Board of Directors


Sherwood's Board of Directors generally meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the school.  Occasionally, the Board may meet on a different week or will not hold a meeting.  The Board may also meet in "Special Session."  Meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance of the the next meeting, 72 hours in advance of regular meetings.

We encourage all members of the public to attend the meetings and participate in shared governance.  All regular meetings include a time for public comment.  If you are unable to attend a meeting and would like to voice a comment or concern, a letter can be left in the main office to be read at the next board meeting.  

      • Dr. Russell Shapiro, Chair
      • Tina Hanson-Lewis, Vice Chair
      • Dr. Beth Hammer, Treasurer
      • Dr. Robyn Howley, Secretary
      • Jolynn Aanenson
Russell ShapiroDr. Russell Shapiro
Dr. Russell Shapiro has spent his career in education, teaching Geology at various colleges and universities across the nation.  A drive to teach at a public university let him and his family to Chico in 2006.  Dr. Shapiro was on the initial start-up board for Sherwood, hosting meetings in the family living room and writing the charter.  He continues to have a very strong belief in public service.
Beth HammerBeth Hammer and her family relocated from Southern California to Chico in late 2018 to be closer to extended family. She previously worked as an audiologist for the San Diego Veteran Affairs Healthcare System for 15 years, focusing primarily on traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and those with severe to profound hearing loss.  She graduated with a communication science undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate from Gallaudet University (known for deaf undergraduate population) in Washington DC, where she taught and worked with underserved students to focus on health career opportunities.   She has recently changed focus from being a full time audiologist to working for her family as a mother, teacher/teachers aid and special needs advocate.  She enjoys reading, soccer, and live music
Dr. Robyn Howley is a geologist and parent currently living in the Lone Star State. After 11 years as a petroleum geologist, she is currently in a career transition while becoming more involved in her daughter’s education. Robyn graduated with geoscience degrees from Salem State College in Massachusetts and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. While at UNLV she was involved in supporting local 3rd – 5th grade teachers with incorporating earth sciences into their curriculum with a goal of improving science instruction. She recognizes the importance of effective communication, collaboration, and cultural awareness in all levels of education, as well as during professional work as a scientist. 


Much of the Board's work is done at the Committee level and parents are encouraged to get involved in a committee that speaks to your interests.  (And yes, time spent on committee work most certainly counts towards your volunteer hours!)  Committees typically meet monthly at a time that works for the core members of the committee.  BOD committees are small groups consisting of 2-3 board members and typically includes teachers, parents, or administrative staff. You are encouraged to participate -- the more the folks involved, the better for our school.

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