Discovery Charter School Board of Directors
Discovery Charter School Board Directors
Christopher Foisie TreasurerChristopher has been a leader and financial professional for 15 years. He has spent a great deal of his professional career negotiating complex revenue contracts and managing expectations with sales teams, aligning corporate financial decisions, and working cross-functionally to manage growth goals. Education is in Chris’ blood – his mom was a teacher. Growing up in an educational environment instilled in him the value of good educators and the impact they make on children’s lives. Chris has two children enrolled at the Falcon campus. He and his family have an active lifestyle. They enjoy downhill skiing and many Tahoe winters.
Ilan Spieler –Ilan is a staff attorney with the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. He has worked extensively on civil litigation cases in a variety of areas. Ilan has had a lifelong interest in education, volunteering at schools long before he started his family, and at one point in his life’s journey, he considered becoming a teacher. Ilan has two children enrolled at the Phoenix campus. His interests include cooking, computers and technology, and playing guitar and writing music. , President
Christiana Sanchez - , Director
Christiana has worked in public policy for over 15 years and is passionate about community service. She is the former vice president of MANA del Norte, an educational non-profit, and worked in Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Fellow. In addition, she has worked in several capacities for the New Mexico State Attorney General and the Secretary of State including consumer advocacy, public relations, campaign finance and elections, and ethics compliance. Christiana has a bachelors degree from The University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in School and Community Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. She lives with her husband and two children in San Jose, California.
Autumn Talbott -, Secretary
Since joining the Falcon community in 2018, Autumn has been an active volunteer and a proponent of the unique emotional and social developmental gifts that the Discovery Charter Schools provide to children. She spent her own childhood surrounded by hills and farm animals in rural Northern California, learning by experience how to identify poison oak and rattlesnakes. Autumn's love of numbers and logic earned her a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has brought her passion for data-driven solutions to rocket fuels, semiconductors, and a biomedical device start-up before pursuing new challenges as a lawyer for the World Intellectual Property Organization (a specialized agency of the United Nations) in Geneva, Switzerland. She has served on the board of several non-profits, where she has focused her efforts on long-term financial sustainability and growth.
Jennifer Walrod -
Jennifer has worked in a variety of positions in schools around the world including South Korea, Thailand, Ethiopia, and San Jose, CA. She is passionate about developing educational programs and attended Columbia University, Teachers College, receiving an MA in International Educational Development. Jennifer has taught English as a Second Language and Social Studies to elementary and middle school students, written curricula, started school libraries and developed summer and after-school programs, as well as, a variety of other activities related to assisting schools in reaching their optimal growth. She is employed at the Harker School as the Director of Global Education. Jennifer is very active and loves camping, hiking and going to the beach with her two children, who both attend Discovery's Phoenix campus.