Trustees & Board

“Generations of Christian Education”
  Psalm 89:1

Heritage Christian School has elected a Board of Trustees to oversee the formulation and continuing operation of the school. The administrator will report to the board, while faculty and staff members shall report to the administrator.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of six Christian men and women from the community. They are business leaders in the community and parents committed to Christian education. They have a vested interest in the success of Heritage Christian School.

Board of Trustees

Nancy Doaifi – President
Nancy Doaifi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Loma Linda University. Her focus was in public health and school nursing. She practiced as an RN at Corona Medical Center for 14 years. The last four years of her tenure were served as the Nursing Administrator specializing in eating disorders and women’s special needs. Nancy, along with her husband Peter, now own one of the largest dry cleaning companies in Orange County, Power Cleaners in Lake Forest. Nancy’s treasures are her two children, Kevin and Crystal, who were both blessed to be under the tutelage of Mr. Gay since the second grade. Nancy has a genuine love of others and desires to use all of her capabilities to make Heritage Christian School a safe and successful environment for children and families.

George Gay – Principal
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.

Don Swaim
Don Swaim has been passionately involved and led numerous Christian ministries throughout his adult life. As an active believer since 1975, Don has followed his life motto ‘nobody can do everything but everybody can do something’. Don’ s first ministry involvement was working at Calvary chapel Costa Mesa in their evangelism department. He was also a columnist for their newspaper. He also was the founder and director of the award winning Orange county fellowship day at Anaheim stadium. Don served on the staff at Mission Hills church in Mission Viejo for 5 years, overseeing community outreach and men’s ministries. He also served with his wife Sue as the director of a camp for abused children for 7 years. In 1988 Don authored the motivational tape series titled ‘the power and the passion’. Don is considered America’s most popular speaker on Living Trusts having conducted over 10,000 seminars on the topic. Don is married to his lovely wife Susan and his greatest joy is his 4 awesome children.

Jeff Davidson
Jeff Davidson comes to Heritage with a passion for building strong foundations for growth and is honored to help pave a path for our expanding school ministry. He brings over 25 years in operational business leadership with companies ranging from Fortune 50 to startup. Most recently, he was the executive leader of a strategic division of Ingram Micro. Previously, he led Global Operations at Microsoft. Early in his career, he started entrepreneurial businesses and held management positions at growing companies. He recently completed Executive Leadership and Finance programs at Stanford and Columbia Universities to complement his Bachelors in Business. Jeff is an active in faith-based charitable organizations helping those most in need. He and his wife Christina live in San Juan Capistrano. They proudly love their 4 children and 3 grandchildren, one of which attends Heritage (and more coming).

Stacey Taylor
I have been affiliated with Heritage Christian School since 2008 when my son started attending in the 3rd grade. I was a School Board Member for 5 years and was instrumental in starting the school lunch program, organizing and helping with many events, as well as being a room mom. For 4 years I helped with the auditioning, staging and costuming of the HCS musicals. I am a retired Lieutenant after a 27 year career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. I am also a certified Holy Yoga Instructor and teach classes at Saddleback Church. Every week I volunteer as part of Pastor Rick Warren’s security detail. I am thrilled to be part of the Board of Trustees for this wonderful school. I look forward to participating in the growth and vision for HCS and am excited to see where God is going to take us next!

Beverly Peever
Mrs. Peever loves the Lord and has been a Christian since childhood. She studied at LACC and then spent several years working for two Big 8 accounting firms in both tax and audit. She later received her real estate license and sold residential property for Century 21, specializing in relocation clients. Beverly has worked as an Admissions Advisor for two private colleges and as a teaching assistant for a Christian pre-school. She has a passion for education and a loving heart for children. She is a mother of one daughter, a graduate of Heritage Christian School, and remains committed to the growth and future of our school. Beverly enjoys Bible studies, volunteering, fund-raising, and special events. Both, she and her husband are part of the Heritage founding families and have served the community through their business since 1997.

School Board

“Generations of Christian Education”
  Psalm 89:1

Heritage Christian School has a selected School Board comprised of parents of current Patriot students. The purpose of the School Board is to develop a strategic plan for the current school year, promote school fundraisers and family events, and support administration, staff, and teachers. The School Board has a vested interest in the success of Heritage Christian School.

Christina Burris
President, School Board
cburris@heritagechristianschool.com

Christina joins Heritage Christian School with more than 20 years of professional and management experience. Christina has spent the past 2 years as the Director of Development for Heritage Christian School. She also served in an operations management roles within the Business Division at Saddleback Valley Unified School District where she worked closely with the Superintendent and Board of Education within the Facilities & Planning, Educational Services, and Business Services departments. Christina has always had a passion for serving others. This passion began at a young age where she spent time spreading the gospel to Southern Baptist Churches through her father’s ministries. She continued serving others through her decision to join the Marine Corps in 1996 where she had roles within military intelligence, logistics, and communications. The Marine Corps had a profound impact on Christina as she recognized her growing desire to lead and inspire teams towards common goals. During her tenure in the Marine Corps, Christina also studied Elementary Education at Troy State University and obtained her Business Management degree at Southern Wesleyan University. Christina met Rodney, her husband of 18 years, in Augusta, Georgia in 2001. Together, they have a fourteen-year-old son, Vin who is currently a freshman at HCS and has attended Heritage Christian since preschool.

Shane Stevens
Vice President, School Board

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 Corps and then stayed in Orange County after his service. Shane met Erin, 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.

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 program. 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. She received her bachelor’s degree as well as her teaching credential at Concordia and later received her Master’s degree in Reading Instruction. She is about to start her 17th 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.

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 27 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 16 years 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, they support 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 25 years and is currently the Regional Operations Manager for Bank of the West. Cynthia enjoys spending 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.

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.

Sam Calabrese
School Board Member

Hi, my name is Samuel Calabrese and I’m an HCS parent and school board member. This will be the fifth year my children have attended HCS and it’ll be my first year serving on the board. I recently joined the board because of how much I believe in the school and the staff that run it. The school is proudly patriotic, and the love of Christ is shown through all that are a part of this great institution. It is for this reason that my wife and I continually support the school in any way possible. My two children have attended since pre-school and are now in Kindergarten and Second grade. The school’s music program has been run by my wife for the past couple of years and I have participated in several fire safety demonstrations. Krystal and I have both graduated from Cal State University Long Beach with degrees in Communications and place a high value on education. That is why we believe it is important for our children to have biblical knowledge alongside their general education. My favorite verse in the Bible is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I am currently employed as a Fire Captain and have been a fire fighter for the past 13 years. My favorite hobbies are traveling the world with my family, mountain biking, and spending time outdoors.

Valerie McCullough
School Board Member

My name is Valerie Mccullough. I have 3 sons, 2 that are currently attending HCS in grades second and seventh. My other part time job is as a hair stylist, where I have worked at salon 74, 2 days a week for 14 years. In my house full of boys, we love soccer, football, basketball (ok all things sports) going to the beach and surfing! But most of our weekends are filled with soccer tournaments! I went through Christian school my entire life, until I got to college. I see the importance and impact it played in my own personal life. I love HCS and I’m fully committed to its mission statement. Both of my sons have gone through preschool to their current grades at HCS and every aspect of it has been a tremendous experience for them. HCS is truly a family and you feel it every time you walk on the campus. I am so thankful and blessed to be able to send my kids there. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:31… But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Susan Griffin
School Board Member

Susan and her husband Brian have been married for 15 years. They started their journey with the Heritage Christian Family in 2016 when their youngest daughter Reagan started preschool. Two years later, when Reagan was ready to begin Kindergarten, they decided to move the rest of their 4 children from public school and join the Heritage Family as well. This will be their second year with all the children there and they are so happy with their decision to move. This year they will have an 8th, 6th, 5th, and 1st grader. One of Susan’s favorite parts of Heritage is the amazing group of teachers and professionals that care so much for all the kids. The school is one big family. Susan enjoys volunteering in her children’s classrooms so that she is can be apart of their education experience. This year she decided to join the school board and is excited for the opportunity to contribute.

Melissa Roney
School Board Member

Rob Kloessner
School Board Member

Guillermo Lopez
School Board Member

Ask the Principal

HCS Elementary & Preschool Campus

22081 Hidalgo Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 598-9166

(949) 598-9166 (Preschool)

HCS Jr. & High School Campus

23302 El Toro Road Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 446-8133

(949) 328-9214 (Admissions)