Hillmen Foundation
Board Members

The 2015 Board

The Hillmen Foundation Board is comprised of individuals who have either graduated from Placer High, taught at Placer High, parented Placer students,  administered, or supported Placer High's presence in the greater Auburn community. Their efforts have always exhibited a focused dedication to Life on the Hill....

Interested in helping the board or becoming a board member? Email the Foundation Webmaster. 

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Director Bob Burge

Journalism/English teacher at Placer High for 33 years, "Voice of the Hillmen" at LeFebvre Stadium, Yearbook and Newspaper advisor, Auburn area "Educator of the Year" 2004, currently Support Provider Mentor Teacher for Placer County Office of Education

Emeritus Past Director/District Liaison Jug Covich 

I have been a HILLMAN SINCE 1950 and it is GREAT to be a HILLMAN !



 Tom Johnson  

For 25 years served as an English Teacher, football coach, assistant principal, and principal at PHS. Adult School principal and Technology Coordinator at PUHSD for eight years. Founded the Hillmen Foundation in 1991. aka Bob Beige!


CFO Lori Heitz

Parent of two Placer alumni.   Have been on the Hillmen Foundation Board since 1996. 


Recorder David Odom

David Odom is a 1982 graduate of Placer who has been on the Hillmen Foundation Board since 2011. David’s wife Nancy and their two daughters also graduated from PHS. They all love the history of the high school, and the ways in which the school and town are interconnected. David is currently a financial advisor living and working in Auburn.


Database Manager Ralph Burge


 Parent of two Placer graduates, Auburn resident for 20 years,  strong supporter of the Placer High School experience.


Fundraising Coordinator Shana McDonald

 Shana Fain McDonald is a 1978 Placer graduate with four  generations of Hillmen on her family tree. 

At her request, Shana was granted a one-year leave of absence to concentrate on the                                   demands of her current employment.


2015 All-Class Reunion  Liaison Bob Rogers and Website Director

 Bob Rogers is a 1977 Placer  graduate and is currently serving on  the All-Class Reunion 2015  planning committee as well as being involved in a guitar building business that benefits the Muscular  Dystrophy                                                           Association.


PHS Teacher and Technology Resource Dan Wilson 

Dan Wilson is a 1987 graduate of Placer and has been on the Hillmen Foundation Board since 2012.  He is currently the Yearbook/Newspaper Advisor as well as the Technology Coordinator at Placer where he has taught since 1996.  Rotary Club's 'Teacher of the Year' in 2007 and Placer Union High School District 'Teacher of the Year' in 2009.  Dan is not a current voting member of the board but an invaluable resource in technological/web/computer concerns. 


Member Carolyn Metzker


Born and raised in Auburn, a 1987 Placer graduate and proud parent of two daughters currently attending Placer, I love the school's rich history, academic excellence and it's significance in our community. Placer is a wonderful school and an Auburn treasure. And, The Hillmen Foundation is a catalyst for prosperity and bright futures for Placer students and the community as a whole.


Member Dave Krizman

During his 32 year tenure at Placer High School, Dave Krizman taught English, coached football, spear-headed Quality Schools, introduced the first AP classes in the district, and served as president of the teachers' union.



Member Jeff Patton



As a lifelong Auburn resident, with a commitment to both Placer High School and this community, it's my privilege to be part of the Hillman Foundation. My wife (Sheri), myself and our two children are Placer grads. I have been active in local service clubs and leadership in youth sports for most of my adult life.  Recently, after over 25 years as a consulting engineer, I further engaged myself in our region when I accepted the role as Director of Maintenance, Operations and Facilities for the Placer Union High School District. Auburn is home and Placer High School is a cornerstone of this community. I'm glad to have a part in the success of our youth. 


 Member Ty Rowe

Executive Chef and co-owner Ty Rowe, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., apprenticed nationally with the Marriot Hotel Chain, later honing his skills in Europe. As well as overseeing  the award winning cuisine at Bootleggers, he can be seen at numerous regional cooking demonstrations and competitions. He has also been featured on numerous TV cooking shows. His style favors simple fresh flavors prepared in many international cooking styles, using locally grown products to provide  a seasonal menu, balanced with a blend of classical flavors and homestyle comfort food. 


   Member Bob Haydon and PAC liaison

As a Placer graduate, class of 1961, and lifelong Auburn resident, Placer High School will always have a special place in my heart.  The Hillmen Foundation has provided the perfect venue for me to “give back”, help strengthen and preserve this iconic community treasure.


                                      Member Scott Strawhecker


I am trustworthy loyal helpful courteous kind obedient cheerful brave and friendly. or Happy Wife Happy Life? " I enjoy the time I spend with my family, at my job and in my community."