The Village High School Board Members
The Village High School board Members are a team of seven professionals, who have come together to support and educate the youth of today. This fabulous team is compiled of a very diverse group with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise.
We are supporting and promoting the faculty and staff of The Village High School. Our goal is to further the mission and vision of the school as we nurture and graduate strong well adjusted contribuitiong adults.
B.B.A. Bachelors in Business Administration- Columbus State College B.S. information systems- Strayer University Graduate Certificate- Cybersecurity Technology- University of Maryland
Executive Leader Certificate- Cornell University
Cybersecurity for Executives- California State University
Mari is an executive-level professional, she moved to Las Vegas 4 years ago. She is the CEO of Cyberjutsu, dedicated to bringing more women and girls to cyber. Mari also is an online instructor for the University of Maryland. Mari wants to be more involved within the community and wants to help merge the President and CEO of major companies with the students of TVHS to secure a safe and successful future.
LMFT;M.S. Marriage,Family, and Child Counseling- University of Phoenix B.S. Humanities- Washington State University Founder of Reach In Now Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Bianca is a seasoned executive-level professional, who has global reach as an educator. With a practical ability to get things done and a fair and thoughtful approach to management, Bianca proposes innovative approaches and initiative to get things done.
Bianca moved to the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada in July of 2005 and quickly fell in love with its transient nature; as she got to meet people from every part of the world, while finding herself in the desert seeking life-altering experiences. Which makes Las Vegas, the most spiritual place in this part of the world! She also noticed there was a wonderful opportunity to continue her education and begin a career in mental health; going on to earn a master’s degree in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling. In June of 2011, she founded Desert Rose Counseling Group. “Everywhere; we need to change the trauma-stress and suicide culture, eliminate stigma and shame surrounding mental health, and we need to empower trauma and suicide survivors because we are the experts in this space.”
B.S. Elementary Education- Indiana University
M.S. Educational Leadership- UNLV
Juris Doctorate-Boyd School of Law- UNLV
Lin Soriano is a life-long educator. She moved out to Las Vegas and began teaching elementary Humanities in the Clark County School District (CCSD) in 2003. She has since earned Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) endorsement and has held various positions in CCSD, including 5th-grade inclusion teacher, 8th-grade world geography teacher, English Language Learner (ELL) Specialist, instructional coach, and school administrator.
Lin was a dean of students in a middle school, as well as an assistant principal at a middle and high school. She also spent some time in Mexico teaching English to children and adults.
She is currently employed with CCSD in the Student Services Division and is a lawyer in the Office of Compliance and Monitoring handling special education due process cases. She is also an eviction mediator with the Access to Justice Commission through the State Bar of Nevada, and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
B.S Communication- The College of Brockport, NY
Juris Doctorate- The University of New Hampshire
Josh is a licensed attorney in the State of Nevada and in the State of Utah. He was employed by the law firm of Barron & Pruitt, LLP as a Law Clerk from approximately August 2010 until he was licensed as an attorney in October 2011, and then was employed as an Associate Attorney until March 2016. In March 2016, he became an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Jackson Lewis P.C. until his elevation to Principal on January 1, 2021. He has served on the board of directors of the Las Vegas Defense Lawyers, a not-for-profit entity, since March 2016.
Josh is looking forward to helping The Village High School structurally, as well as developing policies, procedures, and long term goals. He is excited to be able to recommend TVHS to families and clients in the Las Vegas area, and to provide a safe space for students to grow.
B.S. Journalism- Lincoln University of Missouri
Elementary Education Certification- Chicago State University
Melanie is a native of Chicago, IL, and relocated to North Las Vegas, NV in 2017. Melanie is a Radio Broadcaster turned Educator, Before her relocation, she worked for the Gary, IN School District, a private early childhood education institution, the Chicago Public Schools District, and had a 16-year career in radio broadcasting in both Commercial and Public Radio. Melanie also serves as the President of the Taylor Michelle Russell Foundation (TMRF) named for her daughter, whose mission is to give children who are suffering from Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare auto-immune disease, as well as other children who are ill with rare diseases, the Chance of a Lifetime
B.S. Special Education- UNLV; M.Ed Special Education
Stacie has always wanted to be a teacher. When she was in eighth grade she had an opportunity to volunteer to work with students with disabilities through a partnership program. This experience was so rich and gratifying that she knew that it would be a lifelong passion.
She spent nine years in special education and as a Special Education Facilitator at Homebound. She looks forward to helping teachers, students, staff, and parents and helping them better themselves for a better future.
The founding members are a team of seven professionals, who have come together to support and educate the youth of today. Our team is compiled of three Educators, an Accountant, a law clerk, a Counselor, and a former Nevada Assemblyman.
Through our shared, personal school experiences we have developed a new model for education. Our model offers a high quality education while also focusing on mental health, counseling, mentorship, and the whole student. TVHS students will be assessed and show growth and development both academically and socially.
MS Computer Science, U of Oregon with 45 years of experience in education
Tim is a champion of students that have limited opportunities, having taught in Washington state with Hispanic and Indian youth. Then working overseas in China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia, working with students from over forty different nationalities, assimilating their language and cultural diversity.
Tim believes, “Schools can be great. However, there are specific key elements that must be in place for that to happen.” He says, “We are building a school with a strong community culture, including integral elements so that all students know they are valued and will achieve their full potential.”
M.S. in Leadership and Curriculum Instruction, B.A. in Elementary Education (Minor in Math and English) and both from Oakland University in Rochester Michigan
Rachel is an advocate for all students and for educating the whole child. Having taught mostly marginalized student populations, she sees the need for social-emotional education and mentorship for all students. Students are slipping through the cracks and getting lost
Rachel believes that “You must educate the whole child, and to do this it takes a village.”
Dr Amy Cook
Ed.D. in educational leadership and a Master’s degree in secondary education (mathematics) from the University of Phoenix, and a BSBA in business management from Hawaii Pacific University.
Dr. Cook’s experience spans over 15 years in education. She has served as a department chairperson and a School Improvement Specialist in Mathematics.
MBA from Loyola University Maryland and a BA in Sociology from Binghamton University
Partner at Martin & Associates, Ltd. Certified Public Accountants
High profile engagements include auditing the Executive Office of the President – White House Travel Office press funds and close out audit of the Panama Canal Commission as part of ownership transfer to Panama
Dana Barooshian is a creative, resourceful professional with a proven track record over 30 years building, managing and selling successful businesses and wants all students to experience success
MS Counseling, Heritage College in Washington State, with 45 years experience in education
Bev has experience students of all nationalities as well as socio-economic backgrounds and knows what makes students successful
Bev has worked as a counselor at all grade levels and has also been a private practice counselor. Bev believes in educating the whole child.
Master of Science in Accounting from Binghamton University and the was a recipient of the National Association of Accountants Award of Excellence in Graduate Studies for being the best accounting graduate student in 1989.
Andrew was elected to the Nevada State Assembly (2012-2014) representing
District 9 (southwest Las Vegas) and served on the Health & Human Services Committee, Judiciary
Committee and Legislative Operations Committee.
Andrew founded Martin &
Associates, LTD, a CPA firm. Some of his high profile engagements include auditing the Executive Office of the President – White House Travel Office press funds and closing out audit of the Panama Canal Commission. Andrew also spent 10 years as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting in a community college.
Andrew believes that the future lies with our youth and knows we must provide them with strong educational skills as they enter the work world or college.
B.A. in Political Science and studied Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
At the age of 25, he has made it his mission to serve and represent our diverse community he so fondly calls home. He has always made it his priority to remain engaged within his community on a personal level.
David entered the field of public service when he was first appointed to the Nevada Student Senate in 2008. There, he gained authority to introduce his own bill draft request to the Nevada Legislature during the 75th legislative session. In the fall of 2011 at the age of 18, David Lopez became the youngest serving park commissioner in history to represent the city in such capacity. During his 6 years as park commissioner, David faced challenges with local homeless groups, graffiti abatement, as well as advising the council and mayor’s office in making decisions pertaining to parks, recreational programs, and public safety. David believes in leading by example.
David wholeheartedly believes in a strong innovative approach to education, initiative, goal setting, and his never ending drive to make Las Vegas a better place to call home. David has always made it his mission to make your concerns his top priority.”