University.  He worked in tech before transitioning to media and has worked with Viacom ever since.  On the side, Justin has owned multiple bars and restaurants in New York City and Brooklyn.  He met his wife, Samantha, while collaborating on a restaurant named Vinegar Hill House. They moved to Venice in 2012 and have three children: Sy, Clem and Lou.  He volunteered on the Beautification Committee for a year before transitioning to Friends of Broadway. This is his first year serving as President.  


Renee Schurtz, Vice President

Renee was born in Los Angeles and lived in five different states before returning to LA in 2014. She graduated from the University of Iowa and Portland State University. She has worked as a digital marketer, a producer in the travel and beauty industries, and a social worker. Renee has volunteered in various capacities at Broadway since her son’s kinder year, including room parent, beautification, Art in Action, recruitment, Dia de los Muertos, and grant writing.

Reed Gesteland, Treasurer

Reed was born in Europe and had the very fortunate opportunity to live in several countries throughout his youth, including Austria, Italy, Germany, USA, Japan and India.  After graduating from college, he worked in Japan for 2 years for a Japanese company before settling back in the US.  He is blessed with being married to a wonderful wife and have 2 great kids who attend Broadway Elementary School.  With his exposure to so many cultures and languages as a child, it only made sense to enroll his kids in a language immersion program.  He feels very lucky to have his kids enrolled in the Mandarin Immersion program at Broadway, and he looks forward to working with the rest of the Friends of Broadway Elementary School board to promote both the Spanish and Mandarin Immersion programs in every possible way so we can provide all of our children with a world class bilingual and bi-cultural education!


Suzy Hughes, Recording Secretary

Suzy was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She’s a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Mount Saint Mary’s College and UCLA’s School of Nursing. She most recently worked as a Registered Nurse, but her real life-work is supporting the communities her family is a part of.  At Broadway she is working to transform the Broadway campus into a more beautiful and inspiring place for children to learn as a founding parent of the Beautification Committee.

This is Suzy’s third year serving on the Friends of Broadway Board. She first served as Vice President, then President, and now as Recording Secretary. She has been part of the Broadway community for 5 years. Her children are in 5th and 2nd grades.