J Hillis - Head of School

John Hillis

Head of School

Mr. Hillis is going into his 11th year with BASIS. He began as the Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale then helped open BASIS Charter Schools in Ahwatukee, Mesaand San Antonio, before temporarily transferring to BASIS Independent. There, working with school management, he opened campuses in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Fremont, CA and McLean, VAAs Senior VP of Charter Schools, he oversaw the management team at every Charter School in the BASIS network (with the exception of Baton Rouge!) at some time or other. After 6 years on the road, and a brief stint as Head of School at BASIS DC, he is thrilled to be back in school management full time at the Phoenix campus. John has a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Glasgow and has previously worked in the Oil & Gas Industry and Golf Club Management. 

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Michelle Borie

Michelle Borie

Head of Operations

Ms. Borie has been with the BASIS Charter Schools network since 2015.  She has over fifteen years of experience managing both charter and private schools.

She holds a MEd in Educational Administration and Supervision, a BS in Business Management, a Minor in French, and a Certificate in International Business, all from Arizona State University. Her experience prior to working as a school administrator was in the banking and computer industries.

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S Uterhardt

Sandy Uterhardt

Director of Student Affairs

Ms. Uterhardt, our Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Phoenix and has been with BASIS Charter Schools since 2018, serving as the Lower School Dean of Students at BASIS Scottsdale. Ms. Uterhardt adds over 20 years of experience as an educator to the BASIS Phoenix leadership team, and has taught most grades in the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. Prior to her leadership roles at BASIS Charter Schools, Ms. Uterhardt served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Program Director. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western New Mexico University and her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State University.

In her role at BASIS Phoenix, Ms. Uterhardt aspires to develop beneficial and collaborative relationships with students, families, and educators in the BASIS Charter Schools network, to encourage, support, and guide students to success in their academic and personal goals.

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Andrea Mumaw, Director of Academic Programs

Andrea Mumaw

Director of Academic Programs

Ms. Mumaw joined BASIS Phoenix in its inaugural year, 2012 after earning her Master’s degree in Psychology in Education from ASU. Prior to her role as Director of Academic Programs, Ms. Mumaw served as the Director of Student Affairs, providing academic support to students and assisting them in organization. Her years on campus, as both Dean and Director of Student Affairs (and running the American Sign Language club), has allowed her to get to know BASIS Phoenix students, and she looks forward to working with the students and teachers in her role as Director of Academic Programs.

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