Our board members are a diverse group of esteemed professionals in the Yakima community. They are committed to embracing the initiatives of the district and empowering our students, teachers, and staff to achieve educational excellence in 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.
President: Sy Ruiz
Vice President: Ryan Anderson
Secretary: Sandra Martinez
Treasurer: Carol Pogorelc
Past President: Christina Carlson
Isabel is a Housing Developer for the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH). She has 15 years of experience in housing, counseling, grant writing, construction, community lending, and development. This includes working with a variety of public and private financing sources, technical assistance providers, local & state governments, and community leaders to achieve housing and community development goals.
Isabel firmly believes that safe, affordable housing is a solid foundation for a family and their children to thrive and achieve their educational and financial goals in life.
Rich is the Director of Sports Development for the Yakima Valley Sports Commission (a division of Yakima Valley Tourism), a position he has held since 2006. He is heavily involved in the community, serving on such boards and committees as the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Yakima, Sozo Sports of Central Washington, Team Yakima Volleyball, Union Gap Lodging Tax and Washington Youth Soccer. Rich is a graduate of East Valley HS, Yakima Valley College (A.A. in General Studies) and Washington State University (B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies).
The Foundation allows teachers and students to experience things they would not ordinarily have the opportunity to have. Rich feels these experiences are key to a well-rounded education and means so much to the students.
Sandra Martinez is a Migrant/Bilingual Student Advocate with the Yakima School District. She grew up in the Yakima Valley, where she graduated from Davis High School. She received her B.S from Oregon State University. Her students are her daily inspiration.
Sandra believes that in order for students to thrive we need to design learning experiences that help students get in touch with who they want to be and what they want to accomplish in life.
Your generous donation will enable us to help teachers dream beyond their budget.