Judith Barnes, Founder; Curriculum Specialist, Discovery Charter School; Teacher: K and grades 3-8 in the Cupertino school district at McAuliffe and Nimitz schools; ESL, Reading and English at Canada College; Farm and Youth Advisor at UC Cooperative Extension; Masters in Science Curriculum Development, Cal State East Bay; All course work completed, except dissertation, for PhD in Education at UC Berkeley.
Stephen Fiss, Founder and Advisor to the Board; Interim Superintendent, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District; Communitas Interim Executive Director; Strategic Advisor and Retired Superintendent / Executive Director, Discovery Charter School; Adjunct Professor, San Jose State University; Former Superintendent, Scotts Valley and Gridley Unified School Districts, classroom teacher and Special Day Class teacher; Masters Degree from San Jose State University.
Jon Green, Founder; MD, Specialist in General Internal Medicine; Former Department Chair for Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Campbell, CA; Former Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara; MD Stanford University, 1979.
Matt Hammer, Founder; Executive Director, People Acting In Community Together, Inc. (PACT); Co-Founder, San Jose Charter School Consortium; Co-Founder, ACE Public School Network; Co-Founder, Santa Clara County Children's Health Initiative; Organizer for Oakland Community Organizations, leading parent/community effort to create new small autonomous schools and charters schools in Oakland Unified School District, 1995-2000; Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership; Duke University, BA, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude.
Peeyush Jain, Founder; Communitas Founding Board Member; Deputy General Counsel, United Microelectronics Corporation; Former Of Counsel at Latham & Watkins; Former Associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati; J.D., Stanford Law School; B.A. in Economics, University of Chicago.
Dale Jones, Founder; Superintendent / Executive Director, Discovery Charter School; Past Principal of Nimitz Elementary and McAuliffe Schools in the Cupertino School District; Former Classroom Teacher and Special Day Class Teacher; Masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara University.
Barbara Knaster, Founder; Past Discovery Charter School Board Vice President and current Board Director; Founder and President, Upstairs Company, technical consultants, Experience: Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mulberry School; Special Events and Public Relations, Apple Computer; Media Relations, Denver Nuggets; Drake University and University of Denver.
Maria Laughlin, Founder; former Product Marketing Manager National Semiconductor; B.S. (Electrical Engineering), The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Matt Mazerik
, Founder and Executive Director; 7th Grade Teacher, Discovery Charter School; Leadership Team, Discovery Charter School; candidate (2011), Education Administrative Credential; Masters of Education, Bethany University; 5th Grade Teacher, Landmark Elementary.
Shelly McCarthy, Founder and Board Secretary; Owner and Designer, Shelly's Sparkles, a jewelry business; Former PTA Board member and chair of the Library Committee, Village School; Former Marketing Program Manager, Electronic Services Program Manager, Process Engineer, and Manufacturing Engineer at Hewlett-Packard; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
Aatish Mehmood, Founder; Manager at Cisco Systems; Diverse experience and background in technology companies, including AT&T and Motorola; Professional training and workshops in various somatic psychology modalities; MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA.
Susan Miller, Founder; Owner, Miller Mentoring Services; Literature/Writing Mentor, Ocean Grove Independent Charter School; English Teacher, Academic Antics Homeschool Program; ESL teacher, FUHSD; Head Scholar Mentor and Teacher, Liber Community School; A.M. Education, Stanford University; B.A. English, San Jose State University; California Teaching Credential, Secondary English; Cross-cultural Language and Academic Certificate (CLAD) certificate.
Lisa Mingus, Founder and Board Treasurer; Office Manager, Production Robotics; Parent, Discovery Charter School; Office Manager, Community Psychotherapy Institute; Office Manager and Librarian, Taylor & Associates.
Amy Manuel Mohsin, Founder and Board Member; Founder-Indigo Parent Participation Program, Oak Grove School District; President, Indigo PTA; Special Education Teacher; BS, Special Education, Southern Illinois University; President, Student Council for Exceptional Children; Co-Creator, Illinois Independent Evaluators Registry.
Daniel Paley, Founder; System Engineer; Director of System Engineering Tagent Corporation; Vice President Citizens to Protect Redwood City; Subject matter expert in RFID with experienced in international standards development; Four granted patents with 6 in process; BS in Computer Engineering from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Scott Pyne, Founder and Board Member; Head of IT & Global Operations, ClearStreet Inc.; former Board Chair & President, Peninsula School, Ltd.; former Senior Director, Customer Advocacy, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; B.S. (Engineering), The Johns Hopkins University.
, Founder; 8th grade science, Math and History Teacher, Discovery Charter School; BSME from the University of Hartford; Single Subject Credential in Math from the University of Southern Maine, Multiple Subject Credential 2009; IISME (Industry Initiative for Science and Math Educators) Candidate 2011.
Theodore Timpson, Founder and Board President; Founder and President, Young Spirit Foundation; former classroom teacher, K-5; Cofounder, Achieve Tutoring; Brand Strategist and Marketing Coordinator, Tristream; BA from Harvard and MS in Education from Bank Street College, NY.
Julie Walukiewicz, Founder; Third generation native of South Bay Area; Librarian, Los Gatos Saratoga Observation Nursery School; Founder, Downtown Campbell Neighborhood Association; Secondary Science Credential: Biology/Chemistry, San Jose State University; former Circulation Supervisor, Los Altos Libraries; BA Anthropology/Psychology minor, UC Santa Cruz; Graduate coursework: Chemistry, San Jose State University; Candidate, Master’s in Science Education, San Jose State University