Foundation’s Strategic Plan

Joyful Board 2014

 Director  Ethel Hoskins


Name: Ethel Hoskins

Position on Board: CEO and President

Brief personal history: Born in Sacramento, CA; has lived on the ranch her entire life. Graduated from Winters H.S. Attended UC Davis, Solano Community College and graduated from CSU, Sacramento with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. Teacher in Vacaville School District for 38 years; taught 3rd, 4th, 5th grades; reading specialist; mentor teacher. Now retired and working full time on the ranch.

Raised on the ranch; Grandfather was WJ Pleasants; mother was Ruth Pleasants. A strong desire to preserve the ranch for future generations: its legacy, its nature, its peaceful presence.

Current Special Projects: Conservation practices, especially Pleasants Creek; caretaker of the ranch; writing a book highlighting the history of the ranch. Director


Name: Pat Marino

Position on Board: Treasurer

Brief personal history: Born in Denver, Colorado. Grew up in the Air Force. Lived in Denver, Chicago, Japan, Massachusetts, Santa Cruz, California, Philippines, Travis AFB (twice) and has lived in Vacaville since 1961. Graduated from Armijo H.S. in Fairfield while living on Travis AFB. Graduated from Solano Community College with an Associate of Arts. Enjoys watching and attending sporting events, especially the SF Giants and “Forty Niners”.

Brief professional history: Federal Civil Service at Travis AFB for 34 years in the Personnel career field. Twelve of those years as Chief Personnel Systems Manager of a base-wide computer network. Retired in 1994. Assistant to the Human Resources Manager for the Vacaville Police Department for over 11 years. Retired in 2007.

Friend of Ethel Hoskins since 1961 and one who wishes to see Ethel’s vision for Joyful Ranch fulfilled. Director


Name: David McKenzie

Position on Board: Director

Brief personal history: Born and raised in Napa, CA Graduated from Napa High School; BA in History, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Married with three children, two of whom are married. Lived in Vacaville from 1980 to 1993, currently living in Dixon. Enjoys biking, swimming, reading, projects. Fourth generation local business owner/manager.

Professional history: President of Pacific Ace Hardware in Vacaville, Winters, and Esparto. Started working at Pacific Hardware as a young boy threading pipe and has been there ever since.

Has enjoyed a longtime business association with Ethel and has a deep commitment towards preserving the local history stemming from his family’s roots back to the town of Monticello, now Lake Berryessa. Director


Name: John Onsum

Position on Board: Vice Chairman

Brief personal history: Born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Fresno, CA. where he met Rita at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Married with two sons, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters. Has lived in Dixon since 1972. Graduated from high school in Inglewood, CA. Attended El Camino College in Southern California; graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree; graduated from UC Davis with a Master’s Degree. Also completed a professional program at the Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington. Enjoys running, biking to work, fishing and traveling. Community involvement includes being a board member of KVIE, the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, Rotary Club, Dixon Community Church and Solano Economic Development Corporation.

Brief professional history: Banker with First Northern Bank since 1972 – current President/CEO. First real job was as a Fresno Bee paperboy!

Friend of Ethel Hoskins since 1969. Fondest memories of Sunday dinners with Ethel and her parents, Roy and Ruth Hoskins. Their hospitality and humor helped John survive school and developed a desire to stay and work in this magnificent Solano County! Director


Name: Rita Onsum

Position on Board: Director

Brief personal history: Fifth generation Californian born in Fresno. Married with two sons, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters. Has lived in Dixon since 1972. Graduated from Fresno H.S. Attended Fresno State; graduated from California State Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree. Enjoys spending time with family, traveling, fishing, gardening and photography. Community involvement includes being a board member of Vacaville Museum and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis. Former member of Dixon May Fair Board and Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation.

Brief professional history: Taught elementary school in Los Angeles, Goleta and Vacaville.

Long-time friend of Ethel Hoskins with whom she taught school. Hopes to help Joyful Ranch Foundation preserve this wonderful piece of Pleasants Valley history. Wishes to aid in sustaining and expanding on all Ethel has accomplished in reaching JRF’s goals. Director


Name: Ethan Roschen

Position on Board: Director

Brief Personal History: Grew up in Vacaville and resides in Pleasants Valley. Married and has three daughters. Has an Associate of Science degree in Architectural Drafting & Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Brief Professional History: Has been in construction since 1982. Has General Contractor’s license and is the owner of Roschen Drafting & Design. Currently working as a Project Manager with Swinerton Builders.

Is a neighbor of Ethel’s and is very interested in the restoration of the Victorian home and other buildings on the ranch. Director


Name: Judy Showalter

Position on Board: Secretary

Brief personal history: Born in Oakland, CA. Has two sons. Graduated from Skyline H.S. in Oakland. Attended BIOLA University in Southern California.. Lived in Lafayette, CA. Lived in Denver where husband attended seminary. Moved to West Virginia and back to CA for church pastorates for 10 years. Enjoys sports, original and ardent Oakland Raiders fan; also enjoys gardening, almost anything outside, traveling, helping people do odd jobs and errands, table games, Bible studies.

Brief professional history: Vacaville Unified School District Curriculum / Educational Services Deputy Superintendent’s Secretary for 20 years. Vacaville USD Administrative Assistant for 13 years. Medical secretary & transcriber for 5 years. Music teacher for 5 years. Retired in 2004.

Ethel’s friend since 1985. As visits to Joyful Ranch increased, felt impassioned with the beauty, unique peace, and historic legacy. Wishes to preserve remaining California ranching with special natural habitat and artifact / history and education interest.

Current Special Projects: Uncover / discover artifacts, preserve /document history and Ethel’s story, day-to-day working around ranch-including pet “baby”-sitting. Director


Name: John Knowles

Position on Board: Ex-officio Director

Brief Personal History: Originally from Maine. Moved to Southern California and attended Junior College studying electronics. Has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Brief Professional History: Worked with NASA projects in astrophysics lab at Cal Tech in Pasadena for five years. Worked for Pacific Bell in Los Angeles as an electronics technician. Moved to Northern California in the late 1970’s and worked at various jobs before becoming an electrical contractor.

Ranch Manager, represents the ranch on the Solano Resource Conservation District. Met Ethel through re-wiring the Victorian home on the ranch. Avid outdoorsman and gold miner. Has been working on the ranch since the fall of 1994 and there’s basically nothing John can’t fix.

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