Carolyn Emmerson Dietz is President of the Sierra Pacific Foundation. A graduate of Oregon State University, Carolyn lives in Oregon and implements the family’s commitment to community enhancement through the Foundation’s charitable contributions and student scholarship program. Since becoming President of the Foundation, millions of dollars in contributions have been granted under her direction. Scholarships are awarded to children of SPI employees, and are available for a wide variety of post-secondary education programs.
Charlie has served on the SPI Scholarship Committee since 1995. He greatly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the Foundation’s grand effort to make a college education possible for the hundreds of children of Sierra Pacific Industries' employees.
Over the past 40 plus years in Shasta County, Charlie has also served on many other local community organizations including: United Way, Redding East Rotary, Shasta County Juvenile Justice Commission, Shasta County Women’s Refuge, Shasta County Citizens Against Racism, Leadership Redding and many more.
In his professional life, Charlie spent 36 years in public education as a teacher, principal, district superintendent and the last 12 years of his career as Shasta County Superintendent of Schools. For nine years, ending in 2011, Charlie was the Executive Director of the non-profit Youth Violence Prevention Council, founding the Shasta County Youth Peer Court and Shasta Youth Leadership Camp. He has also been associate faculty for National University and still consults on a wide range of educational and community issues.
Charlie's wife Judy is also a retired public school administrator and is currently an Associate Professor for National University. Their daughter Holly is a middle school teacher in the Portland area.
Frank has worked for over 40 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in K-12 California schools. Under his leadership most of these schools were recognized state and nationally for being exemplary.
Recently, he worked two years as an educational consultant for Apple, Inc. and presently works part-time helping school districts and coaching principals. He is a Johns Hopkins SDB Fellow, an adjunct professor for National University, and a former Task Force Writer of Taking Center Stage for CA State Department of Education. Twice he has been named Shasta County Administrator of the Year. Locally, he has been recognized for his work with gangs in the city and for his work ethic by the Redding Police Department. He has been on the Sierra Pacific Foundation Scholarship Board since 2002.
For over 20 years, Laura has served in leadership roles for various non-profit organizations. Since 2000 she has chaired the Sierra Pacific Foundation Scholarship Committee, a private foundation funding the educational dreams of thousands of students. She was a board member of the Emmerson Oncology Endowment until it was deactivated (1996-2011). She has served as secretary for Friends of Indreni since 2010, a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to support neglected and impoverished children in Nepal and other economically underdeveloped countries through charitable activites that will finance education, health care and housing within a loving atmosphere. Her professional background includes various business management positions, a career in the medical field as a registered nurse and in aviation as a licensed commercial pilot.
Michael Stuart has served on the Sierra Pacific Scholarship Committee since 1999. He is the retired Superintendent of the Shasta Union High School District in Redding California, serving from 1998-2008, Principal of Enterprise High School from 1992-1998 and Assistant Principal at Shasta High School from 1989-1992. Before his administrative career, he was a History Teacher and Coach at Chester High School for 15 years. Since his formal retirement, he has served as an Interim Superintendent at Durham Unified and Gateway Unified for one year at each district and as the lead faculty for National University in the School Administrator Credential and Master in Education programs. He is the President and owner of the School Leadership Center, an educational consulting company. His annual time spent with the Sierra Pacific Committee and interviewing students is a highlight of each year.
Joe Wyse is the Superintendent/President of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District. He started in this position on August 1, 2011 after serving for the previous four years as Vice President of Administrative Services for Shasta College. He is completing his Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University (expected in May 2014), and holds a master's degree in New Testament Studies from Trinity International University, and a bachelor's degree in Physics from Kenyon College. Mr. Wyse's prior experience includes serving as Executive Director at the Trinity Law School and Graduate School, part of Trinity International University, California Regional Center, from 2004 - 2007. He has served in several other administrative positions at Trinity International University, including Associate Dean of Administration from 1998 - 2004, and Director of Enrollment Services from 1996 - 1998.
In addition to serving on the Community College League of California’s Legislative Advisory Committee, Mr. Wyse serves as a board member of the California Community College Athletic Association, and is a member of the Southern Oregon University Advisory Committee.
Anne Stromberg has served on the Sierra Pacific Foundation Scholarship Board for over 25 years.
Anne attended Humboldt State University, Oregon State University and Bauder School of Design. She holds a degree in Interior Architecture and Design. She has been a partner in "Living Quarters," a design and retail studio in Arcata for twenty years and currently operates a private interior design practice specializing in residential and light commercial projects. She is a member of the professional organization "American Society of Interior Designers."
Anne's current professional interest lies in improving spaces for our aging population. She has also been a part-time senior care provider for the past ten years.
During a 43-year education career, Bob served 8 years as a science teacher/counselor in Napa and Sunnyvale, and 17 years as a high school principal, ROP and Special Education Director, and Assistant District Superintendent in Plumas County. In 1991 he accepted a position as Associate County Superintendent in Tehama County and in 1999 was elected Tehama County Superintendent of Schools (1999 -2008).
In 1998, Bob helped found the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition (NFCSC), an organization of local, state, regional, and national organizations, representing 37 states. He was President of the NFCSC from 1999 until his retirement in 2008, when he became Executive Director of the NFCSC until 2012. He was involved in the enactment and re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act of 2000, which provided $ 3.7 Billion dollars to rural forest county schools and counties. He also served on the County Payments Congressional Advisory Committee from 2000-2007.
In 2015-2016 he exited retirement to serve one year as Interim Superintendent of the Orland Unified School District. He currently owns Tehama Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Red Bluff, CA.
He is married and has three adult children and 4 grandchildren. He is a member of Rotary and on the Board of Directors of the State Theatre for the Arts in Red Bluff.
Lou served on the SPI Scholarship Committee for 16 years. He was an educator in Tehama County for 45 years and he retired in 1991 after serving 20 years as Tehama County Superintendent of Schools. While he was superintendent, Lou was involved in forming the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition and after retirement served as a consultant to that group for 19 years.
Since moving to Tehama County in 1955, Lou has been active in many local community organizations in Tehama and Shasta counties. He served as a board member on the local and regional Job Training Programs and he is a past President of the local Economic Development Corporation. Additionally, Lou was a founding Director of Tehama Bank.
Lou was born and raised in Westwood, California. He graduated from high school in 1949 then went on to Chico State earning a degree in education with a Masters in School Administration. During the summers, while in high school and through his college years, Lou worked for Red River Lumber Company and then Fruit Growers Supply Company in both the woods and the sawmill.
Lou has been married to his wife JoAnn for 58 years. They have two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.