Board / Administration

An experienced and qualified local team

Community Roots Academy is led by a dedicated team of local education professionals, with a track record of success leading similar project-based-learning schools. And we’re supported by a group of advisors comprised of prominent South County business leaders.

Governance Structure of Community Roots Academy

The Board of Directors will set policy, approve the budget, and ensure that the school helps students achieve high academic standards. Board Members will be selected based on their expertise and skills and their commitment to advocate for the school’s student population and uphold the school’s mission. Board seats will be filled by community members who have the desired mix of experience and expertise to ensure that the Board of Directors has the necessary skills to ensure the school’s success. Threshold screening criteria for all prospective members of the Board of Directors will be a demonstrated understanding of the mission and vision of CRA and an interest in serving the charter school’s target student population. Other criteria for Board selection include a commitment to diligently fulfill all responsibilities as Board Members, with a willingness to routinely attend Board meetings, to actively participate in Board working groups and/or committees, and to actively engage in overseeing and supporting the CRA program. Demonstrated ability to act in a leadership capacity is preferred.

The Board of Directors has ultimate responsibility to oversee the program to ensure the school’s success; however, the CRA Executive Co-Directors and teachers will carry out the day-to-day operations of the school. The Executive Co-Directors will be the overall site managers and will report directly to the Board of Directors. The Executive Co-Directors will be responsible for implementing policy, overseeing operations and carrying out the provisions of the charter and the Board’s directives. The teaching faculty will work closely with the Executive Director of Education to implement the educational program. The Executive Director of Education will be responsible for hiring, providing support to, evaluating and, when needed, terminating instructional staff. The Executive Director of Business and Development will be responsible for hiring, providing support to, evaluating and, when needed, terminating non-instructional staff.

Lynn Bogart – President

LynnDr. Lynn Bogart enjoyed a successful public education career teaching and leading in three school districts in Orange County, California including Orange (large K-12), Irvine (large K-12), and Huntington Beach(mid-sized K-8) School Districts.  Her educational and administrative career always focused on continuous improvement in student learning for all types of learners as a general and special education Teacher, Reading Specialist, Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.  For 25 years, Lynn Bogart has provided leadership, staff development, coaching and mentoring to teachers, principals and district office staff to align standards, intended outcomes, curriculum, targeted instruction, and assessment as measured by increasingly more complex local, state and federal accountability systems.  Her focus on systemic educational initiatives and designing successful programs has earned schools and districts under her leadership the prestigious National Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished School, and California School Board Association’s Golden Bell awards.

For over a decade, Lynn Bogart has conducted training sessions for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) assisting governance teams in strengthening their roles regarding Student Learning and Achievement throughout California.

Since 2005, Dr. Bogart has served as a Learning Group Leader and Adjunct Professor for the University of LaVerne Doctorate Program in Organizational Leadership.  She coaches students regarding leadership concepts, strategies, research, trends; and the practical skills of vision, goal development, planning, facilitation, team development, change and challenges of leaders today.  While serving as Academic Dean of Taft University, she developed a Masters in Education program aligned to the California Beginning Teachers and Assessment Program.

Currently retired, Lynn consults and presents for the Administrative Training Program within the Institute for Leadership Development at the Orange County Department of Education.  Sessions focus on leadership development in vision, culture, data analysis, goal setting, assessment, planning, change, Professional Learning Communities as well as financial and human resource management leading to participants’ completion of their administrative credential.  In addition she assesses administrator performance and provides feedback and coaching involving communications, parent interaction, data assessment, team building, and in-basket activities aligned to criteria developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dr. Bogart is respected for her work throughout California.  She received her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University, Masters Degree from Pepperdine University and Doctorate Degree from the University of LaVerne.

Jonathan Witt – Director

Jonathan Witt brings 16 years of informal science/environmental education instruction and management experience to his current position as Senior Education Director at the Ocean Institute.  Before joining the Ocean Institute, Jonathan worked as an environmental educator at the California Environmental Project and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.

In March of 2004, he launched the successful Watershed Education Program, inspiring fifth graders about science and environmental stewardship.  This project-based learning program quickly established itself as a premier environmental education initiative in Southern California This flagship program laid the foundation for a new generation of immersive curriculum at the Ocean Institute.

Jonathan has managed over $3.5 million in funding from 33 corporate and foundation grants to support 14 outreach projects, collaborations, and core educational programs.  He is responsible for overall departmental strategy, educational vision and direction, annual budget creation and oversight, program development, grant strategy and writing, and collaboration development.

Jonathan oversees staff whose responsibilities include curriculum writing, staff and volunteer training, project and program development, implementation, communication, and instruction.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from UC-Santa Barbara.  A Southern California native, Jonathan now resides in Mission Viejo with his wife and son.

Dan Pittman – Director

Dan Pittman is the owner of an award-winning public relations and marketing company and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. His strengths include developing and executing innovative PR and promotional plans for clients that generate broad awareness and support sales and marketing objectives. Prior to establishing the company in 1999, Dan has held senior posts with regional and international PR and advertising agencies. His corporate background includes PR roles with Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., National Hot Rod Association, and California Dental Association. He began career at the Associated Press.  He holds a B.A. Degree in English from Arizona State and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from USC. Dan resides with his wife Anita in Orange, California.

Adele Sender – Secretary / Finance

profileAdele Sender designs software for medical applications. She is currently working with SeventyK.org, an advocacy organization for adolescents and young adults with cancer, to produce applications that remove barriers to care and increase survival.

Previously she was the Director of Medical Operations for Disease Management Services, PLC., where her major responsibilities included algorithm development, training, M&E and site specific customization of the DMS system. The system incorporated a patient care algorithm based solution, patient operations support and reporting, in a technology resource poor environment, for clinics treating people living with HIV &AIDS in South Africa.

She also has nine years’ experience serving on the Board of Directors of a non-profit agency, including the soliciting of major gifts from community donors in support of the agency’s mission.

Adele has a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  She has ten years of experience as a physiotherapist at teaching institutions and in private practice, in rehabilitation, in-patient and homecare settings in South Africa and California.

She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband; their two daughters have graduated college and are pursuing their own careers.

Ron Glickman – Director

Ron Glickman was born and educated in Ohio having received a BS in Accounting from Miami University and an MBA in Finance from University of Cincinnati.  He worked in the financial area of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago for ten years ending there as Controller of Abbott’s Consumer Products Division.  He left Abbott to begin on his own as an intermediary between buyers and sellers of businesses.  He joined the Geneva Companies, a merger and acquisition company in Chicago, and was promoted and moved to California in 1989.  He later joined the predecessor firm to what became Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach in its Investment Banking Department and worked there for ten years.  Ron then worked for First American Corporation in its Merger and Acquisition Department for three years before forming his own consulting company, Ronald Glickman and Associates LLC, which is active today in Newport Beach.

While in the the Chicago area, Ron was active in civic affairs serving as President of the Highland Park Fair Housing Committee, President of the Braeside School PTO, President of the School District 108 Board of Education, President of the North Shore Special Education District and member of the Highland Park Plan Commission.  While in California, Ron has served as Treasurer and then President of University Synagogue.

He is married to Sharon and has three sons and eight grandchildren in Seattle and Chicago.