Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Board of Directors:

We enjoy the leadership and support of a diverse, creative, and hardworking Board of Directors. If you’d like to learn more about potential Board service, contact Co-Director David Higuera at david [at] explorebuildlearn [dot] org.  

Jean Schroeder, University of Arizona; TUSD Classroom Teacher (retired);
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Children’s Literature Assembly

Anthony Wisz, Managing Attorney, Immigration and Family Law Units, Southern Arizona Legal Aid
Vice President

Maggie McKiernan, Founder and Owner, QualityTime: Educational Ideas and Services; Experiential Education practitioner

Angela Baurley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Affinity Wealth Management

Nicolle Bornstein, SAHM and Wellness Practitioner
Past President, Board of Directors

Mendy Gomez, Inclusion Specialist, TUSD

Natalie Luna Rose, Communications Specialist, Public School Advocate

Mellow Dawn Lund, IDEA School Parent; Co-Founder and Co-Owner, MAST
Past President, Board of Directors

Marjorie Miller, Progressive educator and advocate; TUSD Classroom Teacher (retired)

Staff Representative to the Board of Directors:

Liz Hazer Prohaska, IDEA School Lead Collaborator; 48-year teaching veteran


Mark A. Wasko, BSH Builders; Educator and former public school teacher; Lover of life


Co-Founders and Co-Directors

Jaime L. Johnson, IDEA School Parent; IDEA School C0-Director

David R. Higuera, IDEA School Parent; IDEA School Co-Director


Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is made up of local and national experts in the fields of education, youth development, the arts, entrepreneurship, project-based-learning, and innovation. We are grateful for their guidance and support:

Alexander M. Hecker, Attorney at Law and Musician

Anita E. Fernandez, Ph.D., Director, Prescott College, Tucson
Director, Xican@ Institute for Teaching and Organizing

Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director, Sarasota MOCA (FL)

Bill Roach, CEO, Biz Pathway: Partnering Business Growth

Eric Schindler, CEO, Child & Family Resources

Erik Rice, Director, College and Career Readiness, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

Fernanda Morillon, Development Coordinator, BorderLinks

Gever Tulley, Co-Founder and Director, Brightworks and the Tinkering School

Morgan Wells, Curator of Education, Tucson Museum of Art

Pam Bateman, Founder of Civano Community School K-8, Vail School District