Board Members

A Message from Thomas Solomon

I’m honored to serve as the Chairperson of the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, and I want to personally thank you for your interest in this Foundation.  Because of the generous support from this community, the Foundation has given over $1,225,000 to programs that touch students of all grades across public, private and home school programs.

If you have had the opportunity to observe or participate in any of Student Events Program as a parent, judge or mentor, you have seen first-hand what a difference these programs make to students and how they change lives positively.

Parents comment constantly about the exciting changes they see in their children when they return from Foothill Horizon Outdoor Education. Being a past 6th grade student-camper and counselor, I can personally attest to the wonderful experience Foothill provides.

The community as a whole is continually amazed at the Broadway-like quality of what the Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Company is able to produce with talented students from all over the county.

Studies show that participation in programs like the three we support help improve academic performance and test scores. Involved students are more likely to graduate from high school, participate in community service, and be more involved in their communities regardless of socio-economic background.

The Education Foundation values you as a key member of our community as a past or future donor.
The students of Stanislaus County are worth your investment!  Click here to donate.

Thank you,

Thomas Solomon

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Modesto, CA 95353

Board Members

Thomas Solomon - Board Chair
CoSol Commercial Real Estate, Associate
Dr. Don Davis - Past Chair
Waterford Unified, Superintendent
Christine Baily photo
Christine Baily - Member
AgSafe, Communications Coordinator
Hilary Zwahlen - Member
Soul Perch, INC., Co-Owner
William Broderick-Villia
Curtis Legal Group, Attorney
Michael Clipper photo
Michael Clipper - Member
Retired Businessman, Farmer
Pamela Denney - Member
Mercer Foods, Vice President/Co-Owner
Dana Ferreira - Member
Modesto Irrigation District, Regulatory Analyst
Brian Fiscalini - Member
Fiscalini Farms and Cheese, Chief Executive Officer
Rafael Martinez photo
Rafael Martinez - Member
F&M Bank, Assistant Vice President
Jill Parks photo
Jill Parks - Member
Community Member
Nicole Noland - Member
Community Member
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Heidi Vandemark - Member
Vandemark Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, Co-owner
Tom Changnon
Foundation CEO, SCOE County Superintendent
Susan Rich
Foundation Secretary, SCOE Asst. Superintendent-Admin
Don Gatti
Foundation CFO, SCOE Deputy Superintendent
MaryAnn Sanders
SCOE Board Representative