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

Our founding principal, Mr. George Gay, has been in Christian Education for over 30 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 38 years. He and Edie have 4 daughters & 9 grandchildren.

Nessa Englebright
School Board Member

Nessa and her husband, Mark, live in Rancho Santa Margarita. They have two wonderful sons at Heritage, Ethan and Ayden. She currently works as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch. Nessa and her family attend Calvary Chapel, Mission Viejo. In her free time, Nessa enjoys running, golfing, and anything to do with spending time with her family. Nessa’s family have been part of Heritage Christian School since 2009, when her oldest son started preschool. She has always felt that Heritage felt more like a family than a school. Even as the school continues to grow, that family feeling has remained. When Nessa was asked to be on the board, she was extremely honored to be given such a wonderful opportunity. She desires to be a voice for parents and assist in community outreach events.

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.