Trustees & School 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

Jeff Davidson – President
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.

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 44 years. He and Edie have 4 daughters & 9 grandchildren.

Nancy Doaifi
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.

Stacey Taylor
Stacey has been affiliated with Heritage Christian School since 2008 when her son started attending in the 3rd grade. She 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 she helped with the auditioning, staging and costuming of the HCS musicals. She is a retired Lieutenant after a 27 year career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Stacey is also a certified Holy Yoga Instructor and teaches classes at Saddleback Church. Every week she volunteers as part of Pastor Rick Warren’s security detail. She is thrilled to be part of the Board of Trustees. She looks forward to participating in the growth and vision for HCS and is excited to see where God is going to take HCS 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.

Connie Hernandez

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.

Natalie Davidson
Co-President, School Board
ndavidson@heritagechristianschool.com

Natalie is a stay at home mom that considers it a blessing to serve in any way that she can at HCS! She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children, Sophie and Luke.  Natalie attended Christian school growing up and is truly grateful that her children get to have that same experience. The Davidson family loves cooking, baking and most of all, sports! If they’re not on the soccer field or at a wrestling match, you can find them at the beach. Natalie graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has worked in the fashion and marketing industries. Natalie strongly believes that Christian education is so important in building strong patriots that are grounded in the Lord. Her prayer is that each student at HCS builds a personal relationship with Jesus that they will carry with them throughout their life. Heritage is more than a school to her, it is a family, a safe haven, and the most important ministry! Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Valerie McCullough
Co-President, School Board

Valerie has 3 sons and has also worked part-time as a hair stylist at Salon 74. In her house full of boys, they love soccer, football, basketball (OK, all things sports!), going to the beach and surfing! Most of their weekends are filled with soccer tournaments! Valerie attended Christian school growing up until she got to college. She sees the importance and impact it played in her own personal life. She loves HCS and is fully committed to its mission statement. Valerie believes that HCS is truly a family and you can feel it every time you walk on the campus. She is so thankful and blessed to be able to send her children to HCS. One of her 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.

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 and 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. 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 she 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. Genevieve herself has taught both 2nd and 3rd grade. She strongly believes in the importance of a 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. 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 peace 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 over 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 attended Saddleback Church since 2001 and has been serving in the Children’s Ministry since 2012. As a family, they support many organizations with their 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 of 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.

Melissa Roney
School Board Member

Melissa Roney has three children Sadie, Maverick, and Braylon who have all attended HCS. Her husband Bryan (aka Mr. Roney) is the 4th Grade teacher at Heritage Christian School. HCS has been such a sweet gift to their family and they thank the Lord for what a blessing it has been over the past five years. The Roney family all attend Reverence Bible Church, which they love. The Head Pastor, Kevin Otsuji, is Melissa’s brother. When the family is not at school or church, you will normally find them on the soccer field, on the volleyball court, at the beach, or hanging with family and friends. Melissa works as a X-ray Technician and Medical Assistant at Starwest Medical. She looks forward to being a part of the school board and loves being a part of the HCS family!

Hailie Law
School Board Member

Hailie Law is a stay-at-home mom to her three young children and married to an incredible Orange County fireman. She has a degree in kinesiology and rehabilitation. Before working her dream job as a full-time mom, she worked as a behavioral therapist assistant and occupational therapist assistant for five years, specifically with young children. Her passion is raising up kingdom warriors and pursing God’s heart with all of her heart. She is determined to help others discover their power and authority in Christ and to live out what it means to be a kingdom influencer. She is passionate about Heritage Christian School and all that it stands for. Her oldest son attends Heritage and her other children are soon to follow. Hailie is excited to be on the school board, near the heartbeat of the school where she can participate in discerning all that God has in store for HCS. She believes that HCS is a pillar of hope, innocence, and freedom and it will not be shaken. And, she is certain that the best is yet to come! Zachariah 2:5 “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’”

Rob Kloessner
School Board Member

Rob is happily married to Maria Kloessner, who works at Heritage Christian School. He has two beautiful daughters in JH and HS that have been attending HCS since preschool and 1st grade. Rob was born and raised in Missouri where he received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of St. Louis Missouri in Science and Technology. He has been working at Commercial Van Interiors (a proud sponsor of Heritage Christian School) for over 30 years. Rob is grateful for being a part of HCS and has seen his girls grow stronger in Christ. Rob feels that being surrounded by all the wonderful, Godly, caring teachers, staff, and parents has helped him improve his personal walk with Christ and thanks to the Annual Patriot Golf Classic, his golf game. 

Brian Suttle
School Board Member

Brian and his wife, Tanya, have three boys – Grady, Wyatt, and Luke – who are often referred to as Sons of Thunder (Mark 3:17). In guiding them to eventually become pillars of their homes and spiritual leaders in their families and communities, Brian and Tanya feel truly blessed to send their boys to HCS. The Suttle Family attends and actively serves at Crossline Community Church, where Tanya just took on a full-time position. Brian received his undergraduate degree from The University of LaVerne and loves working as a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. The ability to impact lives has always been his ultimate passion and this job allows him to build lifetime partnerships within the community. The Suttle Family enjoys fly fishing, golf, and typically any type of event that involves sports and the outdoors. Brian is truly honored to be selected as a Board Member and loves being part of the HCS Family.

Sherry Schoep
School Board Member

Sherry is a stay-at-home mom to her twins Zach and Lily. She has been married to her husband Jason since college in 2003. They enjoy mountain biking together as well as trying new restaurants and coffee shops. Sherry and Jason have seen God’s work and miracles in their son Zachary who daily overcomes challenges both physically and emotionally. Zach was born with Spina Bifida (a spinal cord defect) and is a full-time wheelchair user. He has been through over 22 surgeries. The importance of having Zachary surrounded by a loving, Jesus driven school has been life changing for their family. Lily, his twin, is blessed to be at HCS as well, she is able to find love and support as she works through the emotional trials of having a special needs brother. Sherry is committed to helping HCS in anyway she can and feels blessed to be a part of such a great and God-loving community. One verse she loves that reminds her of God’s everlasting commitment to us is Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Ask the Principal

HCS Elementary & Preschool Campus

22081 Hidalgo Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 598-9166

(949) 598-9166 ext. 115 (Preschool)
(949) 598-1892 (FAX)

HCS Jr. & High School Campus

23302 El Toro Road Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 446-8133

(949) 598-1892 (FAX)