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Staff

Leadership Team

Wanda Sabia

  • Director, BYA Administration and Elementary Academics

Wanda Sabia has served in a wide range of roles since 2003 with BYA, such as instructor, campus coordinator, curriculum development and academic administrator. Wanda Sabia currently is serving as Director of BYA Administration and Elementary Academics. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fullerton and is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Education at Biola University. As a veteran homeschooler, Wanda has two children who were homeschooled K–...

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Robin Slagle

  • Director, BYA Academics, PSP and Campus Staff

Robin Slagle served as a Campus Coordinator in Yorba Linda, Calif. For 13 year and is now working at the Rancho office as an Academic Coordinator for BU K-12 PSP, Elementary Academics and Star Academics Online. As mother of four, she is an experienced home educator, with over twenty years under her belt. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and a Master of Arts in Education from Biola University’s School of Education. Upon graduation,...

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JD Neal

  • Director, Torrey Academy

JD Neal attended Biola University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, and Fuller Theological Seminary where he received a master’s degree in theology. His experience with the Torrey Honors Institute has shown him the power and beauty of classical education and learning in the context of a loving community. JD Neal is a husband, a student, a theologian, a pastor and a lover of community. He is part of Housechurch in Whittier, and he loves to see and...

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Dennis Eastman

  • Associate Director of Biola Youth Academics

Dr. Eastman serves Biola University as the Director of Secondary Education where he is able to combine his faith, expertise, and enthusiasm for teaching and coaching into preparing the next generation of high quality educators. He is an educator who is passionate about the Lord, and enthusiastic about training the next generation of teachers.

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Mary Diaz

  • Senior Academic Administrator, Star Academics

Mary Diaz graduated from California State University, Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with the options of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. She had the privilege of homeschooling two of her three children, who participated in Biola Youth Academics. She has a passion for teaching and thrives when teaching science, health and math.

Mary was an original advisory board member of Star Academics, and has been an instructor since 1996. She enjoys reading, knitting,...

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Stephanie Christin

  • Manager, Communications and Technology

Stephanie Christin serves Biola Youth Academics as manager of the Office of Marketing and Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and brings over 13 years of editorial and design and digital marketing experience to her roll.

Stephanie began her work with BYA in 2012 and has worked as both web and technical specialist and communications coordinator before stepping into her current role. Outside of work, she enjoys photography,...

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Campus, Site and Office Staff

Tammy Appleford

  • BYA Administrative Specialist

Liz Chavez

  • BYA Registration Office Coordinator

Shelly Gooch

  • Campus Coordinator, Temecula Valley
  • BYA Elementary Academics Instructor

Shelley Gooch earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Arts in Social Work from San Diego State University. After obtaining her master’s degree she worked in the medical field including Emergency Room Social Work and Neonatal Intensive Care Social Work at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has experience in Hospice and Home Care and was a member of the San Diego Police Department Crisis Intervention Team. Over the last 10...

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Lynn Kelley

  • BYA Administrative Assistant, Elementary Academics and Tutoring

Lynn Kelley received her teachingcCredential and a Bachelor of Arts in P.E. from Whittier College.

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Karen McMillen

  • Administrative Specialist

Kathy Nelson

  • BYA Tustin Campus Coordinator

Yush Yuen

  • Web Developer and Analyst

Alicia Mata

  • Administrative Assistant, BYA Yorba Linda Campus Coordinator
  • BYA Star Academics Instructor
  • Teaching Biology

Alicia Mata holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. In addition has earned certificates in medical assisting, including back office, front office and billing, anatomy and physiology and a limited x-ray license. She has six years of homeschool training teaching all required high school courses as well as 25 years of teaching experience that includes:

  • Medical assisting
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • CPR
  • Career development
  • Teacher leadership training

Alicia Mata’s...

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