Tori Telfer, PhD
chairman of the board
Tori Telfer has over 18 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families in both the community and private practice settings as a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director of mental health programs for children and families. She has extensive knowledge in child welfare and mental health services, having worked with the child welfare system for over 10 years as a clinician and then in management overseeing all clinical services and licensing for therapeutic and traditional foster care homes. Tori started her work in private education as a classroom teacher at an independent private school serving students with unique learning needs, and has spent the past 20 years volunteering on non-profit boards in the world of private education. She has three children ages 12, 9, and 4, all who attend independent private schools. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from UCF and a PhD in Counseling from Barry University.
Dr. Charaline Luna
Charaline Luna is a third-generation Private school administrator with nearly 50 years of experience with all ages of children in every aspect of school. During Dr. Luna’s tenure as President of the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF) and Vice President and Director of Accreditation, she became known as a leading authority in standards and private school operations; having written, revised, and presented standards to state, national and government authorities in the public and private forum. It has been calculated that during her career she has chaired or been a significant part of approximately 3,000 public, charter, independent, and private school accreditations. She holds a PhD in Education as well as degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Early Childhood. Her lifetime commitment to furthering the positive educational advancement of all children has garnered recognition such as being listed in Who’s Who in American Education; National Council for Private School Association’s (NCPSA): Leadership & Service Award; AISF’s: Richard & Dorothy Lear’s Distinguished Educator’s Award, & Alan O’Such Service Award; Holy Cross: The Crusader for Education Award.
Dan Rishavy is an education services expert with over 15 years experience in academic, analytic, and development services for schools in the US and abroad. He has been an executive in services businesses for 35 years, and in the education sector since 2004. His experience provides significant expertise in school operations, curriculum, finances, instructional technology and assessment, and community relations. Mr. Rishavy has successfully restructured school operations to bring failing and financially burdened schools to high academic achievement and financial viability. He is an expert in school budgeting & forecasting. Dan also has extensive experience in real-estate school property development and financing. He holds a Master of Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management and completed the MBA program at Inter-American University.
Lonie Patterson has spent the last twenty years working in private education, specializing in the areas of instructional technology, student activities, and fundraising. Lonie has extensive experience in the integration of technology in the classroom, Learning Management Systems and Student Information Systems, and improving the end-user experience for both students and teachers. She has a passion for student activities and community fundraising, and has been responsible for planning and organizing large-scale school events that have raised thousands of dollars for student programs. Lonie started her career in education as a parent volunteer after choosing independent private education for her son, Hunter, nearly 20 years ago.
Art Walker spent 30 years as a Naval Commander with the United States Navy. He is a champion for independent, private education and has served on independent school boards for over two decades. Art holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Southwest Texas State University, and after serving in the Navy, earned his Master in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Art is an accomplished real estate and mortgage broker working in both residential and commercial real estate and member of over a dozen realtor and mortgage broker associations in the State of Florida.
non-voting Board member
Tina Parsons brings more than 28 years in Educational experience in Private Academic and Non-Profit settings. She is originally from Pennsylvania where she earned a degree in Education and Human Services, and certificates in Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership. Tina is determined to raise the bar in education for all children by providing hands on learning experiences that cover all learning domains. Tina holds herself accountable to high standards in education and helps staff achieve their goals by encouraging continued education and seeking out best practices in their field. Tina is committed to making a difference in the lives of children through education, leadership and support.