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. In addition, Bill Baldwin, Ogden Murphy Wallace, serves as legal counsel, Superintendent Michelle Price advises the Foundation Board, NCESD Board member Marcia Henkle serves as NCESD Board representative to the Foundation, and Executive Assistant/Public Relations Specialist Eldene Wall serves as Foundation 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 working on 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. 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
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.
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. 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 year. 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 Representative
NCESD Board member Marcia Henkle serves as the 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.
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 28 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 16th edition, Keys to Unlock the Future. 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 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).