Staff

Executive Director

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Lisa Berlanga

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Lisa Berlanga, a San Diego native and mom to a Patrick Henry High School Student, has had a variety of experience in the San Diego educational community. She graduated from USD with a teaching credential and then received her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. A few years later she went back to school at SDSU and earned her administrative credential. She began her career as a teacher in San Diego Unified School District at Mead Elementary teaching kindergarten and first grade students. After a few wonderful years of working with these enthusiastic, young learners, she had the opportunity to transition to Darnall Charter School, which appealed to her because of the level of teacher collaboration and participation in the governance processes of the charter. Her twelve years at Darnall began as a teacher and worked up to Director of the school. As Director, Ms. Berlanga was able to lead her team to success by pulling the school out of program improvement and leading the organization to an independent, non-profit status. Ms. Berlanga’s next challenge lead her to work supporting and advocating for the broader charter movement by taking a position as Regional Director with the California Charter Schools Association where she worked for six years in the San Diego Charter Community. During her tenure as Regional Director she was able to develop a strong collaborative relationship with San Diego Unified School District. Ms. Berlanga is actively engaged in her local community of Del Cerro where she has lived with her husband for sixteen years. She serves on the Cowles Mountain Community Foundation as the Vice President and has been an active parent at Lewis Middle and Patrick Henry High School. In her free time she enjoys attending her son’s water polo and baseball games as well as taking her French Bulldog for walks. She is excited to join the United Parents for Education (UPforEd) team.

Our Team:

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Yohany Corona: Parent Organizer
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Yohany was born in San Diego, California and is the second oldest of five siblings. Her family moved a lot, back and forth across the border, going to school both in the United States and in Tijuana and Ensenada, Mexico. Her family finally settled in San Ysidro at the end of junior high and she attended Southwest Middle School. When entering high school, since she had good grades, her mother wanted her to attend a high school that had higher academic achievement and offered more challenging classes than her neighborhood school. The district granted her permission to attend Eastlake High School so that she could take more AP classes. It was then that it was very apparent to her that education is not equal. Yohany attended San Diego State University earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish as well as her Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education and Counseling. Yohany is recently married and proud to have a husband who is as passionate about education and social issues as she is. Her family is very important to her and she is very close to them. She is very excited to join the UPforEd team and to continue advocating for equal education for all, in order for everyone to have the same opportunity she did, regardless of what neighborhood they live in or their socioeconomic status.

David Yeager: Operations Manager
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David Yeager is a native San Diegan who attended schools in San Diego Unified School District for his entire K-12 education, graduating from Crawford High School. After graduating from high school, he worked as a teacher’s assistant at a local private school while attending college full-time as a business major eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. David spent 12 years in Operations Management and Process Improvement with a Fortune 500 technology company. In addition to his business experience, David, has been active in the education community in San Diego both through his son’s schools and independently with other schools. David was a member of the CPMA (Creative, Performing, and Media Arts) School Site Council while his son attended middle school and he continues to serve as Chairperson of the Board at Darnall Charter School, his son’s former elementary school. David has also worked on the development of two additional charter schools in San Diego. His contribution to education is a focus on providing operational knowledge, support, and expertise so educators can focus on educating students. David lives in the College Area with his fiancĂ© and son and is active in his son’s extracurricular activities of baseball and band. David looks forward to assisting San Diego United Parents for Education (UPforEd) to unite parent voices in support of a quality education for all students in San Diego Unified.

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