About DSEF

The Desert Sands Unified School District Educational Foundation (DSEF) was established in 2010 as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. In March 2012, DSEF officially re-established its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID# 330452541). Securing and distributing funds to close the ever-widening gap between what an excellent education costs and what the state funds was its purpose at onset and continues today. The initial focus for support to all schools and students within the five cities served by the District was technology in the classrooms. The emphasis in seeking contributions from foundations, corporations, communities, and individuals has been expanded over the years to all components of a quality STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education. DSEF is run by an all-volunteer, working Board of Directors. While it continues to operate independently from the District, a Director of Community Engagement and Education Foundation was employed by the District in 2019 to serve under the District Superintendent as a liaison between the District and the DSEF Board.

IRS 501 C (3) Letter of Determination

2018 990 Tax Documents
2019 990 Tax Documents
2020 990 Tax Documents

Executive Board

Kathleen Doyle President
Member since 2020
DSUSD Parent

Sandy Hursey
Vice President
Member since 2020

Irene Creighton
Treasurer
Member since 2011
DSUSD Parent

Alma Ochoa
Secretary

Member since 2019
DSUSD Parent

General Board Members

Lisa Bostjanik
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Community Member
Gary Lopez
Board Member

Member since 2020
DSUSD Community Member
Vanessa Mager
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Parent
Gerry Neighbors
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Community Member
Stefan Pejovic
Board Member

Member since 2020
DSUSD Community Member
Mary Perry
Board Member
Advisor since 2015
Member since 2018
DSUSD Grandparent
Mary Trimmins
Board Member

Member since 2020
Classroom Conversations Co-host
Orli Presser
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Parent
Vikki Montoya
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Parent
Caroline Sofonio 
Board Member

Member since 2021
DSUSD Parent 
Jim Lister-Looker
Board Member

Member since 2022
DSUSD Staff & Parent

Foundation Director

Sean Webb, DSUSD Director of Community Engagement and Education Foundation

[email protected]
(760) 771-8735

Student Representatives

Desert Sands high school students volunteer with DSEF as ambassadors at their campus and in the community.

Fast Facts for DSUSD

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