by WYNNE LOVE | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Like so many California schools, Canyon Crest Academy relies heavily on financial support from parents to maintain the quality programs it offers its students. Few know that better than Jo Ann Schorn, Vice President of Liaisons on the Executive Board of the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation.

When her youngest daughter, Julia, began at CCA, Schorn was encouraged to join the Foundation. Two years later, Schorn is an integral part of the effort and works hard to mobilize her fellow parents. “I am very happy when I can engage other parents to join in the common cause of supporting our school,” said Schorn. “There are many talented, skilled, and knowledgeable parents in our community, and when I can get a group to work together the results are amazing.”

Schorn came to the CCA Foundation with a wealth of experience. A Carmel Valley resident for 23 years, her two eldest children attended Torrey Pines High School and she served on their foundation for six years. With her son, Victor – a Stanford and USC grad – now completing his surgical residency, and her elder daughter, Michelle – a Yale grad – now working in biotech, Schorn can devote even more time to the cause. The Foundation’s upcoming “Retro Prom Night” Gala in April and Harlem Ambassadors visit in May are some of the unique events they have scheduled.

Schorn’s youngest daughter’s activities fill much of her remaining time. Julia is Principal Harpist for the San Diego Youth Symphony Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestra and recently was selected as the harpist for the California All-State Honors Orchestra. “She has a busy performance schedule with school and community engagements,” said Schorn, “which keeps me busy because I help her transport her 90-pound concert grand harp several times a week!”

An occupational therapist by day, Schorn is proud of her Italian heritage, loves to cook, and – as a former art major – looks forward to spending more time on her watercolor and oil painting in the future. In the meantime, her part-time schedule allows her to share her considerable talents with her CCA brethren. Visit to see all she has planned and for more information about the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation.