Mount Vernon,Wa- Flora Lucatero has been appointed by Governor Inslee as the newest Skagit Valley College (SVC) Board of Trustees member.
Her appointment went into effect in Dec. 2017 and will run until Sept. 2022. Lucatero will replace John Stephens, who has served as a board member for 10 years.
According to the SVC website, “The Board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, awarding tenure, and approving the operating budget.”
The Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees consists of five members, all of whom are residents of Skagit, Island, or San Juan counties and are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Washington State Senate.
“Flora’s diverse educational experiences will enhance the Board’s leadership and community connections,” said Dr. Tom Keegan, SVC President. “Her insights will be valuable as the Board focuses its strategic direction in support of the College’s core themes of access, achievement, and community.”
Lucatero started the Children of the Valley (COV) After School Program in 2006 and currently serves as the organization’s executive director. The COV program’s provide children of low-income families a supportive and caring environment. The program’s value each individual child’s potential and offers multiple cultural enrichment activities as well as academic support. COV also seeks to create partnerships and relationships within the community find more information here: http://childrenofthevalleymv.org
“SVC has created a learning environment where all are welcomed and receive the support they need to succeed. I am proud to serve on the Board to support of the College’s mission and I’m excited to help bridge the gap for students who think that post-secondary education is not attainable,” said Lucatero.
Lucatero is a parent, a professional, and an advocate for young students and their families. She places great value on community connections, and is deeply involved with both civic and cultural life.
She has help many leadership roles within the community that justify her newly appointed position. She has served as Program Director for the College Assistance Migrant Program at Central Washington University, she has served as President of the West View Elementary Parent Teacher Association, she is a Board Member with the META Performing Arts Board, and Vice-President with the Mount Vernon-Conway Youth Baseball Board.
Lucatero graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Cultural Studies. In addition, she attended the Conversational Spanish Program at Centro Cultural de Lenguas in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico during the summer of 1999.
“Skagit Valley College is making a difference in our community by opening the doors to higher education for everyone who seeks a better future,” said Lucatero.