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Facilities & Funding Expo

Tuesday, March 12, 9:45 am–10:30 am
Sacramento Convention Center - Expo Pavilion, Exhibit Hall on #200 aisle

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Expos are made up of 45-minute poster sessions organized around broad programming and/or particular audiences. Poster Sessions provide an opportunity for a small group of attendees to interact in an informal environment with a subject matter expert. Presenters illustrate their content by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and a small amount of text on poster boards.

Poster 01: "The Challenges—and Victories—of Financing a New Charter School Facility," Phyllis Williams, EPR Properties

Poster 02: "Facility Development CASE STUDY Private vs Public Financing and their risks," Matt Avsar, Edhance Facility Solution

Poster 03: "California Charter Building Fund: Helping Charters Own/Improve Facilities," Fathia Macauley, Capital Impact Partners; Nicolas Watson, California Charter Schools Association

Poster 04: "Converting your Charter School Facilities Program Preliminary Apportionment," Erin Cunneen, Office of Public School Construction; Katrina Johantgen, California School Finance Authority; Fred Yeager, California Department of Education

Poster 05: "Grants to Fund Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs," Anjanette Urdanivia, A Plus Charter Consulting

Poster 06: "Money, Money, Money: Cost Cutting Examples," Krystle Onibokun, EdTec

Poster 07: "Why Wait for the Weapon to Arrive?" Missan Eido, Firestorm

Poster 08: "Converting That Big Box Store Into A School," Joe Crowley and Scott Rolfs, Ziegler; Robert Giordano, American Charter Development & Finance

Topic: Facilities & Funding Expo

Presented by


Matt Avsar Matt Avsar, Edhance Facility Solution

Matt has over 15-year experience in Educational Facility field by holding leadership position. He has helped establishing 20+ STEAM charter schools in 5 states serving more than 10,000 students. He has led many facility projects through different government facility program, for charter schools including privately funded financing, tax-exempt bond issuances, and able to create thousands of seats for the socioeconomically disadvantaged students.


Erin Cunneen Erin Cunneen, Office of Public School Construction

Erin Cunneen is a analyst with the Office of Public School Construction. For the past seven years, her primary responsibility has been administering the Charter School Facilities Program.


Missan Eido Missan Eido, Firestorm

Missan is a Principal at Firestorm, a recognized leader in crisis management, vulnerability analysis, risk mitigation and business continuity. Missan is recognized for managing successful business assessment programs aimed at identifying process vulnerabilities and managing programs designed to mitigate risk. Audiences will learn the value of Firestorm’s PREDICT. PLAN. PERFORM.™ process to “keep disruptions from becoming disasters.” He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Beirut, Lebanon and completed graduate work at California State University Fullerton.


Katrina Johantgen Katrina Johantgen, California School Finance Authority

Ms. Johantgen has served as the Executive Director of the California School Finance Authority since 2000.


Fathia Macauley Fathia Macauley, Capital Impact Partners

Fathia Macauley is the California Business Development Officer for Capital Impact Partners. Fathia has been in the field of community development finance for the past 23 years. In the last six years she has originated and closed over $81 million in lending and NMTC transactions. Fathia has managed over $455MM in CRA and affordable housing development projects and participated in the creation of over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Her experience encompasses community development lending, affordable housing development, consulting and nonprofit management. Fathia earned a BA from UCLA and an MA in Urban and Regional Planning, from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.


Krystle Onibokun Krystle Onibokun, EdTec

Krystle Onibokun is an Associate Client Manager at EdTec Inc. Prior to joining EdTec, Krystle worked at a non-profit measuring its impact on the community’s youth to achieve school success and was a Teach For America Corps Member. Krystle holds a Master of Science in Management, Organizations, and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and an AB in Economics from Brown University.


Anjanette Urdanivia Anjanette Urdanivia, A Plus Charter Consulting

Anjanette Urdanivia, President of A Plus Charter Consulting, Inc., is an educational consultant, providing California charter schools with extensive support since 2003, in the areas of Data Analysis; Strategic Planning; WASC Accreditation, Compliance reporting; Program Evaluation; LCAP/CA Dashboard; LCAP Federal Addendum, Grant Writing; and College Counseling. . In addition, she is a certified trainer for McRel's Power Walkthrough, and Classroom Instruction that Works.


Nicolas Watson Nicolas Watson, California Charter Schools Association

As Senior Advisor for Facilities, Nicolas leads CCSA's facilities policy and advocacy work statewide, including identifying and developing facilities options through local school districts, advocating for facilities funding, and assisting with private facilities options for charter schools. Prior to joining CCSA, Nicolas worked as an attorney in private practice for 11 years, with a focus on transactional real estate and land use matters. He has three children who have attended the Museum School, High Tech Middle, and High Tech High charter schools in San Diego, and has served as a Museum School Governance Board member for the past nine years.


Phyllis Williams Phyllis Williams, EPR Properties

Phyllis Williams is the Associate Director of Education Investments at EPR Properties. EPR Properties provides financing solutions for the development and acquisition of charter school facilities. Phyllis’ work includes identifying high quality operators, structuring the financing and analyzing the quality of academic programming, board governance, operations and state education policy for startup and expansion schools. A former teacher, Phyllis led the Education Partnerships Team for Teach for America-Kansas City. Phyllis is a member of Teach for America Kansas City’s Alumni Leadership Council and is the founding board chair of a charter school in Kansas City.


Fred Yeager Fred Yeager, California Department of Education

Fred has over 30 years of experience in school facility planning and financing. His role with the California Department of Education allows him to work with charter schools that will use state school construction funds to build or upgrade their school.