The board acts to guide Legacy in its primary objectives: Love and Glorify God, Help Make Disciples, Affirm and Encourage Parents, Educate with Excellence, Integrate Home and School, and Reach Out to Serve Communities.
Jeanette is passionate about serving God through ministry and education. Whether in her role as wife and mother, in children’s ministry at her church or teaching students in her classroom at school, Jeanette has a heart to honor the Lord. We are thankful that she has also committed to use her valuable time, talents and resources in order to help Legacy become a reality in Bakersfield. As one of the original founders of LCA, Jeanette has worked tirelessly to bring this dream to fruition. She holds a B.S. from Thomas Edison University and a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential from LaVerne University. She has taught in both public and private schools for over ten years and has ministered to children of all ages in the local church. Reading, travel and dates with her husband are some of her favorite things. She and Scott have been married for over 25 years, and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Christian and Michaela.
CFO / Financial Coordinator
Cynthia is primarily a wife and mother, but she brings many years of ministry, home education and administration to our Board. She received her BA in Economics from Texas A&M University and minored in Business Analysis. Having a strong passion for education, Cynthia loves to research, study and learn. If she could get paid to be a professional “learner,” she would. Over the years, she has ministered to women, youth and children, taught & tutored high school math, administered a home school co-op and home-educated all of her children at various ages and stages. Cynthia and her husband, Tod, have been married for over 26 years. She is thankful that they still enjoy laughing together through life’s ups and downs and sharing life and love with their six crazy kids.
Mrs. Hodel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University and a Master’s in Integrated Math and Science from Fresno Pacific University. She has taught in public school and home schooled her three boys. She is married to Don and is one of the founding families of Legacy Christian Academy.
Barri is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, lifelong learner and lover of books, music, nature, art and people! Barri received her BA from California University at Long Beach in Consumer Economics with a minor in Marketing. She completed her formal education with a Multiple Subjects teaching credential at Cal State Bakersfield in 1987. Over the years, Barri has had the opportunity to teach and volunteer in public, private and homeschool settings. In the local church, she has been especially devoted to the work of spreading the gospel through local and global missions. She currently spends her time as a homeschooler and administrator of the family business, Cornerstone Engineering, in Bakersfield. She has been married to her husband, Derrill, for over 28 years and has three sons.
Paula Cowan has been an educator for over 25 years. As a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist, trainer of teachers and adjunct professor for CSU Fresno and Point Loma Nazarene University, she enjoys working with students of all ages, as well as parents. Her passion is developing lifelong learners who thrive in their literacy development. Mrs. Cowan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials from Westmont College. She received her Master of Arts degree in Education and Literacy Development from CSUB. She recently completed graduate work in the field of Dyslexia. Paula believes God has created each child with a unique purpose and individual gifts. It is our responsibility as educators to provide the best instruction in an appropriate environment so that all children can be successful in their academic learning, discipled in their spiritual development and encouraged to develop their gifts. Paula has been married to her amazing husband Bruce for over 25 years, has two beautiful children and is a native of Bakersfield.
Bruce Cowan, Scott Dobbs, Tod Eenigenburg, and Derrill Whitten also serve on Legacy’s Board.