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2024   Regular Meetings


Meetings will be held

in person at the SVA cafeteria and may also be

accessed via live video at Blue Oak Academy or

remotely via Zoom.

January 16

February 20

March 19

April 16

May 21

June  18

July  16

August 20

September  17

October 15

November 19

December 10


Vice Chair


Craig Wheaton





Harold Rollin


Since March, 2015, Mr. Rollin has served on the Board of The Academies Charter Management Organization (TACMO), formerly known as Sycamore Valley Academy.  He has served as Board Chair since October, 2017.


Through his Board service, Mr. Rollin has helped to steer the Board in addressing numerous issues, including initial chartering and charter renewal, facilities, leadership transition, budgeting, personnel, and other difficult issues.


Mr. Rollin holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law.  Professionally, Mr. Rollin has been an attorney since December, 1993, and has been in sole practice since October, 1999, representing clients in civil matters of all kinds, with an emphasis in business, real estate, collections, construction, and conservatorship law.


Mr. Rollin is a former member and a past president of Visalia Breakfast Rotary, and is also a member and past president of the Tulare County Bar Association.  He has also served on other Boards in Visalia.


Mr. Rollin is pleased to serve on the Board of TACMO, where he contributes his legal skill and knowledge, board experience, time, and effort to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of the students, families and staff of TACMO, Sycamore Valley Academy, and Blue Oak Academy.


Mr. Rollin resides in Visalia with his wife and two children who both attend Sycamore Valley Academy.

Alex Tietjen

Alex Tietjen is a Visalia native. He attended Visalia public schools before going to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned a BA in History in 2006. After graduation, he interned for a year at SCICON, the outdoor school operated by the Tulare County Office of Education, as an Outdoor Educator and this experience sparked his love of education. 


In 2010 Alex began working for the Burton School District as a middle school social science teacher. In 2013 he transitioned into a role supporting teacher’s use of technology with their students. As the one-to-one technology initiative grew in the district, Alex moved into a position overseeing the entire academic technology program. He is now the Director of Technology for Burton schools, overseeing all aspects of technology use. In that time Alex earned an MS in Education with a focus on educational technology and is in the process of earning a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Johns Hopkins University. 


Alex is excited to serve on the Board of The Academies, where he can contribute his experience and knowledge of education to make a positive impact on the lives of students in our community. He lives in Visalia with his wife and two young daughters.

Marilou Monsivais

Marilou Monsivais joined The Academies Board of Directors in March of 2021. She looks forward to learning from everyone around her but is especially eager to contribute her knowledge in accounting and share her passion for education.


Mrs. Monsivais moved from Los Angeles to Visalia when she was 7 years old and truly enjoyed growing up in the Central Valley. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in Accountancy from California State University, Fresno. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is a partner at Pine, Pedroncelli, and Aguilar, Inc., a public accounting firm with offices in Visalia and Porterville.


Marilou is married, has a daughter, and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and hiking new trails but especially loves traveling with her husband and visiting their daughter in college.


​Cristina Gutierrez


Cristina Gutierrez joined The Academies CMO board of directors in March of 2021. Originally from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, she earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Merced. Ms. Gutierrez moved to Visalia in 2014 working in healthcare Marketing and Communications. Ms. Gutierrez is currently the Public Information Officer for Visalia Unified School District.


Craig Wheaton

Mr. Wheaton moved to the Valley to take a position in Corcoran as a high school counselor and continuation high school teacher. He later served as a high school assistant principal, and then as an elementary school principal for 11 years. After 24 years in Corcoran, Wheaton moved to Visalia Unified, where his first job called for him to oversee state and federal projects. He later served as an area administrator, and then as superintendent beginning July 2010. He wrapped up his tenure as VUSD Superintendent and joined the Tulare County Office of Education in 2015.


Craig attended American River College and later Sacramento State University to earn his bachelor’s degree. He then earned a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and later earned a doctoral degree from Pepperdine University.


When not working tirelessly for the children of Tulare County, Craig can be found outdoors.  While his days of running marathons are behind him, he continues his lifelong habit of daily exercise. Wheaton enjoys strenuous wilderness hikes, pre-dawn jogs, skiing, and mountain biking. As an educator for more than 40 years, Wheaton is no stranger to encouraging students and co-workers to set academic goals and make plans to achieve them. Keeping in shape is no different, he says. It is simply part of everyday life. He offers this advice to those seeking to add more to their lives: set a goal and pace yourself. Craig credits his disciplined rural upbringing on a chicken farm in the Sierra Nevada foothills for his work ethic, his teacher-mother for his love of learning, and the Boy Scouts for his love of the outdoors. He has served on the TACMO Board, beginning as the TCOE representative, since February 2017.

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips joined The Academies Board of Directors in June of 2019. She values TACMO as a whole including the schools, community, parents, students, teachers, and staff. She is passionate about parent engagement, community, well-being, and instilling early the desire for learning.


Michelle works in The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Kaweah Delta Health Care District and holds a certificate in Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education. She has been a part of the Psychiatry Residency Program as the Program Coordinator since the inaugural class of psychiatry residents physicians started in 2014. She is responsible for accreditation compliance, policies and procedures, and the day-to-day management of the program, which includes 20 resident physicians and 10 core physician faculty members. She serves as Co-Chair for the GME Wellness Committee which is responsible for wellness-related policies and resources for 108 residents and over 40 core faculty as well as being one of the first contacts when there are well-being concerns.


Michelle volunteers, with Blue Oak Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization, is a bedside volunteer for No One Dies Alone (NODA) and serves on various committees at the hospital.


Michelle was born and raised in the Central Valley. She lives in Visalia with her husband Matt and three children, Elizabeth, Adam and Liam. She enjoys reading, volunteer work, mountain biking, and trips with the family in their van they converted for camping.


Mary Aceves

Mary Aceves brings a wealth of experience from the business sector to the Academies Board of Directors. Her professional career comprises over 12 years of experience working within the Food and Beverage Industry, specifically in; Sales, Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement, and Information Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University.


Ms. Aceves is a first-generation, Mexican-American, woman who was born and raised in Tulare, CA. Her parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States and settled in Tulare to raise a family of 10. Mary is fluent in Spanish and English, loves Mexican cuisine, music and art. She is proud to represent her Hispanic heritage both professionally and personally. 


Mary attributes her drive for success and heart for others directly from the example set by her parents. She is passionate about giving back by contributing to the community in which she has grown up by and positively impacting the lives of the people she encounters. Mary resides in Tulare with her husband and four children who attend Sycamore Valley Academy.

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