Board of Directors

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

Anthony Wisz, Deputy Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid
President and Interim Treasurer

Cece Aguilar Ortiz, IDEA School Parent, Nonprofit Professional, Community Advocate
Vice President

Stefanie Kirk, IDEA School Parent, Graphic Designer, Community Advocate


Katie Kurtin, Master’s in Education, Early Childhood Educator, Emphasis on Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom

Barbara Lewis, Dunbar School Alumnus, Dunbar Coalition Member, Community Advocate

Mellow Dawn Lund, IDEA School Parent, Small Business Owner

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

Staff Representatives to the Board (elected each Fall by fellow staff members):

Liz Prohaska, Science and Engineering Collaborator

Debbie Towle, School Counselor and Reading Specialist


In Memoriam:

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


Past Presidents:

Jean Schroeder (2017-19)
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



We also benefit from the wise counsel 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!

Jean Schroeder, TUSD Educator (retired); National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), Children’s Literature Assembly

Maggie McKiernan, Founder and Owner, QualityTime Educational Ideas and Services, Early Childhood Expert

Pam Bateman, Founder of Civano Community School, Vail School District

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

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

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

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

Eric Schindler, CEO, Child & Family Resources

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

Morgan Wells, Curator of Education, Tucson Museum of Art