2017 – 2019 Board of Directors

Budd Snell, President

Budd Snell, Board President: Budd co-founded Ukes for Schools in 2013 along with Stu Herreid. Budd’s passion for sharing the ukulele with others was his inspiration. In addition to being the best Ukes for Schools President ever, he is also a member of Strange Things, a local ukulele rock band. Budd works in the technology education field.

Kathy Mitchell, Secretary

Kathy Mitchell, Board Secretary: Kathy has been playing the ukulele since she began taking lessons in 2010 and has been playing with River City Ukulele Orchestra since 2011. Before retiring Kathy worked for 25 years in the printing industry and the 11 years at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Kathy’s other hobby is quilting. She is involved with the local quilting community and quilting service group. As a member of the service group she makes quilts for various pediatric wards. Kathy joined the Ukes for Schools Board in 2017.

George Thomas, Board Vice-President

George Thomas, Board Vice President: George and his wife Sarah became involved with Ukes for Schools when a parent at Ruhkala Elementary in Rocklin reached out for help starting a program at Ruhkala in 2016. George is also the “Sound Guy” for the River City Ukulele Orchestra and has been with the orchestra since 2015. George joined the Ukes for Schools Board in 2017.

Stu Dicker, Board Director

Stuart Dicker, Director: Before retiring Stuart worked as a carpenter and architectural millworker for 45 years. He has made several musical instruments including an ukulele. He has been a member of the River City Ukulele Orchestra since 2011. Stuart joined the Ukes for Schools Board in 2018.


 Jane Salamanca, Board Director

Jane is a life-long educator. She, along with her husband Tony, are passionate about sharing education and music with local schools. Jane taught many grades in various roles at schools throughout in California and Oregon. She supervised and mentored student teachers for Sonoma State University and Chapman University. Jane has played the guitar since she was a young girl. While attending the American River Folk Festival her interest in playing a stringed instrument was renewed and she eventually fell in love with a pretty concert ukulele that had quite a lovely sound. She loves playing the ukulele because it has opened the doors to so many music festivals. She says that the people she has met playing the ukulele are as sweet as her uke!