CCUEF Annual Report, Spring 2014

This annual report was presented to the CCUSD Governing Board at their March 11th Meeting. Use the left/right arrows to scroll through the presentation.


Notes of Appreciation

“Tis better to give than to receive.”

So true, but it sure feels good to hear words of thanks!

The following words of gratitude belong to anyone who has contributed to the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) mission since 2009 as a trustee, fan, parent, student promoter, student performer, sponsor, donor… enjoy!

Hello and Good Morning,

I wanted to give you and your foundation a sincere thank you for the donation of monies in order to purchase iPads for my 3rd grade classroom. I know this will impact students in a positive way for years to come and I am excited to learn more about what I myself, alongside my students, can do with this wonderful technology. What a great start to a week!

Thanks again,

Sandra Borth

There is just no way to express my sincere appreciation for the 4 i-Pads my class will be receiving. I am so excited to be able to teach with more technology. The students are going to benefit for years to come because of your kindness.

Thank you so much!

Linda Wilson

I am just so happy! 🙂

Thank you so much for choosing the Vision and Hearing Departments for iPads. We really appreciate your recognition of our needs. If you would like to see how we are using them, please feel free to contact us so that we can arrange an observation.

Again, thank you for your generous donation.

Julie V. Urban, Certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
Traci Gellman, Certified Teacher for Students with Hearing Impairments

We are deeply grateful for your investment in our students and school. We will not let you down!!

Thanks for all you do!

Janiene Marlow, Principal

Horseshoe Trails Elementary School
A+ School of Excellence

I am thrilled that you approved my grant application for 35 guitars for Lone Mountain! I can hardly wait to share this new curriculum with my students. Thank you for this opportunity!

Kathi Gibbs

The 2nd grade teachers at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School are honored to have received the donation of 4 iPads. Thank you for making it possible to work with a small group of children while using technology.

Kim Blackert
Sent from my iPad

Thank you very much for approving my grant request to purchase non-fiction books for our 4th grade classrooms. Through your generosity, our students will have the opportunity to continue to learn, grow and explore the world through meaningful reading experiences.

Lisa Schwartzstein M.Ed.
Black Mountain Elementary School

Good Morning!

I just realized that my grant application was accepted! Thank you so much!

I want to express our gratitude for this wonderful opportunity for our students to work with a professional muralist on a project for our school.
I just met with the artist yesterday, and he will be providing us with sketches in about two weeks.


Leih Cooper, Ed.D.
Visual Arts Specialist
Desert Willow Elementary


I am so thankful for being awarded this grant. Our Sci-Tech lab is an amazing opportunity for middle school students to believe that they can be anything they want to be in the future. The focus of this lab incorporates Project Based Learning using 21st Century Skills. Receiving this grant will allow us to continue to purchase the supplies needed to make our lab successful.

Again, thank you very much.

Angie Braude, MaEd
Sci-Tech Action Lab
Sonoran Trails Middle School

Good Morning,

I just wanted to extend my gratitude to all of you for accepting and awarding the HTES Physical Education department and ALL of our students here at Horseshoe Trails with a very generous grant!  I am so excited to be purchasing a classroom set of heart rate monitors as well as additional materials to supplement fitness and health which are part of our daily lessons regardless of the unit that we are in.  Thank you all once again on behalf of myself and every student at Horseshoe Trails!


Lesley Pletnick

Past Trustees

Many thanks to our former trustees for their hard work and dedication in establishing and growing the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation.

Lisa Doche
Jeff Atkins
Mark Rambo
Mark Doughty
Heather Carter
Dave Karsten
Al Swanson
Kurt Nielsen
Nancie Sullivan
Tammy Baker
Casey Hargett  2010-2014
Michele Jones  2012-2015
Kristin Nelson  2010-2014
Jill O”Connor 2010-2014


Jeff_AtkinsJeff Atkins – Former Trustee

Jeff is presently the Sales Director of the Education/State and Local Government for SkillSoft Corp., a leading provider of online courses and electronic performance support tools for personal development.

Jeff holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. Jeff has lived in the valley since 1978 and currently resides in Scottsdale with his wife Marianne and their two girls, Chandler and Payton.

Jeff’s children are students at Cactus Shadows High School and Sonoran Trails Middle School.

 Nancie_SullivanNancie Sullivan – Former Trustee

Nancie is currently a Marketing Specialist with Bonneville Marketing Group, who represents 98.7 The Peak, NewsTalk 92.3 KTARFM and Arizona Sports in the Valley.

Nancie graduated Arizona State University with a B.A. in Political Science. An Arizona resident for over 35 years, of which over half being in the Cave Creek/Carefree/Scottsdale area, Nancie currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband Scott and their daughter Samantha, a student at Black Mountain Elementary.

Tammy Baker

Tammy Baker – Former Trustee

Served 2008-2013

Tammy is presently the General Manager for Arizona Milk Producers, the Arizona affiliate of the American Dairy Association, and the marketing and promotions branch of the Dairy Industry nationwide. She has a B.S. in Dietetics from Loma Linda University and an M.S. in Nutritional Science from the University of Arizona.

She currently serves on several advisory councils and foundation boards in Arizona related to child health and well being.

Tammy resides in Scottsdale with her husband Steve and two girls Terri and Sandi. They are students at Cactus Shadows High School and Sonoran Trails Middle School.


Robert_Young Robert Young – Former Trustee

Served 2013-2016

Robert Young is the founder and president of PRO Financial Investment Coaching, LLC and the head of Pro Financial, a PlanMember Financial Center in Glendale, AZ.

Robert is committed to giving back to his community through Valley Big Brother. Robert also works with several schools to raise money and awareness for education. He is the former president and current board member of the Peoria Education Foundation, an organization that provides grants and scholarships for both educators and deserving students who would otherwise be unable to afford an education. Robert is proud to serve on foundation boards for nonprofit organizations that support education.

Robert lives in the Cave Creek Unified School District. He enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter, family and friends. His recreational passions include golf, wakeboarding and waterskiing.