Mrs. Anne CoelhoAdvancement/Development Assistant and Fundraising Coordinator
Mrs. Anne Coelho is the Advancement/Development Assistant for the Northern Valley Catholic Academies and the fundraising coordinator for Mercy High. She is an alumnus from the class of 1988 and is happy to be back on campus. Anne joined the Mercy family the winter of 2010 after having spent many on campus hours volunteering. She holds a BS in Environmental Health Science from Fresno State University and enjoys softball, outdoor activities, and volunteering. Anne and her husband HD have three daughters who have all graduated from Mercy. She and HD continue to assistant coach several sports at the school.
Mrs. Eileen BauerSchool Counselor and International Student Coordinator
Mrs. Bauer was born and raised in the North state, a graduate of Anderson High School. After two years at the University of California Davis, she transferred to the University of Minnesota, where she received a B.S. in Food Science. Mrs. Bauer worked many years as a lab technician, in an animal hospital (while raising three children). Eventually, she went back to California State University Chico for her Multi-Subject & Life-Science credential. Mrs. Bauer has been here at Mercy since 1994, serving as the Dean of Students. This year Ms. Bauer is devoting all of her time to college counseling.
Brian MedeirosAthletic Director, Football/ Baseball Coach
Mr. Medeiros graduated from Enterprise high school in 1984. Brian has coached and played baseball for 45 years,and coached football for 10 years. He enjoys teaching young people how to play the game and enjoys all outdoor sports. Brian and his wife, Terri have 3 childrenl .The youngest son is a 2016 Mercy graduate and is going to college and playing baseball in Virginia,the oldest son is a senior baseball player at Simpson College, and their daughter works in the medical field and is currently Mercy's cheer coach.
Mrs. Donna LindemanLanguage Arts Teacher and Instructional Coach
Mrs. Donna Lindeman has been working with our English and Literature program since 1989. She teaches Literature and Composition 9 and 9 Honors, Literature and Composition 11, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, and Yearbook. Mrs. Lindeman is also faculty advisor for the freshman class. Her BA in English and her credential are from California State University, Chico. She and her husband have three sons, two grandsons, one granddaughter, and two dogs.She enjoys reading, going to the movies, crocheting, and watching the San Francisco Giants play baseball.
Mrs. Helen ArbiniLanguage Arts Teacher
Since 1989, Mrs. Helen Arbini has been one of Mercy's primary English and Literature teachers. She has her MA from the University of California at Davis, her BA from University of the Pacific, and her Single Subject Teaching Credential in English from Simpson University. Mrs. Arbini teaches English 10, English 10 Honors, Literature 12, AP Literature, and World History. Mrs. Arbini is also a Student Council advisor and the teacher representative to the Parent Guild.
Mr. Jason JohnsonPlant Manager
Mr. Jason Johnson has lived in Red Bluff since 1987 and is a graduate of Red Bluff High School. He and wife Mindi have been married for 18 years and have two daughters. Prior to coming to Mercy in the winter of 2010, he spent 11 years in the hearth and patio industry. Jason is responsible for maintenance and the day-to-day plant operations, and is always available to lend a helping hand. Any family can contact Jason to arrange volunteer service hours at the school such as landscaping, painting, power washing and window cleaning at 527-8313 from 12:30pm-8:30 pm Monday through Friday during the school year.
Mr. John DavisPrincipal
Mr. John Davis was born in Barnstable (Cape Cod) Massachusetts and moved to (San Diego) CA when he was 13 years old. He attended undergrad at Sonoma State University where he met his wife Allegra Peters (a Red Bluff native) and majored in History. During his final semester of school, he attended semester taking courses while traveling to ports around the Pacific Rim. After undergrad he managed restaurants and lived in San Diego and then San Francisco, before relocating to Chico and attending Chico State for his single subject credential in Social Sciences. He completed his student teaching at Red Bluff High School in 2009 where he taught World and US History. After receiving his credential from Chico State, he and his wife moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where he taught in a Special Education setting before eventually transferring to Kaiser High School. At Kaiser he taught Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Geography, Government, World History, International Baccalaureate History of The Americas, and founded the Kaiser High School Skateboard Club.
They moved back to Red Bluff in 2012 and he took a position teaching 6th-8th grade Religion and History classes, electives, PE, as well as Athletics Director at Sacred Heart School. In January 2015, they welcomed their first child Palmer Vivian. This school year he will continue to teach 6-8th grade religion and history at SHS and will be taking over US history and AP US history at Mercy. His hobbies/interests include spending quality time with his family and friends, traveling, surfing, skateboarding, running, reading, art, and working on his house.
Mr. Merced NajeraForeign Language and Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Merced Najera graduated from California State University Chico. He came to Mercy High School in 1993, to teach Spanish. He took a break from teaching at Mercy in 2006 after he and his wife of 28 years had their second child. His wife Yolanda is also a teacher and teaches Spanish at Paradise High School. They have two wonderful children Olivia and David. Mr. Najera currently teaches Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 4/AP as well as Physical Education. He is happy to be at this family oriented high school and loves to teach here. Mr. Najera advises the sophomore class and is also the soccer coach.
Dr. Michael FigueroaScience, Math, and Engineering Teacher
After 25 years in the medical practice of Oncology/Hematology, Dr. Figueroa retired and has joined the faculty at Mercy High School. He has special interest in math and science, and is teaching AP Biology, Physics, Introduction to Engineering, and Algebra. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Figueroa has earned a Masters of Science Degree in the field of Cytogenetics. He completed his training at Valley Medical Center, UCSF, 1986-1989 and a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation 1989-1992. Dr. Figueroa has multiple publications in the Journal of Cancer and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been awarded the Mayor’s Certificate of Recognition, Shasta County Board of Supervisors Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the Virgil Covington Award of Shasta County 28 August, 2009. He has also received the Health Care Hero Award, 2011, 2012 and the Founder Award, Think Pink, 2011. Public Services include: University of California, Breast Cancer Research Council, 2002-2005, the Breast Cancer Treatment Fund, Member of the Treatment Fund Advisory Committee, 1996-2002, the Mercy Medical Center, Redding California Chairman Medical Ethics Committee, 2004-2009, the Emmerson Oncology Research Board, Chairman, 2002-2011 and the Co-founder of “Think Pink”, Breast Cancer Awareness Founded 1998- 2015. Parish Counsel Member, St. Joseph Church, Redding, California, 2014-present.
Mrs. Morgan BrockScience and Math Teacher and FFA Advisor
Morgan and her husband, Derek, both were born and raised in Gridley where they attended high school. Morgan and Derek were high school sweethearts and were married in October of 2013. Morgan attended Chico State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential in Science and Agricultural Science. Morgan did her student teaching at Durham High School and Marysville High School, and for this past year has been teaching Chemistry, College Preparatory Agricultural Biology, and Life Science at Marysville High School, plus was one of the school's FFA Advisors. " At Mercy, Morgan will be teaching Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Earth Science, Algebra 1, Study Hall, Ag. Business Math and will be developing our FFA program.
Mr. Paul WeberRegional Director and Director of Advancement
Mr. Paul Weber oversees Catholic Schools in the North State, including Mercy. He is spearheading an Advancement effort to build all of the school's Endowments. Paul is married to Nancy Weber, and has two grown children, Jonathan and Samantha. He has lived in the Chico/Paradise area for approximately 40 years. He earned his BA, MA and Administrative Services Credential from CSU-Chico. After having been raised on a farm and farming himself for several years, he began his teaching career at St. Thomas More School in Paradise. Paul then became Principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Oroville, then at Mountain Ridge Middle School in the Paradise Unified School District. For 7 years he was Principal/Superintendent of Chico Country Day Charter School. He has been in the Catholic School system for the past 8 years and this is his 29th year in education.
Mrs. Diane PennerArt Instructor
Mrs. Diane Penner was born in Pensacola, Florida and spent her childhood living throughout the United States. She earned a B.A. in Communication/Art from Biola University while working at Disneyland (as several beloved Disney characters) and assisting her husband in leading high school youth groups in the Los Angeles area. A few years into marriage, the couple moved to Mr. Penner’s hometown, Red Bluff. Since moving to Red Bluff, Mrs. Penner has spent 18 years teaching art to students, both at public and private schools, and in the setting of her home. She has experience in giving instruction in many mediums, including graphite, colored pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, and acrylic-based paint. She has had the pleasure of seeing many of her students achieve awards, sell their work, and even teach art classes of their own. This year, she will be teaching Art 1 A/B as well as STREAM Academy Art Class.
Robert RichardsonSocial Studies and Physical Education Teacher
Mr. Robert Richardson has been teaching for three years. He teaches Social Science and P.E. He studied at California State University, Chico, then finished his credential at Simpson University. He and his wife have three sons. He enjoys hiking, biking, camping with his family and playing sports.
Robert TaylorMath and Social Studies Teacher
Mr. Robert Taylor was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Red Bluff, California with his family when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 2004, and then went on to get a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Mathematics-Economics from UC Santa Barbara, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from Creighton University. Mr. Taylor is a licensed attorney and has been practicing law here in the North State for over six years. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Taylor has taught economics and business courses at UC Davis and CSU Chico. He is now teaching here at Mercy full-time! He teaches Introduction to Civil Law, Economics, Government, AP Government, AP US History, Precalculus, and AP Calculus.
Hung VuYearbook and Digital Photography Teacher
Hung Vu is the founder-photographer of Ht. Vu Photography. He is an award winning photographer with 18 years of experience as a staff photographer with the Chicago Tribune. His work has appeared on the front page, Metro and Sports sections of the paper, and have also been carried by the Associated Press. Most recently, he has provided photography services to schools throughout Shasta County, Mercy High School to support their sporting, performing arts, he has also provided photography services & videography services to showcase community events in Shasta County. He holds a BA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in Photography and Visual Arts Communications. He retired from the Chicago Tribune in August 2008. Since then he has been an active freelancer, providing images for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Orange County Register, the LA Times, The Chico Enterprise-Record, and Redding Record Searchlight.
Karen RealanderAdministrative Assistant
Mrs. Karen Realander moved to Red Bluff with her family in 2002. Her stepson and daughter have both graduated from Mercy High School. Mrs. Realander began working in the office as a volunteer and has since become a part time member of the faculty, keeping her days busy. She enjoys the outdoors and traveling.
Domingo AguilarTransportation Director
Domingo Aguilar is the Transportation Director for Mercy High School. He has been working at Mercy since 2012. Although a resident of Corning, he grew up in the Salinas Valley and enjoys reading books written by another Salinas resident, John Steinbeck. He is married and has one adult child, who is an alumnus of Mercy High School. Mr. Aguilar is a graduate of Park College, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology and a graduate of Golden Gate University where he received a Masters of Public Administration. Additionally, Mr. Aguilar is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served with distinction earning the Air Force Commendation Medal for his innovative ability to work with budgets. He reduced the Nellis Air Force Base Vehicle Budget from $1 million to $ 500,000. Mr. Aguilar is looking forward to working with the students and their families to assist with their transportation needs.
Ryan FranciscoReligion Teacher and Campus Ministry
Ryan Francisco is a seminarian for the Diocese of Sacramento. Ryan grew up in Vallejo, CA, in a family of four being the eldest of two boys. After graduating from Vallejo High School in 2006, he studied at Sacramento State going for an Electrical Engineering degree. Ryan felt, however, that God was tugging him on a different path that led him to follow the vocation to the diocesan priesthood. Ryan graduated from Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon with degrees in philosophy and literature in 2013. In May of 2018, Ryan finished the theology program at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University earning a Masters in Divinity and an MA in Theology. Ryan enjoys playing various sports, playing music, conducting retreats, and participating in youth ministry. Ryan had done his Pastoral Year at Sacred Heart, Red Bluff (2015-16), and had fell in love with the community. He will be doing another pastoral year for further discernment and will be joining the Mercy HS family as the new religion teacher and one of the campus ministers.
Peter WignoScience and Math Teacher, and STREAM Coordinator
Mr Peter Wigno graduated from University of the Pacific with a BS in Business and held a variety of jobs before discovering his love of teaching, prompting him to go back to school at Simpson University. There he completed his teacher credentialing courses and eventually obtained a Masters Degree in Education.
Mr Wigno taught high school math for two years before his position with Sacred Heart Parish School, teaching middle school math and science for the last four years. He is excited to be teaching at Mercy High School and helping coordinate the wonderful opportunities that the new STREAM Academy is going to provide students. At the high school level, Mr. Wigno will be teaching Statistics, Geometry, and Computer Science.
Mr Wigno is a proud member of the Red Bluff Sacred Heart Catholic Parish and a family man with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. He is grateful to God for the many blessings in life.
"Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Col. 2:7
Mrs. Lygia RubrightAdministrative Assistant
Mrs. Rubright joined the Mercy staff in the fall of 2018 as the Administrative Assistant, and has lived in Red Bluff since 1977. She is a graduate of Mercy High School and is married with three children. Two of her children are also graduates of Mercy.
She has enjoyed her many years as a parent volunteer at Sacred Heart and Mercy while her children attended school there.
Mrs. Rubright enjoys spending time with her family and her animals, as well as, the outdoors. Bird hunting, horseback riding, boating and time with friends are just some of her preferred interests.