Board of Directors

Connect’s governing board ensures that Connect is carrying out its mission and remains financially sound.  The board also works to raise awareness of the school and its work, fundraise to support its mission, and help set the strategic direction of Connect.  Members are volunteers.  You can contact the board by emailing

The board meets regularly, in public.  You are welcome to attend; find our meeting schedule here.

Jay Dunlap, Secretary

Jay M Dunlap has been a Connect parent for four years. He has over 25 years as a teacher and administrator in traditional public, charter and private schools. In 2019 he founded Learning Farm Educational Resources, an educational Nonprofit that supports students from underserved communities and those with learning differences. 

Tommy O’Toole, President & Treasurer

Tommy has served on the board since 2016. He is a partner with a public accounting firm with more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. Tommy has three children (three former Connect students). 

Elise Dixon

(Bio coming soon!)

Anabel Jensen

Anabel has served on the board since 2017. She has been an educator, director, and principal, and has trained over 15,000 educators, parents, and others. Anabel is currently a professor and chair of the department of Education at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is also co-founder of Synapse School in Menlo Park and of a global nonprofit called Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network.