by linda frabl | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

With budget cuts affecting California’s schools, there is an unprecedented need to raise funds for the educational cause. Luckily Jerry and Keri Bohart, 20-year residents of Rancho Peñasquitos (they relocated their family to 4S Ranch in April 2012), are committed to doing all they can for the neighborhood’s schools. Jerry admitted, “We especially liked living in PQ because of the close-knit community and the schools.”

The Boharts began their school-improvement quest by establishing one of the very first foundations in the Poway school district back in 2000 for Deer Canyon Elementary School, with Keri acting as the President of that Foundation. The couple continued spearheading foundations for Verde Middle School (where Keri resumed her role as the Foundation President), Oak Valley Middle School, Canyon View Elementary School, and Westview High School. Since Westview opened in 2002, Jerry has been on the Foundation board, and has been the Foundation President from 2009 on.

“My goal is to provide Westview with the resources necessary to maintain its level of excellence,” Jerry explained. Providing those resources requires 100% contribution participation from Westview’s families, and luckily Keri is Westview’s PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)-Foundation Liaison. Keri communicates between the two organizations “to make sure we are working together as a team for the benefit of the school,” Keri clarified. She continued, “When parents come together, great things can happen!”

In addition to their school-related commitments, the Boharts volunteer for many other activities that enrich the lives of children in the community. Jerry has coached his children’s sports teams with Keri participating as the team mom, and Jerry has been the Children’s Liturgy Leader at their church, while Keri has taught religious education. In addition, Jerry has been the YMCA Y-Guides (formerly Indian Guides) tribal and nation chief. “Together, we have made an effort to be involved in everything our children do,” Jerry exclaimed, adding, “the biggest accomplishment in volunteering our time is that we know we are making a difference for children.”

As if they’re not busy enough, Jerry has his own law office in Scripps Ranch, where he specializes in estate planning and consumer bankruptcy; Keri is the office manager. In their rare free moments, Jerry enjoys bike riding, and Keri relishes reading, working out, and going to the beach. Both also admit that they especially love spending time with their children – Devon (19), a sophomore at UC Davis, and Drew (16), a junior at Westview.

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Name: Gerald “Jerry” Bohard & Keri Bohart
Age: 47
Community: 4S Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Westview Foundation/PTSA
Occupation: Gerald, Attorney – Keri, Office Manager
Family: Children, Devon (19) and Drew (16).

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