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Board Biographies

Dr. Stephen D. Foulkes

Governing Board President

Elected 2014

Term expires 2018

steve_foulkes@bearvalleyusd.org

Physicist

Vice President of RCK Properties, Inc.

Vice President of Television Center, Inc.

Vice President of Northbrook Properties, Inc.

 

1967 Graduate of Big Bear High School and both of his children attended BVUSD K-12

BS in Physics from UC Santa Barbara (1971)

MS in urban and Policy Science from SUNY Stony Brook, NY (1973)

MS in Physics from UC Riverside (2002)

PhD in Experimental Particle Physics from UC Riverside (2006)

 

Dr. Foulkes has resided in Big Bear for 57 years

 

Hobbies and interests include:  biking, hiking, boating, particle physics, the quantum-macroscopic interface, and spending time with his grandkids

 

Dr. Foulkes worked closely with Mr. Mike Clifton to construct the Varsity Girls Softball Field at BBHS.


 Mr. John Goepp

Governing Board Vice President

Appointed January 19, 2015

Term expires 2020

john_goepp@bearvalleyusd.org

 

Mr. Goepp is fulfilling the term originally held by Mr. Randall Putz; Mr. Putz’s term had two years remaining

 

Boeing Director of Engineering – Retired

 

BSChE Stanford University

MSChE University of Pennsylvania

 

Resided in Big Bear for one year

 

Volunteer at various BVUSD School Sites

Special interests:  Promoting an integrated STEM curriculum throughout district to enable student college and career readiness

 

Hobbies and interests include tennis, skiing, and fiction writing.


 Mrs. Cathy Herrick

Governing Board Clerk

Appointed February 9, 2015

Term expires 2018

cathy_herrick@bearvalleyusd.org

 

Mrs. Herrick is fulfilling the term originally held by Dr. Kenneth Turney; because this is an appointed position, it became a short-term position of two years. Mrs. Herrick was elected to a second two-year short-term in 2016.

 

Vice President/Director of Operations for Parallel Broadcasting, Inc., dba KBHR-FM Radio and Outdoor

J. Walter Thompson and Focus Media/Media Supervisor and Los Angeles Market Radio Buyer for Focus Media (accounts included Target and Sears)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Citizen’s Energy

 

Raised in Medford, Massachusetts relocating to Los Angeles in 1986

BA in Art History from Tufts University

 

Moved to Big Bear in 1995

Daughter has attended BVUSD K-12

Volunteer at Big Bear Elementary School

Active participant in the parent supported Booster Clubs at each school site

President of BBES Booster Club 2006-2009

President of BBMS Booster Club 2010-2011 school year

Participant on individual school committees and district committees including the Budget Advisory Committee, Healthy Start LEA Oversight, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, and the LCAP Advisory Committee.

 

Community involvement includes Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Visitor’s Bureau, Snow Summit Race Team, Big Bear Cycling Association, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, and the Big Bear Yacht Club.

 

Hobbies and interests include traveling, boating, and most recently, golf.


Mrs. Sudie Smartt

Governing Board Member

Term expires 2018

sudie_smartt@bearvalleyusd.org

 

Appointed February 2017 fulfilling the term originally held by Mr. Paul Zamoyta. Due to Mr.Zamoyta’s resignation, this position is short-term to the next election cycle.

 

Ms. Smartt has been a resident of the Big Bear Valley for over 20 years; 19 of those years were spent teaching at Big Bear Elementary School. Ms. Smith’s daughter and son graduated from Big Bear High School and Chautauqua High School respectively.

 

Ms. Smartt spends her spare time reading, traveling, skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and engaging in Pilates.


Mrs. Beverly Grabe

Governing Board Member

Elected 2008 first term; 2012 second term

Term expires 2020

beverly_grabe@bearvalleyusd.org

 

Retired Educator

Teacher, Big Bear High School 1982-1992

Principal, North Shore Elementary School 1992-1999

 

Mrs. Grabe moved to Big Bear in 1978 with her husband, George, and their two sons, Tim and Jamie.  Tim and Jamie graduated from Big Bear High School and continued on to graduate from college.  Both are successful professionals.

 

Public education is one of Mrs. Grabe’s passions.  Not content to be retired, Mrs. Grabe ran for the Governing Board of the Bear Valley Unified School District and, thanks to you, the citizens of Bear Valley, was elected in 2008.  Mrs. Grabe was elected to a second term in 2012.  Mrs. Grabe is proud to serve as your representative on the Governing Board.