Board of Directors for the 2017–18 School Year

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Jafeth Sanchez, Board President
Business Sector Representative
JafethSanchez@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Dr. Jafeth Sanchez earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno's College of Education in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis on Higher Education Administration. She is an assistant professor and focuses on developing high quality school leaders in K12 education. Her research agenda is on educational leadership practices, organizational change efforts, diversity initiatives, outreach, student resiliency, P16 alignment, and GEAR UP outcomes. She has actively managed and attained grant funding as a principal investigator or coinvestigator for approximately $1.6 million since Fall 2012. She also serves as a cost-share match for the Nevada State GEAR UP project, which has approximately 5,500 students and has served 36 middle and high schools in Nevada; GEAR UP is a competitive U.S. Department of Education grant program that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing states and local community-education partnerships with six- to seven-year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools. Sanchez previously taught mathematics and was awarded Northern Nevada Math Teacher of the Year 2012 by the Northern Nevada Math Council. She was also a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and serves as a mentor for its current scholars throughout the country. Her passion for educational improvement and access to higher education are embedded in all aspects of her work in teaching, research, and service.

She has been a part of NCA since 2011 and currently serves as President for the NCA Board of Directors.

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Dr. Scott Harrington, Board Vice President
Business Sector Representative
ScottHarrington@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Dr. Scott W. Harrington is currently the Clinical Supervisor for Mosaic Rehabilitation-Blueprints Division. He has been working with people with disabilities since 1990, when he earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology at CSU Long Beach. He earned his Master's degree in Psychology (Behavior Analysis) at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and his Doctorate, also in Psychology (Behavior Analysis), at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Dr. Harrington has written and directed multiple projects to help individuals with disabilities live more independent lives. He is a founder of the first elementary charter school in Nevada, Sierra Nevada Academy, and a former middle school mathematics teacher. He has presented over 40 papers on data-based interventions to assist persons with disabilities, has several publications across multiple areas, and currently teaches at UNR. His research interests include inclusion, integrated employment, transition, intrinsic motivation, attitudes about disabilities, and interagency collaboration. Dr. Harrington is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA), and on several advisory boards.

He has been a board member for Nevada Connections Academy (NCA) since 2010 and currently serves as NCA Board Vice President.

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Kelly McGlynn, Board Treasurer
Parent Representative
KellyMcGlynn@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Kelly McGlynn graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 14 years of experience in public accounting. McGlynn is currently president of her own company specializing in tax preparation and bookkeeping services.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.  McGlynn became involved with Connections Academy in 2011 while searching for an alternative to public school for her then 8 year old daughter. She feels that education is extremely important but that all children learn in different ways.  It is because of this that she is happy to serve on this Board that provides children alternatives to brick and mortar schools.

McGlynn has been on the NCA Board since 2013 and currently serves as NCA Board Treasurer.

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Mindi Dagerman, Board Member
Business Sector Representative
MindiDagerman@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Mindi Dagerman, PE, earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nevada Reno.  She also holds her Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering in Nevada.  Dagerman is the Engineering Supervisor/Design at Southwest Gas for the Northern Nevada Division.  Her department manages new business, replacement, system improvement, and meter set projects for natural gas distribution to customers throughout the division.  Dagerman is passionate about all children having access to high quality education.  She loves to see more school choice available for parents and wants to see students find a school program that supports their learning style.

Dagerman has been on the Nevada Connections Academy Board since 2008, and she currently serves as the business sector representative on the board.

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Naima Benjelloun, Board Member
Business Sector Representative
NaimaBenjelloun@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Naima Benjelloun earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1996. She moved to the United States with her husband the year after, and since then she has been a business entrepreneur. She has owned and flipped several restaurants and stores across the country. Naima co-founded Multi-Target in South Carolina, employing over 500 people across the state.

Naima and her family have been part of Connections Academy since 2006. She is the mother of six children, all of whom have gone through Connections Academy. Her oldest four children have already graduated from Nevada Connections Academy high school and moved on to college.

Naima highly prioritizes education and has always been heavily involved in her children's education. She believes in Connections Academy's system of education and champions their "work at your own pace" mantra.

As a member of the Connections Academy school board Naima plans to continue sharing the opportunities Connections Academy provides to other parents, while doing all that she can to support the current parents, children, and teachers of Nevada Connections Academy

Amelia Cook, Board Member
AmeliaCook@nca.connectionsacademy.org

Morgan Jackson, Board Member
MorganJackson@nca.connectionsacademy.org