Amy Jones


Amy Jones is a homegrown and permanent resident of Rincon Valley, she is proud to serve this amazing community in this capacity. She attended the local Brush Creek Montessori, Spring Creek and Matanzas Elementary, and feeder schools Herbert Slater Middle and Montgomery High. With that said, she is very well acquainted with the area and all Rincon Valley Schools which leads to a successful transition into this role. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to be an educator. Amy adored being around children, as well as, continuously learning. Currently, Amy holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education. She comes to Rincon Valley with twenty-seven years of educational experience, all within Sonoma County. Amy is beyond thrilled to be back home and serving her local community.




Michael Herfurth was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. After attending Sequoia Elementary, Rincon Valley Junior High, and Santa Rosa High, he stayed local by attending Santa Rosa Junior College and then Sonoma State University to earn his BA degree and teaching credential. Mike began his career teaching in Rincon Valley Union School District. After several years of teaching, he enrolled in the post graduate program at Saint Mary’s College of California, studying Educational Leadership. Mike was then given the opportunity to work in Rincon Valley as a principal, beginning his administrative career at Binkley Elementary, the very first school at which he taught. After six years as the principal at Binkley, Mike moved to Madrone and was the principal there for 4 years. In July 2019, Mike moved to the district office to become the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. In July 2021, Mike changed positions to become the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Mike lives with his wife, Candice, and their three school age children. You will often see Mike in the community as he and his family live in Santa Rosa and are actively involved in many of the sports leagues in the city. Mike grew up playing soccer and baseball in Santa Rosa and he now enjoys being able to watch his kids do the same.




For Lori O'Connor it is a privilege to be a member of the Rincon Valley USD Family serving as the Director of Student Services! Throughout her extensive career in education she has served as an Elementary School Teacher, Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Special Education. Over the years, she has found that her passion is in the area of Student Services. As the Student Services Director she is responsible for the direction and oversight of many programs including social emotional learning, counseling, health services, attendance, restorative practices, extended care, state preschool, school safety plans, PBIS and discipline. She keeps students at the heart of her thinking to ensure that her decision making is always in their best interest.

Lori grew up in San Diego and she and her husband relocated to the North Bay in 2008. She attended San Diego State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Education. At National University she earned a Master of Education degree in Cross Cultural Teaching as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and she earned her Administrative Services Credential from University of San Diego. Currently, she is working toward her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation through Marymount University.

Lori and her husband-best friend, Chris, have been married since 1998. They enjoy traveling the World. They also have three adorable pups: Charlotte, Whitney and Reilly. The whole family enjoys spending time outside in their backyard garden or at Dillon Beach!   




Allen Watts joined the Rincon Valley Union School District in October 2019 as the Accountant in the Business Office. In March 2020 Allen was promoted to Chief Business Official responsible for the financial health of the District. He is responsible for the Business Office, Transportation and Food Services.

Allen spent over 24 years in the private sector working for Fireman’s Fund Insurance in Accounting and Auditing. He started his school career working at Marin County Office of Education in the Business Office/Technology Department following up with nine plus years as the accountant for Miller Creek School District in Marin.

Allen and his wife Delinda have been married for 35 years and have two daughters and one son. They also have two grandsons and four granddaughters. Allen enjoys time with family, friends, sports and camping in his free time.