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Amanda Carter-Jura  President

Occupation or Professional Background: My background is in non-profit management. During my career, I served as both Executive Director and Development Director for various arts organizations throughout Los Angeles and Kansas City. I am currently a community volunteer, serving on two local non-profit Boards. At the national level, I have served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: I have two young children, both attend school at Dorothy Fox Elementary.

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: The Camas Education Foundation improves the educational lives of the children living in our community. The scope of this organization reaches beyond one classroom, one school or one year. CEF is enhancing the educational innovation and excellence that will impact thousands of children for many years to come. CEF is a gift to the students, families, teachers and administrators in our District. I am so proud to be a part of such an important, community-focused organization.


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Alison Benjamin  Vice President

Occupation or Professional Background: I was an educator for 25 years before coming to Camas. Since moving to Camas, I have primarily been a volunteer at my daughter's school and for CEF. I am currently a full-time student pursuing a medical coding certification.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My daughter attended Liberty Middle School and will be a freshman at Camas High School this year.

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: As a former educator, I know how much innovation is driven and funded by teachers in their classrooms. I want to provide teachers and administrators with the ability to innovate without funding it themselves.


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Nona Scheumack Secretary

Occupation or Professional Background: I’ve been an HR leader for the last 17 years.  In my current role I focus on HR strategic planning, project management and analytics.  Helping people have a fantastic work environment and great career is why I’ve stayed in HR.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My son will be in 7th grade this year at Liberty Middle School

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: It is a way for the community to rally behind our educators and provide amazing learning opportunities for the children in our community.


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Scott Ruse Treasurer

Occupation or Professional Background: I am currently the CEO/CFO for Poler Inc., an Action Sports and Apparel company based in Portland, Oregon and Laguna Beach, California.  I also have volunteered professional time as a Mentor through the Port of Portland Mentor/Protege program designed to assist small and medium sized businesses reach their full potential.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My wife, Alysha and I have 3 children, Tyler (our 15 year Sophomore at CHS), Breyden (our 8 year old 3rd grader at Grass Valley, and MacKenzie (our 3 year old who attends Montessori).

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: I'm so passionate about CEF because Camas is our family and our community.  Being a part of CEF, allows me to directly contribute to all Camas children as they gain access to the extraordinary services and experiences that CEF provides, making our community the best it can be.  I'm honored to be able to serve Camas and our children's amazing growth.


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Erika Harris Cox Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: Cox Family COO managing the preparation of three young ladies to be positive changers in this world. Prior to that, for close to a decade I advised Microsoft and other hi-tech companies on their public relations strategies. I had relationships with the media and analysts, keeping them informed of ever-evolving products & software. When our 3rd daughter was born, I quit the corporate world to volunteer in the Camas schools. In our 12 years in Camas, I've been PTA president at the elementary level, PTO president at the middle school and volunteered on several school district committees.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: 
Prune Hill Elementary,  Dorothy Fox, Skyridge Middle & Camas High School

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: I see the innovative thinking that students and staff are dreaming up and want to try. Its the CEF funds that allow these opportunities to take shape. This encouragement is changing the course for kids in Camas. But it's goes beyond what our students are able to touch and do! CEF grants change the professional path for educators, inspiring them to innovate which in turn benefits students to think beyond the normal parameters. When we encourage our Camas educators to dream, they're motivating our students to be change-makers!


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Charles Doepken Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I manage a commercial bank branch for Banner Bank.  I love what I do because helping businesses grow and thrive in our community one of the most gratifying things I can do for Camas.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: 
Grass Valley (go Zebras!)

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: It is a way for the community to give back to the schools, the teachers, the staff and our kids.


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Kristie Greenwood Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: Executive Assistant and Government Affairs Liaison- I enjoy my job and also love to help out my community in any way I can.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: Lacamas and Woodburn in the past- Currently Liberty and Camas High

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: It encourages me to watch communities come together to help out future generations. My hope is to raise my children to be better than I ever could be, and by helping with this organization, I hope to inspire that in those around them as well.


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Pat Hennessey Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: Sales & Marketing in the Veterinary Profession.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: Helen Baller, Liberty M.S., CHS (both my kids have finished high school).

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: Public education has many challenges in meeting its obligation to every student's basic educational needs.   Communities that can help seed the development of new ideas, technologies, and programs that extend beyond these basic requirements, and promote advancement of every student's achievement, not only benefit those students, but the entire community and others beyond its borders.   As a beneficiary of these ideals, being involved in CEF just feels like the right thing to do.


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Nick Jarrell Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I have a background in Information Technology and Adult Education. I’m currently the Technical Development Manager for R3 Retail Development located in Camas, Washington. In my position, I serve as a project manager for major accounts as well as handle in-house IT duties. I also work as an adjunct instructor for a community college. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and serving in the community.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: I have two children, LilleeAna (age 12) and EllaGrace (age 7). LilleeAna attended Liberty Middle School last school year and was accepted to PBL this year. EllaGrace will be going to Dorothy Fox again this school year.

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: I welcome the opportunity to serve with the Camas Educational Foundation. I feel confident in my ability to be able to assist Camas Schools wherever there is a need. It is really important to me because I feel that it is an investment in my children and the community for years to come.


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Bruce Jooste Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: Tax Law

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: Camas High School

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: Of the value of the contribution to the community.


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Jeff Lukowiak Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I am a Financial Planner with Cascade Consulting.  I strive to help his clients toward achieving success in their financial future by tailoring a financial plan that reflects each client’s individual goals and objectives. Prior to my current role, I dedicated 22 years of my career to the US Coast Guard, serving as a Special Agent for the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My daughter attended/attends Helen Baller/Liberty/CHS. My son attended/attends Helen Baller/Woodburn/Liberty

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: We provide invaluable opportunities to the children and families in our amazing community and schools.


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Nicole McElhaney Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I have a background in forest science & management; currently I’m a professional volunteer!  I served as PTA president at Woodburn Elementary last year.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: Woodburn Elementary, Grass Valley Elementary, Odyssey Middle School

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: Through CEF, we have the opportunity to expand the opportunities available to ALL of our children in Camas.  These opportunities allow for exploration through community support, and the community support piece is so exciting to me.  We are building on an incredible history here in Camas, and I’m excited about continuing the involvement!


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Bamini Pathmanathan Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I am a Registered Dietitian.  I find food and health to be important part of our lives. I love talking and teaching about the benefits of healthy eating and healthy living.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: 
Prune Hill Elementary, Skyridge Middle School, & Camas High School

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: Our children need the support that is outside of their classroom. They need someone else to help the school function. Education for our children involve multiple players, various elements that shape their future. I see CEF as one key component to that puzzle. CEF represents support, in my opinion. I want to be part of that support as well.


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Britany Speas Board Member

Occupation or Professional Background: I am a proud graduate of Iowa State University and upon graduation, spent a number of years in sales.  For the last 17 years, I’ve been home full time and able to volunteer in my children’s classrooms, schools and in the community.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My 3 kids (5th, 9th and 11th grades) have attended Dorothy Fox, Skyridge Middle School, and Camas High School.

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: It is an opportunity to invest in our children and their future.


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Lisa Greseth School District Liaison

Occupation or Professional Background: I serve as Assistant Superintendent in Camas School District. In this capacity, I support school principals and staff in our shared goal to see and serve each student. I am constantly humbled by the passion and commitment of our educators, support staff, families and community members in creating partnerships to inspire our students in their learning. The future is in good hands!

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: My son attended Helen Baller Elementary School, Liberty Middle School, and Camas High School. He graduated last spring and is now a freshman at Boise State

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: Partnerships are the heart of our community! CEF fosters innovation and inspires and supports our staff to bring new ideas and opportunities to schools, classrooms and students.


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Leontina Liebe School Liaison

Occupation or Professional Background: I am a School Counselor and I love working with kids! I love listening to their dreams and helping them plan for the future.

Schools my children attend or have attended in the Camas School District: I have two children who went through Camas schools K-12; my daughter is 27 and my son is 21.

Camas Education Foundation is important to me because: The generous grants provide opportunities for staff and students that normally would go untapped because budgets have limitations.