Board of Directors

Introducing Tracy Pearson Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Tracy Pearson has been involved in public education all of her adult career. Starting out as a high school French teacher in the 1990’s, she later switched to administration, with past work experiences at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Lassen Community College, and Heald College. She has currently been the district secretary at Latrobe School District since 2004. Tracy is passionate about supporting students and teachers in the education process and is excited about participating in this Foundation. Her daughter, Desiree (class of 2018) is a UC Santa Barbara Graduate (2022) and her son, Michael (class of 2020) is currently serving the United States of America in the Navy.

Introducing Jila Fishman Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Jila brings a wealth of experience to the board in this position having served as the Treasurer for the PTOs at Green Valley Elementary School and Pleasant Grove Middle School. She is also currently the Treasurer for local Boy Scout Troop 700. Jila has served as Green Valley Elementary’s Site Council President. Jila and her husband, Joel, have two children: Kira who will begin attending CSU Monterrey Bay fall 2019 and Nathan, Ponderosa Class of 2022.

Introducing Avis Jolly Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Avis has a degree in secondary education science from Indiana University. Her early career was spent as a Program Manager at Intel Corporation’s Folsom campus. In 2009 she transitioned into agriculture education with the local non-profit El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom. She recently finished a tenure as its Executive Director and now serves as a board member. She is passionate about supporting her community and has been or is an active member of school site council, PTO, Girl Scouts, El Dorado County 4H, Ponderosa’s Ag Advisory Council, Women’s Fund El Dorado, and more. She is very excited to join the Foundation board and looks forward to serving the students, staff, and community of Ponderosa High School. Avis and her husband, Andy, have a daughter, Allyson, who is a member of the class of 2022 and a son, Alec, who is a student at Pleasant Grove Middle School.

Introducing Diane Williams Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Diane is a Registered Nurse and has been with UC Davis for 26 years. She has served and continues to serve the community in various volunteer roles as a leader or member of Girl Scouts, Band Boosters, Site Councils, and PTOs. She also enjoys donating her time as an usher at the Harris Center and a first aider at numerous community events. Diane and her husband, Jim, have a daughter, Jenna, class of 2022. Diane has been instrumental in the outreach for new board members as she aspires to continue the legacy the founding Foundation board has established.

Introducing Bill Swars Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Bill has a degree in Electronics and his work experience has been in construction, information technology, and currently a real estate agent and mortgage loan officer. Bill enjoys being on the finance committee at his church, handling the accounting for his daughter’s girls scout troop, coaching sports, and volunteering at several community and outreach programs. Bill is a Ponderosa graduate as well as three of the four children he and his wife Kara have. Bill is passionate about Ponderosa being the best high school and one students desire to attend.

Introducing Kris Fuchs Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Kris is a portfolio manager with a national banking institution. He has served and continues to serve the community in various volunteer roles, including as an active member Green Valley and Pleasant Grove PTOs running community fundraising and teacher appreciation events. He also has assisted with Pleasant Grove Band Boosters. Kris and his wife, Denese, have a daughter, Lexi, class of 2022. They also have another daughter, Kirstin, at Pleasant Grove Middle School and two Ponderosa alumni. Kris is looking forward to growing the Foundation through welcoming and engaging the community at established and new Foundation events.

Introducing Jolynne Alger Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Jolynne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and had the privilege of teaching in a classroom for many years, along with being an education consultant with FranklinCovey. She has a deep understanding of the needs of students, teachers and administrators. Jolynne, through her work as an education lobbyist, has expertise on how the legislative process interacts with the education system. She has served on many boards which impact youth and education. Jolynne is passionate to do what’s best for students and specializes in networking with others to enhance the lives of children and those who work daily to support kids. Jolynne has 2 children in the classes of 2022 & 2023.

Introducing Valerie Englemann Ponderosa High School Foundation Board of Director. Valerie has years of experience in education both as a professional and through community service. Valerie has her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and her masters in education. She has been teaching for the California Virtual Academy for 12+ years with 5+ years specifically in 6th grade. Valerie’s passion for education extends into her community service where she served for many years and in several leadership positions for both the Rescue Elementary and Pleasant Grove Middle School Parent Teacher Organizations. She also is currently serving as the secretary for the non-profit organization El Dorado Youth Trap.  She and her husband, Mike, have children Austin, PHS class of 2022, and MIkayla, class of 2024.

Marcia Stumpf- bio coming soon

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