Sunday, 26 May 2024

Mendocino College Foundation welcomes three new board members

UKIAH – The Mendocino College Foundation board of directors announces the election of three active community members to its board: David Geck, Jerilyn Harris and Christy Scollin.

Mark DeMeulenaere, foundation director of development, welcomed the new members and noted that each brings a proven commitment and range of experience that will assist the Foundation in achieving its mission of cultivating support and raising funds to benefit the students of Mendocino-Lake Community College District.

David Geck, superintendent of Schools for Lake County, joins the board committed to seeing that funding targets in priority areas such as career and technical programs are achieved. Geck’s 26 years of professional experience includes holding posts as assistant superintendent/student programs and services for the Lake County Office of Education, high school principal in Konocti Unified School District and high school counselor in several local school districts.

Jerilyn Harris is an award-winning science teacher with over 27 years of public school teaching experience while serving on numerous boards at the local, state and national level, including appointments from three California governors. Harris currently serves as a consultant to the Ukiah Unified School District, where she administers the SERA program, an initiative she created to prepare students for the work world.

Christy Scollin has been part of Mendocino College for the past 25 years. A former student at the college and part-time instructor in the college’s Chemistry Lab, Scollin recognizes the important role the Foundation plays in creating opportunities for student success. Her commitment to community service in education has covered a range of volunteer work from teaching field science labs to training the Eagle Peak Academic Pentathalon Team in chemistry.

The Mendocino College Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation comprised of a dedicated team of volunteer community, education and business leaders who live and work in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. Its mission is to cultivate support and raise funds for the benefit of the students of Mendocino College. These funds are used to support the college’s vision of delivering innovative educational programs, focusing on student success and contributing to the vitality of the Lake-Mendocino College communities.

The Foundation was formed in 1984 with $5,000 in seed funds. Today, the foundation serves the Mendocino-Lake Community College District with assets of more than $6.8 million. Over $550,000 in scholarships have been distributed to students, and other educational programs and district-wide projects have been supported by the Foundation.

Additional information about the Foundation is available online at


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