We provide each student with rigorous and relevant academic and workplace skills in order to prepare graduates for rewarding lives in an increasingly diverse and information-rich society.
Our mission is to offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum integrated with real-world, active learning, in a highly supportive collaborative community. Da Vinci Schools build mentoring partnerships for students and teachers with local industries and also with colleges. We create a culture of high expectations where students form safe and strong relationships with teachers, peers, parents, mentors, and the community. We provide each student with rigorous and relevant academic and workplace skills in order to prepare graduates for rewarding lives in an increasingly diverse and information-rich society. We help students explore and develop career skill sets, learn in group settings, and discover career options. -- Chet Pipkin, Founding Board President
Don Brann, Board President
Dr. Don Brann is a Founder of Da Vinci Schools and serves as President of the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees. He served the Wiseburn School District as Superintendent for 15 years and is credited with bringing the District into the 21st century. Don retired from Wiseburn in June 2008, leaving a legacy of safe, academically successful schools, three new school buildings, a growing enrollment, supportive community, and substantial funding reserve. He was elected to serve on the El Segundo City Council for a second time, following stints as State Trustee of the Inglewood Unified School District and Interim Superintendent of San Gabriel Unified School District. Don serves as a Member of the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee at El Camino College tasked with monitoring campus construction in connection with Measure E. He is co-founder of the Small School Districts Association. Don brings business acumen, an entrepreneurial spirit, and proven management skills to Da Vinci Schools.
Jennifer Morgan, Board Vice President & Secretary
Jennifer Morgan serves as Board Vice President & Board Secretary. She has more than 10 years of experience in the hotel industry, including extensive work preparing The Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey Hotel for the successful attainment of the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award for exceptional quality and organizational performance excellence. Jennifer currently serves as Vice President of a South Bay insurance brokerage company and is owner of a home fitness and health business. A resident of Hollyglen, Jennifer has served as PTA President for several Wiseburn schools and is the mother of two children who currently attend Da Vinci Schools. Jennifer's outreach to the Wiseburn community was instrumental in the start up of Da Vinci's high schools.
Brian Meath, Board Treasurer
Brian Meath has been a longtime supporter of Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District, having served as an elected member of Wiseburn's Board of Trustees from 1997 through 2010, including serving as its President three times. He now serves on the Boards of Trustees of Da Vinci Schools and the Los Angeles Education Partnership, serving as Board Treasurer to both organizations. Brian has been with Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein LLP, an accounting and business management firm, since 1987. He specializes in payroll compliance audits for large multi-employer trust funds, working primarily with advertising agencies and television and theatrical production companies. He also has experience in training and implementing Compliance Audit Programs for clients, as well as conducting fraud investigations and negotiating settlements on behalf of clients. Brian chairs the firm’s Technology Committee. Brian graduated with highest honors from UC Santa Barbara and received his MBA, with an emphasis in Finance, from UC Berkeley.
Israel Mora, Trustee
Israel Mora serves on the Board of Trustees of both Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District. He joined the Da Vinci Board in 2013 and was instrumental in the launch of Da Vinci Schools. Israel has served on the Wiseburn Board of Trustees since 2001, overseeing with his colleagues the on-time and under-budget completion of the District's construction projects fulfilling Wiseburn's promise to rebuild its schools. Israel brings a wealth of experience and valuable insight in the areas of business, facilities, finance and project management. Born in Costa Rica, Israel came to the U.S. at the age of eight speaking no English. He studied Economics and Business at UCLA, and spent nine years running the UCLA student union and concessions before moving into the food and beverage industry and now the hotel business. Israel currently serves as a general manager for Interstate Hotels.
Roger Bañuelos, Trustee
Roger Bañuelos serves on the Board of Trustees for both Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn Unified School District. He has lived in the Wiseburn community for more than 15 years and has devoted a significant amount of time to community causes, including serving as a board member for the Wiseburn Education Foundation, past chairman of Wiseburn School District Citizen's Oversight Committee, AYSO coach, and Wiseburn Little League assistant coach. As President of Element Consulting, Inc., Roger has more than 20 years of experience in providing program, project and construction management services to clients in the public, institutional, governmental and education sectors. Roger brings a wealth of experience in prioritizing student success and preserving a financially sound district and charter organization. Roger and his wife have four sons currently attending Wiseburn and Da Vinci schools.
Karen Latuner, Trustee
Karen Latuner recently joined the Da Vinci Schools Board of Trustees. She has more than 15 years of experience in STEM education management, workforce development, community outreach, and program facilitation. Karen currently works at El Camino College for the Community Advancement and Workforce Development division, where she is responsible for developing partnerships with business and industry, while also representing the dual enrollment efforts which enroll more than 1,500 high school students in the Engineering Technology program. She is the former Director of School Engagement in California for Project Lead The Way. The parent of two Da Vinci Science alumni, Karen is a passionate advocate for Da Vinci and brings strong leadership, management, and partnership development skills.