School Board of Directors
Lori Garcia - Director, District #1
Lori Garcia was chosen as the new District #1 Director during the 2021 November General Election. She was sworn into office during the School Board’s regular business meeting on December 13, 2021.
Mrs. Garcia is a Wapato High School Alum and has served as a Social Worker for the last 20 years. She and her husband Miguel, also a Wapato graduate, have two children. One of them graduated from Wapato in 2018 and another is a freshman this year. Mrs. Garcia has been involved in public service around the community and school district over the past several years. Her volunteer work in the District has consisted of volunteering at Adams Elementary for 12 year, half of those serving at the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President. She also co-chaired and served as Vice-President for the Senior Parents when her oldest child was a senior. In addition to her volunteer service she says she enjoys supporting youth sports teams.
Sarah Divina took the oath of office at the November 26, 2018 regular School Board Meeting. The Board of Directors appointed Mrs. Divina to the District Director #2 position that was vacated in the Fall of 2018.
Serving the Wapato community in a public service capacity is nothing new for Mrs. Divina. Over the past two decades she has given of her time to in a variety of ways to serve the Wapato community. She has volunteered in the schools, is involved with the Filipino American Community, and has served on a handful of community boards. Mrs. Divina says she looks forward to helping the District meet the needs of our children so that they may be able to reach their dreams.Mrs. Divina has lived in the Wapato area for more than 20 years. Her children attended Wapato Public Schools and she now has grandchildren being educated in the District.
Maria Erickson - Director, District #3
Appointed to the School Board on January 10, 2013. Elected to the Board by my community November 2013, and re-elected November 2015.
When I first began serving on the Board I was ready to learn, listen, and be the best board director possible. It is not just attending meetings; there is a lot that goes into being a great board member. My motivation for serving is that I truly care about our students. I attend events and tour classrooms when I am able to and it is wonderful to see our students learning and socializing. Our students are surrounded by teachers, para-pros, tutors, cooks, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, security officers, maintenance crew, administrators, and a Superintendent who all look out for every single one of them. I am very proud to be part of a District whose #1 goal is to improve student academic achievement.
Running a school district takes a lot of hard work and dedication. School Board Directors are tasked with following meeting rules, manage policies and procedures, and oversee our Superintendent. Our Superintendent is tasked with overseeing our entire District. We are all here to serve and do our best.
My husband, Robbin and I both graduated from Wapato High School in 1985. All three of our children also graduated from Wapato. We are all proud Wapato Wolves.I have eight years experience teaching 4th grade and am currently a homemaker.
Lorenzo Alvarado - Director, District #4
As a proud member of the Wapato Community for the past 22 years and having attended Wapato Public Schools from pre-kindergarten to graduation in 1983, I want what everyone wants, a school district that helps all students be successful and positive contributing members of our community/world. I want to be part of a board that works together, learns together and represents what the community wants done to help all students graduate on time and with a meaningful diploma. I look forward to contributing to an already strong board and making it stronger. I am passionate about public education. I have a proven track record and experience supporting education. In fact, I was a teacher for 7 years and am currently a building administrator in the Yakima School District and have been for 27 years. I bring a unique perspective as does each of the current board members. I love the city of Wapato, I am who I am because of my education in the Wapato Public Schools and now, I look forward to giving back to this great district!
I have a wife, Zuky Alvarado, who is a teacher at Adams Elementary, a son, Lorenzo Jr. who graduated in 2019 from Wapato HS, and two others that are still in the district. Fabian is a senior, and Sofia is a sophomore.
My hobbies are spending time with immediate and extended families, dancing and exercising.
John Francisco - Director, District #5 (Board President)
I ran for and was elected director of the Wapato School District School Board in 2011. My purpose then and now is to provide an experienced educator’s perspective to the policy making process of a school board. My extensive experience in the classroom and in educational associations make me uniquely qualified to give opinions and shape policy and guide a district toward a successful future. I strive to represent and give stakeholders a voice in the process. Students are our tomorrow and we have a responsibility to ensure we provide them with the tools and foundation to be responsible and productive members of our society to provide for all our futures.
Personal Bio: I was born and raised in Honolulu HI in 1950. I am 69 years old. I am married to Wapato High School alum, Connie Brown, (Class of 1971) for 43 years. I am the father of three daughters all of whom graduated from Wapato High School. I am also the grandfather of two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Graduate of: Punahou School in 1968.
I am a 1972 graduate of Central Washington University.
Professional Career: 37 years teacher in Wapato; 7 years teacher in White Swan; teaching elementary, middle school, high school.
Lifetime member of Washington Education Association and National Education Association