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Board of Trustees


 

Maria Ortega

Maria Ortega

President

mortega@aeacs.org
Term Dates: September 1, 2022 – September 1, 2025
Maria Ortega has more than two decades of experience in the field of Sponsored Research Administration.  She has extensive knowledge of the field of proposal preparation and review, including budget development and final editing of proposals.  Her background provides a significant contribution to the AEA Board of Trustees in the areas of institutional memory as well as her ability to review and consider the impact of budgetary decisions.

Richard Vernon Moore, Ed.D.

Richard Vernon Moore, Ed.D.

Vice President

rvernonmoore@aeacs.org
Term Dates: November 12, 2019 – November 12, 2022
Richard Vernon Moore is a San Diego native and the son of Drs. Gene and Juel Moore. In 1994, Vernon earned his bachelors’ degree from UCLA. In 2014, Vernon earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from SDSU. His research into the dynamic systems that surround education culminated with his dissertation, titled Bureaucratic Structures in Urban High Schools. In 2016, Vernon was named the Chief Compliance Officer of the Sweetwater Union High School District. In this position, Vernon serves as primary administrator for federal and state compliance-related matters, such as Title IX issues, discrimination claims and Uniform Complaint investigations. In all cases, Vernon continues to assist all stakeholders in navigating complex district policies in order to reach productive, student-centered outcomes. Most importantly, Vernon and his wife Gwen are the proud parents of Ricky and Kaya Juel!

Christopher Beesley, J.D.

Christopher Beesley, J.D.

Treasurer

cbeesley@aeacs.org
Term Dates: September 1, 2022 – September 1, 2025
Mr. Christopher Beesley earned his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University in 2001.  He then completed his Juris Doctorate in 2004 at the University of San Diego.  Mr. Beesley serves as an appellate criminal prosecutor with the Office of the Attorney General.  In his work he has regularly argued cases in the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Beesley joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and currently serves as Treasurer.  Because of his legal background and training, Mr. Beesley provides a measured analytical approach in understanding the challenges AEA faces.  He also seeks carefully to find solutions to those challenges as AEA continues to progress.  Mr. Beesley has been a long-time AEA parent, and consequently has a personally vested interest in ensuring that AEA continues to provide the best education possible for all students.

Kristin Rebien, Ph.D.

Kristin Rebien, Ph.D.

Secretary

krebien@aeacs.org
Term Dates: June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2023
Dr. Rebien is Associate Professor of German and European Studies at San Diego State University, and she directs the German Program at SDSU. She earned M.A. degrees in Political Science and German from the University of Leipzig and a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford. Before coming to San Diego State, she taught at Princeton University. She feels passionate about supporting AEA’s international mission and enjoys bringing her professional experience in language education and cultural studies to the board. Dr. Rebien currently has two children at AEA.

Christiana Gauger

Christiana Gauger

Member

cgauger@aeacs.org
Term Dates: November 12, 2019 – November 12, 2022
Christiana Gauger has lived in San Diego since 2003. She has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor (Canada) and has experience in public administration and as an analyst. Since 2008 Christiana has worked for the City of San Diego in a variety of capacities including as a budget analyst, legislative analyst, and most recently as the Deputy Director for the City’s Purchasing & Contracting Department. Christiana is a proud parent to two AEA students and is pleased to be able to use her experience in public administration in service to the AEA community. Pronouns: she/her.

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