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Responsibilities of a Board Member

TERM:  Three years if elected by the Board, (or if in the case of filling a vacancy, the remainder of the term being filled).  Two time renewal.
STRUCTURE:  The board should have a membership that includes diversity in the areas of age, ethnicity, gender, experience, and knowledge.



   1. Participate in the development of goals and objectives
   2. Establish policies
   3. Participate in the strategic planning process
   4. Participate in fundraising activities


   1. Approve annual budget and monitor financial management
   2. Approve special funding projects
   3. Approve new projects and programs
   4. Establish financial policy


   1. Participate in evaluation of the school and of the Executive Director and Principal


   1. Elect officers and nominate candidates to fill vacancies on the Board
   2. Amend bylaws of organization, as necessary.


   1. Attend all regular and special meetings of the Board
   2. Attend committee meetings as necessary
   3. Attend Board retreat
   4. Attend events such as the Annual Auction


   1. Provide leadership and discussion in board deliberations
   2. Be conversant about CCDS
   3. Be in a position to support policy and programs in informal settings
   4. Effectively communicate the school's success and programs
   5. Be politically aware in regard to charter school issues
   6. Actively engage in school fundraising


   1. Directors should not interpret school policy in self interest or use their position for personal gain.
   2. No director can legally obligate the school.
   3. Directors should not usurp authority of school administration

Jessika LawrenceTop of Page

Board Chair

Jessika Lawrence has two children enrolled at CCDS. Jessika is an assistant professor at California State University, Chico in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. Prior to accepting a position at the university Jessika practiced as a school-based Speech and Language Therapist for 10+ years, including one year at CCDS (AY 2010-11).

Lowell DaunTop of Page

Board Vice Chair
Lowell Daun, D.D.S., served 31 years with Delta Dental of California (DDC), and retired after 31 years as general manager for the business unit administering Delta’s voluntary and federal contracts with the U.S. government. Dr. Daun completed his Bachelors of Arts degree at University of Puget Sound, and his DDS at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He is a Trustee of the University of Puget Sound, and is honored with fellowships in the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, and the National Academies of Practice. He serves on Advisory Board of National Military Family Association. Lowell, and his wife, Dorothy, have been directly involved in public school education throughout their two daughters' years in school. They served at local school and district levels. Their two grandsons attend Chico Country Day School, and one daughter is a substitute-teacher at Chico Country Day School.

Michelle MittmanTop of Page

Board Treasurer
Michele Mittman graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources. She has worked in several science research labs and is currently an academic advisor in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management at Chico State University. Michele worked on the most recent CCDS charter renewal and WASC accreditation. She has a daughter at CCDS. Go Eagles!!

Chris ConstantinTop of Page

Board Secretary

Charles ThompsonTop of Page

Board Member

Brian AuslandTop of Page

Board Member
Brian Ausland was a long-time CCDS parent with three of his children attending from 2001-2013, and now has two grandsons attending as well. Brian worked in public education from 1995-2012 as a teacher, administrator, professional development coordinator, and educational technology specialist serving with local districts and the Butte County Office of Education. He is now the Director of Educational Research and Design as a partner with a local education consulting firm and works on projects for the California Dept. of Education, the US Dept. of Education, and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.

Suzanne ZivnuskaTop of Page

Board Member