Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with the direction of Almond Acres and its solvency, making personnel, financial, curricular and other major decisions.

Edward Surber

President
Parent Board Member

edward@almondacres.com

I have two children who attend AACA, Charlotte (10 years old) and Cody (6 years old). When our daughter was in pre-school we were exploring options other than the public education route because we felt there wasn’t the proper amount of family involvement with the education process and also we were not excited about putting our child through the “traditional” path of education. As we started exploring AACA we realized that this was the perfect path for our child. The approach to teaching young people to be the “best versions of themselves” and to become great citizens was in line with our parenting philosophy. The faculty, staff, parents, and students at AACA are amazing and I truly feel like we are part of an extended family that is helping our children be the best versions of themselves.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I earned this degree in 2002. I started out working for an engineering contracting firm in Bakersfield, CA designing automation and control systems for food & beverage and oil & gas manufacturing facilities. After nearly 2 years, I went to work for Paramount Farms (now Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds) as a Project Engineer working, again, on designing automation and control systems for various pistachio and almond processing and manufacturing lines. While at Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds (WP&A) I moved into various roles such as Reliability, Human Resources, Operations, Finance, Accounting, and Information Technology. I was with WP&A for about 14 years. From WP&A I moved into a President & CEO role for CherrCo, Inc., which is a Michigan based tart cherry cooperative. CherrCo is the largest tart cherry cooperative in North America involved in the sales of nearly 100 million pounds of tart cherry products around the world. I am still actively leading the CherrCo organization. Towards the end of 2018, I started an engineering and consulting company that services a plethora of business types across the country. The name of this company is The CnC Group, which was inspired by my two beautiful children, Charlotte (C) and Cody (C). My passion for everything I do professionally is centered around people, processes, and products.

Personally, I tend to gravitate towards anything that has to do with exploration, adventure, and the outdoors. I am a commercially rated pilot. I love riding anything with two wheels. I love to see new things whenever I can. I love hiking and just being outside. I would consider myself a “foodie”; I love to eat unique and good tasting foods. And I enjoy doing all these things with other people, especially my friends and family.

Most people will see me and describe me as having an outgoing personality who loves to engage and interact with others. But in order for me to maintain my extroverted self, I need my alone time to reflect, regroup, and recharge. I do this through a healthy balance of spirituality, self-reflection, exercising, discussion with close friends, listening to inspiring podcasts, self-guided meditation, and reading the occasional “motivational” book. I strive to always look at myself in the mirror constantly and constantly work to be a better version of myself; perhaps why I’m so strongly drawn to AACA.

Salvador Cota

Vice President
Parent Board Member

salvador@almondacres.com

I have three children and two nieces that have gone to AACA. I love the change I have seen in my children. They are excited to go to school every day and have demonstrated a greater passion for their education. The methods AACA uses to educate our children are top-notch.

I dedicated 12 years of my life to the United States Army. I am trained in the IT field and use my skills to improve AACA in any way I am able. 

I used to run incredible distances. Now I have shared my love for running with my children. They all participate in AACA’s Cross Country program.

I “sharpen my saw” by going to the park with my family and enjoying their presence.

Xavier Villa

Secretary
Community Board Member

xavier@almondacres.com

I was a very shy kid in my early youth but things turned around for me when I joined 4-H. I participated in 4-H for 8 years and greatly attribute this club to helping develop me as a well-rounded individual. 4-H focuses on building the youth’s mind, heart, health, and service to the community.  Unfortunately, this focus is mostly lost in today’s public school system, where instead, a simple copy and paste approach to learning is instituted. This approach would not have helped me break out of my shell and gain confidence in my communication and leadership abilities. Fortunately, all is not lost. I was thrilled to learn from Director Mr. Bourgault that, “at Almond Acres our mission is to grow great kids!” I deeply resonate with the pillars of Almond Acres and love that they are embedded into the education at every level. The children are our future and great kids foster a great community. I am proud to serve and be a part of the Almond Acres Charter Academy family where the youth’s overall well-being is our top priority!

I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. My family and I own and manage a bamboo farm and nursery called, Paso Bamboo. We install live bamboo plants to provide privacy screening from neighbors or anything unsightly. We provide educational tours on bamboo growing, maintenance, and harvesting. I also buy older homes and remodel them to a comfortable living standard to then be rented out in San Miguel. It has been a great pleasure getting to know the community through both of these ventures and this area has become a place I call home and not just somewhere I live.

Soccer is the sport I love to play. My passion for soccer is also shared with my wife and we participate in our local co-ed indoor soccer leagues. I enjoy working with my hands both at the farm and in construction. Going on a hike to explore national parks is always a treat and cherish the view at the top after climbing through the day.

I enjoy quiet prayer, reflection, and meditation in my bamboo groves to help refresh the mind and maintain grounding. Spending time outdoors in nature is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I also find reading a good book and playing the saxophone to help ease the mind and warm the soul. Laughter is the best medicine, and I would say I am happiest when I am surrounded by loving family and friends.

Don Goldammer

Board Member
Community Board Member

don@almondacres.com

My passion for AACA stems from the positive experience my family has had as students, volunteers, and staff at AACA. AACA is truly unique to education with its approach of educating the whole child. No two children are exactly the same, and they don’t all learn the same. Recognizing that and meeting each child where and how they will be most successful, brings learning to life and makes it exciting, not mundane. AACA makes learning exciting. I am proud to have been associated with AACA since day one and look forward to expanding its opportunities with our beautiful new campus in Paso Robles.

I am a US Army and CA National Guard veteran.  Currently, I’m a sales manager at Lowes Home Improvement in Paso Robles.  Prior to my current position, I was a business owner for 15 years.

Katrina Mohamed

Board Member
Community Board Member

katrina@almondacres.com

I believe wholeheartedly in school choice and am passionate about supporting such options.  Serving AACA affords me the ability to give of my time and share my many years of experience with charter schools.

I have been fortunate enough to spend my adult life serving students through various vehicles of public school options.  Currently, I serve as Vice President with K12, Inc. where I support 13 charter schools throughout the state of California.   Since starting with K12 in 2002, I have worked in various capacities which include instructional design, curriculum development, staff enrichment, legislative analysis, and fiscal management.   Prior to this role, I was a classroom teacher in both special education and general education settings, a categorical program director, and a site administrator.  With over twenty years of charter school experience, I am honored to be able to support AACA in charter school development, operations, growth and expansion; instructional leadership & academic achievement; and legislative updates and guidance.

I love to be in the mountains enjoying all of the beautiful gifts of nature.  When possible, I enjoy traveling to new places and playing tennis.

Being a mom to my children and a second mom to others truly fills my soul.  One of my favorite pastimes is to teach, play, and nurture young minds.  

Diane Ward

Board Member
SLOCOE Representative Board Member

diane@almondacres.com

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Shiloh Hamon

Board Member
Parent Board Member

shiloh@almondacres.com

I have been a mom at Almond Acres since 2013. I currently have a 5th grader at AACA. We had three kids, Jack, Soren, and Selah. In 2014, our middle son passed away in a tragic accident. We chose to share the pain of losing our son openly, and it created a strong community for us in Paso and at AACA. The school staff and leadership were excellent in the support during our time of grief.

I am involved in many different ways. As a volunteer, I am happy to help as much as possible, attending field trips, helping in classrooms, backstage on plays, and on the auction committee. For five years, I coached a Destination Imagination team and twice took the team to the global stage. I was the school facilitator of the Destination Imagination program before covid.  I teach an enrichment art class. I understand the true heart of the school, what it has been in the past, and what it can be in the future as we grow.

I attended Colorado Christian University, where I majored in youth ministry. Shortly after graduating, we moved to California so my husband could eventually take over the family business, Hamon Overhead Door Co., which he accomplished in 2019. I worked as a nanny and at the family business until we began having kids in 2007, and I was able to be a stay-at-home mom. I am also a substitute teacher for the resource team.

I love to walk, whether with moms from school or just the dog, getting outside every day fills my cup.

I am an artist. It has taken me years to claim this title because I paint abstract paintings. But as I get older I have discovered how much being creative with paint recharges my soul. I also am a big fan of tv, movies, and food!

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Ashley Lundy

Board Member
Parent Board Member

ashley@almondacres.com

I have been an AACA parent for the last 5 years with two daughters currently attending AACA, and an older son that just graduated from PRHS. Like most families, the philosophy of our school drew me in, and our family has had an absolutely amazing experience.

I love the fact that our school focuses on the whole child, and the educational experience is tailored to the needs of the students. The way that students are encouraged to discover their own learning style, and apply that knowledge to their own education is unmatched by any other school. I have a huge passion for special education, and we have had a wonderful experience with the support services at AACA.

I have been a teacher for an online school for the last 10 years, and have been in the field of education for 15. Prior to that I taught dance at a private studio and coached competitive cheer, so I have worked with children in some capacity for over 25 years. My degree is in Physical Education and Kinesiology with a single subject in Physical Education. A few years ago, I decided to stretch myself and go back to school to earn a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching. This was a fantastic way to grow not only as an educator but also as a parent.

I enjoy volunteering and recently finished my term as president for one of the local soccer clubs as well as the team manager for our individual team. I also worked closely with two other ladies at one of the local elementary schools to create a spring musical each year which allowed us to bring back an element of the arts to the area and was one of my favorite projects to work on. For the past few years, I worked with the VIP soccer teams through AYSO, and have loved working with such a great variety of special needs kids.

I thoroughly enjoy staying active, and I am always up for trying new physical activities. I enjoy hiking with my family and love to get in different types of exercise each day.

I am also a huge theater fan, and love all aspects of it! I have performed in the past and worked behind the scenes, but I also love being an audience member and getting to see other people’s artistic expression through theater.

As I mentioned before, I have a huge passion for staying active, so physical activity is a big part of how I recharge. I do like to change up the type of activity I participate in, but I am currently working on strength and flexibility. In my free time, I enjoy reading, with one of my favorite series being the Harry Potter series. I have had the pleasure of sharing this story with each of my children and it has sparked a love for reading for each of them as well which makes my mom’s heart so happy.

I love spending time with my family, and we enjoy traveling and exploring new places together.

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Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez

Board Member
Community Board Member

 

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