June Bayha

Founder, CEO

June Bayha is an education advocate with more than 20 years of experience working directly with educators to bring innovative, youth-focused programs to schools and communities through grant funding. She has spent most of her career leading evaluation studies and spearheading initiatives to give youth more voice in their learning. Her work offers teachers more strategies to engage students through project-based or hands-on learning relevant to their interests and provides funders with data outcomes on returns on their investments.

She previously served as project director at WestEd, where she led the state-wide evaluation of the California Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways program. The initiative aimed strengthen CTE pathways and linkages between K-12 schools and community colleges. During her WestEd tenure, Bayha wrote grant proposals that resulted in more than $10 million in funding.

Bayha attended Pasadena City College, Claremont McKenna College and Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Government and a Master of Arts in Public Policy.

Carmen Tovar

Outreach Manager

Carmen Tovar empowers young individuals through positive youth development activities and has many years of experience creating and implementing work-based learning activities. At Bayha Group, Carmen is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with key community stakeholders and implementing in-school programming. Prior to Bayha Group, Carmen worked at International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) where she supported new business development efforts and coordinated work-based learning activities at supported career pathways in several Southern California High Schools. Prior to ITEP, Carmen worked at the Port of Los Angeles, Public Relations Division where she supported community projects that included managing relationships with over 50 internship providers and showcasing the TransPORTer, a 53-foot mobile exhibit, to community events. Her passion for youth development began when she obtained her very first job at the Wilmington YMCA.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Long Beach.

Tiveeda Stovall

Community Connector

Tiveeda Stovall has served as community connector for Bayha Group since 2016. A national educational consultant for K-14, nonprofits, and community groups, Stovall helps facilitate collaborative dialogues, strategic planning, training, grant writing and curriculum development. From 2003 to 2013, she was the founder and executive director of Excel Youth Zone of California, an agency that promoted statewide K-12 service learning, leadership and youth development.

She serves as an adjunct professor for Stevenson University’s Graduate School. She is working on her Ed.D. at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education, holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Colorado Boulder.

Wes Davis

Project Manager

Wes Davis was brought up in a household where both parents are educators. Truth, fairness, fun, and inclusiveness are what Wes values and why he is an asset the the Bayha Group team. He is responsible for coordinating and communicating with various stakeholders and team members as a Project Manager for the Bayha Group. Davis previously worked as an Operations Manager in the production industry and then later as an Academic Interventionist at the elementary school level.

During his tenure as an Interventionist, Wes enjoyed working with all kinds of students at any level and any age. Davis attended Cerritos College and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an Associate of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Anthropology. He has also completed a certification in full-scale project management at Cal Tech, Pasadena.

Cindy Wijma

Data Guru

With more than 15 years of experience in educational research, Cindy Wijma is responsible for much of Bayha Group’s grant writing, evaluation design, data analysis and reporting efforts. She has extensive experience with grant proposals and has designed evaluations for both K-12 and community colleges funded by various agencies (including California Department of Education, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor and National Institute of Health).

Wijma helped secure more than $4 million in grants during her tenure at WestEd. Prior to Bayha Group and WestEd, Wijma worked at the San Diego Community College District as a research analyst and a grant writer/evaluator for the Merced County Office of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joanna Banks

Writer

As one of Bayha Group’s expert grant writers, Joanna Banks uses her experience as a journalist, publicist, and report writer to persuade funding agencies to finance educational programming throughout the U.S. Banks has broad expertise, most recently as a freelance writer working closely with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office , California Department of Education, K-12 agencies and local workforce boards and other agencies.

She previously worked in public relations/communications for a private women’s university in Los Angeles, and prior to that, reporter for many of the country’s largest newspapers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Syracuse University

Allison Merrick

Operational Excellence Manager

Allison is a Swiss Army knife. Her professional experience has spanned such roles as makerspace owner, web content producer, project manager, human resources associate, marketing consultant, event planner, rockstar handler, and even a mermaid (really!). Her passion for hands-on, project-based learning led her to open SpaceCraft Studios in Charleston, SC in 2012-2015 as a means to help facilitate lifelong learning and skill expansion within her community. Over an eight year span, she produced dozens of Google Teacher Academy events to help primary and secondary educators around the globe get the most from innovative technologies and build professional learning networks. Allison is a “connector-person,” creating meaningful bridges and relationships wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree with an emphasis in Communication Arts from Louisiana State University where she graduated with honors in 1999.