Faculty and Staff

 

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


LindsayLINDSEY POWERS

Executive Administrator and 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


SarahSARAH CRAWFORD

Director of Cultural Programs and Curriculum Integration; Italian, Art, and Creative Writing

B.A. Italian and English, Tufts University; M.A. Italian Renaissance Literature, Universitá di Firenze and Middlebury College

Sarah Crawford is an alumna of Tufts University with a dual major in Italian Studies and English, Cum Laude.  Sarah also completed significant coursework toward a BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She received a Masters of Arts in Italian Literature through Middlebury College and the University of Florence.  She is passionate about the Renaissance period and wrote her MA thesis in Italian about Torquato Tasso and the chivalric epic poetry of Renaissance Ferrara.   Sarah has completed Post-baccalaureate coursework in Latin at Columbia University and she is on track for her Masters of Arts in English at Lincoln College, Oxford through Bread Loaf at Middlebury College.    

Before joining Anacapa this year, Sarah taught middle school English, History, and Latin at the Pierrepont School in Westport, CT.  Sarah also taught high school Italian for nine years and developed the AP Italian Program for Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT.  There she taught high school Ceramics, Art Foundations, and Latin as well.  Sarah specializes in figurative sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, and mixed media.  She has taught ESL in Italy and art and ESL at The American School in Switzerland summer program where she was also the art director and assistant for the musical productions.  Sarah loves the performing arts and in particular, putting on student productions in English, Latin, or Italian.  

Sarah was the head coach for the all-boys ultimate frisbee team at Brunswick and led them to win the 2009 Connecticut State Championship.  Sarah has also led inaugural community service clubs.

Sarah grew up in Chicago and attended Near North Montessori, The Latin School of Chicago, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and New Trier High School before moving to Connecticut and graduating from Greenwich High School.  

As a harpist, Sarah played for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York in Manhasset, NY and performed at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Sarah is also a vocalist and sang with university choirs at Tufts, the University of Ferrara, and the University of Florence.  She is currently a singer in the Santa Barbara Choral Society.  Sarah enjoys art museums, film, theater, kayaking, hiking, biking, swimming, squash, soccer, and learning how to surf.   Sarah moved to California from Connecticut this summer and is excited to share Santa Barbara's many cultural opportunities with the students at Anacapa School.

sarah@anacapaschool.org


Paula Campanelli

Ceramics

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.

paula@anacapaschool.org


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 is a firm believer in New Trier's mission to inspire students "to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion, and lives to the service of humanity".  Liggy might have taught fellow Anacapa teacher Sarah while at New Trier had Sarah been taking Calculus at the time.  Twelve years ago, 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 is now returning to teach social sciences and journalism. As an Anacapa student, Chris helped to found a hiking class, an engineering class, and a BBQ club, in addition to serving as the liaison for sending Anacapa students as cabin leaders to sixth grade camp. 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


Salli Elena Eve

Theater

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

Salli 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.

salli@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


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


Dr. Melissa Kreger

Science

B.S. Chemistry, UCSC; PhD Physical Chemistry, UCSC; Postdoctoral Researcher - S. A. Carter Lab Physics Dept., UCSC

Melissa, a physical chemist, was born and raised in Northern California on 5 acres of land where she grew our own food. Her only electricity came from the sun, or from a waterwheel in the creek when there was not enough sun. She counted fish with her Dad who was a radical environmentalist. She lived a simple life focused on science, preservation and an absolute minimum carbon footprint. Upon graduating from South Fork High School she moved to Santa Barbara to attend at UCSB.  After 3 years of study, she transferred to UCSC to finish both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. Immediately following completion of her PhD, she worked concurrently as a PostDoctoral Researcher in the Physics Department at UCSC and as a research scientist at a small start-up developing novel materials and processes for lightweight, flexible electronics. This research culminated in Small Business Innovative Research Phase I and Phase II awards from the National Science Foundation. Career development took her through a series of small start ups leading a team of researchers at Konarka Technologies developing hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaics, developing lithium ion battery electrolytes and electrode materials at Nanoscale Components and creating encapsulation methods for solar cells in Goleta. Melissa made a transition from R&D to teaching Chemistry, Physical Science and Math, at Merrimack College, Saint Anselm College, Andover High School and Villanova Preparatory School. She loves reading, learning, listening, thinking, analyzing, creating, teaching, and exploring. Teaching allows me more time to spend with my family, cooking, practicing yoga, gardening, surfing, cycling and being still. Melissa knows that it is possible to be determined, to work hard, to set a goal and then consistently take small steps to reach that goal. This is what she hopes to teach her students.

melissa@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


Caitlin Racich

Dean of Campus Life; Physical Education, Health, and Spanish 

B.A. Liberal Arts and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University

Caitlin is a proud native of Santa Barbara. She is an alumna of Foothill Elementary, La Colina Junior High School and Dos Pueblos High School. She continued her collegiate education at Pepperdine University where she also competed Division 1 on both the indoor and beach volleyball teams. Caitlin was the first sand volleyball scholarship recipient in the country. She was a two-time National Champion and All-American in Beach Volleyball in 2012/2014.

Caitlin received dual degrees in Liberal Arts and Hispanic Studies from Pepperdine University. She made Honors Roll as a “scholar-athlete” all four years and received her California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education.

Caitlin studied abroad in both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain. She participated in homestays in both locations: living with native families and taking classes in culture, literature and local dance.

Caitlin is close with her family and is the eldest of 5 siblings. In her free time outside the classroom you will most likely find Caitlin at the beach either surfing or playing beach volleyball. She also enjoys family time, cooking, gardening, painting and a variety of athletics in general.

Caitlin is passionate about teaching and the power of impacting lives on a daily basis. She enjoys empowering the youth and strives to be a healthy role model for students. Caitlin loves being apart of Anacapa School and is grateful to work in education in the Santa Barbara community.

caitlin@anacapaschool.org


Emily Regan

English

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.

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