Meet Our Board
Meet Our Board

JCF is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by directors serving in a voluntary capacity. The Board is composed of adult members with vast leadership, management, and teaching experience, and high school students with a passion for community service. There are three student Board Members: JCF Student President, JCF Student Executive Vice President, and JCF Student Treasurer. In addition, we have other Student Officers that are not Board members but that help manage JCF’s projects and operations.

Meet our Board Members and learn why they are involved with JCF. You can also see a complete list of our JCF Student Officers below – or click here…

Frank Ault

Frank Ault

Chairman e-mail Frank

“I support JCF because it instills in our youth a life-long passion for serving their community.”

More about Frank Ault

Retired as Sr. Vice President & Controller at Sempra Energy, a major Fortune 500 utility holding company with almost 40 years of experience including responsibility for all accounting, SEC reporting, budgeting/forecasting for SDGE, SoCal, Sempra, and utility subsidiaries in South America, Texas and Nevada, and an energy trading company located in the U.S., London, Geneva and Canada. Member of the Board of Directors of SDGE and Southern California Gas Company.

Chairman of the Mt. Laguna Volunteer Fire Department for the past 10 years; Board Chairman of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation raising $5 million in funds to support the fire departments in San Diego County. Involved with The San Diego Foundation for 28 years; serving on numerous committees and on the Board of Governors for 16 years and as Board Chairman.

He has served as Board Chairman of the Josephine County Foundation since it was formed to educate students about non-profits and enable students to be actively involved in community projects to make their county a better place to live for all residents.

Graduated from Stanford University – BA in Economics in 1966 and holds an MBA in Finance from the U.S. International University.

Chris Pendleton

Chris Pendleton

Executive Director and Board Treasurer e-mail Chris

“JCF is an opportunity for the community to benefit from the selfless passion and drive of teenagers. Not only do these students serve the community but they gain experiences that they would not otherwise encounter. By actively… expressing their love of community service it becomes a regular part of their life.”

More about Chris Pendleton

Over 20 years of educational experience in the states of Oregon and Washington as a high school and community college teacher. Worked in both the business and computer science departments for local colleges and was charged to build several web computer classes. As a high school teacher, taught word processing, Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, marketing, Introduction to Business, Accounting, Recordkeeping, Business Law and Ethics, Personal Finance, Video Editing, HTML, Computer Graphics, and a senior Careers class.

Served on many committees in and out of the school for education and community service organizations. Some organizations include Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Grants Pass Non-Profit Collation, and Josephine County Foundation.

Also served on three boards: Josephine County Foundation, the FBLA National Board of Advisors and the FBLA Oregon State Board of Advisors. All three boards focus on the growth of the organization and the growth of students’ knowledge and wellbeing.

Graduated from Southern Oregon University and holds a Master’s in Business Education from Southern Oregon University

Joan Jones

Joan Jones

Board Secretary e-mail Joan

“I am Involved in JCF because it exposes students to new experiences and career opportunities that they might not otherwise encounter.”

More about Joan Jones

Over 30 years of broad domestic and international strategic planning, finance and accounting experience at leading Fortune 500 corporations in the energy, utility and consumer electronics industries. This corporate experience includes holding senior level finance positions at Sony Electronics, Sempra Energy (including SDGE & SoCal Gas) and Getty Oil.

Currently, actively engaged in using this vast corporate business expertise assisting the nonprofit sector. Specifically, serving as Executive Director of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, focusing on fundraising, and strategic planning to grow the foundation, and increasing public awareness of fire and emergency services. Joan is also on the Board of the San Diego Womens Foundation and serves on the Scholarship Committee at the San Diego Foundation.

Joan is a CPA. She holds a BS from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield.

Student Officers

Keely Marchand

Keely Marchand

President e-mail Keely

More about Keely Marchand

Keely is a senior at Hidden Valley High School and is going into her fourth year serving the community through JCF. She got involved because she wanted to make a difference in her community. She has participated in many projects including Pink Week, Vision Clinics, and many volunteer opportunities helping other community organizations. Keely has also been instrumental in recruiting other students to join us in bettering our community. She is so excited to lead the officer team this year, and to help Josephine County become a vibrant place to live.

She will be going to college to pursue a nursing degree.



Austin Verner

Austin Verner

Treasurer e-mail Austin

More about Austin Verner

A senior at Hidden Valley High School, Austin has been in JCF for four years. He is in JCF so he can have more opportunities to make a difference in his community.

He will be going to college at OIT for business and would like to become a Pediatrician. 

Name Position High School
Ryan Wilson School Rep Hidden Valley High School
Austin Verner Treasurer Hidden Valley High School
Maria Cross Secretary Hidden Valley High School
Emma Catania President Hidden Valley High School
Bree Saunders Vice President Hidden Valley High School