Foundation Board Members

Meet our Board of Directors

Kris Miravalle – President

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Kris Miravalle’s passion for Feather River College, her alumnus, motivated her to remain a part of it. A manager for Bank of America, Kris attended FRC in 1977 with her high school sweetheart, Butch. In 1980, Kris and Butch moved back to Quincy and raised their two daughters Amanda, an office manager, and Emma, who works at the Housing Authority in Quincy.

Kris was voted Plumas County Citizen of the Year in 2014 and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the community to the Foundation Board. Kris enjoys the small town feel of Plumas County. She likes to garden, play softball and volunteer.

“The college brings in a diverse group of students that help make our community interesting… I cannot think of another place that I would rather live.”

Russell Reid- Vice President

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As the patriarch and department chair of the Agriculture and Equine Programs at FRC, Russell Reid used his knowledge and passion for FRC to help found the FRC Foundation in the early 1980’s. Born in Sacramento, Russell and his wife, Beth have lived and worked in Plumas County for more than forty years. Teaching agriculture runs in the family it seems as their two children, Tim and Katie, are both high school agriculture teachers.

Along with teaching, Russell is a pack station operator, a rancher, and a member of a variety of foundation boards. In his free time, you can find him baling hay, digging ditches or spending time with his grandson, Reid.

It seems that the folks who want to attend and work at FRC will be successful and will also make good friends too. How could you not really appreciate and treasure a special place like that and do what you can to make sure it will continue?”

Michael Bagley

michael-bagleyMichael Bagley is FRC’s renowned Mathematics teacher and Chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. After 15 years of working at FRC, Michael sees first hand the impact that the Feather River College Foundation has on FRC students, especially the Foundation’s scholarship program, of which he is the chair.

He married his college sweetheart, Amy Shulz, in 1994. They have two children, Andrew, a Quincy High School wrestler, and Alicia, a blossoming philanthropist and Indian Valley Academy student. In his free time, Michael enjoys the outdoors, music, barbecuing with friends and family, and playing pinball.

“Feather River College is a place where peoples lives are transformed. It is a privilege and honor to work with so many people who dedicate themselves to success.”

Marie Anderson – Membership & Alumni Committee Chair

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FRC alumni Marie Anderson has been a commercial loan officer for Plumas Bank for about ten years. A Plumas County local, Anderson and her family have made a valuable impact on the agriculture industry in Plumas County. Anderson’s forte is horses, and brings her passion to the youth in the community as a 4-H horse group leader and horse show coordinator.

She met her husband, Todd, of 29 years while they were both attending Feather River College. She and Todd have four children; Sabrina, who lives in Reno with her husband and two sons; Shonna, an office manager in Sacramento; Lindsay, a stylist in Reno; and Cody, FRC Baseball alumni and pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.

“I appreciate the support that the college gives the community through jobs, educational opportunities and use of facilities. I feel that the college is an important part of our community and the success of us all is dependent on the success of the college as well.”

Dr. Lisa Kelly – Event & Fundraising Chair

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Vibrant Dr.Lisa Kelly is the owner and operator of Moon’s Restaurant in Quincy. With a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Perdue University, Kelly is no stranger to the complexities of the community college systems. It is her skills as a hostess, however, that shines brightest as a member of the Foundation.

Kelly is married to Mike Kelly, a contractor in Quincy. They have five children; Marilyn, a dog trainer; Joe, a computer programmer; Megan at student at the University of Wyoming, Miranda, at student in Philadelphia; and Daniel, a student at Ohio Wesleyan University.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys time outdoors: taking pictures, riding horses and skiing.

“FRC is a field of dreams, whether it is sports recreation or business, FRC has it all!”

Bob Edwards- BMC Chair

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Nancy Gambell – Secretary

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A Quincy High School graduate, Nancy Gambell returned to her hometown of Quincy after living in Seattle for 45 years. She spent the first few years of her return volunteering at Quincy High School, until Gambell was recruited to the Plumas Unified School District payroll as an office staff member.

Gambell has two sons, two step sons and seven grandchildren, most of whom live in Seattle. After watching the influence that Feather River College has on the community, Gambell wanted to make sure she did what she could to help the college. Gambell is an active participant and volunteer in the Foundation’s fundraisers and the Plumas-Sierra County Fair. Gambell also enjoys cruising in her Jeep and exploring the many nooks and crannies of Plumas County.

“The interaction between this incredible influx of students and the community on campus, and our [community] is magical. I can only see a great and grand future as this college continues to mature.”

John Oravetz- Treasurer

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Dr. Kevin Trutna

kevin-trutnaAs the President and Superintendent of Feather River College, Dr. Kevin Trunta brings a knowledge for college needs and a heart for students to the Foundation Board. He has been the President of the college since 2012 and he brings 29 years of experience working in higher education to his job.

Kevin enjoys the supportive atmosphere for the college that is felt throughout the entire community. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hiking, cooking and camping.

“We jokingly say ‘If we can get a prospective student to visit the campus, they will always enroll at FRC’. FRC is small, unique, and I appreciate that it is the best college in California.”

Bill Elliott – Feather River College Board Trustee

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Bill Elliot plays dual roles at Feather River College, both as a member of the Board of Trustees and a FRC Foundation Board Member. After serving as the President and CEO of Plumas Bank for more than 18 years, Bill is an active participant in the community . He has been married to his wife, a former Quincy High School English teacher, for more than 50 years. They have three grown children, all living in Southern California, with two of them working in education.

Bill is also a Director on the Plumas Bancorp Board and a Rotarian.. He and his wife enjoy traveling, reading, participating in the community and the beauty of Plumas County.

“Serving on the Foundation Board as well as the college Board of Trustees provides me the opportunity to give back to the community that, over the years, has been so good to me and my family.”

John Sheehan – Member at Large

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A retiree of the nonprofit sector, John Sheehan has been an advocate for tourism, natural resources, and community development in Plumas County for more than 20 years. His late wife, Mary Dovi, was an elementary school teacher in Quincy for 30 years. Together they had three boys; Terry a school teacher; Patrick, an architect; and Brian, a physician.

Mr. Sheehan is an accomplished artist and uses Plumas County’s natural surroundings and history as his muse. He is a member of the Main Street Artists guild, the Feather River College Board of Trustees, the Plumas County Fire Safe council, and many other public service clubs.

“Feather River College is delivering a broad view of society to its students and I appreciate the opportunities that are available to all students.”

Vinny DeWitt – Member at Large

avetarOwner and operator of Spanish Peak Engineering, Vinny DeWitt has been a contractor for as long as the Foundation has been around, starting the trade in 1988. He is deeply invested in creating brighter futures for the youth in Plumas County, both as a member of the Scholarship Committee on the Foundation and as a leader and volunteer in the Quincy Elks Club.

Vinny has a daughter, Kristin who is an FRC alumina and now a student in Monterey. In his free time, Vinny enjoys hunting and fishing.

“I like that the college not only tries to better the education of the people who come to FRC, but we have a positive role in their lives while they are going to school here.”

J.P. Harrison – Member at Large

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Ranch owner J.P. Harrison has been a longtime supporter of the agriculture opportunities at FRC. A recent recruit to the board, Harrison brings 40 years of experience in the agriculture industry. She and her husband, Byrd, own Green Gulch Ranch in Sierra Valley, which is operated by their son Zac and his family. Their daughter, Emily, and her husband live in Colorado where Emily works as a landscape architect.

Harrison is an outdoors woman, as well as an active volunteer in the community. She enjoys hiking, golfing, crossing country skiing and fishing.

“I have lived here a long time and seen FRC grow a lot. The college is dedicated to the students.”

Feather River College Foundation Staff