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 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 over 40 years. He and Edie have 4 daughters & 11 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.

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. She cherishes the blessing of having staff who value their calling in ministering to the children and their families through education. Her favorite moments at HCS include hearing the children pray and sing praise songs together during chapel, cheering kids on during athletic games, and praying with other parents. Having experienced being homeschool parents in the past, Ruth is thankful for the small class setting and HCS’ encouragement for the students to interact with other grade levels during the day. Her daily prayer is that the children’s experiences at HCS would encourage them to desire to love the Lord their God with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind and to love others as they love themselves.