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Headmaster: Dr. David Baum

A Renaissance scholar, Dr. Baum comes to Tempe Prep from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where he served as Professor of Humanities and Director of the University’s Great Books program. Dr. Baum received his undergraduate education at the University of Dallas and his PhD from Yale University in Renaissance history. In addition to West Texas A&M, Dr. Baum has taught history, English, and classics at New York University, Skidmore College, and Union College, all in New York State, and at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani. Dr. Baum has a daughter, Rochelle, who recently graduated from WT and still resides in Texas.

Contact: Dr. David Baum

Provost:  Mr. Jeffrey Veenstra

Mr. Jeff Veenstra joined Tempe Prep in the summer of 2008.  He has served as a teacher, Department Head, the Dean of Faculty and Interim Headmaster.  Prior to Tempe Prep, Mr. Veenstra taught at Chandler Prep from 2005 to 2007 and served as Assistant Headmaster at Mesa Prep from 2007 to 2008.  Mr. Veenstra taught at a variety of colleges and universities, including at Calvin College, Pennsylvania State University, Grand Valley State University and Hope College. 

Contact: Mr. Jeff Veenstra


Board Of Directors Directory -
Mr. Chad Sampson, President

Mr. Sampson is an attorney specializing in schools and education.  He currently serves as Vice President for Legal Affairs at the Arizona Board of Regents.  He served as Assistant Attorney General under Terry Goddard and testified frequently with the Arizona State Board of Education.  Mr. Sampson has three children attending Tempe Preparatory Academies.

Contact: Mr. Chad Sampson

Mr. Richard Foreman, Vice President

Mr. Foreman serves as the President and CEO of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition.  Mr. Foreman worked as the Director of Corporate Public Affairs for Southwest Gas Corporation for 28 years.  Mr. Foreman is also a former board member (10 years) of the Tempe Union High School District and Great Hearts Academies (4 years), and has served on numerous task corces and educational entities via appointment by the Arizona Governor.  He has chaired or co-chaired 11 school finance campaign committees in Tempe since the early 1990s.  His experience also entails legislative and regulatory positions in the State of Arizona and Washington, D.C.  He is an author and a newspaper columnist with The Arizona Republic where he has written on a regular basis for over 20 years.

Contact: Mr. Richard Foreman

Dr. Stuart Newfeld, Secretary

Dr. Newfeld is a Professor and Faculty Leader in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. He has 30 years of experience in biology teaching and research including funding from Science Foundation Arizona, the National Institutes of Health and the European Commission.  He has been actively working with the Science Dept. Chair and the Pre-College Advisor to improve science education at TPA and TPJA.

Contact: Dr. Stuart Newfeld

Mr. Trevor Bush, Treasurer

Mr. Bush is the Chief Financial Officer for Western National Bank.  He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona.  Mr. Bush and his wife, Jenelle, have three children attending Tempe Preparatory Academies.

Contact: Mr. Trevor Bush

Mrs. Roberta Fischer, Director

Mrs. Fischer is a Revenue Agent with the Department of Treasury.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota.  Roberta and her husband, David, have been Tempe Prep parents since 2003. They have five children, two who are currently attending and three who have graduated from TPA.

Contact: Mrs. Roberta Fischer

Mrs. Lisa Borawski-Pickard, Director

Mrs. Borawski-Pickard is the Director of Finance for the Medtronic Tempe Campus and is responsible for the campus’ financial health, strategic planning, compliance, and continuous improvement.   She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business.

Contact: Mrs. Lisa Borawski-Pickard

Dr. Rebecca Cryder, Director

Dr. Cryder has both her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Education and has been teaching for 19 years, at both the junior high and high school levels. She teaches Social Studies, Spanish, Economics, and American History.  Dr. Cryder has completed extensive research on gender differences in academic achievement and is well-versed in federal and state education requirements.   She is experienced in data analysis and curriculum alignment and has received funding from the Helios Education Foundation for the implementation of instructional strategies in the classroom.  Dr. Cryder is an active parent with two children, both of whom attend the Tempe Preparatory Academies.

Contact: Dr. Rebecca Cryder

Mrs. Andrea Guiney, Parent Organization Representative

The Guiney family has been part of the TPA community since 2008 and has two children currently attending TPA.  Andrea Guiney has always been actively involved in her children’s classrooms, volunteering primarily with at-risk students in small groups and individually to develop literacy, as well as teaching the Art Masterpiece program.  Mrs. Guiney has been employed in Arizona in the publishing industry as well as in the field of distance learning/educational technology.  Prior to her move to Arizona, Mrs. Guiney was a public school teacher in California, where she helped develop and implement an integrated middle school language arts and world history curriculum.

Contact: Mrs. Andrea Guiney

Mr. Mitch Sweet, Faculty Representative

Contact: Mr. Mitch Sweet