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.  

Nicolle Bornstein, SAHM and Wellness Practitioner
Board President

Robert Ojeda, IDEA School Parent; Vice President, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Board Vice President and Treasurer

Natalie Luna Rose, Communications Specialist
Board Secretary

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

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

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

Mellow Dawn Lund, IDEA School Parent; Co-Founder and Co-Owner, MAST

Mendy Gomez, Inclusion Specialist, TUSD; Education Advocate

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

Staff Representative to the Board of Directors:

Liz Hazer Prohaska, IDEA School Science Collaborator; 44-year teaching veteran; Biosphere 2 outreach educator; Pima County STEMAZing facilitator


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


Co-Founders and Co-Directors

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

David R. Higuera, IDEA School Parent; IDEA School Co-Director, Administration, Finance and Development


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