Meet the Board
Chris Basanese recently retired from a 40 year career working in the treasury departments of two Silicon Valley firms. During those years he was responsible for banking, insurance, investing, and corporate governance. A BA in Economics, received many years ago at UCSB, facilitated this career. Chris has been married for over 42 years to his wife Norma and together they have five children and soon to be six grandchildren. In addition to work and family, Chris is very active in his Church. Chris became aware of BalanceSCC following the marriage of his son Paul to Ashley Basanese. Chris first started assisting Ashley and BalanceSCC by volunteering his time to assist in some financial and budgetary planning. From this role Chris was honored to be asked to join the Board and looks forward to continuing to support the work of BalanceSCC.
Board Member, Secretary
Kathy Frandle has been inspired by BalanceSCC for many years – first as the Resource Specialist and then as the Principal of Brook Knoll Elementary in Scotts Valley. Upon retirement in 2010, she became a Board Member and has continued serving in this position to date. Kathy graduated with a BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Elementary Education. She completed her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology and completed multiple teaching credentials in Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Special Education and General Education K-12. She taught for five years in Idaho working with students with mild to severe disabilities, communication disorders, and general classroom teaching. She and her husband moved to Santa Cruz in 1980 after his completion of Veterinary School. She taught a SLD classroom for primary students in Castroville and then came to Scotts Valley as a Speech Therapist. She completed the Ca. Resource Specialist credential and continued work at Brook Knoll as the Resource Specialist and head teacher until becoming Principal in 1995. She earned her Administrative Leadership credential from Santa Clara University. She continues to have passion and commitment to students and adults with special needs and their families.
Bob George is the brother of our founder, and former Executive Director, Vicky George. Balance has played a large role in Bob’s life since it's inception. Through the ups and downs, Bob has taken pride in watching Balance grow into the amazing and successful organization it is today. Based in the UK, Bob spent thirty five years in the Fire Department. The last twenty of these years were as Captain in a busy metropolitan area. Bob is currently semi-retired and is looking forward to taking a more active role in BalanceSCC. He is passionate about our cause and will strive to maintain Vicky’s values and principles.
Regina Judson graduated with a degree in Legal Studies from UCSC. She joined the BalanceSCC team as a 1:1 aide in 2010, while on a hiatus from attending Law School. Regina unexpectedly fell in love with the field and hasn't looked back. After several years in the schools, Regina took over as Program Director in 2018. As Program Director Regina oversees BalanceSCC school staff and hiring, coordinates fundraisers, and various other administrative tasks. Regina is extremely excited to have been asked to join the board and looks forward to expanding her role within this organization that she loves so much.
Tye Ripma first connected with BalanceSCC as the Inclusion and Behavior Specialist for the Soquel Union Elementary School District where he helped design an inclusion program for students with behavioral differences. He became an associate trainer for BalanceSCC in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools in 2015. Mr. Ripma currently works as a Program Associate with the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention. In this role, he works primarily with state and local educational agencies to help them meet their special education fiscal reporting requirements. Mr. Ripma is a founding member of REENVISIONED, where he spends his personal time catalyzing conversations about the role school should play in individual and societal flourishing. He has a credential in Early Childhood Special Education, is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), and holds a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Leadership from Stanford University.
Annette Kanna Taylor
Annette Kanna Taylor is a retired educator with 26 years experience in teaching and administration. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism Public Relations, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Master's Degree in Education Administration. During her career, she served as a Middle School teacher, as an Assistant Principal, and as a Principal, at both the Elementary and Middle School levels. As an administrator, she was fortunate to manage multiple Special Education classes and programs, which gave her a passion for serving students with unique needs. While Principal at Main Street Elementary School in Soquel, Annette worked closely with BalanceSCC and realized first-hand the positive impact the organization has on schools, students, and families in Santa Cruz County. She is excited to join the board and support its mission to enrich the lives of people with unique needs.
Board Member, Treasurer
Marilyn Torp became interested in working with limited verbal students as a volunteer at Laurel Ruff, a public education school in Sacramento. She earned her Bachelor's Degree and her first Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. After several years working as a Speech Pathologist, Ms. Torp began working as the coordinator for the Central Assessment Team at Santa Cruz City Schools. In 2000 she served as the first Program Specialist for the district. In 2006 she began a five-year release from the district to work for the New Teacher Project/Center; in this position she mentored first and second year Special Education teachers, and presented workshops in California, New York, and Hawaii. She was a guest speaker at the OSEP Conference in Washington D.C. in July 2005. She returned to the Santa Cruz City School district in 2006 to become the Director of Special Education until her retirement in 2010. Shortly after retirement Ms. Torp joined the BalanceSCC board in an effort to stay connected to the community she had supported throughout her career.
Past Board Members
Shannon Crane, Founding Member
Vicky George, Founding Member
Mary Willis, Founding Member