OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM
"Great vision, without great people, is irrelevant."
— Jim Collins
Executive Director: Patti Wilczek, Ph.D.
Dr. Patti Wilczek is committed to cultivating learners who are critical thinkers and out-of-the-box problem solvers who will have a positive impact in their community and the world. She understands that project-based learning and encouraging a democratic school community are powerful ways to help create those kinds of people.
Providing exceptional educational programs for children and teens from diverse backgrounds is what excites Patti about running Community Learning Center Schools, the charter management organization of Nea and Alameda Community Learning Centers.
Patti has over twenty years of educational sector experience with an emphasis on skills in internal management and external relations. She combines a collaborative management style with business acumen, and a dedication to truly serving students.
Patti spent her early career as a clinical psychologist but became disillusioned with the way students with the greatest needs were underserved in mainstream educational settings. While consulting with the Children’s Project Foundation to develop academic, social-emotional and residential programs for foster children in Santa Barbara, CA, she became an advocate for the advantages of charter schools.
Before joining CLC Schools in July 2013, she served for five years at the helm of The Mulberry School, an independent preschool and elementary in Santa Clara, CA. Previously, Patti served as Director of Counseling Services at the Cate School in Carpinteria, CA, and Dean of Faculty at Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.
Chief Operations Officer: Theresa Quigley
Theresa Quigley is the Chief Operations Officer for Community Learning Center Schools. She handles Administration, Human Resource Management, and other operations duties. She has been involved in operations planning and management for 30 years and has worked in operations as a member of the U.S. Air Force, a consulting firm for Silicon Valley technology companies, and an elementary school in Los Gatos, CA.
She loves project planning and process improvement and loves serving the children, families, and staff at ACLC and Nea. Theresa has lived in San Jose for 25 years and is a transplant from just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marketing, Admissions & Technology Director: Kelly Bitzer
Kelly Bitzer is the Director of Marketing, Admissions & Technology for Community Learning Center Schools, Inc. Prior to joining CLCS, she was the Executive Director of Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA). During her tenure, she grew EAA into a National organization. She was the Founder and President of the Auxiliary of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County (ACAPS).
Kelly's background also includes corporate communications and finance for major media companies as well as working in Washington D.C. for a US Senator. She has extensive experience in program management, marketing, promotions, consulting and operations.
Special Education Director: Neku Pogue
Neku set out on her career path with a passion for social justice in the form of providing equitable education for all learners. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, she pursued that passion as former Senator Don Perata’s representative to education communities in the East Bay.
Neku found her path to teaching through Oakland Teaching Fellows and became a resource specialist at Westlake Middle School in Oakland in 2007. Since then, she has pioneered innovative special education systems and practices at Westlake as well as facilitated the implementation of effective school wide positive behavior interventions and supports. She has thoroughly enjoyed instructing first and second year Teach for America special educators regarding best practices in the field through Loyola Marymount University since 2013.
California native and proud mother of a seven year old son, Neku received both a Master’s in Public Administration and in Special Education from San Francisco State University. Neku is excited about expanding on her foundation of leading general and special educators alike toward effectively differentiating, accommodating and modifying learning for all students attending CLC schools and beyond.
Technology & Facilities: Calvin Chai
Calvin is from Oakland, but spent much of his childhood in Manchester, CA. After graduating from Oakland High School, he attended Cal State East Bay and graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees — in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems.
Calvin felt a calling to the education field and worked in the San Leandro Unified School District for three years before becoming the Office Manager at ACLC in 2010. In 2012, he became the Assistant to the Executive Director where he finds great satisfaction in helping implement the CLC Schools educational vision. In his spare time, Calvin enjoys hiking, baking cornbread and building computers; he also loves to work on cars and create his own ethanol fuel.
Administrative/HR Assistant: Xenia Solis
Xenia attended the University of California at Riverside where she earned her degree in Religious Studies. This degree gave her the training and education to work in diverse communities.
Prior to her position with CLC Schools, Xenia worked with several non-profit organizations. She has experience in administration, HR and social services. She has worked with nonprofits operating crisis and domestic violence services as well as respite care linking clients to services and referrals.
Born and raised in the East Bay, Xenia enjoys hiking and cooking. She stays active with her 2 dogs and loves spending time with her family and animals.