Journey School Council

The Journey School Governing Board (known as the Journey School Council) has members who bring a broad range of expertise and backgrounds to help serve the school.

Meetings and Minutes

Council Composition

Governance Principles



The Council consists of:

Michael Corbo
Council President

Mike Corbo is one of the founding parents of Journey School and was a member of the first Journey School Council where he served for the first two years of the school’s charter.

Michael Corbo has had children enrolled in Journey school since its inception.  His two daughters attended Journey K-6 and the oldest attends Chico State. Mr. Corbo’s middle child attended her freshman year at Orange County High School of the Arts followed by Mission Viejo High School, and his youngest child Dan, will be entering the 9th Grade; the first of his children to be at Journey the full eight years.

Professionally, Mr. Corbo has worked in the elevator and escalator industry for 30 years.  For the last 12 years, he has served as General Manager and Senior Vice President at Mitsubishi Electric where he is responsible for the daily operation, profit and loss of the US Elevator and Escalator Business. Mr. Corbo has also served for ten years on the board of directors for the National Elevator Industry Inc (NEII), currently as a board member and in the past as President and Vice President.

Sue Vaughn
Council Vice President


Sue Vaughn currently holds the position of Professor of Education at University of California, Irvine specializing in Single Subject Teaching. From 2000 to 2012, Sue held key roles at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCSA), initially as the charter school’s first Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and later, from 2008 to 2012, serving as the school principal.

Sue was involved in every aspect of OCSA’s academic program, including serving as state test-coordinator, being the academic advisor for students in grades 7-12, and developing the master schedule each year. Sue implemented OCSA’s curriculum which brought recognition as a California Distinguished School and No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School. Additionally, she served as Chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation team that resulted in a six-year accreditation for the school.

Prior to joining OSCA, Sue taught education courses on the college level at California State University, Long Beach and in Missouri, and served as a teacher and learning specialist for Los Alamitos School District. She has more than 20 years’ expertise in the education field and has been involved in teacher training her entire career.

Warren Whiteaker
Council Treasurer

Bio forthcoming

Susan Toma-Berge
Council Secretary


Susan Toma-Berge is Professor of Education at University of California, Irvine specializing in Multiple Subject Teaching. Dr. Toma-Berge’s bio is forthcoming.

Jon Kaplan
Council Member

Jon Kaplan is Executive Director of Part-time and MBA Executive Programs for The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. From 2004 to 2012, he served as Assistant Dean at Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business where he led the Full-Time MBA, Flex MBA and Executive MBA Programs.  He was also a part of the strategic planning team for the Argyros School and served as Faculty Athletics Representative for Chapman University.

Jon is an MBA graduate with honors from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and came to Chapman and Berkeley, after working for 5 years at UCLA Anderson, first as Associate Director of Admissions, and then as Associate Director of the Parker Career Management Center. Prior to getting his MBA, Jon graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and spent over a decade as Director of Operations for the UCLA Football Team, where he assisted the coaching staff in leading the team to national prominence.

Jon is on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Orange County chapter, and he is a co-author of a book entitled “The Early Career MBA.”  Jon’s daughter Mia is a 4th grader at Journey.

Kara McCann
Council Member

Kara McCann holds a position as Academic Advisor and Professional Guidance Counselor at the Orange County School of the Arts and is on the Faculty of Fullerton College in the Counseling and Special Programs department. Ms. McCann holds a Masters of Science in Counseling from Cal. State University, Fullerton, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counseler with a private practice in Laguna Niguel. Her complete bio is forthcoming.

Lisa O’Neill
Parent Cabinet Member

Bio forthcoming

Jill Murphy
Faculty Member / Educational Trustee

Jill Murphy is a Main Class Teacher in Snapdragon Kindergarten. Her complete bio can be found on our faculty page.

CUSD Liaison

Additional Journey School staff members who participate in Council Meetings:

Shaheer Faltas
Executive Director

Gavin Keller
Assistant Director

Franci Sassin
Administrative Consultant/Charter School Governance Specialist