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 (on the Board since 2013)

Monica Winans
Chairwoman
(on the Board since 2013)

Chad and Monica Winans have been married over 20 years. They have two boys; Callaway is attending Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, and Rye is attending the Christian Academy. Monica holds her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and minored in Biblical Teachings from the Master’s University.

Born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley, Monica is also an alumnus of the Christian Academy, which she attended from kindergarten through eighth grade. She has been an active volunteer on the Christian Academy campus for the last 10 years. Monica is thrilled to be a part of the Christian Academy family!


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)


 Jodi Pitts Secretary (on the Board since 2014)

Jodi Pitts
Secretary
(on the Board since 2014)

Jodi Pitts and her husband Sean live in Santa Ynez with their two children, Gracie (10) and Davey (7). 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 17 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 alumnus of the Christian Academy, Jodi is thrilled to be back in the Santa Ynez Valley, and feels blessed to be part of the SYVCA family again!


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 Treasurer (on the Board since 2016)

Brendan Crowley
Treasurer
(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.


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)


 Kris Colt (on the Board since 2017)

Kris Colt
(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.