The Bandon Educational Foundation is made of of thoughtful, committed residents of our beautiful, seaside community. We are parents, former teachers, school administrators, business leaders, and invested citizens who are willing to do whatever it takes to support our schools' children in their journey towards success.
Doug Ardiana has been Superintendent of Bandon schools since 2015. He moved here from Montana, where he retired after spending twenty-seven years as a superintendent, principal and teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Education from Montana State University and his Master of Education from University of Southern Mississippi. Doug lives in Bandon with his wife, Gina, who is a Nurse Practitioner at Bay Area Hospital. They have two adult children: Abbey, 24, who is a nurse, and Dylan, 22, who is a student.
“I am a student-focused leader who truly cares about making a difference in the lives of our students.”
I've lived in the Bandon area for the past 41 years. A college graduate with masters degree work, I'm the retired CEO of South Coast Business Employment Corporation, serving in that capacity for 32 years. A former Bandon School Board member (14 years), Bandon School Budget committee member (18 years), currently serving on 3 non profit boards and as a volunteer driver for the elderly. My primary interest in serving on the Bandon Educational Foundation is to increase the scholarship opportunities for students pursuing additional training and education.
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Laurel Roszkowski. I was born in Buffalo, New York, just twenty minutes from the Erie Canal. I attended the University of Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education. My summers were spent at Cradle Beach counseling underprivileged children ages 10 to 16. Accepting a position with the Clark County School District, I headed to Las Vegas, Nevada. There, I taught for 22 years while working on my Masters in Early Childhood Development, which I received from the University of Nevada.
Upon a visit here to Oregon to visit my daughter, Misty, I fell in love with Bandon and the Southern Oregon coast. I married Tony Roszkowski of the Crab Shack, and accepted a position here at Harbor Lights Middle School. I taught in the Bandon School District for 13 years before retiring in 2016. I joined the Bandon Educational Foundation as a way of staying connected to the students of Bandon. As a member, I plan to work collaboratively with other members in writing grants, reaching out to other organizations for the funding of scholarships and implementation of programs that will better prepare our Bandon graduates for the future.
Troy Russell is the current longest-serving Bandon school board member, having been elected to the Bandon School District Board in 2007 after first serving two terms as a member of the District Finance Committee. He is a past board chair and vice chair. Troy is a native to Coos County, having grown up on the family dairy farm on North Bank Road across from Riverton. He graduated from Coquille High School and earned his B.S. in Horticulture from Oregon State University. Troy met his wife Kim while in Corvallis, and they recently enjoyed their 28th wedding anniversary. Troy and Kim have two daughters, Alaina and Amelia, both of whom have attended Bandon schools K-12. Alaina graduated in 2014, and Amelia is currently a senior at Bandon High School. Like his father before him, Troy chose to take a proactive role in his children’s education with service to the district.
Troy has been working in the turf grass and golf industry for over 25 years. In addition to serving on the Bandon School board, Troy is also a board member of the Bandon Educational Foundation, City of Bandon Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Greater Bandon Association.
Francis came to Bandon in 1959 as a Math & Science teacher, having graduated from Pacific University. Later, in the '60s and '70s, he was certified to teach Industrial Arts and Vocational Education.
He left education in 1978 to develop a Building Supply company, a construction business, and do land development. He served on the Bandon School Board for 20 years, and his trust has given scholarships to graduating Bandon Seniors pursuing vocational careers for the last 10 years. He is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the BEF and although he's semi-retired, he still dabbles in home construction and land development.
Steve Pounder has been an experienced and successful business owner in the Bandon community for over 18 years. Prior to locating to Bandon, Steve’s business occupations ranged from the inbound travel industry to owning and operating a full-service advertising and public relations firm for nearly 12 years.
Steve and his wife, Margaret, have raised 4 very happy and successful children and presently brag about 7 grandchildren, two of whom are enrolled at Bandon High School.
Greg Fodrea is the Senior Pastor at Bandon’s First Baptist Church. He is also President of the Bandon Ministerial Association and a certified Christian Counselor. He began his professional career as a corporate trainer and adult educator in his home state of Colorado, but moved to Oregon about 9 years ago after his life changed gears and he felt called to help people. He earned his Master of Divinity degree followed by a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling. After practicing as a counselor in private practice for a few years, Greg was called to the pastoral ministry.
After moving to Oregon, Greg met Amanda Carlton and the two fell in love and were married in 2016. Blending their families together, they have seen 3 children graduate through the Bandon School District (their oldest daughter had already graduated from Coquille High), and have 3 more currently enrolled, one in each of Bandon’s schools. Greg’s passion for helping Bandon’s youth thrive comes from his own experiences working with kids in the arts and from seeing his own children growing up and entering the world, and he is proud to be involved in the Bandon Educational Foundation.