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.
Board Secretary, Eve Fein
Mrs. Fein will volunteer as Co-Executive Director of Business Development. Driven by her passion for education she co-founded Community Roots Academy. Mrs. Fein holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College. She spent the past the 15 years as the educational leader of the innovative private non-profit elementary school, Morasha Jewish Day School in Orange County. In this capacity, Mrs. Fein gained the following skills and expertise that she will bring to her position at Community Roots Academy: staff recruitment, staff supervision, staff employment, oversight of day-to-day school operations, budget development and oversight, fundraising- personal solicitation and event coordination, Board recruitment and Board development, facilitation of the school accreditation process, and facilitation of corporate branding process. Mrs. Fein has lived in South Orange County for close to 20 years where she and her husband raised their two children. She is very familiar with the educational landscape of South Orange County and has established many local community contacts.
Board President, Brad J. Shapiro
Mr. Shapiro, 55, has been engaged in the optical business since 1990. He is currently a Principal in C & E Vision Services, Inc., and Vision West, Inc., both of which are group-purchasing organizations for independent eye care professionals. He is also Principal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Rudy Project North America, a sports eyewear company. Prior to entering the optical business, Mr. Shapiro was a corporate and securities lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a large international law firm, and certain other law firms. Mr. Shapiro holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Shapiro has 15 years experience serving as a Board Member for a private school in Orange County. Mr. Shapiro lives in Laguna Niguel with his wife Kathy and his three children, two of whom are in college and one who is a senior at Dana Hills High School.
Board CFO Lou Silverman
Lou Silverman joined Marina Medical Billing Services as its Chief Executive Officer in August of 2009. From August of 2008-August of 2009, Mr. Silverman served as Chief Executive Officer of LIfeComm, a wireless health services initiative founded by QualComm. From August of 2000-August of 2008, Mr. Silverman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Systems Inc., (NASDAQ:QSII), a publicly traded, health care information technology company. During his tenure, Quality Systems grew from $30 million in revenue to $250 million, and the market capitalization of the company increased from $42 million to $1.2 billion. Among a host of awards, Forbes Magazine recognized Quality Systems as one of its 200 Best Small Companies during each of his eight years with the company. Prior to joining Quality Systems, Mr. Silverman was the COO of CorVel Corporation, (NASDAQ:CRVL) a worker’s compensation managed care services company. CorVel Corporation was named to the Forbes 200 Best Small Companies list during each year of Mr. Silverman’s seven-year tenure with the company. Mr. Silverman is a member of the Board of Directors of Senior Home Care, Loving Care Agency, and Questcor (NASDAQ:QCOR), and an Advisory Board Member for Managed Consultants Network and Insight Diagnostics. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Amherst College.