Board Members

Mrs. Cathy Herrick

Governing Board President

Appointed February 9, 2015; Appointed 2016; Elected 2018

Term expires 2022

Mrs. Herrick is fulfilling the term originally held by Dr. Kenneth Turney; because this is an appointed position, it becomes a short term position of two years


Vice President/Director of Operations for Parallel Broadcasting, Inc., dba KBHR-FM Radio and Outdoor J. Walter Thompson and Focus Media/Media Supervisor and Los Angeles Market Radio Buyer for Focus Media (accounts included Target and Sears)

Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Citizen’s Energy


Raised in Medford, Massachusetts relocating to Los Angeles in 1986

BA in Art History from Tufts University


Moved to Big Bear in 1995

Daughter has attended BVUSD K-12

Volunteer at Big Bear Elementary School

Active participant in the parent supported Booster Clubs at each school site

President of BBES Booster Club 2006-2009

President of BBMS Booster Club 2010-2011 school year

Participant on individual school committees and district committees including the Budget Advisory Committee, Healthy Start LEA Oversight, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, and the LCAP Advisory Committee.


Community involvement includes Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Visitor’s Bureau, Snow Summit Race Team, Big Bear Cycling Association, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, and the Big Bear Yacht Club.

Hobbies and interests include traveling, boating, and most recently, golf.

Ms. Susan (Sudie) Smartt

Governing Board Vice President

Appointed February 2017; Appointed 2018

Term expires 2024


Ms. Smartt has been a resident of the Big Bear Valley for over 20 years; 19 of those years were spent teaching at Big Bear Elementary School.  Ms. Smith’s daughter and son graduated from Big Bear High School and Chautauqua High School respectively.  Ms. Smartt spends her spare time reading, traveling, skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and engaging in Pilates.

Mr. Paul Zamoyta

Governing Board Clerk

Elected 2008 first term; 2012 second term; Elected 2018

Term expires 2022


Sotheby’s Realty

Governing Board Trustee since 2008


B.A. St. John’s University

California Teaching Credential, San Diego State University

Adaptive Recreation Therapist, United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC)


Educator in the Bear Valley Unified School District for eight years teaching 1st, 6th, and 7th grades at North Shore Elementary School and Big Bear Middle School

Son currently attends Big Bear Middle School


Hobbies include riding bicycles, skiing and snowboarding, playing Frisbee, chess, reading books with my son, listening to podcasts and learning something new every day, and dreaming about the schools our children deserve.

Dr. Stephen D. Foulkes

Governing Board Member

Elected 2014; Appointed Oct. 2019

Term expires 2024



Vice President of RCK Properties, Inc.

Vice President of Television Center, Inc.

Vice President of Northbrook Properties, Inc.


1967 Graduate of Big Bear High School and both of his children attended BVUSD K-12

BS in Physics from UC Santa Barbara (1971)

MS in urban and Policy Science from SUNY Stony Brook, NY (1973)

MS in Physics from UC Riverside (2002)

PhD in Experimental Particle Physics from UC Riverside (2006)


Dr. Foulkes has resided in Big Bear for 57 years


Hobbies and interests include:  biking, hiking, boating, particle physics, the quantum-macroscopic interface, and spending time with his grandkids


Dr. Foulkes worked closely with Mr. Mike Clifton to construct the Varsity Girls Softball Field at BBHS.

Mr. Jack Roberts

Governing Board Member


Term expires 2024