School Board Members


Heritage Christian School has nominated a School Board to assist in the daily and continuing operation of the school. The School Board reports to the administrator and Board of Trustees and responds to the needs of the students, parents, and staff.

The School Board is comprised of ten Christian parents from our school. They are leaders in the community and at school. They are devoted to the belief that love makes all the difference.

George Gay
Principal
ggay@heritagechristianschool.com

Our founding principal, Mr. George Gay, has been in Christian Education for over 35 years. Mr. Gay has founded two other successful Christian schools and has consulted with many other schools in several states. Mr. Gay has implemented and directed excellent curriculum and instructional Christian School programs, which have received accreditation from ACSI and WASC. Mr. Gay’s passion is to daily nurture, train, encourage, challenge, and love kids, all for the glory of God. Mr. Gay received his B.A. from California State University, Fullerton. His teaching credential is from Southern California Christian College and his Masters in Educational Administration from Concordia University. Mr. Gay has been married to his wife Edie for 40 years. He and Edie have 4 daughters & 10 grandchildren.

Karyn Johnson
School Board Member

Karyn and her husband Tom are blessed to be part of the Heritage family. She says that her family is her greatest gift from God. Their son and daughter are in elementary school and have been part of HCS since the school opened. The Johnson family has been actively involved in school activities ever since. Karyn works at Saddleback Church on the Human Resources team. She loves that she can be involved in ministry and her work at the same time. Karyn started attending Saddleback in 1994 when she moved to Lake Forest and is currently volunteering as a kid’s small group leader. She is an avid reader and enjoys doing anything outdoors. Karyn is honored to be able to assist the school wherever and whenever needed.

Diane Pinto
School Board Member

Diane and her husband Steve have two children Alexi Grace and Nathan Canaan who have attended Heritage Christian School since preschool age and are now in elementary grades. The kids love Heritage! Diane has worked for the Orange County Health Department for 25 years, and has seen how health related topics are being packaged to bring a liberal worldview to public schools. “As a parent it brings piece of mind knowing that when your kids are at school, what they are learning is in line with the truth of a Christian worldview.” The family attends Faro Church, a multi-cultural bilingual congregation in Lake Forest where Steve is the Associate Pastor. Diane serves alongside her husband in ministry, teaching discipleship classes, and serving in various other aspects of ministry. Diane feels blessed to serve on the school board at Heritage and hopes to be a voice for the parents.

Cynthia Pearson
School Board Member

Cynthia states that first, she is a Child of God. She has been married for 14 year to Preston who is her long time best friend. Her daughter Prestina, is in the elementary school and has been attending Heritage since June 2015. The Pearson family has been attending Saddleback Church since 2001 and has been serving in The Children's Ministry since 2012. As a family, theysupport many organizations with our time and money such as Up for Down, Autism Awareness, March of Dimes and Saddleback Church to name a few. Cynthia has been in the banking industry for 23 years and is currently the Regional Operations Manager for Bank of the West. Cynthia enjoysspending time with her family, friends, church and small group. She is looking forward to serving on the Board, becoming more involved in the School, as well as being a part in the growth and success of Heritage Christian School.

Genevieve Olson
School Board Member

Genevieve and her husband Brad have been Heritage parents since their oldest daughter Paige was in preschool. Her daughter and son both attend Heritage now in the Elementary and Preschool programs. Along with her family, Genevieve enjoys being outdoors and can often be found camping and hiking. She had the blessing of attending private Christian schools herself from preschool through college and is so thankful that she is providing that same opportunity for her own children. Both her and her husband played soccer for Concordia University where they met. Genevieve attended both Concordia University and Cal State University Fullerton to obtain her teaching degrees and credentials. Genevieve started teaching preschool back when she was working on her Bachelor’s degree and is now starting her 15th year in Elementary Education, having taught 2nd and 3rd grade. Genevieve strongly believes in the importance of Christian education and giving students the foundation and skills needed to be successful young adults.

Shane Stevens
School Board Member

Shane is originally from the Midwest. When he was 5 years old, his Mom packed up and moved to San Diego, California. After High School, Shane enlisted in the United States Marine Corpsand then stayed in Orange County after his service. Shane metErin, the woman of his dreams in 2009 and married her in 2011. In 2014, they were blessed with the greatest gift of all, their daughter Piper. The Stevens family attends Santiago de Compostela church in Lake Forest. In 2010 Shane attended the church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes was baptized. He has also volunteered as an RCIA sponsor to others in their parish. When he is not working, Shane loves to attend outdoor concert events with his wife. He is honored to be selected as a Board member at HCS and looks forward to lending a helping hand where needed.

Tricia Fitzgerald
School Board Member

Tricia is an Orange County native who has been married to her husband, Ryan, for almost 11 years. They have three awesome kiddos; Weston, Lainey and & Kaiya. The Fitzgerald family is very involved in their church, TerraNova. Tricia works full-time as a Domestic Engineer (stay-at-home mom ) and that certainly keeps her busy! But when she can sneak an hour or two of free-time, she enjoys browsing thrift shops, going paddleboarding, going to the beach, or just about anything outdoors! Her initial impression of HCS was that it "felt like family" and she feels so blessed to be able to send their children to a school that seeks to grow their faith and knowledge of Christ. She is honored to be able to serve on the HCS school board.

Ruth Dignadice
School Board Member

Ruth, her husband Jon, and three of their children have been part of the Heritage Christian School family since 2015. Ruth enjoys learning how to be a better teacher through her roles at home and in the community. As a public health nurse for the Orange County Health Care Agency for over 15 years, she provides information to families, clinicians and community organizations about preventive health. As a member of ETBC-International Church in Lake Forest for over 25 years, Ruth and her husband have had the privilege of teaching and counseling kids, youth, college and career, and adults. Prior to coming to HCS, Ruth and Jon homeschooled two of their four children and learned the challenges of being learning coaches. Their youngest child, who has Down Syndrome, has also given her greater understanding of teaching children according to their developmental stages. Ruth is excited to grow in her understanding about education through her role as an HCS School Board Member. She prays and seeks wisdom from the Lord on how to support the school’s vision as well as impart the heritage of the joy and freedom of learning to the students.