Board of Directors

Compass Charter Schools is governed by a California nonprofit public-benefit corporation and has an independent Board of Directors who meet regularly to oversee the school’s management, operation, activities, and affairs.

The Board of Directors defines, composes, and revises (as needed) the policies of the school and ensures compliance with its agreements and applicable laws and regulations.

All regularly-scheduled board meetings begin at 6 PM PST, unless otherwise noted on the agenda. Compass Charter Schools utilizes Board On Track to post our agendas, packets and minutes; please visit Board on Track to access all of our Board of Directors meeting information.

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Thomas Arnett | Board Member

Thomas Arnett is passionately dedicated to helping improve US K–12 education to ensure all students are able to fulfill their potential. He currently pursues this aim through his work as a senior research fellow in education for the Clayton Christensen Institute. His work focuses on studying innovations that amplify educator capacity, documenting barriers to K-12 innovation, and identifying disruptive innovations in education.

Thomas previously served as a trustee and board president for the Morgan Hill Unified School District in Morgan Hill, California, worked as an Education Pioneers fellow with the Achievement First Public Charter Schools, and taught middle school math as a Teach For America teacher in Kansas City Public Schools.

Thomas received a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bill Dennett | Board Treasurer

Bill Dennett currently serves as the Director of Pupil Services and Special Education for Mountain Empire Unified School District.  He has over 27 years serving in public education as a teacher, a site principal at both the elementary level and middle school level.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Diego State University. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and taught grades 2 through 5 for 18 years. During that time he continued his education by obtaining a masters degree in education which served him well in the classroom. While teaching, he took on many leadership roles within his school district such as an Effective Reading Intervention Site Reading Coach, School Site Council Chair, Lead Teacher, as well as a Peer Assistance and Review Council Member and a BTSA Support Provider. 

In 2007 he decided to expand his leadership role by entering San Diego State University’s Educational Leadership program, completing the program in 2009.   After receiving his administrative credential, he took on a position as an Elementary Teaching Assistant Principal in Mountain Empire Unified.  In 2011, he became the principal of two small elementary schools, he then helped transition one of those schools into a middle school for the district, where he also served as principal. In 2014, he moved on to a role in the district’s office as a director overseeing special education and all of pupil services, including Foster and Homeless programs, district-wide attendance, and residency. He serves as the district’s UCP official chairing all SARB Hearings and assisting with charter school oversight.

Randi Pugh | Board Member

Randi Pugh is a “Loud and Proud” Compass parent.

Randi holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration management and has played varying roles in a multitude of industries including non-profit, retail management, human resources, and data research. In recent years she has focused on facilitating the education of her youngest child who has Autism and was no longer being appropriately served in the brick & mortar public education system.

She advocates and acts as a voice for parents who seek the best educational opportunities for their children regardless of ability. It is her passion that all students have the opportunity to develop a life-long love of learning, enabled by embracing the whole spectrum of learning methods, educational choices, and enrichment engagements.

She serves the Compass community as the chair of the Parent Advisory Committee and as a parent representative to the El Dorado County Charter SELPA Community Advisory Committee.

Martin Suarez | Board Chair

Martin has twenty-one years of experience in youth development programming and community expansion. This background has prepared Martin to lead unique collaborative groups designed to better the lives of youth and their families. Over the years Martin’s expertise has ranged from personnel, administration, volunteer/staff recruitment, and training, to long-range strategic planning, community relations, traditional and non-traditional after-school programming, and outdoor education.

Martin began his after school trek with the California Teaching Fellows Foundation (CTFF) in 1997 as a tutor.  Quickly, his passion for service grew as he became familiar with the needs of the community. This fire eventually led to his promotion as a Site Lead to grow a program of his own. In 2002, Martin founded SoluNet, a non-profit organization that focused on assisting educational agencies with the design and implementation of After School Programs throughout Fresno and Madera County. During his time with SoluNet, Martin facilitated the creation of an adaptable framework which allowed after school leadership to provide services to diverse schools and communities. Under his supervision, SoluNet received recognition from the California Department of Education for having the only elementary after-school program demonstration site in the Central Valley. In 2014, Martin returned to CTFF accepting his current position as Deputy Director.

Martin received his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from California State University, Fresno in 2002, and his teaching credential in 2004.

John Vargas | Board Member

For nearly a decade, John Vargas has held key leadership positions in public education since cofounding Global Education Academy, a successful public charter school serving disadvantage youth in South Los Angeles. He has served as lead administrator for numerous charter schools and continues to support scholar achievement in his new role as CEO of EdVantage Education Group, a newly formed nonprofit organization, focused on supporting and improving charter schools through a partnership model of collaboration.

John has served in public office since 2009, when he was elected to the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees. Here John focused on creating policy to ensuring the academic and social success of the District’s 9,000 scholars. Currently, John serves on the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees (since 2013), holding the distinction of being the first Latino to ever serve on the Board. John focuses on fiscal stability and increasing access to the District’s successful program for all scholars.

John’s life of service has extended to numerous nonprofit boards, including the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), where he currently serves as Board Vice-President, working to increase the level of Latino civic engagement nation-wide at all levels.

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Linguistics from Cal State University Long Beach.