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.

Dale Fisher

Dale Fisher

Board Member e-mail Dale

“I am involved in JCF to make a difference in my community by helping create more servant leaders as this is the fastest path to a vibrant community. JCF puts boots on the ground to serve the community while growing leaders through the process.”

More about Dale Fisher

“Before one is a leader, success is all about growing oneself. When one becomes a leader, success is all about growing others. That is why I am involved in JCF, to make a difference in my community by helping create more servant leaders as this is the fastest path to a vibrant community. JCF puts boots on the ground to serve the community while growing leaders through the process. These are young leaders who will continue down the path of service and understand that the more we walk the path first while becoming last and least, the more we become like the Alpha and Omega whom we long to serve. This is an organization which gives students hands on service leadership training where demonstrated leadership is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. This is the Josephine County Foundation … leadership … through service and the creation more leaders.”

Currently, Director of Marketing and member of Leadership Team at Quantum Innovations, Inc., which supports the ophthalmic industry specializing in coating technology. Prior to this, Dale taught in the Hidden Valley High School Business Education department in Grants Pass, Oregon from 2004-2013, and had taught since 1992 at both the high school and college levels. Also served as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Advisor, Student Leadership Advisor, Former Small Business Owner and Former Professor at Southern Oregon University.
Licensed teaching endorsements include: Business Administration, English, Math, Health and Physical Education, plus CTE endorsements for Marketing Management, Interactive Media (Web Development) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Worked with FBLA, a high school student leadership organization focused on developing student leadership and business skills. Together with his co-adviser, the HV chapter won a string of 13 straight Oregon FBLA “Chapter of the Year” awards. The chapter also boasts 7 national champions during his final 4 years.

Graduated from Southern Oregon University (BS, MS) and Washington State University (MBA).

Student Officers

Aria Back

Aria Back

President e-mail Aria

“JCF has given me countless opportunities to help those in my community, while also becoming a better person myself. I am so grateful for all of the knowledge and experiences I’ve gained through this foundation.”

More about Aria Back

Aria Back 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 the tobacco awareness project, several vision clinics, and the student enrichment project. Aria has also been a lead writer for many grants that the foundation has received. She has a passion for volunteering along with her hobbies, include taking care of animals, video games, reading, and art. She is involved with the National Honor Society, Student Government, and other volunteer organizations in the community. She is so excited to lead the officer team this year, and to help Josephine County become a vibrant place to live.



Averie Richter

Averie Richter

Chief Operating Officer e-mail Averie

“JCF has given me the opportunity after opportunity, and with each opportunity I grow a little bit more as a person”

More about Averie Richter

Averie Richter has been apart of JCF since her freshman year, she is super excited to be JCF’s Chief Operating Officer for the 2018-2019 year! Averie enjoys volunteering in her community, and that’s why she joined JCF three years ago. In her free time, which doesn’t occur very often, she likes watching sports games, and hanging out with friends. In addition to JCF, she is involved in Student Government, Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America. This summer she is going to the FBLA national competition for the fourth time hoping to gain a spot in the top 10 and get on stage with her community service project, Project HALT, which is an anti bullying campaign. She is excited for the upcoming year of JCF and to work with, and learn more about her fellow officers!

Joshua Saunders

Joshua Saunders

Treasurer e-mail Joshua

“JCF has taught me to think on a whole new level and to consider what’s best for my community; although I have just begun my journey with this organization, I know that they have so much to offer.”

More about Joshua Saunders

A senior at Hidden Valley High School Josh Saunders has been in JCF for three years. He is a two sport athlete, Soccer and Tennis, and is very knowledgeable about technology. Last year Josh served as the technology director for the foundation, this year he decided to take his involvement to the next level and join the board. He is in JCF so he can have more opportunities to make a difference in his community,  and experience what it’s like to be the head of a business and make impactful decisions.

Name Position High School
Natalia Price High School Representative North Valley High School
Ronan Hodge High School Representative Hidden Valley High School
Maria Cross Secretary Hidden Valley High School
MaKayla Johnson Media Director Hidden Valley High School
Keely Marchand President Hidden Valley High School
Hailee Campbell Assistant Vice President Hidden Valley High School
Kathryn Rich Vice President Illinois Valley High School