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.

Monica Winans Chairwoman (2013)

Monica Winans
Chairwoman (2013)

Monica Winans and her husband Chad just celebrated their 15 year wedding anniversary. They have two boys, Callaway and Rye, who both attend the Christian Academy. They met and fell in love at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA. Monica holds her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and minored in Biblical Teachings.

Born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley, Monica is also an alumni of the Christian Academy which she attended from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. She was a youth leader for middle school and high school for ten years with her church, but has since moved over to teach the elementary students. She has been an active volunteer on the Christian Academy campus for the last 6 years and is Head Room Mom for this year. Monica is thrilled to be a part of the Christian Academy family again!

Chris and his wife Jenn live in Buellton and have three daughters, Claire (13), Lauren (11), and Hailey (8). 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 Chirgwin Vice Chairman (2010)

Chris Chirgwin
Vice Chairman (2010)

Jodi Pitts Secretary (2014)

Jodi Pitts
Secretary (2014)

Jodi Pitts and her husband Sean live in Santa Ynez with their two children, Gracie (6) and Davey (3). Sean and Jodi met in Boulder, Colorado at the University of Colorado where they both attended and graduated in 1997. They have been married for 13 years. Jodi graduated with a degree in marketing from the business school. She went on to work in Public Relations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts in New York, and then into various positions within Colony Capital, where she currently is a director, planning and overseeing their annual investor conference.  A native of the Santa Ynez Valley and an alumni of the Christian Academy, Jodi is thrilled to be back in the Santa Ynez Valley. She has been an active volunteer on campus and is a room mom for the 1st grade class. She feels blessed to be part of the SYVCA family again!

Brendan and his wife Alicia live in Solvang with their three children, Cian (7), Warren (5) and Carys (1).  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 the Santa Ynez Valley.  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 Treasurer

Brendan Crowley

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 now been married 21 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.