Our Leadership

 

Our Board

Grow Public Schools Board of Directors

A talented and experienced group of professionals comprise Grow Public Schools’ Board of Directors.

With a strong commitment to the specific needs of the communities we serve, our board includes a community member and parent to represent each area where our schools are located.

Board meetings are open to the public. For information on how to participate, please reach out to Michelle Lumis.

Board of Trustees

Tom Mestmaker

Board President

Matt Look
SPGA Parent Representative
Ernie Unruh

KCSOS Representative

Dr. Jean Fuller
Grimm Family Education
Foundation Representative
Manuel Pantoja
Arvin Community Representative

Our Team

 

In 2011, the Grimm Family Education Foundation was founded, with the goal of identifying and implementing opportunities to improve student achievement, wellness and opportunity in Kern County.

Barbara Grimm-Marshall

Founder 

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Casey Yeazel

Chief Executive Officer

Adam Alvidrez

Director of School Operations

Monica Jara Guerra

Director of Community 

Initiatives

Wendy Creek

Chief Academic Officer

Brook Webb

Principal at Grimmway Academy Shafter

Eric Mendez

Human Resources Manager

Mike Romero

Chief Operating Officer 

Hurshel Williams

Principal at Grimmway Academy Arvin

Isabella Villanueva

Senior Human Resources Generalist

Stephanie Sanchez

Human Resources Generalist

Michael Bobadilla

Communications & Branding Manager

Michelle Lumis

Executive Assistant

Melody Castillo

Accounting Manager

Daisy Rodriguez

Graphics & Communications

Associate

 

Partners

Grow Public Schools will continue to collaborate with other like-minded, reform-oriented non-profits, private companies, and traditional school districts to maximize our collective impact.

The Grimm Family Education Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Bakersfield, California. Working with students, teachers, and parents, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve education and community wellness in Kern County.

We partner closely with the following organizations to provide high-quality academic, back-office management, and health and wellness services for our students:

Edible Schoolyard Kern County is modeled after the pioneering work of Alice Waters and the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California. The Grimm Family Education Foundation created the ESY Kern County programs to encourage children in their discovery and development of a healthy relationship with the food they eat.