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Governing Board

President

Erick Belland

Eric Belland has been a Store Manager for Starbucks and for numerous independent coffee houses, for a grainery, and, presently for Adventure16 Outfitters. As Store Manager, he manages the store’s budget, operations, facilities, and personnel. He has a Bachelors degree from Pomona College with a major in Art and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii. He has had numerous solo and group shows exhibiting his photographic prints, which examine alternative darkroom processes. He has taught Perspective Drawing and taught Darkroom classes. He has also taught Leave No Trace skills with the Girl Scouts and has taught Backpacking Skills to youths, including facilitating camping trips and teaching wilderness first aid and survival skills.

Secretary 

Deborah Bronner 

Deborah R. Bronner is an attorney practicing in the area of business and consumer law.  She has operated a law firm as a solo practitioner in Los Angeles for close to thirty years.  Ms. Bronner has extensive experience as a business owner and as an attorney specializing in business disputes and business transactions.  She is committed to the founding principles of the Arts in Action Charter School.  Ms. Bronner earned her BA at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, a Masters degree in Urban Studies at University of New Orleans and a J.D. at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. 

Treasurer

Ronae Harrison

Ronae Harrison is a staff assistant for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Public Affairs Division. She helps to coordinate Project LEAD, a program that sends District Attorneys into 5th grade classroom to teach a 20 week course on the justice system, peer pressure and making good choices. Although she is a dedicated and hard worker in all that she does, her most important and rewarding job is that of mothering her two children, whom attend Arts in Action Community Charter Schools. Ms. Harrison joined the Board during the 2014-2015 school year, when she was elected United Parent Council (UPC) President, and saw the positive impact parents made when their voices were heard. After a year of acclimating to her additional work assignments, she returned to the board in 2016 where she is presently serving as the Treasurer. Ms. Harrison is currently attending East Los Angeles College to obtain an Associates of Science in Business Administration.

Parent Representative

 

Members

Dr. Bernardo Gallegos 

Dr. Bernardo Gallegos currently serves as professor of Educational Foundations at National University, Los Angeles Campus.   He has held the positions of Professor of Educational Foundations at California State University, Los Angeles; Professor in the Policy Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. He has also been a Mid School Humanities teacher, and a Youth Counselor. Dr.Gallegos moreover, serves on the Board of Schools in Action Charter School Organization.

He has published widely in the areas of History of Education, Cultural Studies in Education, Indigenous and Latino Educational/Cultural History and Performance Studies in Education. He is the author of Literacy, Education, and Society in New Mexico, 1692-1821; co-editor and contributor toPerformance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity; co-editor of Indigenous Education and Epistemologies in the Americas: A Special Issue of Educational Studies; and co-editor of theHandbook of Research in Social Foundations of Education. 

Professor Gallegos has served on the editorial boards of Multicultural Education, Journal of Thought, Journal of Critical Studies on Business and Society, Journal of the National Association of Secondary School Principals,The Initiative Anthology: An Electronic Journal About Leadership, Culture, and Schooling, and Educational Studies Journal.

He has been president of the American Educational Studies Association and the History of Literacy SIG for the International Reading Association. More recently he was elected to serve in the capacity of President of the Organizational Historians.

Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a middle school special education teacher in South Los Angeles. She has been an educator for over five years. She currently works as Resource Specialist Teacher at Synergy Kinetic Academy helping 6th grade students reach their individualized academic goals. Ms. Flores earned her academic training with BA in Political Science and Masters degree in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University. During her Master’s training she was part of the Teach for America (TFA) Los Angeles Corps. She continues her involvement with TFA through the 2017 Cohort for the OneDay Fellowship. Ms. Flores specializes in creating partnerships with parents and families to promote student growth.

Ms. Flores also currently serves as the UnidosUS CASA school liaison for Synergy Kinetic Academy. The CASA club enriches the community by promoting service-learning. Recently, Ms. Flores and four students traveled to Washington, D.C. to the UnidosUS Youth Summit where students presented their year-long service learning project. Ms. Flores is very passionate about education, service, promoting student advocacy and social justice.