Board of Directors


Martha Rice

Position Number 5
President
Term Expires: 2019

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Martha Rice has served on the Yakima School Board of Directors since November 1998 when she was appointed to fill a vacated position. She attended Plymouth State College (now University) in Plymouth, New Hampshire. In November 1999, Ms. Rice won the election to the board. She was re-elected to the board in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. As a parent, she was active in the Yakima School District, serving on many district level committees. She was also an active PTA leader. She served on the Washington State PTA Board of Directors and the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board. In March 2007, Ms. Rice was appointed to fill the vacant position of Vice President for the Washington State School Directors Association. She went on to be elected as President-Elect in November 2007 and served as its President from November 2008 through November 2009. She continues to be active in WSSDA and is currently serving on the Legislative Committee. Ms. Rice has been employed at Hanford since 1980 and currently works as an Activity Manager for the Hanford Fire Department. She has two grown children who attended and graduated from Yakima schools.

John Vornbrock

Position Number 3
Vice President
Term Expires: 2019

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John Vornbrock was appointed to fill an open position on the Board in January, 2005. He received a Bachelor of Science (Industrial Engineering) from Northwestern University in 1970 and a Masters (Hospital Administration) from the University of Michigan in 1972. Mr. Vornbrock moved to Yakima in August, 1978 where he served as Senior Vice President- Chief Financial Officer until his retirement in mid-2011.

Mr. Vornbrock has held a number of board and leadership positions in various non-profit organizations in Yakima, including Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Sunrise Rotary, and the Yakima Hearing and Speech Center. He has also been active in a variety of youth activities and served the Yakima School District as co-chair of the citizens' committee for the 2001 levy. Mr. Vornbrock and his wife, Paula, have three grown children who attended Yakima schools.

Don Davis, Jr.

Position Number 2
Board Member
Term Expires: 2017

Graciela Villanueva

Position Number 1
Board Member
Term Expires: 2017

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Graciela Villanueva was appointed for a second time to the Yakima School District Board of Directors in October 2014 (previous Nov. 2011-2013). She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Heritage University and a Masters of Business Administration from Washington State University. Graciela is employed at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic as the Recruiting Director. She has been an active volunteer at the local and state level in the areas of education, public policy, health care and civic engagement. Her involvement includes appointments to the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Workforce Committee of the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers and the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters. Her goal for Yakima schools is for all students to be positive contributors to our community and to be academically prepared for their next step in life. Graciela has a son currently attending Yakima schools. Graciela looks forward to serving the students and families of Yakima.

Raymond Navarro, Jr.

Position Number 4
Board of Directors
Term Expires: 2019

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Raymond Navarro, Jr. was appointed to the Yakima School Board of Directors in 2011 and previously served as a board member from 2006 to 2009. He was elected to the board in November 2013 and serves as the WIAA Representative.

Raymond graduated from Wapato High School and received an AAS Degree from Yakima Valley Community College, a BA in Psychology from Central Washington University, a BA in Theology from the National Apostolic Bible College, a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Heritage University, and a MA in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University.

He serves as the Director of the Central Washington University Academic Achievement Programs and Principal Investigator for the TRIO Student Support Services Program and TRIO Educational Opportunities Center. He has been an active volunteer in the community for many years as a Yakima County Veterans Advisory Board member, coach and mentor for the Southeast Yakima Saints Grid Kids Football Program, and mentor for the YMCA ASPIRE Program. Raymond is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a Squad Leader with C Company, 307th Combat Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

He is married to Anita Acosta Navarro and together they have three children, Nicholas Navarro, who attends Davis High School; Kenista Navarro, who attends Eisenhower High School; and Raymond Navarro, III, a 2012 Davis High School graduate. Raymond considers it an honor to serve the students and families of the Yakima School District and as a role model to inspire and motivate all students to achieve their educational dreams and goals.

Jack Irion

Secretary to the Board