Explore Knowledge Academy



Tracy DiFillippo, President
Tracy DiFillippo is a commercial litigator at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, practicing in the areas of banking, construction, medical and dental malpractice, and insurance. Accomplished in the legal industry, she was named to Mountain States Super Lawyers® Rising Stars and to Nevada Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite.” She is the co-founder and Chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Nevada, which she has served for four years. As content co-chair of the Pretrial, Practice and Discovery Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, she regularly serves as an author for the website. Tracy received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law and B.A. from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. She is a proud mother of a student who attends EKA.


Dr. Michael S. Robison, Vice President


David Ortlipp, Treasurer
David is the Business Manager at New Song Church in Henderson. He has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, an MBA and has a background in financial services, accounting and financial software. Originally from Australia, David has been a resident of Henderson since 2006. In addition to work on the Board for Explore Knowledge Academy, David also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Henderson District Public Libraries and the Henderson Community Foundation. He is a graduate of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Henderson program and continues to be involved in the program’s alumni association including the organizing committee for the annual Biddin’ for Bottles fundraising event.


Irena Jacobson, Secretary
Irena is a certified grant writer and art educator. Since 2001 she has worked at a writer and published works primarily in the fields of art, education, theater, yoga, nutrition and medicine.

Originally from Toronto, Canada she has a B.A. in English Language and Art. Through the Las Vegas Art Museum and Clark County School District she was an art lecturer with the Outreach and Adopt-A-School- Programs. She has also volunteered as a Docent at the Neon Museum. After navigating the private school, public school and homeschool alternatives in education over the last eight years in Las Vegas, Irena is thrilled to have her two children at EKA.


Dr. Heather Hayes, Member


Timothy Warholic, Member


Rayna Kokich, Member


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