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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

2022-23 Meetings

August 1, 2022

September 26, 2022 

October 24, 2022 

December 5, 2022

January 24, 2023 

February 28, 2023 

March 28, 2023

April 25, 2023

May 23, 2023

June 27, 2023

Past Meetings

2022-2023 Board Minutes

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Meet the Board

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Denisha Dawson | Chair

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


Corrine Dedini | Vice Chair

Corrine is the Assistant Head of School at One Schoolhouse, a supplemental, online school. Corinne’s work in education is predicated on the belief that today’s schools have a responsibility to prepare tomorrow’s workforce for a future we can only imagine. Corinne also serves on the Board of Directors of Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center, is a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and is a Mariposa Master Gardener. A California native, she grew up in Napa, attended UCSD, and lives in Catheys Valley with her spouse, Kurt Schnier, who works at UC Merced.

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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

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Chris Ramirez | Member

Chris was born and raised in the Central Valley until moving to Mariposa with his family in 6th grade.  He attended Mariposa Elementary school, Mariposa Middle School and Mariposa County High School.  Chris has 3 daughters, all of whom attend or have graduated from SFCS.  In addition to being the previous SFCS Board Chair, he also serves on various SFCS committees including Fundraising, Principal Support and Academic Excellence.

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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 one son at SFCS and another who will join the school in 2023. Kass brings skills in design, communication, youth recreation, non profit management, and environmental conservation to the SFCS Board. 

Kass Bissmeyer | Secretary

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