North Central Education Foundation Board of Directors

Lois Davies
President, Foundation Board
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.

Tyler Russell
Chelan County Representative

Tyler Russell grew up in Issaquah, Washington. He attended Central Washington University graduating with a degree in Geography and Environmental Science. He also studied art and met his wife, Jessica who was a jewelry major at Central.

Upon graduating in 1999 he and Jessica moved to Bend, Oregon, for 10 years where Tyler sold residential and commercial real estate and Jessica started a jewelry business. After the birth of their twin girls, Tyler and Jessica made the move back to the Wenatchee Valley where Jessica grew up.

Upon moving to Wenatchee, Jessica and Tyler joined forces at her wholesale jewelry business, Tumbleweed. In its infancy Tumbleweed was solely a wholesale jewelry business selling first locally, then regionally and now globally. After needing more space for their jewelry studio they rented a suite in the Fuller-Quigg building on Palouse Street. In addition to the studio space, Tyler and Jessica decided to add retail to their business specializing in the sale of locally produced goods and curated gifts for all. Tumbleweed once again outgrew its space in 2019 and has moved to the Doneen building on the corner of Wenatchee Ave. and Palouse St.

Tyler and his family enjoy many aspects of the Wenatchee Valley’s outdoor activities and Tyler enjoys volunteering at his daughters’ schools and at the district level.

Ray Dobbs
Douglas 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 and moved to East Wenatchee. Dobbs and his wife have been married 50 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. They have 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Dobbs was a Planning Commissioner and Councilmember for City of Chelan for 15 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.

Judi Jensen
Grant County Representative

Judi has been employed at North Central ESD 171 since 2009 (recently retiring in 2021) 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

Jeff Kimbell
Chelan County Representative

Jeff Kimbell is a native of Everett, where both of his parents were educators. He then raised his family in Woodinville, before moving to Wenatchee with his wife, Kim. He is proud to come from a three-generation family of teachers and has enjoyed being a life-long learner.

Jeff recently retired from a career in operations and engineering management and consulting, to devote more time to volunteering, family and the outdoors. He has previously volunteered in a variety of public and private schools, and homeschool organizations, as well as 15 years on an Executive Advisory Board at the University of Washington.

Jeff currently volunteers to support youth and education through Chelan PUD’s Rocky Reach Discovery Center, Youth Dynamics’ Stonewater Adventure Center, Columbia Break Fire Interpretive Center, Serve Wenatchee Valley and Westside High School. He also enjoys volunteer work on a variety of trails and other outdoor recreation and education projects.

Becca Freimuth
Douglas County Representative

As the Communication Specialist for the North Central Educational Service District, Becca manages the NCESD’s communications and marketing efforts by leading and supporting the agency and the districts it serves. A Wenatchee-native, Becca returned to the Valley in 2015 after graduating from Western Washington University and has worked with many organizations who support the region’s people, including the NCW Tech Alliance, NCWLIFE, Numerica Performing Arts Center, Alatheia Riding Center, Young Professionals of NCW, and Our Valley Our Future.

Cathi Nelson
NCESD Board of Directors Representative

Cathi Nelson comes to the NCESD board of directors from a longtime career in education, including serving 26 years at the Waterville School District as an elementary teacher, principal, and then Superintendent until her retirement in 2018.

Dr. Michelle Price
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.

Eldene Wall
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).