CC of Greater Sacramento

December 2015 Leadership Update

Dear Classical Conversations Families of Greater Sacramento,

As this 2015 calendar year draws to a close, I feel compelled to express my great joy and gratitude for our community of families across our area. What a blessing God has given to us to unite together as we strive to honor Him providing a Christ-centered education for our children and sharing that blessing with others whom He brings to us. All through the year, but especially during this season, we remember that Jesus did walk the earth as a man, and now exists as a man in heaven, seated at the Father’s right hand, with all glory and honor. We are united in our passion to learn more about the world God created for us and to learn how to articulate the reason for the hope that is in us.

Our communities are filled with testimonies of God’s goodness and provision, e.g., new families among us, more parents stepping up to lead as tutors and Directors, facilities welcoming us, students graduating, etc. Most of all I see God working among us to knit us together as we strive to do the work He has called us to do. It is not always comfortable, but it is always a blessing when we seek to do His will.

At the year’s end, it is appropriate to thank our Support Managers, as their service runs on a calendar year rather than an academic year. I am most honored and humbled to have served alongside Elvie Francisco, Jason Gyori, and Shula Gossard this year. These leaders made many sacrifices of their time to share their passion and care for the families in their communities and the Directors on their teams. Please join me in offering a prayer of gratitude for them for answering God’s call to serve! Our area was able to enjoy such benefits as the Excellence in Education event, a 1-Day Practicum, three 3-Day Practicum events, fabulous graduation and Protocol events, and a truly special event with Jim Weiss in large part because of the vision, generosity and work of these gifted leaders. They also gave of their hearts in working with Directors and families in communities to ensure our programs are being held to high standards and families are being served. Support Managers are the heart of Classical Conversations.

Having said that and all of it being true, CC recognizes that leaders and their families go through seasons. While we always support the priorities of serving God and families before CC, we realize that the commitment to service in CC is something that may change from year-to-year. I am happy to announce that Elvie Francisco and Jason Gyori will be returning to their positions in 2016! Please thank them for their continued commitment to service. I am also very happy to congratulate Shula Gossard for an outstanding year of service to our area. Her dedication, passion, and vision to her communities and the Directors on her team have been truly remarkable. Although Shula will be stepping down from her Support Manager position, she will remain an active voice in our area, and we are thankful for her unique perspective as a parent who has served in many positions of leadership. She will continue to offer that perspective and commitment in a myriad of ways, I am certain.

God has once more provided for our need with a new Support Representative for 2016. Yes, the position title has changed. Please welcome Traci Lindholm! Traci’s family has been a member of the Roseville community for several years and currently serves as the Challenge A Director at our Rocklin community where her son Noah attends her class. Traci participated in a rigorous process leading up to her acceptance of the position. Her family is very missions-minded, and they have a strong commitment to the Classical Conversations mission to know God and to make Him known, as well as our model of supporting families in communities. Please welcome her warmly to her new position.

The Support Representative territories in Greater Sacramento for 2016 are as follows:

  • Central (Sacramento, Arden, Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove): Jason Gyori
  • East (Folsom, Cameron Park, Placerville, Arnold): Elvie Francisco
  • North (Roseville, Rocklin): Traci Lindholm

The coming year is bound to be filled with even more growth as families continue to seek the kinds of blessings we enjoy, i.e., rigorous academic content within a Biblical perspective among a supportive community. We look forward to a vibrant outreach season with another 1-Day Practicum to highlight our Challenge programs and three 3-Day Practicum events again this year. The 2016 Practicum theme is Navigating History, The Art of Argumentation. We will hit the outreach season ground running in January: scheduling Information Meetings, preparing for staffing and enrollments for the upcoming academic year, and planning for our Practicum events. Please pray and consider whether God might be calling you to a new season of service, whether it be as a Tutor/Director, a Practicum Hostess, a Parent Ambassador, or the community Pizza Lady, which is a position that I once filled! You never know where God might be leading you.

Please accept my wishes that your family enjoy this season of celebration among the love of friends and family and that you find rest and peace in our Lord and Savior!


Nancy Dayton

Area Representative

Classical Conversations of Greater Sacramento