Claire Wood

Claire Wood grew up in Tracy and graduated from Tracy High School in 1991. After graduating from UC Davis and spending some time living in London, the Bay Area and Stockton, Claire, with her husband Chad, returned to Tracy in 2002. She is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Tracy Friend of the Library and the Tracy Triton Swim Club, and working as a substitute teacher for area schools. Arts education is important to Claire; her daughters have participated in numerous classes and activities at the Grand and she has volunteered as a docent at Tracy Art League’s Expressions! Art Show for several years. She is proud to be a part of the Grand Foundation, an organization that strives to make the arts available to everyone, from children to seniors.


Dr. Andrew Trosien

Andrew Trosien, originally from Michigan, resides in Tracy with his wife and three children.  He's lived and practiced orthodontics in town since the year 2000.  He's been voted #1 orthodontist since 2003 and routinely participates in a variety of community activities and charities.  He began working with McHenry House years ago by sponsoring their Kids in a Box fundraiser. Andy began his involvement with the Grand Foundation by participating as a contestant in the Dancing with the Tracy Stars fundraising event and was so inspired by the Foundation that he decided to go on to be a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Janice Johnson

Janice Johnson moved to Tracy with her husband, David, in 1987 while working as a petroleum engineer. In 2004, she founded an internet retail company associated with the Civil War, and is currently operating the business. Janice served as a board member of Nutrition Studio in Tracy for 10 years. Janice has taught and directed activities at Lammersville Pioneer School in Tracy since 2005 and is currently on the Board of Directors for the West Side Pioneer Association. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church and enjoys painting.

Valerie Umana, Executive Director

Valerie Umana started with the Grand Foundation in May 2017.  Valerie was born and rasied in the Southwest subrubs of Chicago, IL.  She attended Eastern Illinoise University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications.  After her time at Eastern, Valerie took on a role as the Executive Assistant to the President of a 3rd party medical billing office.  She stayed at this company for nearly 9 years moving up into her final position as the Director of Operations.  Valerie has led large projects, developed and implemented new technologies and has a tremendous amount of business operations experience.  She left the medical billing world to pursue a dream... studying the culinary arts.  From 2012 - 2013, Valerie attended Kendall College in Chicago to learn the French Culinary artistry.  Valerie came to California with her family in 2014 and immediately got involved in her daughter's school.  She became the Discovery Bay Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President and served two full terms in this position.  Valerie worked hard to bring Music into the school for the Transitional Kindergarten through 3rd grade classes. She strongly believes that the arts need to be in our schools and available to all of our children.  Valerie is a wonderful asset to the Grand Foundation and will continue to take us in a positive direction.