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Welcome to BRAINATION!

For nearly twenty years we have grown and evolved into a powerful network of schools—a network dedicated to increasing the capacity of human greatness. BRAINATION is at the forefront of innovative facilitating and learning methods. We have redefined traditional approaches to education and are becoming a leader in world-class learning—helping students to become expert learners and leaders, encouraging students to lead principle-centered lives, and inspiring students to belong, be great, and find joy.

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A Message From Our Superintendent

Greetings,

Our first campus, John H. Wood Jr. Charter, opened in the fall of 1998. Originally serving approximately 30 students, our enrollment has grown exponentially. Our school has changed names and added locations, but the one thing that has not changed is our dedication and love for all at-risk students.

Our Governing Board Members

A five member board of trustees currently governs our charter district. The board is selected pursuant to the bylaws of the charter district and has the authority to make decisions, appoint the superintendent, and significantly influence operations. The board has the primary accountability for the fiscal affairs of the charter district.

Olin Tunnell
President
Biography

Olin Tunnell

Olin Tunnell currently serves as board president. He has served on the board since 2002. Rev. Tunnell grew up in north Texas and graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and education. He went on to earn a master of divinity degree from the Cambler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Rev. Tunnell served Methodist parishes in Texas and Alaska and also served as chaplain in a children's home. While in college, Rev. Tunnell was active in the local theater group and was a professional actor in several plays. He also tried his hand at stand-up comedy. He taught English and drama at Edgewood School District in San Antonio, led a divorce recovery group for many years, participated in the Trinity University Upward Bound program, and led a pre-release prison group as a social worker. He is currently retired and enjoys driving his RV with his wife, Jessica, and dog, Nilo (Olin spelled backwards), and visiting their grandchildren in Colorado.

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Josie Arredondo-Holden
Vice President
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Josie Arredondo-Holden

Josie Arredondo-Holden currently serves as board vice president and has been on the board since 2002. She is a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) and a practicing psychologist who consults with San Antonio Independent School District. Dr. Arrendondo-Holden was born in San Antonio and attended Highland High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Trinity University in 1973 and received a full Danforth Fellowship to do graduate work at the University of Denver. Dr. Josie, as she is affectionately known, completed her master of arts in 1975, and her doctor of philosophy in child clinical psychology in 1978. Dr. Josie has been a clinical and school psychologist for over 30 years. She served as a school psychologist in the Edgewood school district for 13 years and in the San Antonio Independent School District as a consulting school psychologist for 20 years. She has also maintained a private practice since 1981 and worked with the Casey Family Program and the House of Neighborly Service. She served on the board for the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families.

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Carmen Balderas
Secretary
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Carmen Balderas

Carmen Balderas is currently board secretary and has served on the board since 2007. Ms. Balderas attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and received a bachelor of arts degree. She also has a master of social work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She has worked as a counselor for at-risk youth and families in the Southwest, Somerset, and San Antonio school districts. She has also worked for Child Protective Services and the Income Assistance Program. She is currently an employee assistance program counselor for CompPsych EAP, a private firm. Ms. Balderas has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers for 25 years.

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Raymond Kresha
Member
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Raymond Kresha

Raymond Kresha currently serves as a board member and has been on the board since 2008. Mr. Kresha attended St. Joseph's college before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism in 1972. He attended Abilene Christian University and picked up his teaching credentials in English and journalism. Ray earned his master of education degree in guidance and counseling from Texas State University in 1990 and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Texas. Mr. Kresha taught English and journalism for three years, worked 10 years as a broadcast journalist in radio and TV, and spent five years in marketing. He currently works as a child psychotherapist at Laurel Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in San Antonio. Mr. Kresha has served on a number of boards, including the Grand Island United Way, Abilene Unity Church, the South Texas Counseling Association, and the Unity Church of Wimberley, Texas. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 42 years, and they have two adult children, four grandchildren, and were foster parents for sexually abused girls for 10 years. His interests include creating videos, developing internet/websites, remodeling, and writing.

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