Our board of directors is comprised of nine parents and community members who serve voluntarily for two-year terms.
Megan was born and raised in small town southern Minnesota. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota obtaining her BA in Biology and Theatre Arts before relocating to California to attend law school at Pepperdine University. Megan has worked in the field of insurance defense for the last 15 years, defending clients in various matters including habitability, real estate and personal injury litigation throughout California. Megan and her husband are the proud parents of three young children, two of whom are lucky enough to be current MATES students. Megan is excited to serve on the MATES Board of Directors with the goal of working to continue to move forward with assisting MATES in meeting its mission to welcome innovation, honor its past, transform the future, command achievement and empower all its students through education focused in arts and technology. Megan strongly believes that education is the foundation of our children’s future, and the years that they spend at MATES create solid building blocks that they need to move forward in their lives, education and beyond.
Joey Tennison, June 2019, Parent Board Member, CFO
Originally from Washington State, Joey has lived in So Cal since 2004, where he currently manages commercial construction projects in the L.A. area. He has a B.S. in Construction Management from Washington State University and is a graduate from UCLA's Executive Program in Management. His family moved from West L.A. to Conejo Oaks in 2010 so his children could attend MATES. He has three children, one who attended MATES for all 6 years and recently graduated, and two more still attending. Joey is honored to serve on the Board, and his goals are to help MATES continue providing incredible elementary education, and ensure the schools longevity in the community.
Christine Evangelista, June 2020, Parent Board Member, Secretary
Christine is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and holds a B.A. in Biology from Hollins University in Virginia, and an M.Sc. in Regulatory Science from University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. After several years on the east coast, she and her husband Steve moved west to pursue career opportunities. They are parents of a current MATES 4th grader, Matthew, and the family feels fortunate to have secured a spot in the lottery to begin his Kindergarten year here at MATES. Christine is in her 12th year at Amgen where she works as a scientist implementing biomarker testing into First in Human clinical studies. She was previously a member of the MCN Executive Board, co-chair of the MATES Benefit Dinner and Auction, and STEAM Night event chair. As a parent board member, Christine is eager to support MATES’ mission and vision by keeping an open mind regarding our successes and challenges, looking for ways to continuously improve our curriculum, ensuring the emotional and academic development of every child and encouraging healthy and respectful dialog within our MATES community. She is honored to serve our wonderful school and approaches this position with integrity and respect for all.
Kim Stafford, June 2020, Community Board Member
Born and raised in Louisiana, Kim graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has been employed in a variety of positions with Farmers Insurance for almost twenty years and is presently the Director of Subrogation Claims. Kim, her husband John, and daughter Skylar moved to Thousand Oaks in 2014. Skylar was privileged to attend MATES for 4th and 5th grade, and Kim volunteered with MCN and on the MATES budget committee. She is honored to continue serving the MATES community in the role of board member. Kim's primary objective is to ensure MATES is well-positioned for long-term fiscal stability so MATES can deliver on our mission of providing a nurturing and challenging educational environment for the whole child.
Brian Graver, June 2020, Parent Board Member
Therese Eyermann, June 2020, Community Board Member
Dr. Eyermann teaches in the Educational Leadership doctoral
program at California Lutheran University where she resides as the Distinguished Faculty Fellow. She currently teaches Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Administration, and Quantitative Research Methods courses. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff to the President and was also Interim Operations Officer for Advancement at California State University Channel Islands. In this role she provided high-level research, policy, and organization support to help with the planning and operation of the university. She also oversaw the Institutional Effectiveness Office and provided strategic direction, utilizing data to benchmark key academic & performance indicators.
She has been involved in several community organizations including the Ventura County Regional P-20 Council, the Ventura County United Way Education Focus Team, and the Partnering Community Colleges and Universities Collaborative.
Dr. Eyermann also served as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor at UCLA. While there she helped UCLA address a variety of issues including community partnerships, gender equity, and university wide strategic planning. Prior to that, she held higher education positions in a national policy think tank, as well as positions in institutional research, enrollment management, and financial aid. She has worked as a financial aid consultant for public and private institutions.
Dr. Eyermann earned her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. Her research interests focus on educational pipeline issues. Specifically, she has researched the use of high school academies in student engagement and as successful pathways to college; the role of family engagement in supporting middle school and high school student success; and higher education policy as it relates to financial aid and in issues of equity and access for diverse populations.