Faculty and Staff

Leadership


DylanDylan Minor

Head of School

B.A. in Mathematics/ Economics, U.C. Santa Barbara; PhD and Masters of Science in Business Administration, UC Berkeley (Haas)

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.

Dylan@anacapaschool.org


Kito Cetrulo

Assistant Head of School

B.A. Princeton University, English

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.

Kito@anacapaschool.org

 


Faculty


Liggy Chien

Mathematics

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.  She moved to Santa Barbara when her husband joined the faculty of UCSB.  Liggy received a B.A. in Mathematical Science from Rice University and an M.A.T. in Math Education from The University of Chicago.

Liggy@anacapaschool.org


Chris Eckert

Upper School History, Journalism

B.A. History - Westmont College; CA Teaching Credential in Social Science

Chris spent five exciting years as a student at Anacapa, and has returned to Anacapa to teach social sciences and journalism. Chris founded our hiking class, an engineering class, and a BBQ club, in addition to serving as the liaison for Anacapas yearly camping trips. Raised in Goleta for most of his life, Chris chose to stay local for higher education and attend Westmont College. While at Westmont, Chris served as editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper, The Horizon, and went on to work as a sports reporter for local news outlet Noozhawk. Chris completed Westmont College's Teacher Credential Program in 2018, having student taught at both San Marcos Senior High and La Colina Junior High. He is passionate about nature, and one major life goal of his is to visit all 59 United States National Parks.    

Chris@anacapaschool.org


Samantha Eve

Theater

B.F.A. Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, New York University 

Samantha, an Anacapa Alumna, founded Out of the Box Theatre Company in 2010 with its inaugural production of Reefer Madness. Since then, she has gone on to produce six seasons of contemporary musicals with Out of the Box, receiving Indy Theater Awards for her direction of Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, and The Wild Party. She continues to perform with other companies in the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles areas, including Color and Light Theatre Ensemble, Elite Theater Company, and SBCC Theater Group. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. When she's not in a theater, Samantha channels her creative energy into cupcake baking for special events through Violette Bakeshop.

Samantha@anacapaschool.org


Elizabeth Floyd

English

PhD in English - UC Santa Barbara

Elizabeth teaches Upper School English, Creative Writing, and Book Club. She earned her PhD in English from UC Santa Barbara in 2019.  Originally from Los Angeles, Elizabeth received a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and spent a year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She also has an M.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University. Her past teaching experience includes lecturing and developing undergraduate courses. She has extensive experience tutoring junior high and high school students in writing and literature.

Elizabeth@anacapaschool.org


Alisa Gregory

College Counseling

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.

Alisa@anacapaschool.org


Karen Keltner

Physical Education

BA of Science - UC Santa Barbara

Born and raised in New York City, Karen came to Santa Barbara to fulfill her dreams of becoming a Marine Biologist, Outdoor Adventurer, Environmental Educator, and Teacher. Karen graduated with Honors and a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught, created and led programs for children, teens, schools, scientists and teachers worldwide, and is the Owner /Education Director of Peak2Pacific Outdoor Adventures and Environmental Education programs which inspire youth, teens and families to become life-long explorers, learners, and adventurers. Karen holds certificates in Yoga, Pilates, TRX, Personal Training, Outdoor Wilderness EMT, American Red Cross First Aid, and AED professional rescuer. Karen looks forward to sharing her passions with the Anacapa School community.

Karen@anacapaschool.org


John Luca

Mathematics

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

John 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 father of four children, one of which graduated from Anacapa School in 2003. John likes to have fun and thinks learning is a blast.

John@anacapaschool.org


Hugo Macario

Spanish, Music

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.” 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.

Hugo@anacapaschool.org


Patrick Mcmanus

English, Humanities 

M.A. of Education - Lesley University

Originally from New Hampshire, Patrick enjoys all things outdoors-related and practicing the arts through the frame of the natural world.  Over the past four years, Patrick has been fortunate to teach english, history, and philosophy with students in Boston, Massachusetts.  Prior to his teaching career, he earned his bachelor's degree in political science and literature from the University of New Hampshire and later a Masters in Education from Lesley University. Patrick is passionate about helping students explore world cultures, social justice, multiculturalism, literature, and writing.  He has worked with students in this capacity both domestically and abroad leading Model UN programs, international travel excursions, and backcountry adventures.  It is with great appreciation that he brings his previous teaching experiences to the Anacapa School campus!

Patrick@anacapaschool.org


Jacob Pepper

Biology

A native of the Sonoran Desert, Jacob moved to Santa Barbara to pursue his education in Environmental Science and follow his passion for the ocean. For several years, he directed the after school enrichment program for Monroe Elementary School and additionally spent time in the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department with youth athletics. In 2006, Jacob opened Full Count Fundamentals, a company focused on supporting youth baseball development for local players. In 2014 Jacob moved on to become the head coach for the varsity baseball team at San Marcos High School.  This move and his passion for teaching ultimately guided him to earn his teaching credential in Science, Chemistry, Health and Physical Education.  After completing his credential program, he spent two years teaching in the Santa Barbara Unified School District and is excited to be a faculty member of Anacapa.  Jacob lives in Goleta with his wife of 11 years, Alisa a local realtor, and their two sons, Jonah 9, and Alex 7.    

Jacob@anacapaschool.org


Stephen Schaeffer

Physics

BA of Science - UC Santa Barbara

Stephen Schaeffer, graduated from USC with a degree in chemical engineering. He launched a private tutoring business focused on high school math and science curriculum. Over the summers, Stephen enjoys long bicycle touring trips like riding from Canada to Mexico or riding across America.

Stephen@anacapaschool.com


Emily Smith

Culture, Dance, Musical Theater, Art

BFA in Dance Theater - The American Music and Dramatic Academy of Los Angele's

Born in Russia, Natalia Emily Smith was raised in England, where she grew up at Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Oxford. She has performed in a variety of musicals, such as: Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Billy Elliott, Fame, Hairspray, We Will Rock You and many more. In 2013 she won a scholarship to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, one of Los Angeles' premier performance colleges, where she studied for her BFA in Dance Theater. Emily graduated as an Honor Roll student in 2016. Emily is excited to be a part of the Anacapa family. 

Emily@anacapaschool.org


Lauren Uhler

Mathematics, Marine Biology, Digital Arts

B.A. Art - CSUCI.   Studied Mathematics at UCSB, Biology at SBCC, Art and Computer Science at CSUCI.

Lauren is an award-winning artist and published biological illustrator.  She has worked as a mathematician, biologist, artist, and educator and approaches teaching from an evidence-based, individualized, interdisciplinary angle.  Lauren's hobbies include recreational math, permaculture, camping, sculpture, and working with a local small animal rescue.  

Lauren@anacapaschool.org


Erland Wanberg

Music

Erland Wanberg started playing the guitar and writing songs when he was 13 years old.  Erland has toured the nation and worked with some of the best in the music business including Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (Cecilia & The Satellite) and grammy award winning recording engineer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson). After releasing his debut album 'On Our Side,' Erland's songwriting caught the ear of Songs Publishing, a Los Angeles/New York based music publishing company (Lorde, The Weeknd). Erland is thrilled to bring his extensive experience to Anacapa School.

Erland@anacapaschool.com


Staff


LINDSEY POWERS

Registrar

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. In her spare time Lindsey enjoys reading, hiking/camping and traveling.

lindsey@anacapaschool.org