Amber Raskin President
Amber Golden Raskin is a veteran charter school founder and operator as
well as an accomplished television producer with expertise in school
governance and business management. In addition to serving as an
Executive Director of iLEAD Schools Development, and sitting on
the schools’ governing boards, she sits on local community boards
and aspires to make her local and global community all that it can be.
She has advocated in both Sacramento and Washington D.C. for
community, safety and educational issues. A graduate of California
State University at Long Beach, she has traveled the world, often with
kids in tow. Amber decided to create a charter school so that access
to innovative educational instruction would be accessible to a wide
range of students. The first independent site based charter school in
the Santa Clarita Valley was opened in 2008, which led to the creation
of more schools and eventually a Charter Management Organization.
Before education she worked in the television industry as a
producer, responsible for creating hundreds of hours of network
television. She was responsible for multimillion-dollar budgets,
staffing, and the start-up of new companies, including work in budget
creation and forecasting, contract negotiations, facilities procurement
and negotiations, and a host of other management activities.
While in television, she managed several different staffs of 100+ and in
her current position, she oversees 200+ employees, develops
new programs, procedures and processes to support the innovative
schools in the iLEAD Schools network. Amber is a systems thinker, with a
deep understanding of the creative process and believes that the
systems and procedures in any organization should conform to human
behavior and the people that use them, rather than the other way around.
An entrepreneur and innovator at heart, Amber is increasingly being
asked to speak at various events regarding making a difference
and educational reform.
Vice President Greg Kimura graduated from the University of LaVerne’s (ULV) MBA program with high honors and was soon hired by the Department of Defense (DOD) in Ventura County, CA, as an electronics engineer and then promoted to electronics program engineer. His career has included experience in property management, entrepreneurship, consulting, property management, and investment. He is president of the Val Verde Civic Association (VVCA), Val Verde representative for the Castaic Area Town Council (CATC), and a member of the board of Directors for the Val Verde Community Benefits Funding Committee (CBFC).
John Vescovo Community Member
John’s professional career has included various roles in banking, public accounting, private bank consulting, and related bank regulatory management. John has held the positions of field team leader for the U.S. Treasury – OCC, director of internal audit for a large California regional bank, manager of bank consulting at one regional CPA firm and senior audit manager for another, president/CEO of a consulting business and West Coast assistant regional office director for a nationwide consulting firm. John is currently employed as the senior vice president and chief risk officer for Bank of Santa Clarita.
John earned a bachelor of science in business administration and accounting from California State University, Northridge. John is a certified internal auditor through the Institute of Internal Auditors and a former commissioned national bank examiner with the U.S. Treasury Department. John has authored several articles for banking periodicals and newsletters and has conducted officer-and-director-level training at various West Coast banking conferences and at his bank.
John has been active in Toastmasters for about 10 years and has achieved the designations of distinguished toastmaster, former district lieutenant governor, and chief contest judge for various speech contests. John is an active member in the Southern California Compliance Officer Roundtable and in the local chapters of various banking, auditing and risk management associations.
John has been happily married for 17 years, has three children, including his son who attends SCVi, and two grandchildren. He lives with his family in Castaic and is happy to be part of the local community including joining the school’s governing board.
Wendy Ruiz Parent Representative
Wendy Ruiz is the Infant/Toddler Director at
College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education and an
instructor for the ECE department. Wendy has worked with children and
families for over 20 years in both the classroom setting as well as in
administration. Wendy sits on the board of the Southern California
Valley Association for the Education of Young Children as the Week of
the Young Child Chair and has coordinated the Week of the Young Child
Play Day for the past six years. Wendy received her B.A. in Child
Development from Cal State University Northridge and her M.S. in Child
Development/Child Life from the University of La Verne.
Dustin Lengning Member, Teacher Representative Dustin, or Mr. L as many learners refer to him, has a love for education, sports, and becoming submerged in projects (something he learned here at SCVi). He received his bachelor 's degree in social sciences with an emphasis in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. He continued his education through Chapman to receive his teaching credential and a master 's degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and design. Mr. L has been teaching math, science, and language at SCVi for the past four years. He also has enjoyed being lead coach for the Lego Robotics Program and SCVi Bowling the last several seasons. Being a hands-on learner himself, Mr. L knows the positive results that occur when an instructor allows learners to discover their own education through projects. Not only is it the discovery of education, but it is also a love for learning that lasts throughout one 's life. He is proud to have been given the opportunity to be a part of SCVi's team. He firmly believes in the philosophy of education by which the school serves, and he hopes to instill the love for knowledge in all of his learners.