OUSD Board Clerk
Kathleen Janetatos Smith is a civil litigation attorney, married 24 years to Leroy Smith, County Counsel for Ventura County. Kathi and Leroy are the parents of three children. Their oldest is a graduate student and Nordhoff High ‘05 grad, the two others attend college, having graduated from Nordhoff High School as well.
Kathi was elected to the Ojai Unified School District Board of Education in 1998, was reelected in November 2002, 2006 and 2010. She also serves as President for the Ventura County School Boards Association.
Kathi served in roles on the PTO, Site Council and district advisory committees. She served on the S.A.F.E. Coalition, the Board of Directors of H.E.L.P. of Ojai, and taught religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Villanova Preparatory School.
Kathi was born in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from Magruder High School in Montgomery County Maryland. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center (Wash., D.C.) in 1984 with a juris doctor. She has extensive experience in all types of civil litigation representing individuals, insurers, and businesses.
Her hobbies include exercise, hiking Shelf Road with her dog, cooking, and reading. Her extended family enjoys an annual camping trip at El Capitan State Beach, where the children roast marshmallows around a campfire tended by their aunts, uncles, and grandparents.