Board of Directors

Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Synergy Academies includes individuals who have a variety of knowledge and success in organizational leadership and public education, including professional experience relevant to Synergy’s mission:

Terri Leon (Chair), Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment, Simi Valley Unified. With a Doctorate in Education and experience in middle school and high school, as both a teacher and administrator, Terri brings 12 years of experience in secondary education, with a special focus on creating positive campus culture. Term expires 06/30/20.

Roy Cervantes (Vice Chair), Senior Administrative Analyst, Office of the City Administrative Office, City of Los Angeles. Roy brings a variety of 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 06/30/21.

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 06/30/21.

Kevin Cox, Managing Director – Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Kevin has over 16 years of experience in corporate banking and leveraged finance and is currently a regional underwriting manager for the Corporate Finance Group. Kevin is a member of the Commercial Finance Association and currently serves as the co-chair of the Wells Fargo Capital Finance Diversity & Inclusion Council.  Term expires 06/30/21.

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 06/30/20.

Dulcie Kermah, Biostatistician, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. As a faculty member at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Dulcie has had the opportunity to be a mentor and advisor to middle and high schools students in South Los Angeles. She is passionate about increasing educational opportunities for students from underserved communities, particularly in STEM fields. Term expires 06/30/20.

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 and went on to graduate from college with a degree in business management economics and a minor in computer science. He recently graduated from law school and plans to pursue a career in education law. Term expires 06/30/21.

Jane Lledo, Director of Human Resources, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Beverly Hills, CA. Jane brings over 20 years of experience in human resource management, working in the hospitality industry. Additionally, she worked for six years as an elementary school teacher and literacy coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Term expires 06/30/20.

Satpal Nagpal, Principal, Green Hasson Janks. Satpal has over 13 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 06/30/21.

Elizabeth Rollice, Retired Human Resources Consultant. 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 alumnae. Term expires 06/30/21.


To contact the Members of the Board, please call (323) 235-7960.