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Spencer Styles, C.P.A, M.P.A.
President & CEO

As President and CEO, Spencer spearheads Charter Impact’s initiatives and is responsible for the long-term growth and sustainability of the company.  In addition to internal operations oversight, Spencer guides new schools through the start-up and grant application process, directs and manages the strategic growth of existing schools, and bolsters established schools in their navigation and execution of facility financing. 

Prior to Charter Impact, Spencer was the Vice President of Finance for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a network of 28 free public high schools and middle schools serving over 12,000 students in low-income communities in California with historically under-performing schools. His primary areas of concentration included maintaining all accounting systems, designing and implementing the internal control framework, developing cash flow projections and forecasts for organizational growth, and providing guidance on fiscal best practices.

Before working in the charter school world, Spencer was a practitioner in public accounting for several years and has experience leading audits and reviews of privately-held companies, publicly-traded companies, governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. He has also provided a wide variety of technical consulting including litigation support, due diligence testing for mergers and acquisitions, internal control design and implementation, stock option valuation and Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 compliance and implementation. 

Spencer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with a minor in Mathematics, and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree with an emphasis in Finance, both from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is an actively licensed CPA.

 

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Andy Stern, M.B.A.  
Managing Director, Accounting Services

Andy has a broad and extensive senior management background in fast-growing, well-regarded charter management organizations and several technology companies. His unique mix of experiences enables him to provide financial and strategic advice to charter schools and non-profit organizations that grapple with many of those same growth issues. 

For the five years prior to joining Charter Impact, Andy was the Chief Business Officer at Rocketship Education, one of the fastest growing charter management organizations in the US, operating 16 schools in 4 states under 7 different authorizers. In that role, he was responsible for several non-academic functions including finance, operations, human resources, legal, and real estate. While at Rocketship, he oversaw teams that acquired, designed, constructed and financed 9 new school facilities. He led financing of those facilities through a mix of lease-to-purchase, construction loans, and the issuance of more than $100 million of Tax-Free Municipal Bonds.

Before Rocketship, Andy served as the Chief Financial Officer at several thriving companies in the high-tech industry, leading domestic and international teams, and leading multiple venture capital financing rounds.

Andy has always been passionate about public education. Early in his career, he spent five years as a professor at San Francisco State University. More recently, he served as President of the San Mateo High School Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for raising funds to support academics and programs at San Mateo High School, a diverse public school from which his two children graduated. He now brings that passion for public education to helping other children gain access to the quality education that he and his children enjoyed.

Andy earned a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

 

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Dawn Bastin, M.B.A.  
Director of Accounting Services

Dawn’s vast background working in multiple leadership capacities for both nonprofits and for-profit organizations provides her with strong financial and problem-solving skills. She has held the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for a K-12 Unified District in the greater L.A. area, and Director of Finance for Fortune 500 companies.

Dawn also served as the Director of Business Services for the Los Angeles Community College District, overseeing 9 campuses and 20,000 employees.  While there, she negotiated health benefits, automated the enrollment process, and managed insurance contracting and procurement for each campus. Her passion for education has also led her to teach multiple grade levels, including middle school and university courses.

Dawn’s leadership experience enables her to assist unique and often complicated organizations in developing financial plans that enable them to achieve their mission. By bringing expertise gleaned from nonprofit, for-profit and government programs, she helps improve and refine the financial process for charters. 

Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Business Administration from California Lutheran University.

 

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Samantha Berman  
Director of Operations

Sam brings a strong background in business management, charter schools, staff development and marketing and communications. She is responsible for supporting Charter Impact’s team and service offerings to facilitate smart, thoughtful growth and sustainable, long-term success. She works to develop and maintain a strategic perspective — based on both client and staff needs — in organizational direction and decision-making to ensure the overall health and vitality of the firm.

Prior to Charter Impact, Sam was the Director of Ladybug Music, an L.A.-based arts education program bringing a diverse and interactive music curriculum to families with young children. While there, she managed day-to-day operations and marketing, and was responsible for creating and implementing growth strategies with business-to-business and business-to-consumer relationships.

Prior to Ladybug, Sam spent several years in Marketing and Development at EdTec, another social enterprise committed to improving public education through the support of charter schools. Her position was responsible for expanding the organization’s impact through increased and enhanced visibility to new and existing schools. Before that, she worked for a handful of raucous years in entertainment production, making commercials and independent films.    

Sam is devoted to smart, imaginative organizations that foster opportunities for learning, joy and wonder. She has a passion in education that is partly due to her own wide-ranging and inspiring school background and partly due to now raising two young kids of her own. 

Sam earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Journalism/Communications from the University of Oregon. 

 

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Vireak Chheng  
Director of Data and Technology

Vireak brings 15 years of charter-specific data and tech experience to Charter Impact. In his current role, he oversees attendance, CALPADS, information technology and student data services.

Vireak began his career with charter schools in 2002 at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a community of high-performing public schools serving students in historically underserved neighborhoods of Central Los Angeles. Vireak spent 5 years working as a Data Systems Administrator and Information Technology (IT) Coordinator.

After his time at CNCA, Vireak joined the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. The Alliance is currently the largest charter school network in Los Angeles, and larger than 75% of all school districts in California. During his 10 years at Alliance, he served multiple roles in which he oversaw technical design, data collection, reporting, and analysis functions for the organization. 

In his most recent role, as Senior Vice President of Technology, he was responsible for developing strategic priorities and operating plans for IT, Student Information Systems (SIS) and Research, Assessment and Data teams.

As the accountability landscape becomes more demanding, charter schools must demonstrate their student information and achievement in more sophisticated ways. A key part of Vireak’s work with Charter Impact is focused on guiding clients to make data-informed decisions to impact and highlight the success of their schools and students. Vireak is passionate about ensuring that all students have an opportunity to experience high-quality education and is thrilled to use his expertise to continue serving the charter community.

Vireak earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from California State University, Northridge. 

 

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Maylen Naranjo, M.B.A.
Director of Business
Support Services

Maylen is responsible for the oversight and management of the Payroll and Accounts Payable teams at Charter Impact. She has been working with charter schools in several capacities for over a decade. In 2007, she joined the charter world as a payroll administrator at Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC), a non-profit charter school organization consisting of 16 schools serving the Northeast San Fernando Valley and Northeast Los Angeles. While there, she advanced to become the manager of PUC’s Accounting department.

After her time at PUC, Maylen joined the team at a financial management services provider specializing in charter schools, where she played a leading role in managing both client services and personnel.

She continues that work at Charter Impact today, where she oversees and implements efficient operational systems, processes and policies in support of our growing company’s mission and our expanding team. She is passionate about providing excellent service and personalized support to the great organizations we serve, and is confident that the work we do helps these schools offer the best possible education to underserved students.

Maylen earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

 

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Theresa Thompson, C.P.A.
Director of Accounting Services

Theresa comes to Charter Impact with a strong background in non-profit organizations, public accounting firms, higher education institutions, and audit services. She previously worked in the Office of the President at the University of Hartford, under the direction of the VP of Finance and Controller. While there, Theresa was responsible for daily accounting functions of the University, providing support and guidance on NCAA and A-133 audits, researching special federal tax issues and preparing all University tax returns and reports, and developing and presenting financial statements.

Prior to the University of Hartford, Theresa was a Senior Accountant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, where she co-managed the Foundation’s annual grant disbursement budget of approximately $186M and performed risk management oversight of the Foundation’s insurance budget. Before that, she was an Accounting Supervisor at the national headquarters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, MD.

In that role, Theresa managed grant accounts, maintained the donation database, prepared monthly reconciling schedules and audit schedules, and supervised on a wide range of accounting tasks related to reconciliations and customer service in the Cash Receipts Department. 

Before pursuing accounting roles in philanthropic foundations, Theresa was also a Staff and Senior Auditor for over 5 years at two Maryland-based audit firms. Her varied experience gives her the background and compassion needed to understand and identify with the challenges facing mission-driven individuals and organizations. 

Theresa earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. 

 

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James Weber, C.P.A.
Director of Accounting Services

Jim comes to Charter Impact with a strong background in education, public accounting, and audit services. He brings extensive charter-specific experience in financial accounting, analysis and management, most notably from his recent role as Assistant Controller at Rocketship Education, a multi-state non-profit charter management organization. 

During his six-year tenure at Rocketship, Jim was responsible for the preparation and presentation of financial statements and packages for the organization and related real estate entity during growth from 5 schools in the Bay Area (2011–12) to 18 schools in four states (2017–18), exceeding $100 million in revenue. In that role, he also provided accounting management for federal, state and private grants; managed year-end and month-end close and annual audits, and prepared continuing disclosure reports for Rocketship’s Obligated Group bond financed facilities.

Prior to Rocketship, Jim spent several years in public accounting with Plante Moran in Ann Arbor, MI, where he prepared audit documentation, tests of internal controls, financial statements and related disclosures, and reviewed and prepared federal, multi-state and local returns for various business entities. Additionally, he has over a decade of experience as a GL and Staff Accountant with private agricultural firms in California’s Central Valley.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University. He is an actively licensed CPA.

 

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Chris Williams, M.B.A.
Director of Accounting Services

Chris brings several years of executive-level financial experience spanning a wide range of industries to his current role at Charter Impact. He most recently served as Financial Controller for a growing building services company. While there, he was responsible for managing and guiding multiple department managers through an aggressive growth process. Chris also served as the department lead for Human Resources, and was instrumental in improving accounting systems and processes, reducing debt, and helping to lift institutional restrictions on funding. Before that, he was the Director of Accounting for a Fortune 500 company, tasked with reporting financial results to over 100 third-party partners, and prior to that, he was an auditor with the Illinois Auditor Generals’ Office. 

Having two charter-attending children of his own, Chris is all too familiar with the benefits charter schools can provide to families seeking exceptional educational opportunities. He is thrilled to now support several quality charter schools with strong, accurate financial information and operational support and guidance.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Master of Business Administration, both from Southern Illinois University.