Navid McCarthy

Board President

Navid joined Excelsior Charter Schools in 2001 as a Math teacher and during her career at Excelsior held the positions of lead mentor, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Deputy Superintendent. She retired from Excelsior in 2017.

Navid holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. She also holds a California clear teaching credential in math and a supplementary credential in physical science in addition to a clear leadership credential.

Board of Directors

Guy Burnett

Treasurer/ Secretary

Guy Burnett has served on the Excelsior Charter School’s Board of Directors since June of 2015.

Guy and his wife of 30 years, Kimberly, were married in 1986 and have raised three daughters and one son in the high desert area. Two of his daughters graduated from Excelsior Charter School. So Guy is very familiar with Excelsior’s educational program. Guy served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1975 to May 1979. He lived in Dallas, Texas for 7 years prior to moving to Apple Valley in 1983.

One of Guy’s early career goals was to own his own business and in 1998 he opened State Farm Insurance Agency which he has been successfully operating and serving all of the high desert communities.

Guy has previously served on the Apple Valley Chamber board from 2002 until 2007. In July of 2007, Guy was appointed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the San Bernardino County Fair Board of Directors, where he served as the Treasurer for 3 years, Vice President for 2 years and President for 2 years, and is currently working on his 4th Term as Treasure. Guy has also served on the Board for the Yucca Loma Paul Swick Family Center from 2006 to 2009.

Guy enjoys participating in extracurricular activities such as riding motorcycles, horses and four wheel drive adventures to Death Valley and around the High Desert area. He enjoys hiking in the High Desert and Sierra Mountains. He also enjoys 5th wheel camping with his family. Guy thoroughly enjoys working with the Excelsior School Board!

Board of Directors

Terrance Stone

Board Member

Terrance L. Stone is Founder/President/ CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy and C.E.O. of Stone Consultants, International Gang Expert, Trainer and Speaker has served as a youth counselor and graduated Cal State LA for State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist, serves on Committees with the San Bernardino County Sherriff and San Bernardino City Chief of Police, Executive Board Member and Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force, Past Board Member of the Southern California African American Chamber of Commerce, and San Bernardino Chapter NAACP, trained with San Bernardino City Police Department on the train the trainer course “Principled Policing” and also chosen by past Mayor of San Bernardino Pat Morris to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. He is committed to steering young peo¬ple away from the life that cost him much of his precious youth. In essence, Terrance is allowing his life mistakes to help others discover their personal worth and true-life purpose. Stone’s change in heart, spir¬it and action has resulted in his reaching over 35,000 at risk youth he is now CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy multiple locations in the Inland Empire and growing. Stone’s sincere efforts have result¬ed in his receiving multiple awards.


Dave Schlesinger

Board Member

Dave and his family are long-time residents of the Inland Empire and his youngest child is a junior at the Corona campus. He is a War On Terrorism medal recipient, a certified project manager and a nationally recognized training, management, transportation, and safety expert. He has over twenty years of progressive experience at the local and federal public sector levels as well as in private industry. Dave invests in the next generation as a guest lecturer for the College of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona. He co-conducts, with the Federal Railroad Administration, highly interactive and empirical lectures on human factors and engineering. Dave is the Chair of the Rail Transportation Division within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as the Safety and Security Track Chair for the Joint Rail Conference. Dave has a long history of volunteer involvement and leadership, including as a manager, trainer and crisis responder for the Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles, holding rail safety presentations for Operation Lifesaver, and helping guide the developing the Strategic Plan for the Alvord School District. Dave holds a BS in Business from the University of Southern California and an MS in Transportation Management from the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, sports, travel, and photography.


Chris Mollenkamp

Board Member

Chris Mollenkamp has lived in Riverside for two years. His daughter is currently a senior at Excelsior Charter School-Corona campus. His eldest son graduated from the Victorville campus in 2011. Chris holds a BA in Business Management and has worked in the transportation and logistics field for the past 30 years. Previous to that, he taught middle school and high school social sciences for four years in Hesperia at New Life Christian Academy. His community involvement includes the following:


• Abukloi, Inc. Executive Board Member- Secondary school located in Rumbek, South Sudan. (2013-Present)
• Planning Commissioner, City of Red Bluff, CA {2018-2020)
• York County (VA) Republican Party Vice-Chair (2017-2019)
• York County (VA) Board of Equalization Vice-Chair {2017-2019)
• York County Historic Committee, President (2011-2019)
• City of Hesperia, City Council Advisory Committee (2010-2011)
• Victor Valley College Board of Trustees Vice President (2009-2011)
• American Red Cross Victor Valley Branch Board Member (2010)
• Desert Communities United Way Board of Directors President {2004-2010)
• City of Hesperia Planning Commission Vice Chair (1994-1995)
• Leadership Victor Valley Graduate, 1994
• Cal State University at San Bernardino ASI Attorney General 1989
• Victor Valley College Key Club Founder and President 1988
• Victor Valley College ASB Executive Senator (1986-1988)

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