Board of Directors
Board of Directors
David Wilbur - Chair
David Wilbur has been on the Board of Directors of Options for Learning since 2010 and the Chair since 2017. 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 has been a Board Member since 2016. 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.
Margarita (Margarite) Buitrago has been a member of the Board of Directors since October 2019 and was most recently Options for Learning’s Interim CEO. She started her professional career in public accounting in the Los Angeles area which included a two-year manager assignment in Madrid, Spain. She 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 obtained her MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles and has a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Michelle Capistrand has been a Board Member since 2014. 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 - has been a Board Member since 2016.
Patricia Huffman – Past Chair Emeritus
Pat Huffman 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.
Evan Pan - Treasurer
Evan Pan has been a Board Member since 2016. Evan 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 the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) endowment. Prior to that he was portfolio manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) and Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles. Evan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson.
Joyce Robinson - Vice Chair
Joyce 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 Rodriquez has been a Board Member since 2015. Inga works at the California State University of San Bernardino, Office of the President. She has worked at St. Jude Medical Center as 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's children have attended Options for Learning programs, including Head Start.
Judge José Sandoval
José Sandoval joined the Board of Directors in October of 2019. Biography coming soon.
Peggy Sisson - Secretary
Peggy Sisson has been a Board Member since 2012. 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.