New Board Members Join Community Foundation of NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members: Deborah Hartl, Ken Jackson, Eliot Scull, and Peter Valaas.

debhartl2Deborah Hartl is the Human Resources Director at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Broadcasting, Executive Director of the Sleeping Lady Foundation, and serves as assistant to Leavenworth business owner and philanthropist, Harriet Builitt. Prior to her current employment, Deborah worked for the Washington State Apple Commission for 10 years. A Leavenworth resident for nearly 30 years, Deborah lives with her husband Bill, who retired from the US Forest Service; together they have one son. Deborah is a member and past president of Wenatchee Valley Personnel Managers Group, member and past-president of the Leavenworth Rotary Club, and member and past church council president of Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere. Deborah enjoys hiking, running, reading, and time with her family.

kenjackson2Ken Jackson is an Orchardist that has lived in the Upper Valley for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently serves as a board member for the Oregon-Washington Canned Pear Association, an alternate board member for the Pear Bureau, member of the Cashmere Rotary, member of the Washington Farm Bureau and Horticulture Association, and past board member and chairman of the Cashmere School Board. Ken enjoys traveling, skiing, a nice restaurant, and time at Lake Chelan with his family.

eliotscull-kayak2Eliot Scull is a retired Ophthalmologist and fell in love with the Northwest after working as a rafting guide in the middle fork of the Salmon River in 1960. He moved to Wenatchee in 1975 with his wife, Tina, after serving as a Navy Flight Surgeon in the Vietnam War. Eliot has a strong belief in supporting one’s community and has been involved in several volunteer positions, including the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. His passions are focused toward conservation and public recreation. Eliot is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and kayaking both near and far.

petervalaas2Peter Valaas is a fourth generation Wenatchee Valley resident who has spent the past 30 years as a staff anesthesiologist for Confluence Health in Wenatchee. He is active in the Nordic Skiing community and has served many volunteer positions including the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Board, President of the Hog Loppet Association, and current Chair of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Advisory Committee. Professionally, Peter is a recent past-president of Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates. Peter enjoys skiing, hiking, is a bicycle commuter, and has been known to narrate the annual ice skating show with the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club. He and his wife Susan reside in Wenatchee and have one son and two daughters.

The foundation also announces the succession of Board of Trustee Officers with Katie Kavanaugh Pauly who will now serve as Chair, Ken Marson as Vice Chair, and Gil Sparks as Secretary/Treasurer. Katie is an active community volunteer and resides in Wenatchee; Ken Marson is owner of Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc. in Leavneworth; and Gil is an attorney at Ogden Murphy Wallace and resides in East Wenatchee. All Trustee Officers are committed to serve a 3-year term in each succeeding position.

The foundation gratefully acknowledges Kristine Taylor, Senior VP/Investments at Stifel Nicolaus, for her commitment, dedication, and completion of her term as Board Chair – thank you, Kris!!

For a full listing of Community Foundation Board of Trustees, click here.

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Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


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Tenoch Mandujano

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My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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