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Our Board Of Trustees

 

Michelle Alarie

Michelle Alarie

President

Michelle Alarie is the current President of EKA’s Board of Trustees, a position she has served in for the past three years.  Michelle is a local attorney.  Michelle joined the EKA Board in 2018 in an effort to better understand public education and funding in Nevada and to support public charter school initiatives.  Michelle’s three nieces attend charter schools in Nevada.  In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, travel, and relaxing pool days.

Matthew Fitzgerald

Matthew Fitzgerald

Vice President

My name is Matthew Fitzgerald and I graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies. I then went on to get my Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University, and I am currently working on a second Masters in Data Analytics from WGU. I have three daughters, my oldest has just started kindergarten at EKA and she absolutely loves it so far. My wife and I have been married for 7 years. Education is very important to my wife and me, so I wanted to become more involved with the school.

Mory(Mario)Rezai

Mory(Mario)Rezai

Treasurer

Mr. Rezai is the parent of two students at Explore Knowledge Academy and is committed to ensuring all students receive the highest education necessary to pursue their future dreams while enjoying companionship of their life long friends. He moved from Chicago in 2016 due to family health emergency.  He was the soccer coach and has travelled around the world extensively. He received his Physics and Math degrees at Illinois State University. Later with graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering from University of Illinois, he worked in Nuclear research field in France in the 80’s. When he returned from Europe in 1987, he started a successful import and export business.  As of year 2000, he moved to insurance and financial industry.  He has managed multiple insurance broker companies in Chicago for over 20 years.  He currently is the director of Rezai Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of Rezai Enterprises Inc. with insurance broker offices in Chicago and Las Vegas.

Calvert Webster

Calvert Webster

Secretary

I left Los Angeles 18 years ago for Las Vegas, because I knew I wanted to return to the classroom. Within a few months, I found the Explore Knowledge Academy charter school. Teaching there for 17 years was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Prior work included many things, including serving as a professional baseball scout. All of my work experiences led me to EKA. I have been married for 45 years to my wife, Peggy. We have no children. We enjoy travel, family, church, and the live entertainment of Las Vegas.

Elisabeth Nyang-Coleman

Elisabeth Nyang-Coleman

Elisabeth Nyang-Coleman has served as a member of EKA’s Board of Trustees since 2022. Elisabeth has a daughter at EKA and decided to join the board as a way to better understand the governance and operations of charter schools.  In addition to being a board member, Elisabeth is the owner of More Than Words LLC, a pediatric speech-language pathology clinic, and works as an itinerant speech-language pathologist for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. In her free time, Elisabeth enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, volunteering, and traveling.

Pam Tarkanian Secretary

Pam Tarkanian Secretary

Pam is the Secretary of the Explore Knowledge Academy Board of Trustees.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Nevada – Reno. Her Masters of Education was obtained from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. She first began teaching in Carson City School District and then became a teacher in Clark County School District. She later served as an Administrator and Director of Student Services. Her expertise includes assignments at the elementary, middle and high school levels while always advocating for students with exceptionalities.

Samantha Jorgenson

Samantha Jorgenson

My name is Samantha Jorgenson and I am thrilled to be serving on the board of Trustees. I was raised in Las Vegas and attended elementary school through high school here. I then received my undergrad degree from the University of Nevada Reno and my masters in education from DePaul University in Chicago. I travelled and lived all over the world so I am familiar with other school systems around the globe and hope to integrate some of that knowledge right here at home. I am currently working on completing my PhD in teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I have also been a teacher for 10 years in Chicago, Reno, and Las Vegas so I am truly passionate about our school system and education. My husband and I have a little boy who is seven years old attending Explore Knowledge Academy as well as a brand new little girl that will join the EKA family when it is time. I look forward to any expertise I can bring to the school board and the families we serve.