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Governance


A Dedicated Volunteer Board of Trustees

CRA’s volunteer Board comprises accomplished education and business professionals with a track record of success.

Allan Guarino – President

Allan Guarino has a passion for leading organizations and developing the sales and marketing infrastructure to position companies to be leaders in their industry.  He also has a vision for creating the framework necessary to meet the needs of both internal and external clients.  Allan’s strength is working within the organization to develop interdepartmental relationships breaking down the traditional silos and creating a more collaborative, team oriented environment fostering growth of employees and the company.

As Vice President of ADM Marketing, a direct marketing agency based in Burbank California, Allan is directly responsible for developing strategic partnerships to design, develop and execute results oriented strategic marketing plans.

Previously, Allan held executive management positions at several small companies where he was directly responsible for developing the sales and marketing departments and increasing revenues and customer databases.

Allan’s background includes positions at Westinghouse, Kraft General Foods and Sara Lee Knit Products.  Allan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Colorado State University and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from University of Southern California.  Allan resides in San Clemente with his wife and three children.

Dan Pittman – Chief Financial Officer

Dan Pittman is the owner of an award-winning public relations and marketing company and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. His strengths include developing and executing innovative PR and promotional plans for clients that generate broad awareness and support sales and marketing objectives. Prior to establishing the company in 1999, Dan has held senior posts with regional and international PR and advertising agencies. His corporate background includes PR roles with Toyota Motor Sales, Inc., National Hot Rod Association, and California Dental Association. He began career at the Associated Press.  He holds a B.A. Degree in English from Arizona State and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from USC. Dan resides with his wife Anita in Orange, California.

Lynn Bogart – Secretary

Dr. Lynn Bogart enjoyed a successful public education career teaching and leading in three school districts in Orange County, California including Orange (large K-12), Irvine (large K-12), and Huntington Beach(mid-sized K-8) School Districts. Her educational and administrative career always focused on continuous improvement in student learning for all types of learners as a general and special education Teacher, Reading Specialist, Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. For 25 years, Lynn Bogart has provided leadership, staff development, coaching and mentoring to teachers, principals and district office staff to align standards, intended outcomes, curriculum, targeted instruction, and assessment as measured by increasingly more complex local, state and federal accountability systems. Her focus on systemic educational initiatives and designing successful programs has earned schools and districts under her leadership the prestigious National Blue Ribbon, California Distinguished School, and California School Board Association’s Golden Bell awards.

For over a decade, Lynn Bogart has conducted training sessions for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) assisting governance teams in strengthening their roles regarding Student Learning and Achievement throughout California.

Since 2005, Dr. Bogart has served as a Learning Group Leader and Adjunct Professor for the University of LaVerne Doctorate Program in Organizational Leadership. She coaches students regarding leadership concepts, strategies, research, trends; and the practical skills of vision, goal development, planning, facilitation, team development, change and challenges of leaders today. While serving as Academic Dean of Taft University, she developed a Masters in Education program aligned to the California Beginning Teachers and Assessment Program.

Currently retired, Lynn consults and presents for the Administrative Training Program within the Institute for Leadership Development at the Orange County Department of Education. Sessions focus on leadership development in vision, culture, data analysis, goal setting, assessment, planning, change, Professional Learning Communities as well as financial and human resource management leading to participants’ completion of their administrative credential. In addition she assesses administrator performance and provides feedback and coaching involving communications, parent interaction, data assessment, team building, and in-basket activities aligned to criteria developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dr. Bogart is respected for her work throughout California. She received her Bachelors Degree from Eastern Michigan University, Masters Degree from Pepperdine University and Doctorate Degree from the University of LaVerne.

Ty Torres – Member

Ty Torres has been on the faculty at Saddleback College since 2009. His current teaching responsibilities at Saddleback include SP1 (Communication Fundamentals) and SP 5 (Interpersonal Communication). Ty is also currently teaching at Fullerton College. Prior to moving to California, Ty was a Lecturer of Speech Communication at Clark Atlanta University (one of Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges) where he taught Fundamentals of Speech, Intercultural Communication, Rhetoric of Persuasion, Business and Professional Speech, Public Address, and Communication Theory courses. He was also was the Coordinator of the Fundamentals of Speech Program and served on the Curriculum Development Committee for the Division.

In addition to his faculty position at CAU, Ty also was an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University when he taught Media Ethics, Media and Society, Public Communication, Human Communication and Professional & Business Communication courses. He served as the only non-faculty advisor for Independent Study Program for GSU’s Department of Communication and presented Media Literacy Workshops for inner-city high school Communication Magnet Program students. Ty graduated with a BA in Speech Communication from Penn State University and a MA in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University.

In addition to teaching, Ty has also been a freelance writer for clients including Coca-Cola, Honda International, Lilly Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes Benz, Blockbuster Entertainment, Delta, The Southern Company and The American Red Cross.

Matthew Zeiser – Member

Matthew Zeiser has a passion for investment and development projects which benefit all the stakeholders involved for the long term. This long term focus and passion has allowed Matthew and his firm, Blended Horizons, to work with private companies and governmental agencies locally, nationally and globally on projects from investment strategies for pensions, development of underutilized land, trade deals for needed goods, clean energy infrastructure, and much more.

Previously, Matthew has worked in sectors ranging from hedge fund management, real estate portfolio management, startup consulting, and business advisory. Additionally, he spent six years as an Ocean Lifeguard for the City of Newport Beach. Matthew also volunteers for Project Angel Tree, military nonprofits, and Habitat for Humanity.

He holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration – Finance from California State University. He currently resides with his Golden Retriever in Long Beach, California.

Colleen Nettekoven – Member

Colleen is a parent of three Community Roots Academy graduates. She currently works for The Walt Disney Company with roles primarily in the fields of marketing, project management, and public relations for the company. In her free time, she can be found on the pitch or side of a pool watching her kids play sports, and also mentors others through various community organizations. Colleen currently resides with her husband of more than 28 years and their family in south Orange County. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and her MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

Erica Roess – Member

Erica is the proud parent of two CRA alumni students. Her twins were part of the first class of CRA students enrolled from kindergarten to 8th grade. Professionally, Erica has worked as a city planner in California for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s Degree in Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University. Erica volunteers as a deacon for her church, and among other duties, she assists in directing church funds to help local community organizations in need. Her positive and collaborative personality, paired with her extensive professional experience, provides her with a unique understanding of how to work with others to help achieve the organization’s goals and mission. Erica has a passion for helping people, especially children. She remembers her time fondly volunteering in the CRA classroom. Erica’s favorite pastime is being active in the ocean with her husband and sons by her side.