Board of Directors

Below are the current members of the board of directors for Utah Association of Public Charter Schools. Click on their bios for additional contact information.

Board of Directors

Anya Yeager

Chair

Anya Yeager

Anya Yeager

Chair 

Hello fellow charter enthusiasts! My name is Anya Yeager. I began my career in
education as a teacher with Carmel Unified School District in California. After
moving to Utah 15 years ago I held an administrative position with the Utah State
Office of Child Care as a Quality Improvement Consultant and, for the last decade,
I have served in the charter school world.  During that time, my proud professional
moments have included earning the title of ‘Charter School of the Year’ 2013 and
‘Rookie of the Year’ 2015 with George Washington Academy.  I currently hold an
executive position with Williamsburg Learning, which oversees several charter
schools including Leadership Academy of Utah.  I am a strong supporter of school
choice and the role that UAPCS plays in supporting all of the amazing charter
school options we have here in Utah. If there is anything I can do to help better
support you in your endeavors, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your work
makes a difference.

Email:  anya@utahcharters.org

Mandee Black

Vice Chair

Mandee Black

Mandee Black

Vice Chair 

Mandee was a founding board member and building officer at Lakeview Academy and holds a degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University, with an emphasis in internal audit. As the Operations Director at Charter Solutions she offers support to charter school boards as they move through the startup process and learn how to properly govern a public school.

Andrew Larsen

Treasurer

Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen

Treasurer 

As a father of eight children, I know personally of the value of education and the lasting impact a teacher or administrator may have upon a child.  I have been involved with UAPCS for nearly five years, in support of Zions Bank’s sponsorship of the association and Charter School University trainings.  I have come to appreciate the training and advocacy work the association does, and would be delighted to volunteer of my time to serve on the board, in support of Utah charter schools.  With an MBA in Finance and nearly 15 years of commercial banking experience, I bring a unique business and finance perspective, in addition to knowledge of charter school dynamics across multiple states, that would benefit UAPCS.  I believe that continued emphasis is needed on helping to build the self esteem of each student, and preparing them with the skills needed for success in a 21st century career.

Lynne Herring

Secretary

Lynne Herring

Lynne Herring

Secretary 

Lynne has been an educator for over 25 years. She has been the Director of Freedom Preparatory Academy since 2004. Always seeking greater opportunities and challenges in the field of education, she has been instrumental in building the Freedom Prep organization from a K-8 to a K-12 model and continues the journey with new satellite schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, a Masters of Education from Chapman University and an administrative degree from Northern Arizona University.

Chris Bleak

Board Member

Chris Bleak

Chris Bleak

Board Member 

801-680-8141

For the last six years he has served as Chief of Staff to the Utah State Speaker of the House. He played an integral role in the passage of several major education reform bills. Chris has a great ability to collaborate with businesses and stakeholders in the state. Prior to working at the House of Representatives, Chris also worked as the Executive Director of the Utah Republican Party and on the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.

Email:  chrisrbleak@gmail.com

Gerry Hassell

Board Member

Gerry Hassell

Gerry Hassell

Board Member 

(801) 208-4078
(801) 520-3011

Gerry Hassell is currently a Vice-President Treasury Management Consultant for Banner Bank. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1993 in Business Management with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. Upon graduating he accepted a management position with Wal-Mart. In 2002 he was offered the Director of Pharmacy Operations’ position in Salt Lake City. Twice he was ranked is a top 5 performer in the company. In 2010 he transitioned into the banking world, covering the Wasatch Front and is now the lead consultant for all Treasury Management Clients in Utah.

Email:  gwhassell@gmail.com

Brad Nelson

Board Member

Brad Nelson

Brad Nelson

Board Member 

(801) 936-0318 ext. 4009

(801) 440-3150

Email:  bnelson@spectrumcharter.org

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the last Monday of every month except June and December.

Past Board Meetings