Chief Executive Officer
Jodi Jones began her work with charter schools in 1997 working in the database department with one of California’s original charter schools, Horizon Instructional Systems which was the start of IEM. As of December 2017, Jodi re-joined IEM. Read more…
IEM – Business Directors
Wendy is very proud to have been a part of the charter school movement since 1994 and has supported IEM schools since their inception. Currently Wendy is the Director of Accounting and Contracted Programs and has 25 years of combined accounting experience in both public non-profit and private accounting. She takes pride in her work and leads the accounting team in their various tasks such as the daily operations of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Contracted Programs.
As the Director of Enrollment Services, Cortny oversees the Student Records/Assigning, Attendance, Parent Support/Intake departments, and main reception at IEM. Some of her responsibilities include identifying and implementing legislative changes that affect the IEM departments to ensure legal compliance, oversight of annual state and federal reporting, and facilitating and administering best policies and practices insuring the accuracy of record keeping and privacy. Cortny believes that a parent knows their student best, and optimizing a parent’s choice to make educational decisions for their student supports an environment that develops a life-long learner. She has worked for IEM since 2006, and holds a Bachelor of Business Management, including certification in Project Management, and a Master of Business Administration.
Human Resource Services
As Director of Human Resource Services, Steven’s responsibilities include the oversight of talent acquisition, HRIS, classification and compensation, performance and discipline management, employee relations, employee benefits, policies and procedures, state and federal reporting, and providing support and leadership to faculty, staff and administration on all things human resources. Steven holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the California State University, Sacramento. He has completed professional certification in Human Resources Management with the University of Phoenix, he has also earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Committed to life-long learning, he plans to complete his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resource Management at North Central University. Steven is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the past President of a local SHRM chapter and has also served on the Arizona State Council for the Arizona Society of Human Resources Management (AZSHRM).
Information Technology Services
Eugene Linger serves as IEM’s Director of Information Technology (I.T.). As the information age continually evolves, Eugene’s team aggressively stays on the leading edge to provide technology support for IEM’s Charter Schools. Eugene’s team is responsible for IEM’s proprietary Student Information System(SIS), G Suites for Education, IEM’s Internet/Intranet Websites, and School’s Network Infrastructure. Eugene has 25 plus years in I.T. with a variety of technical certifications including a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Degree from Old Dominion University with Majors in Economics and Management Information Systems.
Vendor & Purchasing Services
John Wilberger is the Director of Vendor and Purchasing Services and the Director of the General Services / Risk Management / Facilities departments for IEM. He has been an advocate for the home school and independent study movement since its inception and began homeschooling his children in 1989. His daughter is enrolled in an IEM charter school. John oversees the Vendor Relations and OML department as well as administering the workers’ compensation and commercial package insurance policies for IEM and the IEM schools. In addition, John is responsible for the risk management, safety and support services including the oversight of all contracts for the organization. John has contributed his expertise in many areas since 2001, which includes executive administrative leadership teams, Human Resources, played a pivotal role in (4) successful charter renewals as District Liaison and is currently overseeing the CHRIS Project. Prior to coming on board with IEM, John spent 17 years with NEC Electronics, Inc., as a manager.
IEM Schools – Academic Directors
Executive Director of Academics
As Executive Director Burke Wallace has a key role in supporting the vision and management of IEM schools. He oversees a team of administrators that has responsibility for Assessment and Accountability, Teacher Support, and Educational support. Through this he ensures metrics are used to develop school goals to support students, parents, and certificated employees. Burke believes all people are capable of being life-long learners and in addition to teaching and administrative credentials, he has earned a Master of Arts degree in Religion, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Curriculum and Guidance Services
Brandy Anderson serves as the Director of Curriculum & Guidance for all IEM charter schools. He is the father of 6 children, with the four oldest attending South Sutter Charter School. As a homeschooling parent, he understands the challenges and rewards of homeschooling your children. In the area of Curriculum, his department coordinates all aspects of the RtI (Response to Instruction) program, English Learner student support, student learning analytics, and the training of parents and teachers in various curriculum options, educational approaches, and ongoing trainings on the CA state standards. In the area of Guidance, his team of Guidance Coordinators work closely with each high school family to help them navigate through various high school pathways so that each student can develop a plan to achieve their career and college goals. Brandy Anderson has a Bachelor’s degree in Botany (UCSB) and M.S. / Ph.D. in Soil Science (Univ. of Vermont), with Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Geoscience and Biological Science.
Special Education Services
Maria Carr is the Director of Special Education for non-profit management company, Innovative Education Management. She has 12 years of experience in California charter schools as a Director of Special Education. Maria has presented at conferences such as the California Charter School Development Conference, SEIS Users Conference as well as the CCSA conference. She holds a multiple subject credential, special education credential as well as an administrative credential. She supports and supervises the Special Education Department as well as the SST and 504 processes. Maria is committed to effective collaboration with all families and students.