Meet The GEF Team
Melinda Dilwicius has served on the board for GEF between 2014-2020, serving as Board Secretary, Co-President, then President. Melinda is passionate about education and helping students reach their full potential no matter what educational path they choose. Melinda is a life-long learner, having recently graduated wither Master’s Degree from University of La Verne. She works as a Marketing Director or a local credit Union and also volunteers with GUSD as a member of their Personnel Commission.
Daniel Boyer was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to the city of Glendora in 1981. Growing up in Glendora, Daniel attended La Fetra Elementary School, Sandburg Middle School and Glendora High School before venturing off to the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, Daniel would excel as a Mechanical Engineering major and graduated as one of the top students in his class, yet currently owns Southland Properties real estate company in Glendora. He has served on the Ed Foundation for over 10 years and is a past President.
Linda is a proud mother of five children with four currently enrolled in GUSD. She has volunteered at her kids schools for many years. She was happy to join the Foundation board because she is passionate about the Glendora Education Foundation's vision and all the opportunities it provides for the kids of GUSD.
Archie was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and moved to Glendora with his wife and four children 9 years ago. His professional adventures have taken him from work as a professional Sommelier, to becoming a tax manager at a CPA firm. Currently a Project Manager for a Commercial Mechanical Contracting firm, you can find Archie cycling in the local mountains and spending family time with his wife, children, and dog whenever the chance presents itself. Through volunteer work at GEF and community outreach, Archie shares his passion for being able to empower education and improve quality of life in our community.
Mike Beckman has lived in Glendora for 35 years, and his three children all attended Glendora schools. He is a founding member of the Glendora Education Foundation, serving on the board since 2004. Now retired, his professional experience includes 30 years in the investment management business.
Eric’s roots in Glendora run deep, having attended Glendora Unified Schools K-12 and raising his family here, where his two children now attend the same schools he did as a child. With a background in finance and data analytics, Eric has vast experience in organizations ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. Currently, he works for a start-up tech incubator, helping others launch, grow and scale their organizations for success. Eric believes that a quality education is one of the most important things we can give our children and is honored to serve on the Glendora Education Foundation board to help make that a reality for Glendora’s students.
Tamra's family moved to Glendora from Chicago in 2017 with three school aged sons who all thrived in GUSD. Her career started on the Chicago futures and options commodities trading floors and she eventually became an entrepreneur training others how to use business software. She put her extensive training background to a higher calling by educating her three sons at home in Chicago. While educating them at home she became an active volunteer seeking opportunities for kids to foster their curiosity outside a classroom setting. She is honored to serve on the GEF Board and is giving back by helping Glendora be a community who values educating each child to the best of their potential.
Art Miranda was born and raised in Los Angeles. Attended California Polytechnic University Pomona where he acquired two B.S in Biochemistry and Microbiology. In addition, Art continues to contribute his scientific background by having a career in the pharmaceutical drug purification market. Art has always stated “Every child is born a scientist and we have to harness that curiosity until adulthood."
Aaron was born and raised in Southern California, moving away for college and service in the Army. He finished his active-duty service in the Washington, DC area and remained there for seven years before moving to Glendora in 2016. He is a lawyer in the Los Angeles office of an international law firm where he helps clients with government contracts and investigations. Aaron and his wife, Katie, have two daughters in the Glendora Unified School District.
Jenny is a long time San Gabriel Valley resident who fell in love with the quiet tree-lined city of Glendora two years ago. She has spent the past 18 years working with numbers professionally, experience in Controllership and Financial Planning & Analysis roles with Fortune 500 companies. Strongly believes in making lemonade when life gives her lemons. When the pandemic turned the world up-side-down, she found her passion in education; decided to give back to the community by volunteering with GEF and certify as a substitute teacher to help in classrooms.
Greta is a dedicated member of the Glendora Education Foundation board, where she actively contributes to the betterment of education in the community. Having grown up in Glendora herself and attended K-12 schools in the area, Greta has a deep-rooted connection to the local education system. With two children currently attending elementary and middle school in Glendora, she understands the importance of providing quality education to every student.
Greta’s background in early childhood education has equipped her with valuable insights and knowledge about effective teaching methods and child development. She brings this expertise to her role on the board, advocating for innovative educational programs and initiatives that benefit students of all ages.
Katherine Vieser moved from Pasadena to Glendora 5 years ago with her family. She has lived in the San Gabriel Valley for 13 years. Katherine and her husband have two small children, one who attends GUSD in first grade and a 2 year old who attends a local preschool in Glendora. She has more than fourteen years experience in fundraising, community relations, marketing, and strategic planning working in education institutions and non-profit organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Southern California and after graduating worked at the USC Fisher Museum of Art overseeing the museum’s community outreach and public programs.
Currently, Katherine is the associate director of leadership giving at The Webb Schools in Claremont where she has worked for the past sixteen months. Prior to her role at Webb, Katherine held the position of director of alumni and community relations at Polytechnic School in Pasadena for 10 years. From a young age, Katherine has been motivated and invested in bettering the communities she is a part of. While fairly new to the Glendora community, Katherine loves the small-town community feel, the friendships she has developed, volunteering at her childrens’ schools, and she is thrilled to be part of Glendora Education Foundation’s efforts to support and enrich our schools, students, and teachers.