bay view academy

Board of Directors
The Bay View Academy charter school is governed by the Board of Directors of the Bay View Academy corporation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation.
Become a Board Member

Bay View Academy is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization for both federal and state tax purposes. If you’re interested in joining our Board of Directors, please complete an online application. Paper applications can be printed and submitted to the BVA front office.

Tone Larsen

Co-President, Parent

Email | Term completes 6/18/2022

Born and raised in Norway, Tone moved to the US to pursue her BA and MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). After many years living and working in Silicon Valley, she is happy to be back in Monterey where she lives with her husband and son – a student at Bay View Academy. Tone is currently an executive at Nordic Naturals.

Hugh Smith

Co-President

Hugh Smith is a Peninsula native growing up in Seaside, CA and a golfer at heart. He was introduced to the game by his father who picked it up while on active duty at Ft Ord. Hugh achieved the rank of Eagle Scout like many in his family and was also fortunate to serve as a caddie at Pebble Beach while on the Monterey High Golf Team. He attended Jackson StateUniversity where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Management, the highest GPA of any student-athlete, won the National Minority College Golf Championship and was part ofthe team which was the first HBCU to ever make it to NCAAs. Hugh has over 20yrs of non-profit and golf administration experience. Currently, Hugh is serving as the Director of Program Development and Evaluation at Youth on Course which is part of the Northern California Golf Association. Hugh is a husband and father of three and enjoying being back in the Monterey Area where he grew up, staying active in his faith, community and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Jayme Fields

Treasurer
Jayme, native of California, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Computer
Science. Earning her CPA with a “Big 8” accounting firm in Salinas, she worked with many
companies, government entities, and not-for-profits in the Salinas Valley and Central Coast.
After public accounting, she worked in banking and agriculture; most currently with one of the
largest organic growers of row-crop vegetables in the United States. Jayme lives in Monterey
with her husband and two sons, and has been a Board member and Treasurer since 2014.

Sheri Shaw

Secretary
Sheri Shaw has a daughter in 8th grade at BVA and has been at the school since it opened in
the fall of 2011. She has been a CVO parent representative to the board 2013-2017 and is now
a board member at large. Sheri is the Vice President for the CVO and works at CHOMP in the
HIM department as the Coding Supervisor. She is a Girl Scout leader in her daughter’s troop
and believes strongly in community service and giving back.

 Linus Torner

Linus is from Stockholm Sweden and has worked in the Swedish Armed Forces since 2005. Linus is currently assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) pursuing a PhD degree in Information Sciences. This program runs from January 2020 until December 2023. After that he will return to Sweden. Linus has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (2003), Sweden, and a master’s degree in Information Sciences from NPS (2015), when he lived in Monterey between 2013 and 2015. He currently lives in Del Monte Beach Neighborhood, and likes to play music or sports (golf, tennis, cycling).

Amir Monfared

Amir has taught English for over 19 years. He has been a phonetics lecturer and graduated from a doctorate in Education with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages from California School of Education at Alliant University.  Amir has taught academic English courses such as advanced researched writing, advanced negotiation and debating skills, and advanced grammar at different university-based English programs such as the English Language Institute at UCSD. He has coordinated in IEP accreditation and also developed curriculum and assessment for the TESOL certificate program. Presently, Amir is an assistant professor in Monterey and lives with his wife and son.

Daniel Lehnherr

Daniel Lehnherr is an award-winning journalist who works at the Graduate Writing Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Also an experienced copy editor and advertising copywriter, he earned a BA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and was trained as an English as a second language (ESL) instructor through the University of Cambridge. Daniel has also earned advanced diplomas from the University of Avignon (France)and the French Ministry of National Education. A native of the American Midwest, he has an unhealthy obsession with the Green Bay Packers. In his free time, Daniel enjoys cooking French cuisine and consuming French wine, playing electric guitar (usually poorly), and exploring area hiking trails. He loves to travel and resides with his Belgian-American family in Marina, California. Daniel has a daughter who is currently a kindergarten student at Bay View Academy.

Bob Bluth

Robert Bluth grew up in LA, and moved to Washington DC in the 1980s to start his career with the Federal government which lasted for over 30 years. In 1996, he moved to Monterey to join the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) as the Director of an Atmospheric Science Research Facility (CIRPAS). Research work at CIRPAS involved conducting observations from research aircraft, truck-based radars (storm chasing), and unmanned aircraft operations, with funding from NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, among others. The CIRPAS Team worked in collaboration with other scientists, conducting atmospheric science experiments around the world to better understand air and sea interactions, cloud physics and pollution impacts.  Robert is married to Charla Britt and the father of two lovely daughters, aged 14 and 9. He retired from NPS in 2017, and now serves on the City of Monterey’s Architectural Review Committee.

Heather Vowell

Heather Vowell has been a resident of Monterey County Since 2004 and a member of the BVA Community Since 2015. In 2018, she joined the CVO as the Secretary/ DJ (not an official role). She spent 19 years working in  hospitality before joining a public agency in 2019 as the Clerk of the Board. The mother of two BVA Students, is pleased to have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors.

Board Committees

Academic Excellence Committee

Work with school leadership to define academic excellence. Ensure the optimal academic achievement of all BVA students. Define what the graduating BVA student looks like (whole child). Measure academic results against goals as stated in charter, LCAP, and by the Head of School and the Board. Proposes short, medium, and long-term strategies and programs that support academic excellence. The Academic Excellence Committee begins the process to create an academic strategic plan. This committee is also responsible for the LCAP process.

Development Committee

Work with school leadership to define academic excellence. Ensure the optimal academic achievement of all BVA students. Define what the graduating BVA student looks like (whole child). Measure academic results against goals as stated in charter, LCAP, and by the Head of School and the Board. Proposes short, medium, and long-term strategies and programs that support academic excellence. The Academic Excellence Committee begins the process to create an academic strategic plan. This committee is also responsible for the LCAP process.

Governance Committee

In coordination with the Head of School, assess existing governing structures to ensure that they reflect and operate on the Charter School’s core principles, mission and vision; to propose potential new governing structures that ensure the flexibility and innovation of the curriculum design for all BVA programs; to review present and future practices and policies; to ensure that the entire school works together and that the Board carries out its policy and oversight duties, while school managers implement it. Review practices and standards for all committees (e.g., hold open meetings, with agendas and promptly posted minutes). Develop Board tools and training, support administration, ensure proper processes for meetings, minutes and agendas. Recommend optimal operating structures, create and maintain policies. Oversees that the hiring process is in accordance with the charter.

Finance Committee

Reviews, analyzes and proposes budget spending and budget policies to the Board. Submits budget to authorizers as required. Supports audits and other projects as needed.

2022-2023 School Year Lottery

Our first lottery application window for the 2022-2023 school year has opened!  Please apply by submitting an Online Application or calling the front office, 831-717-4630, to schedule a time to pick up a paper application.