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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:


Masako Carpenter, Chief Financial Officer, J/P Haitian Relief Organization and former Audit Partner, KPMG, LLP. Masako brings experience as a CFO, a former auditor, and a CPA. She provides oversight to Synergy’s staff to ensure that the organization and schools are fiscally responsible.


Roy Cervantes, Internal Auditor III, Office of the Controller, 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 has served as Regional Director for Policy and Advocacy in Los Angeles for the California Charter Schools Association.


Kevin Cox (Chair), 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.  


Charyn Harris, Conductor of Music Program, A Place Called Home. In addition to overseeing APCH’s music programs, Charyn also manages the organization’s partnership with The Berklee City Music Network, a music education initiative by Berklee College of Music. With over 15 years of experience in nonprofit programming and management, Charyn is an active leader in Synergy’s South Los Angeles community.


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.


Tae Kim, Director of Finance, Green Dot Public Schools. Tae has worked for Green Dot Public Schools, a large charter management organization, for the past 5 years in various roles ranging from school operations to regional financial oversight. Tae has an MBA from UCLA and previously served in the United States Army as a Captain. Tae brings his expertise in school operations and finances to help ensure Synergy’s operational efficiency and fiscal health.


Terri Leon (Vice 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.


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.


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.


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.


Elizabeth Rollice, 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.
Alejandra Velez, Director of Special Education, Inglewood Unified School District. Alejandra brings over a decade of experience working in inner city communities as a teacher and administrator in both charter schools and school districts. With a Masters degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in Education, Alejandra is able to share her expertise in special education and educational leadership.
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.  

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