Board Meetings & Members
Kairos Public School is an independent not for profit 501c3 public benefit corporation. The Kairos Public School Board of Directors is legally and fiscally responsible for employees, policy, budget, and program. KPSVA receives its funding according to ADA (average daily attendance) directly from the state of California.
Meet our Board Members
LEAH PARKER - BOARD CHAIR Term ends 06.30.24 Contact Via Email
Leah Parker has been a Solano County resident since 1986. She lived on a ranch and grew up actively involved in 4H, Girls Scouts, AWANA Club, and volleyball. Living between Solano County and Yolo County enabled her to attend schools in both Winters and Vacaville, private and public. Her love for teaching began at a young age, spending summers playing “teacher” and using old textbooks to teach her sister. After high school, she attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Biblical Studies. She moved home in 2005 when she was hired on as the Service Learning teacher at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School. She helped to establish Buckingham’s first Volleyball team as the assistant coach in 2005, advancing to Head Coach in 2006. She helped restructure the BCAL program, and both taught and developed curriculum for classes such as Student Leadership, Keyboarding, Computer Literacy, and Work Experience. She has a passion for building leaders and equipping them to positively contribute and impact the community. Leah married in 2007 and became a mother in 2008. When her second son was born in 2010, she decided to switch to a career that would allow her the flexibility to stay home with her new family. In 2006, while teaching at Buckingham, she sought out an apprenticeship with a wedding photographer on the weekends. In 2011, she decided to invest her time in her photography business and transitioned to a career as a professional photographer. While growing her new business, Leah Dawn Photography, she’s had many opportunities to shoot events around the community including the grand opening of the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th in the Nut Tree Plaza. She enjoys giving back to her community whenever she can and serves as a Sunday school teacher once a month at her church. She currently has three children, all who attend KPSVA, and enjoys being involved in the Kairos community, connecting with other parents and finding ways for the children to thrive.
ELLEN BECKMANN-JONES - BOARD MEMBER (Vice Chair) Term ends 6.30.2023 Contact via Email
Mrs. Beckmann-Jones brings a wealth of experience to the founding Board. She has served the educational community since 1972, as a teacher and counselor. Mrs. Beckmann-Jones spent seventeen years as a teacher and ten years as a counselor at Vacaville Unified School District’s two comprehensive middle schools. She was an active participant for Willis Jepson Jr. High’s School Site Council district committee, investigating alternative block-schedules outside of the State of California and for the Regional Middle School Consortium, comprised of other surrounding Solano counties. For over twenty years she served in leadership roles within the District as representative, department chair, executive middle school director, and grievance representative for the local teachers union, VTA.
In 2000, Mrs. Beckmann-Jones chose to accept the counseling position at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School. Mrs. Beckmann-Jones served Buckingham families for a decade, until her retirement in 2010. She has extensive experience working with students in mapping out four-year plans, resourcing career searches, college admission protocols, test preparation, and financial aid. She also has served as a consultant and committee member for the Buckingham School Leadership Council, WASC Accreditation, California Distinguished School, US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools, and Charter Renewal, which involved working with the VUSD Superintendent and Cabinet members.
Honored in 2005 as Buckingham’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Beckmann-Jones prides herself in having a passion for working with students and parents to enrich their educational experience of life-long learning, gratified by the development of personal relationships along the way.Mrs. Beckmann-Jones holds a Bachelors Degree from San Jose State University, a Masters of Science in Counseling, and a Public Personnel Services Credential from the University of La Verne.
Gregory Ritchie II Board Member - Term Ends June 2023. Contact Greg.
Greg is the broker and owner of Citizens Financial. with over 15 years of experience in both the mortgage and real estate industries. Citizens Financial has offices throughout California, including in Vacaville, Long Beach, and Upland. Mr. Ritchie is accountable for soliciting business accounts and developing strategic alliances with clientele.
His real estate financial career started almost immediately following his collegiate football career at Eastern New Mexico University in Los Angeles, CA. He found that his passion for real estate wasn’t constrained just to constructing the perfect mortgage product, but also a desire to inform and educate members of the community on real estate financing. He developed educational real estate, mortgage, and credit seminars to help individuals identify predatory lenders and have a better understanding of real estate finance.
Mr. Ritchie uses current market data and trends to maximize business opportunities for his clients and has extensive knowledge on residential real estate and commercial guidelines. He works with clients who span across a wide stratification of socioeconomic classes. and has developed partnerships with numerous Fire departments, including the USAF, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Police departments, California Highway Patrol, and Sheriff departments.
He currently resides in Vacaville CA with his wife and his 2 children.
Jeff Fletcher- BOARD MEMBER Term ends 6.30.25 Contact via Email
Mr. Fletcher was raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in
both Business Economics and Religious Studies, he moved to Vacaville and married his wife
Stacy. At this time the Fletcher Family became a military family, living in Maryland, Nebraska,
and Germany with times in Vacaville in between. During this time Jeff received his MBA from
Arizona State, and worked for a national homebuilder doing finance and project management
for several different projects valued at over $400 million dollars. Jeff, a father of three,
homeschooled his children while living in Germany, and became a homeschool parent at Kairos
Innovative Scholars Program (KISP) upon returning to permanently reside in Vacaville again. He
currently has all 3 children on-site at the Kairos Foundations and Leadership Academy Campus. He has served on the Kairos Parent Advisory Council for three years in the positions of KISP Board Member, Vice President and Treasurer. In his free time, Jeff enjoys camping with his family, fishing, and playing guitar.
Riley Collins- Term ends 6.30.2025 Contact via Email
Riley Collins was born and raised in Solano County. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration from Boston College, she attended law school at Santa Clara University
where she earned her J.D. in 2011. Riley pursued a career in the Napa wine industry, helping
wineries with licensing, compliance and land use issues. She currently serves on the board of the
Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy, supporting sustainable growth and preservation of
agricultural land in Middle Green Valley, Solano County.
As a former charter school student, Riley understands the important role charter schools play in
educational choice. She hopes to contribute to the growth of Kairos, supporting the school’s
mission of encouraging students to be active participants in their education and leaders in their
John Corpus - Board of Director Contact via Email Term Ends June 30, 2024
Dr. John L. Corpus, OD has been an optometrist for over 15 yrs. He is a first generation Filipino-American, who grew up in South Jersey suburbs just outside Philadelphia, PA. He attended public school K-8th and then was fortunate to attend two Catholic, college-preparatory High Schools one in New Jersey and the other in the East Bay. After four years as an undergrad UCLA, he pursued his doctorate degree at UC Berkeley. After 10 years pursuing various partnerships in private practice sector, Dr. Corpus was hired as a staff optometrist at the Vacaville campus, Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano Area. From 2016-2021, he was elected as the local shop steward and also served as a unit board member for IFPTE, Local 20 (the bargaining unit for optometrists within KP). Currently, Dr. Corpus serves as the chief/area manager for Napa Solano Kaiser optometry department. At Kairos, he served as the committee chair and cub-master for Kairos’s Cubscouts Pack 196 from 2016-2020. He now has all four of his children as scholars at Kairos. Happily married to his wife Sarah, a labor and delivery RN, this couple are both busy running around raising their family and teaching them about life, responsibility, and faith. The Corpus clan enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling to National Parks. Grateful and living the dream.
RYAN GALLES - VUSD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Term ends 6.30.23 Contact Via Email
Mr. Galles graduated from UC Davis with a BA in History/Political Science with a minor in Geography. He studied History in Grad School at the University of Nevada and Language and Literacy at Sacramento State. Ryan worked in Del Paso Heights SD (before it became part of Twin Rivers USD) as a 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade teacher. His first 3 years of teaching, he looped with the same cohort of kids. The bond between those relationships was powerful. For 2 years Mr. Galles taught a self-contained 4th-6th-grade multiage class. He was the Union President, Vice President, and Site Rep. While teaching, Ryan organized yearly overnight field trips to Marin Headlands, Yosemite and Sly Park. He also trained teachers within the Del Paso Heights School District in Math, GLAD and ELA. Mr. Galles was principal at Anderson Elementary School in Dixon where he united two schools together after a school closure at Silveyville Elementary. The school merger doubled the student and staff population. In 2008, Ryan became the principal of Sierra House Elementary School in South Lake Tahoe. While there, he helped develop a school-wide theme of fitness, health and mountain sports. They built community partnerships with local businesses and Heavenly Ski Resort to build fitness options for students. In 2017 he became Director of Elementary Education in Vacaville. Mr. Galles coordinates curriculum, instruction and professional development for the district. He also oversees AVID, Induction, Cognitive Coaching, GATE, LCAP Parent Advisory, Physical Fitness Testing, and our PE program. Ryan has 2 sons - ages 12 and 14. He has been heavily involved as a youth sports coach, Boys and Girls Club Board Member, and volunteer at Carson Pass. He is excited to be part of the Kairos Board.
TIM KRUSE - Board Advisor
Mr. Kruse was raised in the San Diego area with strong family values and a great mixture of country living and wonderful beaches. He worked in movie theatre operations and was promoted to a regional position in Northern California about 17 years ago. After an illustrious 25 year career, with awards in marketing, management and customer service, Mr. Kruse retired from this profession. For the next 5 years Mr. Kruse ran a Health and Nutrition company as an owner and Chief Operations Officer. He was responsible for all facets of the daily operation along with marketing, technology and international expansion and helped grow sales 500% during his tenure. More recently Mr. Kruse worked as a Territory Manager and Realtor for California Outdoor Properties, focusing on buying and selling Ranches and Ag Land, along with commercial and residential sales. In January of 2014, he and his business partner started their own firm called Green Fields Real Estate of California, headquartered here in Vacaville.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, outdoor sports, and creative landscaping, along with his wonderful wife and two daughters. He has also been very involved in the community and in coaching youth basketball. Mr. Kruse is passionate about providing educational choices, creating friendly competition that breeds long term success.
Advisors to the Board
Andrea Saugen- Board Advisor
Jason Perry - Board Advisor