Chris Humphreys (Board President): Mr. Humphreys is Director of Sales Operations at Engrade, a next-generation Learning Management System. Prior to Engrade, he was Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs for Green Dot Public Schools. In his role at Green Dot, Mr. Humphreys oversaw budgeting and financing for 18 Green Dot Schools totaling over $100M in annual expenses. Mr. Humphreys also served as Director of Operations and Corporate Development at News Corp Digital Media where he oversaw the acquisition and spinoff of several media companies under the News Corp brand. Mr. Humphreys obtained his BA from the University of Tennessee and also holds a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Carmen Vazquez (Board Secretary): Ms. Vazquez is the Principal of Alliance College-Ready High School #16, an LAUSD-authorized public charter school. She is a former middle school teacher who specialized in best practices in working with students of diverse cultures and ethnicities. Prior to joining the Alliance, she taught at John Adams Middle School where she served as chair of the Equity Committee, successfully served special education students, and coordinated the Spanish Immersion Program. Ms. Vazquez began her administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, one of the top performing high schools in LAUSD, and also participated in the Alliance Principal Intern Program before assuming her role as Principal at Alliance College-Ready Academy High School #16. Ms. Vazquez has a bachelor's degree from National University, a master's in Education from Pepperdine University and a master's in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University.
Andrew Kubasek (Board Treasurer): Mr. Kubasek is the founding partner and chief investment officer for AD Capital Management, where he preforms research, analysis, and execution of trades for company accounts. He previously has served in a similar capacity at Paul Hastings LLP, O’Melveny and Meyers, and other prominent global law firms. Mr. Kubasek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance from California State University, Fullerton.
Kate Farrar: Originally from the western suburbs of Chicago, Ms. Farrar earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Southern California, and her Master of Science in Counseling and Educational Administration from California State University at Los Angeles. Ms. Farrar’s career began when she was placed by Teach For America as a middle school teacher in the Compton Unified School District, teaching English and ESL. Since then her professional path has included working as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District, serving as an a principal for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, and working for the Teach For America organization supporting both new teachers and alumni of the program.
Emily Fisher: Ms. Fisher is currently Professor of School Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, focusing on Special Education. She was formerly a School Psychologist at the Westside Neighborhood School and Consultant with Larchmont Charter Schools. Ms. Fisher’s experience in education also includes five years in the classroom as a special education teacher in several school districts in California. Ms. Fisher obtained her BA in Psychology at Connecticut College and holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling from UC Santa Barbara.
Lara Goldstone: Ms. Goldstone serves as a Literacy Curriculum Specialist for Green Dot Public Schools, a network of charter schools in South and East Los Angeles. Ms. Goldstone brings to this work a passion for teacher development in the areas of student engagement and literacy across the curriculum. Prior to assuming this role, Ms. Goldstone spent over a decade in a variety of leadership positions from Common Core Lead to director of middle school instruction, helping to build a professional culture dedicated to reflection and to the use of student data to inform instruction. She began her career teaching middle school humanities in Oakland, New York, and Los Angeles. Ms. Goldstone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from Yale College and a Masters degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard University School of Education. She lives near Crown Prep with her husband and two children.
Dale Henry: Mr. Henry is a longtime educator and consultant focusing on students with special needs. He served as a classroom teacher for students with moderate to severe disabilities for five years in both Virginia and Los Angeles. He also has extensive grant writing experience, serving as a Grants Manager for Pediatric Therapy Network and Grants Consultant to Delivering Better Lives, both in the Los Angeles area. A graduate of Amherst College and the College of William and Mary, Mr. Henry received his EdD from the University of Southern California in 2013.
Marc Little: Mr. Little is the President of Law Offices of Marc T. Little, founded in 1994, specializing in music and sports-related transactions as well as handling general business litigation in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Little is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Faithful Central Bible Church, in Inglewood, CA, overseeing the business operations and legal affairs for the 13,000 member church and its holdings. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Forum Enterprises where he oversees the business operations and legal affairs of The Forum, a 17,505 seat entertainment complex in Inglewood. Mr. Little is a Commissioner of the Children Youth and Their Families, with the City of Los Angeles, and served as a board member of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Little holds a Bachelors of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Nik Orlando: Mr. Orlando is a Regional Director of PUC Schools Los Angeles. As a Regional Director, Mr. Orlando ensures the academic success of six schools within the PUC network. Mr. Orlando also serves as an adjunct professor in the Business of Education at Loyola Marymount University. His extensive experience in education ialso ncludes roles as a teacher and school principal. Mr. Orlando received his BA from Cal State Long Beach and his masters and doctorate (in education) from Fielding University.
Michael Trujillo: Mr. Trujillo is the Manager, Systems Analysis for the Boeing Satellite Development Center, and has more than 20 years of experience in electrical engineering and satellite communications with companies such as Hughes Space and Communication and other Hughes divisions, AssureSat and others. Mr. Trujillo earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Communication Systems from USC, and is expecting his Master of Science in Systems Engineering , Space Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2012.
Brad Zutaut: Mr. Zutaut is a founding member of Company 28, a company dedicated to creating simple technology solutions for everyone. He has served as founder and CEO for a number of technology start-ups including Xingtone Inc., the first mobile company to send a full-length song to a wireless handset. His vision for the digital realm began while serving as CEO of Red Earth, Inc. This worldwide retail company employed Mr. Zutaut to help increase awareness of its brand outside of Australia and he created the company’s website in 1993, before traditional retail business had discovered the Internet. Mr. Zutaut has been portrayed as a leader and an authority in various media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, Reuters, MTV, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, Wireless Week, Time, C/Net, RCR Wireless News and many more. He has spoken at numerous prominent industry events, including CTIA Wireless, CTIA/Mobile Entertainment Summit, Mobile Entertainment & Gaming Expo, Digital Hollywood, CEA, and SXSW, among others.