Ben Moss, President
Ben Moss brings 17 years of educational practice and leadership to his current position as Principal of Barry Elementary School in the Yuba City Unified School District, previously Superintendent of Meridian. He holds degrees in Business Management from Park University and Educational Administration from CSU Sacramento.
His career experiences includes years in the grocery industry and service in the USAF. Ben is the recipient of the National Association of School Resource Officers’ Safe School Leadership Award, School Safety Advocacy Council’s Individual School Safety Award and the California School Resource Officers Association Administrator of the Year. Ben’s community and professional activities include the local chapter presidency of the Association of California School Administrators, serves on the board of the Iles Academy of Golf for Kids, and the National School Resource Officers Association, among others.
Mr. Moss is also the proud parent of his four children: Logan, Tiffany, Craig and Kyndal.
Connie Cornelius, Past-President
Connie Cornelius is a retired teacher (and current substitute teacher) who keeps herself involved in the community by volunteering with numerous non-profit agencies. These agencies include the Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Shady Creek, Every 15 Minutes, Family of the Year and Sober Grads. The Yuba City resident is married to Bill Cornelius, the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools.
Connie is very involved on the Yuba-Sutter United Way's Elegant Soiree Committee and is an intergral part of the event's success. When local businessess see Connie coming, they almost always say "Yes!"
Sukh Sidhu, Vice-President
Sukh Sidhu, a recent inductee to the Yuba Sutter United Way board said his wish is to connect Yuba-Sutter United Way with the Sikh community and wants the community to learn more about the Sikhs, which he hopes will prevent any kind of discrimination issues in our area.
Sukh, who lives with his wife Kay, their two daughters Ravina and Maneek, and his mother Gurdev Kaur in Yuba City, came to the area from India in 1983. He is the director of operations for Sightpath Medical as well as a part time farmer. “I find a lot of satisfaction in being a farmer, it's in our blood to be providers,” he said.
Sukh volunteered for the Yuba-Sutter United Way board so he can become more involved in the community and make a positive impact in the area improvements.
Sukh said that one of the most pressing issues in the Yuba-Sutter area is homelessness and preparing youth for the future. “The homeless population seems to be growing, and the youth of today need a lot of coaching to stay on the right path.”
Sukh’s philosophy? “Appreciate what you have and don't ever give up on your dreams!!!!”
Mary Anderson, Treasurer
Vice President Branch Manager of Suncrest Bank in Downtown Yuba City.
I am a banking veteran having been a Banker for almost 30 years, all in the Yuba Sutter area. I am currently the Treasurer for United Way and I also serve as President of the board for Casa de Esperanza and volunteer for many other agencies in the Yuba Sutter area.
I live in Yuba City with my husband, Tim and have a daughter, Chasity Whitmer, a registered nurse in San Diego and my favorite grand dog (Kevin).
Emily Haver, Secretary
Emily Haver comes to the YSUW from Colusa Casino Resort where she is the Assistant Director of Marketing. She is full of energy and in addition to her activities on the Board she serves as the Immediate Past President for the local Active 20-30 Club.
When asked, “What attracted you to the United Way”, Emily responded in part, “Everything the United Way stands for and their mission to make a difference in the community in which we live is what attracted me initially. Being a member of the Board and seeing the shared passion in all of the other Board Members has me even more excited to become involved with this organization”. She also said, “It (United Way) is a great organization with many opportunities for community members to get involved and help make a difference”.
On a personal note, she is the proud mom of Zachary, 9 and Macie, 4 and loves spending time creating fun and new adventures with them.
Michele Blake - Allocation Chair
Michele Blake is the Executive Director of the Sutter County Children & Families Commission (SCCFC) and part of the boomerang generation of professionals who have returned to work and live in Sutter County. She provides oversight for how SCCFC distributes funding to better the lives of children ages 0-5 in Sutter County. Since Michele was appointed as the SCCFC leader in October 2011, she has worked diligently to create strategic partnerships to ensure the Commission’s work has a lasting impact. “Despite the challenges of diminished revenues,” Michele said, “Sutter County Children & Families Commission continues to be that strong voice that advocates for children and their families by remaining committed to fund vital programs and services.”
Michele brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to both the SCCFC and Yuba-Sutter United Way. As the former Public Health Education and Promotion Coordinator for the County of Sutter, Michele was responsible for developing, representing and advocating for the community interests related to improving the health, well being and quality of life by fostering and maintaining relationships with a variety of entities on the local and state level. In addition to sitting on the Executive Committee for Yuba-Sutter United Way, she chairs the Yuba City Parks and Recreation Commission and serves on its Foundation. She is a member of the Butte Vista School Site Council where she serves as the Secretary. Michele is also a member of Soroptimist International of Marysville-Yuba City. She is involved with many community organizations serving as a volunteer, including the local Dancing with Our Stars event.Michele is the mother of two fabulous children, Gannon and Mila. She holds a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico and a Bachelors in Kinesiology from San Diego State University.
Sunil Tumber - Campaign Chair
Sunil Tumber is the Vice President and Branch Manager at Rabobank in Yuba City with 13 years of experience in the banking industry. He is a lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area. Sunil lives in Yuba City with his wife Kiran, daughter Sienna and his son Aryan.
Sunil volunteered for the Yuba-Sutter United Way board to become more involved in the community where he was born. This is his home where he lives, works & plays.
Sunil is involved with many of the events in the Yuba- Sutter area and is a member of the Rotary Club of Yuba City. He is a volunteer for the Rotary Crab Feed, Binational Health Fair, Downtown Summer Stroll, Sunsweet Health Fair, Punjabi Festival, and the Yuba City Sikh Parade.
Nancy Aaberg brings 43 years in education to her current responsibilities as Superintendent for the Yuba City Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Education from CSU Chico, with continuing education courses that include the California Chief Business Official training.
Her career experiences include over 25 years of teaching mathematics at the high school and community college levels, along with adjunct facility for CSU Chico, CSU Sacramento and Yuba College in education courses. Administrative experiences include coordinator, director, and assistant superintendent roles related specifically to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Ms. Aaberg previously worked on the leadership team for the National Science Foundation grant to the California Department of Education known as Math Matters. In addition, she served as the Interim Director for the Northern California Mathematics Project at UC Davis.
Nancy’s community and professional activities include Friday Night Live, Sutter County Children and Families Commission, United Way, Yuba City Economic Development Commission, church, Association of California School Administrators and Delta Kappa Gamma, among others.
Robert was raised and has been a member of the Yuba-Sutter Community since he was an elementary school student. Attending local schools, he graduated from Yuba City High School and Yuba College, and went on to complete his undergraduate work in Business Management.
Robert began his career in public service at the age of 18. He is the County Administrative Officer in Yuba County. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the County, which has over twenty departments and approximately 900 employees. He reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.
He has spent many years volunteering in the Yuba-Sutter community as a sports coach, President of the Yuba Sutter Youth Soccer League, little league coach, and member of Marysville Kiwanis. Robert has been a Yuba-Sutter United Way supporter and board member for the past five years.
Chanell Cheney joined the YSUW Board of Directors in June, 2016. She is the Church Administrator at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City.
I moved to this country from India in 1973 when I was 9 years old. I went through the Yuba City Unified School system and my parents were my biggest advocates for receiving higher education. The main reason my family moved from India was so that my four sisters and I could get the best education possible. I am a lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area. I live with my husband Sukhdev and I have two adult children Josh and Sabina.
My professional experience includes serving at every educational level; Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, District Superintendent and County Superintendent. I have led major efforts resulting in higher student achievement, significant improvement in teaching and increasing school status.
I serve on many local and national boards, I believe in giving my time through community service to help improve the lives of all students. I have received a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Masters of Education degree in Education Leadership, and a Doctorate of Education from California State University, Sacramento.
My core beliefs are that everyone deserves the opportunity to get the best education possible; a good education opens many doors. I have been in the education field for 28 years and, to this day, what makes me happy is when I am able to make a significant difference in a student’s life.