Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors empower our school and ensure the success for our students, families, and our staff. The information below shows who our board members are, meeting dates and locations, and agendas.
Dr. Meghan Cosier
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman UniversityLearn More
About Dr. Meghan Cosier
Dr. Cosier teaches courses in special education and education research methods, with a focus on preparing future teachers to be change agents in their schools and communities. She began her career teaching in public schools as both a general and special educator. Since 2008, she has been on the faculty and has supervised student teachers at Syracuse University, Trinity Washington University and Chapman. Her research has focused on inclusive education and the preparation of teachers to work with students and families experiencing homelessness. Her scholarly work has been published in journals including Remedial and Special Education and Review of Disability Studies. In addition to serving on numerous university committees and, she served on the Board of Virginia TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) and was Co-President of the Board in 2016-17. Dr. Cosier has also served on two public charter school Boards. Dr. Cosier earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University, where she was awarded the All-University Doctoral Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Research. She also has earned a Multiple Subject General Education Teaching Credential [K-8] (California) and Level II-Education Specialist Teaching Credential- Mild/Moderate (California).
Dr. Susan Toma-Berge
Coordinator, Multiple Subject MAT Credential Program, University of California, Irvine (UCI)Learn More
About Dr. Susan Toma-Berge
Dr. Toma-Berge is responsible for supporting student teachers at UCI, including interviewing potential candidates and placing them in student teaching settings and monitoring students’ fieldwork and coursework. For 10 years she also has been a lecturer in the School of Education, focused on teaching practice. As the program coordinator at UCI, she works directly with UCI faculty to support program alignment to the CA Teacher Performance Expectations and CTC Program Standards. She participates in the hiring of program faculty and recruitment efforts for potential students. Dr. Toma-Berge has built partnerships with local school administrators to provide her candidates with opportunities to develop their teaching. She previously worked for the CalStateTEACH program as a lecturer and supervisor of student teachers for seven years. Her career began in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bilingual elementary school teacher for students acquiring English. Dr. Toma-Berge has charter school governance experience through her service on the Board of Director of the Journey Charter School in Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). As the Board secretary and later, Vice President, she advised the school director on decisions related to budget, staffing, curriculum and operations.
Dr. Amy Hanreddy
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Moderate/Severe Disabilities Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN)Learn More
About Dr. Amy Hanreddy
Dr. Hanreddy teaches courses related to inclusive and collaborative educational practices that benefit all students, as well as classes specifically designed for candidates in the moderate to severe Special Education Credential program at CSUN. Dr. Hanreddy is particularly interested in strategies that allow students with significant disabilities access to meaningful instruction in academic (core) content in the context of typical (general education) settings. Dr. Hanreddy has been a (National Board Certified) special education teacher in a traditional school district and at CHIME SCS, where she also served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for three years and as the Interim Executive Director from 2010-2011. In her administrative roles, Dr. Hanreddy maintained responsibility for hiring and negotiation of contracts with teachers and related service providers, for selection and procurement of curriculum, for oversight of the quality of the instructional program of the school, and for the evaluation of staff. In her role as the Interim Executive Director at CHIME SCS, she was also responsible for forecasting and maintaining the school’s annual budget, collaborating with and supporting the work of the Board of Directors, and making adjustments to school staffing and programs to maintain a balanced budget.Dr. Hanreddy has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to inclusive education and meeting the needs of students with moderate to severe disabilities, special education in charter schools, and collaborative service delivery. She is also the former co-president of Cal-TASH, a statewide disability advocacy organization. She has served as the Project Coordinator for two million-dollar grants and also has worked as a grant evaluator. Dr. Hanreddy earned her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies from Chapman University, where she was awarded James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student in 2013.
Senior Legal Counsel, California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)Learn More
About Allison Magill
Allison Magill serves as Senior Legal Counsel for the California Charter Schools Association. Allison provides general counsel services to the organization, as well as legal support for the organization’s advocacy efforts, membership needs, and strategic objectives. Her legal advocacy focus areas include charter school authorization and oversight issues, incorporation and governance, and special education. Allison previously as the Staff Attorney for the University of San Diego Special Education Legal Clinic, as well as the Staff Attorney for the Center for Education Policy and Law. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego, School of Law.
Executive Director, The Thompson Family Foundation (Foundation)Learn More
About Don Thompson
Mr. Thompson oversees the work of the The Thompson Family Foundation, which supports organizations that provide effective, impactful programs that serve as best practices to the local community and beyond. The Foundation is especially focused on supporting non-profits that make a positive, meaningful difference in the in the lives of the underserved and disadvantaged children, youth and families. The Foundation has played a key role in founding autism centers in Missouri and in Orange County, California. Both Centers have achieved national prominence in the field of autism as they treat thousands of patients on an annual basis.Prior to co-founding The Thompson Family Foundation, Mr. Thompson spent over 30 years in the commercial real estate business with Trammell Crow Company / CBRE where he supervised a staff of professionals and led the delivery of all real estate services in the Kansas City area.
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