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Board of Directors

SFCS has a Board of five elected members. Learn about the Board and their work - peek at upcoming agendas or past meeting minutes. The Board has a set of Bylaws that guides their work. The SFCS Board holds regular public meetings at the Sierra Foothill Charter School at 4952 School House Road, Catheys Valley, CA. In addition, the board holds special meetings as needed; dates will be posted in advance.


You are invited and welcome to attend all meetings.

Business Meeting

Schedule & Agendas 

August 1, 2023, 5PM (agenda) (minutes

September 26, 2023, 5PM (agenda) (minutes

October 24, 2023, 5PM (agenda) (minutes

December 5, 2023, 5PM (agenda) (minutes

January 16, 2024, 5PM (agenda(minutes

January 27, 2024, 5PM (special board meeting, agenda(minutes

February 27, 2024, 5PM (agenda(minutes

March 21, 2024, 6PM (special board meeting, agenda) (minutes)   

March 26, 2024, 5PM (agenda) (minutes

April 4, 2024, 5:30PM (agenda) (minutes

April 23, 2024, 5PM (agenda) (minutes) 

May 2, 2024, 5PM (special board meeting, agenda) (minutes) 

May 28, 2024, 5PM (agenda)

June 25, 2024, 5PM

Meet the Board

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Denisha is a Professor of Chemistry at Merced College; Ph.D. in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley; BA in Chemistry at U.C. Santa Cruz; 15 years experience as a community college instructor, as well as one year as a K-12 substitute teacher. Interests in student success and resilience as well as science education

Denisha Dawson | Chair

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Kathleen is a parent of two SFCS students. Kathy’s professional background includes publishing, marketing, e-commerce, web design, retail, and project management. She’s currently the College, Career & Community Liaison at Mariposa County High School, working with students, faculty, and community members on multiple projects.

Kathleen Leonard | Treasurer

Lauren Glikin | Member

Lauren is co-owner and farmer at Raw Roots Farm in Catheys Valley, market manager for the Mariposa Certified Farmers' Market, and former garden teacher and educator at SFCS. Lauren has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Environmental Science. She taught environmental education across the US for ten years, including in Yosemite for four years, before switching careers and starting her farm. She also sits on and helps manage the Merced Farmers' Market Board of Directors and the Farm to Crag Board of Directors. She has two children who attend SFCS and is excited to help SFCS .

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Kass is a policy analyst for the National Park Service, owner and designer for Sierra Sisters' Designs, and founder and president of Mariposa Soccer League. She has two sons at SFCS. Kass brings skills in design, communication, community organization, youth recreation, nonprofit management, and environmental conservation to the SFCS Board. Kass holds a masters in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. 


Ben Goger | Member

Ben, raised Mariposa has made a life in and around Yosemite in California’s central Sierra where he worked for the National Park Service for nearly two decades. For the last five years Ben has been investing in his community through County government and is tasked with housing, recreation, and infrastructure planning and development that serves the whole community. Current projects include affordable neighborhoods, tribal strategic planning, active transportation, housing policy and creative placemaking. Ben holds a BA in Anthropology and minor in Native American Studies from Humboldt State as well as a Historic Preservationist credential.

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