Dr. Teri DelaneTeri Lynch Delane, Ph.D.

Dr. Delane has been the Executive Director of the Life Learning Academy since its inception in 1998. As Principal and Executive Director of Life Learning Academy for the last 20 years, she has provided a community for hundreds of young people – primarily youth of color from low-income families, living in neighborhoods where violence and instability are commonplace – propelling them into a productive adulthood. Dr. Delane credits the Delancey Street Foundation with saving her life in the early 1970s, and teaching her how to create a healthy community. Dr. Delane has over 30 years of experience working with substance abusers and ex-convicts in jails, prisons, and community programs. In 1997 she started a highly successful in-custody substance abuse program, Choices, which is still in operation in the men and women’s jails in San Mateo, California. Dr. Delane has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, is a licensed psychologist, and holds a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.


Craig Miller, 
Chief Operating Officer, M.A.Ed.

Mr. Miller has been at LLA since the school opened in 1998. He served as the U.S. History teacher for seven years; 11 years as Vice Principal, and has been the Chief Operating Officer for the most recent two years. He was a member of the planning team that designed LLA. Prior to opening the school, Craig worked with Delancey Street for six years, during which he developed and evaluated juvenile and adult criminal justice system reforms. Craig served as the basketball coach, tutor and mentor at Balboa High School in San Francisco and site coordinator at the Bayview Safe Haven. He has a Teaching Credential in Social Studies and a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on teaching disengaged adolescents, as well as an Administrative Services Credential.



Cassandra Blazer, Director of Policy and Evaluation, Ph.D.

Ms. Blazer has 14 years of experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation in the education and health sectors. She has designed, implemented, and assessed multimillion-dollar programs in the United States and abroad, from South America to sub-Saharan Africa. Cassie taught health for LLA in 2008-2009, and has been part of the development team since August 2013. She earned a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from UC Berkeley, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University School of Public Health, and a BA Sociology & BA Critical Gender Studies from UC San Diego.