Arizona Virtual Academy is governed by a board comprised of community leaders.

Meet our Board

Dr. Celestino Fernandez, Governing Body President
Dr. Fernandez is a respected sociology professor at The University of Arizona. As a long-standing member of the PPEP & Affiliates corporate board, Dr. Fernandez advises AZVA on higher education issues and on issues related to PPEP & Affiliates.

Linda Lopez
Ms. Lopez served as State Representative in the Arizona Legislature in Phoenix. Her priorities at the Legislature included children's issues, healthcare, education at all levels, and women's rights issues, to name a few. She graduated from The University of Arizona in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in women's studies and psychology, with honors, including: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi, National Golden Key Honor Society, and Dean's List. Ms. Lopez also attended the University of California, Berkeley. She has a great passion for children and education.

Dr. Mark Duplissis
Dr. Duplissis is the executive director of high school relations for The Arizona State University. He advises AZVA on school policy and post-secondary education issues. A former high school administrator, Dr. Duplissis brings with him years of experience in managing public schools.