Kurt Balasek, President
Kurt is a Professional Geologist and Certified Hydrogeologist practicing
environmental engineering and consulting. He has been a resident in the Winters
area since 1989. Kurt has a passion for public education. He comes from a long
line of school teachers and administrators; His wife Connie is a veteran
elementary school teacher in the Winters Joint Unified School District and has
just completed her 23rd year with the District. In addition to his devotion to
quality public education, Kurt puts tremendous value on community service. He
currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Solano Resource Conservation
District and the Water Resource Association of Yolo County as well as the Putah
Creek Park Committee.
Dan Maguire, Treasurer
Dan is Economic Development & Housing Manager for the City of Winters and has been working in the Public Sector for almost 10 years. Prior to that, he had a long career in senior management of a large Bay Area beverage company. Dan served four years as Board President of the Winters Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees and was honored as the 2012 Winters Citizen of the Year for his community involvement. His son Bryan is a Winters High School graduate.
Jill Aguiar, Secretary
Jill Aguiar is a parent, community member and former teacher in the WJUSD. She is a strong advocate for education. She has been actively involved in the Winters Combined PTA since 2010, serving as President for three years. She was actively involved in the Winters Parent Nursery School where she also served on the Board of Directors. Jill and her husband John have three children, Emily, Joseph and Allison, who all attend school in the WJUSD. She has been serving on teh WEF Board since 2012.
Liz Coman is a life-long member of Winters, arriving with her parents in 1955. She and her husband attended Winters public schools from kindergarten through high school as did their three daughters. Liz taught at Winters High School for thirty-six years prior to retirement in 2016. That year she was honored as the Winters High School Teacher of the Year and the WJUSD Teacher of the Year. Since then, she has worked for the school district on grants and special projects, currently as the District's College and Career Coordinator. Liz also serves on the Winters Participation Gallery Board which sponsors the Winters History Summer Mural Project. When she has some free time, she can usually be found curled up with a good book!
Russ is co-owner of Dixon Ridge Farms and a fourth generation California
farmer. Dixon Ridge Farms is a vertically integrated organic walnut farming and
processing operation based in Winters. An advocate for farmland protection,
Russ serves on the Board of Directors for Solano Land Trust and as a member of
the California Advisory Committee for American Farmland Trust. In addition,
Russ is past president of the Winters Joint Unified School District and is the
Chairman of the Solano County Agricultural Advisory Board. Russ and Dixon
Ridge Farms have received numerous awards, among them the Golden Apple
Award from Yolo County for public education leadership and the 2008
Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for
environmentally sound energy production.
Don is a retired dean in a neighboring community college district. He has spent his life in higher education and believes deeply in the power of education to transform lives. He and his wife Laura Leach-Palm moved to Winters in 2010 after more than a decade of visits.
Mary Jo Rodolfa
Mary Jo moved to Winters in 1990 where she and her husband proudly raised their two children, both who attended and graduated from Winters public schools. Holding a Masters in Business Administration degree, Mary Jo believes in volunteerism and using her skills to give back to the community, especially in the interests of children and public education. She has served as a member and in leadership roles on the Davis Parent Nursery School Board, Winters Parent Teacher Association Board and for over twelve years on the Winters Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees. Additionally she volunteered and chaired the Winters Youth Day Committee for several years. In 2002 Mary Jo was honored as the Winters Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for her contributions to the community.