This School Board is the governing body for the school. In accordance with ARS §15.183, the School Board/governing body is responsible for school policy and a number of specific tasks enumerated in ARS § 15.183.
DeAnna Rowe, Chairperson
DeAnna has been engaged in providing and supporting quality educational options in Arizona for over 25 years. Following her early years as a teacher, she transitioned to administration and then charter school oversight. Prior to joining BASIS Schools, Inc. as Executive Director, she served as Executive Director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, the nation's largest charter school authorizer. In that position she was responsible for both the academic and fiscal oversight of over 95% of Arizona charter schools, strategic planning and implementation, policy development, implementation and coordination, and the development of relationships with educational partners. Mrs. Rowe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Education.
Michael Beaulieu, Member
After completing a BA in Economics at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, he moved to Colorado and began a ten-year career with ABF Freight System, Inc. Moving quickly up the corporate ladder, he had the opportunity to explore various aspects of a major corporation before assuming the role of branch manager in Tucson and Nogales, Arizona. He was primarily responsible for offering global supply chain solutions to a broad base of international customers. His passion for kids and his wife’s introduction led him to launch a new career with BASIS Schools. Instrumental in the successful opening of BASIS Oro Valley Primary, he was offered the opportunity to serve as the Head of Operations at BASIS Goodyear. Mike enjoys outdoor sports and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Shashi Jasthi, Member
Shashi Jasthi is an entrepreneur and leader of technology organizations with experience in the U.S., Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand. During the last 25 years, he founded three successful companies, turned around two loss-making acquisitions and pioneered technological innovation in the areas of GPS-based navigation systems. He is an ardent supporter of education in Arizona, with special emphasis on STEM education.
Kristen Jordison, Member
Kristen Jordison became the Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale in 2016 after two years as the Head of School of BASIS Ahwatukee. Prior to this Mrs. Jordison was the Director of Compliance and Governmental Affairs for BASIS.ed. Mrs. Jordison has worked with and on behalf of charter schools in Arizona since 1995. Prior to her tenure with BASIS, she served as Executive Director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, the nation’s largest charter school authorizer. In that position she was responsible for both the academic and fiscal oversight of all Arizona charter schools, strategic planning and implementation, policy development, implementation and coordination, and the development of relationships with educational partners. Mrs. Jordison holds a Master’s Degree in social sciences from the University of Utah.
Carolyn McGarvey, Member
Carolyn McGarvey joined BASIS Tucson following seventeen years in the nursing profession. She obtained her B.S.N. in Glasgow and her M.Ed. in Supervision & Administration, 6,000 miles and a few years later, at Arizona State University. Having been a director at BASIS Tucson for seven years, she opened BASIS Oro Valley as Head of School. She now oversees all the BASIS Arizona schools. She admits that BASIS is in her blood and she relishes the prospect of expansion and the chance to mentor new teams. She is the proud mom of three former BASIS kids and spends much of her free time with them and her many friends. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, reading, cinema and sampling new Tucson restaurants.
Anthony Pitucco, Member
Anthony (Tony) Pitucco is a faculty member at Pima Community College, West Campus in Tucson, Arizona where he is currently the Department Chair of the Physical and Geological Sciences. He also teaches in the mathematics, philosophy, and humanities departments at PCC. Dr. Pitucco holds a B.S. in Physics (1970), a M.Ed. in Philosophy and Foundations of Education (1975), a M.S. in Mathematics (1983), and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in the area of mathematical physics (1991) all from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Pitucco has also participated in and chaired a number of local, state, and national tasks forces on education, the impact of emerging educational technologies, and the role of mathematics and science education through both the Department of Education and The National Science Foundation.
Mittida Raksanaves, Member
Dr. Raksanaves graduated 1st in her dental school class of 93 students from the highest ranking Dental school in Thailand. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with Highest Honors, a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master's Degree in Oral Biology. After graduation she was on Faculty at University of Louisville and was in charge of the Undergraduate Orthodontic Program. She moved to Arizona to join her husband’s practice and has been practicing in Tucson for 20 years. She is a Full Member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Raksanaves has two children that graduated from BASIS Tucson North and is passionate about improving the quality of the secondary educational system in the United States.
Rizwan Safdar, Member
Dr. Rizwan Safdar graduated from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan in 1993 and has been practicing medicine for over 19 years. His is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and specializes in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Safdar joined the BASIS family in August 2009 when his two oldest sons enrolled at BASIS Tucson. The family moved to BASIS Oro Valley when the school opened in 2010 and Dr. Safdar quickly became an active member of the school community. Dr. Safdar is now the proud parent of three BASIS students with a fourth one on the way.