About Us

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation

The Foundation is a non-profit foundation that enhances public education and strengthens the student learning experience within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). Each year, Excellence in Education partners with local businesses and the community to raise money and provide over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers in a school district that encompasses 12 schools in a geographic area of 720 square miles.

We award grants to teachers in the TTUSD through an application process, partner with the school district on key initiatives that are designed to have high impact on student learning, and recognize exceptional teachers and classified staff through the Linda Brown Fellows and Star Award programs.

The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board of more than 40 community members with a broad range of experience, representing all geographic areas of the community.


The Excellence in Education Board of Directors represents businesses, schools, community leaders and parents. If you are interested in serving on the board or a committee, please contact our staff.

  • Bill Austin, President/CFO
  • Hale Carr
  • Rob Curtis
  • Katja Dahl
  • Elena DeLuna
  • Cindy Flores
  • Erin Flynn
  • Nancy Gisko 
  • Jooly Hopkins
  • Nathan Kendall
  • Reine Jensen
  • Lisa Laliotis
  • Haakon Lang-Ree, Vice President
  • Victoria Mercer
  • Donna Morgan
  • Kirsten Pekarek
  • Shelly Purdy 
  • Kathryn Rohlf
  • Lauren Tapia
  • Kelli Twomey, Past President
  • Jessica Weaver
  • Barbara Wilkinson
  • Mary Lynn Willis 

Advisory Board

  • Linda Brown
  • Ann Holmes Delforge
  • Alison Elder
  • Jan Ganong
  • Ed McGargill
  • Michael Graham
  • Cindy Gustafson
  • Roger Kahn
  • Bob McClintock
  • Scott Ryan

Benefactor Board 2015-2016

  • Northstar California
  • Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
  • Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
  • Tahoe Mountain Club
  • Tahoe Donner Association 

Of Counsel

  • Michael Graham

TTUSD Liaison

  • Robert Leri