Board of Directors
Terri Leon (Chair), Principal, Simi Valley Unified School District. With a Doctorate in Education and experience in elementary, middle, and high school, as both a teacher and administrator, Terri brings 17 years of experience in elementary and secondary education, with a special focus on creating positive campus culture and instructional pedagogy. Term expires 06/30/22.
Edward 'Ted' Morris (Vice Chair), Co-Founder, Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School. Ted began his career in education teaching in South Los Angeles and has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and a charter school founder and leader for over 25 years. He was a Building Excellent Schools Fellow prior to founding Futuro Prep Elementary School, which merged with Endeavor College Prep to become a K-8 charter school and is now part of KIPP SoCal. Ted has extensive experience in all aspects of charter school governance, finance, compliance, operations, and instructional leadership. He holds a dual degree in Economics and Japanese from Claremont McKenna College and a Master in School Administration from UCLA's Principal Leadership Institute. Term expires 06/30/23.
Marc Bauer, Attorney, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. Marc is a public finance attorney based in Los Angeles who has worked on many facilities financing transactions for charter schools. Term expires 06/30/23.
Roy Cervantes, Senior Administrative Analyst, Office of the City Administrative Office, City of Los Angeles. Roy brings a variety of budget, policy, and program evaluation experience in both the public sector and the field of education. Roy previously served as Regional Director for Policy and Advocacy in Los Angeles for the California Charter Schools Association. Term expires 06/30/23.
Francisca Franco, CPA, CFF, CVA. Francisca is a CPA with a focus in Advisory Services including financial due diligence, litigation consulting, and forensic accounting. Francisca brings close to 30 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. She has been a designated expert in a number cases, providing testimony in arbitration, deposition and in Superior Court. Her private industry experience has been obtained with both a Fortune 100 company and as a Group Controller for a middle-market corporation. She is a Director with SingerLewak. Term expires 06/30/22.
Dulcie Kermah, Director of the UHI Student Research Core, Biostatistician, and Assistant Professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. As faculty, Dr. Kermah has had the opportunity to be a mentor and advisor to middle, high school, and undergraduate and graduate students for over 15 years. Additionally, she develops and implements research training programs to expose and train student's to gain skills and knowledge in pursuing careers in the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical sciences. She is passionate about increasing educational opportunities for students from underrepresented minority communities, with a focus in STEM education. Term expires 06/30/22.
Carlos Leon-Bocanegra, Recent Law School Graduate. Carlos grew up in a Latino family who faced similar challenges as Synergy’s students. Carlos overcame these challenges through education. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management Economics and a minor in Computer Science, graduated with a Juris Doctorate of Law, earned his teaching credential, and is now pursuing a Master's of Arts in Educational Leadership. He is currently employed as a Title I teacher at a Title I school working with students from lower income families. In addition, he is an assistant coach for a high school wrestling team, which are the 2020 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) champions, and middle school wrestling. Term expires 06/30/23.
Satpal Nagpal, Partner, Audit and Assurance Practice Leader, GHJ Advisors. Satpal has over 20 years of public accounting experience providing audit, accounting, and general business consulting services to nonprofit organizations, foundations, and closely held entities operating in a wide variety of industries. Term expires 06/30/23.
Elizabeth Rollice, Retired Human Resources Consultant, Retired. With over 30 years of experience in Human Resources, Elizabeth is able to provide guidance and counseling on complex employee issues in the areas of employee relations, talent acquisition, compensation, and employee benefits. She has previously worked for Southern California Edison and Northrop Grumman, and is an active USC alumna. Term expires 06/30/23.
To contact the Members of the Board, please call (323) 235-7960.