Governance Overview

Board Agendas & Minutes

Board meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for visitors to make comments, limited to three minutes per person. The board may ask clarifying questions but dialogue and action are prohibited unless the topic is on the agenda.

Board meetings are the first Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted by *

  • December 13, 2022*
  • January 21, 2023 (Board Retreat)*
  • February 7, 2023
  • March 7, 2023
  • April 4, 2023
  • May 2, 2023
  • May 30, 2023*
  • June 20, 2023*

*Dates are not on the first Tuesday due to various reasons, such as voting, financial reports, retreat, and public hearing for LCAP.

Finance-HR Meetings

Next Finance/HR meetings for the Academic Year 2022-2023:

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, February, 1, 2023 at 4:00pm
  • Monday, April, 3, 2023 at 4:00pm
  • Monday, May. 1, 2023 at 4:00pm

All Finance/HR meetings will be held in person. All meetings will still be broadcasted via Zoom for the public. The meeting Zoom link, and in person meeting location, can be found on the agenda for each meeting. All meeting dates will be announced via ParentSquare and reflected on our school website. The meeting agendas will be posted at each school office, prior to the meeting. Correspondence may be sent in care of:

Monterey Bay Charter School
1004 David Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Email: office@mbcharterschool.org

Board of Directors Meetings

All School Board Meetings, Foundation Board Meetings, and Finance/HR Meetings will be held in person. All meetings will still be broadcasted via Zoom for the public. The meeting Zoom link, and in person meeting location, can be found on the agenda for each meeting. All meeting dates will be announced via ParentSquare and reflected on our school website. The meeting agendas will be posted at each school office, prior to the meeting. Correspondence may be sent in care of:

Monterey Bay Charter School
Attention: Candace Villarta, Communications Manager
1004 David Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Email: communications@mbcharterschool.org

All correspondence will be delivered to Board members prior to the next scheduled meeting and is entered into the public record.

School Board

Parent Circle

Foundation Board

Governance Overview

School Board

The Board of Directors is responsible for supporting the school’s vision and continuity of leadership at MBCS. It is responsible for carrying out board responsibilities as outlined in the corporation’s bylaws.

Board of Directors

Tomi Burgess, Chair
Yhashika Lee, Vice Chair
Evan Heath, Treasurer
Grace Casserly, Secretary
Rodrigo Nieto Gómez, Director
Joseph Borawski, Director
Lana Andrianova, Director

Correspondence may be sent in care of:
Monterey Bay Charter School
1004 David Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Email: communications@mbcharterschool.org

Responsibilities of the Board:
  • Uphold and revise (with permission of the granting agency) as needed the school charter. Adopt, amend and implement Board bylaws, internal Board policies and procedures.
  • Ensure adequate resources for the school’s programs.
  • Establish and work toward achieving long-term and short-term goals.
  • Oversee the fiscal management of the school including:
  • All audits and reports required by state or federal law.
  • Approval of the annual school budget.
  • Review and approval of quarterly budget reports.
  • Secure and maintain the school site.
  • Ensure the health and safety of the school.
  • Hire, support, supervise and evaluate the school director.
  • Approve hiring and termination of school faculty and staff.
  • Oversee school parent participation structure.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of school programs.
  • Act as an avenue of communication for the school community, including:
    The resolution of grievances.
    Conducting exit interviews for employees and families who leave the school.
  • Represent the school in the larger community.
  • Prepare and publish an annual report including:
  • The progress made towards achieving the long-term and short-term goals established by the Board.
  • The fiscal health of the school.
  • Significant events.

Tomasina Burgess

Chair

Tomasina Burgess

Chair

Prunedale, California. Tomi Burgess joined the Monterey Bay Charter School School Board in the fall of 2011. She has been a non-profit volunteer for the past 28 years. Tomi has enjoyed different roles in event planning, park restoration, and child advocacy. Tomi has also served on the Monterey Bay Charter School Foundation Board, played a critical role in establishing and managing the donor database, has chaired multiple fundraisers, community events, and Parent Circle. Tomi currently lives in Prunedale with her husband and two children. Tomi’s oldest son attended Monterey Bay Charter School from kindergarten through eighth grade and is currently attending Monterey High School. Tomi’s second child is currently enrolled at Monterey Bay Charter School. Tomi is also pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education.

Yhashika Lee

Vice Chair

Yhashika Lee

Vice Chair

Yhashika Lee is an instructor and a faculty associate in Teaching and Learning Assessment at CSUMB. She has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and J.D. from UCLA Law with a concentration in Critical Race Theory. Yhashika is passionate about helping faculty create culturally inclusive classrooms. She uses her background in Critical Race Theory to re-imagine solutions to the structural inequality that shapes our education system and continues to create barriers for students of color. She is also trainer of trainers in racial justice work and is currently in the process of being a certified diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Evan Heath

Treasurer

Evan Heath

Treasurer

Monterey, California. Senior Treasury Analyst for Granite Construction, Inc.
Evan Heath has 16 years of corporate accounting and finance experience, primarily as an analyst and auditor. He has been involved with the MBCS community since 2011 when his son Elliott began kindergarten. Elliott graduated from MBCS in 2021 and now attends Monterey High School. Evan has been a member of MBCS’s Finance-HR Committee since 2019 and serves as the committee’s vice chair. Having attended California public schools from kindergarten through graduate school, he strongly supports public education. Evan currently lives in Monterey with his wife, son, stepdaughter, and stepson. He is a CPA and received a B.A. in political science from UCLA and master’s in criminology from UC Irvine.

Grace Casserly

Secretary

Grace Casserly

Secretary

Grace Casserly is honored to serve on the MBCS Board, as she and her family have been deeply inspired by the principles of Waldorf education. Her older son is a current student at the Foothill campus. She is also passionate about the importance of arts education in schools. She holds a bachelors of music in piano from USC as well as a masters of music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Grace is a primary care physician at Montage Medical Group in Carmel.

Rodrigo Nieto Gómez

Director

Rodrigo Nieto Gómez

Director

Dr. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez is a geostrategist and defense futurist focused on the consequences of the accelerating pace of change in homeland security, defense, and policing environments. He is a research professor at the National Security Affairs Department and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School and has also worked as a certified facilitator and instructor for the Command College for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and a former instructor at the Executive Academy of the Emergency Management Institute. He is also a faculty member of Singularity University and currently assists the Common Mission Project as an academic advisor, supporting mission-driven entrepreneurship.

Dr. Nieto has a Ph.D. in Geopolitics from the French Institute of Geopolitics of the University of Paris. He holds a J.D. from the State University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. His native language is Spanish, and he has bilingual proficiency in English, full professional proficiency in French and intermediate knowledge of German. As an aviation enthusiast, he holds a private pilot certificate.

Joseph Borawski

Director

Joseph Borawski

Director

Marina, California. Independent Analyst and Consultant. Joseph Borawski has sat on the Board of the BFCG Hockey Association based in Bagley, Minnesota while he resided there with his wife and first child, while also acting as a head coach in the youth hockey program. He went on to sit on the School Site Council and English Learners Advisory Committee at Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy as well as the Vice President of the PTO at MVEAA. Joseph has a daughter in the 1st grade program at the Foothill campus and a 2 year old son, who is eager to join the MBCS family. He has an enormous love of history, mathematics, and science which he is eager to share.

Lana Andrianova

Director

Lana Andrianova, MD, MPH

Director

Monterey, CA. Lana is foreign-trained physician-scientist with a focus on cancer research and early-stage clinical trials. She works as Medical Director in oncology drug development biotech (Exelixis, Inc.). She has spent the past 15 years in various leadership roles in clinical research across Eastern and Western Europe and US. She was a member of a school board for public schools previously and was involved in several social and environmental initiatives. Dr. Andrianova received her M.D. degree from Saint Petersburg Pavlov Medical School. She completed her Master of Public Health, Masters in Management and Economics at the postgraduate academy and University of Finance and Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Lana joined the MBCS board in 2022. Both of her kids are MBCS students since 2021.

Governance Overview

Parent Circle

The role of the Parent Circle is to encourage parent and community involvement in the school via such activities as: building community partnerships, fundraising, promoting parent volunteerism, and parent education.

It is the mission of the Parent Council to unify the collective efforts of the teachers, parents and administration for the betterment and health of the school.

The Parent Council is dedicated to cultivating an active and diverse community that nourishes the vision of the Monterey Bay Charter School. The Parent Council champions volunteerism that comes from the head, heart and hands of its community members, and in turn promotes student achievement.

The Parent Circle strives to:
  • Advocate for students’ health, safety and academic success;
  • Inspire and support individuals to share their unique and valuable gifts through volunteerism;
  • Contribute to the fiscal stability of school programs and initiatives

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Contact

Candace Villarta, Communications & Development Manager
Email: communications@mbcharterschool.org

Governance Overview

Foundation Board

The Monterey Bay Charter School Foundation (the Foundation), formed in 2010 to provide fundraising support for the Monterey Bay Charter School (MBCS or the School), a public charter school.

The Foundation’s mission is to support the work and programs of the Monterey Bay Charter School and to build a new school facility.

A detailed Memorandum of Understanding exists between the Foundation and the School, outlining the roles, responsibilities, and accountability for each entity. The Memorandum of Understanding ensures that the Foundation and School maintain separate fiscal identities while at the same time working toward the common goal of supporting the School and its curriculum.

Foundation Members

Mark Cohan, Board Chair
Ben Bence, Secretary
Jacob Shafer, Director
Shannon Conner, Director
Amelia Ward, Director
Irina Esquivel, Director
Germaine Ng, Director

The Foundation’s services include:
  • Researching and outlining a fundraising structure for the School; planning and conducting fundraising and donor acquisition programs for the School;
  • Preparing and submitting private and government grant applications on behalf of and in cooperation with the School;
  • Identifying and nurturing relationships with potential donors;
  • Engaging in development and solicitation of funding and other resources to support the educational purposes of the School;
  • Building a new school facility in a location that is central to all Monterey County students.
Foundation Board meetings are the last Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted by *

  • September 27, 2022 at 5pm
  • October 25, 2022 at 5pm
  • November 29, 2022 at 5pm
  • December 13, 2022 at 5pm*
  • January 31, 2023 at 5pm
  • February 28, 2023 at 5pm
  • March 28, 2023 at 5pm
  • April 25, 2023 at 5pm
  • May 30, 2023 at 5pm
  • June 27, 2023 at 5pm

Mark Cohan

Board Chair

Mark Cohan

Board Chair

Bio TBA

Ben Bence

Secretary

Ben Bence

Secretary

Ben Bence is the founding director of Outside The Box Consulting LLC, a local outdoor education organization that focuses on getting students and classes out in nature. Ben studied Liberial Studies with a linguistics emphasis at CSU Monterey Bay and is currently working on his multiple subject elementary teaching credential. He was the 2017 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award Recipient for his 2,000+ volunteer hours and work experience in Monterey’s environmental education community. The Monterey native spends his free time on a paddle board or hiking a trail.

Jacob Shafer

Director

Jacob Shafer

Director

Jacob Shafer is the development director at Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula. He spent seven years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer and working in community outreach with Rio Tinto Global. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. If you see Jacob, his wife Natalie, son Tenuun, and daughter Indira on campus or in the community, be sure to say hello.

Shannon Conner

Director

Shannon Conner

Director

Shannon Conner, MA is a passionate conservation educator. Currently working for the Bird School Project as an outdoor education instructor in the Salinas Union High School District, teaching students and staff the value of being outdoors. She is the founder of the up-and-coming Dudleya Nature Center in Seaside, California and also worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in various capacities over the last decade. When she isn’t hiking around Monterey County with her dog, Shannon can be found working in her garden or crafting various projects around her house.

Amelia Ward

Director

Amelia Ward

Director

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Irina Esquivel

Director

Irina Esquivel

Director

TBA

Germaine Ng

Director

Germaine Ng

Director

Germaine Ng has been a Monterey Bay Charter School parent since her now fifth grade son, has been in kindergarten. Germaine was born and raised in Malaysia and Singapore. Professionally, she is an Account Executive for Williams Sonoma Inc. for their B2b division. Germaine is also an interior designer for residential and commercial buildings.  

Personally, Germaine loves to host dinner parties, camps in the summer and snowboards in the winter.  Germaine and her son love to travel around to the far ends of the earth, exploring different terrains and cultures. They are adventurous eaters who love different types of foods. 

Germaine is also the Fundraising Coordinator for the MBCS Parent Circle team. 

Governance Overview

Student Council

Students in Grades Six through Eighth may apply to be members of Student Council. These students meet weekly to plan and execute activities that enhance the school and participate in extra curricular activities.
Some of the activities include:
  • Middle school dances and other fun activities;
  • School ‘spirit days’ such as Pajama Day and Crazy Hat Day;
  • Betterment of the school campus.
Volunteer Work

Community Service

Believing that service learning is a valuable part of the educational process, MBCS requires that all students in 6th-8th grades perform a minimum of 15 hours of community service each year. Signed confirmation of service must be submitted to receive credit.

Community Service must consist of volunteer service for organizations outside of our school community, and a few hours of volunteer work on the school campus. Suggestions for Community Service opportunities at the school will be provided from time to time during the school year. Students are encouraged to find opportunities in the wider community as well.

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