DENISE BAILEY, Ph.D.
Denise is currently a professor and the Department Chair for the Department of Chemistry at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Ca. While teaching courses in General and Organic Chemistry, she also serves as a senator for the Mathematics & Sciences Division on the Academic Senate; is a member of the Honors Committee; and co-chairs Community Science Night, an annual event which brings Orange Unified students and their families on campus to take part in science-related activities. Denise has extensive curriculum experience and is the primary reviewer for Chemistry curriculum for all community colleges in the state of California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and her doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine. Denise was born and raised in Orange County and she and her family still reside here.
BARBARA ILLOWSKY, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Illowsky is Chief Academic Affairs Officer for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative. In addition, she has been a mathematics and statistics professor at De Anza College, Cupertino, CA since 1989. She was the first Project Director of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and currently on the Board of Directors for the international Open Educational Consortium. She is a past president of the California Mathematics Council, Community Colleges (CMC3). Barbara spent two years at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, overseeing the Basic Skills Initiative, Middle College High School grants, as well as writing OER policy. She continues to meet with California government officials regarding OER state policy. Barbara is co-author of Collaborative Statistics and Introductory Statistics, free and open textbooks published by OpenStax College. In 2013, the OpenEducation Consortium awarded her the Educator ACE Award, for her contributions worldwide in promoting, training, authoring, and advocating for Open Educational Resources. Barbara earned her BS in Mathematics from SUNY Albany, her MA in Statistics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Education: Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.
DENNIS EASTMAN, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board
Dennis Eastman has nearly two decades of teaching and administrative experience in public and private high schools, including Brethren Christian High School, Lutheran High School of Orange, and NOVA Academy Early College High School. Dennis has also worked as resident counselor at Concordia University and served as adjunct at Vanguard University and Biola University during the last ten years. Dr. Eastman’s passion is shaping the next generation of teachers. His role as Director of Faculty Induction at Lutheran High School of Orange County and his role as principal of a thriving charter school in Santa Ana, Nova Academy Early College High School, has seasoned him in shaping the lives of young teachers in their formative years. Dr. Eastman’s successes have been recognized by his charter school receiving the 2009 U.S. News and World Report Bronze Medal as one of the top schools in California and his 2010 recognition as “Educator of the Year” by both the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and by Biola University’s School of Education.
With more than 10 years of experience leading programs, forging partnerships and conducting research to improve lives and create community change, Natalie Reider brings an innovative and client-centered approach to affordable housing, economic mobilization and community revitalization. Natalie currently serves as Director of Community Impact at Jamboree Housing Corporation and focuses on equipping individuals in affordable housing communities with tools for life-long economic and social success through after school and adult education programming. Prior to this role, she held a similar function as Senior Vice President at National CORE and built her foundation of coalition building and fund development skills during her time at both Orange County United Way and Orange County Community Foundation. She holds a BA in Communications from Chapman University and an MBA from University of California, Irvine.
My name is Soraya Lopez and I’m thirty seven years old. I am a mother to three beautiful kids. Their names are Andrea, who’s twenty three years old, Clarissa, thirteen years old, and Ulises, nine years old. As a child my family and I moved to a few different cities in Mexico. For example, Acapulco, Mexico City, and lastly Mexicali. My parents divorced when I was seven years old and that’s when my mom decided to move to the United States for us to have a better life. My family and I live in Orange County. I attended Willard Jr. High, Century High School, Trident Continuation School and Santa Ana College. I become a single mom at the age of fifteen years old so I had to work and study at the same time. It was super hard but not impossible. My first job was at Taco Bell as a cashier. I have worked in retail stores, fast food restaurants, insurance agencies but my last job, the one I love the most, was as a Loan Funder for Washington Mutual (which is now Chase).
Holly Soliday graduated from Concordia University w her BA in business administration and a minor in accounting. After college Holly worked for the non profit healthcare provider Community Care Health Center/AltaMed. She helped recruit front office, nurses, and doctors and manage the employees benefits as their human resource manager. She enjoyed working for a company that provided healthcare for the underserved population in Orange County but knew she wanted to do more. Realizing her true passion was teaching, Holly went back to school and obtained her teaching credential in mathematics and her masters in teaching. She then worked at NOVA Academy ECHS as an algebra 2 and statistics teacher. She thoroughly enjoyed mentoring her students and preparing them for college. After having her second child she decided to focus on her family. Currently she lives in Costa Mesa with her family.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Krier has over 30 years of real estate investment management experience. Currently a commercial real estate consultant and expert witness, Mr. Krier was previously a managing director at BlackRock, the world’s largest investment management firm. At BlackRock he was co-head of the Asset Management Group on a national basis and Territory Head for a $5B real estate investment portfolio of commercial and multi-family assets located in the Western U.S. He joined predecessor firm SSR Realty Advisors Inc. from Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, where he was a Principal and had asset management responsibility for a portfolio of office, retail and industrial real estate in the Western United States. Before his 14-year tenure at Lend Lease Mr. Krier was a Senior Appraiser for Arthur D. Little Valuation, Inc. Mr. Krier earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees in Real Estate Investment and Appraisal and Finance respectively from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, and is a licensed California real estate broker.