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.

Our Team

Nanci Engle, CEO

Excelsior Academy: Nancy Macnamara, Principal

Foundations Academy: Miaren Ruiz, Principal

Point Loma/Oceanside Learning Center: Patricia Padgett, Director

PL Administration:
Nanci Engle
Trish Padgett
Drew Goldberg
Laura Ruelas

PL Instructors:
Rosalia Monzones
Jill Perlman
Douglas Pallozzi
Kim Mooney
Cari Beltane
Joyce Chen

Oceanside Admin:
Patricia Padgett
Drew Goldberg

Oceanside Instructors:
Jan St. Marie
Maddie Salerno
John Miller
Victoria May
Katie Duncan

EA Administration:
Nancy Macnamara
Lorin Hamilton
Katie Wilson
Mayra Hernandez

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

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

BTFA Admin:
Mairen Ruiz
Kay MacIsaac
Jen Baron

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

Related Services:
Traci Friedman (SLPA)
Julia Kiel (SLPA)
Randy Burtanog (OT)
Beth Shiff (PT)

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

Our Board of Directors

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

Are you 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