Roger Steel - Class of 1967

roger steel thumbRoger began his career as a teacher in Lassen County. He became a 5th-6th grade teacher at Richmond Elementary School with his wife, Suzanne, who became a first grade teacher at Janesville Elementary School. While living in Lassen County for ten years, Roger and Suzanne had two great kids, a daughter, Barbara, and a son, Zachary.

In 1985 Roger was hired by the Chico Unified School District as a Principal/Teacher at Forest Ranch School. He remained there for five years before becoming principal at John McManus School in 1991 and later principal at Chapman School and Sierra View School. While at Chapman School, the school was awarded the California State Achieving School Award for three consecutive years and was named a National Achieving School for one year.

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Jane Dolan - Class of 1967

jane dolan thumbAs a member of Pleasant Valley’s first graduating in 1967, Jane Dolan took advantage of her time at PV to begin a lifelong commitment to serving the Chico Community. While at PV Jane served in Student Government, helped form the Girls Block Society, was assistant yearbook editor and served on the Student Advisory Council. Jane attended CSU Chico where she was elected the Associated Student's President in 1973. She then joined the family business, Dolan Appraisals, and has been a small business owner for over 20 years. First elected as a Butte County Supervisor in 1978, Jane has tirelessly represented Butte County residents for 32 years. Jane has provided strong, consistent support for the preservation of agricultural lands through the Chico Greenline and has served with numerous local agencies ensuring Chico’s quality of life for generations to come. Jane is a fourth generation native of Butte County and married to Bob Mulholland.

Mark Francis - Class of 1975

mark francis thumbA Chico native, Mark Francis graduated in 1975 after an active high school career that included participation on Pleasant Valley baseball, basketball and football teams. Mark earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts and was involved in student government where he served as Student Body President his senior year. Mark graduated from Chico State in 1982, going on to graduate with honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.  Currently, Mark is President and CEO of Golden Valley Bank. Mark has a long history of community service in Chico, including serving a term on the Chico City Council from 1990 to 1994. He currently serves on a number of charitable boards and has spent over 18 years on the “Good Guys” committee raising money for Chico youth sports.

Jolene (Koch) Francis - Class of 1978

jolene francis thumbBorn and raised in Chico, Jolene (Koch) Francis graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1978. Soon after graduation, Jolene began what was to be a successful career in the financial services industry for over 28 years. With her help, Golden Valley Bank was organized, approved and began operation in 2006. She was also instrumental in creating the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation, a charitable giving organization whose mission includes providing financial literacy programs to the local high schools. In January 2009, Jolene took the helm of the Chico Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO while remaining active on a number of local, charitable boards. Son Casey Dietle is 26 and a firefighter with Cal Fire. Twin daughters Kristen and Lauren are 18, both alumni of PV High School and currently freshman at Chico State.