Governance:  Tree of Life International Charter School

Founding Board of Directors

Todd Goble, Founding Board Member

Todd Goble graduated from Allegheny College, in Meadville, PA with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education. He began teaching in the Cleveland area in 1970. Todd has been involved with alternative high school education since 1974, when he helped start and teach in a school for potential drop-outs that continued for 26 years in Ohio. He was a teacher at an at-risk high school, an assistant high school principal, a principal of an at-risk high school, and a principal at a career-technical high school. He is certified as a public school superintendent and started work on a PhD in Urban Education at Cleveland State University. Todd served as teacher, principal and executive director for Pikes Peak Academy, an alternative Christian high school for at-risk students in Colorado Springs. He served as VP for Education for the StreetSchool Network from 2003-2010, when he designed and implemented a national replication model under a Bill and Melinda Gates grant called the Alternative High School Initiative. He also integrated accreditation into this process. Todd has been involved with accreditation since 2005 and is a Lead Evaluator with AdvancED. During 2011, he was Interim Executive Director of AHSI, and a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute. From January 2014 to October, 2015, he was the CEO for The Summit Education Group and led them to become accredited as an AdvancED corporation. He is owner and principal consultant at the T.W. Goble Group, LLC, an educational consulting firm.

Tim Linnet, President of the Board 

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Tim started his higher education in Stockton, CA where he received a Doctorate in Pharmacy. He has continued his education at Harvard’s Executive Education Program with a focus on Statistical Quantitative Analysis related to Mergers and Acquisitions and Finance. He has served as the Chairman of a Non-Profit Micro-Lending organization that improved the quality of life for women entrepreneurs in 3rd world countries and empowered their children to attend school instead of working for their family’s income. He has had a variety of business leadership experiences in consumer goods, healthcare, and real estate private equity. Tim founded and serves as the CEO of a small nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company. He also works as a Clinical Pharmacist at a Shasta County hospital. Tim is passionate about continuing education. He is a Preceptor for the University of the Pacific’s Doctorate of Pharmacy program. Tim has taught at the Global Transformation Institute on Business. He served for four years as a pharmaceutical representative member of Infragard – a non-profit partnership between the FBI and private sectors.

Tim and his wife, Jessica, are passionate about supporting Tree of Life International Charter School’s vision to empower kids to understand their unique strengths, learn multiple languages, solve real-life problems, and grow up to be world changers. He is passionate about business leaders living healthy lives with healthy families. Tim is convinced that the investments we make into our children and their education are the greatest opportunity that we have to influence the world for good in future generations.

Dr. Carol Wertz, Founding Board Member, Secretary of the Board

With over 35 years in education, Carol has developed a wealth of experience in a variety of areas.  She holds an MA in Education from Sonoma State with an emphasis in reading, and a doctorate from USC in Educational Leadership.  She has taught every grade level from pre-K to adult, both in the United States and overseas.  She brings her unique educational experience to Simpson University in Redding, CA, where she has overseen the masters’ and credentialing program in Korea, has directed multi-million dollar grants, and is currently training future teachers in best classroom practices in the areas of language arts and multicultural education.

Tim Hawkins, Board Member


Wyndi Nelson, Board Member




Deborah Wallace, Director

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Born and raised in Napa, CA, Deb learned Spanish at an early age. After receiving her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Santa Clara University, Deb began her teaching career in Santiago, Chile. She and her husband later returned to Napa and began their life-long careers as Bilingual teachers. Deb was one of the first bilingual teachers hired in Napa Valley Unified and later became a Program Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal at Napa Valley Language Academy, an award winning dual immersion charter school. She received a fellowship to study Bilingual Leadership Development at Sacramento State Univ, and obtained her MA in Ed Admin in 1997. She believes that by giving children two languages, we can build a bridge that brings families together to create life-long bonds, and has the power to transform a community.