Josephine County Educational Fund provides scholarships and grants to students in schools throughout Southern Oregon with a focus on Josephine County. Awards are based on demonstrated leadership and co-curricular activities, academics and need, and are funded by donations from individuals, businesses, service clubs and class alumni.
Who We Are
From humble beginnings in 1964, Josephine County Educational Fund, Inc. or JCEF is proudly celebrating 54 years of operation. With over 200 individual fund accounts, we recently hit a major financial milestone by surpassing the $4 million mark. In scholarship awards ceremonies this past Spring, JCEF awarded $359,825 in scholarship awards to students throughout Josephine County. With donor support, we can continue to grow and increase the level of financial support to area young people to help them realize their full potential and keep up with the ever-escalating costs of higher education.
As a 501 (3) (c) public foundation, JCEF is committed to helping local students achieve their dreams of further higher education by providing financial assistance through the award of scholarships and book grants to local graduating seniors at: Grants Pass High School, Hidden Valley, Illinois Valley and North Valley High Schools. Recently, JCEF expanded partner relationships with four new schools: Brighton Academy and New Hope Christian School in Grants Pass, Rogue River High School in Jackson County and Glendale Jr/Sr. High School in Douglas County. We look forward to providing additional financial assistance to expanding student populations.
We could not fulfill our mission without the generous support of donors who support what we do by making annual, periodic or sustaining gifts of any size or, who choose to include JCEF in personal estate plans, thereby leaving a lasting legacy to benefit future generations of students.
Thank you to our generous donors who continue to support the scholarship dreams of youth in our community by funding what we do. Please read further to become acquainted with our valued community Board members who do so much to support the mission and work of our scholarship foundation in countless ways through their gifts of time, talent, professional expertise and philanthropy.
Jack Davis was raised in Grants Pass and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1967. He received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon in 1972 and earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1975. Jack has spent his entire legal career in Grants Pass. A partner in the firm of Davis, Adams, Freudenberg, Day and Galli for the past 26 years, Jack’s practice includes estate planning, elder law, business organization and transactions, real estate, construction and general civil litigation. Prior to Davis, Adams, Jack was a partner with Jesse R. Calvert, Jr. for 12 years.
Jack has been prominently involved in the Grants Pass Area Habitat for Humanity program in Josephine County and supports public education through his long-term service on the board of the Josephine County Educational Fund, Inc. (JCEF), which provides scholarships and grants to students throughout Josephine and Jackson counties. Board president since 2012, and a board member since 2004, Jack also serves on the Finance and Fundraising Committee. He established the Kaite Davis Memorial Scholarship fund with JCEF in 2001. Currently, the fund has awarded over $85,500 in scholarships to 46 students.
Jack is also the acting Municipal Judge for the cities of Cave Junction and Rogue River. An avid local cyclist and Cycle Oregon participant, Davis enjoys producing stained glass art in his leisure time. Jack is married to Kim Davis. They have a son, Geoffrey Davis (a Grants Pass High School graduate), who is a teacher in Eugene.
In addition to JCEF, Judie is a member of the Grants Pass Kiwanis Club. Tom is a member of Southern Oregon Success (SORS), a regional network of early childhood, K12, higher education, government, non-profit, and workforce programs. Judie has lived in Grants Pass for 25 years (since 1988) and Tom has been a resident for 37 years (since 1976).
Judie graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, MA in 1970. After a successful business career, she returned to school taking night classes at Boston College until she moved to Grants Pass in 1988, where she continued at RCC and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BS degree in Human Communications in 1992. Tom graduated from Pawtucket West High School, Pawtucket, RI in 1962. He earned a BA degree from Brown University in 1966, served in the US Marine Corp from 1966-1970, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a MA degree in 1974, and completed an internship and residency in clinical psychology at Oregon Health Sciences University from 1974-1976.
Sean Ward is the owner of Sean Ward Development, Inc. and Prime-Sean Ward Properties where he is a real estate broker, developer and consultant. A life-long resident of Grants Pass, Sean graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1991. He attended Western Oregon University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 and a Masters from Oregon State University in 1998.
Sean is active in the Grants Pass Association of Realtors and a member of Table Rock Fellowship Church. He and his wife have two boys, who are 3 and 1 respectively. Immediate past-president of JCEF, Sean has served on the board for the past 14 years and “enjoys being part of an organization trying to provide better opportunities for our students.” Sean and his father, Richard Ward, are stewards of the Ward Family Scholarship Fund through JCEF, which awards annual scholarships to seniors at Grants Pass High School.
Board of Directors
Chris Cauble is an attorney and partner in Cauble and Cauble, a Grants Pass-based law firm where he has been in private practice with his father, Walter L. Cauble, since 1996. Chris grew up in Grants Pass and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1989. He attended Willamette University and earned a BA degree in political science in 1993. Chris attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Wash. where he earned a J.D. degree in 1996, graduating with cum laude distinction. Chris was admitted to the Oregon bar in 1996, the Washington bar in 2002, and is also licensed in the US District Court in Oregon, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the US. Chris has tried many cases and appeal matters in state and federal courts. His firm specializes in litigation, appeals, probate, estate planning, guardianships/conservatorships, business law, real estate, administrative and construction law.
A member of JCEF’s board since 1998, Chris and his wife, Tracy are the parents of two children. They are active in the GPHS Band Boosters Club, PTA, and others vital to advancing youth and public education. Chris believes that “scholarships and the work that JCEF does throughout the community to make higher education a reality for local students enriches not only individual lives but the community as a whole.”
Tom and Judie Drummond are Co-Directors of College Dreams and founded the grant funded non-profit in 1998. The organization has helped over 1,700 high achieving, at-risk students in the past 15 years finish high school and achieve their dreams of higher education. The program mentors at middle schools and high schools in Josephine County and has recently expanded to Jackson and Douglas counties.
The Drummonds and College Dreams entered into a partnership with the Grants Pass High School Foundation while they were both working for Josephine County, and College Dreams was a program of the Mental Health Department. They wanted to move the College Dreams scholarship fund out from the County structure, and into an organization that could invest and manage the scholarship funds. The GPHS Foundation had a long and outstanding history of tracking student scholarship funds, and assuring donors that their contributions would be spent on education and according to their wishes. At the time, GPHS Foundation board members were excited to take on the responsibility and quickly responded with a letter of commitment to manage the funds. Shortly thereafter, Judie and Tom were invited to join the JCEF Board. Both have been actively engaged with JCEF since 2008.
Bill Flaming is a semi-retired pharmacist, who joined the board in 2006 after making a major contribution to an established JCEF family scholarship, the Flaming Family Scholarship, named in honor of his wife, Lucy. In commenting about that commitment, Bill said, “it seemed to me that I could do a better job of helping deserving kids to improve their lives if I was more intimately involved in the scholarship award process.” A champion of higher education, Bill has expressed “…concern for our youth as I watched the cost of education escalate at an alarming rate. It was difficult for me to finance my education decades ago, but in comparison to today, it was a ‘cake walk’. Thankfully today there is much more financial aid available to students, but the (increasing) costs of higher education have taken away a lot of that help.”
A resident of Grants Pass for 55 years, Flaming first attended a two-room school and later matriculated to Grants Pass High School where he graduated in 1954. With his wife and infant son, Bill moved to Pasadena, Calif. to take advantage of free post-secondary education and graduated from Pasadena City College. After graduation, he and his family moved back to Oregon, where Bill attended Oregon State University and earned a graduate degree in pharmacy. During this time, Bill’s second son was born. After graduation from OSU, the family returned to Pasadena, where Bill worked as a pharmacist and their third son was born. After a few years, Bill relocated to San Diego to manage several pharmacies before returning to Grants Pass, where he purchased Service Drug Store. Bill operated the locally-owned pharmacy for 30 years before selling it to one of his sons. The pharmacy has been in the Flaming family for over 40 years. Actively involved in the local community, Bill was a member of the budget committee at Rogue Community College for 25 years, where he served two terms as chairman, and was an “ad hoc” member of several RCC Foundation board committees.
Constance Palaia Marr has served on the JCEF board since the 2012 merger with the Three Rivers Schools Foundation, where she served as a Board member since TRSF was created in 2007. A librarian at Fruitdale Elementary School in Grants Pass, she and her husband, Kevin and daughter, Sylvia have lived in Grants Pass since 2000, when they bought Motel Del Rogue, which they currently own and operate as a family business.
Constance’s K12 education took place in Riverside, California; Evanston, Illinois; Sacramento, California; Washington, D.C.; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Kensington, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 1976. Previous employment involved work as an antique bead jewelry designer for 10 years; and over 15 years working in the garment industry, which included 11 years as the owner of a textile design studio based in Seattle, Washington.
Passionate about public education, Constance is actively involved in the Oregon School Employee’s union. She believes that JCEF’s “mission and vision and the good that we do for our local students and schools is the most satisfying to me. I get as much as I give.” A member of JCEF’s finance and fundraising committee, Constance is also the board chair for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Grants Pass; board member of Grants Pass Community Tennis Association; former chair of the Josephine County Democratic Central Committee, and former board member of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.
Coleen Moore is a life-long resident of Grants Pass, and presently works as the ASPIRE and Scholarship Coordinator at Grants Pass High School, where she has been employed for 20 years. In that time, Coleen has helped hundreds of students navigate the college application process while concurrently serving as scholarship coordinator for the past 15 years, where she began as a secretary. A GPHS alumni herself, Coleen attended Southern Oregon University for one year, before marrying and beginning a family. In 1991, Coleen returned to school at Rogue Community College to finish a certificate program in computer systems science and analysis, which has aided her work with students and using technology effectively in education.
In addition to Moore’s service on the board of JCEF since 2009, Coleen is a member of Parkway Christian Center, where she has facilitated a Divorce Care group for the past eight years. Prior to that, Coleen taught Sunday school for 31 years and worked as a professional chef in a number of local restaurants. She has two sons and five grandchildren.
Kara Olmo is co-owner of Wooldridge Creek Winery in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. Her professional background includes winemaking, community relations and hotel management. Kara relocated to the Applegate Valley in 2003 to start a small winery focusing on premium blends after attending the enology (winemaking) program at California State University-Fresno, the hospitality program at University of Nevada-Las Vegas (where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree) and the culinary program at San Francisco City College.
Olmo gained wine industry experience working for the Lodi-Woodbridge Wine Grape Commission where she worked for 800 wine grape growers to promote regional recognition of the Lodi area. Kara is a past chairwoman of the Oregon Wine Board and a past president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. She was a founding member of the Three Rivers Schools Foundation in 2007 which merged with the Grants Pass High School Foundation to create JCEF, Inc. in 2012. Kara is involved with JCEF because she “understands the direct connection between the strength of our public schools and our ability to grow our economy. As a business leader, I am committed to bringing our businesses and the community together to support our schools.“ She is a board member of the Three Rivers School District and the Greater Applegate Community Development Corporation, as well as an active member of many local agriculture organizations.
Donna Zimmerman Tellyer
Donna Zimmerman Tellyer joined the JCEF Board in 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer of the Illinois Valley High School Alumni & Friends Association. The daughter of Don & June Zimmerman, Donna was raised in Cave Junction and is a graduate of IVHS High School. “Being on the JCEF Board gives me an opportunity to financially support our students in their important pursuit of continued education,” says Donna. “I can give this support by encouraging Illinois Valley alumni, organizations, and individuals to participate with their donations, grants and endowments.” A resident of Cave Junction who moved back to the Illinois Valley after a 40-year absence in 1998, Donna is active on the Board of the Kerbyville Museum. She also serves on an area Board responsible for maintaining the Kerby High School Memorial Park.