Board of Directors
John Shook – President
John has been on the board of the Elk Grove Scholarship Foundation since 2004.
John is a Real Estate Broker in the Elk Grove Area. John is a family man being married for 45 years with two children and seven grandchildren.
John has served on many other boards throughout the community including President of the Measure M COC with the Elk Grove Unified School District, the Elk Grove Optimist Club, the Elk Grove Optimist Foundation, the Neighborhood Accountability Board with the Sacramento County Probation Dept., District Chair with Boy Scouts of America, and the Ross Relles Camp Foundation Board. John’s passion is helping the youth of our community.
Arnold Adreani – Vice President
Arnold Adreani was a teacher and principal in Massachusetts and New Hampshire prior to moving to Elk Grove to become an administrator with the Elk Grove Unified School District. Sierra-Enterprise and Cosumnes River Schools were his first assignments and then he was a principal at Joseph Kerr Middle School for many years. He enjoys being part of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation’s mission to support students pursuing further training and education for a successful future. He has been a member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 1992.
Rebecca “Becky” Davis – Vice President
Rebecca “Becky” Davis is a retired Elk Grove Unified School District certificated Teacher/Administrator of over 40 years and worked at the elementary school level. She is a member of a number of local organizations within Elk Grove including Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation, Elk Grove Rotary and The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove.
Pat Hume – Vice President
Pat is a native Californian whose family roots in Elk Grove date back to the 1940s. Pat grew up in Elk Grove, was in the first First Grade class at Markofer Elementary and attended Kerr Middle School. He served on the City of Elk Grove Planning Commission from incorporation until March of 2006 and was elected to the City Council the same year (2006).
Pat is an active community volunteer who contributes his time and talent as an auctioneer and emcee at several local events each year. Pat serves as the Vice President for the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation and is the founded the Foundation’s Spotlight Elk Grove fundraiser event.
Pat works for Emerald Park Company, the homebuilding company founded by his grandfather in 1964. Pat is married to Lisa Hume. He enjoys camping, golfing, skiing and fishing.
Steve Singleton – Treasurer
Local resident for over 25 years. Steve & his wife Nola are parents of three & grandparents of eight. They believe that education was the key to their success and they want to assure that others are given an opportunity to succeed in their lives.
Arlene Hein – Secretary
Retired as Senior Executive to Superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District after many years of service.
Joseph A. Tallerico – Representative from Elk Grove Lions Club
Elk Grove Lions Club Representative
Joseph Tallerico retired in 2001 after 40 years of service at Sacramento City Unified School District, serving 35 years as an Industrial Arts and Computer Drafting teacher at various levels including part time at Sacramento City Community College. The last 5 years he was the Educational Technology Coordinator at the Administration Office. He was honored on March 16, 1991 by the California Industrial and Technology Association, Inc. as Classroom Teacher of the Year and received a Distinguished Service Award in 2013 from the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation.
Frank Lucia – Representative from Elk Grove Rotary Club
Frank Lucia worked as a teacher, coach and high school principal within the Elk Grove Unified School District for 36 years. After retiring in 2009, he joined the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation Board to continue his work in providing student support as they transition into post secondary education.
Pat Weaver – Representative from Elk Grove Optimist Club
Pat Weaver is a long-time resident of Elk Grove since 1970 where she and her husband worked, raised their three children, and participated in community activities. She joined the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation in 2005 after retiring from the Elk Grove Unified School District where she worked for 30 years. For the Foundation she chairs the Spotlight on Scholarship event, participates on the Scholarship Committee, and helped build and maintain the webpage.
She and her husband, Warren Weaver, received the honor of Citizen of the Year in 2015.
Katherine “Kay” Albiani is on the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Board and is a retired member of the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees where she served for over two decades including two stints in the role of President of the board. She was also President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2008 and Vice President in 2007. Mrs. Albiani also served as a Board Member with the Elk Grove Unified School District for over 18 years. Along with her husband Gil, Mrs. Albiani is Co-Owner of Albiani Land and Livestock which is a family-owned cattle and land business. Over the years, Mrs. Albiani has received many awards and recognitions including education leadership awards from the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the California State Senate, a Human Rights award for Education from the City and County of Sacramento, and distinguished service award from the Association of California School Administrators.
She was named Woman of the Year by the Elk Grove Citizen in 2006 and, with her family, named Elk Grove Citizen’s Family of the Year in 2005. Mrs. Albiani has lived in the Elk Grove area for almost 70 years. In 2005, the Elk Grove school district named the Katherine L. Albiani Middle School in her honor Governor Arnold Schwarzegger appointed Mrs. Albiani to the State Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2004. She served as Vice President in 2005-2006, and was President of the Board in 2007.
Retired educator, and retired owner of real estate and property management company. Board member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation since 1996. Active in the Incorporate Elk Grove Committee, member of Soroptimist International of Elk Grove, and involved in other community events.
Marie has been a member of the board for over 10 years. Marie has chaired the foundation fundraising events for 15 years+ and is currently Co-Chairing “Bounty on the Boulevard” for the 2nd year. Marie was Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 2014 and Past President of MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter an international organization for meeting and event planners.
Dru Bornhoeft works for the Elk Grove Police Department where he is responsible for missing persons investigations, and is an advisor and board member of the Elk Grove Police Explorers program. He has earned bachelor’s degrees is in business and mathematics from Montana State University Bozeman, and is a veteran of the US Navy Seabees. In his spare time, Dru enjoys running, playing with his dogs, woodworking, and Tiki’s.
Merrilee Lewis Engel
Merrilee Lewis Engel, Ph.D. has been a member of the Board for many years and has served as
the emcee of the Spotlight on Scholarship Event for 18 years. She received the Distinguished Service
Award for her work with the Foundation.
She also sponsors the four $1000 Merrilee Lewis Engel Scholarships every year.
She was the President of Cosumnes River College for eight years and retired in 2003.
She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, Simon Engel.
Janet was born in Prairie City, Oregon and then moved to Elk Grove with her family as a teenager. She is a graduate of Elk Grove High School and attended the University of Oregon before marrying the love of her life, Harlan Hume. They had five children together and moved all over the world as an Air Force family before his passing in 1977. After that, she returned to Elk Grove and helped run a portion of the family’s real estate business. She was a member of the Elk Grove Planning Advisory Council prior to the city’s incorporation and was active in the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, including its board of directors. She loves traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dan Lawrence has been an active member of the Elk Grove Community since 1981. His activities have included being an officer in several local organizations such as Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation (formerly Elk Grove Community Foundation), Elk Grove Rotary Club, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, Elk Grove Old Town Merchant Association, Elk Grove Optimist Club, Senior Center of Elk Grove, and was Elk Grove Citizen of the year in 2002.
Suzanne was born and raised in Elk Grove, graduated from Elk Grove High School before receiving a B.A. degree from UC Davis, with a double-major in International Relations and Spanish. After starting off her career as an international commodities trader, Suzanne went on to receive a Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law, practicing in the area of civil litigation with a private law firm before joining the City of Elk Grove City Attorney’s office in 2010. Suzanne, along with her husband Paul and two children, are active in the community, enjoy travel, and greatly value time spent with family and friends.
Chet has been a member of the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation Board for approximately nine years. He has been involved with the Elk Grove Unified School District and community over 40 years. Currently he is serving as Elk Grove Unified School District Board President.
Natasha Moore is a curriculum and instructional coach who has worked for Elk Grove Unified since 2007. She has three children who attend school in Elk Grove, and a husband who is a teacher in the school district. She and her family are dedicated to ensuring every student in Elk Grove has the opportunity to go to college.
Craig Murray is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Secondary Education, for EGUSD. Craig values education, and has earned credentials and degrees from the community college system, UC, CSU, and a private university in California. He appreciates all the work that is done by the Elk Grove Community to support our students.
Elizabeth Pinkerton is a retired teacher and administrator of Elk Grove Unified School District. She has been a Board member of the Scholarship Foundation for 20 years. She is a scholarship donor, and has provided 75 scholarships from sales of local history books she has written.
Xanthi A. Pinkerton
Xanthi A. Pinkerton is currently Elk Grove Unified School District Director of Communications and Public Information Officer. She was a former language teacher at Valley and Florin high schools and dance director at Valley High School. Prior to transitioning into education, Ms. Pinkerton worked as a marketing manager for the local light rail manufacturer, Siemens, and prior to that, she worked as a marketing supervisor and business analyst in the fast food industry with McDonald’s Corporation. As a life-long learner, Pinkerton holds an MPA from USC and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Irvine (Drama and History) and is passionate about learning foreign languages and culture as well as traveling abroad and blogging about her adventures.
Kevin Spease is a long-time resident of Elk Grove. After military service, Kevin returned to the hometown he loves. He has been married to Angela for 30 years and their son, Jeremy, is 26 years old.
Warren Weaver – Elk Grove Lion’s Club Representative
Warren Weaver has been a resident of Elk Grove since 1970. During that time, he has been very involved with students at Elk Grove High School, the Creekside Christian Church, through the Lion’s Club, and in many other aspects of the community.
Warren Weaver was the cornerstone of the Elk Grove Agriculture Department and FFA for over 37 years before retiring. He continues to be involved in agriculture and FFA at the local, state, and national level. His belief in agriculture, the FFA, extracurricular activities, and community service was the framework by which he valued student success. He has always been very dedicated and passionate about working with students and being part of the community. As a result, he received the Agriculture Education Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Elk Grove Citizen of the Year in 2015.
Mike Zehnder is an Elk Grove native with six brothers and grew up on the family dairy. He graduate from Elk Grove High School, Class of 1972. He attended Cosumnes River College, obtained AA degrees in Agri-Business and a certificate in Fire Science. He was a Volunteer Firefighter for the Elk Grove Fire Department while attending college and became a full-time firefighter in 1976 and retired 2009 as the rank of battalion chief.
Mike and his wife Kathy have three daughters all graduates from Elk Grove High School, and 8 Grandkids (as of July 2019)