Who We Are

Walking Toward True Educational Equity, Step by Step

A rising tide lifts all boats. As a group of inspired and involved teachers, parents, and community leaders, we see a dire need for a revitalized educational landscape within our Orange Unified School District—and believe that greater equity will bring this vision to fruition. 

Orange Unified Public Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing families, businesses, and schools together to elevate the educational experience of each and every student in our district. We rely on donations to fund our key initiatives and create conditions for academic excellence and long-term success.

Our Mission Statement

Orange Unified Public Schools Foundation mobilizes the community to provide equitable opportunities for all of our students to learn creatively, think innovatively, and collaborate effectively.

Our Vision

We envision a future where all OUSD students can access resources that enrich their learning journey and equip them to succeed in education, career, and life.

Our Board Members

(2022-2023)

OUPSF is made possible by a team of knowledgeable, passionate, and mission-driven board members working diligently behind the scenes. With their ongoing guidance and insight, we get closer to genuine educational equity, one step at a time.

President

Frank Tucker

Vice President

Anne Truex

Treasurer

Todd Hanson

Secretary

Amy Case

Parliamentarian

Nicol Jones

OUSD Liaison

Whitney Amsbary

Fundraising Chair

Wendi Forrest

Marketing Chair

Christine Deihl

Grants

Kennedy Schaal

Board Member

Ron Esparza

Board Member

Cheryl Carter

President

Frank Tucker

During a human resources career that spanned 27 years, Frank Tucker held various positions at Taco Bell before retirement, with his last and most notable role being Chief People Officer. As the former chairman of the Taco Bell Foundation, he led robust education initiatives to empower youth and connect them to scholarship resources. Following his passion for uplifting students, he continues to serve on multiple nonprofit boards and lends his expertise to mobilize different communities.

Vice President

Anne Truex

As a former OUSD educator for 42 years, Anne Truex leads with a deep commitment to equity and excellence. From teacher to principal to Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, she possesses a veteran background in education and leverages her knowledge to support the organization.

Treasurer

Todd Hanson

Todd Hanson is the Chief Operating Officer at the Council on Aging – South California, a nonprofit focused on aiding seniors and adults with disabilities. Having served the Orange County Community Foundation for over 20 years and coached several student sports teams, Todd is heavily involved in fostering a thriving community.

Secretary

Amy Case

Inspired by a strong dedication to giving, Amy Case has a 16-year track record in nonprofit fundraising for OUSD students. Leader and advocate, she is highly skilled in driving revenue and discovering opportunities to improve K-12 education. One of her most noteworthy contributions includes the Canyon High School Foundation, where she was involved in a successful $1.25 million gym renovation campaign.

Parliamentarian

Nicol Jones

Nicol Jones is a member of the Villa Park City Council, and has served on numerous organization boards and continues to be a driven advocate for OUSD students and their wellness. She played an integral role in launching the first Wellness Center in the district and continues to lend her insight to other educational projects and funds that positively impact children.

OUSD Liaison

Whitney Amsbary

Whitney Amsbary is an Orange resident of over 40 years and a proud parent of 2 OUSD graduates. After working 32 years as a teacher at Nohl Canon, she retired in June 2021, but continues to make a positive and meaningful difference in the OUSD community with her educational background.

Fundraising Chair

Wendi Forrest

Wendi Forrest is a champion for public school education. She has extensive experience in fundraising, marketing, and nonprofit leadership, proven by her membership in the Orange Blossoms Auxiliary of Assistance League and the PTSA Board at an OUSD school. Her love for diversity, educational equity, and nonprofit work drives Wendi to make OUSD the destination school district.

Marketing Chair

Christine Deihl

Christine Deihl is an alum of Orange Unified Public Schools. She has been a member of the Orange Blossoms Auxiliary of Assistance League for 6 years, where she supported fundraising efforts and served as the Vice Chairman of Resource Development. With 15 years of marketing and advertising experience, she now leads OUPSF marketing efforts and works to maximize the organization’s visibility.

Grants

Kennedy Schaal

Kennedy Schaal is the CEO at a private biotech company located in Orange. She has been a member of the Orange Blossoms Auxiliary of Assistance League for seven years, serving in various roles. Raised in the Long Beach Unified School District, Kennedy is deeply familiar with the public school system and remains committed to working towards its improvement.

Board Member

Ron Esparza

Ron Esparza operates a successful State Farm Agency in his hometown of Orange. He uses entrepreneurship to give back to his community by coaching youth sports and has served on various boards, including Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Community Foundation of Orange.

Board Member

Cheryl Carter

Cheryl Carter, Founder of Cedar Tree Music and Performance, is a devoted champion of equitable music education. With a lifelong passion for music and dance, Cheryl’s journey includes international performances in Arabic folk dance and a solo career in New York. Inspired by her twins’ positive experiences with music, she established Cedar Tree to provide quality music education for all children, embodying her commitment to breaking down barriers in the arts.

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