Board of Directors

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    Charles Friedrichs, ED.D.

    Board President
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    Dr. Charles Friedrichs is the now retired Associate Professor and Director of the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University (SDSU). During his tenure at SDSU, he taught a wide variety of classes including music theory, brass methods, conducting, music education practicum, music for classroom teachers, brass and band literature, ear training, general education music courses, as well as serving as a Music Supervisor for cadet teachers in SDSU’s School of Education. Dr. Friedrichs has had vast experience teaching school instrumental music at all levels and continues to remain extremely active in the public schools.

    Dr. Friedrichs has written numerous arrangements spanning grade levels from elementary to university level. Many of his arrangements are for concert bands and marching bands. His compositions have been published by Alfred Music Publishers, Matrix Marching Band Publishers, Hal Leonard Music Corporation and MESA Music Publishers. Dr. Friedrichs is also an accomplished bass trombonist, having participated in numerous musical productions through the Vista Moonlight Amphitheater.

    Dr. Friedrichs has served as a consultant for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, evaluating teacher credentialing programs offered by universities.

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    John Ing

    Board Treasurer
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    John Ing is a finance and operations executive who has previously served on the Board of Directors for Scholarship Prep. Mr. Ing also served as Senior Director of Finance for a California-based charter school network.

    John currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Senior VP of Corporate Strategy at Beacon Capital Management, a $3 billion asset management firm. He is also the Chief Financial Officer for Illumination Foundation, the largest non-profit of its kind in the nation dedicated to disrupting the cycle of homelessness.

    Mr. Ing received his Bachelors Degree in English with a Minor in History from the University of California, Irvine. He later earned his MBA in Corporate Finance and Marketing at the Gordon F. Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

  • Barbara George

    Board Member
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    Barbara George has proven track record of success in nonprofit management. She have several years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and has held executive-level positions in several organizations. Mrs. George is currently serving as City Arts Commissioner in the city of Newport Beach and also serves in several 501c3 and 501c4 organizations. Many of these roles crossover and allow her to engage in community outreach in many different sectors of the surrounding communities.  As City Arts Commissioner, she led the most successful Student Art Exhibition in Newport Beach history with hundreds of entries from students across the city ranging from kindergarten through high school. Mrs. George is a native Spanish speaker as well as being fluent in French, Italian and Portuguese.

  • Maribel Toan

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    Maribel Toan is an artist, Founder of Bohemian Rose (a company specializing in creating a lasting impression through our unique floral and event design), and mother of four children. When not dreaming of flowers and poetry, she lives out a passion for community as Executive Director of the MIX Academy Local & Global Initiatives Pastor at Newsong Church of Santa Ana.  She has 13 years experience in community and leadership development.

  • Peter Watson

    Board Member
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    Pete Watson, a former Vietnam United States Marine Corp combat Veteran, has served as a principal, curriculum and instruction leader, chief business official, district superintendent, and educational consultant. As a school principal, all three of the schools Mr. Watson led became California Distinguished Schools and one a National Blue Ribbon School.  During his tenure as Superintendent of Upland Unified School District (USD), Mr. Watson was instrumental in the development of a district wide strategic achievement plan encompassing 14 schools in his district.  Mr. Watson received a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from CSU, Pomona and a M.S. Degree in Educational Administration Studies from CSU, Fullerton. He also holds a lifetime California Standard Teaching Credential and Administrative Services Credential.