Current Governing Board Members
Yvan Rochon, President
Yvan is founder and President of Herbal Vitality Inc., a Sedona based business devoted to the production and wholesale distribution of herbal medicinal products nation-wide. He holds a PhD in Medicine from McGill University and has done extensive research and publishing in the medical field. Yvan is the parent of a Desert Star School graduate and has served on the Board since the opening of the school in 2006 as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. He is the current Charter holder for the School.
Jennifer Young, Secretary
Jennifer is a former Business Manager of Desert Star School and joined the Board in October 2011. She is retired from a 25 year corporate management career, with background in operational and project management, financial and business analysis, strategy and planning. She currently serves on several non-profit organization boards. Jennifer holds graduate degrees from Syracuse University and Columbia University School of Business.
Jason Vargo, Vice President
Jason is parent of Desert Star student. He is active in the arts and music communities of our area, with particular involvement in coordination of festivals and public performances. Jason has worked as a manager at New Frontiers in Sedona for some eight years. He is keen to bring interests and skills in organization dynamics, collaboration and business development to the work of Desert Star's Board. Jason studied Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Tomas Winn, Board Member
Tomas supported the development of Desert Star School’s charter application and has served on the Board since the founding of the school in 2006 He has held the Board Officer positions of Vice President and, most recently, President. Tomas is a certified therapist and counselor, specializing in music therapy. He has prior experience as a builder and remodeling contractor and business owner. Tomas holds degrees in therapy and counseling from Willamette University and Portland State University.
Joining the Desert Star School Board
Each year several Desert Star Board Directors reach the end of their two year terms. By renewing their commitments and standing for re-election, some Directors have served the School for many years - some since the opening of the School in 2006. Others are individuals who have volunteered for one or two terms over the years.
Every year in mid-July the annual invitation for Board Director nominations is issued. Nominees may come from within or outside the school community. We seek to bring together a diverse representation of backgrounds, skills, professions and interests that can best support the spirit and philosophy of Desert Star. A strong board is a recipe for sustaining the well being of our students and school into the future. The Governing Board meets at least once monthly and Directors are asked to support a Board Committee, current project or Officer role. Information about Board duties and requirements can be obtained from the Administration Office. Or come observe a Board meeting, typically the second Thursday of the month at 3:30pm.
We hope you will feel welcome to consider nominating a candidate during the July-September 2019 nominating period!