The Collaborative Charter Services Organization

Butch Owens, President

I began my employment in education in 1975, shortly after serving in the Army. My teaching experiences include working with both regular and special education students from elementary to high school. I began in the private school sector while finishing my course work at California State University - Long Beach and credential courses at University California - Irvine. I was hired as a public school Special Education teacher in 1983. I moved to the Murrieta Unified School District in 1988, where I remained for 25 years. I became an administrator while in Murrieta and served principal-ships at all levels - elementary, middle school and high school. I coordinated the Alternative Education program and oversaw our Continuation High School, Independent Study, and Adult Education programs. I retired from the Murrieta Valley USD in 2013, and currently work at California State University - San Bernardino supervising student teachers and with the Riverside County Office of Education coaching new administrators working on their clear administrative services credential. For the past 25 years, I have served on a State Technology Committee, TICAL (Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership) and as a Facilitator for Franklin Covey Leadership Programs. My education credentials include Clear K-12 teaching, Special Education, Pupil Personnel Services, and Administrative Services Credential.

Dr. Nancy Girvin, Vice President

Growing up in a family of teachers, I was destined to become one, too. I started my 37 year career in education as a high school English teacher in Ohio and California and then spent two years as an English teacher in a large high school in the south of England. Returning to the US, I taught middle school English for two years followed by seven years as a middle school counselor. At the urging of my principal, I returned to school for my administrative services credential leading to 21 years as a principal in three different middle schools. I also served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a large school district but missed the action of the school site and returned to a school to finish my career as a principal. For several years I also worked across the country as an educational consultant training teachers and principals. 

Jana Jeltema, Clerk

I am a board-certified Speech and Language Pathologist. Over the past 14 years, I’ve served families through IDEA Part C; trained B-K and Head Start staff; conducted NIH-funded Autism research; served a diverse caseload of special education students in the public school setting; and mentored new graduates in the field. I currently operate a private practice and specialize in diagnostics, advocacy, and consulting. I am honored to serve as a board member for The Collaborative Charter Services Organization and support charter schools in providing innovative individualized learning programs.

Dr. John White, Board Member

I am a veteran educator. During my 36 years I have served as teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, principal, and district office director. I am presently an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University and California State University Dominguez Hills. I am honored to be a board member for The Collaborative Charter Services Organization. I am motivated to serve on this board of distinguished educators and my goal is to make decisions that positively impact student's lives.

Stephen Lawler, Board Member

After graduating from UCLA, I began a career with Los Angeles Unified School District as a Social Studies teacher at the junior high school level, while simultaneously teaching in the adult school program. After several years, I was asked to establish an English Learner program at another junior high school and served as the coordinator. I then coordinated a program at the district level to provide an alternative educational program for junior high school students with severe discipline issues. That was followed by service as a junior high/middle school/high school assistant principal and principal at a middle school. I served as a Director of Communications and Organizational Change Management for the implementation of a district-wide digital student information system and then served as a field director in the office Staff Relations. After retiring from the District, I was asked to mentor new principals. Finally, I served CalSTRS as a retirement counselor for teachers and administrators in the public schools of California and have done so in a private practice since leaving CalSTRS.