VPEF Board of Directors

Nolan Sullivan - Board President


Nolan Sullivan has lived in Vacaville for the last 30 years. He is a product of the Vacaville Unified School District attending Edwin Markham Elementary, Browns Valley Elementary, Willis Jepson Middle School and Vacaville High School. He has served Vacaville’s youth in families in numerous capacities over the last two decades most notably as a Board Trustee for the Vacaville Unified School District, a Commissioner on the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission, the Chair of the Measure A School Bond Committee, Volunteer with Boy Scouts of America and the President of the Vacaville Public Education Board.  He is currently employed as a Social Services Branch Director in neighboring Yolo County overseeing all of the County’s Employment and Social Service Eligibility Programs. He has been with Yolo County for over 11 years and has a passion for serving vulnerable families and the Community at large. He is a father of two amazing boys in the Vacaville Unified School District and husband to an Amazing wife; Japhia (Bera) Sullivan. He believes in education being the great equalizer for our youth and compassionate and responsive local government services making a big impact in the lives’ of local families!

Leah Sullivan - Board Member


I have lived in Vacaville a majority of my life. I attend Vacaville Schools, kindergarten through my senior year. I moved away for college and returned after graduation. Vacaville offers the comfort of a small town and family. I work at UC Davis and put high value in education. I joined VPEF because it gives teachers and schools the opportunity to have that something extra to really engage students. In my free time I read and I enjoy being with family and friends.

Shea McGuire - Board Member


I was born and raised in Vacaville. I went to Vaca High, played basketball, danced for the VHS Drill Team, and screamed “Who Ya Rootin’ For” with Herman every Friday night. I am now a mom of three boys, a small business owner, and passionate about our local education. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a teacher in Central America and Africa for three years, eventually ending up in inner-city San Francisco working as a teacher for the remainder of the decade. Now I own a real estate brokerage called McGuire Capital Group Realty on Main St. and I founded the Board of Directors to bring a Waldorf-inspired school to Vacaville. Vacaville is a unique hometown in that it instills a pride in community and a need for constant betterment, which is why I have such a passion for education – investing in the next generation is investing in a better future for our community.

Jared Austin - Ex-Officio Board Member


Mr. Jared Austin – a long-time resident of Vacaville, Prior to Co-Founding Kairos Public School, Mr. Austin began his teaching career in Vacaville, as a Visual Media Arts lead teacher at Buckingham Charter Magnet High School (BCHMS).  Mr. Austin remained at BCHMS for 6 years, serving his final year as the Coordinator of Student Services. He was named Rotary Teacher of the Year in 2010. In 2011, Mr. Austin accepted the position of Middle School Coordinator (Principal) at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy (PFAA) at Natomas Charter School (NCS).  The following year his role expanded to include oversight of the Leading Edge Academy middle school, and he was named the Middle School Academies Coordinator (Principal).  In addition to overseeing these two academy schools, Mr. Austin was the English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator for all five NCS academies and served as the BTSA Induction Program Coordinator. In the latter capacity, he worked with the Sacramento County Office of Education as part of a consortium of 15 other charter schools to provide BTSA support services and assistance to beginning teachers trying to clear their credentials.

Mr. Austin has also served as a Director on the Young Image Makers Foundation Board and the SHIELD Advisory Board as a charter advisor in the areas of WASC, Curriculum, Technology, Charter Renewal, and procedures. Currently, Mr. Austin serves on the Advisory Board for Vacaville’s Imagine That! and he serves as on the California Charter School Association Capitol Advocacy Leadership team working with legislators as a liaison to the charter world.

Alexandra Campbell - Board Member


Alex Campbell is a content creator, arts enthusiast, and community supporter with a passion for all that is local. She received her B.S. from Santa Clara University in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law in 2016. SCU provided a backdrop for her first experiences with social media in the arts, where she ran the social media for the on-campus hip-hop crew.

Since returning to her hometown of Vacaville, Alex has become an active participant in the Vacaville community. She sits on the board for Vacaville Public Education Foundation and Young Professionals of Vacaville, and maintains relationships with several other charitable organizations by collaborating on their marketing and fundraising efforts.
Currently, Alex owns Little Goat, a social media management company with a focus on small, local business. Her goal with Little Goat is to create a strong network of local business owners that are supported by an active community through the utilization of local media outlets.

Dave McCallum - Board Member


Dave McCallum is a near lifelong resident of Vacaville who has worked in marketing and media for 30 years.  A former KUIC Morning Show host, Dave has hosted radio shows at Napa’s KVON/KVYN radio stations, and served as Director of Sacramento Operations for Metro Networks, providing programming services to northern California radio and television stations.  He followed his heart back to KUIC in 2014, where he works as an account executive.

Dave was elected to a term on the Vacaville Board of Education and currently serves on the Vacaville Library Commission.  He is an avid reader and looks forward to retirement so he will have even more time for it.

Zane Miller - Board Member


Zane Miller was born and raised in the Bay Area. He attended Callison Elementary before moving to Suisun and then Vallejo. He received his BA in Politics from the University of San Francisco and his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Saint Mary’s College of California. Zane is now a 5th grade teacher at Holy Spirit School in Fairfield.

Michael E. Silva - Board Member


Michael is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the Department of Biotechnology at Solano Community College and oversees the outreach programs and community engagement opportunities. Mr. Silva transferred from Solano Community College to University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell & Developmental Biology and his Master of Science in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics with an emphasis in Stem Cell Technology and Laboratory Management from California State University, Channel Islands. Michael Silva is a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Scholar, Solano College Distinguished Alumni, and is dedicated to working with community leaders to create sustainable programs with a focus in STEM that increase opportunities for students to pursue high skilled and high paying positions. With extensive experience working in logistics, healthcare industry, biomedical research, biopharmaceutical industry and education, Mr. Silva remains dedicated to lowering the achievement gap to increase the diversity required to solve complex problems we all face.  In his spare time Mr. Silva enjoys hiking with his wife and children, camping, and tailgating.