3000 South Raccoon Road • Austintown, OH 44515

Phone: 330-727-1120

7105 Herbert Road • Canfield, Ohio 44406

Phone: 330-727-4742  

4401 Southern Blvd. • Youngstown, OH 44512

Phone: 330.788.8088

Fax: 330.788.2875

3919 Southern Blvd, Youngstown, OH 44512

Phone: 330.788.8088

Valley Christian Pleasant Grove Campus

Email(s): dkidd@valleychristianschools.net

Phone: 330-788-8088 x325

Email(s): jreichard@valleychristianschools.net

Phone:  330.788.8088 x501

Email(s): smurray@valleychristianschools.net

Phone:  330.788.8088 x120

Sara Reichard

Sara enjoys hiking and horseback riding.

One of her favorite quotes comes from

1 Tim. 4:14,

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee.”

Email(s): sreichard@valleychristianschools.net

Phone:  330-788-8088

The VCS Family:

As the premier provider of Christian education in the Mahoning Valley, we have been blessed with an amazing academic staff, who not only loves our students through nurturing their spirit, but also challenges their minds with skillful academics. Our staff instills faith-based education into our students so they can cultivate kindness for other’s needs. This, along with excellence in academics and supportive families, gives us the vision for a future filled with God’s hope.

Sara has been with the campus since 2011. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Gifted Children and the National Association for Gifted Children. Sara has a degree in education specialist

Her favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”.

Christine Hoelzel has a master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration at ACE.


Christine enjoys traveling, spending time with  family & friends, going to festivals, and enjoying scenic places like parks and beaches.

Shelley Murray

Shelley enjoys spending

time with her family and traveling.

Her favorite quote comes from Hebrews 11:1,

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Shelley Murray has been with VCS since 2009 and has a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Science in public administration.

Daniel Kidd

Email(s): lmansfield@valleychristianschools.net

Phone:  330.788.8088 x502

Dan enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with friends.

“Valley Christian School is a school that brings Christ to the students in this world rather than protecting students from this world. My faith and compassion has been strengthened tenfold in my tenure at Valley.”

Daniel Kidd has been a VCS member 2010. He teaches American History and is the leader of the social studies department. He has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and history from Slippery Rock University.

Dr. Joshua D. Reichard

Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.

Dr. Reichard has been

with the VCS family

since 2010. He is also an

education specialist

and has a doctorate

in philosophy.

Dr. Reichard earned his

degrees from the

University of the

Western Cape, Liberty University, and Oxford Graduate School. He is also licensed to be a superintendent and an administrative specialist.

Linda Mansfield

Some of her hobbies

are reading, walking and being a member of the

Board of Directors-Potential Development.

“For with God, all things are possible. VCS has given me the opportunity to realize exactly what I have believed about educating our children. With God and God–filled people, His children can and will be given every opportunity to succeed academically, socially and spiritually. VCS is God’s gift to His children and to this community."

Linda Mansfield has been with the school since 2011. She has a Master of Science in early childhood education and obtains an administrative certificate.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”  Desmond Tutu

Email(s):  mpecchia@valleychristianschools.net

Phone: 330-788-8088 Ext. 500.

Direct Line: 330-599-4246

Michael Pecchia

He enjoys watching sports and watching television.

Michael  has been with the school since January of 2006. Michael has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Youngstown State University.  

“Joseph is my favorite Bible character because he didn’t let the tragic circumstances in his life stop him from becoming all that God had planned for him. In many ways our young people are growing up in a culture that works against God’s plan for them and all of us here have the opportunity to remind them of God’s love and purpose for them. Jeremiah 29:11”

President of VCS

Vice President of

Academic Affairs

Vice President of Operations &

Central Campus Principal

Academic Dean

Dean of Early Learning

Director, VCS Lewis

Center for Gifted Learning

Director, VCS

Gifted Services


Rachel Ailene Gonatas

She feels that Early Childhood Education should guide children allowing independence, creativity and individuality while fostering self-esteem into

each child.  Early Childhood environments should allow each child to grow

at their individual pace and appropriate developmental needs.

One of her favorite thoughts and verses comes from

Deuteronomy 7:6 “For thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God.  

The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself,

above all people who are on the face of the earth.”  She loves this because

she feels that each child was chosen by God and is special and unique to Him and to the world.

Rachel has been with VCS since 2013 and has a Master of Christian Education.

Email(s): rgonatas@valleychristianschools.net

Phone: 330-788-8088

Director of Early

Childhood Programs

Rachel enjoys writing children’s literature, singing, decorating, and dog breeding.

Most of all she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Email(s): dkidd@valleychristianschools.net

Phone: 330-788-8088 x325

Email(s): dkidd@valleychristianschools.net

Phone: 330-788-8088 x325

Christine Hoelzel

Email(s): choelzel@valleychristianschools.net

Phone:  330-788-8088  x403