Meet Our School Board
Patricia Johnson, Board Chair
Patricia (Pat) Johnson is a veteran entrepreneur in the faith-based, not-for-profit sector. She began by founding and directing a youth mentoring and life coaching organization based on the Biblical principle found in 2 Timothy 2:2.
In 1989 she was recruited by World Vision International, a worldwide disaster relief organization, because of her design and development of a domestic relief organization, which became Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ). Love INC became international and spread to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Pat served as LI Affiliate Relations Director and later as National Director.
Pat and her husband moved back to the Northwest where she served as a national consultant and trainer for not-for-profit organizations. In 1997, Pat formed another organization designed to train whole congregations to use their individual gifts and abilities to serve their communities as the heart, hands and feet of Christ.
She served as the Executive Director of US Digital Outreach Center serving 38 independent non-profit organizations. Since she had years of nationwide experience in the field, organizations began to seek Pat out for assistance with the development and documentation process of becoming not-for-profit organizations, otherwise known as 501(c)(3) or NPOs. This led to forming another organization which came to be known as Ministry 911.Pat’s education includes, RN, BA-Healthcare Management; Master’s work-Organizational Behavior: Doctorate-Ministry of Theology. She is also the Director of Ministry 911 and Area Director of Biblical Entrepreneurship. Pat lives in La Center, Washington.
Patrice Tsague, Secretary /Treasurer
Patrice Tsague is the co-founder and Chief Servant Officer of both Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC, which he founded with his wife and best friend, Gina Tsague. Through these two organizations, they are committed to building kingdom businesses around the world. Through Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC, Patrice has trained and coached over 15,000 individuals in 22 countries to become entrepreneurs using biblical principles.
Patrice is an international speaker, author, business trainer, and coach. Patrice specializes in helping families incorporate their faith into their business practices, ensuring that their businesses are able to exist beyond the third generation.
Patrice serves as the co-host of a weekly internet show called the Kingdom Business Forum, and is the author of three books and two comprehensive business training curriculum systems. He serves on several boards including The Timothy Plan and ACE Development. He is a licensed minister, serves as chaplain for the National Association of Christian Financial Advisors (NACFC), and was an Associate Pastor of Eastside Foursquare Church in Portland, Oregon. He and Gina have two beautiful children, Gabrielle and Danielle Tsague. The Tsague family resides in Vancouver, WA.
Sharon Amezcua, Board Member
Sharon (Clayton) Amezcua is the Co-Founder of ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a financial services company (and associated private equity fund) that builds and invests in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. Sharon is also the Co-Founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by five women at the top of their fields and initially created to build companies in the US and the Middle East/North Africa region of the globe. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in technology/media/telecommunications, healthcare, alternative energy and financial services.
Sharon holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Florida. Sharon has almost 30 years of experience in creating and growing businesses. Previously, as Co- Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that she and her team built and took public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Sharon developed a proprietary “de-risking” process for emerging and established companies which had an unmatched track record of success. Sharon also gained extensive fund management experience at MCC Global in her role as the Vice Chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and Vice President of Equus II, MCC Global's fund management company and its NYSE-listed fund, respectively.
Prior to establishing MCC Global, Sharon owned Presentations, an international strategic advisory firm. The firm specialized in working with senior executives to set strategy, formulate business planning and implement strategies for emerging and established companies such as New Energy, Inc. which grew from a start-up to a $1B revenue run rate in 18 months. It was sold to a large conglomerate and is still the largest deregulated energy services company in the US.
Prior to launching Presentations, Sharon was the International Vice President of Business Development for Dimax Controls Company, Inc., a multi-national energy engineering company based in Toronto, Ontario. She also previously held these positions early in her career: Director of Business Development for the financial services and commercial real estate industries at Johnson Controls, Inc., Sales Manager at Marriott's Bay Point Resort, Director of Sales at TrimbleHouse Corporation and Account Manager/Private Banking at the First National Bank of Atlanta which became Wachovia.
Sharon's international leadership in strategy, management, business development, corporate finance and investment banking for emerging and established companies has and continues to produce companies with a sustainable competitive advantage, a differentiated business model and significant returns for shareholders. Over the past 30 years and in her role as investor, advisor, operator and/or Board Director for many American, Canadian, UK, European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and New Zealand-based public and private companies, Sharon has assisted in building and financing more than 500 companies. Currently settled in La Jolla, California with her husband, former CBS news anchor and San Diego news professional, Carlos Amezcua, Sharon lived and worked around the globe for the past 25+ years and is credited with conceptualizing and executing major accelerator mixed use master plan projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Sandra Yager, Superintendent (Non-voting Board Member)
Sandra Yager, a native of Argentina, is a dynamic educator who has, throughout her life, followed Jesus Christ and declares Him her Lord and Savior.
She received her degree as Professor of Mathematics from CONSUDEC in Argentina and moved to the US at the young age of twenty-two, after marrying Mr. Yager, a Vancouver native. They are the parents of two lovely young women.
Sandra began her teaching career at Jason Lee Middle School in Vancouver as a math teacher, then moved over to open Skyview High School as an Assistant Principal. Later, Sandra was appointed principal of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA).
In 2000, after the birth of her first daughter, she had the opportunity to move to the Hockinson School District, where she helped the community transform Hockinson into a K-12 school district. She devoted her heart to creating a high school built on the foundations of rigor, relevance, and relationships. Hockinson High School opened in 2003, and graduated its first senior class in 2006. That project will forever mark Mrs. Yager as a respected leader and team player by her staff and community. In 2010, she moved to the Longview School District and became the principal of Monticello Middle School, a state-designated “low performing school”, where she helped create a culture committed to improving student performance – academically, emotionally, and relationally. There was only one job which could persuade her to leave, and that job called her back to Vancouver in 2011, when she assumed the role of Superintendent of the Hockinson School District, where she has remained for the last eight years.
After twenty-five years in public education, God is calling Sandra to be part of Christian education, where she can openly share her passions – her love for Jesus Christ, family, and education. She will continue the vision of Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning & Leadership by preparing Christian servant leaders who can compete in the world and rise to positions of significant influence. Her goal will be to work with the board, along with community and national leaders, to help design, roll out, and reproduce a model of a Christian school that thousands of other communities and schools can replicate.
Bill Gibbons, Executive Oversight & Board Member
Bill Gibbons is an educator, author, businessman, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to serving Jesus Christ. He began his career as an elementary teacher, then transitioned to a junior and senior high reading specialist, and then an administrator. During his eleven years in public education, he was twice designated in different districts as young educator of the year. He wrote a book published by Random House on how to increase student performance while lowering instructional costs. He left public education to form a non-profit, research-based company to examine and create effective practices to increase student achievement. As a result of his research, he founded HOSTS Learning, a for-profit corporation, and served as CEO and chair of the board for 29 years. The company was created to provide proven, research-based solutions to school districts across the nation. Under Mr. Gibbons’ leadership and the Holy Spirit’s direction, HOSTS Learning grew to become the third largest provider of supplemental services to public schools in the nation.
HOSTS Learning served over a million students in 44 states and Central America, and was accorded the “Blue Chip” award by the National Chamber of Commerce as one of the top entrepreneurial companies in America. Mr. Gibbons worked with national leaders in education, business, research, and politics. He was blessed to work with two US presidents, congressional leaders, and governors to create high-performing, low-cost practices that advanced learning in low-achieving students. HOSTS was the only practice identified in the landmark legislation, “No Child Left Behind”, as a national model.
After retiring from HOSTS Learning in 2008, Mr. Gibbons was appointed superintendent of Portland Christian Schools in Portland, OR. In 2011, he accepted the position of superintendent of Cornerstone Christian Schools in Vancouver, WA, where he served for eight years. Cornerstone Christian School has become one of the most technologically advanced Christian schools in America. The school has grown at an average rate of 13% a year, and under Bill’s leadership, Cornerstone relocated to a new campus in 2018. Currently, he is helping to plan, fund, and launch an Early Childhood and K-12 school modeled on biblical principles and around Stanford University’s “Schools of the Future”. The theme of the school will be “In Search of Truth”. The emphasis will be placed on modeling instructional practices around students’ spiritual gifts and academic passions. In 2019, Bill transitioned from the role of superintendent to a position of executive oversight over the fundraising and expansion of the building and replication phases of Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning & Leadership.