Board of Directors

Board of Directors (BSI)

Established in 1998, BASIS Charter Schools, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation whose operations are governed by a Board of Directors. In July 2010, Dr. Craig Barrett, the retired Chairman of the Board at Intel Corporation, was named the Chairman of the BASIS Charter Schools, Inc. (BSI) Board of Directors. The Board of Directors oversees all operations of the corporation including the operations of its charter schools.

The Board of Directors of BASIS Charter Schools, Inc. appoints the members of School Boards for the charter schools. These School Boards are the governing body for each school. In accordance with ARS §15.183, the School Board/governing body is responsible for school policy and a number of specific tasks enumerated in ARS § 15.183.

Dr. Craig R. Barrett was born in San Francisco, California and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from Stanford University, serving on the faculty of Stanford after graduation. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England. In 1974 Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation. He was elected to Intel Corporation’s Board of Directors in 1992, became Intel’s fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998, and chairman of the board in 2005, a post held until he retired in May 2009.

Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and the world, and is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He chairs BASIS Charter Schools, Inc., Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collectors and the National Forest Foundation; co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona; serves on the Boards of Achieve, K12, Society for Science and the Public, Carnegie Institution for Science and Tallwave. Dr. Barrett served as Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering and the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development.

Don Budinger is one of the founders and the former President of Rodel, Inc. — a garage start up that grew to become the world's largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics.

When Rodel was sold in 1999, a significant portion of the proceeds was contributed to create The Rodel Foundations. The purpose of the Rodel Foundations is to improve the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education systems in Delaware and Arizona so that they will be widely recognized as two of the best in the nation.

Currently, Mr. Budinger is Chairman and Founding Director of the Rodel Foundations, Chairman and Founding Director of Science Foundation Arizona, Board Member and Founding Chairman of the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Board Member of Tucson Values Teachers, The Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the O'Connor House Advisory Group.

Shelly M. Esque retired from Intel Corporation in January 2016 as vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs, global director of the Corporate Affairs Group, and Chairman of the Board of the Intel Foundation. With oversight of teams in more than 35 countries, she worked to enhance Intel's reputation as the world's leading technology brand and corporate citizen.

Esque has a passion for coaching and mentoring women, attributing her success to guidance from women as she traversed her path from farm girl, to Arizona State University college student, to young professional, and beyond.

Esque has participated as a speaker at world events, including the World Economic Forum, World Bank and UNESCO education forums, the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as international Corporate Responsibility conferences. She regularly interviews with media and meets with key government leaders around the world.

Recipient of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 2011 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award, Shelly was honored for her excellence in business and leadership, exemplary community service and support and mentorship of other women. She was also recognized by AZ Business Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona. In June 2018 Shelly was elected to the Board of Directors of California Water Services Group the third largest publicly traded water utility in the United States.

Although her Intel career took Esque around the globe, she has deep roots in Arizona, supporting numerous local community and educational organizations, including service on the boards or advisory councils of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Expect More Arizona, BASIS Charter Schools, Inc., the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, Valley of the Sun United Way, KAET Channel 8, and many more.

John Morton serves as Treasurer of the BASIS Charter Schools, Inc. Board of Directors. He is the founder and former president of the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Previously, he taught high school economics in Illinois and was the founder and director of the Governors State University Center for Economic Education. He was vice president for program development for the National Council on Economic Education and chaired the advisory board of The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. Mr. Morton has written over 40 publications and books of instructional activities for high school economics courses, including four widely used textbooks. He was greatly involved in establishing economics as an Advanced Placement® course and served three years on the College Board task force to develop the AP® Economics curriculum and a subsequent four years on the test development committee. Mr. Morton is also the author of the widely used supplemental package for the AP® Economics course, Advanced Placement® Economics. He received his BS from Miami University (Ohio) and his MA from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and did post-MA work at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Raksanaves graduated 1st in her dental school class of 93 students from the highest ranking Dental school in Thailand. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with Highest Honors, a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master's Degree in Oral Biology. After graduation she was on Faculty at University of Louisville and was in charge of the Undergraduate Orthodontic Program. She moved to Arizona to join her husband practice and has been practicing in Tucson for 20 years. She is a Full Member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Raksanaves is passionate about improving the quality of the secondary educational system in the United States.

Terry Sarvas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BS in accounting. He has been providing services in corporate compliance, taxation, accounting, financial consulting and litigation support since 1980. Prior to founding Sarvas King & Coleman, P.C., Mr. Sarvas spent six years with the office of the Arizona Attorney General. He has extensive experience with closely-held businesses, public companies, corporate compliance and ethics programs, attorney trust funds, bankruptcy/receivership, commercial litigation, including litigation in health care, insurance loss, and RICO, environmental litigation, forensic accounting, fraud audits, governmental accounting and budgeting, and school finance.

As an active participant in the business community, Mr. Sarvas is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mr. Sarvas is also a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

Steve Twist is an adjunct professor at the ASU College of Law where he teaches crime victim’s rights law; he also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Services Group of America (SGA), one of the largest privately held companies in Arizona. Prior to joining SGA, he was Assistant General Counsel for Viad Corp in Phoenix, before that had his own private practice of law and before that served as the Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona.

He is a founder of the Goldwater Institute, Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, and the Arizona Economic Forum. He served as a member of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, also serving as its President, and the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission, both gubernatorial appointments. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for BASIS Charter Schools, Inc., he serves on the Board of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club and the Board of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he was also a past Chair . Mr. Twist is the author of the Arizona Victims’ Bill of Rights constitutional amendment which the Arizona voters adopted in 1990 and is co-author of Victims in Criminal Procedure, 4th Ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2018), a textbook in crime victim’s rights law.