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.
Larrie Hall. Ed.D: (Trustee)
Ed.D, Northern Arizona University
MS, BS San Diego State University
Dr. Hall has held various teaching and administrative positions at a local school district, as well as executive positions with a national network of charter schools. He has also served on a number of boards and committees, as well as adjunct faculty at California State University San Marcos and institute faculty and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at the Principals’ Center at Harvard University. Dr. Hall has received a number of accolades, including a Golden Apple Award, ACSA Middle School Administrator of the Year, California Science Administrator of the Year, and NAACP Educator of the Year.
Tom Hillebrecht (Trustee, Treasurer)
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.
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.
Tucker Stine (Trustee)
Executive Degree, Strategic Marketing Management/Leadership Emphasis; Stanford University
B.S. Business Mgmt., Marketing Emphasis, Minor in Education; Boston College
Mr. Stine is a community development leader and business owner who specializes in building strong, healthy communities through strategic communications, partnerships and social change. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District for the past 8 years, is active in the Nativity School Advisory Board, a former K-8 substitute teacher and avid organizer of TEDx events throughout San Diego.
David Rivera, J.D., President
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.
Anna Lozano-Partida, Ed.D., Principal
Ed.D. Educational Leadership; UC San Diego/CSU San Marcos
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.
Soo Yeohn de Santiago, M.Ed., Assistant Principal
B.A. in Spanish, M.A. Education,
Administrative Credential, Teaching Credential; California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)
Ms. de Santiago has served six years as an administrator as well as a variety of other leadership roles. She taught Spanish, English Language (EL), and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). She is committed to supporting our community and working together as a collaborative team to achieve great results.
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.
Lora Duzyk, former Assistant Superintendent Business Services
Serves on our finance advisory team and provides consulting services
Monica Nava, Former SDCOE Executive Director of Migrant Services and ELL
Supports development of the English Learner Master Plan
Brenda Hall, Southern California Professional Development Federation (SCPDF)
Provides ongoing support for instruction and potential partners
Andy Champion & Josh McKeown, Facility Planning & Development (Since 2018)
They serve as architect and project manager to provide current and future facility planning.
El Dorado County Office of Education SELPA is our major special education partner
CharterWise provides back office and financial support services
Junior Achievement (JA) provides financial and entrepreneurship programs to students, including BizTown curriculum and visits
La Jolla Playhouse provides our students with professional theatre opportunities
San Diego County Office of Education supports our restorative justice system with training
PASS Americorps for supports student mentoring
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP, is a distinguished charter school firm
Young, Miney & Coor LLP, a distinguished charter school firm
University of San Diego, particularly it’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, provides staffing, advisory, counseling and teacher interns support services