The North Central Education Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of a small number of active hard working volunteers who represent the four counties served by North Central ESD. Each of these exceptional individuals brings a wealth of background and experience in both the private and public sector to their work on the Foundation Board. Superintendent Michelle Price advises the Foundation Board, NCESD Board members Marcia Henkle and Susan Albert serve as NCESD Board representative to the Foundation, and Eldene Wall serves as Foundation Secretary and Liaison.

We are pleased to introduce them to you!

Chelan County representative

Rufus Woods serves as President of the Foundation Board.  He is the former third generation editor/publisher of The Wenatchee World.  Rufus graduated from Wenatchee High School, earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.  In a career that began in the composing room of the newspaper during the days of hot metal production, he has worked in every department of the newspaper.  His community service includes long-time involvement in Washington Special Olympics as a coach and volunteer, Mission Vista Group Homes and the YMCA.

 

 Okanogan County representative

Kerrie Combs from Tonasket serves as our Okanogan County representative to the North Central Education Foundation. She is currently earning her teaching degree while working at Tonasket School District. While living in Wenatchee, Kerrie served as United Way Board President, as well as on the Good Grief Board.

 

 

 

Grant County representative

 

Foundation Board member P.J. DeBenedetti, formerly from the Moses Lake School District, is now employed by Clear Risk Solutions in Ephrata.  P.J. brings great expertise from his rich educational background and experience.

 

 

 

 

Chelan County representative

Kyla Allen from North Cascades Bank joined the NCEF Board of Directors in the spring of 2018.  She has worked at North Cascades Bank since 1996 and currently serves as the Director of Retail Banking and Marketing. Raised in Manson on an apple orchard, Kyla earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and graduated from the Pacific Coast School of Banking.  She lives in Chelan where she and her husband are raising their two sons.

 

 

 

Douglas County representative

Lois Davies from Orondo joined the NCEF Board of Directors in the fall of 2018 and is the current Vice President.  Lois retired from her position as superintendent of Pateros School District for the past ten years.  Lois earned her doctorate in education leadership from Washington State University and comes to the Foundation with a rich educational background.  She served as president of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) in 2015.

 

 

 

Chelan County representative

 

Mary Jane Ross is Treasurer of the North Central Education Foundation.  She served at North Central ESD Regional Math Coordinator, as well as Migrant/Bilingual Academic Achievement Specialist before her retirement in 2015.  Her education experience and knowledge of our schools is a tremendous asset to the Foundation.

 

 

 

Chelan County representative

Stacy Luckensmeyer never imagined she’d end up running a business, but life had other plans for her, and she’s successfully started and sold, bought and sold, and even started and failed in multiple ventures. She retired at 36 and realized quite rapidly that this was a *very* big mistake, and since then she has involved herself in entrepreneurial development efforts in her region and across the US.  Stacy currently oversees the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wenatchee Valley College and represents WVC in a variety of economic development projects, including growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in central Washington. In her spare time, she works with people across the country who are interested in going into business for the first time (or the tenth; it’s always a new adventure.

 

Chelan County representative

Ray Dobbs and his wife, Kathryn (Kelly), moved their family to Chelan in 1976 when he started a 20-year career as broadcaster, sales manager, and station manager at KOZI Radio. When owner Jerry Isenhart sold KOZI Radio in 1999, Dobbs purchased the Computer and Verizon cell phone businesses from Isenhart and started his own business, Raycom RadioShack. After twelve years, Dobbs sold the business in 2011 and took a position at North Cascades Bank where he recently retired.   Dobbs and his wife have been married 48 years. They have five adult children who all graduated from Chelan Valley schools. Kathryn, grew up at Kelly’s Resort in Chelan and graduated from Chelan High School. Dobbs grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has an Advertising/Marketing degree from San Jose State University. Ray and Kathryn met in Hawaii while Dobbs was serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. They have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Dobbs was a Planning Commissioner for City of Chelan for 10 years and Treasurer for Historic Downtown Chelan Assn for 5 years. He also served on the Wenatchee and Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce boards. He has been a Rotarian since 1982 and served two terms as president of Chelan Rotary.

Grant County representative

The North Central Education Foundation (NCEF) is delighted to welcome new NCEF Board member Judi Jensen.  North Central ESD Superintendent Michelle Price said, “Judi will make a great board member.  She is thoughtful, smart, and passionate about serving others.  She lives in Ephrata which will give us more representation from the south end of our region.”  Judi joins P.J. DeBenedetti from Moses Lake as a Grant County NCEF Board representative.

Judi has been employed at North Central ESD 171 since 2009 providing Title I/LAP and Director Services to districts in the North Central Washington region, working with administrators, teachers and paraeducators. Prior to that, she was employed 20 years in Soap Lake School district in various positions, including teacher, state and federal programs director, special education director, dean of students and principal.  Judi received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Central WA University and advanced degrees from City University and Washington State University.

Judi was honored as 2009 Regional Distinguished Principal by the Elementary School Principal Association of Washington.  She was also given recognition as 2019 Wenatchee Valley Education Office Professionals Administrator of the Year

 Foundation Advisor

Dr. Michelle Price, superintendent of North Central ESD, serves as advisor to the North Central Education Foundation.  She has served North Central ESD as superintendent for the past three years.  Prior to her current position, Dr. Price served as a classroom teacher, and principal for Tacoma, Soap Lake and Moses Lake School District, and later as superintendent for Moses Lake School District.

Dr. Price served as State President of the Washington Association of School Administrators and is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators. Dr. Price holds advanced degrees from Central Washington University and a Doctoral Degree from Washington State University.  She was recently honored as 2018 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Educational Office Professionals.

Foundation ESD Board Representatives

NCESD Board member Marcia Henkle serves as ESD Board representative for the North Central Education Foundation. Marcia retired from her position as regional director of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Marcia was raised in Douglas County on a wheat ranch.  After graduating from Coulee City High School and Washington State University, she began a lifelong career in the education field.  She taught high school and community college for several years in the Seattle area before moving back to eastern Washington where she operated Trend College in East Wenatchee. Before her employment at the Washington State Employment Security Department, Marcia served as Wenatchee Valley College instructor, administrator, and Dean of Workforce Education.

Susan Albert, NCESD Board representative from Chelan County, also serves as ESD Board representative.  Susan was elected to serve as District 7 Representative and began her service in January 2018.  This position represents the northern portion of the Wenatchee School District. She retired from her 42-year educational career in 2015 where she served as teacher, administrator, professor and principal.  Susan remains involved in a variety of volunteer activities.

 

 

Foundation Liaison

Eldene Wall serves as Secretary/NCESD Liaison for North Central Education Foundation, after retiring from North Central ESD after 29 years. Her passion for the work of NCEF resulted in continuation of her work there.  Eldene is editor of Teachers Make a Difference, a book that is sold to raise money for scholarships for high school graduates who want to become teachers, and completed the 17th edition in 2019, Mentors Matter.  Eldene also serves as secretary to the Wenatchee Valley Community Concert Association Board and secretary for the Write on the River Board, a local writing organization.  She was named as 2011 WAEOP Educational Office Professional of the Year, was honored with the Paula Thomas Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and in 2017 received the AESD President’s Award.  She received her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership in spring of 2012.  She recently served as N.W. Area Director for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP) and as Strategic Planning Chair for the Washington State EOP group (WAEOP).