On December 19, 2018, two new board members were sworn in on the Lake County Board of Education, replacing Patricia Hicks and Madelene Lyon. Hicks served 37 years on the board and Lyon served over 20 years. Hicks is the longest serving school board member in the history of California.
Before the administration of the oath of office to new board members, the existing board approved a resolution honoring Hicks, and a resolution honoring Lyon for their service to Lake County education. Both women were warmly thanked for their contributions and mentorship.
Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of School, administered the oath of office to Denise Loustalot, Anna Ravenwoode, and Dr. David Browning.
Loustalot has been a Lake County resident for 37 years, and is a graduate of Lower Lake High School. She has a long history of dedicated community and public service, including being the former Mayor and City Councilwoman for Clearlake. She was the President of the Clearlake Chamber of Commerce, and served on numerous other Councils and Board of Directors. She is an active member with the Rotary and Soroptimists.
Ravenwoode is a California credentialed public school educator, with 30 years of experience teaching history, government and science in public schools. Ravenwoode was born in Oakland, raised in Sonoma County and has lived in Lake County for 18 years. She has taught in both Lake and Sonoma Counties in the public school system.
Browning has been on the Lake County Board of Education for 12 years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the California County Boards of Education (CCBE) and is a Regional County Delegate for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) where he advocates for strong education in rural communities.
Dr. Mark Cooper completed his year as President of the Lake Board of Education 2018. Melissa Kinsel was elected President of the Board for 2019. Dr. David Browning was elected Vice-President for 2019.