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.
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.
Gabrielle Helmandollar avidly supports School Choice. With this passion, Mrs. Helmandollar enrolled her three children at Arizona Virtual Academy in 2007 after relocating to Arizona. Gabrielle serves our schools as a Governing Body member to be a voice for all families. She supports AZVA's mission and believes in our schools. During the last five years, Gabrielle has experienced several changes within our virtual walls, which have resulted in noticeable improvements regarding our school structure and academic programs. In this role, Gabrielle can contribute to the future successes of both AZVA and ISAZ. Her experience with our Elementary, Middle School, and High School will benefit our families, teachers, Board, and most importantly, our students.