Phoenix Lawhon Isler

Phoenix Lawhon Isler lives in Mount Shasta with her husband and daughter. She has spent much of her life as a student but decided a PhD was a good stopping point.

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    Saving Water With Every Flush

    Most people only think about toilets on an as-needed basis, or on those unfortunate and annoying occasions when the toilet stops working. But did you know that flushing toilets is the largest indoor use of water in California?  Statewide, there are 30 million toilets and 1 million urinals. California consumes about 443 billion gallons of water a … [Read more...]

    Be the Change – Teresa Wolk Hayes

    Teresa Wolk Hayes’ life changed forever on the day that her son was diagnosed with full-spectrum autism more than 20 years ago. Much like the Little Red Hen in the folklore story, Teresa saw a need in the community and decided to do something about it herself. Her endeavor turned into the Chico nonprofit Little Red Hen. From its beginnings as a … [Read more...]

    Be the Change: Cindy Ratekin, PhD – Helping Children & Families

    Cindy Ratekin, PhD, is passionate about helping children and families thrive through understanding and respecting the unique qualities, abilities and contributions of each individual. As professor of child development at California State University, Chico; a strong supporter and board member of Innovative Preschool for more than 25 years; and as … [Read more...]

    Be the Change: Jula Herzog

    Jula Herzog is making a difference for children and families in a very hands-on way, as the teacher-director of Redding Cooperative Preschool, as a mentor teacher with the Shasta College Early Childhood Education Program, and as a presenter for Turtle Bay Exploration Park. She is also mom to Shanti, 17, and Lukas, 13. Jula describes the Co-op … [Read more...]

    Be the Change: Joy & Keith Book – Growing Food, Cultivating Community

    Keith Book always knew he wanted to be a farmer, while his wife, Joy, was voted “least likely to ever live on a farm” in high school. Together, along with their family, they carry on the American tradition of multi-generational family farming at Book Family Farm in Durham. The farm and family have always had a strong connection to the community. It … [Read more...]

    Joni Samples – Making A Difference In Education

    Dr. Joni Samples knew from the age of 7 that she wanted to teach, inspired by stories that her mother, an elementary school teacher, would tell her after school each day. Joni’s passion for education led to a long career as a teacher, administrator and superintendent of schools. After being retired from the public sector “for something like 20 … [Read more...]