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BRIDGES Charter School is a California Non-Profit, Public Benefit Corporation governed by a board of directors that is comprised of parents, business, community and education leaders who serve voluntarily for two-year terms.
Terri Childs - Community Member - Board President Terri.Childs@BRIDGEScharter.org
Terri Childs, a 9 year resident of Thousand Oaks, has actively supported education through volunteer teaching, chairing Reflections art programs and serving on PTA and PFA boards - both at the school site (Sequoia Middle and Newbury Park High) and at the district level (CVUSD). She’s also held positions with Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, Boy Scouts, and a special needs group. Terri spent over 20 years working in high technology marketing and corporate communications. She and her husband Jim have two sons, a junior at Newbury Park High School and a freshman at Occidental College. She looks forward to using her experience in marketing, communications and education to enable meaningful connections between Bridges and the community.
Jacob Koshy - Parent Member - Vice President Jacob.Koshy@BRIDGESCHARTER.org
Jacob is a resident of Simi Valley for the past 12 years and been associated with Bridges since inception. Jacob and his wife Neeraja have both their children attending Bridges ; Natanya in 5th grade and Nihir in 1st grade. Jacob is a Manager at Calix, Inc. and responsible for all software development of broadband access devices product line at Calix. Jacob has broad experience in project management, working across various groups and brings leadership qualities to the Bridges board.
Looks forward to contribute to the growth and well-being of Bridges and play an important role in the Bridges community.
Katerina Yevmenkina - Parent Member - Treasurer Katerina.Yevmenkina@BRIDGESCHARTER.org
Katerina is the parent of the second grader. Born in Russia, she brings cultural diversity and fresh perspective to the Board. Katerina holds master degree in Accounting and Economics as well as MBA with concentration in Finance. She has years of experience in banking, finance, management, process improvement and accounting.
Ken Leopold D.D.S.- Parent Member - Secretary Kenny.Leopold@BRIDGEScharter.org
Basically I have been a resident of the Conejo Valley since 1975. I am 48 yrs. old, I am married to my wife beautiful Diana and I have three children at Bridges. My son Kelly 13, Karissa 10, and Fallon 5. I went to Los Cerritos Intermediate School, Thousand oaks High, from where I graduated in 1981. I graduated from Cal Lutheran University (B.S. Biology) in 1992. I then went on to the U.S.C. School of Dentistry where received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.) in 1996. I have a practice in Agoura Hills, CA specializing in family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.
Aside from my family, I must admit that dentistry is my passion. Outside of dentistry, enjoy ocean fishing, following football (especially the USC Trojans) and Ice Hockey. I also enjoy cooking, visiting with friends ,and learning new techniques in the dental field. Part of the year I spend my time teaching local Anesthesia and nitrous oxide anesthesia to the new dental students and the new dental hygiene students at the USC School of Dentistry. It's a lot of fun, and teaching dentistry actually makes you raise the bar to be a better dentist!
I hope all of the Bridges community will view my term as a board menber a productive one. Most importantly, I would like everyone to feel confortalble to approach me with any school issues that they would like to discuss
Jim McGlynn - Parent Member - Parlimentarian Jim.McGlynn@BRIDGEScharter.org
Jim is a 13 year resident of the Conejo Valley and he and his wife Sandy are the proud parents of two Bridges students; sixth grader Cole, and fourth grader Jade. Jim has worked for the Los Angeles Superior Court for over 22 years and currently holds the position of Senior Administrator overseeing court operations in 5 courthouses throughout the west side of Los Angeles County.
Jim is a member of the BRIDGES Recreation Facilities PMC, which is committed to the development and continuous improvement of the recreation facilities on campus. Jim also serves on the board of the Thousand Oaks Flyers Youth Track Club and has served as a coach or assistant coach with AYSO for the past 4 years. Jim enjoys volunteering for programs and organizations that serve the community and allow him to spend time with his children.
Randy Witt - Parent Member - Member at Large Randy.Witt@BridgesCharter.org
Randy Witt is a 16 year resident of the Conejo Valley. He has served extensively with both the Triunfo YMCA and the Westlake North (North Ranch) Homeowner's Association. He has owned businesses in the medical diagnostic and real estate field and has been elected twice as BRIDGES Board President. Randy is married to Rose Ann (who directed tours with the Open Classroom and the BRIDGES program) and has two children. His daughter, Jordanna, spent 7 years in the Open Classroom Program and is currently at Westlake High School. His son is a 6th grader and looks forward to spending his Middle School years at BRIDGES.
Philip Ross - Community Member - Member at Large Phil.Ross@bridgescharter.org
I have been involved in education since 1974, as a teacher, Bilingual Coordinator, and as an elementary school principal. Presently I am working as an educational consultant for the Simi Valley Unified School District. As a career educator, the vision and mission of the Bridges Charter School is consistent with my own philosophy of education. The differences in the way children learn is natural. An education that benefits all children must be adapted to individual styles. While doing well on standardized tests is important, there is more to education than what can be assessed in this manner. As a member of the Bridges Charter School Board, one of my goals is to promote policy that helps students to learn and demonstrate what they know in a variety of ways.