Leadership

Board of Directors

David Wilbur, chair Joyce Robinson, vice chair Evan Pan, treasurer Lisa Brown  
David Wilbur, chair Joyce Robinson, vice chair Evan Pan Lisa Brown  
Shawnee Carrington Giselle Navarro-Cruz Inga Rodriguez Patricia Huffman, past chair emeritus  
Margarita Buitrago Giselle Navarro-Cruz Inga Rodriguez Patricia Huffman,
past chair emeritus
 
 
David WilburDavid Wilbur has been on the board of directors of Options for Learning since 2010, serving as the chair since 2017. With multiple degrees in engineering and training in management, he worked as an engineer, manager and director for a small aerospace firm for more than 35 years. In 2013, his wife and he founded a nonprofit company providing education and mentoring services to children in East Los Angeles.
Lisa BrownElizabeth (Lisa) Brown has been a board member since 2016. Lisa is a founding partner of Grube Brown & Geidt LLP, and is an experienced trial attorney, specializing in the defense of complex employment lawsuits. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, was named a 2013 Rising Star with the Southern California Super Lawyers and 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 early education, school choice and quality of education while researching schools for her three children.
Margarite BuitragoMargarita Buitrago has been a member of the board of directors since October 2019, and was recently Options for Learning’s interim CEO. She started her professional career in public accounting in Los Angeles and rose to the level of senior manager before leaving the “Big Four” to be the director of financial reporting and accounting at a Fortune 500 firm. She continued her career at various organizations in progressive levels of responsibility in both the public and private sectors as well as in both the corporate and divisional areas of organizations. She is currently an executive business consultant. Margarita earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Andrew Levey joined the board of directors in 2020.
Giselle Navarro-CruzDr. Giselle Navarro-Cruz is an assistant professor of early childhood studies in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches courses on multilingualism, infant development, and early learning and care (ELC) teacher practicum. Dr. Navarro-Cruz earned her Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University, a master's degree in child development from Cal State L.A., and a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in applied developmental psychology from UCLA. Dr. Navarro-Cruz’s passion for ELC began when she was an assistant teacher at the UCLA childcare center, as well as a research assistant for several UCLA children research labs. Her research interests focus on enhancing access and quality to ELC using a funds-of-knowledge framework. Currently, her research examines how institutions of higher education (IHE) support parenting students as they navigate child care access and service on campus. In addition, Dr. Navarro-Cruz also conducts research that explores how IHE are preparing ELC teachers to work with multilingual children and their families. She advocates for the well-being and equity of access and quality care for young children and families.
Evan Pan
Evan Pan has been a board member since 2016. He is currently the chief investment officer and managing partner for Pan Global Advisers, LLC, and is also the chief investment officer and partner of Tax Efficient Asset Management Solutions, Inc., a multi-family office RIA. Evan has more than 20 years of world-class investment experience, including his previous positions as chief investment officer for The Fuller Foundation and director of investments at Caltech endowment. Prior to that, he was a portfolio manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors and vice president at Pacific Investment Management Company. He is a chartered financial analyst and a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles. Evan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from UC Irvine and a master's degree in business UCLA's Anderson School.
Joyce RobinsonJoyce Robinson has been a board member since 2016. 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 RodriguezInga Rodriquez has been a board member since 2015. She works at Cal State San Bernardino's Office of the President. Inga has worked at St. Jude Medical Center as a liaison between the 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. Her children have attended Options for Learning programs, including Head Start.
José Sandoval has been a board member since 2019, and is the board secretary.
Randy Wines joined the board of directors in 2020.
Pat HuffmanPat Huffman has been an integral part of Options for Learning since the formative years of the agency. Trained as a registered nurse, she 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.

Executive team

Paul Pulver, CEO Dolores Meade, COO Kelly O'Connell, deputy executive director Dominic Alpuche, CFO
Paul F. Pulver
Dolores Meade Kelly O'Connell Dominic Alpuche
 
Paul PulverPaul F. Pulver, CEO, joined Options for Learning in May 2019.
Dolores Meade
Kelly O'Connell
Dominic AlpucheDominic R. Alpuche, joined Options for Learning as CFO in 2020.

Administration team

Mildred Balderrama John Beck Tracy Lynch Denise McCullough Pedro Ramirez
Mildred Balderrama John Beck Tracy Lynch Denise McCullough Pedro Ramirez
Mercedes Rosales Ruby Sevilla Cesar Soto Melissa Takeda  
Mercedes Rosales Ruby Sevilla Cesar Soto Melissa Takeda  
 
Mildred Balerrama
John Beck
Tracy Lynch
Denise McCullough
Pedro Ramirez
Mercedes Rosales
Ruby Sevilla
Cesar Soto
Melissa Takeda
Not pictured:
Leslie Carmell, director of communications
Norma Herrera, Resource and Referral/Stage 1 director
Candy Meade, Subsidized Department division director
Terry Talavera, Child Care Services operations/Food Program division director
Rosemary Olachea-Heaslip, Surround Care director