The North Central Education Foundation welcomes two new members to their board

WENANTCHEE - The North Central Education Foundation (NCEF) is delighted to welcome two new quality NCEF Board members – Stacy Luckensmeyer and Ray Dobbs.
Stacy Luckensmeyer never imagined she'd end up running a business, but life had other plans for her, and she's successfully started and sold, bought and sold, and even started and failed in multiple ventures. She retired at 36 and realized quite rapidly that this was a *very* big mistake, and since then she has involved herself in entrepreneurial development efforts in her region and across the US. She currently oversees the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wenatchee Valley College and represents WVC in a variety of economic development projects, including growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in central Washington.
Ray Dobbs and his wife, Kathryn (Kelly), moved their family to Chelan in 1976 when he started a 20-year career as broadcaster, sales manager, and station manager at KOZI Radio. When owner Jerry Isenhart sold KOZI Radio in 1999, Dobbs purchased the Computer and Verizon cell phone businesses from Isenhart and started his own business, Raycom RadioShack. After 12 years, Dobbs sold the business in 2011 and took a position at North Cascades Bank where he recently retired. Dobbs and his wife have been married 48 years. They have five adult children who all graduated from Chelan Valley schools. Kathryn, grew up at Kelly’s Resort in Chelan and graduated from Chelan High School. Dobbs grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has an Advertising/Marketing degree from San Jose State University. Ray and Kathryn met in Hawaii while Dobbs was serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. They have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dobbs was a Planning Commissioner for City of Chelan for 10 years and Treasurer for Historic Downtown Chelan Association for five years. He also served on the Wenatchee and Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce boards. He has been a Rotarian since 1982 and served two terms as president of Lake Chelan Rotary.

The NCEF Teacher Classroom Grant Program, which began 10 years ago to benefit teachers in the North Central ESD region that includes Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties, has seen a twenty-fold increase in awards of these grants that spur classroom innovation and creativity. Grants have funded activities in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Music, STEM, Robotics, environmental education and technology, to name a few.

This North Central Education Foundation program has proven to be an invaluable tool in making an impact on teachers, students and their classroom projects. The grants go to the most innovative and creative teachers who figure out how to impact student learning with a relatively small amount of money.


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