Governing Board

The 2019-2020 Board of Directors Meetings will be held (unless otherwise posted) Thursdays monthly at 1:30 p.m. on the VOC campus. . Reminders of meetings will be posted in the weekly newsletter. Minutes for previous meetings can be provided upon request.

Valley Oak Charter Board of Directors

  • Meets on a monthly basis (last Thursday of each month) to review and approve action items, field trip excursions, VOC financial operations and policy.

  • Made up of two elected parent representatives, one elected staff representative, one elected student representative, one appointed OUSD representative, one appointed community representative and the Director of VOC.

  • Review board agendas, minutes, and exhibit items; approve contract renewals and new hires for VOC staff members.

  • This is a two-year elected position.

Board Members

Barbara Amador, President (School Director)

Gina McHatton, Secretary (Parent Representative)

Christy Hunter (Parent Representative)

Sheila Ghen (Community Member)

Magda Perkins (Staff Representative)

Kaelynn Adams (Student Representative)

Barbara Amador, President, School Director

Barbara's background includes teaching, management, and business administration. She has been involved with the VOC community since before the birth of her children. She began her involvement as a teacher, and after having her first child, she became a specialist giving her more time with her family. When her oldest began as a kindergartner at VOC, Barbara continued her involvement through volunteering in curriculum and in the classroom and eventually as Supervising Teacher before accepting her current position. Having a background in business and first-hand experience with many aspects of public education has helped Barbara to understand, value and support all facets of the VOC program, not just the school’s administration.



Gina McHatton, Secretary, Parent Representative

Bio and Photo coming soon!

Christy Hunter, Parent Representative

Christy is a stay at home, homeschooling mom with two sons who attend Valley Oak Charter (VOC). This is their 6th year at VOC. She found VOC when her older son was not comfortable with the large amount of students at the traditional elementary schools, it felt very overwhelming. Once they made the shift to VOC they all became comfortable and happy. It has been an experience of extreme growth for the whole family but the one reason they keep returning to VOC is the support they receive from all the staff, without them it would be difficult to continue homeschooling. Because they received so much support from VOC, Christy wanted to give back in some way. She is a representative on the Steering committee and as of this year, a parent representative on the Board.

"The one important thing I have realized being a parent here at VOC is that we can all make a difference and keep on improving this wonderful school and its staff by being involved. You have a voice at this school and I appreciate that."



Sheila Ghen, Community Member

Sheila moved to Ojai in 2002 and John Shifflette, one of the founders of VOC, was one of the first people she met. She was looking for a homeschooling resource and he invited her to a group campout meeting at Wheelers Gorge campground to discuss the vision for the charter. VOC was in the planning stages so they jumped on board and Landen, her older son, started in the maiden year of the charter as a first grader when John Shifflette and Martha Fellows were the directors and John was one of the teachers. Landen attended VOC from first through eighth grade, Caden, her younger son, from kindergarten through eighth grade. Sheila spent time on many of VOC’s committees, including curriculum, testing, steering, and now board.

"The charter is still so important to me and will always have my heart along with the lifelong friendships we formed there."



Magda taught mathematics, AVID and computer studies at Matilija Junior High School for 30 years. In addition to teaching, she was a successful volleyball coach for the Lady Eagles, served as a primary administrator and coach for the Ojai elementary and junior high annual “Math Super Bowl” and “MathCounts” competitions; and served as a Mentor Teacher in the Ojai Unified School District. Her proudest achievement is raising three sons who inherited her strong math skills and love of science. When she is not teaching she enjoys zipping around Ojai on her new e-bike.

Kaelynn Adams, Student Representative

Bio and photo coming soon!