Governing Board

Pivot Charter Schools are governed by the board of the Roads Education Organization, which is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit, public benefit corporation, and has been designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Roads Education Organization recruits qualified and appropriate candidates for the board from education, nonprofit, community, business, and legal organizations so that the current board is diverse in skill sets, perspectives, and backgrounds and can fully and responsibly govern the organization and schools while maintaining a unifying and passionate commitment to the vision and mission of the Pivot schools.

The Governing Board is responsible for oversight of the Pivot Charter Schools. While they do not engage in day to day operations, the Board hires, evaluates, and dismisses the Executive Director, who is responsible for running the schools. The Board is fully responsible for oversight of the fiscal and operational affairs of the schools including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Approve and monitor the implementation of general policies of the School.
  • Approve and monitor the School’s annual budget and budget revisions.
  • Hiring and evaluating the Executive Director.
  • Execute all applicable responsibilities provided for in the California Corporations Code.
  • Approve the school calendar and schedule of Board meetings.
  • Review requests for out of state or overnight field trips.
  • Participate in the dispute resolution procedure and complaint procedures when necessary.
  • Approve charter amendments as necessary and submit material revisions as necessary for Granting Agency consideration.
  • Approve annual fiscal audit and performance report.
  • Appoint an administrative panel or act as a hearing body and take action on recommended student expulsions.
  • Hiring of auditors.
  • Approval of check registry.
  • Strategic planning.

The Governing Board members of the Pivot Charter Schools are volunteers who are committed to enhancing educational opportunities for young people and believe that the Pivot model of blended learning with personalized instruction is the future of education. Board members are leaders in their fields and are passionate about providing better opportunities for all young people regardless of location or circumstance. They believe that the Pivot model of education provides a rigorous yet unique and supportive alternative to traditional schools. They know that the individual attention and support provided at Pivot can change students’ lives.

James R. Lewis, ICMA-RC

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Jim Lewis serves as Chairman of the Roads Education Organization and is the founder of Pivot Charter School.  As a parent of two young children, he cares deeply about education and providing children with the opportunity for a better future.  He founded Pivot Charter School for this reason: to give all young people a chance to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds, learning styles or abilities.

Additionally, Jim has the privilege of serving as the City Manager of the City of Pismo Beach. He is passionate about public service, and is committed to building quality and sustainable organizations that serve the public to their best and most efficient ability.  Prior to serving as City Manager of Pismo Beach, Jim served as the Assistant City Manager and President of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Atascadero. In this role, Jim was responsible for economic development, human resources, labor relations, technology, organizational development, the creation of new revenues and operating efficiencies and several special projects. Prior to this role, Jim served as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Claremont. In both positions, Jim was successful in transforming downtowns and building pride and positive relationships amongst business owners, community groups, and neighborhoods within the city. He has helped build supportive, dedicated and entrepreneurial staff cultures focused on offering high customer-service to the community. Jim also conducts strategic planning for his organizations.

Jim served as president of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) in 2001, and currently serves as the Vice President of the League of California Cities City Manager’s Department and as a Trustee of the California City Management Foundation.  Jim is active in the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach and serves on the board of the Los Padres Area Council Boy Scouts of America.  Jim graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration at Syracuse University.

Tom Halvorsen

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Dr. Tom Halvorsen has served children for over thirty-nine years.  He was a teacher in the Los Alamitos Unified School District for five years and an assistant principal in the Lennox School District for one year.  In the Savanna School District (Anaheim, CA.), Dr. Halvorsen served as a Principal for eight years, Director of Personnel for one year, Assistant Superintendent (Business) for three years, and Superintendent for twenty-one years.  He also has served as an adjunct professor with California State University, Fullerton.

Dr. Halvorsen received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University, Long Beach in Education Leadership.  He received his Doctorate degree in Education Administration from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Halvorsen received the Honorary Service Award, Continuing Service Award, and the Golden Oak Service Award from the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for his advocacy on behalf of children.  He also received the Innovation in Leadership Award from the University of Southern California.

Kevin Harrigan 

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Kevin E. Harrigan is a recognized expert in public education and the creation of thriving learning communities. He is accomplished in proactively engaging students, parents, teachers, principals, support staff, local governments, education-related organizations, minority representatives, business community, and community stakeholders in authentic dialogue and partnerships. His instructional educational leadership is systems-based, building capacity in stakeholders and their organizations.

He possesses a deep, personal commitment that translates to effective shared leadership in the professional learning communities of which he’s a part. He is first and foremost a consummate teacher, with experience at the early childhood, primary, middle, high school and adult education (both collegiate and corporate) levels.  He believes that every learner can and will succeed regardless of circumstance; this core belief results in a persistent devotion to eliminating systemic inequities that impair a student’s ability to succeed.  His leadership results in success for all learners through data-driven decision making that initiates research-based reform and implements best practices.

With a career in public education that spans more than 36 years, Kevin E. Harrigan is the recently retired superintendent of Oak Grove Union School District in Santa Rosa, California, a position he held for four years. Oak Grove Union School District sponsors the independent charter for Pivot Charter North Bay. As superintendent, he worked closely with executive director Jayna Gaskell and the Pivot Charter Roads Education Organization’s board of directors to support the growth and expansion of Pivot North Bay and provide expertise in curriculum development, special education, and differentiated instructional models.

Previously, he served at the San Francisco Bay area’s Newark Unified School District as superintendent for three years, and for the five prior years, as Associate Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services.

He has designed educational leadership degree programs and taught in masters and doctoral programs at Mills College (Oakland), Saint Mary’s of California, and the University of San Diego. He serves as a program advisor and faculty at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay campus in California. He is a graduate fellow of the Superintendent’s Educational Leadership Forum at the University of California, Davis, which serves as select group of Superintendents making policy recommendations locally and nationally based on the research of graduate fellows nationally and internationally.

Kevin E. Harrigan was with Mt. Diablo Unified School District for more than 16 years where he served as principal, as a Curriculum Specialist, Management Association President and Special Education Program Coordinator in the district. His teaching career also includes years in private and public school districts in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, and Napa, all in California.

He is sought after as an education-sector focused consultant by numerous organizations ranging from the Guidepoint Global network to chambers of commerce, from DeVry University to the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, the Association of California School Administrators to the Center of Human Development, to name a few. He is a national leader in science education, working with the National Academy for Curriculum Leadership, National Science Teachers Association, and serves on the faculty of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Science Resource Council, and the National Science Foundation. He is also well known for his work in equity and diversity, literacy, and student engagement with the arts. He is a partner in Peak Performance Educational Leadership, and was a keynote speaker at the 2015 California Teachers’ Summit at Saint Mary’s College. As a certified Educational Leadership Coach with the Sonoma County office of education, he serves as an administrative induction coach and Professional Learning Community facilitator. Additionally, he currently consults with several private clients.

Kevin E. Harrigan earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and physiology from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1979, and his teaching credentials. He earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of San Francisco in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration, from Saint Mary’s, in 1991. He continued his doctoral course work at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Ralph Holmes

Ralph Holmes is a Managing Director in the San Francisco Public Finance office of Stifel. Mr. Holmes began his work in public finance in 1996 as a credit analyst providing credit facilities to California issuers. In 1998 Mr. Holmes began his career in investment banking; first working with a regional investment bank before joining De La Rosa & Co. in 2006 and then Stifel as a part of the De La Rosa acquisition in 2014. Mr. Holmes specializes in land-secured, tax increment, utility and general government financings. Mr. Holmes has served as the lead banker on hundreds of transactions for literally billions of dollars for California issuers.

Mr. Holmes serves on the board of the Oakland based Unity Council, which provides services to improve the lives of residents of Oakland’s Fruitvale district. Ralph received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1996, and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1994. He maintains Series 7, 52 and 63 licenses.

Mr. Holmes joined the Pivot Charter School Board of Directors in November, 2016. He is passionate about educational choice and about helping kids find the right fit for their education. Mr. Holmes said, “It is an honor to serve on the Pivot board, and I am excited to help the school continue to grow its’ student population. The success of Pivot Charter Schools is a testament to educational choice and helping students find the right fit for their educational needs. I look forward to being a part of that for years to come”.

Patricia E. Martel

Patricia E. Martel is currently the City Manager of Daly City in San Mateo County. Ms. Martel was appointed City Manager in May, 2005. As City Manager, Ms. Martel also serves in the capacity of General Manager of the North San Mateo County Sanitation District.

During more than thirty years working in local government, Ms. Martel has held executive management positions with several California municipalities including the cities of Inglewood, South San Francisco and Daly City where she previously served as the Assistant City Manager from 1995-2001. In 2001, she was appointed by then Mayor Willie L. Brown to serve as the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission with responsibility for managing the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system which serves 2.4 million people in the Bay Area in addition to the sewer and power systems serving the City and County of San Francisco.

Throughout Ms. Martel’s distinguished career, she has been recognized by many organizations for her leadership and commitment to public service, including:

  • Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2014
  • Career Excellence Award from Women Leading Government in 2014
  • City Manager in Residence at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service
  • Latino Heritage Month Local Hero by KQED Public Broadcasting and Kaiser Permanente in 2004
  • 100 Most Influential Business Women in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times in 2003
  • Top 100 Women Business Leaders in the Bay Area by the business journal in 2002

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Martel is an active and engaged professional community leader, serving on several boards. Ms. Martel is past president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) board of directors, director of the California City Management Foundation, executive committee member of the League of California Cities City Managers Department representing Northern California cities with a population of over 100,000, chair of the San Mateo City Manager Association, chair of the Board of Peninsula Family Services and now, member of the Roads Education board of directors for the Pivot Charter Schools.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Martel holds a B.S. degree in Public Affairs and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Ms. Martel is also an ICMA Credential Manager.

Steve Siegel

Steve Siegel believes that all students deserve a quality education aimed at empowering each individual to achieve his or her goals. An educational administration professional, he has worked to secure financial resources for public and private colleges and universities for most of his 30-year career.

Steve currently serves as Executive Director for Individual Giving at the University of California, Riverside, where he leads teams of fundraising professionals to achieve the university’s priorities through private financial support. Prior to joining the University of California system, he worked for 16 years at Claremont McKenna College, where he developed a new off-campus study educational program in Silicon Valley after rising through the ranks of college advancement responsibilities.

Earlier in his career, Steve founded a business and marketing consulting firm specializing in marketing and competitive intelligence platforms for pharmaceutical, medical device, and not-for-profit organizations. He also raised private support for a medical research and health care not-for-profit in Los Angeles.

Steve has held leadership positions in a number of organizations including serving on the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association board of directors, as President of the Drucker School Alumni Association board, as a member of the Carden Arbor View School board of directors, and as President of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (now Learning Ally) board in the Inland Empire / Orange County unit, as well as a member-at-large on the organization’s national board in Princeton, New Jersey.

Steve earned his MBA from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University and a bachelors degree in economics-accounting from Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Orange, California.

Throughout his career, Steve has mentored countless colleagues and students to pursue what interests them and to apply that knowledge to thoughtful and productive careers in areas where they can make a difference. He believes that education throughout life is essential to personal growth, satisfaction, and well-being.

O.J. Sutherland

OJ Sutherland founded Executive Events in 1987, a company that specializes in meetings, conferences, trade shows and association management, which he still operates today. For the 25 years prior, he was the CIO for several California counties (Monterey, Marin, San Mateo) and served on the boards of several IT related professional organizations. Keeping his IT management roots alive, he currently works with Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC), California Counties Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) and California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA).

OJ also has a heart for building community and volunteering. He and his wife have served on the Africa Mercy hospital ship in West Africa, hosted the ‘Nerd Group’ (25+ college age adults) weekly for dinner and ‘family’ time, traveled with 75+ high schoolers and leaders each summer up and down California doing ministry and community service, and has hosted 50+ college students weekly for dinner and fellowship. He and his wife have also welcomed into their home 35+ foreign students ranging in age from 16 to 40 from countries all over the world.

In addition to golf, fly-fishing and softball, OJ (if you haven’t guessed it by now) also loves to create in the kitchen and entertain.

OJ was born and raised on vineyards in Santa Rosa, attended Shasta College in Redding and Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He and his wife, Sher, have been married for 37 years, have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. They have lived in Chico for the past 27 years.


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