Board of Directors

Notices for the board meetings are posted on our website (linked below) and on our front office door (5806 S 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041) at least 24 hours prior to each meeting.

Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm at Abraham Lincoln Preparatory School (5806 S 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85041) and are open to the public.

Board Meeting Notices and Agendas 

Board Meeting Minutes


Governing Board Members

Annette Tanori, Board President
Annette Tanori is an experienced finance professional with over 10 years of diverse Corporate Real Estate expertise. Her specific responsibilities have included financial planning and analysis, site evaluation, project management, and 5-year forecasting. She has also served with many local organizations including as Vice President of Finance Development for Junior League of Phoenix, Founding Member/Vice President of Joyride Giving Circle, and Campaign Leadership Committee member for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arizona. She will serve as a founding Board member at Abraham Lincoln Preparatory School: CFA, and serve its planning and implementation phases with these backgrounds and experiences in community development and business operations.

Debbie Peterson, Vice President
Deborah J. Peterson will serve as a founding Board member at Abraham Lincoln Preparatory School: CFA.  She has a decade of teaching experience in Core Knowledge schools in the Paradise Valley and Cave Creek Unified School Districts, and is currently President of the Grayhawk Elementary School PTO.  She has also previously served as a board member of La Casa de Cristo. This prior experience in nonprofit leadership, board governance, and education will be useful to Abraham Lincoln Preparatory School: CFA in its planning and implementation of the educational and operational programs.

Mariann Nystrom, Member
Mariann Nystrom is an attorney with over a dozen years of practice in Arizona.  In law school she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy and is currently a Senior Investigative Specialist for the Arizona Supreme Court.  She has also served in the business office of her previous firm. She will serve as a founding Board member at Abraham Lincoln Preparatory School: CFA, and serve its planning and implementation phases with these backgrounds and experiences in community development and business operations.

Corporate Board Members

Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle is the Founding School Director of Western School of Science and Technology: A Challenge Foundation Academy (“Western: CFA”), a high-performing urban charter school in Phoenix, Arizona.  In this capacity, Mr. Boyle serves as school principal and executive director managing a $5 million budget, $6 million facility, staff of forty-five, and almost 600 students. He has spoken at state-wide and national conferences on data-driven instructional programs, staff culture, and STEM education.  Under his leadership, Western: CFA has become the highest-performing public high school in west Phoenix and achieved its full accreditation from AdvancEd. In 2017, he was named TeamCFA’s Administrator of the Year, and in 2014, he won the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation Educating Excellence award. He was the Runner Up for the Arizona Charter Schools Association Transformational Leader of the Year in 2017.

In the community, he is Vice Chair of the Friends of Maryvale Revitalization Corporation Advisory Board and a member of Suns Charities 88 and the AG2 Leadership Board of Scottsdale Arts.  He is also a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class 38 and a Teach For America alum. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and an M.Ed. degree from Arizona State University in secondary education.

Matt Sandoval
Matt Sandoval has been an Arizona education and nonprofit leader since 2001, when he began his career in education teaching high school mathematics in west Phoenix.  He then transitioned to become a leader – eventually Vice President for Community Initiatives – at the Valley of the Sun YMCA, where he both managed the Maryvale branch and surpassed local and regional fundraising goals.  Under his leadership, community memberships increased by over 25% year-on-year.

Matt has served on two charter school boards and has been recognized as a 2015 Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Initiative honoree, 2014 Maryvale Revitalization Corporation Educating Excellence winner, and one of Phoenix’s 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 in 2010.  He holds a BA from Arizona Christian University and an MEd from Arizona State University.

Matt’s successful experience at the classroom and school board levels will be beneficial to the school’s academic program performance.  In addition, his business acumen and experience in leading and growing successful nonprofits, as well as wealth of experience and community connections in west Phoenix, will be invaluable to the school.  He plans to use these experiences to support the planning and implementation of the school.

Tony Best
Tony Best has been an educational leader in Arizona for almost two decades.  After beginning his career as a third grade teacher at Grayhawk Elementary School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, where he spent almost a decade in the classroom, Mr. Best became a national consultant for the Core Knowledge Foundation.  In this role, he supported schools nationwide in their implementation of the Core Knowledge Sequence.

In 2009, Mr. Best was recruited by the TeamCFA Foundation to serve as Founding School Director of Pioneer Preparatory School: A Challenge Foundation Academy (“Pioneer Prep: CFA”).  In this role, he oversaw Pioneer Prep: CFA’s growth from serving 80 students in grades K-2 to over 600 in grades K-6. Pioneer Prep: CFA was recognized in 2011 by the Arizona Department of Education for its exceptional academic growth – among the top 6% of all schools in the state.  His time at Pioneer Prep: CFA culminated in the successful purchase and refinancing of the school’s facility.

After eight years leading Pioneer Prep: CFA, Mr. Best became the national Director of School Support for the TeamCFA Foundation, overseeing the network’s instructional coaching and leadership development programs. Mr. Best currently serves as Arizona State Director for TeamCFA.  In that capacity, he is responsible for maintaining TeamCFA’s operational and academic excellence in Arizona, cultivating and developing school boards, and supporting the growth and development of additional TeamCFA schools in the state. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Northern Arizona University in elementary education.