ILCS Board of Directors

The Inland Leaders Board of Directors generally meets once a month as the governing body of the school. We are honored to have distinguished educators, parents and community members who preside on the Board and continue to provide strong leadership. 

Mrs. Bonnie Mitchell

Board Secretary

When I retired from teaching high school English in 2004, it was a culmination of 33 years of teaching elementary, high school, and adult school. Receiving an M.A. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Redlands allowed me to supervise student teachers and interns for U of R, and Azusa Pacific University following retirement. The opportunity to influence new teachers to provide quality education for all students is one I take seriously. My previous experience of serving on the Yucaipa Christian School Board in the 1980's has given me an understanding of what is necessary to serve on such a board for ILCS. I have followed the growth of this school since its inception, and seeing the school from the eyes of a grandparent has been enlightening. I am honored to serve this community of students, parents and staff on the Inland Leaders charter School board.

Mr. Michael Casavan

Board Member

Michael Casavan is a USMC Veteran, Husband to Emily and father of three ILCS students, Wyatt, Finn, and Holden. Michael Casavan is a supervisor for a Southern California law enforcement agency and has been in law enforcement for 16 years. he holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Chapman University. Michael Casavan has been a dedicated parent volunteer since 2015 with an emphasis on assisting the administration with safety plans and equipment. His mission is to continue working for a safer school environment and working with parents and community towards achieving the goals of ILCS.

Mr. Aron Wolfe

Board Member

ILCS is happy to have Mr. Wolfe as a Board Member. His family has lived in Yucaipa for almost 20 years and he has 3 kids who attend ILCS. He is an investigator for the Riverside Sheriff Department and is also currently serving on the Yucaipa Planning Commission. Mr. Wolfe coaches our ILCS Middle School basketball team and enjoys cheering on the other sports teams as well!

Dr. Jay Jimenez

Board Member

Dr. Jay is currently the Chief Finance Officer for REAL Journey Academies. He has functioned as multiple roles in education such as Chief Operation Officer, High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Principal for over 10 years. Dr. Jay was an administrator at Inland Leaders Charter School as well as President of Inland Leaders Foundation. Dr. Jay has extensive years of professional experience that includes leadership, teaching, staff development, logistics, integration of technology, intervention, business development, and planning. He earned his Bachelor of Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Social Science and a Master of Science in Education from California Baptist University, Riverside. He continued his educational endeavors and received his Doctorate Degree from the University of Redlands in Leadership for Educational Justice. Dr. Jay has also recently received his Chief Business Officer Certificate from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Eli Gillespi

Board Member

My family moved to Yucaipa in 1977 when I was about 6 months old. Outside of going to college at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and living there a couple of years afterward, I've been in Yucaipa the whole time. In 2010, I got married to my wife Candace. She and I and our three sons live in Chapman Heights. I've been in the insurance business since 2001, first working for my parents' insurance agency in Redlands, and then eventually buying it from them in 2018. I currently have 5 employees and will soon have another two more as of 11/1 with the acquisition of another agency I'm completing as of 11/1. I attend Wildwood Calvary Chapel and play piano on the worship team there. My hobbies, besides the piano, are fitness - CrossFitting, riding bikes, and running. I'm a big reader - mostly in business, politics, economics, and history. And I collect antique soda bottles. Why I might be a good fit on the ILCS school board is I am a firm believer in the charter school system. As the state continues to expand the public school system at the expense of charter schools, I want to help stand up for our right to exist and then thrive. I want parents to be able to have a voice in how their children are educated.

 
 

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