Board Members

John Pappas – Board Member - Chair, Board of Directors – Expertise in Fiscal Management, Past Parent

John holds an A.A. degree in General Education from Shasta College, a B.A. in Business & Human Resource Management from Simpson College, and a Master in Business Administration from Chico State University. In military school he studied Aircraft Electrician & Flight Control Systems. John has also completed a certificate program in Masters in Governance Program from the California School Boards Association.


John is retired, however he currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Happy Valley Community Foundation, as President of the Happy Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, as a member of the Happy Valley Park Committee, and as member of the Happy Valley PTA.

Amanda Wilson - Board Member - Secretary - Past Parent

Amanda holds an Associates degree in Allied Health.  She is currently studying business with a concentration in Healthcare Management at Simpson University. Amanda will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree in December 2015, and will begin her studies in the Nursing program at Shasta College in January 2016.


Amanda was born in Redding and lived here she entered until high school, at which time she moved to Willows.  After graduating high school she moved back to Redding to attend college.  Amanda likes the diversity and short distances to outdoor entertainment, including the mountains, lakes and rivers.


Amanda currently has one child enrolled in Shasta Head Start.  She has held both the Secretary and Chair positions on the Policy Council.  As Chair of the Policy Council, Amanda was the representative on the Board of Directors.


Peter Sengxay – PC Chair - Board Member

Peter has lived in Redding since 1989. He graduated from Shasta High School and enjoys the surrounding mountains and lakes in the area.


Peter has been employed as a seafood lead clerk at WinCo Foods for two years. Previously he was an assistant store manager at Dollar Tree for two years, and a shift manager at the Casino Club for seven years.


Peter has a son enrolled in Shasta Head Start. He places a high importance in ensuring that children have a well-rounded education and a sense of well-being.


Peter was recently appointed to the Redding Temple Project fundraising committee.

Gail Goodrich – Board Member


Karen Kennedy – Board Member

Karen retired in June 2015 after working for the Cascade Union Elementary School District for over 25 years in the capacity of Speech and Language Pathologist.  Karen was a member of the Preschool Assessment Team and Student Collaboration Team at Meadow Lane Elementary School.


Karen raised two sons that are currently enrolled in college.  She has been married for 26 years and appreciates the enormous complexities of parenting.  Karen has tremendous respect for parents tackling the job with limited resources.


Karen provided services to several Head Start children and has become a huge supporter of the program.  Karen welcomes the opportunity to share her expertise and experience.


Dr. John "Jack" Kimple – Board Member

Jack was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, in a large Irish Catholic family. He attended Cornell

University and graduated with a degree in Biological Science in 1970. Subsequently, Jack graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1974 and then moved to California where he completed his internship and residency at Sacramento Medical Center and at the Redding Family Practice Program.


Jack was a staff member at Mercy Medical Center, Redding. He served as head of the department of family practice for two years and participated in the medical executive committee during that time.


Jack was a founding member of Redding Family Medicine and worked there for 35 years as a family physician until his retirement in December of 2014.


He was married for 29 years when his wife passed away in 2006. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Jack’s interest in Head Start is the promotion of early childhood development as a method of producing children who are mentally and physically healthy and ready for school.


Jack’s outside interests include biking, hiking, swimming, golf and reading.  He has also been fortunate to enjoy overseas travel.


Jack has been a member of the Board of Directors of Hill Country Community Clinic in Round Mountain, California for the past eight years.

Marjorie McGraw – Board Member –  Retired Teacher

Marjorie holds a B.A. in Education from Arizona State University and a Masters at University of LaVerne in California.


Marjorie has lived in the area for 42 years. What she likes most are the people. She taught in the Anderson Union High School District from 1972-2006. She loved teaching there and said the kids were great. She also taught in the Los Angeles City School District at Olive Vista Junior High from 1964-1972.


Marjorie is retired but holds memberships in the California Retired Teachers Association, Anderson Union High School Scholarship Association, Redding Sew-Ciety of Quilters and Sun Country Quilters in Red Bluff.


Marjorie’s interest in Head Start is that it is giving the neediest people in the community a fair chance at a successful lifestyle, both parents and the children.


Marjorie’s honors, awards and personal accomplishments include:

• Educator of the Year - Anderson, California

• FFA California Regional High School Counselor

• She was a featured quilter of the 2015 Sun Country Quilt show with another quilter.

Carol Nye – Board Member – Expertise in Early Childhood Education

Carol holds a BA in Organizational Leadership from Simpson University, Early Childhood Education units from Shasta College, plus a CDA in Child Development.  Currently, she is self-employed as an early childhood consultant.


Living in Redding with her family for over 30 years, Carol and her family enjoy the outdoors with the surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes and wildlife in Northern California.


Carol’s interests include early care and education, family child care and believes the Family Child Care Component will be an essential part of Head Start in the future.


Current memberships include: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC), and the Family Child Association of Shasta and Tehama Counties (FCCASTC).


Other Accomplishments Include:

• Master Provider

• NAFCC Accreditation Observer

• Business Management 2002

• Leadership and Education Graduate-Shasta County Office of Education 2006

• Leadership Redding Graduate 2007

• Harms ECERS-R Training 2007 (Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale)



1997: Friends of Children and Families award, California Cascade Association for the Education of Young Children

2010: FCC Association of Shasta and Tehama Counties, contribution and dedication to families

2010: Shasta County Local Child Care Planning Council, recognition of exemplary service to education in California


Dr. Fabio Robles, Ed.D. – Board Member

Fabio holds an Education Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, a Masters in Education from National University and a Bachelor in Social Sciences from Chapman University.  He is currently employed as the Principal of Student Services with Trinity County Office of Education.


Fabio and his family moved to this area in August, 2014.  He enjoys the great outdoors and the many outdoor activities that this beautiful area provides.  His family especially likes the big town/small town feel.


Fabio is passionate about readiness and ensuring that the access and availability of school readiness and early learning programs reach all children.


Fabio’s accomplishments include:

• Exemplary Commitment and Dedication to Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders Through Teaching Award from California State  Assemblyman Steve Fox

• Security Forces Air Force Reserve Airman of the Year

• Distinguished Graduate Officer Training School


Fabio is a member of the following organizations:  California Child Care Coordinators Association; California Child Development Administrators Association; Association of California School Administrators; and Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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