Board of Directors



Tanya Sheckley

Founder, President

UP Academy was born of my quest to find the best education for my three children. My oldest, intuitive, curious and differently-abled with cerebral palsy, my middle, ambitious, fearless and creative and my youngest, observant, sweet, and athletic and all three of them brilliant (but every parent says that right?)  This school is created as a legacy, in loving memory of Eliza Sheckley so every child, of every ability, can reach their potential.  I hold a BA in Public Health and Dance and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.


Anne Marie, SLP


Anne Marie is passionate about communication and connecting people. She received a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and went on to become a certified Speech and Language Pathologist with the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of BC, Canada and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

John Mathias, E. A.

John M. Mathias, E.A. is a Financial Advisor with Securities America, Inc., and he is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. He holds a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University.
He is a former instructor with the University of California at Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension, and Past-President of the International Association for Financial Planning, Silicon Valley Chapter. He has also sat on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Enrolled Agents and the Triton Museum of Art.


Susan Lin

Susan Lin is a Sr. Portfolio and Program Manager with Cisco Systems. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Washington, School of Business. She is passionate about initiatives for women in technology, children’s early education and development as well as inclusion and diversity. She is also a proud mother of two, Amelia and Max; who continue to inspire her everyday.


Fredlyn Berger, OTR/L

During her extensive career of 35 years as a practicing O.T., Freddie has worked with the full spectrum of practice settings and all ages from premature birth to geriatric level.  She is founder of Every Child Achieves, Inc.,   Wellness Works Therapy, and Reach to Succeed. Reach to Succeed is a certified NPA and is approved to deliver OT, PT, and ST in the clinic and in the schools.


Barry Sheckley, PhD

Barry Sheckley, Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, former Ray Neag Professor of Adult Learning, and former Head of the Department of Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education, has devoted over 30 years to exploring through research and practice how experience enhances learning. His research suggests that engaging individuals in on-going inquiry about problems of practice is  the most effective way to help them learn effectively. He has received a number of professional awards including the University of Connecticut Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Association of Continuing and Higher Education’s Marlowe Froke Award for Excellence in Professional Writing; the American Society for Training and Development’s Excellence in Research to Practice Award; a Doctor of Humane Letters, honorus causa, from the Board of Trustees University of New Hampshire; and, from the Council for Adult and Experiential Education, a lifetime achievement award in recognition to his insightful contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning.


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