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



Doc Ervin

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Adam Alvidrez

Director of School Operations

Ricardo Esquivel

Chief of Schools

Hurshel Williams

Principal at Grow Academy Arvin

Mike Romero

Chief Operating Officer 

Lacie Harris

Principal at Grow Academy Shafter

Monica Jara Guerra

Director of Community 


Eric Mendez

Human Resources Manager

Stephanie Sanchez

Human Resources Generalist

Anaiza Prado

Recruitment Specialist

Elizabeth Ramos

Operations Specialist

Michelle Lumis

Executive Assistant

Rick Phillips

Operations Specialist

Melody Castillo

Accounting Manager

Afaf Aldhulay

Communications & Branding Manager



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.