Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Seth Ahlborn

Head of School
Mr. Ahlborn was a Prefect at Kent School as a schoolboy and graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with dual majors: Anthropology and Physical Education. He is published in Respiration Physiology with his mentor teacher. Continuing his studies in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, he earned his Masters degree through the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, publishing his thesis on the traits of successful rowers. Mr. Ahlborn managed a large fitness facility in Minneapolis - St. Paul and led the Minneapolis Rowing Club for six years before accepting the Athletic Director position at a boarding school in New Hampshire. As a triple threat couple, Mr. and Mrs. Ahlborn ran a dormitory while Seth taught Environmental Science and coached track & field and Carrie was Director of Development. The father of four grown daughters, Mr. Ahlborn developed the rowing program at Brewster Academy while teaching math and computer science, overseeing the sophomore teaching team and studying at the University of New Hampshire in the Science of Teaching Mathematics. He became Dean of Residential Life leading 19 dorms and 280 residential students before accepting the Headship of two different schools in Virginia. Now in his 20th year as Head of School, Mr. Ahlborn has served both Rancho and Henderson International, our sister school in Nevada, for two years and has relocated to serve Rancho Solano full time. Mr. Ahlborn has offices on both campuses, Greenway and Ventura and he looks forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Gordon Brown

Upper School Principal
Mr. Brown has been teaching for the last 26 years including public, private, and community college schools. Mr. Brown holds a BA in Biological Sciences as well as Physical Education and earned his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Exercise Physiology. Mr. Brown joined RS in the fall of 2010 from Glendale Community College. Prior to becoming the Upper School Principal, he taught IB Biology and Anatomy Physiology.

Erika Goethe

Middle School Principal
Mrs. Goethe joined Rancho Solano in 2015 with 25 years of experience in Middle School education and holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Education. It is her passion and absolute joy to work with middle school-aged children. Mrs. Goethe has successfully built schools based upon best practices in education, which are founded in adolescent development.

Martha Braly

Lower School Vice Principal

Jessica Dang

Preschool Vice Principal
Mrs. Dang has been actively involved in Early Childhood Education for the past 12 years. Mrs. Dang joined RS during the fall of 2019 as a Pre-K 4 teacher. Prior to joining the RS family Mrs. Dang ran and taught the Early Childhood Enrichment Program with the Washington Elementary School District. Mrs. Dang has worked in the public, private, and Montessori school settings. Mrs. Dang holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from Ottawa University and is currently looking into a few different universities for her Masters Degree. Mrs. Dang is extremely passionate about the importance of early childhood education and is looking forward to partnering with the families of the Pre-K children.

Juli Jeffers

Controller
Mrs. Jeffers joined Rancho Solano in March of 2018 with over ten years of accounting and finance experience. She holds a Master of Accountancy from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. During her master’s program, she was a Teacher’s Assistant for an Introduction to Financial Accounting class and was asked by the Professor to teach the summer school program on behalf of the Professor. Teaching has always been one of her passions. After that endeavor, Juli accepted a position at Heinfeld & Meech, Inc. performing Audits and Consulting work for school districts and non-profit organizations. She leveraged the knowledge she obtained in this job to jump into the corporate world at Republic Services, a waste company with over $10B in annual revenue. She worked up the ranks within the organization by obtaining experience in the field and at the corporate finance level. She helped to build the company’s quarterly and annual financial statements, and managed the largest liability of the company- their landfills. Near the end of her term with Republic, she managed all the accounting and finance aspects of an $80M/year in revenue division of the business. Mrs. Jeffers is very excited to be a part of the Rancho Solano community!

Scott Salk

Director of Admissions
Mr. Salk joined Rancho Solano during the 2015-2016 school year with 14 years of private school administrative experience. While specializing in the areas of admissions and marketing, he also has school experience in operations, finance, facilities management, and development. Mr. Salk has a BS in Marketing from the University of Arizona and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Aaron Trigg

Director of Athletics
Coach Trigg joined Rancho Solano in 2013 as Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach. Since his arrival, the Athletic Department has grown into one of the top small school programs in Arizona. In the past seven years Trigg has led the addition of seven new sports and each year the program has set new records for participation. On the playing field, the Mustangs have seen incredible success in winning four State Championships, and 20+ team and individual State Tournament appearances. As the Boys Basketball coach, Trigg has led one of the largest program turnarounds in Arizona history, taking the program from a 2-20 record in his first season to winning two State Championships (2018, 2020), while assisting numerous athletes to play collegiately. Coach Trigg is passionate about the role athletics plays in the overall education of all students and his goal is for all athletes to become Scholar-Athletes of high character prepared for lifelong success. Trigg is a graduate and Hall of Honor member of Gordon College (B.A. Finance and Business Administration) and of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida (MBA; MSBM). While at UCF Trigg was a member of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports and Co-Authored two “Racial and Gender Report Cards” with world renowned social justice pioneer Dr. Richard Lapchick.

Linda Head

Director of Operations
Mrs. Head has been a part of the Rancho Solano family since 2002. Serving in many capacities throughout her time with the school, she is currently the Director of Operations.

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