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Board of Directors

Navid McCarthy


Navid joined Excelsior Charter Schools in 2001 as a Math teacher and during her career at Excelsior held the positions of lead mentor, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Deputy Superintendent. She retired from Excelsior in 2017.

Navid holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She also holds a California clear teaching credential in math and a supplementary credential in physical science in addition to a clear leadership credential.

She has lived in the High Desert since 1990.

Travon Martin


Travon Martin serves as Manager of Advocacy and Community Engagement for Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, where he oversees elected official engagement, marketing support, stakeholder engagement, and corporate partnership relations. Travon supports system-wide engagement initiatives aimed at informing and improving the system. 

Travon has over 10 years of experience in community development, public relations, transformational leadership, and corporate communications in K12 education. Before joining the Alliance team, he led the Community Engagement Division for The Ontario International Airport Authority overseeing engagement, sponsorships,  governmental relations, and partnerships. He earned his bachelor's from Cambridge College and his master's from Azusa Pacific University. 


Dr. Alan Kay

Board Member

Dr. Alan Kay is proud to serve the educational community in the Inland Empire.  His professional service as an educator started in 1998 as a teacher for the San Bernardino City Unified School District where he has served in a variety of capacities for the past 25 years.  These duties have included middle school teacher, curriculum development expert, vice principal, and principal.  Dr. Kay earned his doctorate degree from the University of Redlands in the area of Educational Justice and focused on instructional supervision and evaluation.

A few of Dr. Kay’s professional affiliations include serving as a chairperson for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, community advisory commissioner for the East Valley Water District, and working with the National Institute of School Leadership.  He also coordinates with Educational Testing Service as well as local universities on Teacher Development and School Administrator Development.

Dr. Kay works closely with schools and local colleges in the development of Career Technical Education (CTE) in order to help ensure strong pathways for students to have opportunities to find well-paying jobs out of high school so that they can pursue their university interests while also earning a good salary in order to reduce student long-term dept.  He encourages and focuses on finding partners in the community who can provide avenues for students such as internships and work-study programs.

In his spare time, Dr. Kay enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and traveling.

His focus in working with Excelsior Charter Schools is to ensure that a vibrant, positive, and engaging learning environment is at the forefront for students.  This is done by supporting the staff and administration in maintaining policies and budget that align to the mission and vision of the organization.

Terrance Stone

Board Member

Terrance L. Stone is Founder/President/ CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy and C.E.O. of Stone Consultants, International Gang Expert, Trainer and Speaker has served as a youth counselor and graduated Cal State LA for State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist, serves on Committees with the San Bernardino County Sherriff and San Bernardino City Chief of Police, Executive Board Member and Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force, Past Board Member of the Southern California African American Chamber of Commerce, and San Bernardino Chapter NAACP, trained with San Bernardino City Police Department on the train the trainer course “Principled Policing” and also chosen by past Mayor of San Bernardino Pat Morris to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. He is committed to steering young peo¬ple away from the life that cost him much of his precious youth. In essence, Terrance is allowing his life mistakes to help others discover their personal worth and true-life purpose. Stone’s change in heart, spir¬it and action has resulted in his reaching over 35,000 at risk youth he is now CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy multiple locations in the Inland Empire and growing. Stone’s sincere efforts have result¬ed in his receiving multiple awards.