Board Members

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ISSAC is grateful for the time, efforts, and commitment of each ISSAC Board Member.

They offer invaluable life and professional experience to lead our school...for the benefit of our community and the education of our children.

SALLY Chou, PhD

Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer (Retired), Santa Monica-Malibu USD

Dr. Chiung-Sally Chou is a life-long educator. She has been a very strong supporter of public education as well as programs that support the students beyond the school day. Dr. Chou has had extensive experience in the field of education. She was most recently the Chief Academic Officer of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District where she oversaw curriculum and instruction as well as student services for nearly 12,000 students. She also served as the Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services for Compton Unified School District and the Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services of San Francisco Unified School District. She has served as teacher, program specialist, district administrator, and assistant principal, and principal. She is a leader in her field and has initiated numerous successful programs to increase student achievement through promotion of collaboration, professional development and other support systems.

Dr. Chou was educated in Taiwan, Japan and the United States. She has a B.A. in Intercultural Studies, a M.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Organization. She possesses a teaching credential, a Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD), and an

Administrative Services Certificate in the state of California. Currently, Dr. Chou serves on the Board of Trustees of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC,

her alma mater; Board of Directors, Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter organization in East Los Angeles; the part time Executive Director of the Global Education Collaborative, a charter organization in South Los Angeles; the Executive Director (pro bono) of the AJ Wang Foundation Scholarship Fund; the President of the Chou Family Scholarship Fund and the Advisor of the Emily Shane Foundation. She also provides consultations to schools and

businesses in California, China, and the Philippines. During her spare time, she mentors other educators, provides advice to budding entrepreneurs, and gives lots of love to her son’s family and grandchildren.

VIRGINA Carrillo

Ms. Carrillo has served as an educator for over 24 years in teaching and in administration. She was an administrator for the last 8 years at two of the largest elementary schools in Orange County, each serving over 1000 students. She was responsible for student achievement, teacher evaluations, professional development, parent trainings, leadership meetings, data analysis, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), technology integration, state testing, student recognition, discipline, and a host of other roles.

She has been an elementary school teacher, a Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, grade level chair, technology representative, helped write several grants and coordinated the after-school program.


Upon earning her administrative credential, Virginia was hired as a Literacy Coach, and provided demonstration lessons in the classroom, offered professional development to teachers at the site as well as district level, helped develop her school’s Response to Intervention implementation plan as a pilot school, trained teachers on Thinking Maps, data analysis, differentiation, intervention and English Language Development.

Virginia has high expectations for all children and believes they all can succeed given the right circumstances. She has a passion for teaching and learning, and knows the importance of developing caring relationships with all students and staff. She feels humbled to be trusted with educating children and believes that what is provided for our students in terms of education is the key to their future success.

EMILY Maekubo

Emily Maekubo began with a degree in education and 13 years of teaching in a foreign language program. She takes pride in her success at motivating students in a challenging curriculum, and creating joyful relationships between teacher and students.

Emily has a business degree (MBA) and decades of corporate experience in accounting, finance, sales and operations, mainly in the automotive industry. Working at Toyota and Hitachi, Emily has been managing complex global operations successfully to goals, while maintaining budget constraints and reporting requirements. This experience gives her an excellent perspective to contribute in a governance role at ISSAC.




Global citizenship education is of particular interest to Emily, and she has experience with multinational business operations, and can advocate for preparing students to be ready for the responsibilities of career in a global economy.

Emily brings to ISSAC her fine-tuned understanding of establishing a culture of care in an educational environment, and her vigilance and understanding of fiscal responsibility in order to build a financially healthy organization.

THU Nguyen, JD

Thu is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and Southwestern Law School SCALE 2-Year JD Program, with extensive experience in project management and complex litigation.

Born in Vietnam shortly after its infamous civil war, Thu left the country at the age of 11 with her family to become political refugees to the U.S. As a beneficiary of countless humanitarians, dedicated volunteers, and life-long mentors along the way, Thu believes it is her duty to pay it forward in every community in which she lives. Thu is especially passionate about empowering children and youths to break socioeconomic barriers through education, an experience she has personally lived from a life of poverty in Vietnam.



For all her academic accolades and professional achievements, Thu is most proud of her work as a mother, blessed by her five-year old’s boundless creativity, kindness, humor, and incredible potential.

With ISSAC, Thu shares the humanities it aims to nurture in our children as global citizens of the world. Thu intends to leverage her aptitude for finding creative solutions, and considerable management background, to maximize available resources for a safe, clean and engaging learning environment.