Meet the Board Members

Marilyn Puget


Area 1: Calpella | Potter Valley | Redwood Valley | Talmage/Ukiah (East)
Term: 2022
Phone: (707) 467-5015
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this community we call home. I am honored and humbled to be appointed as Area 1 board member. 

I am the proud mother of two wonderful children who inspire me and enrich my life daily. Raising two wonderful people is the crowning achievement of my life. Guiding and educating my children to achieve their full potential was of utmost importance in my own home and I plan to do all I can to help other children achieve their full potential as an MCOE board member.

In addition to my commitment to my family, I work as a registered dental hygienist for Dr. Barrington and I spend a fair amount of time with my “four-legged friends,” my four animals. I am also an avid reader, I love to cook, and I belong to our seed bank at the library. 

Years ago, I served as board president of the Redwood Riders horse club, a natural step for me given my lifelong love for animals. I did a short stint as a veterinary assistant and realized my passion was dentistry. I met Dr. Barrington at Ukiah Bible Church and he hired me as a dental assistant. I set my sights on the Dental Hygiene program, and after four years of college, became a registered dental hygienist in 2003. Since then, I have been caring for the oral health of our community and hope to continue to do so for several more years.

Dentistry is a good career for me because it fits with my overall commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. With food, for example, I follow the 80/20 approach–80% healthy and 20% a bit more indulgent. Much of my time is spent tending my garden and landscaping. It’s extremely satisfying to grow what you eat. I have always loved harvesting, not only produce but the seeds from my garden as well. I also love to cook, experimenting with recipes and tweaking them to my satisfaction. 


Area 2: Ukiah
Term: 2022
Phone: (707) 498-2328

Born in Nebraska, I taught in a K-8 one-room school for two years after high school.  Coming to California at 19, I completed my degree at Humboldt State with a major in Industrial Arts and the University of Colorado for a graduate year in Mathematics and Science. I served 34 years as a mathematics teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal for Eureka City Schools.  Three sons brought me to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, coaching and directing youth baseball and 8 years on the Governing Board of their elementary school.  The community need for better fire and emergency medical services led me to 24 years as a Director of Humboldt #1 Fire Protection District. 

My personal and professional life has been about community, schools, and children.  I feel very fortunate to again be given the opportunity to serve here in Mendocino County.

Board Member Charline Ford


Area 3: Covelo | Laytonville | Willits
Term: 2024
Phone: (707) 459-5193
I am honored to represent MCOE’s third district, which includes Covelo, Laytonville, and Willits. Having taught English and Leadership at Willits High School, I have been involved with schools and education for more than 20 years. 

I was raised in Oklahoma, graduated from Cottey College and the University of Oklahoma. I later earned my California teaching credential at Humboldt State and master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. I began my teaching career at Arcata High School in Arcata, California. After giving birth to my own children, I stayed home for fifteen years to raise them. When my husband and I moved our family of five to our ranch in Willits, I substituted at Willits High School (WHS) for a semester. The principal offered me a full-time job there the following year, so I took it and taught there for twenty-one years until I retired in 2006. It was a great career!

Besides my work at MCOE, I enjoy working alongside my husband selling beef from our ranch, the John Ford Ranch. Of course, we also enjoy being involved with the lives of our children and grandchildren.


Drew Duncan


Area 4: Caspar | Cleone | Fort Bragg | Leggett | Piercy | Westport
Term: 2024
Phone: (707) 972-1927



Board Member Donald Cruser


Area 5: Boonville | Comptche | Hopland | Navarro | Philo | Mendocino to Gualala
Term: 2022
Phone: (707) 937-4704
I was born in Lander, Wyoming in 1945. I lived in Sinclair, Wyoming until the sixth grade when my dad got a job in the aerospace industry and we moved to Carmichael, CA. I graduated from Sacramento State in 1969 with a double major in Math and Anthropology. At the age of 30, I returned to school to earn my teaching credential and took my first job in 1977 teaching math at Mendocino High School (MHS). When MHS needed two math teachers, I went to work full time and spent my entire career of 26 years teaching at Mendocino High School. I enjoyed teaching and feel fortunate to have played a part in so many young people’s lives. I retired in 2008 and was appointed to the MCOE board in 2013. My primary motivation is to be a strong advocate for teachers and students. Being on the board keeps me up to date on issues in education and gives me a purpose in life.