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Jason joined the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund in 2015. A 1989 Valley graduate, Jason has a deep commitment to Valley and returned to West Des Moines to raise a family with his wife,
Wendi. His oldest daughter Marina graduated from Valley in 2019 and daughters Savannah and Zoë will graduate in 2022 and 2024. Both of Jason’s parents also graduated from Valley. Jason is in his 14th year as a head coach with the WDM Soccer Club and has assisted with community projects including Habitat For Humanity and the YESS Duck Derby.
Lori has been a member of the board since 2013 serving terms as Chair and Vice Chair. Lori is a 1981 Valley graduate and began her teaching career at VHS in 1986. She taught social studies at Valley from 1986-2018 and served as the district Social Studies Curriculum Lead from 2016-2018. She also coached cheerleading, sponsored student council and was faculty advisor for Best Buddies. Her commitment to WDM continues with her role on this Board.
Cindy joined the Board of Dollars for Scholars in 2002 and helped guide it to becoming a truly local scholarship organization known now as WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund. She has served as Chairman multiple times and now serves as Treasurer and Awards Coordinator. Cindy and her husband Dan, who is a Valley graduate, have two children who graduated from Valley in 2004 and 2008. She very much enjoys working with the donors and the students and their families as they start their post-Valley life.
After looking for a new volunteer opportunity, Rosie, an active volunteer and district employee, joined the board in 2006. Being the oldest of 10 children and funding college for her two sons, she was interested in helping students ease the financial burden for college. Both of her sons attended WDM schools and received scholarships from SSF. One son sponsors a scholarship each year to pay it forward.
Mike is a West Des Moines resident and graduated from Valley High School in 1983. His two sons graduated from Valley High School as well; Austin graduated in 2018 and Alex in 2021.
Mike has enjoyed volunteering for the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund, especially the annual golf event fundraiser, Tee Up For Tigers, held each summer.
Jamie was born and raised down the street from Valley High School and is a 2003 Valley Graduate. He is a member of the 2003 state baseball championship team. Jamie looks back at his time at Valley fondly and says he really owes a debt of gratitude to the teachers and coaches he was able to gain mentorship from. He is proud to be a WDMCS SSF board member and contribute back to this wonderful community.
A long time resident of West Des Moines, Kathie graduated from Valley High School and Drake University and her son is also a VHS graduate. Kathie is a retired teacher with 35 years of service; one year at the Saydel School District and 34 years at Valley. She enjoys giving back to the community as a member of the Student Scholarship Fund Board of which she has been a member since 2007.
Ann has been with the Student Scholarship Fund for eight years, serving as golf outing chair and on the scholarship awards committee. She spent 36 years as a Social Studies teacher at Valley and Valley Southwoods and both of her kids also have Valley diplomas. Retiring in 2012, Ann found helping young people realize their educational goals through scholarship to be a great fit and close to her heart as scholarships were integral to her own pursuit of higher education.
Kelli joined the WDMCS Student Scholarship Fund Board in 2015. As a teacher at Valley since 2008, Kelli has been able to help the board understand the changing needs of students seeking financial assistance for continuing their education. Kelli is also very active in the district as she has coached numerous sports at all levels since 2003. She enjoys being able to work for students and their families as they start their post-Valley life.
Being a Tiger is now engrained in Michelle, as her children are either alumni or attending Valley presently, plus, her husband is a Valley teacher and coach. Michelle loves being involved with the Student Scholarship Fund because it allows her to serve the youth of the community in a positive way and make a difference in their lives.