Faculty & Staff

General email contact: anacapa@anacapaschool.org 

Dr. Dylan Minor

Head of School

Dr. Minor has taught MBA students at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management. His research has been featured in a variety of media, including: ABC, Academic minute, CBS, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, Harvard Gazette, Human Resource Executive, INC.com, NPR (All Things Considered), Quartz, USA Today, Wired, WSJ, and Washington Post.

He earned his PhD and Masters of Science in business administration at UC Berkeley (Haas). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Mathematics/ Economics.

In 2009, he founded Omega Financial Group, a wealth management firm, in Santa Barbara that he still manages today. In 2017, he also founded Argos Global Advisors, a hedge fund based in Santa Barbara. Finally, he engages in expert consulting for companies, including both large companies and startups.

After serving as Chairman of the Anacapa Board for the 2017-2018 academic year, Dylan moved into the role as Anacapa’s Head of School in July, 2018. Under his leadership, Anacapa will focus more heavily on entrepreneurship, differentiation, and responsive curriculum. While change is in the air, Dylan confirms that Anacapa will “remain a close-knit environment designed to respond to the academic and experiential pursuits of 7th-12th graders.” The school is devoted to civic engagement, critical thinking, environmental stewardship, and an entrepreneurial and compassionate learning environment. Along with his Head of School responsibilities, Dylan will also teach the business economics and entrepreneurship classes he taught while at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management to Anacapa students. The classes will be available to all students in 7th through 12th grade.


Paula Campanelli


B.A. Art History – UCSB; DBAE Training – Getty Institute

Paula brings over 25 years of art experience to Anacapa’s ceramics and sculpture program. Graduating from UCSB, Paula spent time in Palenque, Mexico, where she assisted in the illustration of several books by Merle Greene Robertson on the Mayan culture in Palenque. Returning to Santa Barbara, Paula worked at Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, representing some of America’s finest craft artists. Paula later spent six years working as an art teacher and the art resource coordinator at Roosevelt Elementary School. Her expertise includes ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, watercolor, and fabric. Paula and her husband Joe have two daughters.


IMG_9957Liggy Chien

Geometry, Calculus

B.A. Mathematical Science – Rice University; M.A.T. Math Education – University of Chicago

Born and raised in Illinois, Liggy was an English teacher in Taiwan before teaching mathematics for ten years at New Trier High School, north of Chicago.  Twelve years ago, she moved to Santa Barbara when her husband joined the faculty of UCSB.  Since then, she has enjoyed being an at-home mom to two kids, now ages 12 and 15.  In 2014, Liggy returned to the classroom, teaching math at Anacapa.


AlisaGregoryHeadshotSession-49_RTAlisa Gregory

College Counselor

B.A. Political Science, UCLA; Certification: Certificate Program in College Counseling, UCLA Extension;  Certification: Teaching English as a Foreign Language, SBCC

Alisa was born and raised in Santa Barbara and attended  UCLA where she received her BA in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations.  After graduating, she incorporated the “international” component of her degree by traveling and working around the world for the next three years. She worked and lived in England, New Zealand (where she met her husband), Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. After getting married, she spent the next five years in Noosa, Australia where she taught the Cambridge Advanced Certificate Course in English at the Sunshine Coast English College. Upon returning to the United States, Alisa completed  The Certificate Program in College Counseling from UCLA Extension, and for the last six years has worked as an independent college consultant for Hamilton & Associates where she offers support and guidance for the college admissions process and gap year opportunities. Alisa also works as an Admissions Reader evaluating freshman applications for UCSB, and, at the start of 2017,  joined the wonderful faculty at Anacapa School as a college counselor. Alisa and her husband Grant are immensely grateful to work and raise their two daughters, Banksia & Millie, in such a wonderful and beautiful community as Santa Barbara.


John Luca

Mathematics and Science

M.A. Mathematics – UCSB; California Teaching Credential in Secondary Mathematics

John is very excited to be returning to teaching at Anacapa School after three years. John previously taught math and science and returns in 2017 to do the same. John is excited to be an active member of the Anacapa community. He has several graduate degrees including a master’s in mathematics from UCSB, and he holds a California Teaching Credential in secondary mathematics. He is also an active businessman focusing on California residential income property. John is the the father of four children, one of which graduated from Anacapa School in 2003.

John likes to have fun and thinks learning is a blast. He looks forward to teaching at Anacapa School again.


Hugo Macario

Spanish, Music, Sports, Student Activities

Teacher Education – Escuela Normal Rural “Vasco de Quiroga,” Mexico; A.A. Spanish and Music – SBCC

Hugo was born and raised in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. He grew up close to his father, an elementary school principal, who deeply inspired him to become an educator. As a young boy, Hugo found a passion for music and started performing at a young age, with a group of friends who were influenced by the Latin American music of the time; through music, they promoted peace and social justice, performing in local community events and schools. Hugo has toured the country playing traditional music from Latin America with the band Quetzalcoatl, and founded his own local band, “Ensamble Vientos Del Sur” (Winds of the South Ensemble), playing in different venues in town.

Hugo joined the Anacapa faculty in 2006, teaching all Spanish levels. He started the school’s music program, directing the acclaimed school band, “The Adobes.” Hugo has also taught the Soccer and Softball elective classes. In past years, Hugo has coordinated various Anacapa clubs including Salsa Dancing, International Film Studies, and Current Issues. Hugo and his wife Lucia have twin boys who graduated from Anacapa.


Lindsey Powers

Executive Administrator

B.A in Art History, Economics Minor—San Diego State University

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Lindsey moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University, earning her B.A. in art history with an economics minor. Upon graduating Lindsey actively took up writing and editing for various environmental and financial blogs, eventually moving into the publishing industry. Over the past five years Lindsey has worked in both academic and environmental publishing, using her strong administrative and communication skills to help produce large scale publications in both print and digital formats.

Through her volunteer experiences at various museums and charitable organizations, Lindsey found a passion working in the non-profit community and joined the Anacapa School team in September 2017. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys reading, hiking/camping and traveling.


Emily Regan

Literature, Creative Writing, Sports

B.A. English Literature – Franklin and Marshall College; M.A. Teaching (English) – Montclair State University

After graduating from college and teaching in an outdoor school in Southern California for three years, Emily went on to pursue her graduate studies in education. Upon completion of her M.A. degree, Emily was honored by the State of New Jersey Department of Education, winning the 2015 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award in English, a testament to her talent in the classroom. In addition to her English expertise, Emily also brings her experience in physical education, having served in the past as a coach in both gymnastics and swimming.

Emily moved to Goleta in the summer of 2015 after a three-week cross-country road trip and joined the Anacapa faculty soon after her arrival. In addition to teaching and literature, Emily enjoys anything that gets her outdoors including hiking, camping, and teaching herself to surf.


Kito Cetrulo

Assistant Head of School

B.A in English Literature – Princeton University

Kito Cetrulo, a native Bostonian, is an alumna of Phillips Andover and Princeton University. Cetrulo started her career as a market research and brand strategist with organizations including MTV Networks and Public Broadcasting. Kito has supported a range of non-profit, civic and educational organizations including Foundations, Municipalities, and Departments of Education across the country. Prior to moving to California, Cetrulo worked for The Pierrepont School in Westport, CT. Kito is passionate about the of power of education, and the strength of communities.

She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and two young children.


Salli Elena Eve

Performing Arts

B.A. Speech and Hearing, Montclair State University, M.A.  Audiology, UCSB

Salli is excited to be back teaching at Anacapa School after a 2 year hiatus.  She has been involved with the school for over 20 years, first as a parent to Sam and Noah who both attended Anacapa from grades 7-12, and as the Performing Arts teacher for many years.

Salli was born and raised in New Jersey where she graduated from Montclair State University.  She received  her M.A. degree from UCSB and after living for several years in Philadelphia, returned to Santa Barbara with her husband to raise her family.She previously worked for the Goleta Union school district as a music and theater teacher, designed the “Great Works of Music” program for Kellogg School and was on the panel to help design and establish a music curriculum in the Goleta Schools.

She and her husband own Occhiali Fine Eyewear, with stores in Montecito and Santa Barbara.  In her spare time she loves to read, make music and travel.