Meet Our Team

Our staff are dedicated to the belief that all children can learn to succeed.

Our talented staff consists of certified special education teachers , general education teachers, masters and bachelors in education and highly trained support staff and instructors.

Leadership Team

Our Leadership team is supported by 50 credentialed teachers, instructors and specialists that are an invaluable part of Banyan Tree Educational Services.


Nanci Engle
Executive Director

Lorin Web

Lorin Hamilton
Business Manager


Carol Stachwick
Chief Operating Officer

Our Team

Point Loma:

Learning Center, Compass Academy, and Power Learning Program:

Excelsior Academy:

Nancy MacNamara, Principal

Foundations Academy:

Maureen Kim, Principal

PL Administrators:
Nanci Engle
Carol Stachwick
Jill Perlman
Marisa Donnelly
Katie Ranshaw
Laura Ruelas

PL Instructors:
Rosalia Monzones
Douglas Pallozzi
Kim Mooney
Cari Beltane
Susie Gates
Jan St. Marie
Marisa Donnelly

EA Administrators:
Nancy Macnamara
Lorin Hamilton
Katie Wilson
Mayra Hernandez

EA Credentialed Teachers:
Stephen Lynch
Ariel Niemi
Tanja Stutton
Scott Sturgeon
Noah Wilke

EA Instructors:
Daniel Alvarez
Amber Fabros
Nicole Lyke
Nataly Merlo-Villa
Devon Quenga
Todd Morschhauser

BTFA Administration:
Muriel Bianchi
Kay MacIsaac
Jen Baron

BTFA Credentialed Teachers:
Sue Rodriguez
Jessica Barajas
Melissa McGowan
Kurt Killpack

Related Services:
Traci Friedman (SLPA)
Randy Burtanog (OT)
Karyn Searcy (SLP)
Beth Shiff (PT)
Mairen Ruiz

BTFA Instructors:
Danielle Glen
Cindy Woelk
Ingrid Stein
Krista Unangst
Scott Thielen
Helen Castro
Josh Hawley
Lindsay Mitchell
Robert Ledesma
Trina Overstreet
Linsay Dome
Katarina Kinden
Kelly Ummel
Alice Drennan
Geoff Odelson
Paola Hernandez
Denise Cisneros
Les Goldstein
Stephanie Brown

Our Board Members

Ann Steuer, President
Holly Vallera, Treasurer
Vallera Investment Properties, Inc.
Myra Benoist, Secretary

Michael Botkin
Botkin Financial Group

Tom Vaughn
Senior Broker / Owner
Vaughn Financial & Insurance Services LLC

Interested in supporting our work and serving San Diego children and their families? We are seeking additional Board Members with expertise in special education, finance, and nonprofit organizational development who want to be active and enthusiastic advocates for Banyan Tree! Contact us to learn more. 858-367-5428

Our Partners

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