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.
Robin grew up in Santa Rosa, Ca and moved to Chico for college to pursue teaching. She graduated from CSU, Chico in 1991 and later that same year, married her high school sweetheart. She and her husband started an internet service company (ISP) when the internet was still "new" and operated it for nine years. Robin's neighborhood serves as its own community services district where she served as a board member for more than ten years. Robin has three beautiful daughters, one of which attended FRCS during their first year as a charter school she went on to graduated 6th grade. Robin fell in love with the school, and now serves as an aide, she is involved with several committees, she substitute teaches when needed and teaches electives each year. Robin's youngest daughter, Laura, is currently a student at FRCS.
Mrs. Dwyer-Jimenez (DJ) reentered teaching in 2013 after a five-year stint as a Financial Controller for a local advertising agency, and has taught at FRCS for the last 5 years in grades 5-8. She is now the Middle School Coordinator/lead teacher of grades 6-8, and serves on the Admin. Effectiveness team. She received her Teaching Credential from Chapman University in 1995, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Child Development in 1993 from CSU, Chico. She brings experience in Highly Effective Teaching and individualized instruction designed to inspire learners. Mrs. D.J. just completed being a participant in the i-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program through Chico State, a three year intense lesson study in STEM, in order to incorporate more STEM activities on the FRCS campus. Mrs. D.J. is certified in College Preparatory Mathematics instruction, a common core math curriculum delivered in grades 6 through 8 at FRCS. She has also received certification from an NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) two year intensive through Chico State, which will help transition FRCS to the next phase of Science curriculum implementation in the classroom. Mrs. D.J. takes an active role in fundraising on campus, including our annual Jump and Jog-a-Thon. She is a proud wife and mother of a son and a daughter who are now grown, in college, and venturing out on their own.
Originally from Yuba City, Jodi considers Chico her hometown after relocating to the area for work over 22 years ago. She is one of our newest members, joining this year as Secretary. Her academic credentials include an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Yuba College and has been licensed to practice as a Registered Veterinary Technician in California for the past 17 years. After many years loving on animals and building on her veterinary practice management expertise, she now partners with animal non-profit organizations to help with strategic planning, web events management and program development. She likes to harness horses and ideas, wrangle revenue and cats, obsess over programs and IV dosages with her daughter, Emma, in tow, who is a student at FRCS.
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.
After completing the teaching program in 2000 at Chico State University, he taught all grades of High School English including Honors and Advanced Placement classes for 13 years in a small rural community. He is currently on his fourth year at Pivot Charter schools in Chico. He enjoys creative writing and has had poetry published in an anthology of contemporary poets. He is a huge fan of Shakespeare and the classics. He has been a resident of Forest Ranch for 8 years. He and his wife have been married for 19 years and have a son named Elijah who currently attends FRCS. He enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing when he can get away. Other interests include genealogy, photography, and building things with his hands. He is really excited about getting to work with a team that truly cares about kids and serving their needs so they have the best chance at accomplishing their dreams. He sees the opportunity as a privilege because there is nothing better than seeing a young person discover their potential and use it to become a successful adult.
Born and raised in Northern California, Heather graduated from West Valley High School in 2002. She went on to Shasta College where she studied Humanities, Psychology and Education. After two years of attending Shasta College she became a licensed Realtor and began practicing Real Estate in Redding. She continued to attend Shasta College and in late 2004 met her husband of now ten years at the yearly basketball tournament held at the Redding Civic Center. In 2007 she married and moved to Forest Ranch and had her first son. Now with two sons attending Forest Ranch Charter School she is grateful to call herself a homemaker. Heather enjoys cooking, volunteering at Forest Ranch Charter School and studying Gods’ word. For the last ten years she has been learning how to best fill the roles of mother, wife and community member. It has been an enlightening and joyful experience and she looks forward to serving her community as a member of the Board of Directors at Forest Ranch Charter School.
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.