Jayanti Tambe Roy
Founder and Director

Jayanti Tambe Roy is the author of A Kaleidoscope of Children. She has also served as the Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School. Before moving to Southern California, Jayanti was the Director of the Rainbow School and Pepper Tree School at Stanford University. She has taught courses on Child, Family, Community, Music & Movement, Supporting Dual Language Learners in a Multilingual Classroom, Health & Safety, Administration in Early Childhood Education, Business and Fiscal Management, and HR Administration in Educational Leadership, among others. Through her appointments by several national associations, institutes, and universities, she has been widely acclaimed for her innovation in teaching practices.


Dr. M. Srinivasan
Founder Principal & Chairman – GEAR Innovative Intl. School
Founder & Chief Editor/Curator – think Creativity & Intelligences Quest

Dr. M. Srinivasan draws his energy from his GURU Shri. B. Varma (late) of Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, his Mentor Prof. J. Renzulli of National Research Center on Gifted & Talented, UCON, USA and eminent teachers and associates from all over the world. He continues to learn something rare from every one of his students. His students are his ultimate teachers. He has dedicated his life to them.

Mr. Srinivasan’s plan is to herald a new era of Teaching Talents Development and Developing Education Standards. He doesn’t want to look back having left a merit Engineering seat and taken up education in 1970.

He has propounded the education model called CIPE which stands for Creative, Inventive, & Productive Excelment. Excelment is a composite concept that combines talents development processes like Exploration, Acceleration and Enrichment. His model of school is called School Beyond Walls, in which the source of knowledge generation, that is the real life, plays a vital role in making the curriculum meaningful and dynamic. School Beyond Walls and CIPE Model of education is accredited by LWF=UNESCO.

Mr. Srinivasan was the National Delegate to the 11th World Conference on Gifted & Talented, Hong Kong. He has also been a long standing member of various international organizations like Creative Education Foundation, New York, USA; National Association for Gifted Children, London, UK; National Association for Gifted Children, Washington DC, USA; The World Council for Gifted & Talented Children, Iowa, USA; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, USA. He is also a member of the Executive Board of International Montessori Accreditation Council, USA.


Jennifer Winters
Director, Bing Nursery School, Stanford University

Jennifer  Winters is the director of Bing Nursery School. She has more than three decades of experience in the field of early childhood education. She earned a bachelor of science in special education and elementary education from the University of Maryland and a master’s in child development from San Jose State University.

She has been a teacher and head teacher, and for the past eight years has served as assistant director and acting director, and as a lecturer in Stanford’s department of psychology.

Prior to Bing, Winters served as a special education teacher in Maryland and Texas public schools, the director of a nursery school and kindergarten in Bowie, Md., and the curriculum director for a Jacksonville, Fla., non-profit with over 20 early childhood programs for at-risk children and families.


mercys-headshot-e1515270592905.jpgMercy Santoro
Deputy Director, Parks & Recreation, City of Los Angeles

As Deputy Director for the East Agency in Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Ms. Santoro provides innovative and quality parks services and recreational opportunities for persons of all ages. Current projects include launching the Departments first online recreation guide entitled P&R Magazine, developing the agency’s first annual work plan and operating norms, and developing the Department’s Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Summer Camp in partnership with the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

Most recently Ms. Santoro served as the Associate Superintendent for the Pasadena Unified School District where she oversaw the physical health, mental health and communication operations for the District.  Prior to joining the District, Ms. Santoro served as Human Services Director for the City of Claremont and City of Pasadena.  There, she developed a community-based youth and family support center, acquired 150 acres of open space to connect the Claremont Wilderness Park, implemented community-based mental health services for children and families, and oversaw construction of 17-acre Padua Avenue Sports Park.  Ms. Santoro served as the lead staff in updating and overseeing Claremont’s nationally recognized Youth and Family Master Plan, which set short-term and long-term goals for improving the quality of life of children, youth and families.

Ms. Santoro is the Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County’s Joint Use Moving People to Play (JUMPP) Coalition.  JUMPP is focused on encouraging partnerships to activate safe play spaces for families to play, learn and be well. She is also a former Board Member for Tri-City Mental Health where she performed a key role in the creation and rollout of the Mental Health Services Act in the Pomona Valley region.

Ms. Santoro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Cal State University San Bernardino, a Master’s Degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne, and completed Post Master’s Work in Human Services Leadership at Pacific Oaks College.  She is currently in the second year of pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the University of Laverne.


alexAlex Ezat Parnia, PhD
President, EC Higher Education

Dr. Parnia is the president of EC Higher Education and has more than 35 years of experience in higher education administration. He has served the University of Hartford, Cambridge College, Nichols College, and Pacific Oaks College as faculty, campus dean, vice president of marketing and enrollment, executive vice president, provost, and president.

Dr. Parnia’s academic and operational expertise spans a variety of higher education environments from a single campus structure to a multi-campus education system. Dr. Parnia’s interests include higher education leadership, assessment of and improvement in student learning, international recruitment, new program development, and adult learners.

Dr. Parnia has written a number of articles which have been published in The New York Times, Worcester Business Journal, and Hartford Courant. Dr. Parnia has been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times and the Pasadena Star News. Dr. Parnia is active in CIC, ACE, and AGB and has been a Consultant-Evaluator for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Dr. Parnia earned a doctoral degree in Government from Claremont Graduate University and holds a master’s degree from The University of Hartford. He also holds an undergraduate degree in political science.


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 Holly Bruno, MA, JD
Award-winning, best-selling author, international keynote speaker, ground-breaking radio host and seasoned team builder.

Holly served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected “Outstanding Professor.”

An alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, she taught leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College.

Holly Elissa’s books include the best-selling, What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice (NAEYC, 2012), Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, November 2012) and Learning from the Bumps in the Road (Redleaf Press, 2013). Her first book, Leading on Purpose was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Comfort of Little Things: An Educator’s Guide to Second Chances received the National Living Now silver award for books from any field that “uplift the quality of life.”


Dr. Shaun-Adrián Choflá
Professor, Early Childhood Education, Butte College, California

Dr. Shaun-Adrián Choflá is a professor at the Education, Child, and Family Studies Department and Child Development Center at Butte College in Oroville, California. From 2007 to 2015, he was a faculty member at National Hispanic University where he was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and the 2014 and 2015 Grand Faculty Marshal. He teaches courses in anti-bias education, child development, observation and assessment of young children, and early childhood education. In his doctoral research, Dr. Choflá focused on the ways preschool teachers approach gender exploration in the early-childhood classroom. His subsequent studies have compared preschool practices in urban and rural areas. Dr. Choflá regularly leads workshops focusing on early childhood gender identity development. As a practitioner and scholar of anti-bias education and equity pedagogy, he aims to increase early childhood educators’ awareness of cisgender-related bias. Dr. Choflá earned a doctorate in education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Throughout his career, Dr. Choflá has helped develop curricula, including online teaching, training faculty, as well as overseeing the development of online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in child development and early childhood studies.