• Supporting Our School!

    We are invested in our students and in our community!

    José M. Morachis, PhD

    Chairman, Board of Directors

    José is co-founder and CEO of NanoCellect Biomedical Inc. Morachis brings diverse biomedical research and clinical training from his postdoctoral training at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, previous research at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-into-Grad fellowship program, and industry experience at Amgen, Inc. José holds a doctorate in Biology from UCSD (Salk Institute) and a B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Riverside.

  • Gloria Banuelos, PhD

    Board of Directors

    My professional knowledge and expertise is wide ranging, including: 1) designing, implementing, managing and evaluating educational programs, 2) teaching and curriculum development both at the secondary-level and in higher education; 3) promoting STEM Career pathways among secondary and post-secondary students, teachers, and professors using labor market data; and 4) conducting scientific and education research. My professional goal is to create and maintain robust pipelines for students to enter careers in STEM and successfully contribute to San Diego’s STEM economy. Dr. Banuelos holds a PhD in Science Education from Stanford University, a Masters in Biochemistry from Cal State LA, and her B.S. from Mills College.

  • William Alaynick, PhD

    Board of Directors

    William Alaynick, Ph.D. received his BA from the University of Washington in the History of Science and completed his doctorate at UCSD and The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in Biomedical Sciences. Through his consultancy, ScholarNexus, he has helped translate academic projects into start-up companies. As a neighbor of Arroyo Paseo and the father of a small child, he is interested in helping our community educate its children to achieve a better standard of living. His focus is on improving the science facilities.

  • Corey Manchester

    Board of Directors

    Corey Manchester is a full time Professor at Grossmont Community College, San Diego State University, and part time at the University of Redlands School of Business in San Diego, California. He has been teaching a variety of mathematics and statistics courses for sixteen years, ranging from developmental algebra to graduate level statistics. He has also been actively involved in the enhancement of the developmental education program at Grossmont CC. He holds a Bachelors in Mathematics and Masters in Statistics degrees at the University of New Mexico in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM. Immediately following the completion of his graduate degree, he moved to San Diego and began teaching mathematics and statistics.

  • Estralita Martin, PhD

    Board of Directors

    Dr. Martin obtained her B.S. degree from Oberlin College in Biology and physical education, her M.S. degree in Biology from Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in Biology University of California at Berkeley. At San Diego State University, she is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Sciences and the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Students in Academia (CASA) in the College.

  • Lavar Watkins

    Board of Directors

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