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Andrei Hedstrom - President & Leadership Team Member,

Andrei and Sherry Hedstrom moved their family to Ferndale from San Francisco in 2009. Almost immediately they knew Redwood Prep was the place for their daughter Raine (5th grade) and after a short time on the waiting list they were excited to have her attending and to have so many opportunities for Sherry in particular to be active. Andrei earned his Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola, building on his undergraduate degree in religious studies, after serving in the US Army during the Persian Gulf War. He is the CEO of SweetRush ( a 17 year old San Francisco based firm that works with Fortune 500 companies, foundations and nonprofits to develop engaging learning experiences and communications as well as consulting on how organizations can increasingly align their cultures and missions with their highest values. From start up, through the recession and into an award winning firm at the top of their industry, SweetRush has been a values driven company that has believed that "culture eats strategy for breakfast". Andrei is also a professional artist and opens his studio to other artists and musicians of every age on a regular basis.

Patrica Sorci - Vice President & Parent Council Member,

Patrica was born and raised in Humboldt County.  She and her husband, Jeremy, are high school sweethearts. Together, they have two sons, Sam and Ben, who attend Redwood Prep. Patrica attended local schools including Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary, Fortuna High School, and Humboldt State University.  After graduating from HSU with her master's degree in school psychology, Patrica relocated to the central valley where she gained nine years of experience.  In the Fally of 2012, Jeremy and Patrica jumped at the opportunity to move back home to Humboldt.  Patrica is currently employed in her dream job as a district psychologist for the Fortuna Elementary School District.  The Sorci family resides in Fortuna and enjoys days at local rivers and beaches, going to the movies, and visiting friends and family.  

Racheal Henry - Treasurer,

Racheal Henry is a born and raised Humboldt County native.  She and her husband Ryan are the busy and proud parents of three daughters; Jessi, a senior at Fortuna High and twins Kyra and Presley, 2nd graders at Redwood Prep.  Racheal graduated from Ferndale High in 1992 and found herself beginning her job experience in the financial world.  She started at the Times-Standard as a receptionist and moved up the ranks rather fast closing out as the Assistant Controller.  After 13 years at the Times-Standard she decided to take a lateral position in the accounting department at Humboldt Merchant Services.  The company was sold after 3 years which gave Racheal the opportunity to take a job at the City of Fortuna (her hometown) which made life so much easier for her family.  She has been in the finance department at the City for 8 years and currently holds the Senior Account Clerk position.  Racheal has worked in all facets of accounting and is always willing to take on new challenges.  Working for the City has afforded her the opportunity to learn about politics, government accounting and what it takes to run an entire city.  She has served on the Ferndale Children’s Center Board of Directors, has completed the Fortuna Chamber leadership program and is heavily involved in her daughters’ competitive cheer gym.  The Henry family has been a part of Redwood Prep since the twins’ kindergarten year.  They are very pleased with the staff and the vision of the school as a whole.  Racheal is looking forward to being a part of the Redwood Prep Board Directors in hopes to contribute to the schools continued positive growth in education and values.

Sarah Poust, Secretary

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Diane Garrison - Board Member,

Steve and I moved to Fortuna from Southern California 6 years ago. We are blessed to be living in this beautiful area near our daughter Kim and her husband Eric and 3 wonderful grandchildren.We enjoy this community and our involvement with Rotary, Soroptimist, PEO and the United Methodist church. I retired from a career in Early Childhood Education. I have been a preschool teacher, a preschool director and a liaison between a for-profit preschool and a church. After getting settled in Fortuna I was offered an aide position at Redwood Prep in our daughter Kim's class. I worked at Redwood Prep for 2 1/2 years and loved every minute. I fully support the vision of Redwood Prep and have witnessed first hand the positive impact this school provides to children on a daily basis. I am pleased to be able to serve Redwood Prep now as boardmember.

Carlton Floyd - Board Member,

  Carlton Floyd lives in Fortuna with his wife Liz and their five children Hunter (2006), Asher (2008), Atticus (2011), Adeline (2014) and Harper (2016). Carlton moved to Eureka in 1988 and lived there until graduating from Eureka High School in 2001. Shortly after finishing high school Carlton spent two years in Buenos Aires (2001-2003) serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After his mission, Carlton began attending Brigham Young University in Provo Utah and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Carlton started Law School at Ohio Northern University in 2007 and received his Juris Doctor in 2009. Carlton started working as an attorney in 2010 at the Floyd Law Firm in Eureka. Carlton became a partner at the Floyd Law Firm in January 2015 and specializes in civil litigation with a focus in commercial contract disputes, personal injury and real property litigation. Carlton and his family are very active in their church, and attend in Fortuna next-door to the new RPC site. Outside of family, church and work, Carlton has spent considerable time as a Boy Scout Master and as a volunteer in local youth sports. Carlton has been serving on the DIBI board since October 2015 and is excited to benefit the school with his legal training and experience.Our school community is quite fortunate to have Carlton on our team!

Jason Austrus - Board Member,

Jason Austrus grew up in Hydesville and graduated Fortuna High in 1992. He attended the University of Oregon and Colorado Institute of Art where he earned a degree in Music Business in 1996. Jason met his wife Michelle, in Nashville, TN, and worked together for the next 5 years, traveling the country and working for a company that reorganized and liquidated companies that were in distress. In 2002 Jason and his wife moved back to Fortuna and grew their family with Rocklin. Jason has worked for Sunrun, a solar integration company based in San Francisco, for the last 10 years managing sales for 8 states in the Northwest which keeps him traveling often. He enjoys volunteering with youth sports and playing as much golf as he can find time to. 

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