About Us


The mission of the Yakima Schools Foundation is to enhance educational programs offered within the Yakima School District No. 7 by raising money

 to fund immediate needs that support current classrooms and programs, and by establishing and maintaining perpetual funding sources, as 

well as increasing community involvement in the Yakima Public Schools. 

The Yakima Schools Foundation, founded in 1991, is a grass roots community-based organization working to expand and enhance learning opportunities for students throughout the Yakima School District.  As a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation exists exclusively by the support of private and corporate donations, payroll deductions, grants and other non-governmental funds.    

The foundation is a completely separate non-profit organization that supports the mission, goals and needs of the Yakima School District. While not a part of the Yakima School District, the Yakima Schools Foundation has the flexibility to seek, accept, invest and channel funds without the restrictions imposed on public school districts.  

Board of Directors 2019-2020

President:Nicole O'Connor

Vice President: Steve Meyer

Secretary: Ryan Anderson

Treasurer: Lisa Briscoe

Past President: Christina Carlson

Corey Hodge

Susie Temple   

Reesha Cosby

Cheri Kilty

Jessica Stout

Brittney Ketterer

Kirsten Fitterer

Terry Neal

Christin Garcia

Juan Silva

Dr. Stephen Laird


Nicole St. Mary - Franson


Trevor Greene

Scott Izutsu

Leaders in Action

Nicole O'Connor, Board Vice-President

Nicole O'Connor is a Yakima native and graduate of Eisenhower High  School. At IKE she played varsity basketball, edited the Reveille  yearbook, and participated in Future Business Leaders of America.  Following graduation she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth  University in Spokane before finishing her formal education with a  Master of Not-for-Profit Leadership at Seattle University.

When  she moved back to Yakima in 2006 Nicole became involved in Junior  League, Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) and the Yakima Dental Auxiliary and  has served on each of their boards. These organizations helped her  reconnect with the community and forge new friendships. After eight  years as a grant management consultant, Nicole came on staff this fall  at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission in the role of Director of  Organizational Philanthropy. 

Nicole joined the YSF Board in 2016  and currently serves as Vice President. "I feel lucky to have educators  and coaches who invested in me. I want every child to feel that someone  believes in them. I see YSF serving a role in encouraging the students,  faculty, and staff of YSD when other resources may not be available."   She lives in Yakima with her husband, Nate, three daughters, and a cute  but neurotic rescue pup.



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