Alumni Board

Cassidie Carmen Bates (2015)


Cassidie Carmen Bates is an alumni of Da Vinci Charter Academy from the Class of 2015. After graduating, Cassidie attended UC Berkeley and majored in Legal Studies and Public Policy. While at Cal, Cassidie had the opportunity to be a founding member of a non-profit organization that supports survivors of human trafficking in the Bay Area. She spent time studying in Europe and in the Middle East to conduct research on the Israeli-Palestinean conflict. She now works as the Policy & Advocacy Manager at the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano where she advocates for food-security and anti-poverty legislation along with community action. Cassidie is passionate about giving back to Da Vinci by creating a space for alumni to connect with one another and with the school that helped shape us.

Rayna Velasquez (2017)


Rayna Velasquez is a graduate of 2017 and is studying to become a preschool teacher, specializing in race and equity. While at Da Vinci, Rayna was a Restorative Practices Student Practitioner which led her to work as an intern with the Transformative Justice in Education Center at UC Davis after graduation. Since then, she has helped begin the Coalition for Transformative Justice at Solano Community College, and work with other organizations to disrupt and address harm on campus. As Vice President, Rayna is very excited to keep collaborating with fellow alumni to keep the Da Vinci community connected beyond the junior and high school campuses.

Justin Bier (2016)


After graduating from Da Vinci charter academy in 2016, Justin Bier attended Emory University to study Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics. Since 2019, Justin has been a Research Assistant studying the structure of active galaxies with a professor at Emory. He is currently earning a Masters of Science in Business Analytics at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Justin loves skiing, photography, music, Pokemon Go, dogs, and anything that gets him outdoors. He is ecstatic to grow, connect, and give back to the wonderful Da Vinci community and alumni network.

Kendra Norton (2010)


Kendra Norton is the treasurer of the DVAN board. They are a graduate of the class of 2010. Currently, they spend their days wrangling middle schoolers at Da Vinci Jr. High, where they teach both Leadership and Study Skills and serve as co-student activities director. They feel incredibly lucky to be able to teach at the same amazing school that inspired their love for education and innovative pedagogies. They are passionate about DVAN as a vehicle for connecting alumni to current students, as a medium for further continuing the Da Vinci tradition of authenticity and experiential learning. In their free time, they love spending time with their dog, Miko, and their husband, Corin. They love to explore the outdoors, travel, dabbling in all of the arts, and enjoying all things nerdery.

Petra Favorite (2015)

Events Coordinator

Petra Favorite graduated from Da Vinci Charter Academy in 2015. After graduating, she went to UC Santa Barbara where she majored in History of Art and Architecture. Throughout her time at UCSB she was an intern with a political advocacy organization and briefly worked as a political organizer in Connecticut before coming back to Davis. She is now going back to school to pursue a career in midwifery. Petra is very excited to be a part of DVAN and get to reconnect the Da Vinci community she loves so much.

Emily Timm (2013)

Outreach Coordinator

Emily Timm (maiden name Talbot) is an alum from Da Vinci Charter Academy, Class of 2013. After graduating, Emily studied Psychology, Special Education and Spanish at the University of Oregon. She continued her education at the University of the Pacific where she got her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. She is currently a school psychologist in Berkeley, CA. For fun, Emily likes to spend time with friends, play with her dogs, and travel with her husband. Emily is excited to give back to Da Vinci as the Outreach Coordinator.

Beau Runyan (2011)

Chief Technology Officer

Beau Runyan graduated from Da Vinci High School is 2011 where he ventured off to Southern California working at Warner Bros. Studios. After realizing Hollywood was not the life for him he moved back to Davis, California in 2016 where he became a Paraeducator for Da Vinci! After 4 years of empowering Special Education Students he moved to Davis Joint Unified School District as an Instructional Technology Specialist. Currently he is DJUSD's Digital Instruction Administrator building the bridge between Instruction and the Technology Department. In Beau's free time he loves to play with his dog, visit the California foothills with his Boyfriend and entertain himself in some video games.

Emmett Barnes (2015)

Communications Specialist

Emmett Barnes is an alum of Da Vinci Charter Academy from the Class of 2015. After graduating, he attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he majored in Biochemistry as a Pre-Med student. While at LMU, he built upon his DV Recruitment experience by becoming a Senior Campus Tour Coordinator and immersed himself in the rich social justice atmosphere on campus by joining MAGIS Service Organization. His aspirations for a career in healthcare shifted as he explored the battle against climate change through his clean energy research, and he decided to use his gap year to work as a lab manager in the field. Now, Emmett is proud to be applying to law schools to pursue an Environmental Law specialization and an eventual career in climate policy. He is excited to begin a new relationship with Da Vinci as part of the DVAN board and to strengthen connections between the wonderful and talented alumni that Da Vinci produces.

Evan Ream (2008)

Communications Specialist

A member of one of the first graduating classes at Da Vinci Charter Academy, Evan Ream returned to campus in 2013 to spend three years as a long-term substitute and paraeducator. During this time, he also broke into the newspaper industry as a reporter and columnist at The Davis Enterprise. He left the school in 2016 to pursue a full-time career in writing and now runs the communications for NorCal Premier Soccer while he completes his first two books, both due out in the spring of 2023. He still can be found substitute teaching at Da Vinci every now and then while also coaching youth soccer. The DV ultimate frisbee team never lost a match in Evan's years on the squad.

Tyler Millsap

Da Vinci Charter Academy Principal

Tyler Millsap is in his fourth year as Principal of Da Vinci Charter Academy and spent the previous nine years as a Da Vinci English and Social Studies Teacher. Tyler is passionate about innovative, student-centered learning and the inclusive DVCA community. He lives with his wife, Kate, a cardiology nurse, and his daughter, Maya, who is two and one-half years old. Tyler's hope for DVAN is to create a place where DV Alumni can connect and reconnect with each other and also hopes to create opportunities for DV Alumni to give back to their alma mater.