CHPS Board of DirectorsDeborah Padberg – Board Chairperson (2 year term)
Marie Issa Gil earned her master degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and brings over 25 years of community leadership in start-ups, nonprofit administration and federal and state programs. As a mother of two charter school high-schoolers, she enjoys spending as much time possible at home cooking, swimming or outdoors attending to her succulent garden and fruit trees.
Tamara Gerlach – Trustee (2 year term)
As owner of EncoreGym, Tamara has developed and trained thousands of local youth in gymnastics, dance, and teacher training since 1989. Her newest venture is Genius Juicery, coming soon to the Shadelands SportsMall.
She is a former USA Gymnastics National Team coach, Junior Olympic Program Committee Member, and Member of the Board of Directors for USA Gymnastics. She has been involved in sports as a competitive athlete, coach, choreographer, and judge.
After retiring from competitive dance in her mid-thirties, Tamara parlayed her experience into the creation of AromaDance, a fusion of aromatherapy, dance, and creative movement that can now be experienced with certified leaders throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.
She is a Bay Area native and studied at San Francisco State. She is the proud mother of two adult children: Sierra, who is in the tech industry, and Kyle, who owns and operates a local hardscape/landscape company.
CHPS Board Officers
Founder and President of ChartHouse Public Schools, Neil McChesney has a history of success in education and the charter school movement.
With over 12 years of classroom teaching experience, Neil begin his career as a remedial writing instructor at California State University, Chico and then moved to the high school level, teaching classes including English, public speaking, leadership, and communications and media.
Neil’s dedication to education reform has materialized in the world of charter schools. He has led several successful petitions for conversion, start-up, and renewal charters; served as a charter school administrator as well as on on charter school governing boards. He has experience with nearly every aspect of school leadership including curriculum and instruction, operations, human resources, legal, collective bargaining, communications and public relations, professional development, strategic planning, fiscal management, political advocacy, and more.
Neil McChesney is a visionary leader who is dedicated to preparing students to become first class citizens with a world-class education. Neil believes in the fundamental, three-pillar approach to school leadership of “Rigor, Relevance and Relationships,” coined by Dr. Willard Daggett. Engaging students in rigorous learning, making instruction relevant to students’ lives and the real world, and fostering dynamic, personal relationships between teachers and students will result in a powerful education for all learners.
Neil's experience and commitment to the success of charter schools led him to become one of the first members of the California Charter School Association's Capitol Advocacy Leaders, serving elected officials as a concierge liaison to the charter school world in order to support the legislative process. For the last two years, Neil has worked as an expert consultant for charter groups; helping with petition writing, advising on the political approval process, or evaluating and improving educational programs.
Passionate about education, with his knowledge and experience in the classroom, in administration, and as one of the leaders in the charter movement, Mr. McChesney will ensure ChartHouse Public Schools does great things.