Charles Mitchell is the CEO of All About People. As CEO, Mr. Mitchell oversees all company day-to-day operations, including recruitment of employees and staff, and is responsible for directing all legal efforts relating to the business. Mr. Mitchell was instrumental in leading the company from start-up to $17 M in revenue within the first three years of operation. He also serves on the local, regional and national boards representing Arizona and California for INROADS, a national internship program for talented minority youth. Mr. Mitchell was recently appointed as the Small and Local Business Advisor to Mayor Greg Stanton. Mr. Mitchell earned his BS at North Carolina A&T State University, MBA at the University of North Carolina, JD at American University, and graduated from Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program. Mr. Mitchell brings strong executive leadership and acumen in business, law and finance to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Cassie Breecheris the Vice-President of Education at Valley of the Sun United Way. Ms. Breecher leads VSUW’s strategy, community partnerships, and collective impact model work in education along a birth to career continuum, as the organization invests more than $50million in improving outcomes for children and youth in Maricopa County and around the state. Ms. Breecher is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellow, and serves on a variety of community boards in and around Phoenix. Ms. Breecher earned a BA in Political Science at The Colorado College and Master’s Degree in Education at Arizona State University. Ms. Breecher brings a wealth of leadership experience within education and a connection to both local and national networks of high performing educators to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Katherine Cecala, President – Junior Achievement of Arizona (Treasurer). Ms. Cecala was most recently the COO at Valley of the Sun United Way where she led the strategic business operations including administration, finance, pledge processing, facilities, technology, legal services, and human resources for non-profit dedicated to improving lives in Maricopa County. Ms. Cecala is active in the philanthropic community and currently serves on numerous boards as a member and as Treasurer. Ms. Cecala earned a BS at Louisiana State University and a JD at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. Ms. Cecala brings critical experience in business operations, finance, governance and human resources to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Kelly McManus is the Director of Government Affairs at the Education Trust. After teaching as a seventh and eighth grade Literacy teacher in Philadelphia through Teach For America, Ms. McManus moved to Arizona to continue her commitment to education as the Manager of Public Partnerships for Teach For America-Phoenix. In this role, Ms. McManus represented Teach For America at the Arizona Legislature. Additionally, Ms. McManus served for three years as the Government Affairs Director for Stand for Children Arizona, working on education policy development, advocacy, and implementation. Ms. McManus earned a BA at Wake Forest University and MS in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. McManus brings experience in education, education policy, and development to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Irene Carroll is co-founder and principal of Funding the Gap, LLC, a real estate capital advisory & mortgage brokerage services firm with a focus on charter school facilities financing. Her extensive and successful business background coupled with her philanthropic passion and experience give her a unique advantage in helping charter schools obtain necessary funding and provide short and long term financial planning services. She serves on the Board of Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, and as Project Manager for a decade-long undertaking in Agua Prieta, Mexico overseeing the design of an entire housing community complete with education and child care facilities. For this role, Ms. Carroll was awarded national recognition as Outstanding Woman of the Year in Construction in 2004 by Arizona State University and the National Association of Women in Construction. Ms. Carroll obtained a BS in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Carroll brings expertise in real estate, finance and accounting to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Christopher Dang is an Associate Attorney at Quarles & Brady. Mr. Dang analyzes health care regulations to guide national health care providers and suppliers in their business operations. He also manages multi-state legal compliance surveys on state food and drug, professional practice, facility licensing, and business laws. Before attending law school, Mr. Dang taught 8th grade Language Arts in St. Louis with Teach For America. Mr. Dang earned a BA and JD from The University of Arizona. Mr. Dang brings an outstanding background in education and law to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Dawn Kennedy is the Director of Corporate Tax Credits for the Brophy Community Foundation. Prior to that she served as Executive Director for 12 years raising $17 million in tax credit donations. She is active in the philanthropic community and has led and served on numerous boards and committees including the Arizona Science Center, Paradise United Methodist Church Preschool and the Phoenix Public Library. Ms. Kennedy earned her BS from Arizona State University and her JD from the University of Arizona. Ms. Kennedy brings strong expertise in development, fundraising, and non-profit management to the Governing Board of Vista College Prep.
Grant Crone is a principal at Phoenix-based MMPR Marketing, a full-service branding, digital marketing, public relations and social media agency. Having knocked down awards such as Public Relations Man of the Year by “Arizona Foothills Magazine” and Top Public Relation Agencies in Phoenix from the “Phoenix Business Journal," Grant leverages his expertise in cross-marketing over the latest digital platforms with his rolodex of media, influencers and social savants to bring eye-catching visibility and awareness to clients spanning a multitude of industries. A past and present member of both the Scottsdale League for the Arts and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emerging Leaders, Grant also dedicates agency hours to top charitable organizations and fosters a passion for education through his role on the Vista College Preparatory governing board. A Valley native, Grant attended high school at Brophy College Preparatory, and received his undergrad degree in marketing at Fordham University in New York City. Grant and his wife Julie live in Phoenix with their two sons.
Christina Spicer is the Senior Associate of Fund Development at the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.After graduating from Arizona State University (ASU) with a BS in Communication, Christina joined notMYkid, a local nonprofit organization, as the director of the Clear Choices program. Clear Choices engaged teens throughout the Valley in discussions about issues such as drug and alcohol use, body image disorders, depression etc. Christina earned a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from ASU in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Christina joined the staff of Teach For America- Phoenix as the Manager of Corporation and Foundation Relations and later was promoted to Managing Director of Development. In this role, she managed the advisory board of high profile Phoenix community members, participated as a leadership team member and led the development team which was responsible for annual fundraising revenues of more than seven million dollars per year. After six years at Teach For America- Phoenix, Christina joined the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council in 2014. As the Senior Associate of Fund Development, Christina leads a team that is responsible for securing philanthropic investments that build girls of courage, character and confidence. The goals of the department are to complete the $18M Campaign for Girls and to build a strong annual giving program for the Council. Christina lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, daughter (4) and son (2).