The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees are listed below:


Pat Seeley

President of the Board

Trustee Area 5


Term Ends: December 2022
Trustee Seeley was appointed to the Board on January 25, 2017 and elected in November 2018. 

Pat Seeley moved to Nevada County in 1969. She attended Nevada Union High School and graduated mid-term in 1972. Following graduation Pat established her career in business and has enjoyed living in Lake of the Pines for the last forty years.  Her son graduated from Bear River High School.  She has a granddaughter who graduated in 2021 from Bear River High School and a grandson who is currently a junior.
Pat originally applied for a vacancy on the Board in 2017 to pursue her passion in serving the educational needs of the community. Her wish has been to ensure that today’s students have access to the best education possible. She is retired and loves to golf, garden, travel and spend time with family.

Jim Drew
Vice-President of the Board
Trustee Area 3


Term Ends: November 2024
Trustee Drew was elected to the Board in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.  

Jim is a 1970 graduate of Nevada Union High School. After graduation from Cal State Chico and 2 years teaching at Elk Creek HS he returned to Nevada Union in 1977 and taught Agriculture for 34 years.  During that time he served on the site council, coordinated the energy conservation committee, and served as the Teachers Association President for three years.  Jim also served on the Chicago Park School Board, Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters, State FFA Adult Board, and is past President of the California Agriculture Teachers Association. He continues to serve on the Nevada County Resource Conservation Board as well as the Nevada County Livestock Producers Board.
Jim has three children and three step children all of whom are Nevada Union graduates as well as ten Grandchildren. Jim and wife Karen are members of the Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame and Jim was recently inducted into The California Agriculture Teachers Hall of Fame.  Jim, Karen and around 5 dogs currently farm 10 acres with sheep and pasture, a vineyard and garden.  Jim enjoys fishing, shooting sports and the great outdoors.  His hope as a trustee is to provide all of our students in the District a diverse and worthwhile education in a safe environment.

DuWaine Ganskie

Clerk of the Board

Trustee Area 4


Term Ends: November 2024
Trustee Ganskie was elected to the Board in 2020.

DuWaine Ganskie retired from the Nevada Joint Union High School District in 2018, after thirty years of service as a Teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director.  He has a degree in Social Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy. In addition to DuWaine’s duties on the NJUHSD School Board, he serves on the board of directors for the District’s Scholarship Foundation.
DuWaine worked at both Nevada Union and Bear River HIgh Schools, teaching Economics, Government, and Math.  He coached varsity basketball at both schools, and was selected as California’s Coach of the Year in 2004.  He was also elected to the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2018.  DuWaine served as Athletic Director at Bear River High School, and was President of the District’s Teacher Association from 2016 to 2018. 
DuWaine has been married to Linda Ganskie for 43 years and they have three children together, all graduates of Bear River High School.  When not spending time with his eight grandchildren,  DuWaine loves to travel, fish, bike, and work with wood. 

Stephanie Leishman
Board Trustee
Trustee Area 2

Term Ends: November 2022

Trustee Leishman was appointed to the Board on June 8, 2022. 

Click HERE to meet with Trustee Leishman during her office hours.
Stephanie Leishman is a Nevada County resident who loves education and wants our students to have the educational opportunities they need to be successful in adulthood. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University; she also earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Boston University. She previously worked for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was awarded the Infinite Mile Award by the MIT president’s office. Stephanie is a local business owner in Grass Valley who helps businesses and non-profits. She also loves to volunteer in the community. Stephanie has mentored students throughout her life. She enjoys listening to others about their experiences in the district: she has met many parents, students, teachers, and classified staff, and looks forward to meeting many more.

James Hinman

Board Trustee
Trustee Area 1


Term Ends: November 2022
Trustee Hinman was elected to the Board in November 2018. 

Jim Hinman has lived in Nevada County since 1980. He has been involved in the growth of the county as a Nevada County Transportation Commissioner, President of DVSAC (now Community Beyond Violence), Pleasant Valley School District Trustee and Grass Valley Downtown Association vice president, where he ran a successful business for several years. He worked to start the Grass Valley police bicycle patrol . He was the director of the Nevada County Homeless Teen Task Force, and volunteered with Pets of the Homeless and Women of Worth. He was a blacksmith at the Empire Mine and still makes artifacts in his forge. Jim is a Master Mason and original member of the Famous Marching Presidents. Jim was a coach for the Nevada Union Junior Miners football program and has been active in sports. He has been a teacher in this district for over 30 years, including ROP and as an original member of the Silver Springs Staff. Jim is a disabled Vietnam Vet. He has been married for 51 years and has two children, both attended Nevada Union. He has four grandchildren.
Amelia Glaz
Student Representative
Term Ends: June 30, 2023
Trustee Glaz was elected to the Board for the term ending June 30, 2023. 


If you wish to view the Trustee areas please link below to go to the County of Nevada GIS department where you can view a map of the Trustee areas.

At the top of the page, click on “map overlays” and choose Nevada Joint Union High School District.




Photographs by David Arnold and Students from the Advanced Photography Program at Nevada Union High School