The Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy's Board of Directors is a group of committed individuals who meet on a regular basis to help guide and shape our school. The Board of Directors meets monthly. If you have any questions, concerns or praises please feel free to contact the school office. They will report all messages to the Board.


Chris and his wife Jenn live in Buellton and have three daughters; Claire (14), Lauren (12), and Hailey (9). Chris attended a Christian school in Portland, Oregon from kindergarten through high school. He moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College where he graduated in 1995. Chris received an MBA from the University of Portland in 1998. Chris is the owner and CEO of Lanspeed, an IT services firm headquartered in Santa Barbara. He currently coaches varsity soccer at Santa Ynez High School and coaches with the Kickers Soccer Club.  He is the co-founder of the Santa Ynez Youth Track Club.  Chris has served on the SYVCA board for 10 years.

Chris Chirgwin Vice Chairman (on the Board since 2010)

Chris Chirgwin
Vice Chairman
(on the Board since 2010)


Brendan and his wife Alicia live in Solvang with their three children, Cian (8), Warren (6) and Carys (2). Brendan grew up in Orange County and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2004. He received an MBA from the University of San Diego in 2010. Brendan met Alicia during his time in San Diego and they were married in 2009. Following the birth of their first son, Brendan moved his family to Alicia’s hometown of Santa Ynez. Brendan currently works at Platinum Performance, an animal health company based in Buellton. In addition to spending time with his family, Brendan enjoys running and cycling throughout the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.

Brendan Crowley Chairman (on the Board since 2016)

Brendan Crowley
Chairman
(on the Board since 2016)


Dan Bradley (on the Board since 2016)

Dan Bradley
(on the Board since 2016)

Dan Bradley and his wife Liz live in Santa Ynez with their 3 kids and have been part of the Christian Academy since 2011. Their 2 older children have graduated from SYVCA and their youngest is still attending. Dan has seen first-hand what a difference an education from the Christian Academy has made for his older kids and is passionate about quality Christ based education. Dan and Liz grew up in the small town of Yreka, California. They are high school sweethearts and have been married over 20 years. Dan got his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from University of Oregon. He then moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to Liz before they married. He is currently working for DD Ford construction, building custom homes in Montecito and serving on their leadership board. He enjoys being with his family, backpacking, and watching his kids play sports.


Kris Colt Treasurer (on the Board since 2017)

Kris Colt
Treasurer
(on the Board since 2017)

Kris and his wife Jody live in the Santa Ynez Valley with their 4 children and have been part of the Christian Academy since 2014. Kris graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2001 and started his career as a litigation consultant. He is now the President of Supply Chimp, an eCommerce company that sells millions of supplies to businesses and government entities around the world. Kris is an Elder for the Ranch Church Calvary Chapel and is extremely excited about the Christian education provided by the Christian Academy. The Colt family enjoys travelling, whether it's close by in Avila Beach or as far away as New Zealand, they love the adventure. 


Allison and her husband Art live in Santa Ynez with their three kids: Beckett, Lawson and Hollis. Allison was born and raised in Santa Ynez and attended the Christian Academy from kindergarten through eighth grade. Next she went to Santa Ynez Valley Union High School where she met her husband, who was also raised in the valley and attended local schools. After high school, Allison attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and concentration in Real Estate Finance. She came back to the valley after graduation to work in the mortgage industry for Trinity Financial Services. Along with that experience, she obtained her broker’s license and began working in real estate with Elam and Associates. Allison is passionate about the SYVCA family and giving back to the school that played such an integral part of her life. As her children begin attending, she is excited to see where this new generation of students will take the school.

Allison Van Leuven (on the Board since 2018)

Allison Van Leuven
(on the Board since 2018)


Julie Quinney Secretary (on the Board since 2019)

Julie Quinney
Secretary
(on the Board since 2019)

Julie and her husband, Rick, have lived as a family in thenSanta Ynez Valley with their three daughters, Chloe, Ella, and Violet, for the last 18 years. Two of whom have graduated from the Christian Academy, with their youngest still attending. Julie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Fine Art from San Francisco State University and a Masters Degree in Reading and an Elementary Teaching Credential from Sierra Nevada University in Incline Village, NV. Julie and her family attend Valley Christian Fellowship in Santa Ynez and she enjoys helping out in the Sunday School Classroom. Julie is excited to serve on the Board and be a leader on the Spiritual Enrichment Committee as well as the Education Committee. 


Jill Ross (on the Board since 2019)

Jill Ross
(on the Board since 2019)

Jill Ross and her husband Daniel of 16 years live in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. They have four sons, Gavin, Dylan, Crosby, and Christopher. They have been a part of the Christian Academy family since 2009. Jill graduated from Liberty University with a B.S in psychology with an addiction and recovery cognate. Jill is the executive director of Recovery Outreach, a non-profit that is service based responding to individuals and families that have been affected by catastrophic events. Jill and her family are passionate about helping people. “Recovered for the recovery of others.” Jill enjoys with every ounce of her being worshiping/singing, baking, snowboarding, wake surfing, and long road trips with the fam.