About the Board

Board of Directors:

Terri Childs


Terri Childs, a 14 year resident of Thousand Oaks, has actively supported public education through volunteer teaching, chairing PTA art programs and serving on several PTA boards. She’s spent the last six years serving on the Board of Directors for Bridges Charter School, including five years as Board President. After receiving her MBA from Southern Methodist University, Terri worked for more than 20 years in high technology marketing and corporate communications. She also graduated cum laude from Pomona College with a BA in Sociology. Terri and her husband Larry have two sons: Jeremy, a recent graduate of Occidental College and now a reporter for the Ventura County Star; and Jamie, a junior at the University of Redlands.

Jennifer Berryhill

Vice Chair

Jennifer has been a home-schooling parent for over fourteen years. She has had 3 children attend here at River Oaks Academy and is so happy to contribute to the board and give back to such an innovative community of learning and enrichment.

Dr. John Horton


Dr. Horton has received degrees from Dartmouth and Columbia College as well as Duke University. He was the Founder and Clinical Director of the Prem Nagar Medical Services in Hardwar, India. He gives seminars and workshops on The Inner Game of Stress for public and professional audiences in US and Czech Republic. Dr. Horton is a consultant for Inner Game, Inc. developing seminars for corporations on individuality, learning and leadership. His general private practice in Integrative Medicine and Travel Medicine is located in Westlake. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Care Now Foundation and Our Community House of Hope.

Dr. Michael McCambridge


Dr. Michael McCambridge has 46 years of teaching and administrative experience at the elementary, middle, secondary, university, and corporate levels. He strongly believes that school is not just a place where children and adolescents acquire cognitive and linguistic skills. It is a place where they acquire beliefs about themselves, strategies for getting along with others, and a perspective about right and wrong. It is this conviction and his ability to integrate the arts across the curriculum that are the foundation for his teaching, research, and the rationale for Active, Collaborative, Transformative teaching and learning (ACT).

Dr. McCambridge is a Professor of Education in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. In 2008 he was awarded the CLU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009 and 2013 was elected as Professor of the Year, and in 2015 he was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Education.

Susan Willard


Susan's homeschooling journey began over four years ago when her son started Kindergarten, and joined the ROA community. She is a former public school elementary teacher with 12 years experience and received her teaching credential and Master of Arts degree in Education at Pepperdine University. She feels it is an honor and privilege to serve on the board of ROA as we continue to grow and thrive, setting the standard in alternative education.

Recruiting for the Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in River Oaks Academy.

If you are interested in applying to join the Board of River Oaks Academy please download the board application:

Download ROA Board Application

Fill it out and return it to:

Susan Willard, Secretary
River Oaks Academy Board of Directors


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