Governing Board

Notices of public meetings for Academy of Math and Science Schools, as may be required under A.R.S. 38-432 et seq., will be posted on the school glass windows at each individual school and in the lobby of 3448 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, Arizona. The lobby is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays and shall contain the information required by law.  


Board Members

Steven Garbade is an experienced executive, leader, and developer of in the field of educational information technology.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, currently marketing professional at McMurry/TMG marketing agency, with executive experience in the development of educational information technology systems that serve over one million students.

Robert Avalos is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Arizona Bank and Trust with over 13 years of experience in commercial, industrial, non-profit, and real estate lending.  He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from New Mexico State University, and has volunteer experience working in non-profits in various capacities including as a board member. 

Catherine Borinstein has over 18 years of executive management experience with an extensive background in marketing.  Currently, she is a marketing and development consultant. Previously she was Arts and Culture Advisor in Mayor Rothschild’s office in Tucson, Arizona. Her marketing background includes retail, newspaper, and even construction. Her volunteer services have included: Integrative Touch for Kids special events committee, United Way, Salvation Army, Cass Community Social Services and Race for the Cure.

He is in his sixth year of fulltime employment with AMS. Mr. Chayka is a published author with contributions ranging from newspapers, education blogs, and the Journal of School Choice. In 2016, he received the Hammer award from Glenn Hammer, President of Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a regular contributor at Arizona Charter School Association’s Annual Conference on topics including replication and scaling, facilities development and academics, and he has led presentations at other conferences, including A for Arizona’s Annual Conference and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Annual Conference. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona, majoring in Business Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a New Schools for Phoenix 2015 Fellow.

Ms. Chayka has more than 26 years of education and administrative experience in both secondary and post-secondary settings. In 2000, Ms. Chayka founded the AMS Prince School in Tucson, Arizona. Her vision was to create a school which offered a superior education in mathematics and science to at-risk and under-served students who are traditionally denied the opportunity of a quality education. She has conducted research regarding student achievement which has been published by Richard Schmuck in “Practical Action Research.” She has presented on grant funding at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference. Ms. Chayka graduated with a Master of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics from the University of Pedagogy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision with a focus in Business from Arizona State University’s Leadership for Educational Entrepreneur’s program.

Holly Marcus is a licensed real estate agent with Homesmart. Holly Marcus holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in marketing, from Drake university. She has nearly 20 years of experience in her profession accumulated at various companies such as Monster (a leading global online careers company), Insight Enterprises (a technology solutions providing specializing in networking), and within the manufactured home industry. She has served in several volunteer roles including on the Arizona Society of Human Resource Management (AZ SHRM) and on the fundraising committee of an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

Jill Rich received degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Arizona.  She has been working in real estate since 1982. Over the last 20 years, Mrs. Rich has volunteered for numerous boards, committees, and teams in the Tucson community, serving on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, as a mentor for the Lost Boys of Sudan Foundation, Vice President for the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and many more. She also has numerous honors and awards, one of which is the Tucson Citizen of the Year award in 1999. Jill Rich's present work with the schools includes: real estate and small business, grant writing and fundraising, community involvement, refugee resettlement, foster parenting and adoption.

Maya Kashtelyan has a BA in Music Theory and Pedagogy from the Mogilev Musical College of Belarus and a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy, Chorus Conducting and Music Teaching from the State University of Belarus. She has over 30 years' experience teaching piano and music theory and was the founding music department head and refugee program coordinator at the Academy of Math and Science, now in her 14th year of employment with the school.

  • Bonnie Kohn, Member

Bonnie Kohn graduated with a college degree and Master’s of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona. She was a special needs teacher for 10 years and later worked in administration in the medical sector. In between those professions, for fifteen years she took an active role in volunteerism, lending her expertise and enthusiasm to a wide range of organizations including the Jewish Children and Family Services, Tucson Food Bank, El Dorado Hospital, and others. Upon her recent retirement, she has once again gotten involved with volunteering for various organizations in Tucson.

  • Sid Kohn, Member

Sid Kohn has been a practicing attorney in Arizona for over 30 years specializing in real estate. His expertise includes representing investors and developers of commercial real estate and planned communities. He has been partner/principal in several law firms and for the last twenty years has been a principal of Kohn Law Firm, PLLC.

Dr. Maria Vasilieva received her first PhD in Management and Social Sciences from Sorbonne (Paris-IV) University, France. Her second PhD is in Psycho-Sociology from Lomonossov Moscow State University, Russia. She also has a Master’s Degree in Physical Engineering from Moscow University of Engineering and Physics. Her experience with education includes four years of University and Continuous Education teaching experience and four years as an administrator at AMS and MASSA. She is currently employed with Pima Community College as their Research Project Manager.

  • Pat Klein, Member

 

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