Fortuna Union High School District

Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM, Fortuna High School Library


Anita Gage, President - Term expires 2018

Anita Gage retired from Fortuna High School in 2004 after teaching English there for 20 years. She also worked with the Humboldt County Office of Education in the Career Education Department for four years and with the Denver Public Schools for eight years.

She has written federal grants, developed state-wide curriculum in career education and worked as an educational liaison with the Colorado State Legislature, as well as provided inservice career education, writing and gender equity.
Mrs. Gage graduated Magna Cum Laude From the University of Colorado in Speech and Theatre after also attending San Diego State University and California Lutheran University. She received her MA in Education Administration from Humboldt State University.
Mrs. Gage can be reached at

Charles Ellebrecht, Vice President - Term expires 2020

Charles was elected to the school board in November 2015.  Charles was raised in the Eel River Valley and graduated from Fortuna High School in 2002.  Charles is married to his wife Katie and has one child. Charles has previously worked on campus as a school resource officer.  Charles has a B.A. in Law Enforcement Administration and is also the current President of the Non-Profit Fortuna Police Employee’ Foundation.  Charles has also served as a member of the Ambrosini School Site Council. 

Charles believes the district provides an excellent learning environment and looks forward to helping the district continue to provide excellent educational opportunities for our youth.

Mr. Ellebrecht can be contacted at


Charlie Giannini, Trustee - Term expires 2020

My family has been in California since before the gold rush and I am a fifth generation Californian. My wife, Jean, and I have been married for 42 years. Her family has been in Humboldt County since the 1870’s primarily in the Arcata-McKinleyville-Blue Lake areas. Our son, Andy, is a 1993 graduate of Fortuna High. He taught for seven years and is presently the Principal of Olive Grove Elementary School in Antelope-Roseville, California.

In 1967 I earned a BS in Natural Resources from Humboldt State. I retired from the U.S. Army Combat Engineer after 22 years of service. During the late 70’s I ran a hands on manpower training program for RCAA. I have given workshops at College of the Redwoods and possess a lifetime teaching certificate.
I worked in maintenance at the Humboldt County Hospital and at Fortuna high for 16 ½ years and was a millwright for seven years at various mills. Presently, UI work for Wendt Construction operating heavy equipment specializing in watershed and wildlife habitat restoration.
I also served as the Chairman of the Board at North Coast Community Christian School for 11 years.

Mr. Giannini can be contacted at

Eldon Whitehead, Clerk - Term expires 2018

Eldon came to the Eel River Valley in 1958 after graduating from Live Oak Union High School
in Live Oak, CA. (Sutter County). Eldon worked the first year and a half with the U.S. Forest Service out of Eureka, CA. He than got a job with the The Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia, CA. He started his career with the Company May 25th, 1959, where he started out in the by-products division. In August of 1961,he moved up to the Scotia Main Office in the role of a company mail delivery person and also working as a accountant in the log accounting department. He was in this capacity until June of 1995 when he was transferred to the Carlotta Mill's office where he continued working in a accounting capacity along with being a certified weight master for the logging department.

In 1966, Eldon met his future wife and they were married in December of 1967. During this time, Eldon & Frances moved into Scotia. In early 1968, Eldon was inducted into the Scotia Volunteer Fire Department and served in several capacities until he retired in 1993 and movedinto a new home in Fortuna, where they still reside. They had lived in Scotia for 27 years, 20 of those in one house.

During the years of living in Scotia, Eldon was elected and served for four years on the Scotia Elementary School District's Board of Trustee's. The last year as the President of of the Board. Eldon also served for many years on the different organizations in the Scotia-Rio Dell area. After 41 1/2 years, Eldon officially retired from The Pacific Lumber Company of Scotia.

Family wise, Eldon & Frances have 8 children, 17 Great-grand kids and 24 Great-Great Grandkids, most of whom have gone through Fortuna High School or is still working their way up to the High School level. Eldon became a FUHSD Campus Security officer in late 2000 in a volunteer capacity. He held this position until he was elected to the District's Board of Trustee's in 2006. He was re-elected to the Governing Board 2009.

As Eldon has had and will have family members attending the High School, he has deep feelings for the District and wants to do everything possible to make sure all of the District's students has a very safe environment and able to obtain the best education that they can. Eldon believes if a child does not get a great education, than somewhere along the line, the system failed some how.

Mr. Whitehead can be contacted at

Seth McGrath, Trustee - Term expires 2018

Seth came to the Eel River Valley in early 2016 to open the Fortuna Grocery Outlet with his wife Stefanie. They have 3 children, Spencer who is a freshman at Fortuna High, Trent who is in 7th grade at Fortuna Middle and Hayden who is in 4th grade at South Elementary.
Seth was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. He began his career at Raley's Superstore in 1997 where he spent 16 years, 8 of which were as a Store Director. In 2013, Seth made the decision to jump into the family business and join the Grocery Outlet family. Seth and Stefanie trained in South Lake Tahoe to own and operate their own store and in 2014 were awarded a store in Fresno, CA. After spending a year in Fresno, they decided that it was time to find a place to set roots. Seth and Stefanie fell in love with the Eel River Valley and they are proud to call Fortuna their home. 
Seth looks forward to bringing his business experience to the board and working with the other trustees to uphold the mission and vision of the district.
Mr. McGrath can be contacted at