Click here for Webmail!
LCER Board Members

Duberly Beck, Vice-Chairman

Duberly is the owner of Beck's Tax & Business Services, LLC, in Fontana, CA. and has been in the tax and financial business for over 16 years. Duberly graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Science in International Business with a minor in Accounting and received her M.B.A from Cal State San Bernardino as well. Duberly has also dedicated the last 12 years advocating for youth and family programs, most importantly foster children. Three words that describe Duberly are: Knowledgeable, Experienced and Dedicated! Duberly Beck joined the Lewis Center Board and the Norton School Board Committee in 2013.

Beck's Tax & Business Services, LLC
17087 Orange Way, Suite B
Fontana, CA  92336

H.O. "Bud" Biggs, Chairman of the Board

H.O. "Bud" Biggs has been in the cement business since 1962.  He started his career with Kaiser Cement in Cupertino, California and worked through various jobs in quality control and concrete research labs until 1980.  He graduated in 1980 from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry.  He held various management jobs with Kaiser and Hanson Cement through 1988 when Mitsubishi Cement purchased the Cushenbury CA plant.  He was production manager and plant manager through 2006 and is presently VP of Operations, responsible for the Cushenbury plant and Long Beach import facility.  Mr. Biggs joined the Lewis Center Board in 1994 and has been Chairman of the Board since 1995.

Mitsubishi Cement, Corp.
5808 State Highway 18
Lucerne Valley, CA 92356
Phone: (760) 248-5121

R. Everett (Buck) Goodspeed, Director


Buck Goodspeed, after more than 30 years in petroleum distribution and services, has transitioned to property management, consulting and sales with Give-A LLC and the Goodspeed Group based in Hesperia.  He is looking forward to the next 30 years of supporting the educational community of the High Desert and Inland Empire. Mr. Goodspeed was honored to join the Lewis Center Board in 2008.

Goodspeed Group Inc.
14665 Bear Valley Rd., Ste. F
Hesperia, CA 92345
Give-A LLC
P.O. Box 401912
Hesperia, CA 92340-1912
Phone: (760) 885-8676

Andrew Jaramillo, Secretary

  Andrew Jaramillo is President of Andrew J. Jaramillo Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. in Victorville, CA. Mr. Jaramillo has been in the insurance and financial planning business since 1964 and most of his clientele are educators.  His dedication to the improvement of education is so significant that he serves on many boards, such as the Alliance for Education for San Bernardino County.  He conducts seminars throughout the state of California and is now expanding to cover nationwide seminars. Mr. Jaramillo joined the Lewis Center Board in 2005.

Andrew J. Jaramillo Insurance and Financial Services
15402 W. Sage St., Suite 105
P.O. Box 1497
Victorville, CA 92393-1497
Phone: (760) 245-8638
Lisa Lamb, President/CEO

Lisa Lamb is currently serving as the President/CEO of the Lewis Center for Educational Research.  Prior to this position she was the Chief Academic Officer. Her tenure at the LCER/Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) began in July 2008. During this time, she has served in the roles of AAE Teacher, AAE Middle School Vice Principal and AAE K-12 Principal. Lisa began her career in Barstow Unified School District as a teacher, and then administrator, working with a largely underserved student population. In 2005, she was honored as the WalMart Teacher of the Year and also the Teacher of the Year for Barstow Junior High School. Currently, she is an active member of the California Charter School Association (CCSA), CCSA Capitol Advocacy Leaders Liaison, CAHELP Governance Council, Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce. Lisa holds a MA in Educational Administration from California State University San Bernardino, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University and a BA in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University. 

Lewis Center for Educational Research
17500 Mana Rd.
Apple Valley, CA  92307
Phone: (760) 946-5414 x243

Kirtland Mahlum, Treasurer

  Kirt Mahlum is a retired court commissioner and was with the San Bernardino Superior Court since 1997. Prior to that he was a practicing attorney in the high desert since 1972. Mr. Mahlum received his Juris Doctor degree in 1969 from California Western University School of Law and his Bachelors in Economics from the University of California at Davis in 1966. He is a past president of the Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees and is currently the President of the Spring Valley Lake Home Owners Association Board of Directors. Mr. Mahlum joined the Lewis Center Board in 2009.

Jose Palafox, Director


Jose is the owner/managing member of Starfox Financial Services, LLC  of Apple Valley, a fee based financial group,  serving the unique needs of the high net  worth investor.   Jose was born in Mexico, but was raised in Southern California, where he graduated high  school and then joined the Air Force for 8 years as a weather specialist.  He operated several  different businesses in the High Desert, but has spent the last twenty years in the financial arena.  His faith, his family and finance is what makes Jose passionate about what he does. His  experience and aptitude for finance allows him to assist others build wealth, while allowing  him to personally give back to the community.   Jose serves in several community  organizations and on non-¬≠profit Boards, including Rotary International of Apple Valley, Southern California Rush Club Soccer, and joined the Lewis Center Board in 2008.

Starfox Financial Services, LLC
15972 Tuscola Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Phone: 760-946-0700

Richard Piercy, Founder


Rick Piercy founded the Lewis Center for Educational Research in Apple Valley, CA and retired in 2014.  He has been a K-12 teacher, Vice Principal, Principal and President/CEO. It was during his years as an elementary teacher that he conceived the idea of the Apple Valley Science and Technology Center, now known as the Lewis Center for Educational Research.  

Kevin Porter, Director


Kevin Porter is a partner in the firm Caldwell, Kennedy and Porter in Victorville, CA. Mr. Porter graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1982, and from Citrus Belt Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1992. Mr. Porter joined the Lewis Center Board in 1997.  

Caldwell, Kennedy & Porter
15476 West Sand Street
Victorville, CA  92392
Phone: (760) 245-1637

Peter Torres, Director   


Peter Torres is a Real Estate Broker with Century 21 Beachside.  After working with H&R Block for 2 years, he decided to become a Realtor in 2004 and help families become homeowners.  In 2012, he became more involved with California Association of Realtors and joined the Board of Directors where he serves as Director and is on the Legislative Committee and Government and Finance Taxation Committee.  He also serves as President for the Inland Gateway Association of Realtors from the Riverside, Norco and Corona area.  He has had several sales and top production awards. Peter Torres is married, has 2 children and loves to travel.  Mr. Torres joined the Lewis Center Board in 2016.

Century21 Beachside
10535 Foothill Bl.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730
Phone: (909) 210-6062

Russell Stringham, Director


Russell Stringham is founder and President of PrintMart in Victorville, CA, currently one of the leading printers in the Victor Valley that continually strives to grow and serve the community. He also founded Precision Data Products in 1992 which currently serves over 10,000 schools nationwide by providing them with optical mark reading forms used for data collection.  Mr. Stringham graduated in 1976 from University of Southern Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Mr. Stringham joined the Lewis Center Board in 2005.

16785 Bear Valley Road
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 949-3377
Marcia Vargas, Director

Marcia Vargas retired as the Executive Director of 2-Way CABE and has been involved with two-way bilingual/dual immersion programs for over 20 years.  Prior to her position with 2-Way CABE, Ms. Vargas worked as Curriculum Coordinator for Dual (Two-Way) Immersion Programs for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office.  During her educational career, she also worked as a bilingual classroom teacher, bilingual resource teacher and bilingual coordinator.  She has taught classes at the university level for California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Long Beach, Claremont Graduate University and most recently taught a class, Foundations for Dual Language Education, for the University of California at Riverside.   Ms. Vargas has a B.S. from Cal Poly, Pomona, M.A. from California State University, San Bernardino and has completed class work toward a doctorate at the University of Southern California.  Ms. Vargas joined the Lewis Center Board in 2013.


Regina Weatherspoon-Bell, Director


Regina Weatherspoon-Bell works for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Mrs. Weatherspoon-Bell has accumulated over 18 years of parent volunteer service to the Apple Valley Unified School District. She serves on the Board of Directors for some key Non-Profit organizations focused primarily on education, healthcare, women and children's whole health issues. Mrs. Weatherspoon-Bell joined the Lewis Center Board in 2007.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors
12474 Cottonwood Ave., Suite A
Victorville, CA 92395
Phone: (760) 995-8100

Rick Wolf, Director

  Mr. Rick Wolf retired from public school service in 2006 following thirty-seven (37) years experience as a regular classroom teacher, a Special Education instructor, elementary school principal, and District Director of Student Services. Currently Mr. Wolf serves the Apple Valley Unified School District on a part-time basis as the Expulsion Hearing Chairperson and the District representative on the Lewis Center/ AAE Board of Directors. Mr. Wolf received his Masters Degree in Education from California State University, San Bernardino in 1981.

Apple Valley Unified School District
12555 Navajo Rd.
Apple Valley, CA 92038
Phone: 760-247-8001
Home  |  About LCER  |  AAE  |  NSAA  |  Local Programs  |  Global Programs  |  K16 Bridge  |  Contact Us
Phone: 760-946-5414

Lewis Center for Educational Research
17500 Mana Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Find us on Facebook