(Left to right: Lee Iglody, Rachel Lillian, Jennifer McLeod, Jon Gardner and Paris Bayardo.)
Lee Iglody has significant experience in corporate law and finance. As a founding member of the board who was tasked with compliance, he invested the time and effort necessary to master the laws and regulations that apply to Charter Schools. In addition to his study of the law and regulations, he honed his operational and governance knowledge by attending conferences and spending hours in one-on-one meetings with other charter school administrators and board members, as well as the helpful SPCSA staff. Demonstrating his commitment to achieving the highest standard of governance, he has joined the CSAN board of trustees and is an active member in its planning group. An avid supporter of school choice and the advancement of educational excellence for all students, he is in regular communication with national and local charter school advocacy and educational groups.
Paris Bayardo received his Business Administration and Marketing degree from the University of Nevada in 2011. He works as a marketing manager with a specialty in hospice care. In addition, he has built and grown multiple businesses focusing on both marketing support and elderly care. He was not an original board member of American Preparatory Academy, but his passion for education and school choice drove him to APA in its first year of operation.
Jonathan Gardner is the Director of Strategic Sourcing at Caesars Entertainment managing the sourcing, negotiating, contracting, and procurement compliance of $200M+ annual facilities, engineering, and aviation spend. Passionate about education, Jonathan has also been a part-time/adjunct instructor at The College of Southern Nevada since 2008 and at other institutions before then. Jonathan is an MBA and has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics with an Emphasis in Actuarial Science and a Minor in Mathematics. As the APA-LV Board Treasurer, Jonathan oversees financial management and procurement compliance for the school. He and his wife, Sara, have three children attending APA-Las Vegas.
Rachel Lillian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies as well as an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the University of Utah in 2002. She also received a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on Learning and Literacy from the University of Utah in 2004. She worked as a First Grade Teacher from 2003-2006 in Utah. She then worked as an Elementary Education Evaluator for Western Governors University from 2007-2009 where she helped students who were working towards receiving their teaching degrees. She is passionate about children receiving the highest quality of education possible and is a supporter of school choice. She began serving on the board for American Preparatory Academy in 2014 and enjoys being involved in education.
Jennifer McLeod has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Biological Sciences. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she also received her Endorsement in Secondary Education. McLeod also received some graduate training in Educational Psychology at University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she focused on the devolvement and administration of standardized tests. Mrs. McLeod has worked as a certified licensed teacher in both the public and private sectors. She began her teaching career in 1995 as a public high school teacher right here in Clark County, teaching both Life Science and Biology. One of her most rewarding assignments was working with At-Risk juniors and seniors in an intense modified block, which allowed them to earn the required science credit needed for graduation. She has also had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher at various schools here in the valley and spent a large portion of those assignments working as a teacher with students with various special needs. Most recently she worked at a privately owned school teaching a rigorous curriculum in an elementary classroom. Currently, Mrs. McLeod spends time volunteering as a parent at American Preparatory Academy and became a certified WIDA screener, working with ELL students.