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)

Monica Winans and her husband Chad will be celebrating their 20 year wedding anniversary this year. 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 (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 (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 (9) and Davey (6). 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 16 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. She has been an active volunteer on campus and is a room mom for the 4th 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 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 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.


Matt and his wife Erin have been married for almost 7 years. They have 5 children, Isabella(11), Evalyn(6), Addison(5), Hudson(3) and Emerson(1). They currently live in the Santa Ynez Valley and their two oldest daughters have been attending SYVCA for the last two years. Matt’s younger siblings also attended the school and he has seen first-hand how transformative SYVCA is for students. 

Matt grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, while Erin moved from the Pasadena area in elementary school and began attending SYVCA with her younger sister and cousins. They met in 2007 and were married 4 years later. Matt is currently employed by the City of Santa Barbara. Matt and Erin spend their time working on house projects, getting outside and having fun with their kids, and spending time with family in Santa Barbara and Manhattan Beach. Matt is thrilled to have his family continue their legacy at the Christian Academy.

 

Matt LaBarge (on the Board since 2017)

Matt LaBarge
(on the Board since 2017)


Kris Colt
(on the Board since 2017)