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 NCESD board. In addition, Bill Baldwin, Ogden Murphy Wallace, serves as legal counsel, Superintendent Rich McBride advises the Foundation Board and Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist Eldene Wall serves as Foundation Liaison.
We are pleased to introduce them to you!
Douglas County representative
Ray Allen, General Manager of Olive Garden in East Wenatchee, is President of the ESD Foundation. He lives in East Wenatchee with his wife and two sons.
Chelan County representative
Rufus Woods serves as Vice-President of the Foundation Board. He is the 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 working as a paraeducator 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. DeBendetti, 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 and Legal Counsel
Bill Baldwin, Attorney at Law, serves as Secretary and advises the North Central Education Foundation in legal matters. Mr. Baldwin, Attorney at Law, is a tremendous asset to the Foundation, as he brings with him impressive knowledge of legal matters and a stellar legal reputation, with many years of experience in Wenatchee and Seattle law firms.
Chelan County representative
Scott C. Anderson, President of North Cascades Bank, recently joined the NCEF Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of North Cascades Bancshares, Inc. and North Cascades National Bank.
Scott is a lifelong community banker. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1989 with a …degree in Banking and Finance, he moved from Minneapolis, MN to Eugene, OR and spent nearly 14 years in the lending area with two successful community banks. He moved to Chelan in 2002 to fill the Chief Credit Officer role with North Cascades National Bank.
Scott served on the board of directors of the Lake Chelan Area Chamber of Commerce from 2007 through 2012. He served on the board of the Community Bankers of Washington from 2005-2013 and was the chairman of that board for two terms.
Chelan County Representative
Joe coached and taught Grades 2 through 6 for 13 years. He was an elementary principal for 19 years at Mission View Elementary. Joe worked for the Wenatchee School District for 29 years. After retiring from public education in 2001, Joe served an adjunct professor for Central Washington University teaching education classes and working with student teachers until 2012. Joe is member of the Wenatchee Rotary Club and serves on the Wenatchee Rotary Foundation Board where he is the chair of the Scholarship Committee. Joe serves also on the Board of the Counsel for Defense of Chelan County.
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.
Dr. Rich McBride, superintendent of North Central ESD, serves as advisor to the North Central Education Foundation. He has served North Central ESD as superintendent for 15 years. Prior to his current position, Dr. McBride served as a classroom teacher (high school and middle level), varsity level coach, principal and as a district superintendent for 18 years. He has served as chair of the United Way Board and on the Skills Source Board. He serves at the state level with the AESD Executive Committee and ESD Superintendent group and on the national level on the council for the Association of Educational Service Agencies. Dr. McBride was honored in 2011 with the WASA Leadership Award. He is past-president of the state ESD Superintendent group, and past-president of the national ESD organization, the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA).
In addition to serving as liaison for the North Central Education Foundation, Eldene Wall is Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist at North Central ESD, where she has worked for the past 27 years. She 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 just completed the 15th edition, Paving the Way. 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 and was honored with the Paula Thomas Distinguished Service Award in 2015. She received her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership in spring of 2012. She currently serves 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).