Phoenix Governing Board

Notices of public meetings, agendas, and scheduled dates, times, and places for Academy of Math and Science Schools, as may be required under A.R.S. 38-432 et seq., will be posted on the Governing Board page for each school here.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.