Spring is a season of growth and change, and it's swept in new board members, as well as an executive director at the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF).
The group announced the appointment of two new board members, as well as a changing of positions for a founding member.
Founder, past-president, and long-time advocate Anne Marie Slater has been named executive director of the WSVEF. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, organizational history, and deep seated passion to the newly created position.
"There is nobody better suited to take over this role at the foundation than Anne-Marie,” said board president Sue Davis. "“She has been tireless in her efforts to help out local schools since the WSVEF began in 2006. And her grasp of the subject, innate passion for education, and history with us makes her an unmatched candidate for the job."
"I am very excited to be able to help our organization continue to move forward," said Slater. "With three children in the schools, and having been with the foundation since inception, I feel that I have the energy and commitment to grow the Foundation's effectiveness into the future."
Two well known and respected locals have also been added to the WSVEF's Board of Directors. And both are passionate about education.
Doug Miller is a retired teacher with more than a quarter century of experience as an educator and administrator. He taught for many years at Columbia High School, as well as being a teacher and administrator in other Gorge school districts.
"Even in retirement, I get a great deal of satisfaction working with kids," said Miller. "It is an important part of who I am. And I'm looking forward to supporting innovative and creative grants for the students of White Salmon schools."
Scott See is a businessman who has his own IT company, J. Hammock and Associates, specializing in website marketing. He also serves on the board of the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce. He brings with him a strong philosophy on the importance of education.
"A quality school system brings people and businesses to the area, and is one of the most important elements of a strong community," said See. "I believe that education provides future opportunities for children, and that parents have the strongest impact on a child's education."
"We're thrilled to be adding two such experienced and influential members of the local community to our board," said Davis. "They will assist us as we continue to work toward our mission of enriching the learning environment by extending quality academic experiences in our schools."
The addition of Miller and See brings the number of WSVEF Board Directors to ten. Other Board Members are Sue Davis, Kate Stevenson, Matt Hanson, Peggy Durkee Neuman, Jason Spadaro, Dawn Hulbert, Jennifer Harty, and Esina Alic. Advisors to the board include Dr. Jerry Lewis, district superintendent; Lesley Haskell, legal counsel from Haskell Davies Dunn PC; and Leigh Hancock, grant writer.
Since its inception in 2006, the WSVEF has provided over $260,000 in funding through its regular granting process to schools and students in the White Salmon Valley School District, plus an additional $85,000 in external grants and pass through or encumbered donations of cash and equipment, for a grand total of $348,000.
The WSVEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education within our community by creating a stable source of supplemental funding for curriculum enhancement and investment in our teachers.
At least 25 percent of every donation goes to the WSVEF's endowment fund, which will allow for continued grant funding into the future.
For more information visit www.wsvef.org or call 493-1175.