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

Tirzah Anderson

Board Chair

Tirzah Anderson

Tirzah Anderson

Board Chair 

Tirzah Anderson is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in social work. As a parent with students in both charter and district programs, she is passionate about quality education and dedicated to serving in educational settings. Tirzah has volunteered extensively in classroom, parent organization and governance capacities for the past twelve years. She has served on the Thomas Edison Charter Schools governing board since 2011, as board chair since 2012. She lives with her husband and six children in North Logan.

Email:  rogerandtirzah@gmail.com

Anya Yeager

Vice Chair

Anya Yeager

Anya Yeager

Vice Chair 

M.S., Executive Director

I have been at George Washington Academy since the beginning and know how difficult it can be developing a quality school in the early years. I hope that by being a mentor with UAPCS I can help others through the process. GWA has been in existence for nine years now, and I still truly believe in our school's mission and vision of academic rigor and high expectations. Our curriculum, combined with devoted teachers and incredibly supportive families, is enabling students to reach their highest potential. I am so proud of how far we have come with our school vision, particularly in becoming the only fully accredited elementary school in Washington County and in earning the title of ‘Charter School of the Year’ 2013. I have been married to my husband, Alex, for 18 years, and we have three wonderful children; Sage, Skyler, and Alexa Rose, all of whom have attended GWA. Feel free to contact me any time at ayeager@gwacademy.org with questions, comments, or concerns.

Email:  anya@utahcharters.org

Mandee Black

Treasurer

Mandee Black

Mandee Black

Treasurer 

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.

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