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Racheal Henry- President,

Racheal is a born and raised Humboldt County native and has lived in Fortuna for over 25 years.  She
and her husband Ryan are the busy and proud parents of three daughters, Jessi 22 and twins Kyra and
Presley, 7th graders at Redwood Prep.  The family enjoys camping, spending time at their property in
Bear River and traveling.  Racheal graduated from Ferndale High in 1992 and after graduation, she
began her 30-year career in the field of finance.  Racheal has been with the City of Fortuna in the
Finance department for over 13 years.  The Henry family has been a part of Redwood Prep since the
twins’ kindergarten year and this is Racheal’s sixth year on the Board of Directors.  She has enjoyed
volunteering in the classrooms, on the fundraising committee and leadership committee.  Racheal is
looking forward to serving another year as Board President and being part of the great team at RPC!


Patrica Sorci -  Vice President,

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. 


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Sarah Poust - Treasurer,

Sarah moved to Fortuna with her family in 1979 from San Jose, after her parents fell in love with the area while visiting friends. She attended Ambrosini, Toddy Thomas and Fortuna High School, graduating in 1997.  She got her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach and went to work in the photography industry for nine years in Los Angeles before returning to Fortuna in 2009 with her son Rezo and her little dog too (Tina). Not long after the return to Humboldt County, she made a career pivot into school finance and is currently the Chief Business Official at Fortuna Union High School District. Sarah is proud to be a Redwood Prep parent and is excited for another year to serve as board treasurer.



Diane Garrison- Secretary,

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.

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Jason "Woody" Woodward- Member,

Jason has lived in Fortuna since moving here in 1999. He is married to his wife Amber and they have three children, Marshall, Wylie, and LolaMae. The family is as busy as most and enjoy participating in youth sports, community activities, camping, and horses. Jason is a graduate of the University of Washington and and makes his living as a Professional Geologist for Green Diamond Resource Co. He is active in the community, volunteering with charitable organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Hops In Humboldt, CASA of Humboldt, Fortuna’s Apple Harvest Festival and just about every youth sport organization in Fortuna. Jason has served on several boards over the years holding executive positions as the Vice President and Secretary of Hops In Humboldt Inc. from 2008 to 2013 and Treasurer, Vice President and Secretary of CASA of Humboldt from 2014 to 2020. His professional and charitable experiences have helped Jason develop key leadership skills that he will bring to the Redwood Prep Board of Directors. Jason is excited to be a part of the Redwood Prep team and help guide the school in the coming years.


Christine Barbee - Member,

Christine was born and raised in Humboldt County and has lived in the Eel River Valley for the last eight years. She is the proud mom of Brady and Brynn who will be in 6th and 4th grades this year. Christine attended school and college locally and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration while working full time. Christine works in administration for Providence St. Joseph Health Nor-Cal Caregiver Health and most recently has been the project manager for the Covid Task Force for all Providence Health System Hospitals. Between her current role and past role as an administrator in Public and Government Relations for Adventist Health System, she has spent the last seven years growing her skills and knowledge in business, health care and compliance management, communications, and employee relations. Christine has enjoyed volunteering at Redwood Prep since the start of her children’s RPrep journey in 2015. She has served as the Parent Council secretary and volunteered on the fundraising and family events committees along with subbing for the school secretary and teachers’ aides. She looks forward to her new role as a board member and the challenges and learning opportunities it will bring. When she is not working or running her kids to football, basketball, baseball or cheer, she loves to travel, swim, garden and walk her fur babies Grace and Lola.

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Emily Hobelmann - Member,

Emily Hobelmann is a self-employed writer and consultant providing various support and administrative services to businesses in California and beyond. With years of experience helping entrepreneurs find success in highly regulated industries, Emily has developed a broad technical expertise and relatable writing styles. Emily grew up in Southern California, and she moved to Humboldt County in 2005 to attend Cal Poly Humboldt for a master's degree in applied mathematics. She met her partner Eric while living in Southern Humboldt in 2015, and they moved to Fortuna in 2017 to start a family. Their son Henry is in the TK class at Redwood Prep this year, and they are looking forward to their two younger kiddos — Joanne and Matthew — following in their big brother’s footsteps in the very near future!