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 Daugherty


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jennifer Daugherty is a thirty-year veteran of the entertainment industry, and is immensely grateful to have served as the Director of Development for both Henry Mancini Enterprises and author Jackie Collins. Dedicating herself to developing, protecting and promoting their brands was a privilege, and working with such generous and prolific talent afforded her the opportunity to spearhead some extraordinary projects. Whether working on the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, developing books/plays/screenplays, creating a commemorative stamp with the United States Postal Service, or putting concerts together at the Hollywood Bowl, KODAK Theatre and Lincoln Center with world-class artists, her job experience has been challenging and diverse. Additionally, she produced 15 theatrical productions and was awarded the Drama Logue Award for Producer of the Year for the critically acclaimed “Catholic School Girls.” Jennifer is proud to have helped grow two non-profit organizations, as well as having worked intimately with Boards ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Music Center, Hollywood Bowl, and Geffen Playhouse.

Hands down, her greatest accomplishment and passion in life is being married to her better half, Nicholas, and being a proud mother to Rowan and Liam. River Oaks Academy has been a tremendous blessing for her family, and she wants to see it continue to excel for years to come. That, combined with her unique skill set and love of collaborating with teams to ensure the success of a shared vision, is why she is honored to serve on the ROA Board.

Pamela Keller


Hello, I’m Pamela Keller and I live in Santa Rosa Valley with my husband, Robert, and our two sons. I’ve had the pleasure of working in Accounting and Human Resources, but I appreciate that I am able to be a stay-at-home mom presently. I am grateful for the time with our boys. I enjoy reading, yoga, hiking, photography and scrap booking. ROA has given us an excellent opportunity to homeschool with support from a community that has a passion for students to learn in a way that works best for them. Brian and Justin attended “regular” school in the past, but we are glad to be a part of the ROA community. As a member of PAC, I will always give my best effort in supporting families that have any suggestions or questions. Participating in PAC is a rewarding experience, and I enjoy meeting families that share their journey on a similar path. I look forward to contributing to a welcoming community environment and helping wherever I can!


Michael R. Hillis, Ph.D.


Dr. Mike Hillis is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University, a position he assumed in 2015. As part of his academic career, Dr. Hillis has taught in Tennessee, Washington state, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Norway. Dr. Hillis’ writing and research interests include the moral assumptions of multicultural education, leadership and mimetic theory, and the development of community partnerships. Dr. Hillis has also been active in accreditation work through the years serving as a site visitor for NCATE, CAEP, and multiple state reviews. Most recently, he was elected to serve on California’s Committee on Accreditation.

Benny Martinez

Board Member

Benny Martinez is a life-long resident of Ventura County and has spent the majority of his career in public school finance. He recently retired from the Ventura County Schools Business Services Authority, serving as the Director of School Business Services. During his 10-year tenure, Benny successfully managed 6 charters schools in the County, including the finances of River Oaks Academy (ROA). Benny is an expert in non-classroom-based funding and understands the adversity facing charter schools today. Benny will bring his years of experience and his unique perspective to the board, ensuring that ROA will continue to be financially stable while fighting for the equity of all independent study students in the State of California, especially since most of his grandchildren are homeschoolers!

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:

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