Board of Directors

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, CFO
  • Lauren Chorey
  • Sara Coustette
  • Katja Dahl
  • Elena Deluna, President
  • Cindy Flores, Past President
  • Erin Flynn
  • Jerusha Hall 
  • Lee Phillips Hansen
  • Jooly Hopkins
  • Nathan Kendall
  • Lisa Laliotis
  • Haakon Lang-Ree
  • Susie Overall
  • Kirsten Pekarek
  • Shelly Purdy
  • Denise Strecker
  • Karsten Swenson
  • Kelli Twomey
  • Lauren Van Loon, Treasurer

Advisory Board

  • Linda Brown
  • Jan Ganong
  • Ed McGargill
  • Michael Graham
  • Cindy Gustafson
  • Roger Kahn
  • Bob McClintock
  • Donna Morgan
  • Scott Ryan

Benefactor Board 2018 - 2019

  • Homewood Ski Area
  • Northstar California
  • Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Squaw Valley I Alpine Meadows
  • Tahoe Mountain Club
  • Tahoe Donner Association 

Of Counsel

  • Michael Graham

TTUSD Liaison

  • Carmen Ghysels

Foundation Staff

Laura Abbey Brown

Laura BrownLaura has served as the Executive Director for the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation for over 15 years. Laura also serves as a Nevada County First 5 Commissioner, including two years as the Chairperson.  In 2012, Laura led a coalition of public and private agencies to develop a regional plan to address third-grade reading proficiency which resulted in the National Civic League designating the Tahoe Truckee region an All-America City. Before her time with Excellence in Education, Laura worked for over ten years in Marketing for Northstar and Creative Concepts. She received her Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in Behavioral Sciences.  Outside of work, Laura is busy with her family, including three school-age children and her husband, Jeff. Laura and Jeff have lived in Truckee for over 25 years and are active members of the Tahoe Truckee community.

Beth Pascalli Hirsh

Beth Pascalli HirschBeth joined the Excellence in Education Foundation in 2015 after many years in medical sales. Following her sales experience, she was involved with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District sitting on many committees at the school level and the district level. She is active in coordinating aspects of Excellence in Education programs and continues to be active with community partnerships. She has many years of nonprofit experience and has been on the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe Board of Directors since 2015.