Epiphany Prep’s advisors and trustees have the background, experience, and capacity needed to establish and sustain excellent high-performing charter schools. They have expertise in a variety of areas including: assessment; board development; business and nonprofit management; curriculum; facilities; finance; human resources; instruction; fundraising; governance; legal and compliance; marketing and public relations; school administration; and strategic planning.
Board of Trustees
Kristin French, M.B.A.: Civic Leader (former Manager, Pepsi Bottling Group)
M.B.A. Business Admin., International Business/Marketing Emphasis; University of San Diego
B.B.A. Business Admin., Marketing Emphasis, Minor Psychology; University of San Diego
Mrs. French is a civic leader and has been in management with Pepsi Bottling Group and A.G. Edwards & Sons. As an undergraduate at USD she won a leadership award and she served as a long-time USD Alumni Board member. Mrs. French has volunteered at her church, PTA and with Junior Achievement.
Ian Martin, Ed.D. (Trustee): Asst. Professor, SOLES, University of San Diego
Ed.D. School Counseling; University of Massachusetts
ME.d. School Counseling; Lewis and Clark College
B.A. Art Education; Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Martin is an Asst. Professor of Counseling at USD. He is published and presents regularly at national conferences. He is a Faculty Senator at USD, on the board for the YMCA Camps, and volunteers as a high school water polo coach and at his children’s school.
Lisbeth Johnson, Ed.D. (Trustee, Chair): Superintendent (retired), Santee School District
Ed.D. Educational Leadership; University of La Verne
M.A. Education; San Diego State University
B.A. Anthropology; University of CA, San Diego
Multiple Subjects Credential; Administrative Services Credential; San Diego State University
Dr. Johnson is a former school district superintendent and brought the district out of a budget crisis, passed a $60M bond, created a foundation, increased student achievement at all schools, and founded a school. She has taught at universities, is an author and has received many commendations and awards.
Irma Diaz-Martin, Ed.D. (Trustee, Secretary): Investigator, State of California
Ed.D. Organizational Leadership; Brandman University, Chapman University System
M.A. Organizational Leadership, B.A. Criminal Justice; Chapman University
Dr. Diaz-Martin has a track-record of results-oriented leadership with the CA Association of Criminal Investigators and 15 years of hands-on law enforcement experience. She is a trainer and professor, and has volunteered with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
Tom Hillebrecht (Trustee, Treasurer): Vice President, California Bank & Trust
M.B.A. Finance and International Business; University of Notre Dame
B.A. Economics; University of San Diego Since 1993, Mr. Hillebrecht has held various Vice President and management positions in banking, focusing on business development, risk analysis, financial markets/products and deal structuring. His clients include Intel, Oracle, Gap, Transamerica, Levi Strauss, and other Fortune 500 companies. He is also active with community activities associated with the Notre Dame Club of San Diego.
David Rivera, J.D. (President): Epiphany Prep Charter School
J..D.; Notre Dame Law School
B.A. Political Science and Philosophy; University of San Diego
Dr. Rivera is the President of Epiphany Prep. He also founded another inner-city school with sends 90% of its children on to college. Dr. Rivera has assisted a number of inner-city schools, churches and nonprofit groups in founding or expanding youth services.
Jose Manuel Villarreal, Ed.D. (Vice President): Epiphany Prep Charter School
Ed.D. Educational Leadership; UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos
M.S. Counseling and Guidance (PPS); CA State University, San Bernadino
B.A. Psychology and Sociology; UC Riverside
Administrative Services Credential, Tier 1; University of Redlands
Administrative Services Credential, Tier 2; CA State University San Marcos
In addition to founding a Blue Ribbon Distinguished School for high-risk students in Vista, CA, Dr. Villarreal also increased student outcomes while running the approximate 60 Juvenile Court and Community Schools as Senior Director for the San Diego County Office of Education. He is also an accomplished professor, presenter, facilitator and trainer.
Lucille Cuidad Real, M.A., M.S. (Principal): Epiphany Prep Charter School, San Diego
M.A. Educational Administration; CA State University San Marcos M.S. Educational Technology; Nova Southeastern University
B.A. Special Education and Bilingual Education; New Jersey City University
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential; CA State University San Marcos
Mrs. Ciudad-Real was an Assistant Director at C.A.S.E. Educational Program which serving children with autism. Her 12 years of teaching focused on grades K-8 special education, Science and Information Technology. She was also a recipient of a National Foundation for Autism Research grant award.
Anna Lozano-Partida, Ed.D. (Principal): Epiphany Prep Charter School, Escondido
Ed.D. Educational Leadership; UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos (in progress)
M.A. Educational Leadership and Administration; Chapman University
B.S. Physiological Science; UC Los Angeles
Clear Multiple Subject Credential, Clear Single Subject Credential; CSU Bakersfield
Dr. Lozano is a former beloved Vice Principal at Rancho Minerva Middle in Vista, CA. Her experience includes teaching Pre-Algebra, Life Sciences and AVID, and was the ELL Lead, Intervention Lead and Administrative Designee, as well as Teacher of the Year, all at Shadow Hills Intermediate in Palmdale, CA. She is also an accomplished presenter.
Joe Jordan, M.B.A., C.P.A. (Former Trustee): Chief Financial Officer, Motivational Systems
M.B.A.; San Diego State University
B.B.A. Accounting; University of Notre Dame
As the founding CFO, Mr. Jordan helped grow a design company from one office to 10 divisions. He retired from the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve as a Commander. He is active with Life Perspectives, Nativity Prep Academy, Partnerships With Industry, Just In Time and the Notre Dame Alumni Club.
Sheri Barker, Ed.D., S.M.P.: Global Partner, Haines Centre for Strategic Management
Ed.D. Leadership; University of San Diego
M.A. Administration; Azusa Pacific University
B.S. Education/English; University of Wisconsin
Dr. Barker has 30+ years of experience in strategic planning/facilitation. She is an adjunct faculty member at SDSU and is a former Director for the SD County Office of Ed. She has authored articles and textbooks, and for 19 years was a teacher and administrator serving mostly low-income children.
Heather Cameron, J.D.: Intellectual Property Attorney, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch
J.D.; University of Notre Dame Law School
M.A. Education; George Washington University
B.A. Government; College of William and Mary
Ms. Cameron is a litigator. She has worked in the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, and also with sustainable education systems in developing / transition economies. She is a former missionary in Papua New Guinea and is on many boards.
Paula Cordeiro, Ed.D.: Dean and Professor (retired), SOLES, University of San Diego
Ed.D. Administration; University of Houston
M.Ed. TESOL; Rhode Island College, Providence
B.S. Elementary Education; Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts
Dr. Cordeiro is the prior Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD. She is a former teacher and principal, past president of the SD Council on Literacy, sits on many boards, such as The James Irvine Foundation, and published numerous articles/books.
Sandra Murphy: Civic Leader (former VP of Communications, Cox Communications)
B.A. Business, Communications Concentration; Hood College
Executive Development Program; Emory University – Goizuetta Business School
Mrs. Murphy has been an executive in the newspaper, radio, magazine and cable TV industries. She founded the televised County Teachers of the Year Award. She is a regent at John Paul the Great Catholic University, a former Sunday school teacher and volunteers with many church-related groups.
Dee Van Horne: Civic Leader, Website Marketing and Development
B.A. Business Administration; National University
Mrs. Van Horne is a social media and website expert. She is President of The Thursday Club, oversees its 350 members and has administered $250,000 yearly in gifts. She is active with her church, schools and various sailing/social committees benefitting the Wounded Warriors and the Blood Bank.
James Vargas, S.F.O.: President/CEO, Fr. Joe’s Villages (former VP, Copley Press)
B.A. Biology and Sociology; New York University
Mr. Vargas runs the largest homeless service provider in Southern CA. As a former VP of The Copley Press, he oversaw HR for 15 newspapers, news bureaus and 5,000 employees. He is on many boards, such as Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and he is a Deacon for the local Catholic diocese.
CA Charter School Association provides planning and implementation support
Classics For Kids provides educational performing arts and orchestral music
El Dorado County Office of Education SELPA is our major special education partner
CSMC (Charter School Management Corporation) provides back office and financial support services
Family Health Centers of San Diego provides health and wellness support to families
Junior Achievement provides financial and entrepreneurship programs to students
La Jolla Playhouse provides our students with professional theatre opportunities
Malashock Dance Company promotes dance to students
Organizations In Training supports our restorative justice system with mentoring
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP, is a distinguished charter school firm
Pt. Loma Nazarene University advises and provides teaching/counseling interns
SD Charter Schools Special Education Consortium provides special education support
San Diego Civic Ballet Company brings periodic weekly ballet lessons to our students
SAY San Diego (Social Advocates For Youth) provides counseling support for families
University of San Diego, particularly it’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, provides staffing, advisory, counseling and teacher interns support services
YMCA Camp Raintree Ranch provides significantly discounted camping opportunities.