FRCS Board Meetings are scheduled for selected Tuesdays of selected months at 5:30PM on the FRCS campus. Click here to see our meeting calendar. Agendas for upcoming meetings will be posted here on the Friday prior to a regular meeting and 24-hours in advance of any emergency meetings. To place an item on the agenda please complete the agenda item form and submit it to the school office or email it to the board at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to a regular meeting date.
Joining the Board of Directors
Responsibilities of Board Members
Board members participate in Board meetings and provide input and guidance for the school operations and future. Board responsibilities and oversight include: budget, fundraising, policy, transportation, enrollment, volunteer coordination, facilities and furnishings, advertising, charter renewal, etc. Individual Board members typically take on one or more elements of responsibility, as well as assisting other Board members, volunteers, and staff with larger tasks, as required. Representatives are typically elected to a three-year term.
The Board member requirements include:
1. Representatives shall be available and willing to attend regularly scheduled and special board meetings.
2. Parent Representatives must be the parent of a child currently enrolled in FRCS.
3. Community Representatives must NOT be the parent of a child currently enrolled in FRCS.
4. Representatives shall be interested in the management, operation, guidance, direction and promotion of FRCS.
FRCS Board of Directors
Janina was born and raised in Germany and decided to come to Cupertino, California, after graduating High School, as an Au Pair (a fancy way of saying live-in babysitter). She liked California so much that she applied for a foreign student visa and transferred to Chico State, where she met her husband Brian, in the Communication Design program. Her academic credentials include a BA in Communication Design, with a focus in graphic design. Her professional qualifications include 17 years in the marketing and advertising industries. As the first employee of Engelbrecht Advertising, she grew with the business into the agency’s position of Creative Director and Senior Account Executive. She’s a mother of two cute, little monsters, Landon and Helena, who both attend Forest Ranch Charter School. She moved to Forest Ranch five years ago, where she enjoys a quiet lifestyle with her family.
Dana Thomas was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She moved to Chico in 1999 to attend Chico State where she obtained a BA in Anthropology. She loved Chico so much she decided to make it her permanent home and raise her family there. She has one daughter, Kaylee who attends FRCS. She is very excited to be a part of the board to help shape the educational future of FRCS.
Chantel was born in Paradise, CA where both her parents were born and raised. At the age of four her family headed north to Alaska. She spent the next 21 years there. After graduating from Wasilla High School she spent some time traveling in Alaska and several other states, attending a variety of colleges. In 2005 Chantel moved back to California and married Chico-native Rich Walker. They bought property in Forest Ranch in 2007 and built their home. They now have two beautiful children, Sara and Emily, who both attend FRCS.
Theresa is one of our founding teachers, having been with FRCS since it opened in 2008. She started with a 2nd/3rd combination class, then moved to kindergarten in 2009-10. She received a degree in Environmental Science Writing from CSU, Chico in 1996 and her teaching credential in 2001. Theresa enjoys gardening, hiking, knitting, and working on the Butte Creek property she shares with her husband and two daughters.
Maureen graduated from Chico State in 1965 with a BA in Education and an elementary teaching credential (and her first child on-the-way). She taught kindergarten for three years, then for three years was a licensed daycare provider. The next seven years were spent as a substitute teacher in regular and special education and then eight years as a full time aide in special education, working mostly with autistic children of all ages. After retiring at age 65, Maureen and her husband Jerry had a home built in Forest Ranch after living in Chico for 27 years. They have three daughters and three granddaughters.
Lynne’s connection to the school in Forest Ranch began soon after moving here in 1973, when she took a walk through an apple orchard from her house to the one-room school to ask the teachers if they would like a volunteer. Starting that day, she became the student teacher, the first secretary, and the custodian. After gaining her teaching credential she taught in Chico until 1979, then started her Forest Ranch School year teaching K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in the one room school. After over 30 years of teaching, most of those years in Forest Ranch, Lynne retired from Chico Unified in 2009. In addition to her board responsibilities, Lynne volunteers in the classrooms with assessments, teaching and curriculum assistance, and as a mentor teacher. Lynne brings a wealth of educational knowledge and experience to both the board and school wide.
Julie joined the board in 2015 and has been an elementary school teacher with CUSD for 25 year years. She’s taught 6th, 5th, and 3rd grades, and is now a Title 1 Coordinator at Parkview Elementary which involves teaching reading groups, assessing students’ reading progress, and collaborating with teachers to meet students’ reading needs. She graduated from Chico State in 1983 and returned to get her teaching credential in 1986. She and her husband taught overseas for two years. She has three children—two who are grown and in college and a daughter who attended Forest Ranch Charter School for two years. She enjoys writing, sports, travel and enjoying Bidwell Park as much as possible.
Dr. Scott MacKenzie was born in Mesa, Arizona the youngest of four boys, but he grew up in Spokane, Washington. After graduating from High School, Scott went into the Navy, which was when he met his wife Phyllis. Once a civilian Scott was married in 1978 and from there made his way to San Diego to attend San Diego Christian College. Scott graduated with a BA degree and, after being an associate pastor, he joined Baptist Mid Missions. He was with the mission for 14 years serving as a pastor in Scotland. Scott and his family came to Forest Ranch in 2000 and started Mountain Joy Bible Fellowship. In 2007, Scott became a volunteer firefighter with the Forest Ranch fire department. In 2014, he began his doctorate program from Masters International University of Divinity. Scott graduated with honors in 2016 with his Doctor of Divinity degree. He has four children: Bob, Kari, Melissa, Tom, and 12 grandchildren.