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Senior Leadership Team:

Becky brings years of experience in a broad range of organizations. Her primary role is to manage the operations of the foundation, direct research and strategy and facilitate building meaningful relationships within the education world.

Becky began work at Disney Consumer Products and she held several positions at the fastest growing high tech start up in Silicon Valley. She has won several business concept and team awards, and has presented corporate social responsibility topics for executives in Tokyo, including Sony’s Chief Transformational Officer.

She earned Masters degrees in Business and Human Resource Design and has earned a certificate in Human Centered Design from IDEO. Becky brings an analytical approach to create efficient and actionable strategies for improving the student experience. She served as a Board member for Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM which serves to promote civic discourse, education and engagement at a local level. She has worked and volunteered as an educator at schools in Southern California, including Claremont Montessori, MadScience after school programs and Grace Education for at-risk youth. Volunteering at the Youth Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley was an eye-opening experience highlighting the struggles of disenfranchised youth.

Becky LeBret

Chief Impact Officer

My demeanor is professional and polished and I have done several speaking engagements, focusing mostly on Health Care Reform and how to communicate a very difficult subject matter with fun, passion and engagement. She is passionate about education, currently she holds a Certified Health Care Reform Specialist (CHRS) designation. I also hold an MBA and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 

Dr. Kristin Kahle is the CEO and Founder of NavigateHCR (NHCR), a full-service ACA and compliance technology agency.  She is also a Managing Partner of U.S. Employee Benefits Services Group (USEBSG), which acquired NHCR in December 2018.  Her team of HR and compliance specialists is responsible for assisting brokers and employers with the most complex requirements of the law.

Dr. Kahle, a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist, represents NHCR in industry-related seminars and summits to ensure her company is updated on the most intricate details of the ACA and industry trends.  Dr. K has a significant amount of experience and knowledge on all things compliance and reporting as she was a broker for over twenty years and was the first Doctor to write on ACA/Employer Compliance Complexities.

Dr. Kristin Kahle (Dr. K) 

Chief Curriculum Officer

Jabez LeBret has been homeless, is a high school dropout, and was on a path to nowhere. After getting his GED, Jabez studied finance and marketing at Gonzaga University. He went on to become a financial analyst managing a multi-million P&L at Nordstrom. Jabez is now an international public speaker (1,100+ presentations), author, and Forbes Contributor.

 

He recently sold his award winning marketing agency to free up time to pursue his passion in education. Today Jabez is co-founder of Sisu Academy, a new education model that is going to reshape how we connect with students in the San Diego region and ultimately expanding beyond our city. 

"The skills gap is widening due to a system crippled by lack of funding, rendering truly inspiring solutions cost prohibitive. These students need a place to learn, to fail, grow, build empathy, and cultivate the values of sisu. We will expand beyond the prevailing education models and create something new.

 

We choose bold education solutions because our students deserve a chance at success. Last I checked, bland solutions don’t create greatness."

Jabez LeBret

Chief of Schools

Information about our board of directors:

Jabez LeBret, Chief of Schools at Sisu Academy, Chairman of the Board (Business) 
A former business owner, financial analyst, and management expert, Jabez is one of the co-founders of Sisu Academy. He brings an extensive business background to the operations and planning of Sisu Academy. 

 

Jenny Darroch, Dean of the Drucker School of Management, Claremont Colleges (Education) 
As an educator, author, and presenter, Jenny brings both extensive knowledge of post-secondary schools and a strong business acumen. Her position at Drucker School of Management gives her unique perspective on the future of both higher ed as well as workforce needs. 

Caroline Vander Ark, President Getting Smart (Education) 

As president of Getting Smart, a learning design firm, she oversees client engagements, the day-to-day operations of the company, and business development. Caroline specializes in storytelling, strategic communication, professional learning and organizational management.

 

Rocco Cortese, Principal, The Heritage Group (Financial & Land)
With experience in building both a company and a fund, Rocco provides valuable business guidance. His company focuses on commercial real estate and this has helped Sisu Academy navigate the process of securing a location. 

 

Jennifer Raffard, JD, and Manager at Salesforce (Legal) 
Jennifer brings a strong legal and business background to the group, and her focus on intellectual property is important as we grow our school model. 

Glynna Hoekstra, Executive Vice President, Balfour Beatty (Facilities) 
In 2015 Glynna was named San Diego’s Power Woman of the Year. She has extensive experience in school construction in California and is well connected to the school ecosystem in the state. 

 

George Bailey, Consultant, former executive at Sony and IBM (Executive Leadership) 
From IBM to Sony, George has run large divisions with a focus on innovation and expansion. This experience helps guide our process and structure as we build this organization. 

Nancy Batterman, CEO, Options for All (Nonprofit) 
Nancy brings almost 25 years of experience as the CEO of a large nonprofit in California that focuses on helping adults with developmental disabilities become independent through work training and housing support.  

Jack Berkman, CEO Berkman PR (Communications) 

As a communications veteran for over 30 years, Jack brings a skill set that is crucial to helping share the wonderful stories of our program. He is heavily involved in the community and has won many awards over his career. 

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Sisu Academy admits students and hires staff of any race, gender, sexual orientation, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally afforded or made available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, hiring and other school administered programs...because it is the right thing to do!