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 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.

Megan Machado
School Board Member

Megan and her husband Mike live in Lake Forest. They have two lovable kids at Heritage, Riley is in 3rd grade and Bryson is in 1st.  Megan has been doing hair for almost 15 years and her salon is currently in Mission Viejo. She volunteers at school as much as she can and is also in charge of producing the HCS yearbook each year. When asked to join the school board she felt that this was another way to give back to her Heritage Family. This is their 6th year at Heritage Christian school and couldn't ask for better place to watch their kids grow educationally and spiritually.

Don and Tiffany Palmer
School Board Members

Don and Tiffany Palmer have three children currently attending Heritage Christian School, Dylan, Brianna, and Genevieve. They joined the HCS family in 2014 after moving to Mission Viejo to be closer to Saddleback Church where they enjoy serving together as Kids Small Group leaders. Don has worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years and is currently the Service Manager at Tuttle-Click Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Irvine. Tiffany was Executive Assistant to the President of Tuttle-Click Automotive Group for 15 years before health challenges required her to stop working permanently. The Palmers were honored to be invited to join the school board because they strongly believe that student success is dependent upon a unified parent-teacher team and want to support the teachers and staff in any way they are able.

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.

Rudy Rivera
School Board Member

Rusty Young
School Board Member

Rusty Young and his wife, Helen, have two children, Kelsi and Emma. Kelsi is currently attending college and Emma is an elementary student at Heritage. Emma was one of the original students at Heritage in the preschool program when the school opened in 2006. Rusty sought out Heritage Christian School for his daughter as a way to provide a safe and positive learning experience. His vision for the school is to see it thrive and be able to provide a Christian-based education for the current and future generations of Orange County children. Rusty and his family currently attend church at Crossline Community Church. Professionally, Rusty is an accomplished IT consultant. He currently works at NetApp in a pre-sales role selling data storage solutions to enterprises and cloud providers. When not working, you can find him boating with his family or building and racing cars.