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
Dr. 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.
Allan Guarino – Vice President
Allan Guarino has a passion for leading organizations and developing the sales and marketing infrastructure to position companies to be leaders in their industry. He also has a vision for creating the framework necessary to meet the needs of both internal and external clients. Allan’s strength is working within the organization to develop interdepartmental relationships breaking down the traditional silos and creating a more collaborative, team oriented environment fostering growth of employees and the company.
As Vice President of ADM Marketing, a direct marketing agency based in Burbank California, Allan is directly responsible for developing strategic partnerships to design, develop and execute results oriented strategic marketing plans.
Previously, Allan held executive management positions at several small companies where he was directly responsible for developing the sales and marketing departments and increasing revenues and customer databases.
Allan’s background includes positions at Westinghouse, Kraft General Foods and Sara Lee Knit Products. Allan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Colorado State University and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from University of Southern California. Allan resides in San Clemente with his wife and three children.
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.
Matthew A. Moses – Director
Matthew A. Moses lives in Laguna Beach, California. He graduated from Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School. During law school, he served as an intern at both the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the law firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP. After graduating from Michigan, Matt practiced civil litigation at O’Melveny and Myers LLP, one of America’s top 25 most prestigious law firms. Matt is currently a family law attorney at Kaufman Steinberg LLP.
Matt is on the Associate Board of Directors of Project Youth OCBF – a nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. The programs of Project Youth OCBF empower youth and families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.
Adele Sender – Secretary / Finance
Adele 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.