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Michele Asay is a mother, wife, and Senior Information Technology professional; in that order! A native of Orange County, California, Michele spent her entire educational career within the OC; graduating cum laude from Chapman University in Orange with her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Art. Specializing in the area of business intelligence, Michele helps organizations identify their data needs and designs, builds, and delivers solutions to support those needs in varied industries including utilities, lending, and apparel & footwear. After the birth of her first child, Michele altered her career path to enable a better work life balance and allow for more participation in her children’s education. Michele & her husband Todd are 20 year residents of Huntington Beach with their three children attending Kinetic Academy. Over the course of her career, Michele chaired event committees to raise money for annual Giving Campaigns and has been recognized with multiple awards for Operational Excellence. Currently, Michele is the Senior Manager, Americas Business Intelligence Team for global action sports company Boardriders, headquartered in Huntington Beach, CA. Michele is a supporter of parent choice in education and is proud of her contribution to choice with the founding of Kinetic Academy.
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Bret is a Sales Consultant in the Dental Industry. He began his Sales Career with Patterson Dental in 1997.
At the time Patterson was the largest Dental Supply and Equipment distributor to Dentists in the United States. At Patterson, Bret served as a volunteer on The Friends of Children Dental Health Center Advisory Board. Bret achieved tremendous success at Patterson exceeding Sales Expectations and was offered a position with Henry Schein Dental; the largest Dental Supply and Equipment Distributor in the world. In October of 2001, Bret made the move to Henry Schein Dental and has had a successful career with them for the past 14 years. Bret served on the Board of Overseers for the Albert Einstein Academy in Huntington Beach for the 2014 -2015 School year. Bret Graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Bret enjoys coaching baseball, soccer and Jiu-Jitsu in his local community. He resides in Orange County with his wife, 11 year old son and their 8 year old daughter.
Lisa Kadam is a recent retiree of the Irvine Unified School District where she worked for over 32 years. Her most recent post was as school principal at Eastshore Elementary where she served for thirteen years. Some significant accomplishments during her tenure at Eastshore were recognition as a California Distinguished School, the introduction and implementation of Professional Learning Communities, Silver Ranking as a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) school and success as a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) school. Mrs. Kadam was recognized as Administrator of the Year by her PTA.
At the district level, Lisa acted as a coach to new and existing administrators through the Continuous Leadership Academy as well as serving on a multitude of improvement and development committees over the course of her career. She was also the Extended Learning Summer School Coordinator for five years.
Prior to becoming an administrator, Lisa taught elementary school for eighteen years. She spent five years as a third grade teacher and thirteen years as a sixth grade teacher. During her teaching career she was also a mentor teacher in the areas of language arts and spelling, a supervisor of student teachers from all over Orange County, and a teacher leader both on site and at the district level.
Lisa was born and raised in Newport Beach, California and went on to study at The American University of Paris, National University, California State University Fullerton and the University of California Irvine. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. She and her husband have lived in Irvine for over thirty years where they raised their two daughters, both of whom are educators.
Jeffrey K. Ball
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Jeffrey Ball is the Founder of Friendly Hills Bank where he currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to opening Friendly Hills Bank he held several officer positions with Bank America Corporation focused on both Commercial and Investment Banking. Mr. Ball is a Past Chairman of the California Bankers Association, Past President of the Whittier Host Lions Club and current Chairman of the Whittier Union High School District Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friendly Hills Bank, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Western Bankers Association and Data Center, Inc., which is a bank technology company based in Kansas. Mr. Ball is also a member of the Government Relations Administrative Committee for the American Bankers Association which he previously chaired. He previously served as a board member for the Orange County Business Council, Junior Achievement of Orange County, the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and as Vice Chairman of the Measure "W" Bond Oversight Committee for the Whittier Union High School District. Mr. Ball served on the School Site Council for Brywood Elementary School in Irvine and on the Local Oversight Board for the Albert Einstein Academy in Huntington Beach. Mr. Ball has a Masters in Business Administration from Whittier College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound and is a resident of Huntington Beach.
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A southern California native and long time Orange County resident, Mrs. Lionetti received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara. She went on to obtain her teaching credential from California State University, Bakersfield and Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University. With over 15 years of experience in education, Mrs. Lionetti has a strong foundation in elementary education. She has worked at a variety of schools in a number of settings with diverse populations of students and has taught Kindergarten through 5th grade. In 2016, she took a leap of faith and dedicated herself to opening Huntington Beach City School District’s first charter school, Kinetic Academy.
"I wish I would have had the opportunity to attend a school that offers what Kinetic offers to our students," Mrs. Lionetti. She believes that all students should receive a quality education that gives them multiple opportunities to excel, which is exactly what Kinetic Academy strives to do.
In her spare time, Mrs. Lionetti enjoys spending time with her family, friends, husband and their dog, Sammie.
Bill is a semi-retired teacher having spent 40 years teaching sixth grade as well as seventh and eighth grade science mostly in the Irvine Unified School District. Currently, he is a supervisor of math and science student teachers for the University of California, Irvine. He teaches a course on Ocean Science to middle school students for the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Academy, and he serves on their Board of Directors, too. Also, he writes a parenting blog about educational issues called “Parenting is Tough”. During his tenure in the classroom, he took his sixth grade students to the Catalina Island Marine Institute for their week of outdoor education every March. He worked for Educational Field Studies (EFS) a student travel company that merged with other student travel companies to become World Strides. While with EFS, he hired and trained trip leaders for educational field trips as well as wrote curriculum for the various field trip destinations offered by EFS. Working with health services in Irvine, Bill organized the Guy Stuff program for sixth grade boys and their fathers. Guy Stuff fosters communication between boys and their fathers on puberty and human sexuality. Bill is the past president of the Doheny State Beach Foundation, and he coordinated fund raising to rebuild Doheny’s Visitor Center. He currently is a University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Master Gardener. Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Whittier College and a Master of Arts in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He holds a life K-12 multiple subject teaching credential with a supplementary in science. Bill is a third generation Californian. He and his wife have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and a granddaughter.