Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Board of Directors:

We enjoy the leadership and support of a diverse, creative and hardworking Board of Directors:

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 and Treasurer

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


Adia Olguin, IDEA School Parent; Fiber Artist; Community Advocate

Cece Aguilar Ortiz, IDEA School Parent; Nonprofit Programs Coordinator; Community Advocate

Debbie Towle, IDEA School Staff Representative to the Board; School Counselor and Reading Specialist; TUSD Classroom Teacher (retired)

Katie Kurtin, IDEA School Staff Representative to the Board; Early Childhood Collaborator

Liz Prohaska, IDEA School Staff Representative to the Board; Science Collaborator; Flowing Wells Classroom Teacher (retired)

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

Marjorie Miller, Progressive Educator and Advocate; TUSD Classroom Teacher (retired)

Natalie Luna Rose, Communications Specialist, Community Advocate


In Memoriam:

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


Past Presidents:

Nicolle S. Bornstein (2015-17)
Mellow Dawn Lund (2014-15)


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, the arts, entrepreneurship, community development, innovation and finance. We are grateful for their guidance and support!

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

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

Debi Chess Mabie, Community Impact Fellow, University of Arizona School of Social & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Dunbar Coalition

Eric Schindler, CEO, Child & Family Resources

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

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