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: Ryan Anderson
Vice President: Sam Johnson
Secretary: Sandra Martinez
Treasurer: Carol Pogorelc
Past President: Sy Ruiz
I am passionate about education within the community and providing programs that can allow all students to be inspired and find their love for learning. It is an honor to be a part of the Yakima Schools Foundation and to work closely with the Yakima School District to support children, education within Yakima and to enhance community engagement. Community engagement is important to me, and I look forward to maintaining and building bridges that can connect those that have an equal passion for inspiring and investing in kids’ education.
Yakima has been my home since I was a child, attending elementary and middle school within the Yakima School District. I am excited to come full circle and work alongside the school district, community, and teachers to achieve growth and make a difference. I recently graduated with my Master of Science in Management and Leadership and have 5 years of experience in leadership, community relations, operations, and communication that I can confidently execute as the new executive director. In my down time I enjoy being outside, hiking in the mountains and road trips with my husband and dog Chloe. On the rare occasion I’m not outside or on the go I enjoy reading a whole book in one sitting or watching movies with the family.
I look forward to enhancing educational programs and engaging with the community to encourage and motivate students to excel in anything they put their minds to and eager for a successful relationship with the Yakima Schools Foundation.
Your generous donation will enable us to help teachers dream beyond their budget.