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.

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.

Brad J. Shapiro – Director

Optical Industry Entrepreneur

profileBrad is a Principal of C & E Vision Services and Vision West which together comprise the largest optical group purchasing organizations in the United States.  Brad is also Principal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Running and Cycling Enterprises, distributors of Rudy Project Technically Cool eyewear and helmets and XX2i Optics, and a Principal in GP Specialists, Inc.,  a manufacturer of custom soft contact lenses and specialty RGP’s.  Prior to entering the optical industry Mr. Shapiro was a corporate and securities lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, an international law firm, and a Managing Director of an investment-banking subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald.  Brad holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and received his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Adele Sender – Board Chair

profileAdele Sender designs software for medical applications. She is currently working with, 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

profileRon 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.

Wes Phillips – Secretary


Orange Label Art + Advertising

profileMr. Phillips joined Orange Label Art + Advertising in 1983 as controller, became the firm’s CEO in 1995 and is currently the majority shareholder in the firm.  Throughout his affiliation with this award-winning advertising agency he has worked to create marketing and sales programs for clients that are strongly tied to an Integrated Advertising Platform (IAP), which produces meaningful and measurable marketing and financial results.  Mr. Phillips is a sought-after marketing speaker and writer.  He has been awarded the President’s Award by the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton and he was the 2012 recipient or the Leadership Award for Impact from Vistage, the world’s leading chief executive organization.  Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting.