Meet the Governing Board


Mark Dyken has lived in Vallecito with his wife, Laura for over 30 years. Their two adult children attended Michelson and Avery and a third is currently in 8th grade at Avery. He retired in 2020 after more than 20 years in education most recently serving as Director of the Jamestown Family Resource Center and the Homeless and Foster Youth Education Liaison for the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools office.  


He is a co-founder and executive director of Resiliency Village, a start-up non-profit focused on a trauma healing approach to ending homelessness.  For over 30 years he has worked with underserved populations in education, youth development, and community organizing. 


Mark is a trainer and motivational public speaker on the topics of trauma-informed education, homelessness, community activism, and related subjects.

P.O. Box 329

Avery, CA  95224



 My wife Lynne and I have lived in the Murphys area for over 40 years. We raised both our boys in the Vallecito and Bret Harte School Districts.  I taught  school in the Vallecito School District for over 32 years serving as an 8th grade social studies teacher.  While serving as a teacher, I also served as a basketball coach and an activities/ leadership director.  After retirement I was asked to serve interim stints as principal for both Hazel Fischer School and Michelson School.

     My varied educational experiences in the Vallecito School District have provided me with an opportunity to assist the school district,  its families, and children.

     In my one year as an appointed board member from November of 2017 to November of 2018, I hope to represent the Vallecito school community in a trusting, professional manner, and give the job my full attention. 

P.O. Box 329

Avery, CA  95224



 I am passionate about education. Prior to moving to Murphys, I was elected to my eldest son's local school board and served from 1998-2002. During my term, I dedicated my service to improve student achievement, attract and retain the best teachers, enhance athletic, music and art programs, and provide early childhood and family support initiatives. I strive to equalize educational opportunities among the different parts of the community. As a VUSD school board member, I will focus on these same issues here, while working hard to responsibly manage the budget.

I also believe that it is important to openly engage the parents and school community in honest, straightforward dialogue about current issues facing the school district.

The quality of life in Calaveras County is excellent and provides the perfect setting for my wife and I to raise our two young boys. My wife grew up in Arnold and attended Hazel Fischer and Bret Harte. Her education led her to pursue an advanced degree and a successful career. I want these same opportunities for all of our children, and therefore have a long term educational investment and commitment to the Vallecito Union School District.

P.O. Box 385

Murphys, CA  95247




I was an Army Brat growing up, attending eight different schools through the years before I graduated from high school in San Francisco. My bachelor’s degree was in English from the University of California at Berkeley.  I then received my California Teaching Credential for K-8 from California State University Hayward in the specialized inner city program. I began teaching in Oakland, California, but my first full-time teaching job was in Tasmania, Australia.

Our family moved to Calaveras County thirty years ago, in 1986. My children attended Vallecito Union School District Schools and all three graduated from Bret Harte High School.

I retired from teaching in June 2016, after serving 20 years in the Vallecito Union School District.  During my years at VUSD, I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at both Hazel Fischer Elementary and Albert Michelson Elementary. As a staff member, I helped introduce several new curriculum's, technological developments, and social programs. We made every effort to make the learning experience for the children as rewarding as possible.  What a joy it has been to see our students return to visit as accomplished young adults.

I look forward to serving my community and schools as a school board member and feel that because of my experience in education, I have unique insight into the needs of the children. I hope to continue the quality education Vallecito provides and make a positive difference in the future of our children.

P.O. Box 6170

Arnold, CA  95223




Sarah Wilson is fourth generation in Calaveras County, attending school in the Vallecito Union School District and graduating from Bret Harte High School.

Mrs. Wilson has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from California State University Sacramento, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  While attending school, she joined AmeriCorps in which she volunteered at the local elementary schools, coordinated local clothing drives that benefited a local non-profit WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), and arranged a workshop for local high school students in order to educate students and teen mothers of the benefits of attending college.

Mrs. Wilson accepted an internship with the California State Department of Consumer Affairs where she worked on various projects from analyzing legislation to assisting on conferences that discussed elder abuse to cyber safety for children.      

Following graduation, Mrs. Wilson took a position at the California State Department of Consumer Affairs as the Director’s Administrative Assistant.  There she continued to assist the Department in coordinating conferences and facilitating in Strategic Planning Sessions for the Department's Boards and Bureaus.

After several years working for the State, Mrs. Wilson and her husband Kyle decided to move back to Murphys, to work in the family business and raise their two boys.

As a parent, active member of the community, and now as a member of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Wilson is committed to ensuring the district has what it needs to deliver a superior education to the children of VUSD.      

P.O. Box 324

Vallecito, CA 95251