Pederson first began donating to the Ed Foundation with her husband through their businesses, Dolly's Bookstore and the Park City Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory locations, and got more involved seven years ago. She chaired the Red Apple Gala event for three years and others on the board and involved with PCEF saw her great potential. They eventually asked her to become vice president.
"I first started working with the Ed Foundation because I had friends with kids in the school district," said the mother of three. "So I started learning how the fundraising worked, how to get more active and show our community just where their money goes, toward any goals or needs of the district."
Her oldest son is 14 and will be a ninth-grader at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in the fall while her twin son and daughter are 12 and will be seventh-graders at Ecker Hill Middle School.
Her personal investment in the school district has driven her to help the Ed Foundation grow and improve, which she said has been successful.
"The board today is phenomenally strong as well as the staff, which I don't feel like it was as much so seven years ago," she said. "I feel confident leaving my position as president whereas seven years ago, I might not have felt so good about it."
Recent events are evidence of the Ed Foundation's growth, including this year's Running With Ed relay fundraiser and the Raise the Bar project. Running With Ed raised more money this year than ever before, and the PCEF raised enough money to "Raise the Bar" and hire two more gifted-and-talented specialists for the elementary schools in the district.
Pederson credits that success to the growth of the Ed Foundation and its ability to give the community confidence in the fact that the money they donate is going toward a good cause: their children's education.
"We have created that transparency where people can see just where their dollars are going," she said. "And while the needs of the students and the district are always changing over time, we make sure donations and the money we raise are spent in the best interest of the students."
Pederson officially stepped down at the last board of directors meeting on May 28, leaving Hoggan in charge with Tim Chesley as her vice president. However, she will continue working with the Ed Foundation by serving as a member on the board of directors.