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
TIM KRUSE - Term ends 6.30.2020 Contact via Email
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.
ELLEN BECKMANN-JONES - BOARD MEMBER Term ends 6.30.2020 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.
AUSTIN LEA - BOARD MEMBER Term ends 6.30.21 Contact via Email
Mr. Lea was born in San Francisco. He was raised in Marin County and has lived in the Walnut Creek-Vacaville area for 46 years. He graduated from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. He married Susie in 1972 and they have 3 daughters. Austin worked for PG&E for 15 years as a commercial photographer and then worked 27 years for IBEW Local Union 1245 as their printer. During his working years, he taught swimming to children each summer for 3 years and was the manager of a girls’ softball team, the Ponies, ages 9 to 12-year-olds for 8 years. After 42 years of working, he retired in 2013.
In his free time, he has enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, and golfing. Austin and Susie have enjoyed traveling to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Hawaii. He is enjoying his 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. Austin and Susie attend The Fathers House here in Vacaville. Under the church's guidance, they have been doing pre-marriage counseling for the last 6 years. They are strong believers in marriage and enjoy serving people at The Father's House for over 16 years.
Austin has a passion for education for youth. He supports the Young Life organization in San Francisco for high school students. He is a supporter of teachers getting paid fairly and
treated with respect. In doing this, our youth and parents will learn from teachers who care about them and want them to learn. We need to be leading the world in education.
RYAN GALLES - VUSD DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE Term ends 6.30.22 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.
JOANNE CARLI - BOARD MEMBER Term ends 6.30.22 Contact via Email
Joanne Carli believes in promoting student development and individual achievement through a supportive curriculum and an effective learning environment. Joanne’s contagious energy and love for youth have caused her to seek innovative ways to serve and affect change. Investing in our children is a top priority. Carli formerly served on the Solano County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, providing direction and leadership to effect positive change for youth entangled in the criminal justice system. Her passion for people, especially youth, is longstanding during her 30 years as a Vacaville resident.
As an advocate for youth, Joanne spent many years mentoring kids as a volunteer in youth ministry in her local church. In addition, Joanne has devoted many years as a Wish Grantor for Make-A-Wish Foundation giving children suffering from serious hardships a chance to experience a wish. Early in her career, Carli worked in the banking industry, developing experience involving finances and fiscal accountability. Raising children has given Joanne the greatest joy, and now grandchildren further that happiness where she continues to focus on family, community, and our youth.
GINGER HOLGUIN - Vice Chair Term ends 6.30.2020 Contact via Email
Ginger Holguin is a wife and mother of three beautiful children. Her oldest child is currently attending USF where she is completing her 3rd year of college while her middle child is enlisted in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Ginger's youngest child currently attends Kairos Elementary. Ginger was born in Lincoln, Illinois. Her family moved to California when she was about 2 years old. Ginger grew up in Fresno, CA, where she graduated from high school and attended college. Her family made their way to Vacaville when she relocated from Southern California for her previous job. Ginger and her family have lived in Vacaville now for 20 years where they have owned a local business which enabled them to plant roots and get involved in the community. While most of Ginger's career has been in the Dental field, as Director of Operations, she has also had the privilege of negotiating union contracts as well as running a sales and marketing team. Ginger attended Harvard University for a specialized program on Union Negotiations. She recently made a career switch that landed her with a company called TMS Health Solutions. TMS specializes in a noninvasive treatment for depression. In her spare time, Ginger enjoys being with her family. She and her family love outdoor activities such as boating, camping,
running, snowboarding and watching their youngest play soccer. Ginger's hobbies include activities as an abstract mixed media artist and she also enjoys painting when she can.
LEAH PARKER - BOARD CHAIR Term ends 06.30.21 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.