ASF Board of Directors 2020-21

ASF Board focus group
 ASF Board Strategic Planning Focus Group social distancing in May 2020

Our Board of Directors have a meaningful, personal commitment to the Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF). They support the Foundation and its purpose, to provide financial support to the Ashland School District through the following functions: 

(1) To enhance the educational opportunities for students of the Ashland School District.

(2) To acquire financial resources for students, faculty, and staff of Ashland School District in their efforts to improve educational opportunities.

(3) To assist in expanding the property or equipment of Ashland School District.

(4) To carry out other supportive activities for the Ashland School District.

The Board is a dedicated group of about 15 volunteers who reflect the diversity of our district and its educational needs. ASF strives for representation from each of our public schools, as well as the larger community. Members oversee the administration of ASF and its staff, and operate under the guidance of the Executive Committee, which consists of annually elected officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) and the Executive Director. 

Board members commit to an initial 3-year term, and can renew on an annual basis for up to three additional years. Members participate in monthly board meetings, serve on at least one committee (see list below), attend Foundation events, and make personally meaningful financial contributions annually to the Foundation (no specific amount required). 

New members are elected by the current Board each spring and begin their terms with the first meeting of the school year the following August. 

If you’re interested in knowing more about the ASF Board, or potentially joining as a member, please email the Executive Director, Susan Bacon, at: or call 541-482-8197. 



James Hetland, Chair
Justin Donovan, Vice-Chair

John Williams, Treasurer
Leah Saturen, Secretary

Members at Large:
Francisco Atanes
Tanya Blakeley
Don Ewalt
Lindsay Gates
Mira Peterson Adams
Pam Shay
Amy Stewart

Samuel Bogdanove, Superintendent, ex officio, non-voting member

Erica Thompson,  Executive Director
Rachel Koning, Marketing Coordinator


Executive Committee: sets the agenda for board meetings, handles business of the organization between board meetings, and generally provides guidance to the full board.

Grants Committee: oversees the Impact Grant program including setting guidelines, processing application forms, setting application deadline dates, reviewing grants, and giving funding recommendations to the full ASF Board for approval.

Marketing Committee: manages media, marketing, community relations and other external communications of the Board; develops policies, plans, procedures and schedules for all external communications; and oversees website and social media content and maintenance. Chaired by Marketing Coordinator. 

Finance Committee: meets quarterly to review investments and other financials of the organization. Chaired by the ASF Board Treasurer.

Fund Development/Donor Relations & Events: oversees Annual Fund Drive and other fundraising efforts; connects with current or potential donors; manages donor events.

School & Community Outreach: develops connections with our schools and general community in order to build relationships (particularly with staff/parents/students) and awareness of ASF and our programs, with an aim to increase participation with ASF; builds awareness within ASF of needs and desires in the schools and the greater Ashland community; and helps to find volunteers for ASF events and fundraising efforts.

Monster Dash Committee: drives ASF’s main fundraising event, working in partnership with the Ashland Kiwanis Club to present both the Monster Ball and the Monster Dash (1-mile, 5K, 10K races) the weekend before Halloween. There are quite a few Monster Dash committees that Board members may choose to participate in, and all board members are expected to volunteer for this event in some way.