BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND FOUNDING TEAM
Beth has taught in both public and private schools, as well as homeschooled her two sons. She received her B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College and her M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate School. Before retiring from the Middletown Area Merchants Association in 2021, Beth served as its president for five years and a director for three more. She is a director of the Middletown Luncheon Club. She owned Lake County Jazzercise in Middletown from 2006 to 2022 and still teaches fitness classes and healthy living practices there.
Beth feels fortunate that her sons attended Waldorf schools during their early years. She lives with her husband, Mark, and their two dogs in Lower Lake, CA. She loves being out on her land, reading, listening to classical music, hiking, and exploring new places.
Board Member and Secretary
Gina worked for the Lake County Office of Education for 18 years in many capacities involving Early Childhood Education (ECE) & Development, including Administrator, Coordinator, and Child Development Specialist. In addition to her B.A. in ECE from Pacific Union College, Gina holds two CA credentials in adult and family education and a CA Child Development Program Director Permit. She currently serves on the Lake County Child Care Planning Council.
Gina was the Project Director of the Lake County Tobacco Prevention & Education Program from 2016 to 2022. She believes Shade Canyon will offer local children a quality, developmentally appropriate environment that will stimulate discovery and exploration. Gina enjoys the ocean, genealogy, and time with family, friends, and her beloved pets.
Monica Ashley Najmabadi is an educator with many years' experience in Waldorf-inspired school communities. She provides tutoring and art lessons to children ages 5-12. Over the past 18 years, she has volunteered on several school committees, which included fundraising and community outreach. Monica was one of the first founding families of a successful Waldorf inspired charter school in Napa, Ca. This experience gives her a deep appreciation for how non-profits strive to improve the quality of life in rural California.
Monica is a resident of Lake County, mother to four grown children, and has four grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, sewing, teaching, and fiber arts.
Prior to retirement in 2017, Pat spent his 38-year career in service to education. He served as a teacher and coach for nine years and spent the last 29 years in administration. He has been a Dean, Vice-Principal, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Special Education. He spent the last 11 years of his tenure as District Superintendent in Upper Lake.
Pat is committed to the success of students and believes that school should provide students with a variety of options through their K-12 experience, which is why he is passionate about bringing this new holistic, Public Waldorf school option to Lake County.
Robyn is a nonprofit director and social entrepreneur experienced in strategic planning, developing cross-functional teams, and in funding innovative social impact solutions. She currently holds the position of Director of Community Projects at North Coast Opportunities, managing several millions of dollars in grant funds and leading various projects that support Lake County’s vulnerable populations.
Robyn previously worked at the Lake County Office of Education and she holds a bachelor's degree in English/Communications. She has been a resident of Lake County for 15 years. She has a love for local food and nutrition, cooking, reading, hiking, and nature. In 2018, she and her husband welcomed their miracle baby and since then, her biggest passion is being a mama.
MORGAN VOGEL CHINNOCK
President and Co-Founder
Morgan has worked as a grant writer, adjunct professor of English at Pacific Union College, ghostwriter, secretary of a small law firm, and programming director for a summer camp in the Sierras. She completed the seven-year program at wildernessFusion, an outdoor healing arts school, and was a teaching assistant there. Morgan's M.F.A. in Writing is from University of San Francisco.
Before the birth of her second child in early 2020, Morgan saw clients at her practice, MothMoon Healing, and served on the board of the Middletown Area Merchants Association for three years. A resident of Lake County for over a decade, Morgan loves cooking, wilderness survival skills, gardening, and being a mama.
Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder
Early in her teaching career, Savannah Mitchell taught at Head Start in Clearlake and was an early interventionist for Easter Seals, working with children with developmental disabilities all over Lake County. Before she had her first child in 2017, she taught at a Waldorf-inspired charter school in Sonoma in grades 1-3.
Savannah holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Union College and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Fresno State University. She also earned a Waldorf Teacher Diploma from the Center of Educational Renewal, which represents four years of deep study. A mother of two, Savannah has lived in Lake County for most of her life and desires to see her community thrive.