Patricia Huffman – Chairperson
Pat has been an integral part of Options for Learning since the formative years of the agency. Trained as a registered nurse, Pat has professionally worked in programs devoted to children and families. Pat has been an active volunteer in her community, serving on various committees and boards, working on education, advocacy and health issues such as early childhood education, family issues, and mental health.
David Wilbur - Vice Chairperson
David has been on the Board of Directors of Options for Learning for 7 years. With several degrees in engineering and training in management, he worked as an engineer, manager and director for a small aerospace firm for over 35 years. In 2013 he and his wife started and he is president of a non-profit company providing education and mentoring services to children in East Los Angeles.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Brown is a recently elected Board Member of Options for Learning. Lisa is a founding partner of Grube Brown & Geidt LLP, and an experienced trial attorney, specializing in defense of complex employment lawsuits. Lisa graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, was named a 2013 Rising Star with the Southern California Super Lawyers, a 2016 Super Lawyer with the Northern California Super Lawyers, and is a sought-after speaker by corporate counsel and human resources leaders on issues of employment law. Lisa joined the board as part of her commitment to childhood education after becoming immersed in schools, school choice and quality of education while researching schools for her three kids.
Michelle has been on the Board of Directors of Options for Learning for 3 years. With a degree in Human and Infant/Toddler Development, she has worked with infants and preschool age children for the past 8 years. Michelle is a Student Affairs Officer at the UC Irvine Infant/Toddler Center and was previously employed as an Infant/Toddler teacher for The Children's Center at Caltech. She is also a professional growth advisor, committee member for SCAEYC East Valley Chapter and provides trainings and workshops in the area of infant and toddler development.
Shawnee M. Carrington - bio coming soon
Enrique Carvajal - bio coming soon
Patricia Diaz is a recently elected Board Member of Options for Learning. Patricia has worked in the Hacienda La Puente School District as an Elementary School Principal since 2013 and has worked with various school districts over the past 30 years. She has extensive experience in bilingual education, early intervention in Head Start to 6th grade programs, literacy development, parent involvement and working with under-served communities. Patricia is proud to be a vocal advocate for promoting early childhood educational access for the under-served children of Southern California.
Sue has been on the Board of Directors of Options for Learning for 7 years. Sue was formerly a development and public relations executive, with extensive experience in educational public relations and nonprofit fundraising at Uncommon Good, Project SISTER, House of Ruth and several prestigious colleges. Sue is currently the vice president of the Board of Trustees of Citrus Community College, on the statewide California Community College Trustees policy board, on the board of directors for the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and has served on many other nonprofit boards.
Evan Pan - bio coming soon
Fran Rizzi - bio coming soon
Joyce Robinson is a recently elected Board Member of Options for Learning. Joyce was formerly an elementary school teacher, coordinator at Pasadena Unified School District’s Early Childhood Program, worked with private nonprofits in the Early Childhood Education sector and Head Start programs. She is now a senior program officer with the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and an adjunct instructor at Pacific Oaks College and local community colleges. She also works with Opportunities Exchange, Inc. in partnership with First 5 LA, to establish ECE Shared Services collaborations throughout LA County. Joyce is a member of NAEYC, CAEYC and the local Foothill AEYC chapter, NBCDI, PACE, LAPAI, CCDAA, Los Angeles Child Care Planning Committee, and Options for Learning Center Director’s Alliance. For the past 40 years, Joyce has been a passionate advocate for children, families, and the professionalism of the early childhood education field.
Inga Rodriquez is a recently elected Board Member of Options for Learning. Inga has worked at St. Jude Medical Center as a Community Programs Assistant since 2006, being a liaison between hospital and governmental and health care agencies. She has extensive experience doing community outreach, parental education and case management. Inga is proud of her past work experience in the diverse fields of automotive and higher education. Inga has had children attend Options for Learning programs, including Head Start.
Peggy Sisson - Secretary
Peggy has been on the Board of Directors of Options for Learning for 4 years. Professionally she was the City of Pasadena's Child Care Coordinator for 15 years and currently serves on the City's Human Services Commission. Peggy has been an active volunteer in her community with Advocacy, Early Childhood Education programs, women's issues, youth sport programs and senior issues.
April White Castañeda - bio coming soon