CGC--300x297The purpose of the Charter Governance Council is to govern the Nevada City School of the Arts in accordance with its school charter.  In turn, the school charter conforms to all provisions and requirements of California State charter school law.  NCSA utilizes the “Policy Governance” model to manage the school.

“Policy Governance®, an integrated board leadership paradigm created by Dr. John Carver, is a groundbreaking model of governance designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their obligation of accountability for the organizations they govern. As a generic system, it is applicable to the governing body of any enterprise. The model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management’s job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization.”

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The CGC consists of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 9 members, all nominated by the CGC.

Board Members

Chris Maher – Board Chairman

Chris Maher has served on the CGC since 2010.  Chris’ excellent communication and analytical skills were recognized by the Charter Governance Council right away.  The board requested that he take over the position of Chair after Janice Bedayn chose to step down in 2012.

Chris Maher has worked as the General Manager of BriarPatch Co-op since 2009. In this position he has worked successfully with department managers to carefully manage labor costs and staff productivity. Raised in Long Island, New York, Chris has worked in food service and grocery businesses for 20 years. His management background includes opening, owning, and/or managing a natural food store, catering company, deli, and restaurant. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Mexico. Outside work, Chris plays the guitar and makes a mean vegetarian chili. He and his wife Andrea are parents to four young children: Seanan, Chiara, and baby twins Padraig and Cecelia.


MacKenzie Hardwick – Secretary

Suzanne Doyle-Schaffhauser – Treasurer

Paul Harton

Jeff Corbet
Jenni Jordan

Archna Sharma

Brooke McGee

Leah Delira

If you have questions or concerns please contact Chris Maher, CGC Board Chairman at 


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Nevada County Charter Service Authority Agendas