Board of Directors

Legacy Academy’s Board of Directors consists of educators, community leaders, and business professionals who are deeply familiar with the assets and challenges of the community and have a heart to positively affect the lives of the young people who live there. Each member is tied to the community through professional and/or personal links and possesses a unique set of skills addressing those necessary for the creation of and operation of the ambitious programs at Legacy. Legacy Academy’s Board meets on a monthly basis and are held at 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose Ca, 95126. As a public charter school, Legacy’s board meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted in advance of meetings.

 
 

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Nacy Peña

Board President, and Behavioral Health Consultant
Ms. Peña is a Clinical Psychologist, who has been working in the field of Mental Health Service Delivery for the past 35 years. She began her career as the Mental Health Director of a community-based agency specializing in providing health and mental health services to the Spanish-speaking community of downtown San Jose. In 1984, she joined the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department, Acute Psychiatric Services, where she was Director of Psychiatric Inpatient Social Services and Child and Adolescent Services, which included services to youth in Juvenile Hall, the Children’s Shelter, the State Hospital and local intensive residential treatment programs. In 1992, she became director of Mental Health Children and Family Services Division, and in 1998, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Mental Health Department. In December 2000, she was appointed Director of Mental Health. At the time of her retirement in December 2014, the Santa Clara County Public Mental Health System served over 28,000 children and adults annually through a large countywide network of county operated and contract providers with a budget of over $350 million of county, state, and federal funds.


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Frederick J. ferrer

Chief Executive Officer, The Health Trust
Mr. Ferrer leads the Health Trust, a non-profit charitable foundation that provides direct health services, offers grants, builds community partnerships, advocates for policy changes, raises money and leads new initiatives to support its vision: making Silicon Valley healthier for everyone. Before joining The Health Trust, Mr. Ferrer founded and led Manzanita Solutions, where he provided consultation on child development, non-profit management and community inter-relations. Mr. Ferrer is the former Executive Director of Estrella Family Services, and was chair of the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Commission. He is on the Board of Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and is a former member of its Department of Education’s Autism Advisory Board. Mr. Ferrer serves as president of the Rocketship Education Board. He is a former board member of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley (ALF-SV) and a current ALF Senior Fellow (Class XI). He is also a community advisor to the Johns S. and James L. Knight foundation.


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Andre V. Chapman

Chief Executive Officer, Unity Care
In 1992, as a National Director of Sales and disheartened by the lack of other minorities in the technology field, Mr. Chapman redirected his focus and founded Unity Care Group, Inc. with the goal of developing educational and social programs designed to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth. As Founder and CEO, he is dedicated to making a positive impact on the youth in our community by providing opportunities (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) that will enhance their lives and teach them how to become productive citizens in our society. Mr. Chapman has received numerous awards of distinction and commendation honoring his tireless dedication and community involvement. His recognitions have included: “Outstanding/Invaluable Community Service” by United States Congress, “Human Relations, Board of Supervisors Award” by California State Senate/Assembly, “Partner of the Decade” by the City of San Jose, “Circle of Friends” Award by San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP“. Mr. Chapman is also the Chair of the Social Services Advisory Commission, Santa Clara County and current Network Development committee member of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley (ALF-SV) and a current ALF Senior Fellow (Class XXIII). Unity Care is a multi-service culturally proficient youth and family development.


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GReg Lippman

Executive Director, ACE Charter Schools
Mr. Lippman joined ACE in 2007 as Executive Director, after a long history of working with public schools in San Jose. He was the co-founder and original Principal of Downtown College Prep (DCP), a charter high school in San Jose Unified whose mission is to help low-achieving students become the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college. Mr. Lippman has experience and expertise in many aspects of creating and sustaining new schools, especially standards-based academic program and school culture design, teacher and administrator development, and community outreach. Before joining DCP, he spent 8 years in the classroom as an English and ESL teacher in San Jose and East Palo Alto.


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Gary Rummelhoff

Chief Financial Officer, Unity Care
Mr. Rummelhoff brings 36 years of executive multi-industry experience, including a variety of leadership positions for multi-million- dollar non-profit, government and corporate organizations. He has served on School Boards for San Jose Unified School District and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.


School Leadership

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Danette Sokacich

Founding Principal
Sokacich comes to Legacy with over fifteen years of experience in education and a proven track record of great leadership, serving as a teacher and principal at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School in Chicago, Illinois. Possessing expert knowledge in educational best practices and an M.A. in Educational Leadership, Sokacich will provide curriculum and instructional leadership and help to set the tone for the school in its first years as an educational institution. Sokacich is passionate about creating opportunities to steward educational advancement and equity, and is excited to continue this work in her new role at Legacy. 


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Marc T. Buller

Founder and Executive Director
For over 30 years, former Chief Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Buller has been responsible for various functions of the District Attorney’s Office. He has been a leader within the office on matters related to Juvenile Justice. Mr. Buller has been a member of the San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force since 1993. He has developed multiple community and school outreach programs that includes an inter-agency committee on law enforcement and schools and Youth Court at local high schools, as well as establishing the Law Related Education Program (LRE) for 5th grade students. Mr. Buller has co-chaired the Juvenile Hall Advisory Board, as well as the liaison for the District Attorney’s Office for the implementation of Juvenile Detention Reform initiative including the Disproportional Minority Representation committee. He has successfully procured over a million dollars for Juvenile Justice Programs as well as various programs he is involved with, and has shaped countless other programs/policies that aim to improve Santa Clara County’s juvenile justice system with an emphasis on prevention. To this end Mr. Buller has built deep relationships with educational and community partners to address the needs of the youth of Santa Clara County. Mr. Buller received his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University, School of Law and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1983. Mr. Buller retired from the District Attorney’s Office December 2014 to devote himself full time to opening The Legacy Academy.