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
Director Financial Services/Controller
Mark joined IEM in 2019 following six years supporting the charter school movement. Prior to working with charter schools Mark spent seven years in public accounting and public finance focusing on supporting schools and local governments in facility and operational financing as well as working in tax and audit services.
Mark believes that the millions of California public school students benefit from a broad range of public school options and is thrilled to support IEM in offering alternative pathways to educational success.
As Controller and Director of Fiscal Services Mark is oversees fiscal and financial management of the organization as well as supporting strategic planning. Current areas of emphasis include process development and improvement, internal controls, federal and state compliance, budget development and management, and financial evaluation.
Mark is proactively striving to develop reporting capabilities to meet the evolving needs of stakeholders and looks forward to the opportunity to implement new technology to support the organization’s financial and fiscal needs.
Communications and Development Services
Cynthia Rachel has been with IEM Schools for 10 years and is currently the Director of Communications and Development. She began her time here as an Education Specialist for South Sutter Charter School. She has a background in classroom-based instruction and has enjoyed the transition to the charter school, non-classroom based instruction world. Cynthia has earned her Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction and also holds an Administrative Credential. She lives in Northern California with her two children.
Through her time with IEM she has grown to understand and embrace the concept of parent-driven education with a student-centered focus. Together with staff, students and families, Cynthia’s goal for the schools is to develop life-long learners. Her department helps with this goal by providing oversight in areas of charter compliance, governance, political relations, communications, social media and developing relationships with the authorizing school districts.
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.
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.
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.