B.E.S.T. ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Educational & Industry Experience

B.E.S.T. Academy is honored to have high-quality individuals with educational and industry expertise serve as Board of Directors in supporting our students and educational communities. Developing the appropriate policies to ensure those fundamentals are maintained, the Board of Directors consists of respected leaders in Southern California communities that are committed to providing high-quality educational options for B.E.S.T. Academy students.

Patricia Karlin

Patricia is a career educator with a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught English, ELD, and AVID in the Sweetwater Union High School District for over 25 years. She served as a Categorical Resource Teacher at middle and high school levels as as 5 years at the district office working with state and federal programs. In 2017, Patricia accepted a position of Coordinator of state and federal programs at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this capacity, she supports 43 districts and numerous charter schools in San Diego County in areas such as Federal Program Monitoring (FPM), Williams Act, School Plans, School Site Council, and all federal programs. At the County/State level, Patricia currently serves as County lead for FPM, State and Federal Programs, and Williams Settlement Compliance. She actively attends CDE quarterly English Learner / Title III Specialist meetings and participates in the Bilingual Coordinator Network. She is integrally involved in many aspects of state-level policy and guidance for all learners.

Joseph Cipres

Joseph has 25+ year of educational leadership experience. During his tenure, Joseph held positions as a 5-8th

grade GATE teacher, Middle School Interventionist, Community Day Middle School Teacher, HS Alternative Math

Teacher, Track and Field Coach, TOSA, Vice Principal, Director, and a Dietician. Before retiring, Joseph was a strong voice and advocate for children requiring alternative settings and educational approaches. He structured programs to include social emotional supports, differentiated instruction, varied assessment, and continuous feedback. Joseph’s philosophy has been to learn from the past, work in the present and strive for a better future. Now as a retired Educator, a husband and father, he shares his learning as a mentor to the local university. He volunteers his time to the church, community and the city.

Edward Singh

Edward Singh is currently supporting multiple projects as a Project Cost Manager for II-VI Optical Systems. He collaborates with functional management to develop, translate, integrate and consolidate program data into strategic quarterly, annual and five-year Forecasts and presents monthly financial reports including gross margin analysis, revenues, cash, inventory, budget vs. actuals with variance analysis in monthly reviews to Executive Leadership Team. During his time there, Edward also helps mentor, train and develop junior analysts and early career hires on rotational program.

Ognen Nastov

Ognen earned a B.S., MS, and Ph.D. in Electtical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  During his years at MIT, Ognen developed an expertise in applied math and numerical methods, with an emphasis on computational modeling and simulation tools. He implemented a 2-D semiconductor device simulator for his undergraduate thesis, and used genetic algorithms to autonomously design CMOS op-amps for his masters thesis. For his doctoral work he developed new spectral methods for circuit simulation of highly non-linear circuits.

Michal Alchikh,DDS

Michal is a doctor of dental surgery and graduated from the International University of Science and Technology in 2013. Michal volunteers helping Syrian refugee children with oral and treatments and hygiene, serves as a volunteer tutor at San Diego City College in several subjects including Math, Science, and Arabic helping college students achieve their highest potential. He is a true believer that education is a basic right that should be available for everyone who seeks it, regardless of their financial capability, and he hopes that he would be able to help other students aspire to achieve productive careers and make rewarding wages.

Chad Leptich

After receiving a Bachelors Degree from Fort Lewis in Durango, CO, Chad went to work for as an accountant at a Fortune 500 company located in Mexico. He then earned a Master’s in Business Administration while working in the fuel distribution industry.  After entering into school business, Leptich completed the CASBO training certification for the title of Chief Business Officer (CBO). Leptich is now the Chief Business Officer for Julian Union School District with experience in how Charter Schools operate in today’s environment. Chad Leptich also holds a Customs Broker License which was used in the distribution industry.

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