Board Members



OUR MISSION: Cultivating a collaborative, nurturing environment which embraces diversity, promotes equity and develops confident lifelong learners resulting in academic excellence, civic responsibility, and emotional & physical wellness.

Governance of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District is vested in the five members of the Board of Education, who serve staggered four-year terms. To be eligible for election, Board candidates must be at least 18 years old and must be a resident of, and a registered voter in, the District. Elections are held every two years. LTUSD utilizes a system of Elections by-Trustee-Areas in which Board representatives are elected into office by residents living in five designated boundary areas. LTUSD Board of Education elections occur on the same date as California's even-year general elections. 

See LTUSD Board of Education Trustee Area Map for Future Board Elections.

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District provides the guidance and resources necessary to ensure an environment conducive to learning. It is the policy of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education to foster parental participation and partnership to create an educational climate which reinforces and fosters the positive and healthy development of the child. 

The Board's goal is to develop a strong district-wide team that builds a culture of shared leadership and ownership of all student outcomes. 

It is the vision of LTUSD to discover and foster the unique talents and potential of all students.



Valerie Mansfield

Valerie MansfieldBoard President (Term Expires 12/13/24) Email

Representing Trustee Area 4 - VIEW MAP Area #4   

Valerie Mansfield is a recently retired teacher from Sierra House Elementary where she taught from 1988 until 2020. Growing up, she spent summers at Fallen Leaf Lake and became a permanent resident of South Lake Tahoe in 1984. During her 32-year career as a teacher, and as a mother of 3 children, she volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School leader, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, baseball coach, and many other endeavors in support of her kids and the community. At Sierra House Elementary, she served as the Choir Director, Weather Kids Coordinator, Spelling Bee Coach, and Ukulele leader.  In her free time she likes to read, sing, golf, garden, and walk her dog. Valerie has always been a child advocate, believing that every single child deserves the opportunities for an excellent education and a bright future.


Lauri Kemper

Lauri Kemper - Board Clerk (Term Expires 12/11/26)  Email

Representing Trustee Area 5 - VIEW MAP - Area #5

Lauri Kemper has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1985, when she got a job as an Engineer with the (state of California) Lahontan Water Board. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt). At the time of Lauri’s retirement from her ~ 33 year career with the Lahontan Water Board, she had served as its Assistant Executive Officer for 8 years. Beyond protecting water quality, Lauri has served the community as a coach (Buddy Werner ski club and elementary school basketball), a math and literacy tutor, a mentor to two young women for thirteen years through Tahoe Youth and Family Services, and a volunteer for the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless. Lauri’s son attended K-12 in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and is currently living in Europe conducting post-doctoral research in climate science. Lauri enjoys hiking, xc skiing, singing, reading, and cooking. She is interested in providing excellent education and encouragement for all children in our community. 

Bonnie Turnbull Board Member (Term Expires 12/13/24)  Email

Representing Trustee Area 3 - VIEW MAP Area #3  

Bonnie Turnbull has worked in education for 30 years and has lived in Lake Tahoe since 2006. She holds a BA in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a California teaching certificate. She is passionate about developing the “whole child” and so has volunteered in diverse programs such as BATS (Bringing Arts to Schools), Odyssey of the Mind, and AYSO soccer. A South Lake Tahoe Citizens’ Academy graduate, Bonnie was inspired to take more leadership and has served on the Friends of the Library board and the Parks and Recreation Commission. Bonnie sings in TOCCATA Tahoe and also bicycles everywhere hoping to inspire our community to take action on climate change.

Larry Reilly - Board Member (Term Expires 12/13/24)  Email

Representing Trustee Area 1 - VIEW MAP - Area #1

Larry Reilly has been in education most of his life.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English, a minor in history and a California Teaching Credential from CSU Chico. He began his teaching career in Willits, CA. then moved with his wife Michelle to South Lake Tahoe in 1980 to teach and coach at George Whittell High School.  He also taught summer school and coached basketball at South Tahoe High School.  Larry has served the community over the years by coaching Little League, Babe Ruth baseball and ran the Youth Basketball Program for the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of South Lake Tahoe.  Larry and Michelle have two children who attended schools in LTUSD and are now college graduates.  Larry enjoys attending local sporting events, working out and finding new fly fishing spots.


Jon Hetherton - Board Member (Term Expires 12/11/26) Email

Representing Trustee Area 2 -VIEW MAP Area #2 

Jon Hetherton's roots in South Lake Tahoe are deep.  He was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and attended LTUSD for his K-12 education. His parents and sisters graduated from South Tahoe High School as well, going back as far as 1958.  A top accomplishment at STHS was being a part of the 1987 State Champions basketball team.  Jon’s father started their insurance business in 1968 which Jon now owns. Jon is married to Kelary (another STHS graduate), they have four children, three of whom are current students in LTUSD and one graduate.  Jon has volunteered throughout his adult life in Tahoe from Little League, Babe Ruth, Kahle Basketball, AYSO, Boys and Girls Club board, LTCC Business Advisory Council, and numerous other great organizations.  Jon pursued his dream of baseball in college, obtaining his AA from Sacramento City College and his BS in Business Administration from CAL POLY SLO.  He loves golfing, being with family and friends, his four dogs, and two cats.  Jon loves living in Lake Tahoe and is very proud to be able to raise his family in his home town. 

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